Carlo came up with an inspired idea to mix and match colors and have an accent wall in his Mom’s neighborhood fruit bar. He made a geometric pattern on the wall using triangles and painting them with fresh colors.
Mix & Match Colors
Carlo chose paint colors of mango, cantaloupe, orange, sunshine, blue skies and soft earth. The wall becomes such a feast for the eyes. It’s a veritable cornucopia of delight and goodness, perfect for a place where people come to refresh themselves.
Having this kind of wall in your home really jazzes up a space. If you keep the rest of the space calm and make the accent wall the focal point of a room, then you bring in excitement into your home, without making it overwhelming. In choosing the colors, use a color wheel or choose palettes from Boysen Color Trends.
We’ve talked a lot about an accent wall in this blog with our collaboration with SM Home. Here’s our latest one with the Color Trend 2018 colors.
Choosing paint colors for your home is always an exciting exercise. Every year, Boysen comes out with four palettes with six colors for each palette, to help you choose your paint colors as well as how to combine them. You can choose two or more from within a palette and you can be sure that they would go well together. You don’t have to worry about color combinations because the colors within a palette have already been carefully curated by our color experts.
Watch this video to see what colors are in for Boysen Color Trend 2018, our top paint colors for the year,
You don’t have to limit yourself to our 2018 paint colors. We started making Color Trends in 2015 and the paint color palettes in the past years are still very attractive today. Color is a very personal thing after all so for your home, choose those paint colors that appeal to you. That should be your starting point. Choosing a color because it is trendy is not going to make you happy in the long run.
Still, if you think you made the “wrong” choice, never fear. Paint is so easy to change and very affordable too.
Paint + time + elbow grease = A new room
Check out the Boysen Color Trends for this year and the past years. This blog is also chock full of colors so delve right in and learn more about colors. You’d be surprised to find that you are also learning a lot about yourself.
After a shoot, the blog team of two made a beeline for the Tory Burch shop in Greenbelt 5. Someone had told us that it was very colorful. It definitely was and what added to our excitement was that it’s the Be Seen palette of Color Trend 2018. How cool!
Bold. Audacious. Brilliant.
That was the copy on the window display, plus the additional, “An explosion of color and prints, inspired by David Hicks.”
So true. That. Because the Be Seen palette is all about stepping on stage and shining like a star. Offer no apologies for who you are – your intention, your passion, that spark that makes you unique, because this is your one inimitable life so live it with all you’ve got!
I liked the bags too, by the way, especially the striped one. That would really brighten up any outfit! Although I would prefer to have a different print on my clothes and not be too matchy-matchy with the bag. Just a thought though, because I’ll stick to my locally made bags. Buy Filipino has been my mantra for more than a decade now.
Eclectic Chic from Tory Burch
I love the print on print background. The colorful, eclectic and geometric designs remind me of mandalas, Greek patterns, Moroccan tiles, and Spanish ceramic patterns.
David Hicks was one of the most important interior designers of the late twentieth century, who became known for his carpets and textiles.
“My greatest contribution as an interior designer has been to show people how to use bold color mixtures, how to use patterned carpets, how to light rooms, and how to mix old with new.
– David Hicks, Living—with Taste
Palette Be Seen
The above photo is one of the interior shots we used for the Color Trend 2018 brochure. If you want to download the brochure, click on this link.
The Be You palette of Color Trend 2018 is a mix of cool colors, pastels and light, earthy neutrals. These are colors that can reflect the comfort and safety that a haven offers. It’s a wonderful place to be where you can relax, be comfortable in your own skin and just be yourself. No need for masks or a stiff upper lip. Facial muscles are not required to express anything but what you feel.
See the Be You Palette in SM Home’s Bedroom and Kitchen Vignettes
Be You is a color palette that provides the healing hues for rest and refuge, a space where you can withdraw for a while from the frenetic pace of your day, and just take deep breaths to recover, to heal, and to top up your energy to be able to handle life’s vicissitudes.
See how SM Home’s AVP for Marketing Tom Castaneda and professional stylist Love Ocampo designed a bedroom and kitchen respectively in the Be You colors.
The Subdued Colors for the Kitchen
Love chose the subdued colors of the Be You palette, namely, Strange Brew, Private Stock, Skin is In and Bluegrass Suite, for the kitchen. She chose white as the base color for the cabinetry and shelving. The light wooden table top and chairs echo the light color scheme chosen from the palette. The bronze sheen of the coffeemaker and toaster on the countertop are definitely eye catchers.
Be Yourself in Your Bedroom
Using geometric patterns as influenced by Scandinavian interior design makes for a strong statement. That is what Tom did to the bedroom wall by having the zigzag lines painted in the blue grey of New Breed against a wall painted in the light mint green of Bluegrass Suite. This is also actually a good design trick if you don’t have a headboard, and it is easy and inexpensive to do.
The light grey of the furniture mimics the paint color Private Stock. It’s a very cool color which is restful for the eyes. Tom paired this with white bedsheets. He was very excited to find in the SM bed linen collection, a bedspread that had lines in the mint color embroidered at one end. For visual weight, the throw pillows he piled on the bed and the shaggy rug have different textures and come in different shades of mint and grey.
Tom certainly designed a bedroom where you can relax and sleep away the stresses of the day.
More Room Vignettes Coming Your Way
The SM Home and Boysen collaboration continues in the month of April. Watch this space to see more design inspirations from Tom and other designers, using the scrumptious colors of Boysen.
To me, the palette Be Here of Color Trend 2018 is an allegory of summer vacations in my grandparents’ home in the probinsiya. The colors feel very organic with its dusky mauves, burnt yellow, deep green, and the neutrals black and white. When I look at it, I feel a sweet nostalgia for summers spent in comfortable and safe surroundings with my siblings and so many cousins.
The Filipino interior style has so much to offer so turn to your roots to find your definition of modern rustic. The use of wood, capiz shells, rattan, solihiya, abaca weaves, baskets, or other handwoven textiles using the designs of today can give that feeling of tradition while still being contemporary. Add modern chairs, lamps, and other modern conveniences like hobs and ovens.
Tip: Use mostly natural materials for your furnishings. You’re helping Filipino artisans who still make traditional handicrafts to earn a living.
During those summers, the town was our playground and we explored it from dawn to dusk. The beach was at the back of the house and the town plaza in front, full of century-old acacia trees. Across the plaza was the school and the old church beside it. We could just hop and skip our way to the park which had the statue of Jose Rizal in the middle and an old fountain that was always bone-dry. At the back of that was the municipio with a row of huge sunflowers in front of the building, nodding their heads under the blue sky.
Nature! I took it for granted. But now I feel so blessed that I experienced those summers. We had the time of our lives outdoors as we played so many games, some of which we made up ourselves.
I think it was then that I really noticed colors. Nature was the best teacher in color combinations. When I think now about what colors go together, I notice that my mind does not reach out for the color wheel. It goes back to the things I observed while growing up.
In the mood board above, you will see that I used artichokes and figs, which I discovered and learned to admire when I lived abroad. I love the spiral pattern of the artichoke leaves. So Fibonacci! As for the fresh figs, I love the delicate light grey strokes and a hint of yellow on a mottled dusky mauve and pale green background.
There is so much violet in nature. They come from the sea or grow on land.
A daily visit to the beach was customary in those days, and there I found violet everywhere, in the common sigay (cowrie shell) or cockleshell. There were so many colors but I preferred those with pale violet. The dorsal (or top) side had this delicate mauve hue as if it were painted in watercolor and framed with white. We gathered them for our sungkaan.
Skin diving was not only a test on who could hold her or his breath the longest, but I also liked to look for my favorite sand dollars with their pretty flower-like pattern at the center. They too came in other colors but I wanted those violet ones. Don’t forget the sea urchin skeletons! They too have the violet ones. Getting the sand dollar and sea urchin skeletons from the seabed was tricky because they were very brittle and if you were not careful, you’d break them to pieces.
If the sea has a violet bounty, so does the land. When I say violet, I’m sure halo-halo would be one of your guesses, especially with summer in the offing. Heck, even Obama likes it! However, I don’t. I could never understand the melange of flavors. Too much there going on for me. I like ube ice cream though. Even if it’s not made into ice cream but boiled, purple yams (ube) are really good. Other delicious tubers or root crops that have violet varieties are sweet potato, cassava and taro.
I also like lomboy or duhat, never mind if sometimes it’s tart. Summer is definitely here if you find lomboy and sarguelas in the market. You might contest me on this but I swear that sarguelas, just like avocado, have shades of violet on their skins. And who wouldn’t love chilled milky and sweet caimito on a warm day? Even if they’re green on the outside, they can have bits of violet inside. But the purple ones are really stunning, outside and inside. Just yum!
Have you ever seen cacao pods on the tree? They actually look spectacular hanging directly on the trunk. When they’re young, they could have this purple hue. Freshly cut mature pods have delicately purple-colored pulp. But the treasure of cacao is in the beans, and we know what that makes 😀, and although the beans are no longer violet after roasting, what they are made into is definitely delish!
Another shade of violet which I find so beautiful is eggplant. It’s called by another name in many countries in Europe. Aubergine (pronounced ō′bĕr-zhēn′, ō′bər-jēn). Ang ganda kaya memorize ko kaagad! But here in the Philippines, you can’t ask for aubergine. Better to say talong!
Bananas are violet to begin with before they turn yellow when they’re ripe. If you’ve seen a puso ng saging (banana blossom or heart), you’d know what I mean. The color of the bud is crimson with splotches of purple. It’s a beautiful rich color. I was fascinated by it hanging there against a backdrop of green, and even more fascinated by the taste as it was cooked in gata!
Garlic too has violet streaks on them, just like red onions. I’m sure that you have noticed that before you peel the cloves. Next time that you get to hold a bulb of garlic, enjoy how pretty it looks first before breaking off the cloves and smashing them with your knife.
The sun drenches the earth in yellow during summer.
I loved it how the yellows became more intense with the light. My grandparents had a garden wrapped around their home and they filled it with all kinds of trees and plants. Near the front gate was this tree with its cascade of yellow flowers. It was aptly called Golden Shower and I enjoyed seeing how profusely it bloomed. It looked like it was having a lot of fun doing that.
Have you ever noticed the dark yellow at the center of a white kalachuchi? Even the pink ones have yellow hearts too. The thick, waxy petals give off this heady fragrance. You can smell it especially at night. I used to pick up the flowers that dropped on the ground and just breathed in its scent.
When we went to the beach, we passed by this red gumamela bush in a neighbor’s front yard. In the middle, sometimes hidden by the red petals, were these itty-bitty, punchy yellow dots which were pollen on the anthers. There’s a study in contrast right there!
The day started at 4:30 in the morning. No kidding. Our chore was to sweep the grounds while the adults cooked breakfast. How we could ever do that task properly when it was pitch dark was something I didn’t fully understand. We had to say “tabi” (excuse me) now and then, just in case we dislodged an elf or two with our brooms. The call for breakfast was very welcome indeed. I loved the eggs even if they were small because they came from native chickens. When you cracked one open, you’d see this deep golden yolk, so yellow that it bordered on orange, and they were so tasty!
The last sunshiny memory I have for yellow that I’d like to share is nangka or langka, that pungent, stinky, juicy fruit with the thorny exterior. I’m not a huge fan. I can eat a few arils but I much prefer the boiled seeds. I don’t know why though when it just tastes starchy.
Greener than Grass
There are certain tropical foliage that look very dark green with tinges of blue, especially when seen in the shade. As a child, I really loved philodendron, and still do today. Although I didn’t know what it was called then, I was just really drawn to those big leaves which had “fingers”. For the past year, I’ve been putting two cut leaves in a big vase in my living room as a reminder of those summer days. It does not hurt that they are also very trendy. The third reason for having them at home is because they are so low-maintenance, which is great for someone who can kill cacti. And the fourth is that they can last for more than a month!
Banana leaves are equally trendy, even H&M Home likes them on their cushion covers. A banana tree has big, broad blades with supporting midribs, and their colors can range from a light to a deep green. They were so useful. We’d use them as plates during picnics or as wrappers for food like rice, budbud or suman, puto, bibingka, bico, atsal…
Have you ever been to a bamboo grove? The sound of leaves rustling in the breeze was mesmerizing, like secrets being whispered. But then when the stems started creaking, it was spooky. My imagination was never timid, especially not when I heard stories about children being spirited away into a bamboo grove by fairies, never to be heard of again. Now that tale definitely did not end with “And they lived happily ever after.”
Make Your Own Mood Board
Make a mood board. Why do particular colors appeal to you? Cast around for cherished childhood memories and you may find the reasons for your favorite colors. Need help? Make it a family activity and share heartwarming memories of the good, old days.
Are you looking for a color palette that invites you to embrace nature and be in the moment? The Be Here palette of Color Trend 2018 is my favorite. I usually go for subdued colors. However, for this year’s Color Trend, I find the dusky mauves Root Crop and Gypsy Train, the deep green of Forest Ranger, the burnt yellow of Yellowstone Park, and the neutrals Marble Chalk and inky Night Watch, so attractive.
What draws me to this palette is its organic feel. With these colors you are inviting nature in, in a subtle way, and are giving your space a grounded vibe.
Embrace Nature in Your Living Room
Professional stylist Love Ocampo designed the living room in SM Home’s March room sets. She used a grey sofa to contrast with the deep green wall. You could see the same grey in the swirls and veins of a white marble center table, as well as the grey round side table.
The geometric black and white lines and patterns on the rugs, the throw, and the cushion covers add energy and excitement to the interior. The textures of the fabrics also add visual weight to the room, making the space more intimate and welcoming. The rough textures are a great counterpoint to the smooth marble of the table tops. Indoor plants emphasize the room’s organic feel.
Note how the yellow accent cushion in an ethnic pattern gives the space a dash of flair. This sunshine splash of color ties the whole room together and gives it that added zing.
New Room Vignettes
SM Home’s assistant vice president for Marketing Tom Castaneda is making new room vignettes for even more inspiration. Watch this space for further announcements.
[This year] will be dominated by pattern. Tropical vibes will be seen as a mainstay in design across the board with ’80s shapes and overscale upholstery taking place of the more tailored mid-century shapes seen prominently in the last couple of years. —Martyn Lawrence Bullard
Martyn Bullard, multi-awarded interior designer based in Los Angeles, predicts that tropical vibes will be a trend this year. ““Beige interiors are banished, making way for color and pattern…,” he added.
Tropical vibes in interior design abound in this year’s interior furnishings. I saw this in H&M Home, one of my favorite stores. They have gorgeous home accessories that explode with color and whimsy. From cushions, towels, linens, to curtains, bold splashes of color speak of tropical heat and a lush life. It’s not only in fabric that you see tropical patterns and designs, but also on cups, plates and trays, and in the shape of jars and trays as well.
Three Colorful Palettes in Color Trend 2018
Boysen has three palettes out of four — Be Bold, Be Seen and Be Here — that showcase bright, bold colors for this year. With these colors, you can create a tropical atmosphere in your rooms, and use accessories as shown above as accent pieces. Don’t go overboard though because your home might end up looking like a caricature of a jungle.
You’d think that the palette Be Seen, mainly consisting of blues and greys, would be subdued and restrained. However, the addition of a fiery red and cream makes it hum with a kind of sassy energy. The color combination makes it a space that vibrates at a higher frequency. It’s a space that invites you to show the world your light.
Paint Your Dining Room with Be Seen
Tom Castañeda, assistant vice president of SM Home, designed a nautical-themed dining room vignette. Nautical was not the style he wanted for this room, not until he saw the striped wall. He started out with blue and cream, and ended up adding red stripes in the whole mix. See for yourself in this video what Tom made of the space.
The colors in this dining room raise energy levels. This is a good ambience for a dining room since it is a place where family members meet. If you are the type to enjoy having people in your home, this is definitely a place where you can hang out.
We will be making videos of the other two palettes in Color Trend 2018, Be Here and Be You. In the meantime, you can go check out the five room sets in the bridgeway at the 5th floor of SM Home Makati. You will find ideas on how you can use the four new palettes in a home office, dining room, home office, kitchen and bedroom. The vignettes will be there until the end of March.
The palette Be Bold of Color Trend 2018 has bright colors, perfect for a room like a home office to give that space a high energy vibe.
Our collaboration partner in SM Home, Tom Castaneda, designed an incredibly colorful and powerful space using the Be Bold palette. He designed it with a young power couple in mind, but it ended up being his space. The three clocks on the wall have a special meaning for Tom. He’s an American and lived in New York, has family in Los Angeles, and now resides in Manila. So those are the three time zones that matter to him.
Visit SM Home in Makati to See the Be Bold Home Office
There are five room vignettes in the bridgeway at the 5th floor of SM Home in Makati. If you want to see how Tom combined the new Boysen colors with furniture and accessories available in SM Makati, do visit this blog regularly. Or better yet, visit SM Home. The room sets will be there until the end of March.
When you introduce 24 colors for the year, four palettes with six colors each, you can’t help but almost always be in a creative mode. One of the ways we got creative was to make a papercraft video using Color Trend 2018: BE BOYSEN colors.
We replicated the eight interior styles in the papercraft video, two styles for each palette, as follows:
BE BOLD: Geometric Chic and Retro Vogue
BE SEEN: Pop Culture and Out There
BE HERE: Country Farmhouse and Modern Organic
BE YOU: French Contemporary and Timeless Minimalist
Behind the Scenes
It took three days to shoot instead of the allotted one day. It was more complicated than expected. The team worked long hours to get the paper rooms just right and to shoot. The artists were cutting for more than 12 hours. In the end, they couldn’t even open coffee sachets. My question is why didn’t they use their scissors? 😬
Despite the difficulties and the tight deadline, the team had fun doing it and even had a contest between teams on who could make the most creative room set. In the end, everyone won.
Launch of Boysen Color Trend 2018 in SM Home Makati
We launched this year’s Color Trend in SM Home last March 1. Visit the bridgeway at the 5th floor of SM Makati to see five room setups to get more inspiration on how to combine the Boysen Color Trend 2018 with the furniture and accessories available at SM Home. These vignettes will be up until the end of March.