Splash of Colors Liven Up a Three-Bedroom Condo

A multihued palette allows eclectic Asian pieces and quirky finds to mix freely in a starter home in Bonifacio Global City

Original Article: Ianne Evangelista Photography: Miguel Nacianceno Styling: Gwyn GS Guanzon

Catching the eye’s fancy with eclectic Asian furniture can be an impossible task – especially if it’s a resident’s first decorating job. In the case of stage actress and host Monica Llamas, the answer was using a splash of color in her three-bedroom condo unit.

Grass green was used for most of the space as it highlights and provides contrast to the dark wooden veneers of Asian furniture. Other hints of color – from the deep hues of batik blankets to brightly colored accents, and other quirky elements – find their place in a home that has been greatly improved from what was once a plain, white space.

Original article by Ianne Evangelista. Styling by Gwyn GS Guanzon. Photographed by Miguel Nacianceno.

 Read the original article (“Color Chameleon”) in the July 2007 issue of Real Living Magazine. To download a digital copy of Real Living Magazine, visit Summit Newsstand at

Living Area A living room can exhibit a lush, verdant vibe, thanks to painting a wide wall grass green. The color immediately highlights a room's furniture. An L-shaped modular sofa with ottoman that can easily be moved and that would allow people to sit comfortably and chat. This makes the space conducive to “window wishing” and DVD marathons. A red armoire (extreme left) hides a TV and DVD player. When closed, it provides a majestic yet feisty counterpoint to the green wall.
Living Area Detail The resident found what was once framed batik cloth over her parents’ bed, folded and torn in some parts. Monica decided to give it new life by cutting it up and reframing the pieces. Indeed, other “artworks” may also be made from similar leftovers. Meanwhile, pillows with medallion designs also reinforce splashes of color in the living room.
Living Area Detail Traveling around the region and collecting a few keepsakes can make any homeowner aware that she wants an Asian-inspired home. Arranging such collections can provide a glimpse into a homeowner's personality, such as this decorative vignette found midway between living and dining area. The décor also make use of the space wisely by standing vertically and not taking up much horizontal floor space.
Room with a View The living room gives the owner and the guests a view of the sprawling Bonifacio Global City area.
Dining Area In the dining room, a mirror instantly doubles space, while its dark inlaid frame and the buffet table beneath it provide contrast to green and white walls. The collection of framed photos celebrates the resident's roles as actress and host as well as the owner's family and friends. To maximize space, the drop-leaf table extends to seat up to 14 people.
Dining Area Detail To define the dining area, pendant lamps from décor store Simply Asian were grouped as a chandelier by attaching three units to a round wooden base.
Dining Hall A Richard Unson painting from the 1970s anchors the condo's earth tones in the dining area. Chairs along the wall may be pulled to seat as many 14 people at the table. From the dining and living room, visitors are lent an intriguing peek into a bright lantern-red hallway leading to the bedroom.
Hallway If you’re not ready to commit to a whole room, indulge a color craving and paint a hallway wall, a door or a bathroom with a statement color such as lantern red. You’ll liven up a space beyond what you imagined. Painting by Soler Santos adorn the wall while a wooden toy horse is a playful nod to two toddler nephews.
Balance of Colors To balance out the strong lantern red wall on the other side, white is retained on the rest of the walls. This balances out the colors of the space.
Strong Accents Use corners as receptacles for things classic and treasured, such as this sculpture by Carlito Ortega. A portrait of the Llamas family hangs above, taken by the late actor Nestor de Villa.
Bedroom The bedroom is the coziest area in the unit -- conducive to long hours of undisturbed sleep. For this objective, chocolate walls were chosen because they reminded the resident of her favorite comfort food. One may choose the color of one's favorite comfort food for the color for bedroom walls.
Bathroom Keep the bathroom bright and clean with a few decorative pieces. Keeping things minimalist allows the room to be cleaned in a jiff.
Den To keep clutter out of sight, transform an extra bedroom into an office and den. Make use of storage solutions such as cabinets and floating boxes to corral paperwork, records, and books. Tuck a simple chaise into a corner for reading breaks and phone calls. And while doing all this, don't forget to use hints of vibrant color in the office as you would in the rest of the unit, too.

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