(This travel post, which shows color inspirations from hotels and homes in Siquijor, was written by Kai before the ECQ in March. We are posting it now to provide some house color and design ideas for those of you who are dreaming of beach summer fun. Dreams are free and safe.)
Siquijor is an intriguing and mysterious island abound with tales of magic and witchcraft. What many don’t know about is the charming vibe of this little province that has remained fairly untouched by tourism.
You can feel the bohemian beach town atmosphere of Siquijor best when biking around the island to visit uncrowded beaches, waterfalls, and historical churches from the Spanish era. Some areas have limited phone signal and WiFi, making it a perfect place for a digital detox.
The most established resort in Siquijor is Coco Grove. What started out as a small cluster of villas has expanded into a rather large resort, albeit one teeming with greenery and ample open spaces, so the place doesn’t feel too crowded even when it’s full. The rustic tropical look of the resort is quite lovely, and one can get a few design and color ideas from them to use back home.
I particularly loved their modern spin on native bahay kubos with local materials, such as the roofs thatched with palm leaves and the stone and cement exteriors. This design can feel very cosy when it has enough living space, and the tall roofs provide comfortable ventilation too; this becomes especially effective when balconies, patios, and windows face the direction of the wind (in this case, the sea), to encourage cross ventilation by allowing natural air to circulate in the living space. Whether you live on the seaside or not, applying cross ventilation in home design is something that can be applicable to most properties.
Although modern bahay kubos are now mainly used in resorts, it can also be a beautiful way of keeping in touch with our heritage when used as an inspiration for home design. In his book Design Authenticity Matters in Philippine Architecture, Edwin Uy writes that design authenticity can be drawn from the influences of one’s culture, giving more meaning to the work of architecture for both the inhabitants of the building and the designers themselves.
I also liked how the resort played with color, specifically the orange and maroon tones they used. The subdued and sandy orange is summery and fun, while the dark maroon looks earthy, grounding, and calming. At home, you can apply this design idea by using specific colors to set a mood for your house or apartment. The trick is often not to overdo it with anything too flashy – or you can simply consult with professionals who can suggest complementary palettes that work together.
There are many other places to find color inspiration for your home in Siquijor, especially when you want to draw ideas from nature. Cambugahay Falls is one of their most popular attractions thanks to the stunning aquamarine waters set perfectly against the lush tropical forest.
You can find ideas for home color palettes in the vibrant sunsets as well, as the vivid orange sky slowly transitions into calming shades of purple.
Siquijor is an underrated destination worth visiting, especially when you need an escape from your hectic life and want to reconnect with nature. Be inspired by the natural world to find colors for your home, and find design ideas in the homey resorts and B&B’s around the island.
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