A Colorful Upgrade for a Dull Bedroom

Interior designer Meigan Tan worked with bold colors to turn an all-white sleeping space into a cozy and Tuscany-inspired escape

Original Article: Amillah Rodil Photography: Miguel Nacianceno Styling: Issa Villar Interior Designer: Meigan Tan

After getting married and moving into a three-storey townhouse, the owners of this space were more than ready to embark on a journey together. While they were able to spruce up some of the spaces in the house, their bedroom was left plain and boring—with cracks on the walls and a few basic pieces.

To transform the space into a private nook the owners would love to stay in, interior designer Meigan Tan made bold color choices, incorporated functional furniture pieces, and even worked on little tweaks that contributed to the room’s overall new look. Though the couple wanted a calming bedroom reminiscent of hotels and resorts, Meigan took it a notch higher by coming up with an aesthetic that combines the feel of resorts and the luxury of hotels. “I wanted to simulate the feeling of being in another place,” says Meigan. With a budget of P10, 791—the designer was able to achieve the vibe of Tuscany, Italy.

Check out the changes done by Meigan below:

Given a chance, would you experiment with a yellow and purple combo for your bedroom? The lady of the house was hesitant at first as she wanted to work with neutrals like mocha and brown. Meigan gave them time to think about the proposed colors and how it will work perfectly with the wooden furniture they own.

The three walls were painted in a yellow shade of Boysen DECORe (Boysen sponsored the paint used in this makeover) with a textured finish. Aside from covering the hairline cracks on the walls, it also added warmth and elegance to the room.

To complement the walls and to balance out the dark, parquet flooring with a glossy finish, Meigan placed a light-colored abaca rug beside the bed. The dark fabric border of the rug pairs well with the dark cornice and new shelves installed above the bed. Since function is important in any room, the rug can serve as a play area for the owners' pamankin as well. Meanwhile, the oval basket used to hold magazines and the small bedside table add a rustic touch to the room.

To spruce up the wall above and behind the bed, Meigan thought of a functional addition. She had two open shelves installed, to be used as a his-and-hers storage space. Notice the minimal number of planks per shelf? It gives the owners enough space to display tall vases, frames, accessories, and even books.

Adding a fun and playful touch to the private space are the patterned sheets. It adds a casual vibe without losing the elegant feel of the room.

The pop of purple worked well with the existing mirror and dresser. Since these are wooden pieces, having a a wooden chair makes the look heavy on the eyes. The designer replaced the old chair with a rattan piece with clean lines. She also added a clear glass vase filled with flowers to add a refreshing vibe to the rom.

Layered curtains can help improve a space, too. Meigan replaced the old gray curtains with bamboo blinds that add to the rustic feel of the room. It also works well with the newly added abaca rug and rattan chair. To frame the bamboo blinds, the designer opted for yellow curtains—to match the textured yellow wall and complement the purple accent wall.

A TV cabinet now holds the TV—a sturdier piece compared to the small table that the owners used.

Though the owners had doubts about the colors Meigan chose, they were happy with the final result. The yellow and purple combination is perfect for sleeping, studying, and even watching TV. 

Ready for your own makeover? Get in touch with interior designer Meigan Tan at (0917)-533-0759.

Read the original article ("Under the Tuscan Sun") in the April 2005 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:

Balikbayan Handicrafts
Side chair - P 2,200
TV shelf, mirror, basket, glass vase, plastic flowers - P 2,269
Curtains, curtain rod, twin sheet, pillow cases - P 1,299
Temple Drive
Bamboo blinds - P 300
Abaca rug - P 500
Built-in shelves with materials and labor - P 2,555
Edging, abaca rug - P 300
Folding hamper, candles - P 328
Labor and painting - P 800
Paint tools - P 240
Grand Total:

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