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There’s something about the color pink that makes me feel calm. I think it’s because I often associate it with the cherry blossoms, which look almost like pink clouds on land. When I think about pink, I think about softness and beauty, two qualities exemplified by the delicate nature of the cherry blossom. 

Cherry Blossom Pink as Color Inspiration for Personal Spaces

Cherry Blossom Pink for Bedrooms

Shades of pink are perfect for bedrooms or personal, quiet spaces. It’s ideal for inducing serenity in an intimate space where you can simply lie down, meditate, or relax. I can also imagine it being used in nurseries for babies (yes, that includes male babies), as the color also emanates a sense of innocence and joy. 

While the color pink is traditionally “feminine,” I don’t believe that colors should be segregated by gender, as they evoke pure emotion, which are human traits that transcend our physicality. Don’t be afraid to use pink if the color speaks to you, since your choice of colors must be something that resonates with you from within.

Cherry Blossoms in Early Spring

Cherry Blossom Pink as Color Inspiration for Personal Spaces
Sakura at Tenjin Central Park

The sakura, otherwise known as the cherry blossom, is widely regarded as a symbol for Japan, and in Japan, the sakura is a cultural emblem that signifies the beginning of spring. The image of the sakura is deeply rooted into their culture, and has pervaded the arts and pop culture as well. They are also metaphorical for life and mortality due to their impermanence. 

Cherry Blossom Pink as Color Inspiration for Personal Spaces
A path lined with cherry blossoms at Uminokamichi

I was in Fukuoka this year during the peak of the cherry blossom season, and I was lucky enough to witness the trees in full bloom scattered throughout the city. The cherry blossoms only bloom during a very specific time of the year, and they easily disappear within a week or two. The experience was absolutely magical, especially when you walk through paths and fields lined with the blossoming trees while petals softly rain down on you.  

Cherry Blossom Pink as Color Inspiration for Personal Spaces
Cherry blossoms with a view of the city from atop the Fukuoka Castle Ruins

There are various varieties of cherry blossoms in Japan, each having their own distinct flower and their own blooming season. All of them bloom during spring, but the ones I’ve seen are the ones that bloom early, since I visited Japan in March. Other varieties of sakura come in shades of yellow and dark red, and some even have hundreds of petals on a single blossom, but these usually bloom in mid or late spring. 

Cherry Blossom Pink as Color Inspiration for Personal Spaces
Ukon, the yellow variety (c) Wikimedia
Cherry Blossom Pink as Color Inspiration for Personal Spaces
Hikanzakura, a dark pink, bell-shaped variety (c) Wikimedia
Kikuzakura, which can have as many as a hundred petals per flower (c) Wikimedia

The most common ones I’ve seen in Fukuoka are the ones with a light pink shade. It is most likely the yamazakura variety, which is characterized by its light pink flowers with five petals accompanied by young leaves that develop at the same time as the flowers. 

Cherry Blossom Pink as Color Inspiration for Personal Spaces
Yamazakura

Another common variety is the somei yoshino, which has very light pink flowers that are almost on the verge of white. Unlike the yamazakura, this variety rarely has leaves during the blooming season. 

Cherry Blossom Pink as Color Inspiration for Personal Spaces
Somei Yoshino

The kawazuzakura was a rarer sight than the previous two, but stand out among the groves of cherry blossom trees due to their darker shade. Unlike the yamazakura and the somei yoshino which both have five petals, some varieties of kawazuzakura (such as the one below) have more than five, and are classified as “yaezakura.”

Cherry Blossom Pink as Color Inspiration for Personal Spaces
Kawazuzakura

There’s something very surreal about seeing clusters of cherry blossoms blooming altogether, as if you were in an alluring dream that you wouldn’t want to wake up from. It’s a magical experience that everyone should try experiencing at least once in Japan. 

Cherry Blossom Pink as Color Inspiration for Personal Spaces
Yayoi Kusama’s “Pumpkin” (1994) under a cherry blossom tree
Cherry Blossom Pink as Color Inspiration for Personal Spaces
A cherry blossom tree and a torii gate in Dazaifu
Cherry Blossom Pink as Color Inspiration for Personal Spaces
A walking path in Uminokamichi

Other Blog Posts on Pink Rooms

The blog has articles that talk about the color pink. Read the following for more inspiration about this pale, light and warm color —

A Room of My Own: Designing a Room from Scratch
A Girly-Girl’s Blush Pink for an Ultra-Feminine Bedroom

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The kitchen is an area in a home that promotes a certain connection with every member of the family. There are a multitude of kitchen paint ideas suitable for the home. You just need to pick one that can enhance its atmosphere exactly as how you’d like it.

From neutral tones to warmer hues, choosing the best kitchen color can be a painstaking task, especially if you have no professional help in the process. Kitchen color ideas range from a variety of palettes.

A White Family Kitchen

White as a choice of color for your kitchen will help enhance lighting. This will create the illusion that the space is bigger. White also creates a crisp and cool impression. It can go with any color so you can opt to add other hues in your kitchen appliances, cabinetry, countertop, or accessories.

Warm Colors for Your Family Kitchen

Yellow is another favorite especially in the kitchen. This color radiates a welcoming ambiance, and would be ideal if you are the type to entertain. Think about using yellow if you have an open kitchen or if your kitchen is big enough to entertain guests in. Definitely it would also be great if you have a dine-in kitchen where you and your family have your meals. Who wouldn’t want to a bit of sunshine while eating, right?

Fiery reds are the best option for families with kids who are picky eaters. The color aids in stimulating appetite which is why it is a popular choice in many restaurants.

Cool Colors for Your Family Kitchen

Gray, once regarded as a dull and lifeless color, has enjoyed popularity for many decades now. It is also a color of choice for many homeowners in kitchens. This neutral color has many shades and is a safe choice for the walls of the kitchen. What’s easy about this neutral is that it can work very well with many other colors.

Gray became fashionable with industrial interior design, especially with the use of concrete in the homes. If you prefer something other than paint, then Konstrukt is a Boysen product line that can give you this look.

You can also use green in your kitchen. Boysen Color Trend 2018 has the Be Here palette with a lovely deep shade of this hue called Forest Ranger. Green symbolizes nature, renewal, growth, even money. This kitchen color idea is suitable in bringing a refreshing dynamic into your home.

Draw life into your kitchen by painting it with the color that appeals to you. What kind of hue would you like to be surrounded by while you eat together with your loved ones, or when you’re preparing a meal?

Learn more about kitchen paint ideas here in Let it B (#myboysen). For technical questions, email us at ask@myboysen.com.

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The Boysen and SM Home collaboration sprouted wings and flew down to the queen city of the south Cebu City. SM Home’s assistant vice president for Marketing Tom Castañeda organized a design event called The Essentials of Condo Living on February 24 and 25 at the SM City Cebu Northwing Atrium.

Boysen in SM Home Cebu City

The Cebuanos were treated to room vignettes to show how paint colors and home furnishings and accessories could be combined to make contemporary, cool living spaces. The Technology palette of Boysen Color Trend 2017 was the designers’ favorite, with the pink Techy Romantic being the showstopper.

How to Infuse Personality Into Your Home with Paint and Color

The crowd was very much into the talks given by the interior designers and stylists of the vignettes. Boysen was there to talk about how to use paint to make your homes become places you would be so happy and proud to call your own. Our very own Carla gave the following ten tips:

The Boysen x SM Home Collaboration in Cebu City
White is a safe color
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Use pastels
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Grey is cool and modern
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Make accent walls like ombre
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Use colors from nature coz organic is in
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Black adds drama
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Open yourself to bold colors for functional features like doors
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Change room dimensions with stripes
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Geometric shapes for a modern feel
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Embrace color

More Collaborations with SM Home

SM Home’s Tom has a lot of things on his drawing board. I’m sure Cebu is one of them but I don’t know where or when. So my advice to you, dear reader, is just continue visiting us here. We’ve got lots of things up our sleeve too 😀

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After a year of existence, I thought this blog could do with something new. Mood boards perhaps? Designer-at-large Mirz was roped in to join me, after all there’s just two of us most of the time. After two short discussions, we trawled book stores and craft shops to choose our tools and materials. We went our separate ways to make mood boards on our own.

Why My First Mood Board is a Nursery

Ever since my grandnephew was born in October last year, I’ve been having these tender feelings which I can only describe as maternal. Moi! Middle-aged, childless and a workaholic! When I looked through the blog to make a video for the blog’s first anniversary in February, I discovered that I wrote something about baby rooms entitled The Grey Palette as an Alternative for Baby Rooms in November, a few weeks after he was born.

So this quote is true after all, “If you want to know where your heart is, look to where your mind goes when it wanders.”

Not a day goes by that I don’t think about the baby boy, whom the family affectionately calls by many names. Mine are Bochok, Bochokokoy or Chookie. His aunt calls him Bokie and Boobie. His uncle calls him Tuko because Bochok loves to stick his tongue out, even while sleeping. A friend calls him Buchik. His great grandmother is irritated with all of us and insists, and rightfully so, that we call him by his name Miguel.

Mood Board 1: Primary Colors in a Nursery
Color Palette for Miguel’s Crib

I didn’t actually choose the colors in this palette beforehand. It just came about when I was looking for inspiration. This palette is so Chookie! He already has such a strong personality for someone so young. He’s a sunny, bright baby who is usually smiling unless he’s sleepy or hungry. At two months, he started joining in on conversations. Now that he’s four months old, he crawls backwards and leaves a trail of saliva on the bed. He laughed at his pediatrician when she vaccinated him a few days ago. Being able to nibble on his foot is his most recent milestone. Aww, who wouldn’t love such a child! xoxo

Mood Board 1: Primary Colors in a Nursery
Fabric (paint strokes and drops) courtesy of The Fabric Bar in Greenbelt 5

Why Mood Boards

After working in different organizations, I turned to more creative pursuits while living in what was at that time the design capital of Europe, The Netherlands. I was importing high-end, handmade, contemporary home accessories from the Philippines. I had to stock three wholesale outlets, one retail store, and one showroom. My responsibilities included buying, curating, styling and marketing.

Mood Board 1: Primary Colors in a Nursery
Screenshot of Pinterest

When Pinterest was launched in 2010, I started digitally making boards, which is a collage of photos, text, color palettes, textures, or objects, that helped me with design direction. It was an important tool to make design ideas tangible, to streamline the design process which provided me the means to capture ideas and inspiration for room interiors.

But for Let it B, I wanted to do something nondigital, something I could do mostly by hand. Somehow I find it very satisfying to cut, tape, paste, search in shops, magazines, the internet, wherever, for inspiration and ideas.

Make Mood Boards with Us

If you enjoy dreaming about colors and interior styles, making a mood board is a wonderful way to give yourself focus. There’s no wrong or right. If you leaf through magazines and see images or ideas that inspire you, or see patterns and colors that you find attractive as you go about your day, then try to put all those ideas in a mood board. Even nature can be a source of inspiration. You might even find it extremely enjoyable and relaxing like I do.

Don’t forget to send us a photo of your mood board! Just email to info@myboysen.com.

Color Perspectives is the latest booth concept of Boysen, which you can now visit in Worldbex at World Trade Center from March 14 to 18. We made a painterly animated video to give you a taste of what’s in store for you when you visit the booth. There are five rooms which you can visit with your friends or with strangers. In these rooms,  you can immerse yourself in the wonderful world of colors.

The Blue Room

Your experience will start with the blue room. What kind of floaty experience will you find? What do we mean by Fly with the Cranes?

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The Yellow Room

What does it feel like to be in a space that is totally yellow? There’s a lot to see so enjoy the objects and the textures. Have a seat, breathe in the lemon scent, and take your time to find the gnome.

What Rooms Await You in Color Perspectives?

The Projection Room

Move on to the projection room and be part of the kaleidoscope. See how the colors look on you. It’s party time over here so dance a jig, move around, feel that beat, and have a blast.

What Rooms Await You in Color Perspectives?

The Miniature Room

Have you ever wondered how Alice felt when she fell down the rabbit hole? Well, there are lots of holes you can peep into. Find out which room color you prefer.

The Color Maze

Strike a pose in this alley of mirrors where you see yourself reflected back again and again against a wall of different colors. You may be tempted to tarry but keep going, there’s another backdrop waiting for you outside

Your Last Snaps in the Color Hall

Before you leave, take more selfies, twofies or groufies by that luminous wall of glass vials filled with colored paint. It’s 4.6 meters high and 9.36 meters wide so you’ve really got a lot of wall to pose in front of. We’ve seen barkadas getting that fun shot. Upload your photos with #BoysenColorPerspectives.

If you want to go through the whole experience again, you are most welcome. All you need to do is to join the queue again.

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Flushed with winning a prize in the recently concluded Interior & Design Manila (IDM at SMX, March 8 to 10), Color Perspectives, Boysen’s latest booth, will be at Worldbex from today, March 14, to March 18 at the World Trade Center.  The doors open at 10 AM and close at 8 PM.

Like in the booths of past years, there were queues outside the booth in IDM as visitors eagerly awaited their turn. Avoid the rush by coming early to Worldbex.

Immerse Yourself in Color Perspectives

Experience for yourself what it means to immerse yourself in a very colorful environment. In Color Perspectives, you can’t help but be drawn in.

Visit the New Boysen Color Perspectives in Worldbex

Visit the New Boysen Color Perspectives in Worldbex

Visit the New Boysen Color Perspectives in Worldbex

Visit the New Boysen Color Perspectives in Worldbex

Videos

Watch these videos of the booth in the Interior & Design Manila last week.

Worldbex, March 14 to 18, 2018, World Trade Center

Come visit us at Worldbex. Immerse yourself in a world of colors.

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Boysen unveils its latest interactive booth concept called Color Perspectives in this year’s Interior & Design Manila which starts today, March 8, and runs until March 11, 2018 at the SMX Convention Center.

As mentioned in our Christmas message last year, whereas we had talked about interactivity in 2016’s Color Lab with the swatchsicles, and 2017’s painting different forms of wooden blocks, 2018 will be all about immersion. So what do we mean by that?

This video is a taste of things to expect. You have to go visit the booth to explore exactly what we mean by immersion.

For March, here are the possible dates and places where you can experience the Boysen booth called Color Perspectives!
March 8-10, Interior & Design Manila, SMX Convention Center
March 14-18, Worldbex, World Trade Center

Like in previous years, the booth will also be taken on a roadshow to other major cities outside Metro Manila. We will let you know where and when so subscribe to this blog.

 

In our Christmas message last December, we talked about new palettes, new themes and new trends. What is the Boysen Color Trend 2018 all about?

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Boysen Introduces 4 Color Palettes for Color Trend 2018

Be Boysen

For 2018, we talk about being, a trending philosophy of the times from the zen concept of be, mindfulness, the living in the here and now, the total togetherness of mind, body and spirit, to the individuality and authenticity that different generations want to live by.

Boysen Introduces 4 Color Palettes for Color Trend 2018
Show your colors

How do you want to express your innermost being in terms of colors?

Color is emotion. Color is personality. Color is a language. And we at Boysen, are here to offer an interpretation, translating the trends that we all see in the world today into colors. Boysen gives you the map. But the journey is yours to take.

Be Bold

Boysen Introduces 4 Color Palettes for Color Trend 2018
Disclaimer: These colors may not exactly match the actual paint

Calculate the risks and jump right in. Life is not meant to be spent straddling the fence or waiting on the sidelines. The only way to live life is to fling yourself into its arms.

Be Seen

Boysen Introduces 4 Color Palettes for Color Trend 2018
Disclaimer: These colors may not exactly match the actual paint

This is your one life. So make no apologies, especially not to yourself, and step on stage. You have the right to shine like a star.

Boysen Introduces 4 Color Palettes for Color Trend 2018

Be Here

Boysen Introduces 4 Color Palettes for Color Trend 2018
Disclaimer: These colors may not exactly match the actual paint

Don’t waste a moment living in your head. There’s you, there’s here, there’s now. Awaken to the unfolding of life around you and in you. Everything is constantly changing so give it your attention.

Boysen Introduces 4 Color Palettes for Color Trend 2018

Be You

Boysen Introduces 4 Color Palettes for Color Trend 2018
Disclaimer: These colors may not exactly match the actual paint

Hello You! Relax into your being and know that you are part of it all. Everything you do affects others, just like everything they do affects you. Connected and interconnected, there lies the beauty in life. There lies the responsibility too.

Boysen Introduces 4 Color Palettes for Color Trend 2018

Launch of Color Trend 2018

In March, the Boysen Color Trend 2018 will be launched during the latest SM Home Design Series called In Living Color: Perfect Palettes for Your Home. Visit the SM Store (ground floor, Concourse) in Makati on March 3 and 4, from 1 to 6 pm to see the room sets, and listen to architects and interior designers talk about the condo-perfect spaces they’ve designed.

Creating a Color Trend every year is a labor of love. Boysen prepares the palettes in collaboration with partners in the Nova Paint Club, an organization of leading private paint companies around the world, and guided by a leading global color expert.

The whole process to realize an annual Color Trend takes a year, starting from a research on the trends until the colors are available for you.

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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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