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A true DIY-Diva like Danica is a go-getter. So after choosing her colors from the Boysen App, she moves on to buy those cans of paints from the Boysen Mix and Match Station, that you can find in select hardware stores, home depots or paint centers. Check which outlet is closest to you here.

Buy all sundries you need in the same place to get those colors on your walls in a jiffy. Why wait, right?

The ombre wall Danica is making here needs more time, and different colors of paint (same hue but different tones). If you want something simple, just paint your wall one color, like what most people do. Jazz it up a bit by having one accent wall, which you paint in a different color.

Follow Danica’s story here –
DIY Diva, Episode 1
DIY Diva, Episode 2
DIY Diva, Episode 4
DIY Diva, Episode 5
DIY Diva, Episode 6 
DIY Diva, Episode 7
DIY Diva, Episode 8

Meet Danica, our DIY Diva, who has been promoted by her office and assigned to Cebu. New responsibilities, new colleagues, new city, new home.

Excited to see her new nest, she opens the door and is underwhelmed! Oops, boring! But she’s a go-getter and creative to boot so she goes about redesigning her home and some things in it so her new residence will carry her colorful style and high energy.

Follow Danica’s journey and learn from the DIY Diva.

Follow Danica’s story –
DIY Diva, Episode 2
DIY Diva, Episode 3
DIY Diva, Episode 4
DIY Diva, Episode 5
DIY Diva, Episode 6
DIY Diva, Episode 7
DIY Diva, Episode 8

That moment when you’re looking at your new unpainted pad, and you’re supposed to choose the color combos. How do you start?

Go back to basics and use the color wheel.

There are many ways to combine colors , but for beginners, let’s play it safe and stick to these three schemes.

Complementary

You can use two colors which are at the opposite sides of the wheel, for example, blue and orange. However it is best that you use one as the base color and the other as an accent so as not to create too much of a contrast in a room, to give it a more harmonious and relaxing ambience. Unless of course, you want to create an energetic vibe.

Split Complementary

This is a variation of the complementary color scheme. In addition to a base color, the adjacent colors of its complement are used in the combination. This high-energy, vibrant color scheme would appeal to millennials, or anyone who wants a room to exude dynamism. Again, choose a main color and make the other two your accent. Adding neutrals in the mix could also make this scheme less intense but still punchy.

Tonal

An analogous color scheme is the same as monochromatic or tonal, meaning that you have one color but in different tones. This may be less vibrant than the other two color schemes above, but this combination is definitely harmonious, and can have a rich look by adding texture and patterns.

Go back to that color wheel and find the base color that appeals to you. After that, make a choice what scheme would best fit that space you will be painting. See you at the Mix & Match station.

Imagine this scenario: You enter a cozy, swanky place and you feel this warm, comfortable feeling envelope you, and you whisper to yourself, “What a nice ambience.” Then you notice that the whole room is swathed in low, yellow light, and the walls are painted white.  Easy enough to replicate. You go home, arm yourself with a brand new pristine brush and cans of white paint, and merrily shift to DIY mode to paint the whites on, only to be dismayed in the end because your white feels flat and you did not quite achieve the cozy feel you were hoping for. What gives?

To the untrained eye, white is white. But the fact is, not all whites are created equal. If you ask me, white can be a very tricky color. We all know about the advantages of using white – for small spaces, white makes space bigger, white is generally deemed as a ‘safe’ color, and so on.  But white can actually wave its own brand of magic, if correctly used.

With the prevailing lifestyle shift of most Filipinos now, what with the seeming preference for cosmo and convenient condo living, the use of monochromatic color, especially white, has become very effective to use in small and limited spaces. But here’s the catch: those walls of white that so enchanted you? They are not painted just white.  Those ‘whites’ are actually a combination of white and different hues done in different shades to subtly create depths, and to be able to distinguish between areas, and yet allow for creating one harmonious space, therefore giving you that ‘cozy, warm ambiance’. Now if you are a brave soul, and still insist on channeling your DIY persona, go ahead and do so, but just come down a while from your mighty ladder, and elicit the help of the friendly people at your paint shop or depot’s Mix & Match station. They will be able to help you come up with your ‘right white’.

This unit was painted using Virtuoso Silk Touch for the walls because of its Teflon properties and Microban antibacterial protection. The unit owner opted to use Virtuoso because it will allow her to enjoy the whites longer as Virtuoso is an easy-clean, matte- finish paint. Using Virtuoso was also strategic, since the unit is also leased out, hence, Virtuoso’s easy clean feature makes the place less vulnerable for tenants who may not be as careful with the usage of the unit.

It has, in fact, been a very smart move for the owner to use various light shades of Virtuoso as the quality of paint has proven its longevity even with the constant comings and goings of different tenants, thus helping the unit owner in her own business of condo rentals. For this unit, white creates airiness, while exuding sophistication. Additionally, the source of light also determines whether your white will come out intensified or subdued.

Suffice it to say, white is a very flexible color. Floor may carry a very light tinge of gray, walls are “white”, with ceilings that are even “whiter”, all these subtle differences create that fluidity – making the floor, wall, and ceiling undefined space —thus allowing for the illusion of bigger space and yet providing a cohesive look.

So the next time you see a sea of white walls and ceilings and floors, and you start feeling relaxed, warm, and all fuzzy, look again, and you’ll know better…perhaps it’s not quite white.

Choosing colors for your home is an exciting step in the nesting process, and is also an exercise in self-discovery.

Some of us seem to be born with definite tastes; they have the edge here, and they move on to execution with ease. They are those, who in a few days or weeks, are ready to move in.

However, some of us can be totally clueless which means they would probably rely on their interior designers or stylists, if they are or feel rich enough to afford one. Or they would rely on a friend who seems to have gotten it together on these things, or family members who have very clear opinions about the matter. You could surf the internet, of course, and end up bleary-eyed at 2 AM, no longer clueless but awfully confused.

Which brings us to a third group of people, they are those who hop from one style to another, at least in their heads. Modern, minimalist, industrial, coastal, rustic, shabby chic, Proudly Pinoy…the list is endless. They are not very clear about their innate style, and are in the process of experimentation, which for some may last for years.

The good news is painting is the easiest and most inexpensive way to change the entire look of your home. So do factor in the time for self-reflection but don’t overdo it.  After all, we all are works-in-progress, so why not the colors of our homes too.

Go to your nearest Mix & Match Station, and have a color immersion.