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the use of nat­u­ral and eco-friendly ma­te­ri­als creates a re­lax­ing space, es­pe­cially when com­bined with nat­u­ral light. “th­ese ma­te­ri­als go to­gether with other dé­cor and con­trast­ing styles be­cause th­ese items do not scream for at­ten­tion,” in­te­rior de­signer John vig­ilia ex­plains. get the look in your own home with th­ese ex­pert tips:

1. Go for wood. chino car­los and miah gomez, in­te­rior de­sign­ers and own­ers of hatch fur­ni­ture, say that wood is eas­ily avail­able, and there is so much you can do with it. “its nat­u­ral im­per­fec­tions are what make it beau­ti­ful,” they say. its grains or pat­terns are its own ac­cent. the best place to source sec­ond­hand wood is from rizal, where ma­te­ri­als from old, torn­down houses are sold. 2. Stand out with stones. in­te­rior de­signer John vig­ilia rec­om­mends mar­ble, gran­ite, or sand­stone. like wood, th­ese stones have unique grains that make sur­faces for counter or ta­ble tops more in­ter­est­ing.

3. Daz­zle with metal. John sug­gests ac­ces­soriz­ing with an abun­dance of cop­per, bronze, or pewter items, which go well with other dé­cor styles by pro­vid­ing just the right amount of glint.

4. Don’t forget the sun! nat­u­ral sun­light is a per­fect com­ple­ment be­cause it helps re­tain colors and tex­tures. a word of cau­tion from John: in our trop­i­cal cli­mate where it is wet and cold one day, and hot and dry the next, sun­light will take its toll on th­ese nat­u­ral prod­ucts. have a coat or layer of pro­tec­tive fin­ish that will shield them from the sun’s harsh rays.

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