Living room

A Blue and Gray Palette Helped Transform This Living Area

Accent walls and simple accessories complete the bright, new look

Original Article: Sunshine Selga Funa Photography: Michael Angelo Chua Styling: Paula de Guzman Interior Designer: Erika Uichanco and Darwin Ignacio

Some may think it’s quite easy to furnish and decorate a bigger space, but in reality, it’s the opposite. Sticking to the basics may leave you with a home that’s seem empty and plain, while going all out with the furniture may result in a space that feels cramped. In this home, the owners enjoy plenty of floor space in the living area. However, it lacks character and there’s a lot that can be done to maximize it.

To transform the space, interior designers Erika Uichanco and Darwin Ignacio worked with a blue-and-gray color palette. Aside from serving as the perfect backdrop for the pieces, it also lends a calming, hotel-like feel the owners wanted. Completing the new and improved look are simple accessories, pretty accent walls, and different must-haves that help create extra functional nooks within the area. After the makeover, the owners were more than pleased with the bright and Pinterest-worthy living room.

From plain walls spruced up with photographs, the living area now has accent walls and soothing colors to keep the look inviting. Since the owners wanted to work with neutrals, the designers opted to pair gray with ashen blue to keep it from being too plain and boring.

Look closely and check out this transformed wall in the space. At first glance, the strips look like washi tape or even wallpaper. These are actually thin strips of plywood from Handyman, carefully placed on the wall to create a geometric pattern.

To make this corner functional, the design duo added a small round glass-topped table and a pair of Bertoia-inspired chairs from SB Furniture. This nook can be used to entertain more guests or simply as a spot where the man or lady of the house can read and enjoy refreshments.

Erika and Darwin decided to turn the walls into focal points with wooden accents that add warmth. Aside from the thin strips of plywood, they worked with vinyl floor tiles from Handyman to create this accent wall behind the TV. The custom-made console also gave the owners extra storage space for boxes and other belongings.

Prior to the makeover, the huge sectional sofa was divided into two and placed on opposite ends of the living area. To achieve a cohesive look, the designers kept the piece and grouped them together by the window. They also added two printed ottomans from Handyman and a pair of nesting tables to define the area and make it extra snug.

Who says storage can't be stylish, too? Erika and Darwin replaced the rectangular table that used to keep cooking essentials in place with two racks from Handyman. Aside from being sleeker options, these allowed the owners to add extra bins and baskets where they can keep various utensils and other must-haves neat and organized as well.

Ready for your own makeover? Get in touch with interior designers Erika Uichanco at erika.uichanco[at] and Darwin Ignacio at darwinmignacio[at]

 Read the original article ("Cool & Calm") in the May 2016 issue of Real Living Magazine. Download your digital copy of Real Living on the Real Living App. Log on to for more details.

*Ed's note: Final cost does not include designer's fee.

How Much It Costs:

Labor and assorted construction materials - P 25,000
Paints, furniture, and other construction materials - P 40,000
Grand Total:

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