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Decorating Q and A with interior designer Jie Pambid (Part 1)

Design expert Jie Pambid answers reader questions sent through our Facebook page!


Interior designer Jie Pambid graduated at the top of his class at the Philippine School of Interior Design (PSID), ranked first in the Interior Design Board Exams and is now recognized as one of the country’s most talented and trustworthy design experts.

However, for the thousands of students that he has mentored for nearly two decades as a professor turned Dean of Students at PSID, Jie’s greatest achievement is the part that he has played in training upcoming interior designers. With his guidance, encouragement, and unwavering commitment to bring out the best in every student, a number of PSID alumni have become respected in the field as well. 

Jie’s passion for excellence is reflected in his work. He is punctual, listens to his clients, and exceeds expectations in every home that he designs. He turns every project that he works on into something special – be it a cozy and compact condo or a larger-than-life mansion. While he is an advocate of classic and traditional Filipino design, his impressive portfolio contains different styles that would appeal to everyone.

For this special feature, Jie shares advice on how to solve the biggest decorating dilemmas at home. Do you also have a design question? We’d love to help! Send it through Facebook <> or follow us on Twitter and Instagram: @reallivingph 

Go Neutral

Q: My house façade is covered in mint green and yellow paint. What is a good color for the living and dining areas? What can I use to replace the bamboo furniture? I want something that is easy to clean and will not take up too much space. Also, what is better for our windows? Curtains or venetian blinds? Thank you very much. More power to you. - Edna Magalong, via Facebook

A: Neutral shades would be perfect for the inside of your home. Experiment with a combination of beige, mocha or taupe because it would complement the façade of your house. You can opt for modern pieces made of leather, steel, and glass. Curtains can also create a warm, cozy, and luxurious feel in your own space.

See more photos and view the full home here:

Pretty in Pink

Q: We have a newly constructed house. We have pink tiles in the bathroom. Should I paint the wall white? What else should I do to minimize the girly mood? My hubby is starting to complain about it in a joking manner. - Cristina Catalan Canino, via Facebook

A: If the tiles are plain pink, you can make it less feminine by painting the walls brown. A rich shade of chocolate brown will create a dramatic contrast with the pink. Complement the look with stainless steel or chrome bathroom accessories. Have fun!

Hide and Seek

Q: I have a newly constructed dining area and it has a switch box on the wall. How can I get rid of the eye sore? I got some paintings, too. - Geraldine Moldez Parong, via Facebook

A: It looks like you have the solution in your hands already! You can hide the switch box behind a painting. Simply group the paintings together in such a way so that one of them can conceal the switch box. This is also an artistic way of decorating your wall.

See more photos and view the full home here:


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