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5 Fun Ways to Work With Color at Home

Improve your space with playful shades with the help of these ideas

Original Article: Rachelle F. Medina Photography: Miguel Nacianceno (Main Photo) Pictorial Direction: Coni Tejada (Main Photo)

Choosing colors for your home is as important as the things you put in it. Color can change your perceptions, moods, and even the way you live! Be guided by these practical tips from design experts and how you can make color do wonders for your home. 

Read the original article in the March 2005 issue of Real Living Magazine. Download your digital copy of Real Living on the Real Living App. Log on to for more details.

Add edge to pastels

If your room is predominantly pastel, temper its sweetness and make it more “adult." Bring in furniture or accessories in vibrant, complementary or contrasting colors. For starters, try working with pink coupled with red and yellow accents. You may also mix lilac with purple and bright green accents. 

Symbolize using colors

Each and every color can have a natural or psychological effect. Choose hues that move you and express your aspirations. According to the psychology of color, greens and blues are often associated with relaxation, while yellows and oranges depict happiness and joy.

Photo by Toto Labrador.

Use color to signal a shift in space

“Use colors to define a specific space,” shares architect-designer Joy Yupangco. Wall color can demarcate areas in open-plan spaces. You can vary your wall colors to create a visual divide between different living areas.

Click here for more tips on how you can separate areas in a small space.

Take cues from fashion

Add a few small pieces like pillows or other accessories in the season’s hot new color. "Home décor usually follows fashion trends [like] the colors we see on catwalks,” reveals interior designer and visual merchandiser Noelle Tiongson.

Play with shades

When going monochromatic, avoid having strictly one-tone furnishings because this makes your home look outdated. Instead, furnish your home in varying light and dark shades of the same color then accessorize in complementary colors or neutrals.

Photo by Toto Labrador. 

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