In January, SM Home assistant vice president Tom Castaneda opened five room vignettes at the SM Home bridgeway in Makati featuring light and bright interiors to welcome the new year. This month, he changed everything and turned up the heat by painting the walls with three colors from the palette Maximal of Color Trend 2017. These are the intense hues of yellow and blue called Tuscan Sun and Designer Denim, respectively, and a cool greyish-green named High Society.

Palette Maximal, Color Trend 2017

Tom worked together with stylist Leona Laviña-Panutat to create what he called the “Looks of Love.” You won’t see any reds but the intensity is there! Here are the two friends taking a short rest in the middle of all the flurry.

Boysen x SM Home: Featuring Colors Tuscan Sun, Designer Denim and High Society
Leona Laviña-Panutat and Tom Castañeda
Boysen x SM Home: Featuring Colors Tuscan Sun, Designer Denim and High Society
Tom Castañeda and Leona Laviña-Panutat

Kitchen, Dining Room and Home Office

Tom designed the kitchen, dining room and home office spaces, and used vivid wall colors. He painted the kitchen and dining room walls with the fierce yellow of Tuscan Sun. For the home office, he combined Tuscan Sun with the deep, dark blue of Designer Denim to create an accent wall.

Like a dervish, he styled these three vignettes in just a few hours. See how the wall colors are subtly repeated in the furniture and accessories.

Bedroom and Living Room

Leona picked up the blue color and painted the bedroom wall with Designer Denim. This color works for a bedroom because it makes the space look dark and cozy, perfect for cocooning and deep slumber.

For the living room, Leona deviated from the blue and yellow theme, and painted a greyish-green hue called High Society. This color provides the living room with a more relaxed ambience. However, she does tie it in with the other room vignettes by choosing throw pillows with blues and yellows.

Bright Colors are Trending

Using bright colors for walls is trending around the world and in the Philippines as well. Millennials especially are not timid about using more intense hues. More and more people are comfortable with expressing their individuality, and colors are one way of doing that.

Styling tip: Balance your walls’ saturated hues with light neutrals in your furniture and home accessories. Look at the photos above and see the choices for rugs, fabrics, furniture, blonde wood, kitchen china, and cabinetry.

Visit the SM Home bridgeway in Makati to see the room sets. Get inspired. Don’t wait too long though because the Boysen x SM Home collaboration is on a roll, and we’ve got many other things lined up for you this year!


Annie is the Managing Editor of Let it B | MyBoysen Blog. An unrepentant workaholic, she runs this blog and her own company Talking Lions ( She thrives on collaborating with people who are good at what they do, and working together with them to create something special. Annie learned interior styling while managing her own wholesale business in the Netherlands, importing high-end, handmade home furnishings to stock four outlets and a showroom in the country.

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