Interior Fit Out: A Smart Use of Colors in a Limited Space

August 28, 2014 at 10:39 am

As people flock into urban areas seeking better fortune, we find the cities getting too crowded. City developers, faced with the problem of land scarcity, are coming up with ingenious ways to provide shelter to all its inhabitants. One of the solutions which is actively being utilized now by almost all urban areas is what is referred to now as Vertical Housing. More and more mid-rise and high-rise buildings, after being constructed, are horizontally and vertically subdivided into units.

Originally marketed to young and single professionals who don’t expect to need much space, condominium units are usually only as large as 30 to 70 square meters. The target customers have now expanded to included middle class families. Because of the very limited space, the buyers of these condo units resort to using interior designing to make the space look larger and be able to utilize every inch of the unit area. Condo owners either makes use of their own amateur designing skills or hire professional interior designers to make such a small space seems spacious, comfortable and even elegant.
BeFunky_condo.jpg By putting in use excellent interior designing skills, a small room can seem to be as big as any ultra-luxurious suites. The choice of furniture, the lighting levels and the choice of colors are all critical in interior designing and making sure your design goals are met. But of these three elements, choosing which colors to use is the most critical one when it comes to designing a small condo unit.

BeFunky_condo_interior.jpgThere are some general guidelines when it comes to using colors in designing a small interior space. Colors have different shades, it may go darker or lighter upon our choice. But for small spaces, it is mostly advised to use lighter colors. Lighter colors create the illusion to make rooms a lot bigger than it actually is. But one color is not enough; we may add linings or shadow lines that could add up to the ambiance of the room. Here enters the dilemma of choosing and mixing colors. When choosing paint colors, think of the furniture, textiles and lights which you intend to bring into the room. By doing this, you can maintain a sense of cohesiveness.

Vibrant colors are not usually recommended for small and closed spaces for this have a tendency to make the room look small and gives a suffocating feeling. However, the use of strong colors seems to be a polarizing issue. Some professional designers prefer to use dark or bright colors for small spaces, claiming that this adds life, vibrance and warmth to a small room. In this age when what is beautiful is continuously being redefined and when functionality has become relative, it’s no surprise that more people welcome the idea of using strong paint colors for their small condo unit.

Whether you choose light colors or opt for the strong ones, the factor that will save you from ending up with an interior design disaster is to make use of color flow. If you are fond of a certain a color, you may use its lighter shade as the primary color of the room, and its darker shade can be used as a shadow line. We may also make use of the natural combinations that are found in nature like the combination of green and brown.


Picasso once said, “Colors, like features, follow the changes of emotions.” He is perfectly right in saying this because at the end of the day, the choice of colors all boils down to your personal preference. Condo units, although meant for middle class families, are still relatively expensive. It is safe to say that condo owners are expected to live most of their lives within the 4 walls of their unit. So the best advice to give condo unit owners is to follow their own preference when it comes to choosing the paint colors for their unit. Beauty is subjective and so are colors.