Green is a color we seldom see in a city like Manila or Cebu. What pockets of green you can see are getting smaller and smaller as they make way for construction sites that would in the future become hundreds or thousands of homes for urban dwellers. Think of the Ayala Triangle which has now morphed into a rhombus. A few days ago, I read that Manila’s ‘last lung’ which is Arroceros Forest Park is under threat again. Read those two links if you want to know more.
If your condo has a terrace, you are in a luxury position. You can use that space as a pocket garden of sorts. So when you’re indoors, you can see that beautiful green out there. So soothing to the eyes. That is if you stop staring at the screen of your laptop, tablet or mobile phone (note to self).
But for most of us who live in this city, a terrace is not customary. But don’t despair, a shoebox condo can make for a wonderful home too. Click and read –
Design Ideas for Small Spaces
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Paint Your Walls Green
A global paint company announced recently that their Color of the Year for 2019 (yes, 2019) is Night Watch, a deep shade of green. PPG’s senior color marketing manager Dee Schlotter had this to say, ““The urge to reconnect with nature is driven by today’s tumultuous, still somewhat rebellious, always connected society…”
Boysen has carried the color green in its Color Trends since we started in 2015. We feel that nature was, and still is, a strong concern for the Filipino. Unlike Pantone or other paint companies, we have not opted for one color of the year, but 4 palettes with 6 colors each, or a total of 24 paint colors every year. The reason is to give Filipinos a more extensive selection to choose from. The careful curation of the palette colors by our Color Team makes it easier for people to mix and match colors within a palette.
The Deep Green Forest Ranger in the Be Here Palette
The only green color in this year’s Color Trend is called Forest Green and it belongs to the Be Here Palette.
As I mentioned in a previous post, I love this palette because it reminds me of summer days spent in my grandparents’ home. The colors feel very organic with its dusky mauves, burnt yellow, deep green, and the neutrals black and white.
So if you don’t have a terrace but you want to have nature in your home, you can either bring plants inside your home or you can paint your accent wall green and use touches of different tones of green or other complementary colors like light mauves or yellows in your soft furnishings.
Here are some interiors with green as the accent color for inspiration.
Green from Moroso
Feast your eyes on the photos below of fabulous green interiors from the Moroso Instagram page.
Green paint or green furnishings and furniture will never take the place of nature. But for us who live in Manila and other major cities like Cebu, painting our walls green is a good reminder of the natural world. Let’s incorporate taking care of the environment and protecting nature into our lifestyles until it becomes a way of life. It can be something small like taking our own reusable bag when we go shopping, separating our trash and throwing them away properly, turning off the tap when we are brushing our teeth, turning off the lights when we leave a room… There are many ways we can minimize our carbon footprint.
If we strive to be green, we may be able to leave our children with a decent planet to live in. Who knows, maybe in our lifetimes, we may be able to already reap the benefits of a city that has more green than just pocket gardens.