Color Trend 2017


You’re a proud owner of a cookie cutter, shoebox condo, but you’re a person of drama and passion and quirkiness and…you’re one of a kind, that’s all, and you’d want your condo to be as one-of-a-kind as you are. How hard can it be?

Get Big on Personality

Whether you own a studio or a one-bedroom unit, which usually ranges in size from 18 to 50 sqm, there are ways you can add personality to any space. The most basic way, and the easiest, is to veer away from the usual white, boxy look, and paint the space with colors that appeal to you even if they’re intense. Are you renting the place? No problem. If you want drama, you can very well afford to paint the walls in colors which are more to your taste, because paint is affordable, and also quick and easy.

Dark ≠ Small

There’s this designer tip that says that if you want to make a space look bigger, then use white, or light neutrals. That’s very good advice. But SM Home ventured to prove that even using dark colors doesn’t necessarily mean that you would get a cramped vibe. SM Home assistant vice president for marketing Tom Castaneda said that you can live comfortably without having to feel cooped up. He set himself and his designers up for a challenge by choosing colors from the palette Tradition of Boysen Color Trend 2017.

Inspiration for Condo Living

“Since small condos demand creativity when it comes to optimizing space, SM Home has turned to design experts to help highlight ways to do that through a series of condo-like set-ups, as well as expert-led talks.”

“There’s no shortage of furniture, accessories and small appliances that are designed specifically for condo living,” shares Tom. “SM Home is filled with compact yet stylish and multifunctional pieces that are, what we call, condo perfect!”

The Living Room

The deep and warm but restrained reddish tone of African Herbsman as an accent wall in the living room complement the predominantly light wood tones.

Designer: Ivy Crisostomo

The Bedroom

The cool and earthy quality of Scout’s Honor green in the bedroom is very well complemented by the warm tones of the wood finishes.

Designer: James Razo

The Kitchen

The deep green accent color Scout’s Honor shows that there is no need to be afraid of using deep or bold colors even in small spaces.

Designer: Maya Franco

The Dining Room

Accent color Tribal Teal was used, with some natural colors throughout the interior. The colors, the teal of the dining room and the green of the kitchen, create a cohesion between the two adjacent spaces.

Designer: Erika Uichanco

Go and see the interior set-ups at the Concourse at the Ground Floor of SM Makati. The exhibit will run until September 17. Also, there will be talks this coming weekend from 1 to 6 pm, September 16 to 17, so do drop by.





From September 12 to 17, you will see the palette Tradition of Boysen Color Trend 2017 in the room sets in SM Home’s The Essentials of Condo Living at the Concourse, Ground Floor, SM Makati.

The Root of Palette Tradition

The palette Tradition hints at the works of weavers and artisans, here and around the world, whose craftsmanship has been handed down to them by their ancestors. Old art forms in fabrics and weaves, like in our banigs, tinalak, inabel, ikat, to name a very few, were the basis for this palette. However, globalization and technological advancements have influenced tastes, so we have given a modern twist to the ethnic palette to make it more relevant to the aesthetics of Filipinos today.

See Tradition in SM Home Makati

SM Home has four room vignettes that you can go visit now at the Concourse at the Ground Floor in SM Makati.

Kitchen and Dining Room Vignettes at SM Makati
Bedroom and Living Room Vignettes at SM Makati

There will be talks from 1 to 6 pm on Saturday and Sunday, September 16 and 17, where Boysen will give some painting tips and color inspirations.

There will be more opportunities for you to get style inspiration and design advice from other experts, including Design Workshops that you can join for free! So if you’re thinking about renovating your home, then do drop by and take advantage of this chance.

Let the colors of Tradition give your home a truly modern Filipino feel.






What are personalized walls exactly? These are walls that you can call your own, where you can put your mark on, paint on it with whatever it is that you want to create, using colors that appeal to you and never mind the rest of the family (if you don’t live alone, but ask permission at least). It is a space of individuality, YOURS. It could be a journal of dreams, YOURS. Or a manifestation of who YOU are.

Where you live, you can have as many personalized walls as there are walls, as many as your time allows, and as magnificent as your imagination is. Skill comes to play too but hey, if you’re the experimental type, no problem. If you’re more straitlaced, now is the time to take off the fetters that you put on yourself, and just let it rip. It’s paint. You can always change it if you don’t like it.

– Robin Sharma, Canadian writer and leadership speaker

Tom Castaneda, AVP Marketing for SM Home, and Boysen continued the collaboration in August because the one in July was successful. This time though we wanted to up the ante by introducing personalized walls using more Color Trend 2017 colors.

So what kind of personalized walls did we use in this first round?

Hexagon High
Make It Metallic
Dreamy Ombre
The Quadruple Triangle
A Rebel’s Kitchen

More about the Rebel Yell kitchen here.

You will find the Complete Your Home at SM Home exhibit at the bridgeway in the fifth floor of SM Makati. You still have time to catch those personalized walls coz it ends on August 31.







For the outdoorsy type who wants to bring the blues of Boracay and Bohol into your kitchen, here’s a brightly intense blue from the Boysen Color Trend 2017 called Rebel Yell.

This is a kitchen for those people who may love food but do not want to spend too much time indoors to prepare it themselves. Give them a great coffeemaker and a small fridge, a few dishes, and that would be enough. They have better things to do, adventures to take, new worlds to conquer.

This kitchen vignette is one of five under the concept Complete Your Home, an inspired idea from Tom Castaneda, AVP Marketing of SM Home.

Steal some ideas for your own kitchen and visit this exhibit in the bridgeway at the 5th floor of SM Makati on or before August 31.

Painting a wall a different color may just be a cosmetic facelift but it is arguably the most inexpensive way to achieve a radical makeover in your living spaces. To prove my point, look at the photos, and drag the arrows either left or right.


Home Office

Living Room


Dining Room

Boysen partnered with SM Home last month to paint the walls of five room sets, an exhibit called Complete Your Home that you can go and visit in the bridgeway at the 5th floor of SM Makati.

Last month, we used the Technology Palette of Boysen Color Trend 2017, with Tinderbox from the Minimal palette.

This month, we used colors chosen from three different palettes – Technology, Maximal and Minimal.

You have until end of August to catch the exhibit.





How do you style a bedroom and home office? This article was contributed by Jules Cruz. Her original post can be found here.

Can you possibly furnish a home with all things SM Home? You sure can. And that was the challenge given to me by SM Home’s AVP for Marketing Tom Castaneda. He called me one morning for a quick brief. Before I knew it, I was inside SM Makati’s 5th floor at five in the morning. It was exhilarating! We only had a few hours to choose, pull, and decorate each space before the mall opened. I felt like I was in a reality TV show.

SM Home’s Complete Your Home campaign has been running since June. We actually worked with existing frames/spaces originally designed by interior designers. So it was such a tall order because we’re not licensed interior designers! ???? This just goes to show that even normal people (like you and me) can actually make beautiful spaces and source all items under one roof. All you need is to get creative and have fun in the process.

THE BRIEF: We are furnishing spaces for a young newly-married couple. The husband is in finance and the wife is in marketing. ????

BEHIND-THE-SCENES: These are the frames we worked with. Notice Boysen’s special walls and paint colors! That’s Lory and I with her daughter Irvette. Lory is actually our helper who also loves handling styling projects with me. This is also her side gig! ????

The Bedroom

For this vignette, I chose to highlight Boysen’s interesting ombre wall paint against a light beige upholstered bed frame and matching nightstands. A pair of black modern droplights was added for form and function, and help keep both side tables spacious for the couple’s personal things. A light wood toned 5-drawer cabinet is also on display for added storage.

Muted colors and different textures were used that go well with choice accessories such as graphic throw pillows, a chunky blanket, area rugs with geometric print, a nice stool, and some table knick-knacks. It’s possible to create a relaxing and airy ambience in a master bedroom while injecting some character into the space. The result is a fresh, modern, minimalist vibe perfect for a young couple. You can find all of these right here in SM Home.

The Home Office

I styled a space for the couple to catch up on their reading, work on their finances, or simply talk about their day. With Boysen’s cheery combination of Techy Romantic, Space Encounter, and Shimmer Shake, this home office beams with energy and optimism through clever use of colors using a dynamic geometric pattern. These lines continue with the use of a cage light and an accent area rug.

The room is kept functional with spacious ladder-type bookshelves and an ample-sized work desk. The sofa bed is a comfy reading nook that doubles as extra sleeping space for their guests. A floor lamp adds useful lighting for the desk, while carefully selected accessories infuse warmth and character into the space. With the couple’s hectic professions and fast-paced lifestyles, I envisioned a vibrant yet peaceful home office that doesn’t feel like work.

Do visit SM Makati’s 5th floor for our latest display! ???? It’s there for the whole month of August.





What do Crystal Sparkle, Barenaked and Basic Blend have in common? They are the light neutrals of Boysen Color Trend 2017.

These colors can be counterpoints to the dark colors in the Color Trend 2017. They can also be used together to create a monochromatic palette. They can also stand alone if you want your rooms to have a minimal and serene ambience.



One Color

Light neutrals can definitely be interesting. Discover more colors and visit our Color Trend 2017 website.



The Boysen Color Trend 2017 has many blues – all bold, buoyant and beautiful.

For this month’s SM Home’s Complete Your Home, Tom Castaneda, AVP Marketing, chose three:

Rebel Yell

Rebel Yell belongs to the palette Maximal. It has the bright, intense blue of lapis lazuli. Rebel Yell was used to paint the kitchen vignette, giving energy to the space, which is very fitting for a place where food is prepared, food being the fuel required by all of us to keep living full lives.

Designer Denim

Used in the living room vignette, Designer Denim is even deeper in color than Rebel Yell. It is a bold color, dark in hue but not sombre.  Paired with light warm greys and a muted orange, the living room becomes a place where you can relax and find your balance.

Space Encounter

Space Encounter, the lightest blue in the trio, has a tinge of grey. This color is used in two vignettes, the bedroom and the home office.

In the bedroom, the feeling you get is one of buoyancy, a place of rest and feather-light dreams.

Space Encounter in the home office is used together with other colors in the Technology palette – Shimmer Shake, Techy Romantic, and Crystal Sparkle. With all four as your wall colors, you’d expect some jarring notes. But in this case, you get a place that invites you to do your creative best in your work.

I’ll be writing more about the new look of Complete Your Home in the coming weeks, to show you that with a change of colors and different furnishings, you get a totally different look-and-feel to any space. The vignettes are on show at SM Home in the bridgeway at the fifth floor of SM Makati until the end of August.

Our possessions mean a lot to us. We value them because we need them to survive. We take care of them because they’re sentimental. They’re important to us because we feel like we’ve earned them.

I’d harp on the evils of materialism and our enslavement to the latest trends, but I doubt most of us are so intensely gullible as that. Still, many of us have way too much stuff, most of which we don’t actually need, and they restrict us in ways we wouldn’t immediately notice.

I’ve always known minimalism as an art form or aesthetic, but never as a lifestyle. It’s a simple life tweak that can help us not only adopt better living habits, but also make our decisions more meaningful.

Having Less Stuff Helps Us Focus on What Matters

Most of us might not be living waist-deep in junk, but I’m sure we all have stuff that’s been left unused years after promising ourselves that we might need them someday. Enter minimalism, which encourages us to reduce our belongings to only what we really need, and to get rid of everything else that we don’t.

Which brings me to minimalism’s most important lesson: focusing on what matters most in life. That’s pretty subjective, but to a minimalist, what matters most aren’t material possessions, but relationships, health, love, growth, contentment, and a host of other words that don’t solely depend on physical objects to attain.

The more things we own, the more attention we have to give them, consciously or unconsciously. They end up becoming distractions. By letting go of the things that don’t significantly contribute to our overall happiness, we gain more time and energy to focus on what does.

Own Less, But Don’t Deprive Yourself

Have we been taught that more stuff equals good? Maybe. Many practicing minimalists would recommend you pare your belongings down to only the barest essentials—a few articles of clothing, enough furniture and kitchenware to live comfortably. Most of them will also assure you that you don’t need to live on the extremes; you can own a lot of things and still apply minimalism to your living habits.

If you need a car to get to work, that’s fine. If you need more than seven shirts and a few pairs of trousers, that’s fine too. Want to hang a painting in your room? Go for it. The point of minimalism is to avoid excess. If you can truthfully tell yourself that these are things you need, that they will make you happy without getting in the way of the more important things in your life, by all means! Plus, buying less stuff means you can invest more in high-quality stuff that will last you longer.

Constantly Question the Value of Your Possessions

Your home is the best place to start decluttering. Go through all your belongings and ask yourself, do I really need this? Does this bring me happiness? Don’t be surprised if you struggle—you may need a few rounds of decluttering before you’re left with only the most important items. Be brutal.

Same goes to every potential purchase. By applying the same line of questioning to your buying habits, you’ll be teaching yourself how to make more mindful and deliberate choices. You’ll be spending much less on new stuff and more on new experiences—travel, education, books, that gorgeous bottle of whiskey you saw at the grocery the other week.

Everything Will Feel Lighter

By the time you’ve cleared out every possible space in your home, things will feel noticeably more spacious. After recently clearing all the clutter from my desk, focusing on my work became surprisingly less troublesome.

There’s just something that feels so good about having less clutter and consciously owning less. Everything that you do own seems to feel much more valuable. You’ll want to take better care of them, knowing you’ve committed to making them last as long as possible. It’s a satisfying feeling of freedom and lightness. That, you’ll want to keep.

Minimal Palette of Color Trend 2017