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Create A Sunny and Charming Dining Area

Touches of yellow can brighten up the dullest of nooks

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Original Article: Bubbles Salvador and Tala Singson Photography: Dairy Darilag (Main Photo) | Hans Fausto (Flowers, Potted Plant, Trolley) | courtesy of the brands

Nothing beats enjoying meals with the whole family. Whether it’s a weekend brunch or a late dinner, each get-together is made more memorable when there’s a complete attendance. To maintain the homey and laidback atmosphere in your dining area, you may want to bring in pieces that can liven it up and make it more inviting.


Use the Avida Southgrove Estates model unit as your peg. It has an undeniable country charm with the mix of dainty prints, flowers as accents, and wooden touches that add warmth. Achieve something similar with our picks and ideas below:

1. Pick a cheerful color combination.


Work with colors that can serve as a background for your chosen pieces and accessories. Colors with hints of yellow can help set the tone of your space and make it more welcoming. Pair earthy tones with pops of yellow to brighten up a dining area.

RL Tip: Paint swatches may vary from the actual color swatches. Visit hardware stores and home depots near you to see the actual swatches.

2. Add furniture and decor in white to achieve balance.


Kura Pendant Lamp, P5,500 Habitat

To make the brighter colors stand out, you can include pieces in white to keep the look from being too overwhelming. A lighting piece in white can tie the look together and soften the brightness of yellow and other colors.


Kitchen Trolley, P5, 695, Wilcon Depot

In a small dining area, mobile storage pieces are a plus. Complete the country-inspired look by picking a white kitchen trolley. Use this to store extra plates, bowls, and other essentials. When not in use, it can be easily moved to the kitchen to serve as extra prep counter.

3. Opt for country-style furniture.

Round Dining Table, find a similar piece at Jo-Liza Arts and Antiques


Windsor Chair, P9, 995, Our Home

Walking into your dining area can transport you to an idyllic country escape. Opt for country-style pieces and items with wooden tones. Be on the lookout for a dining set in a natural finish as it can add warmth to your space as well.

4. Liven it up with blooms.


Wood and Chalkboard Plant Pot, P1,099 per set of 3, Wilcon Depot | Yellow Flower in Cement Pot, P299.75, SM Home

Flowers and potted plants can add an outdoorsy feel to your setup and make it extra refreshing. While you can always shop for fresh blooms, colorful faux flowers can do the trick. For a cohesive look, add a pot with yellow flowers, too.

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5. Decorate with yellow in small doses.


Horanger Lemonade Tumbler and Deli Stoneware Bowl, prices available upon request, Habitat


Hortensia Large Stoneware Vase, P2,100, Habitat

Since yellow is already captivating, incorporate the color into the final look through accessories and decor. Doing this keeps the setup easy on the eyes and the vibe homey, too. Pick plates and bowls in yellow or a huge vase in the said color. To keep it cohesive, take your cue from the model unit centerpiece by displaying white blooms.

Dreaming of living faraway from the stress of the city? Avida Southgrove Estates is for you. A 57-hectare, mixed use development, it highlights lush surroundings, open spaces, and a relaxing ambiance that takes you closer to nature. Click here to learn more.

This article originally appeared in the June 2017 issue of Real Living Magazine.

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