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Interior de­signer Wilmer lopez dishes out tips on how to in­cor­po­rate mid-century pieces into a rus­tic (or ba­hay kubo-in­spired) pi­noy home.

1. Go for con­trast.

you can use a sin­gle, mid-century fur­ni­ture piece as a sculp­tural high­light and con­trast it with a chair or an interesting design piece in an open space. the molded Fiber­glass lounge chair’s form is a won­der­ful con­trast to the more rus­tic ba­hay

kubo/re­sort back­ground.

2. Let pieces “en­gage in a di­a­logue.”

“I mixed the mid-century rock­ing chair with other pieces in the liv­ing room— con­tem­po­rary sofa and industrial chest cof­fee ta­ble. I made it ap­pear like the dif­fer­ent pieces are en­gaged in a design di­a­logue. the very organic back­ground of pressed bam­boo, re­claimed wood, and wide win­dow be­comes a neu­tral back­ground that pro­vided au­then­tic­ity and tex­ture.”

3. Stick to a monochro­matic pal­ette.

a monochro­matic color scheme al­lows you to mix and match ma­te­ri­als and fur­ni­ture pieces with­out mak­ing the space look clut­tered. this way, you can mix in mid-century, tra­di­tional pieces and travel sou­venirs eas­ily while still main­tain­ing a co­he­sive look.

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