We’ve seen a good number of condo units and it’s safe to say that no two spaces are the same. While all homes feature smart layouts, clever furniture picks, and lovely colors, each has its own unique feature that sets it apart from the others. In this 31sqm condo designed by interior designer Nikki Audine, Scandinavian-inspired touches paired with a cool color scheme proved to be a wise route. Aside from maximizing the available space, the designer was able to create a unit for rent that will be hard to resist.
“When I learned that the unit is intended for Airbnb use, I made sure to make the area as spacious and relaxing as possible. The unit is facing Manila Bay and it has a stunning view of the sunset. During my initial meeting with the client, I asked her if she has a concept in mind. She’s inspired by Nordic interiors after traveling to the Nordic countries. She gave me enough budget to achieve our desired design and requirements,” shares Nikki. True enough, you won’t think about the unit’s size once you step into the space. The combination of white, light colors, and comfy pieces will draw you in and make you want to settle comfortably into the inviting sofa.
The compact cooking area welcomes guests into the unit. Natural light fills the space, turning it into a bright and airy haven. From this angle, one can also see how Nikki defined the different areas of the home using the right pieces and accessories. Who wouldn't love the patterned area rug?
To spruce up the tiny kitchen, the designer opted for white subway tiles as backsplash. Instead of simply installing the tiles horizontally, as seen in most homes, Nikki opted for a chic herringbone pattern. This design call draws the attention from the area's size while adding character to the nook, too.
Nikki carefully chose the materials used in the kitchen. The black faucet set against the subway tiles adds a vintage-industrial appeal to the space.
Notice anything different with the dining nook? Nikki opted for a foldable dining table that's part of the cabinet holding the TV. The occupants can easily pull it out and prop up the surface to enjoy meals. Meanwhile, the storage niche can be used to keep drinks, books, and other belongings.
When not in use, the two dining chairs can be kept in a corner to create more space in the living area. Since they have slim legs, they don't take up too much space.
Find similar chairs at Mandaue Foam Furniture Store, 489 Shaw Blvd., Mandaluyong City.
The unit has an open layout but Nikki efficiently defined the different areas. "You will still see the division of the sleeping and living areas. I used a half-length cabinet and a wallpaper," shares the designer. The cabinet also conceals the sleeping area.
A gray sofa serves as the living area's focal point. It can accommodate guests during get-togethers and even sleepovers. To complete the space, Nikki mixed tall and short furniture pieces with light and heavy items. On one end of the sofa is a sleek floor lamp, while a white ladder shelf livens up one end. These items complement each other and add to the Scandinavian-inspired aesthetic.
Nikki also creatively used mirrors in the unit. Instead of sticking to one horizontal piece, she showcased a pattern inspired by De Stijl, a Dutch artistic movement that highlights an abstract and simple aesthetic focusing on basic visual elements like geometric forms and primary colors. The panels used in the living area come in different shapes and sizes, another pro according to Nikki. "If ever an accident happens, my client only needs to replace a part of the mirror and not the entire thing," she says. It also beautifully reflects the white brick wallpaper on the other side.
Find a similar sofa at SM Home.
The ladder shelf gives the owner enough space to showcase photos, accessories, and plants. Adding plants is a surefire way of making any space seem more inviting and relaxing.
Find a similar shelf at SB Furniture, 3rd level Market! Market! Mabini Ave., cor. McKinley Parkway, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig.
To further define the living area, Nikki created a mini gallery wall featuring paintings, framed prints, and a quote that will remind occupants to make the most of their vacation. Even the decor and lighting pieces in the unit are in light colors. The hints of pink and lavender pair well with white and blue. We especially love the salmon pink drop light added in the living areaâit perfectly matches the color of the wall.
A striking work of art that's reminiscent of building blocks spruce up the wall in the sleeping area. All throughout the unit, Nikki used Scandinavian blue as the dominant color. "In psychology, blue relieves stress. For this project, I intentionally chose a color [that's a bit] dark, but still easy on the eyes to achieve the 'It's cozy and I'm home' feeling," she shares.
Waking up to this view will surely start one's day right. Aside from maximizing natural light, Nikki used different lighting pieces to create a calming ambiance. In the sleeping area, the designer installed a track light with three spotlights, with one light facing the closet, the other focusing on the wall art, and the last one facing the gray window treatment.
To improve the compact bathroom, Nikki replaced the existing sink with a store-bought modular sink set. She completed the look with another black faucet that matches the sink.
Find quality bathroom fixtures at Sanitec, 236, E. Rodriguez Sr. Avenue, Barangay Don Manuel, Quezon City.
Ready for your own makeover? Get in touch with interior designer Nikki Audine through mobile at (0917) 823-2118 or you can also e-mail vvaudine[at]gmail.com.
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This story originally appeared on Realliving.com.ph.
* Minor edits have been made by the Preview.ph editors.