Array
Home Improvement

Reader Question: Which Design Style Should I Choose for Our New Home?

Combine Mediterranean, Asian, and Filipino design styles for a cozy and comfortable space

Shares
Photography: Paolo Feliciano

Q: We are planning to build a new house next year but we are already having problems with the motif. I can’t decide if it should be Mediterranean, Asian, or Filipino. Can your great team of designers help us plan our new home? We also hope to use all the furniture and stuff we have collected all these years. I sent you pictures of our current home with our small collection of recuerdos and paintings for refrerence. Thanks! —Dr. Miguel Sarabia

A: If you really can’t decide which style you prefer, maybe you can combine the three! Think of the essential elements that are present in all the styles:

  • modern lines
  • creative but practical use of space
  • earthy relaxed atmosphere, natural materials
  • warm color scheme

You can also incorporate aspects of each style into one single motif, which we can call “modern natural.” Modern Natural is also the name of a book by Ros Byam Shaw—which you should really take a look at to inspire you with your decorating.

For example, if you like the simplicity of modern Asian design, use a relatively neutral color scheme. You can inject Mediterranean flavor by creating an accent wall with a bright yellow or orange color. Modern furniture made from locally available materials like abaca, bamboo and rattan will give your space that natural and distinctly Filipino feel.

The beauty of collections are wasted if not displayed properly. Sometimes it’s better to display collections together in one area as opposed to having it spread out the entire place. Recessed wall niches in your living or dining room can house your most prized possessions and create an interesting focal point in your home.

ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW

Click here to see more photos and view the full home tour.

Read the original article ("Ask It") in the September 2007 issue of Real Living Magazine. Download your digital copy of Real Living on the Real Living App now! Log on to summitnewsstand.com.ph/real-living for more details. 

More on Realliving.com.ph

Shares

Latest Stories

These Are The Reasons Why You Have a Messy Home

Manage the clutter in your house with these tips from an interior designer

Which One is Best for Your Home: A Diffuser or A Humidifier?

Here is a quick guide between a diffuser and humidifier to help you decide which one is better for your space

How to Avoid Bad Luck in the Year of the Pig

They say you shouldn't wear black or white on Chinese New Year. Are you familiar with such taboos?

12 Decluttering Tips We Can Learn from Tidying Up With Marie Kondo

Achieving a clean, organized, and welcoming home can be easy

How Often Should You Wash Your Pillows?

Heads-up: The pillows we use are filled with germs and bacteria!

How to Survive If You Only Have One Bathroom at Home

Here's how you can make the small, shared space clean and functional

A Tiny 21sqm Studio Unit Undergoes A Needed Makeover

Interior designer Kat Villanueva-Lopez worked with clever storage solutions, multifunctional furniture, and sleek finishes to turn the cluttered space into a haven for a family of three

Done with KonMari? Here's Where You Can Donate Old Clothes and More

Make someone else happy by donating your pre-loved items!

7 Ways to Use Hooks Around the House

From organizing the kitchen to displaying your favorite plants, your pack of hooks can go a long way!

How to Correctly Clean Kitchen Counterops and Other Surfaces Your Child Touches

Your kitchen countertop is one of the dirtiest surfaces at home

This Japanese Ritual Will Change How You Clean the Home

Start with a clean slate literally and figuratively

These Fun Walking Tours Will Take You Back to 1920s Manila

Better sign up ASAP!
Load More Stories

Get inspiring design ideas and handy hints.
Subscribe to our newsletter now!