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There’s something about the color pink that makes me feel calm. I think it’s because I often associate it with the cherry blossoms, which look almost like pink clouds on land. When I think about pink, I think about softness and beauty, two qualities exemplified by the delicate nature of the cherry blossom. 

Cherry Blossom Pink as Color Inspiration for Personal Spaces

Cherry Blossom Pink for Bedrooms

Shades of pink are perfect for bedrooms or personal, quiet spaces. It’s ideal for inducing serenity in an intimate space where you can simply lie down, meditate, or relax. I can also imagine it being used in nurseries for babies (yes, that includes male babies), as the color also emanates a sense of innocence and joy. 

While the color pink is traditionally “feminine,” I don’t believe that colors should be segregated by gender, as they evoke pure emotion, which are human traits that transcend our physicality. Don’t be afraid to use pink if the color speaks to you, since your choice of colors must be something that resonates with you from within.

Cherry Blossoms in Early Spring

Cherry Blossom Pink as Color Inspiration for Personal Spaces
Sakura at Tenjin Central Park

The sakura, otherwise known as the cherry blossom, is widely regarded as a symbol for Japan, and in Japan, the sakura is a cultural emblem that signifies the beginning of spring. The image of the sakura is deeply rooted into their culture, and has pervaded the arts and pop culture as well. They are also metaphorical for life and mortality due to their impermanence. 

Cherry Blossom Pink as Color Inspiration for Personal Spaces
A path lined with cherry blossoms at Uminokamichi

I was in Fukuoka this year during the peak of the cherry blossom season, and I was lucky enough to witness the trees in full bloom scattered throughout the city. The cherry blossoms only bloom during a very specific time of the year, and they easily disappear within a week or two. The experience was absolutely magical, especially when you walk through paths and fields lined with the blossoming trees while petals softly rain down on you.  

Cherry Blossom Pink as Color Inspiration for Personal Spaces
Cherry blossoms with a view of the city from atop the Fukuoka Castle Ruins

There are various varieties of cherry blossoms in Japan, each having their own distinct flower and their own blooming season. All of them bloom during spring, but the ones I’ve seen are the ones that bloom early, since I visited Japan in March. Other varieties of sakura come in shades of yellow and dark red, and some even have hundreds of petals on a single blossom, but these usually bloom in mid or late spring. 

Cherry Blossom Pink as Color Inspiration for Personal Spaces
Ukon, the yellow variety (c) Wikimedia
Cherry Blossom Pink as Color Inspiration for Personal Spaces
Hikanzakura, a dark pink, bell-shaped variety (c) Wikimedia
Kikuzakura, which can have as many as a hundred petals per flower (c) Wikimedia

The most common ones I’ve seen in Fukuoka are the ones with a light pink shade. It is most likely the yamazakura variety, which is characterized by its light pink flowers with five petals accompanied by young leaves that develop at the same time as the flowers. 

Cherry Blossom Pink as Color Inspiration for Personal Spaces
Yamazakura

Another common variety is the somei yoshino, which has very light pink flowers that are almost on the verge of white. Unlike the yamazakura, this variety rarely has leaves during the blooming season. 

Cherry Blossom Pink as Color Inspiration for Personal Spaces
Somei Yoshino

The kawazuzakura was a rarer sight than the previous two, but stand out among the groves of cherry blossom trees due to their darker shade. Unlike the yamazakura and the somei yoshino which both have five petals, some varieties of kawazuzakura (such as the one below) have more than five, and are classified as “yaezakura.”

Cherry Blossom Pink as Color Inspiration for Personal Spaces
Kawazuzakura

There’s something very surreal about seeing clusters of cherry blossoms blooming altogether, as if you were in an alluring dream that you wouldn’t want to wake up from. It’s a magical experience that everyone should try experiencing at least once in Japan. 

Cherry Blossom Pink as Color Inspiration for Personal Spaces
Yayoi Kusama’s “Pumpkin” (1994) under a cherry blossom tree
Cherry Blossom Pink as Color Inspiration for Personal Spaces
A cherry blossom tree and a torii gate in Dazaifu
Cherry Blossom Pink as Color Inspiration for Personal Spaces
A walking path in Uminokamichi

Other Blog Posts on Pink Rooms

The blog has articles that talk about the color pink. Read the following for more inspiration about this pale, light and warm color —

A Room of My Own: Designing a Room from Scratch
A Girly-Girl’s Blush Pink for an Ultra-Feminine Bedroom

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After making wooden coasters, Carlo moves on to repurpose a pallet into a menu sign. Mama’s delicious fruit shakes deserves a pimped-up menu sign that lists what she has on offer. He chose colors that would complement the colorful geometric accent wall he made.

Follow Carlo’s and Mama’s story –
Episode 1
Episode 2
Episode 3 (How to paint a geometric wall)
Episode 4 (Make your own wooden coasters)
Episode 5 (How to repurpose a wooden pallet into a menu sign)

Other Let it B Webisodes

For other DIY webisodes, please go to:
DIY Diva
Move on Max
I <3 Me

There are also other DIY craft videos that you can watch. Just visit our Youtube channel.

 

 

The quiet appeal of the BE YOU palette for the bedroom is for someone who wants to come home to a place that enfolds and embraces.

The Quiet Appeal of the BE YOU Palette for the Bedroom
Disclaimer: These colors may not exactly match actual paint

Everyone needs a place like this, a space where you can relax and breathe, where you can shrug off the cares and the stresses of the day, where you can drop all kinds of masks and just be yourself. It’s a place of rest and rejuvenation. A place of peace and quiet where you can regain your balance.

How to Use BE YOU in the Bedroom

‘Amidst our fast-paced lives, our bedrooms are one of our most sacred downtime spaces, yet so often they are overlooked and not conducive to a good night’s kip,’ says Wayfair’s resident style advisor, Nadia McCowan Hill. ‘In 2018, we predict all will want to take back this sacred space to help better rest and recharge.’ (8 bedroom trends for 2018 you need to know about, HouseBeautiful)

For such a bedroom, you would need paint colors that would exude this kind of feeling. The BE YOU palette of Color Trend 2018 fits the bill.

The Quiet Appeal of the BE YOU Palette for the Bedroom

The Quiet Appeal of the BE YOU Palette for the Bedroom

The Quiet Appeal of the BE YOU Palette for the Bedroom

 

Be Yourself in Your Bedroom

SM Home’s AVP for Marketing Tom Castañeda designed a bedroom vignette using the BE YOU palette. Please go to this link to read about it.

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If you’re the crafty type, do a Carlo move and make your own wooden coasters. After making a geometric wall in his Mom’s neighborhood fruit and shake bar, Carlo sawed wooden hexagon pieces and made them into coasters. Painting them with bright hues could bring you joy every time you use them. Just like Mama, who now has cheerful looking wooden coasters to use when serving her delicious fruit shakes to customers, most of them already her sukis.

Making your own things instead of buying them gives a feeling of accomplishment. There are some people who go as far as making their own Christmas gifts to give to loved ones. I admire those people because you know they spent a lot of time making something for you, when it would have been easier to go to a store and buy the gifts. Even handwritten letters are such a rarity these days. It feels more intimate.

Follow Carlo’s and Mama’s story –
Episode 1
Episode 2
Episode 3 (How to paint a geometric wall)
Episode 4 (Make your own wooden coasters)
Episode 5 (How to repurpose a wooden pallet into a menu sign)

Other Let it B Webisodes

For other DIY webisodes, please go to:
DIY Diva
Move on Max
I <3 Me

There are also other DIY craft videos that you can watch. Just visit our Youtube channel.

The kitchen is an area in a home that promotes a certain connection with every member of the family. There are a multitude of kitchen paint ideas suitable for the home. You just need to pick one that can enhance its atmosphere exactly as how you’d like it.

From neutral tones to warmer hues, choosing the best kitchen color can be a painstaking task, especially if you have no professional help in the process. Kitchen color ideas range from a variety of palettes.

A White Family Kitchen

White as a choice of color for your kitchen will help enhance lighting. This will create the illusion that the space is bigger. White also creates a crisp and cool impression. It can go with any color so you can opt to add other hues in your kitchen appliances, cabinetry, countertop, or accessories.

Warm Colors for Your Family Kitchen

Yellow is another favorite especially in the kitchen. This color radiates a welcoming ambiance, and would be ideal if you are the type to entertain. Think about using yellow if you have an open kitchen or if your kitchen is big enough to entertain guests in. Definitely it would also be great if you have a dine-in kitchen where you and your family have your meals. Who wouldn’t want to a bit of sunshine while eating, right?

Fiery reds are the best option for families with kids who are picky eaters. The color aids in stimulating appetite which is why it is a popular choice in many restaurants.

Cool Colors for Your Family Kitchen

Gray, once regarded as a dull and lifeless color, has enjoyed popularity for many decades now. It is also a color of choice for many homeowners in kitchens. This neutral color has many shades and is a safe choice for the walls of the kitchen. What’s easy about this neutral is that it can work very well with many other colors.

Gray became fashionable with industrial interior design, especially with the use of concrete in the homes. If you prefer something other than paint, then Konstrukt is a Boysen product line that can give you this look.

You can also use green in your kitchen. Boysen Color Trend 2018 has the Be Here palette with a lovely deep shade of this hue called Forest Ranger. Green symbolizes nature, renewal, growth, even money. This kitchen color idea is suitable in bringing a refreshing dynamic into your home.

Draw life into your kitchen by painting it with the color that appeals to you. What kind of hue would you like to be surrounded by while you eat together with your loved ones, or when you’re preparing a meal?

Learn more about kitchen paint ideas here in Let it B (#myboysen). For technical questions, email us at ask@myboysen.com.

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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.

Follow Carlo’s and Mama’s story –
Episode 1
Episode 2
Episode 3 (How to paint a geometric wall)
Episode 4 (Make your own wooden coasters)
Episode 5 (How to repurpose a wooden pallet into a menu sign)

Other Let it B Webisodes

For other DIY webisodes, please go to:
DIY Diva
Move on Max
I <3 Me

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.

 

Carlo watches his Mama closely as she goes about her day in her little neighborhood fruit & shake bar. In Carlo’s opinion, the shack’s glory days have come and gone a long time ago. How will he make it easier for his Mom? How will he attract more customers to drop by and buy his Mom’s oh-so-delicious fruity concoctions? Keeping in mind that his vacation was only for a month, he wanted to do a makeover that would not take up too much time but would create a big impact.

Makeover Mood Board for the Fruit & Shake Bar

Ideas came pouring in from things he experienced abroad, which were further gelled by images he saw on the Internet. He made his Mama a mood board so that she could easily visualize how he wanted to breathe new life into her fruit & shake bar.

Choosing bright, fresh colors to match the delicious fruit juices she was serving was Carlo’s winning theme. Mama was easily won over.

Follow Carlo’s and Mama’s story –
Episode 1
Episode 2
Episode 3 (How to paint a geometric wall)
Episode 4 (Make your own wooden coasters)
Episode 5 (How to repurpose a wooden pallet into a menu sign)

Other Let it B Webisodes

For other DIY webisodes, please go to:
DIY Diva
Move on Max
I <3 Me

 

Carlo Comes Home is a story of an OFW who comes back to visit his mom. He spends time with her and watches how she goes about her day.

Follow the story of Carlo and his mama here. In the following weeks, watch how he goes about helping his mother with her small business. What kind of activities do they do to bring them closer?

Follow Carlo’s and Mama’s story –
Episode 1
Episode 2
Episode 3 (How to paint a geometric wall)
Episode 4 (Make your own wooden coasters)
Episode 5 (How to repurpose a wooden pallet into a menu sign)

Other Let it B Webisodes

For other DIY webisodes, please go to:
DIY Diva
Move on Max
I <3 Me

 

 

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!

Color Trend 2018 BE SEEN Palette in Tory Burch Style

Color Trend 2018 BE SEEN Palette in Tory Burch Style
Disclaimer: These colors may not exactly match actual paint

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!

Color Trend 2018 BE SEEN Palette in Tory Burch Style

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

Color Trend 2018 BE SEEN Palette in Tory Burch Style

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.

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