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.
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?
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.
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.
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!
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!
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
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.
The Be You palette of Color Trend 2018 is a mix of cool colors, pastels and light, earthy neutrals. These are colors that can reflect the comfort and safety that a haven offers. It’s a wonderful place to be where you can relax, be comfortable in your own skin and just be yourself. No need for masks or a stiff upper lip. Facial muscles are not required to express anything but what you feel.
See the Be You Palette in SM Home’s Bedroom and Kitchen Vignettes
Be You is a color palette that provides the healing hues for rest and refuge, a space where you can withdraw for a while from the frenetic pace of your day, and just take deep breaths to recover, to heal, and to top up your energy to be able to handle life’s vicissitudes.
See how SM Home’s AVP for Marketing Tom Castaneda and professional stylist Love Ocampo designed a bedroom and kitchen respectively in the Be You colors.
The Subdued Colors for the Kitchen
Love chose the subdued colors of the Be You palette, namely, Strange Brew, Private Stock, Skin is In and Bluegrass Suite, for the kitchen. She chose white as the base color for the cabinetry and shelving. The light wooden table top and chairs echo the light color scheme chosen from the palette. The bronze sheen of the coffeemaker and toaster on the countertop are definitely eye catchers.
Be Yourself in Your Bedroom
Using geometric patterns as influenced by Scandinavian interior design makes for a strong statement. That is what Tom did to the bedroom wall by having the zigzag lines painted in the blue grey of New Breed against a wall painted in the light mint green of Bluegrass Suite. This is also actually a good design trick if you don’t have a headboard, and it is easy and inexpensive to do.
The light grey of the furniture mimics the paint color Private Stock. It’s a very cool color which is restful for the eyes. Tom paired this with white bedsheets. He was very excited to find in the SM bed linen collection, a bedspread that had lines in the mint color embroidered at one end. For visual weight, the throw pillows he piled on the bed and the shaggy rug have different textures and come in different shades of mint and grey.
Tom certainly designed a bedroom where you can relax and sleep away the stresses of the day.
More Room Vignettes Coming Your Way
The SM Home and Boysen collaboration continues in the month of April. Watch this space to see more design inspirations from Tom and other designers, using the scrumptious colors of Boysen.
The Boysen and SM Home collaboration sprouted wings and flew down to the queen city of the south Cebu City. SM Home’s assistant vice president for Marketing Tom Castañeda organized a design event called The Essentials of Condo Living on February 24 and 25 at the SM City Cebu Northwing Atrium.
Boysen in SM Home Cebu City
The Cebuanos were treated to room vignettes to show how paint colors and home furnishings and accessories could be combined to make contemporary, cool living spaces. The Technology palette of Boysen Color Trend 2017 was the designers’ favorite, with the pink Techy Romantic being the showstopper.
How to Infuse Personality Into Your Home with Paint and Color
The crowd was very much into the talks given by the interior designers and stylists of the vignettes. Boysen was there to talk about how to use paint to make your homes become places you would be so happy and proud to call your own. Our very own Carla gave the following ten tips:
More Collaborations with SM Home
SM Home’s Tom has a lot of things on his drawing board. I’m sure Cebu is one of them but I don’t know where or when. So my advice to you, dear reader, is just continue visiting us here. We’ve got lots of things up our sleeve too 😀
There were two incidents that inspired Melissa Lee, VP for Sales and Marketing of Hi Precision Diagnostics, to build an auxiliary clinic called MomMe Care dedicated for moms and kids.
The first incident happened during a trip to Japan when her son got sick. They had to go to a building which was only for pediatrics. The second source of inspiration was her own experience during her pregnancy when she had to undergo a series of blood tests. While in the waiting room, there was a man who was really sick and coughing non-stop. She noticed her own discomfort.
Two MomMe Care Branches
Mel shared, “For the first experience, I thought it was really convenient to have a whole building just for pedia. As regards the second, I felt that pregnant women deserve a place for themselves since they need special care due to a lower immune system.” These two moments were the seeds for MomMe Care. “But we have something smaller, a wing of a Hi-Precision branch, and not an entire building,” Melissa added.
There are now two branches which opened early this year. One is located at Del Monte in Quezon City, the other at the Alabang-Zapote Road in Las Piñas. Both clinics have obstetricians/gynecologists and pediatricians.
Health Care Services Offered
These are the following services offered in the clinics:
blood tests for kids and moms
non-invasive prenatal testing that can determine the health of the baby and gender as early as 9 weeks of gestation
There is also a feeding room available, as well as a nebulizing room and a small area where kids can color books or watch TV while waiting.
A Satisfied Mom-to-Be
Karen H. Pregoner, a soon-to-be first time mom judging from the size of her tummy, had this to say,
…It’s very convenient and mas mabilis ang transaction. Tapos iyong ambience ng place sobrang nakaka-relax kahit pa ba mag wait ka ng matagal. Unlike…doon sa regular lane nila…but here sobrang comfortable ang feeling, masaya, at tsaka relax lang…”
The MomMe Care Ambience
The colors of the interiors are an interesting mix of pastels. The light and fresh colors create a warm, relaxing and friendly ambience.
The waiting room has a lot of comfortable seating areas. The upholstery was done in different colors to complement the hues of the walls. Cut-outs of clouds and trees are a fun way to tease the imagination. You feel that you could be in a friendly garden with nature all around you. The excellent lighting add to the cheerful vibe by making you feel that you were indeed under the sun’s glow.
There was another waiting area inside for those who would have to be examined, or needed some private time with her doctor. There was a private breastfeeding room for mothers who were there with their infants. The nebulizer room had several nooks where you had a table (ledge) and chair for each patient. A great deal of thought was also given to creating the signages done in a friendly-looking font.
Ella Obogne, a customer care specialist, said, “MomMe Care from HP (Hi Precision) caters (to) pregnant and pedia (patients). So ang ambience dito is more comfortable than sa clinic na medyo maraming patient(s)…”
The Special Paint Used in MomMe Care
A special place like this calls for special paint. Melissa said,
We used Virtuoso paint because of its antibacterial feature. At the same time it has Teflon so that makes it easier for us to keep the walls clean. We created a space that will be relaxing for moms but at the same time fun for the kids.
Hi Precision gets a lot of kids and pregnant moms in the branches in Del Monte and Las Pinas, therefore Melissa started MomMe Care here in these two centers. If the current services find resonance, she hopes to expand this service to all Hi Precision Diagnostics branches nationwide.