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.
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)
The Boysen x SM Home collaboration continues in 2018. The first project are the light and bright interiors of the latest room sets which you can find in the bridgeway of SM Home in Makati.
For January, SM Home assistant vice president for marketing Tom Castaneda, chose four of the light and cheerful colors from Color Trend 2017 as well as the specialty paint Perlescente from Boysen’s DECORe line. Here are the colors used for the five room sets.
Watch the video below to see Tom walking us through the different rooms – kitchen, dining room, living room, home office and bedroom. The paint colors are light and bright, and so are the furniture and accessories, all perfect for today’s condo living.
The Chinese believe that red symbolizes good luck, prosperity and happiness. So with the Chinese New Year approaching, we chose to make red the focus of this week’s paint color palette.
The Emotion of Red
Red is the color of blood and fire. It is hot, intense, and powerful. So how would you use it in modern homes?
But before I talk about tips, let me tell you a story. Years ago, I moved into a big house. It was a rental. I was in an experimental mood at that time, so I thought, I’m going to have a red accent wall in this huge 100-sqm living room. I did that and was very satisfied with the results. What was once a cavernous space became warm and intimate with the red wall.
Since I had some more red paint left, I thought, I’m going to paint the hallway red. What about that? No apologies! No holding back! Red was going to be the color of the left and right walls of the hallway. With the marble floor, I thought that was going to be spectacular.
It was! It gave the very stately home in one of the most gentile streets in Amsterdam the air of a brothel. It was a spectacular failure!
Thank God it was just paint! But let me tell you that it was more work than I thought. Because of the intensity of the color, it took a primer and several coats of an off-white paint color to make that bloody red color disappear.
Tips on Where to Paint Red in Your Homes
Now that I am older, and hopefully wiser, here are my tips on how to use red in your homes.
Which rooms would look good with red? I would paint them in rooms where you need lots of energy, like a living room, a dining room or a den. It would also look good in a bathroom, in a kitchen, or out on a patio or garden where the green of the plants give the color an extra kick.
A Cautious Way of Using Red
If you’re afraid to have a hot color like red on your walls, then you can opt to use the color in your furniture or home accessories. Then you can decide how much of the red you’d like to have in your living space. This is a good way to test the color and see how you feel about it before you commit to painting a wall.
Let it B wishes everyone Kung Hei Fat Choi, which will be celebrated on February 16 this year. This is going to be a red-letter day for many people. Let’s hope that the Year of the Dog will bring us good luck, prosperity and happiness.
Aside from bedroom paint ideas, we’d like to bring you more tips on how to decorate your bedroom. Here is a guest post about bedroom plants from Taylor Jones, Director of Digital Marketing at Drömma, who is passionate about helping people get the best night’s sleep possible.
There is nothing quite like a restful night’s sleep. In today’s supercharged world, many people battle insomnia and restless nights due to things like stress or too much caffeine. While it is easy to seek the aid of sleeping pills, the natural aid of plants for sleep is often overlooked. Dromma put together a list of the best plants for your bedroom to help soothe you to sleep.
Read more about the 5 trending indoor plants here.
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.
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.
Many of us would love to add a few house plants around our homes, but their pristine appearance and practical qualities will only last if we ensure to care for them properly. Indeed, a house plant that’s been left rotting to death serves only to diminish the appearance of a room and offers no practical benefit. The message is clear: house plants are fantastic, but require consistent upkeep to preserve their qualities.
Here is an infographic from EZ Living Interiors which offers magnificent suggestions on the best types of house plant for various rooms within your home, along with practical tips on how best to maintain each plant. With most plants, it’s advisable to give them natural light but not leave them exposed to direct sunlight, while also watering them daily but not drenching them completely. Each plant type, though, will have its own specific do’s and don’ts when it comes to maintenance. For example, white jasmine (which is perfect for kitchens) requires full sunlight to thrive, whereas snake plants (ideal for bedrooms) can grow quite well without the need for light. Knowing the qualities of various plants will also help you to determine where best to locate them within your home.
For further reading on how to keep your house plants alive and well, check out the infographic below.
This is a guest blog post from Helen O’Keeffe, who works on content for home interiors store EZ Living Interiors. They operate stores all over Ireland and have two stores in Northern Ireland offering a wide selection of high quality interior and furniture products.
Have you ever considered using a grey palette for your baby room? If not, then keep on reading because you may find it a welcome change from the usual pink or blue.
There are those who want to be gender neutral and have chosen yellow, and others who have chosen something safe like white. But what if you wanted a different look, something more sophisticated yet calming?
Let’s usher in the greys!
How Do You Choose the Right Kind of Grey
If your baby room is lacking in natural light, then choose a warm grey because the hint of yellow or pink in it gives a warm and welcoming glow to the space. Have light-colored furnishings to highlight that airy and fresh feel.
If you want to have a luxurious and serene ambience, then go for a cool grey. Choose furnishings with natural materials like wood to create that cozy quality, much like the Scandinavian hygge.
The best thing about grey is that it is like a blank canvas on which you can experiment with bright hues like yellow, salmon, pink, or lavender.
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 🙂).
The color pairing of orange and blue just works. It’s a failsafe color combination that proves opposites attract. That’s what colors at the opposite sides of the color wheel do, they just go together, which is why they’re called complementary colors.
Orange is a warm color, even hot, and it is associated with energy, stimulation, joy, and enthusiasm. Blue, on the other hand, is a cool color, the color of the earth and sky. It symbolizes peace, trust, depth, and loyalty. Combining both in one room creates a balanced vibe. It’s a happy combo, used in many interior styles.
Feast your eyes on the possibilities of the color pairing of orange and blue in your room interiors and even your home exteriors.
Boysen, together with the other members of the Nova Paint Club, an international group of leading independent paint companies around the world, have workshops together with an international color expert to discuss color trends for the following year. Paint colors for the year, usually six colors for each of the four palettes, are chosen by Boysen based on the factors influencing the lifestyle of the modern Filipino. Every year, Boysen researches on trends in culture, design, fashion, technology, and media.
There was a sizable crowd on both days. SM Home assistant vice president for marketing Tom Castaneda, the initiator of the SM Home Condo Essentials, apologized for underestimating the expected public participation, hence the space where the talks were held was not big enough to comfortably accommodate the crowd. Despite this though, the people happily took the chance to ask the experts, together with the designers, all kinds of questions on how they could improve their homes. Some even stayed for the full talk, a total of five hours!
As Tom said, “In recent years, we’ve seen condo sizes shrink. And as they do, homeowners have to learn how to maximize their spaces, to live comfortably without feeling cooped up.”
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