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A Designer Uses Color of the Year in a Condo

See how Pantone’s Greenery is infused into this 131-sqm tropical-modern rental unit

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Original Article: Bubbles Salvador Photography: Dairy Darilag Styling: Dagny Madamba & Paula de Guzman

Designing a rental is by no means easier than designing for a particular homeowner. If you ask interior designer Kristine Neri-Magturo of Urban Abode, she says that while a rental space allows for a little more freedom in making basic design choices, it comes with challenges as well.

The challenge, she says, lies in coming up with a style and overall look that would appeal to a wider clientele. “We have to consider a broader spectrum, even if we have already narrowed down our market already. The space must be gender-neutral, and the materials we choose should be durable and can withstand more beating. Also, we work on a tighter budget.” 

Such is the story behind this 131-sqm, two-bedroom condo space located in an upscale development in Mandaluyong City. The owners invested in this unit meant for lease to expats or someone who is more established in life.

Kristine then opted to create an interior with subtle nods to toned-down tropical design. These subtle nods include wallpaper with a classic palm frond pattern in a light beige tint. Understated yet elegant, the wallpaper covers one side of the wall in the living and dining areas, purposely left unobstructed by any wall accessory. Another homage to tropical style is the use of a vibrant green—much reminiscent of Pantone’s 2017 Color of the Year, Greenery. The green hue is used on accent walls and small decorative items like cushions.

The result is a tropical-modern look that’s toned down in order to appeal to a wider spectrum of design preferences. Kristine explains, “It’s not too limiting when it comes to its appeal. We couldn’t go all the way with the tropical theme, so everything is subdued. But even if it’s formal, the introduction of wood and natural plants in the interior made it more warm and relaxing.”

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