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In­te­rior de­signer Tito Vil­lanueva gives tips for dec­o­rat­ing a home out­side the ba­sic pal­ette of neu­trals and whites. 1. Echo a strong color. “I can paint an en­tire wall in navy blue, and ev­ery­thing else is just off-white. That navy blue can be the ac­cent wall, but at the same time, I can change a coun­ter­top to blue mar­ble, so that picks it up.” 2. Choose col­ors you can live with. “I’ve ex­pe­ri­enced do­ing a house where we had an ar­gu­ment be­cause the client went to a bar and saw vi­o­let, yel­low, red walls―three or four dif­fer­ent col­ors. She said, ‘Oh, I love those col­ors! I want that in my kitchen!’ I dis­cour­aged it be­cause you go to a bar once a week maybe, you stay there for three, four hours. You don’t live in it. But she in­sisted, pina­gawa. Wala

pang two months, tu­mawag, ‘Have it re­painted.’” 3. Don’t be afraid to mix prints. “There are clients who ques­tion some­times, ‘Ba­gay ba yang stripes na yan with yung geo­met­ric

or yung flo­ral?’ And when you think about it, you wear that as an out­fit, so it sim­ply means it can work. When you look at the col­ors, at least co­or­di­nated da­pat yung col­ors, di ba?”

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