7 Design Tips from the Almario Sisters You Need to Know About
“Very California, very easy breezy,” shares the cardiologist when asked to describe her condo. Designed by sisters Cynthia and Ivy Almario of Atelier Almario, this cardiologist can come home to a space that has a classy and posh interior after a busy day in the hospital. The Almario sisters made sure to fill the unit with style and function. Here are the tricks they used in this space that you can try in yours!
SMALL SPACE? CONSIDER BIG FURNITURE.
One of the biggest misconceptions about condos is that you have to get small chairs, small tables, small everything. However, that’s not always the case shares the Almario Sisters. “A common mistake is filling up a small condo with small furniture. The eye won’t relax. It feels like there are so many pieces of furniture; whereas, if you have one big sofa, it anchors the space,” explains Cynthia.
PICK FABRICS BEFORE PAINT
Having furniture reupholstered and customized? Save yourself from potential stress and money by choosing your fabrics before your paint colors because paint is easier to tweak.
GIVE AN OLD STYLE NEW PRINTS
A modern chain print fabric is sprinkled all over this unit. The print marries the unit’s main palette of sky blue, lime green, and sharp white, making it the perfect accent print. The Almario sisters share that they used this print on the traditional frame of the dinging chairs to create a contrast of old and new.
PICK COLORS WISELY AND COMMIT TO IT.
Picking colors is always a commitment so choose wisely. “If it’s a small space, use the same color throughout because there is no delineation of space,” shares Cynthia. “So when you enter, it’s one big space. Whereas if I introduced a brown color, it will stop my eyes and I’d see it as a different room.” The Almario sister points out that using the same color makes a space cohesive, smooth, and the experience is very calming to the eye.
THINK OF THEME AND PURPOSE
Always think multipurpose. In this condo, the living room’s shutters might look like it’s just to reinforce the Hamptons look but it’s actually additional storage and hides the circuit breaker (which can be an eyesore for most designers). The shutters also makes a niche around the couch in the living room and most of all, it makes the design cohesive.
DINING CHAIRS AND LIVING ROOM SEATING 101
Cynthia Almario explains that “it’s rule of thumb” that the number of people you can accommodate in your living room should be same in your dining room. After all, you don’t want guests playing Trip to Jerusalem when you transfer from the dinner table to the living area.
BRINGING THE OUTDOORS IN
Aside from succulents and small plants, you can also bring the outdoors in through a different way. “Since she doesn’t have a garden, I had to bring the outdoors in,” says Cynthia Almario, describing the mural that spruces up the master bedroom’s walls.
This story first appeared on CondoLiving Vol. 10.5 2015, written by Andrea Portugal and photographed by Greg Mayo. Edits were made for MyHomeDesign.ph.