There is an empty wall left in my shoebox condo, and I want a mural for my home….maybe. Or should I go for a painting instead? There’s always this ambivalence because I feel that murals are too permanent. Nothing wrong with that if you like permanence. However, I’d think, “What if it’s no longer in style? What if I get bored with it? What if I have to move out? It would be such a waste that I’d have to leave it behind!…” And so on and so forth, you know that kind of busy thinking that goes nowhere and wastes time.

Hamming it up

On a trip to Puerto Princesa a year ago, I stayed in a hotel called Canvas Boutique Hotel whose interiors were designed by Edwin D. Uy.  There were murals everywhere, also in each room. It gave such a personal and unique touch to the place, something I like having in hotels that I stay in. From the Canvas website: “The walls at Canvas speak volumes, and—quite literally—every storey has a story. Weaving that narrative into life were a team of visual artists who rendered Palawan culture, life forms and mythology onto colorful, vibrant reverbs of the island’s most celebrated cultural traits.”

Mural in the bedroom
Murals in the driveway
Mural in the floor lobby
Murals on the walls leading to the rooms

I wish I were an artist who could paint murals, like Nell del Rosario or the Ink Scribbler. Then I would just pick up my brush and create an obra maestra on my walls, at least that’s the goal. If it comes out a disaster, then it would be mine. So who cares, right? Uhm, my courage levels are not there yet. Maybe in this lifetime it’s gonna happen.

A long, long time ago, I had signed up for a lifestyle blog Apartment Therapy.  If interiors or anything about home are your thing, subscribe coz it’s a wonderful site! I got this post about murals in my inbox the other day. Oooh, so lovely! It’s a mountain mural made by Pam Lostracco from Canada, which apparently changed her business course in life.

There are many muralists who use Boysen paints for their projects. I will write about their works once I get my act together. Right now, I’m still busy thinking about my empty wall and the possible artwork I can paint on it.










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.





Nell del Rosario describes himself in his instagram page as a “Merchandiser. Musician. Magulang. Muralist.” But it’s not in instagram that Nell shows us his works because his posts there are mostly about his private pursuits and his family.

Boysen featured Nell’s murals a couple of years ago, and we decided to see what he’s up to now as a muralist. I asked him if he was still using Boysen paints for his murals, and his reply was, “Yes, I still and always will use BOYSEN!”  When I asked him for photos of his works, he led me to his facebook page.

 Here’s the Q&A with Nell. Photos are from his facebook page.
Artsy Cafe, Panay Ave., QC
Please describe yourself at work.
I have what I call “Reasonable OCD”. I always make sure that my work is neat, attractive, and “picture-worthy”. I am a very driven person and this attitude reflects on my artworks – vibrant, colorful, and full of texture. And because I’m so happy with what I do, sometimes I don’t notice that I was painting for 10 hours straight! That’s the advantage of doing what you love, you don’t consider it as work. Every moment is enjoyable. My main goal is to satisfy the customer’s needs. Biggest reward for me is seeing my works on IG and FB especially in establishments that make my design as part of their facade. 
Mural in a restaurant. Located at A. Venue Mall

Artwork for Bonchon, Megamall
Clash of Burgers, Pasig
What is your niche?
For now, my main clients are restaurants, offices, and even residential walls. The owners of these establishments like uniqueness and a way to express themselves thru their surroundings. Clients also include those out of the box thinkers, the haters of the norm, and the ones who ditch conventional wallpapers.
Souv, BGC
Cyma, Greenbelt 2
How did you come to specialize in this work? Are there other things that you do?
Since I was a toddler, I was introduced to art. Crayons, pens, and even watercolors were part of my toy chest. This skill was enhanced even more when I finished my course in Fine Arts way back in college.
Actually, mural painting is just a sideline/hobby for me. I have a day job, a Merchandise Manager in a Fashion Retail Company.
What does your normal day look like?
As I have mentioned, I am presently a Merchandise Manager of a retail brand and I goto the office everyday. The mural painting comes second, after office or on weekends. 
Nell with his son, Atom.
How do you get your projects?
I started this gig with friends and thru referrals, the network created a big reach. OLX, IG, and FB are also integral engines to reaching potential clients.
TBW Coffee Central
Baker’s Hub, Meycauayan, Bulacan
GC Hostel and Dorm
What are the usual challenges you have with your projects, and how you do you usually handle these challenges?
Because I have a regular job which eats most of my time for the whole week, the challenge is to squeeze in the schedule for the mural painting. I usually do the artworks on weekends but I also want to make sure I have family time. Scheduling is very important.
Del Rosario Family
What advice can you give budding artists?

Follow your passion! Create your own “art trademark”. Never be a copycat. Everyone has a different stroke/approach in art, you just have to stand out. And this can’t be done overnight. You have to focus and always put your heart in what you do. Practice. Practice. Practice. 

Nell is married to Georgia, and they have one son Alessandro Tomas Maria, whom they fondly call Atom. The couple are expecting their baby girl any time soon.
Where do you get your inspiration?
Being an artist as well as a musician, inspiration is everywhere. Right now, my drive comes from my kiddos, Atom and Alba, and my wife Georgia.
Addendum, July 5
 First they were three, and now they are four.

We published this post yesterday, and a few hours later Georgia gave birth to a daughter whom they’ve named Alba. The proud father Nell asked if we could update this post to include the new baby, and of course we said yes! So now he has three inspirations in his life–Georgia,

Atom and Alba. Welcome, Alba! And congratulations, Del Rosario Family!

Nell with his newborn daughter, Alba
Atom’s Room















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.


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.


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.

You’ve finally—painstakingly—decided on a color for the room you’ve been dying to renovate. You’re just about ready to begin and show the world your impeccable taste in color, except you’ve never done any painting in your life.

Don’t sweat it though, you could hire someone else to do your paint job. But sometimes, especially for more straightforward projects like repainting your walls, going DIY is both cheaper and simpler (especially with a lot of of practice) than most people think.

There are a couple of things to keep in mind if you’re considering trying your hand at doing your own painting. But in the end, the best way to a perfect paint job is really always just more practice.

Prep the Room

Clear the room of furniture as much as possible. It’s an added effort, but the tiniest of accidents will ruin your furniture, and this tends to happen more often than you’d expect. Remove all wall fixtures too, like socket covers and light switch plates, instead of painting around them.

Then lay a drop cloth over your floors. Alternatively, you can use plastic coverings or, if you have neither, newspapers. Just be careful: paint can slide off plastic and onto your floors, and can seep through cloth or newspaper if you aren’t careful.

Prep the Walls

Before any painting, it’s an absolute must to clean away all dirt, dust, and grease from your walls. If necessary, sponge your walls lightly with water and a mild detergent. Make sure every hole and crack is filled, and do a final sanding to flatten out any possible bumps. The goal is to get the wall as smooth and debris-free, for the smoothest paint job possible.

Cutting In

Before working on walls and ceilings, use a brush to fill in around 2-3 inches of paint over areas around doorframes and trim that are too narrow for your paint roller. When dipping your brush, make sure you cover only half or a third of the bristles, so the paint doesn’t dry at the base and shorten your brush’s lifespan. Dab some of the excess paint on the inside of the can, or you can loop a rubber band over the opening of the can, and use that instead to wipe your brush after dipping it into the paint.

Gently press the brush about an inch from the edge you’re cutting in, releasing paint from the brush. Slowly work it towards the edge of the wall, gliding just a few bristles over the length of the edge as carefully as you can. This applies to room corners as well, except you don’t have to be as precise.

You can also use painter’s tape (alternative: masking tape) to protect the trim and doorframes, but it’s best used as a safety measure only. Painter’s tape serves as an added cost, and there’s a chance paint can still seep through the tape, especially when you use masking tape.

Painting Walls and Ceilings

As a general rule, paint in a zigzag or “W” pattern when using a roller. Start as close to the cut-in as you can, focusing on distributing the paint and coating the wall as uniformly as possible. Try to finish painting your strokes in the same direction for a more even coat. Go for longer strokes, lightly lifting the roller off the wall after your last stroke, so as not to leave any hard edges.

Make sure you start right after cutting in the corners of the room while the paint is still wet, and finish one wall at a time before taking breaks. Letting the paint dry will result in an uneven coat.

Depending on how dark the old wall is or how light your new coat is, you may need to do more than one coat of paint.

Finishing Up

Make sure you air out the room properly once you’ve finished, unless the paint is odor-less, which allows people to be in the room comfortably while it’s being painted. However, if you are not using odor-less paint,  leave a few buckets of water in the room to absorb the remaining paint vapors, or light a scented candle to burn away some of the fumes, to help speed up the process.

If you plan on working again the next day, seal your paint cans well and wrap your paintbrushes and paint trays in plastic wrap or plastic bags, taking care to keep them as airtight as possible. Done right, and the next time you come back to them the paint will still be wet and fresh.

If you want visual instructions on how to paint a surface, watch the video below.

Every color has its own temperament. They have the remarkable ability to convey a very specific feeling, mood, and atmosphere. They even have the power to influence emotion and behavior.

That’s why choosing colors for your home can be such an important decision. What’s the first thing you want your guests to feel when they enter a room? What atmosphere do you want to create? What bedroom colors best suit your personality?

The meanings and associations of colors vary drastically across cultures and individuals. You may have learned to associate specific emotions with specific colors. What the color red means to Western culture takes on a completely different meaning in Asian culture.

But despite color’s high level of subjectivity, each color still has its own unique ability to embody certain characteristics. Designers find ways to understand color even better to be able to create the perfect room.

Red is naturally an eye-catching color. It’s bright, stimulating, commands attention, and stokes up passion and energy. While brighter, purer shades of red create emphasis, more subtle colors can be warm and comfortable. Too much red is sometimes an eyesore, but red in controlled amounts make a great accent.

Like a tall, cold glass of lemonade on a sunny day, yellow is the most cheerful and energizing of the three warm colors. It gives the room a touch of positivity, friendliness, and optimism. While brighter shades of yellow in large quantities can be overwhelming, softer yellows can make you feel warm and comfortable.

As the middle child of the warm color family, orange is the warmest color between red and yellow. It’s energetic and eye-catching, yet not so striking as red, which makes it friendlier and more approachable. Its subtler shades evoke sunsets and an earthy, autumn-like feel.

Nothing conjures up feelings of life, health, and restfulness as effectively as green. Because it so closely reminds us of nature, green can be energizing yet calming, striking yet balanced. Darker shades make for especially intimate atmospheres, while more vibrant tones can up your mood instantly.

Like the sea and sky it so frequently evokes, blue creates calm wherever you find it. It’s often used to give rooms a relaxing, reflective atmosphere, and certain shades of blue can supposedly make a room feel cooler (even if the temperature never actually changes). It’s perfect for spots in the house where you’re expecting to hole up for some quiet time, like a bedroom or office.

Purple symbolized royalty and wealth in many societies for hundreds of years because of how outrageously expensive and difficult it was to produce. That history has given purple its association with luxury, class, and even the exotic. Bluish purples are more relaxing and calming, while more reddish purples can be flashier, almost garish. Done right, however, you can bring out the sophistication in any room.

While often associated with femininity, pink’s reputation as a girly color has kept many a husband reluctant and uncomfortable. Pink can be fun, youthful, and lively, but pair softer pink accents alongside muted dark colors and the results are stunning.

You just can’t help but feel a sense of homeyness and familiarity with brown. It’s a safe, practical choice, bringing to mind feelings of reassurance and stability. And it’s highly flexible. Go for browns closer to natural colors instead of more artificial-looking variations.

Neutrals are the most versatile and flexible colors for interior design. A predominantly neutral-colored room lets you experiment with bolder colors that would otherwise overwhelm a room. Rather than dull, they’re classic mainstays, perfectly capable of giving a room a personality of its own.

The color black is elegant, sophisticated, and bold, yet simple. Used right, and your room becomes dramatic, luxurious even. Be wary, though: too much black and you risk inciting feelings of claustrophobia and discomfort.

Gray is another wonderful color to work with. It can easily pull off an understated kind sophistication and class. Warmer shades tend to be more inviting and pleasant, but too much gray and you’re left with an unpleasant, dreary atmosphere.

Choose white for a more modern feel. It’s clean, light, airy, and makes your room look and feel larger. It’s one of the safest color choices that gives room for countless variations. It’s best to layer a room with different shades of white so it doesn’t look too sterile and monotonous.

I spent the last day of 2016 with a small, brand-new paintbrush and a small, brand-new can of white Boysen paint.  It was 9 am of December 31 and I told myself that, whatever happened, I had to finish painting the section of the wall that our cat, Moomin, had picked at for the last 3 years.  He probably noticed a section of paint bulging in one spot and had tried to poke at it with his claw.  After so many years of picking at it, I realized one day that the wall looked disgusting; the hole he’d made was large enough to be obvious even from outside the house.