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Check out the BE SEEN palette of Color Trend 2018 and let your home stand out. Use color in your home for that wow factor, that’s the easiest and cheapest way to make an impact. Tired of these grey, rainy days? You can’t do anything about the weather but you can certainly paint your home with the BE SEEN palette to make it an attractive place to cocoon in during the wet season. You can either paint just one accent wall or paint a whole room. I saw Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again the other day. Watching a feel-good movie with two tumblers of popcorn while it was raining cats and dogs outside is totally fun. Although it didn’t have the novelty of the first one (naturally), it was still enjoyable to watch. BE SEEN comes to mind with the blues of Mamma Mia’s Kalokairi Island. With the magnificent…

Technically, in the context of interior design, neutral means without color… (Brittney Smart) That statement makes neutrals sound so dull and lifeless. I’m sure no one would want to have a drab and boring bedroom, especially since brighter and more vivid colors are available. But did you know that going neutral can add more color and life to your personal space? The key here is in choosing the right color that suits your taste and lifestyle, and then further adding to its visual appeal through your decors. When done right, neutral colors will lend your bedroom an elegance and class that will stand the test of time, instead of a boring wall you want to retouch ASAP. These bedroom color ideas put neutrals front and center. Find out how you can use them in your bedroom, or any room in your house. Going Neutral with Grey, Black, Taupe or White…

When you plan to do a DIY condo or home painting, bear in mind the 60-30-10 rule of designers. Usually they choose a 3-color palette for a room makeover to create a balanced look. Then you can achieve a cohesive look without being too matchy-matchy: 60% comes from the dominant wall color and big furniture pieces, 30% can be from accent furniture pieces, lighting or soft furnishings, 10% are home accessories, textiles, patterns, or textures. There’s no hard and fast rule with the numbers. Remember that this is just a guideline so don’t be too strict with yourself! Just remember that the 60% is the main color that you want to build your palette from, so you better make sure that this is a color you love! Color Family Above are tools you can use in your choice of colors. You can buy a color wheel like the one in…

For years I loved the minimal or neutral look for home interiors – the black and white combination, that changed to dark grey after a few years, to greige because I fell in love with the word first, then to Scandi white with organic touches. Even my clothes were mostly black and white or light and dark neutrals. Then, a few years back I had a change of heart and embraced bold colors like emerald, mustard, deep purple, fire engine red, bright orange, teal, blush… Change of heart does not mean though that I have turned my back on the neutrals. For me neutrals are as basic as breathing. I cannot imagine painting my home with rainbow colors because that’s just not me. I like the neutrals to be the dominant color in a space. I wrote about my easy two-step method for choosing your palette using flowers. I’d like…

When I saw photos of this condo, I knew I wanted to share this living space here in the blog because, dear readers, you have to see how the magic of Morfosis Design transformed this 40 sqm one bedroom condo from the usual box-like structure of current condo developments to a space of zen-like serenity. Morfosis Design is a multi-disciplinary design firm led by Misty Floro and Pai Edles. They designed a living room vignette, part of our many collaborations with SM Home, which showcased the zingy yellow of Color Trend 2017 called Glow with the Flow. While last year’s living room was modern, edgy and cheeky, this condo is an oasis of calm, something the homeowners must be so happy to have in such a buzzing area as España. This is home to a brother and sister, both medical students studying in a nearby university. All images by Marty Floro Photography…

Wes Anderson completely immersed the viewers into a whole new world where the colors are the narrators of the film. They do not speak yet they are eloquent in letting viewers know the mood in every scene and the nature of the characters in the film.  Yellow and Blue: The Mood Drivers of the Film Muted yellow is the dominant color in the film, yet it speaks loudly to indicate warmth and security. It is the color of young love between Sam and Suzy, and it is the color of the tent where they felt truly loved and comforted. Both of them have family problems so they seek for a “real home” and they found it in each other.   Extremely dark hues were rarely used in the film. It only used high blue contrast once to indicate danger, specifically, in the bell tower scene where Sam and Suzy almost…

Dark, cloudy skies. Frequent downpours. Summer is over! Good job on beating the heat and staying cool in what was arguably the hottest summer we’ve experienced so far. Now the monsoon season’s coming up, you may want to revamp your home, starting with your kitchen, to fight back the cold weather blues. You’d be amazed how a little splash of color can instantly uplift your mood amidst the gray spell. Think Pink! While red stands for a passionate kind of love, pink symbolizes tenderness, compassion and nurturing, three things that should not be absent in the heart of the home. Lighter shades denote softness and gentleness, while darker tones produce calmness and sophistication. Being part of the bright end of the color spectrum, a touch of pink in your kitchen gives a stark contrast, yet compliments, the gray weather outside the home. Walking on Sunshine Like a ray of sunshine,…

Are you faced with the task of DIY house painting? What’s one of the easiest ways to choose a color palette? Believe me, you don’t have to climb the walls to know which colors to choose because there’s a trick I’ll share with you here. I’ll call it the easy two-step. Step 1: Know Your Favorite Colors There are colors that we gravitate to and very early on in life we are already making such decisions. Maybe you are not even aware of it but you do make choices. As a kid, it happens when you choose a toy or pick up a crayon. As an adult, your color preferences come into play when you buy your clothes, choose a car, or select a fabric for your sofa. If you feel clueless, just go to your cabinet and see what colors stand out. Or go to a fabric store and…

Florals are springing up in interior spaces in 2018, from the chintz fabrics and wallpapers of our lolas to the bold, colorful prints of overblown blooms. Very KUKUR (kukurtinahin in other words). Chintz is making a big comeback. Using the same floral fabric on the walls, window treatments, and furnishings—think English country but updated. Lots of florals and colors that pop, like turquoise, apple green, and shocking pink. —Kathryn M. Ireland I have no problems with kukur. I’ve loved that since….well, since….ever….forever. Florals are not only back in interior design but in fashion itself. Yes! Florals have this joie de vivre, an ebullient excitement for “sugar and spice and all things nice!” Can you imagine having the color of flowers in your living space? It would make the room welcoming, fun, charming. Actually these kind of colors and decor are so reminiscent of summer when everything is alive and in full…

In the third installment of Boysen’s Set in Color Series to promote the latest color palettes of Color Trend 2018, the team brought their furniture and fixtures to the Garden Bloc of Cebu IT Park. Cebu IT Park is the region’s main hub for lifestyle, dining and business process outsourcing BPO where some of the country’s biggest companies’ main headquarters are located employing tens of thousands of people. This time around, we brought a bathtub. Yup. You read it correctly. A shiny red bathtub. The purpose after all was to ‘Be Seen’ right? The BE SEEN palette with it’s bright blues and red was the ultimate showstopper against a backdrop of skyscrapers and the lush greens of the Garden Bloc park. It was a welcome burst of colors in the midst of everyone’s daily office routine. The days start pretty early and the nights run really late over here with…