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Designer Q and A for October 30 (Part 1)

Looking for the right color schemes for your bathroom and kitchen? Let our design expert help!


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Tile Style

Q: We added a second floor to our house, with two bedrooms and a small bathroom shared between them. Our bathtub has the same color as our maroon lavatory. I want an outdoorsy look for our bathroom. What color should our wall and floor tiles be? - Sal

A: You can use white paired with brown for a fresh tropical feel. It's up to you if you want to use one or both colors. Other ways to make it natural: Use various stones, neutral-colored candles, and small plants to accessorize.      

Kitchen Mate

Q: I'm living in a studio-type apartment with white walls and with no partition between the kitchen and sleeping area. I want to paint the walls with stripes to make it lively and reflect my personality, but I'm afraid it might not match my emerald countertops. How about orange? What about other colors? - Stephany Oalog, QC

A: I like that you're willing to take a risk. I've seen several interiors with horizontal striped walls, but in muted pastel shades, and it makes the room seem larger. If you still want to use greem, an alternative would be to paint one whole wall this color-it will still make a dramatic statement. Remember, first make sure that you're set in your decision before you go for it. And if you do, go full blast-use a strong berry shade of red. 

Go Green

Q: We have a 200sqm rest house in Tagaytay with a small garden. Our problem is its maintenance. Can you refer any company or garden store that provides weekly or twice-a-month maintenance services such as cutting grass, weeding, trimming, insecticides, fertilizing, and other related gardening functions that are necessary?  - Ejose

A: You can call Aves Garden and Landscaping Services at (02)807-5695 or Myra's Garden at (02)833-7693. These companies are based in the Metro Manila area though, so be prepared to shell out a bit more for transportation expenses.

Also, they might not accept the job if the garden is too small. If I were you, I would hire a freelance gardener to come to your place twice a month. He can probably finish the job in one whole day by himself since you said your garden is not that big. (You can ask your neighbors who have similar gardens for recommendations - Ed.)  

New Artists

Q: For those of us who can't afford original paintings by noted artists Malang, Carlos "Botong" Francisco, or BenCab, where can we find affordable paintings by good Filipino artists? - Watashi

A: If you want to find great art, go to the places where young people are molded to become the next Malang, Botong, or BenCab. The College of Fine Arts of the University of the Philippines-  Diliman has an in-house gallery, The Corredor Gallery, which exhibits the works of the students and the professors as well. Exhibits there typically run for a month. More often than not, if you see a piece that you like that has been sold already or if you want a particular painting in a bigger size, you can commission the artist to do a new work specifically for you. 


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