Reader Question: How Can I Update My Filipino-Asian Home?

Real Living consulting style editor and design consultant Issa Villar gives homeowners advice on how to give their old house a makeover


Q: Two years ago, our parents passed away and my brother and I have not made any changes to our family home to keep their memory alive. But I have been thinking of a makeover for the house because the design hasn't changed since our parents built it in the 70s.

I would like the house to have a fresh look, maximize space, and carry over a Filipino-Asian theme. I would also like to keep some of our old furniture that bring back good memories. Any ideas? — Ruth Honculada

A: It's good that you are ready for a change! First, I would suggest some purging—and not just of your parents' things, but yours and your brother's too. Sort through your belongings and keep only the items that are important to both of you.

Afterwards, give your house a fresh coat of paint. Pick a neutral color for most walls, then add pops of bright, earthy colors on one or two walls. You can also choose vibrant accessories.

You can also try rearranging your furniture until you find what works for you. A layout with lots of open spaces and a good flow is a characteristic of Filipino-Asian homes.

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