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It’s such a treat to go to high-end shops like Kuysen and wander around to see the luxury furniture brands they carry, like Zanotta, to name one. The magnificence of the designs, the materials used, and the melding of both to create furniture which is both functional and beautiful, make you want to bring them home. If you can afford it, good for you. If you can’t, don’t sweat it, just breathe in that luxury and dream on.

In the video, you will see tables, chairs, armchairs and sofas designed by Carlo Mollino, Federica Capitani, Ora Ito, Damian Williamson, and Frank Rettenbacher.

Perfect Walls for Luxury Furniture

If you do get to bring home these high-end furniture, you would need your home to be ready to receive these masterpieces. For your walls, there is Virtuoso, Boysen’s luxury line that has a silky, matte finish which is the perfect backdrop because it allows the light to shine on your furniture. For the Zanotta furniture that you see in the video, these were the paint colors chosen for the walls.

Luxury Furniture Brand Zanotta

“Aurelio Zanotta used to say: «we need to get to the heart of the object, to extrapolate it and to make it clean and logical: in doing so, its true characteristics are emphasized and if the model is right, it consolidates over time»”. Duilio Gregorini

“With pieces displayed in over 40 museums around the world, no other furniture brand is as iconic as Zanotta. Among the leaders in industrial Italian design, it is as renowned for the range of its manufacturing technologies as it is for the precision of its handmade workmanship. Because timeless designs have found their place in the annals of style, owning a Zanotta is as good as owning a work of art, a piece of history.

“It’s global acclaim is recorded by the numerous awards it has received. Having collaborated with over 120 designers all over the world, Zanotta’s furniture with its materials is a perfect symmetry of wood, plastic, leather, steel and glass. One can only consider the uniqueness of a work by Zanotta the way one considers the uniqueness of any work of art by the masters.” (Source: Kuysen)

Another Kuysen Collection

Read about the Duravit Luv Series for bathrooms.

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Go natural with your room palettes to create a home sweet home.

Beautifying a home is instinctive for most of us, just like the birds. Unlike birds however, we have the added advantage of all that knowledge we can find everywhere from books, magazines, social media, TV, friends, colleagues, family…

The Go Natural palette is one of my personal favorites. I love the organic feel that the colors bring to the home. It’s joyous, optimistic, soft, comforting, and very, very cozy.

Especially after the holiday rush, it would be wonderful to have clean, open spaces with neutral colors. It gives us the room to breathe and be, maybe even think (not overthink) about how we’d like our shiny, bright, new year to turn out, while still having that free spirit of allowing changes to happen as they will.

Use indoor plants to give your rooms that authentic natural touch. Nothing makes a place look more natural than Nature itself. If you have the space and the means, have an indoor garden.

If you want to know more about indoor plants, please read Joleena’s Top Five Trending Indoor Plants  and Helen’s infographic on A Guide to House Plants.

Here are some beautiful rooms that would inspire you to have a fresh start.

This Go Natural Palette Will Make Your Home a Sweet Home
A warm canvas that welcomes the light in (Credit: Jason Briscoe on Unsplash)
This Go Natural Palette Will Make Your Home a Sweet Home
A big open space that brings the outside terrace in (Credit: Alberto Castillo Q. on Unsplash)
This Go Natural Palette Will Make Your Home a Sweet Home
The blond wood of the treads and handrail echoed by the hanging lamps against a white backdrop with black design elements (Credit: Jason Briscoe on Unsplash)
This Go Natural Palette Will Make Your Home a Sweet Home
Black kitchen appliances + white honeycomb tiles on white walls + white cabinet doors + blond wood countertop = Home sweet home kitchen (Credit: Mikael Cho on Unsplash)
This Go Natural Palette Will Make Your Home a Sweet Home
Elements of wood, green plants, white, grey walls with pops of yellow make for a warm and cozy loft bedroom.
This Go Natural Palette Will Make Your Home a Sweet Home
A tropical plant and apple green cushions give an ultra modern high-rise condo a warm appeal (Credit: Alesia Kazantceva on Unsplash)

Other Go Natural Palettes from Boysen

The Go Natural palette is not new to Boysen. In fact it’s a recurring theme because that is what concerns people around the world, and that is one of our concerns too.

Color Trend 2015 had Naturist. Color Trend 2016 had Renew.

Even the New Year’s palette last January 1 is also a natural one.

Environmental sustainability is not only a buzzword but a way of life for many of us. I’m sure the birds would be thankful if our tribe increases.

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Orange represents sunshine, joy, enthusiasm, creativity and determination. Orange is the energy that impels us forward to do, act and create. It is the main color in this palette of the week. It’s the Let it B way of encouraging all of us to start 2018 with positivity and light.

Watch this video:

How to Use Orange

When you use orange in your homes, whether in the interiors or the exteriors, there is nothing subtle about it. Orange stands out and calls attention to itself. It’s a warm color, and depending on the intensity of the hue, it could be hot, hot, hot, or wonderfully warm like a long, comfortable hug from a loved one.

Orange is undeniable in the sense that it evokes a strong emotion. You could say orange is a love or hate color depending on the shade. But there are ways to make the color easy on the eye, and more acceptable to people. First is choose your shade wisely. Second, use the color sparingly, like painting it on accent walls, or using it on accessories.

The Warm Glow of Orange Takes Center Stage In This Energy Palette
In lampshade interiors
The Warm Glow of Orange Takes Center Stage In This Energy Palette
As an accent wall
The Warm Glow of Orange Takes Center Stage In This Energy Palette
As the color of furniture
The Warm Glow of Orange Takes Center Stage In This Energy Palette
As the color of upsholstery

Others use to paint orange on walls of rooms that are used for entertaining, spaces that need that vibrant feel, or to make certain spaces stand out.

The Warm Glow of Orange Takes Center Stage In This Energy Palette
As an accent wall near a work table
The Warm Glow of Orange Takes Center Stage In This Energy Palette
To add drama to a staircase
The Warm Glow of Orange Takes Center Stage In This Energy Palette
To use the staircase itself as a design element
The Warm Glow of Orange Takes Center Stage In This Energy Palette
For a warm and welcoming kitchen
The Warm Glow of Orange Takes Center Stage In This Energy Palette
For a contemporary ambience in the bathroom
The Warm Glow of Orange Takes Center Stage In This Energy Palette
As a bright corner in an indoor terrace

An orange which has been in use for the last 5000 years is terra cotta, a brownish orange you find in red brick or ceramic tiles. If you have that at home, then work around that color.

The Warm Glow of Orange Takes Center Stage In This Energy Palette
Moroccan tadelakt in orange
The Warm Glow of Orange Takes Center Stage In This Energy Palette
Red brick wall in a loft
The Warm Glow of Orange Takes Center Stage In This Energy Palette
Terra cotta tiles in an outdoor patio

The Energy Palette for 2018

Here is your Energy Palette for this year! Use it and greet 2018 with the warmth and energy of a purposeful life.

The Warm Glow of Orange Takes Center Stage In This Energy Palette

Read more about the color orange in Color Pairing: Orange and Blue.

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If you missed reading the Christmas Message from your Let it B team, where you could read about our Top 10 Posts for Palette of the Week in 2017, that is so understandable. Who wants to read a blog post anyway when there are so many exciting things to do during Christmas?

If Instagram has Best 9 on Instagram, kami din sa Let it B, meron ding ganyan. Kaya lang sa amin, Best 10 🙂

Are you thinking of repainting your home this year? These top 10 posts are a good place to start for inspiration, all are original content made for you by the Let it B team.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Need Help with Painting?

To help you find and choose your colors, use our Boysen App, then visit a Mix and Match Station.

If you have any questions at all about technical matters, don’t hesitate to send an email to ask@myboysen.com. The person who’s handling the inquiries is super-efficient and very helpful, and can tap the competent Boysen team of technical experts who can help with any of your questions.

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Are you willing to envision your 2018 to burst with colors? Or would you prefer the safe route of same old same old? For many of us comfort zones are important, those invisible barriers we create to limit our lives to what is comfortable and known to us. However if we embrace changes in life, and they do come with regularity, our experiences may surprise us with greater and deeper personal growth.

Doors and Social Norms

Let’s take doors, for instance, since those are tangible and something we see everyday when we leave and come back to our homes. Most of us have doors that are colored white or brown, or something similar in tint. In other words, we go for neutrals because it’s safe, acceptable, and within the social norms. “From a sociological perspective, social norms are informal understandings that govern the behavior of members of a society” (Marshall, G. Oxford Dictionary of Sociology). In other words, doors in the Philippines are neutrals like white or brown because society has dictated that those are the acceptable colors.

When you travel, you will see how other people live their lives, and how social norms change from culture to culture. That’s what makes the world so interesting.

Watch this video:

What I’m trying to show here is that we don’t need to follow convention, especially with regard to our condos, houses and other personal spaces, offices too if we have any say on the matter.

Colorful Doors in a Condo Development

A niece with offbeat tastes wanted the developer to paint the door of her new condo fuchsia. The developer obliged.

Let Our Year 2018 Burst With Colors. Let's Start with Our Doors. Weeks later, she got miffed when she found a neighbor’s door painted the same color. Today, her corridor looks like this. She’s still at the “grrr” stage 😁.

Let Our Year 2018 Burst With Colors. Let's Start with Our Doors.
Her neighbor’s pink door at far end. (Photo Credit: Carla M. Adlawan)

So you see, it just takes one to overturn the norm. Norms, like averages, should not be reasons for us to conform. Let’s find out which colors appeal to us, then let’s feel free to express ourselves with our own unique hues.

Make 2018 the year that we discover our personal styles. Let’s start with our doors.

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On this New Year’s Day, your Let it B team wishes you a fulfilling 2018!

A year just ended and a new one begins. It is thrilling to begin something new. There’s a lot of hope, some doubts, tons of optimism and the quiet excitement that permeates a new venture. What’s 2018 going to be for each of us? Happily enough, we do have a lot of say on how something pans out, including a new year.

Let it B Wishes You a Fulfilling New Year 2018

After what could have been a hectic holiday season with the social whirl that we Filipinos like, then slow down today and turn inwards. If you’re the type to make New Year’s Resolutions, maybe you have your list ready. Whether you’re the type to have concrete plans or you’re more free-wheeling, now is the time to relax, breathe deeply, think about your blessings and give thanks, and dream old dreams or new ones. Do you have any milestones you want to achieve this year? How will you organize your life now to achieve those? They say everything in life begins with intentions. If this is the case, then intend well.

Let it B Wishes You a Fulfilling New Year 2018
Disclaimer: These colors may not exactly match actual paint.

We’ve chosen this fresh palette of yellow, green and light neutrals because we feel that this is the palette of new beginnings, maybe the gleam of an idea, or the flash of inspiration. January 1 is the doorway to a whole new adventure.

Let’s welcome the new year with open arms because first, we cannot stand still but only move forward so why not jump right in instead of resisting, and second, because Life is unfolding. It is a gift. May we all have the awareness to discern the gift that comes to us and the courage to open our hearts for the lessons it brings.

Here’s to personal growth!

 

 

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Brown – a color that spans a whole spectrum of emotion from bland to epicurean; such is the protean characteristic of this hue. In the hands of a skilled designer, a space painted with this color could change the room’s ambience depending on the shade chosen.

A personal favorite is that of hot, dark chocolate lazily flowing down in thick folds. Luxurious, voluptuous, earthy, hedonistic, tempting, decadent – just a few words that come to mind. It’s a color that invites, embraces and caresses. It gives a feeling of belonging. Maybe this isn’t so surprising since brown is the color of the earth and the color of skin.

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Masculine and Feminine

There’s also something old world about brown. It speaks of Establishment, solidity, wealth and power. From gentlemen’s private clubs, to posh hotel suites with their plush piles of virgin-wool carpets, to trendy smoky speakeasies with jazz playing in the background, to cozy bedrooms with bed linens made of 100% pure Egyptian cotton with a thread count of 1000, brown is the preferred color. The warmth of the hue and its deep tones give an air of privacy, intimacy, grounding.

Brown, although considered a masculine color, is co-opted by more and more women nowadays. Taupe and blush really work well together.

Blush

The Browns from Boysen

Brown is a composite color that combines yellow, red and black (or blue). Boysen has different shades of this hue, here’s a sample palette.

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There are some things that belong together, like ham and egg, needle and thread, song and dance, hugs and kisses.
I’m sure you get my drift. The same is true with colors. There are just those two that belong together, and
we’d like to expound about those color pairings one by one (or is it two by two
🙂).

Black and white, you can’t get more basic than that. Perhaps because the combination is primal, it is very powerful and dramatic.

If you want a timeless and elegant color combination, go for black and white. Stark and pure, these would look apropos of a minimalist style. This combination can be very graphic. When you want to showcase shapes and lines, the color pairing of black and white acts like a backdrop that allows for vividness in detail.

Taken to an extreme, it can look harsh and grim, even desolate.  And we’d never want to have that for our homes. So here are five ways that you can soften the dichotomy.

Create a cheerful ambience by adding other colors. Restraint is necessary so as not to overpower the space.
Make the space vibrant with indoor plants.
Use a natural material like wood for the furnishings.
Use black only in the trims, like moldings.
Soft textured fabrics as well as the use of grey can alleviate the severity of the color combination.

The Many Faces of Black and White

Scientists have a lot to say about black and white. They question whether these are colors at all, whether these are found in a rainbow or not, whether light is absent in black or whether white is the sum of all colors. Chemists would argue that these are colors because black and white paint are the result of pigments and molecular coloring agents.

Not only scientists have something to say about black and white. Even philosophers, religious figures, or sorcerers attach meanings to these colors. Cultures also have their beliefs about it. In China and other Asian countries, white is for mourning and used in funerals, but in some Western cultures, white means purity and used for weddings.

Ted Grant, father of Canadian photojournalism who has had 65 years of recording notable people and world history, has this to say about black and white,

When you photograph people in color, you photograph their clothes.
But when you photograph people in black and white, you photograph their souls!

Vantablack: The Blackest Black Material on Earth

I just saw this incredible innovation on CNN:

“Touted as the darkest man-made substance in the world, Vantablack is so uncomfortably black the human eye can’t quite decipher what it is seeing.

It is thought to be the closest thing to a black hole we will ever experience.

That’s because Vantablack is not a color, it’s the almost complete absence of color.

…Part of the appeal of Vantablack is that it absorbs 99.96% of the light that hits its surface.” 

Vantablack is made up of carbon nanotubes, one billion for one square meter, that are spaced perfectly apart. Creatives around the world are going gaga over this material, with architects at the top of the list.

For another color pairing, read about orange and blue.

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Need a bedroom paint idea? If you’re a girly girl who loves pink, go for a subtle one with blush.

Blush – the color of baby skin after a warm bath, or the tips of a pink flamingo’s feather. It’s not dark like the cotton candy that you find in fair grounds or those French macaroons that are piled high on gleaming bone china.

Blush is a very tender color with a mix of the tints found in apricot, grapefruit or even the palest pink salmon. This is Boysen’s take on blush pink.

Iced Peach is such a luscious color for the bedroom, and its warmth would give the room a very inviting air. It is a tranquil and peaceful color, perfect for a room where rest is the main function. It is delicate, soft, romantic and ultra-feminine. This color is so versatile that you could pair it with any metallic sheen like gold, silver, bronze, copper, and pewter.

Possible Palettes for a Girly Girl Bedroom

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If you want your bedroom to look light and romantic, then combine Iced Peach with light neutrals like smoke or white.
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For a sophisticated look, you can combine Iced Peach with soft yellow and warm grey.
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If drama is your thing, then combine Iced Peach with cool grey or charcoal.

For other shades of pink, read about Palette Realm or Barenaked.

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Marrs Green is the world’s favorite color, according to G.F. Smith & Son London Ltd., UK’s leading specialist paper merchant.


The World’s Favourite Colour from G . F Smith on Vimeo.

From Wallpaper

Submitted by survey participant Annie Marrs, who was inspired by the landscape that surrounds her home in Scotland, the teal shade now joins G . F Smith’s Colorplan range as the 51st shade, and is available for use by designers, brands and individuals via the G . F Smith website.

‘I’m absolutely delighted to have picked the World’s Favourite Colour!’ said Marrs. ‘The colour was inspired by the landscape that surrounds me at home in Scotland and that deep green hue with a tinge of blue has always been a favourite of mine.’

Marrs Green is an intensely deep blue-green, very much different from Pantone’s color of the year 2017 Greenery, the very first post in this blog.

See the palettes below to find out Boysen’s closest color matches for Marrs Green.

 

 

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