5 Times Paint Helped Transform a Space

Finding the right hue can definitely help you!

Photography: Vincent Coscolluela (Before) and Paolo Feliciano (After)

When a room looks a bit plain and dull, livening it up can be as easy as adding a vibrant throw, a printed pillow cover, or even a lovely work of art that can do wonders for your walls. However, if these easy hacks can’t seem to get the job done, you can always count on a few cans of paint and a trusty brush to help save the day.

You may choose to work on a DIY project and create an accent wall or you can collaborate with a professional to have an entire room or the whole house repainted. To give you ideas on how paint and a touch of color can transform your home, here are memorable makeovers worth revisiting:

Finding the right color combination can result into magic

Perhaps one of the trickiest parts of working with color is finding a combo that works. While neutrals can go well with almost anything, you’d want to have something refreshing and surprising that can give your home a new look.

For the renovation of this family home, interior designer Kristine Neri-Magturo and the design team worked with a Tiffany blue and yellow palette to help restore the property. The result? Pure genius and magic. We especially loved the transformation of the kitchen—just imagine whipping up meals and treats in a clean and sunny space!

Photos by Miguel Nacianceno.

Click here to see the complete makeover.

A bright color palette can open up a space

To be able to relax by day and sleep soundly at night, our rooms need to be organized, inviting, and can easily make us feel at ease.

In order to turn things around in this kiddie bedroom, interior designer Kathryn Villanueva chose a light and cheerful palette highlighting shades of yellow. It worked perfectly with the chosen furnishings—giving the bubbly occupant a room she’ll proudly call her own.

Photos by Jun Pinzon.

Click here to see the complete makeover.

A charming accent wall can liven up an area

Every once in a while, a color boost can freshen up your home’s vibe. In this living area, interior designer and Real Living style editor Dagny Madamba chose to pair light neutrals with a blue accent wall. These colors helped create the bright and welcoming feel that the owners wanted.

If you’re planning on working with different hues in one area, start by researching on complementing colors and consulting with a design professional. Since this living room features light colors on the walls, it’s quite easy to add bold pops here and there through furniture and accessories.

Photos by Vincent Coscolluela (Before) and Paolo Feliciano (After).

Click here to see the complete makeover.

You can use color to inject fun into a space

If you’re tired of seeing solid-colored walls, you can always take inspiration from this makeover led by design consultant Grace Moslares. After painting the bedroom’s walls white, she highlighted the sleeping corner with red and orange stripes. These subtle hints of vibrant color added personality to the area.

Aside from stripes, you can always experiment with geometric patterns, polka dots, and a paint and wallpaper combo.

Photos by Jun Pinzon.

Click here to see the complete makeover.

Choosing nature-inspired colors can give your space a calming ambiance

Aside from adding potted plants and décor pieces reminiscent of nature and the outdoors, you can still achieve your own mini oasis at home by working with an invigorating palette highlighting muted shades and earth tones.

For this makeover, interior designer Hannah Acab-Faustino chose colors and elements reminiscent of spring—giving the homeowner a relaxing unit with a refreshing feel. Achieve something similar by working with shades of brown, gray, and green.

Photos by Pat Martires.

Click here to see the complete makeover.

The long wait is over! You could be our next Ultimate Makeover winner! For details on how you can join this year's contest, click here.

More on

5 Must-See Bedroom Makeovers

4 Areas to Prioritize for a Makeover

4 Things We Learned from Bathroom Makeovers


Latest Stories

These Christmas Ornaments Will Make You Feel Like Dancing

Celebrate a yearly Christmas ballet tradition with The Nutcracker collection

15 Calming Photos of Modern Minimalist Homes

Because less is more

10 Life-Changing Cleaning Habits For Lazy People

We've got the strategies for keeping an impeccably clean house without losing your mind

Did You Know That Ellen Adarna Lives in a 1930s Apartment in Manila?

She has a fantastic view of the Manila Bay sunset, too

Neat Home Appliances You Need To Buy With Your 13th Month Bonus

It's okay to treat yourself with the best things money can buy—especially if it is for your humble abode

A Taguig Condo With Cool Storage Features And Vintage Accents

This 80sqm unit has everything that its owners need: light and airy spaces, an interesting mix of furniture, and nifty storage tricks

8 Celebrities Who Are Also Amazing Artists

From John Lloyd Cruz to Ian Veneracion, these famous faces put a new spin to being creative

Katrina Halili’s House in El Nido, Palawan

Found inside her own farm, the tranquil sanctuary features spacious rooms and an incomparable view of the lush outdoors

10 Designer-Approved Coffee Tables

Sisters Cynthia and Ivy Almario, first ladies of Philippine interior design, discuss their favorite coffee tables.

These High-End Villages Have Tripled Average Land Prices in the Last 6 Years

Do you live in one?

The Ultimate Quiapo Bargain Shopping Guide

Ready to go on a Quiapo adventure? From Ilalim ng Tulay to Plaza Miranda, you are bound to spot a budget home find. Read on for our list of stores and buyers tips.

The New Holiday Balikbayan Guest Solution: Airbnbs

They will surely feel right at home!
Load More Stories

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