Designing Your Home with Heritage in Mind | Suntrust Properties Inc.
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Honoring your heritage as you design your home is a beautiful and meaningful way to celebrate our rich cultural history. While Filipino design and architecture has certainly evolved with the times, some traditional elements still remain and lend a unique beauty to our homes. Here are some ideas to incorporate the unique architectural style and design elements of Filipino heritage homes into your own living space.

Embrace Natural Materials

Traditional Filipino homes were built using materials found in the local environment, such as bamboo, wood, and thatch. Use these materials in your own home, whether it's through bamboo floors, wooden furniture, or woven baskets made from local fibers.

Bring in Color and Patterns

Filipino homes are known for their vibrant colors and intricate patterns. Consider using fabrics and textiles with traditional weaving patterns such as the banig or inaul to add a touch of heritage to your home. These textiles can be used as wall hangings, pillow covers, or even table runners.

Incorporate Stained Glass

Stained glass windows are a prominent feature in many Filipino homes. They are not only beautiful but also functional in allowing natural light to filter into the space. Consider adding stained glass windows to your own home, either as a focal point in a room or as a decorative accent in a doorway or hallway.

Create Shared Living Spaces

Heritage homes often have large and open living spaces where family and friends can gather and spend time together. Known for our hospitality, Filipinos put so much importance in entertaining guests as well. Create a shared living space in your own home, whether it's a cozy reading nook or a large living room that can accommodate multiple activities.

Maximize Ventilation

Because of the Philippine climate, our homes are designed to maximize natural ventilation and airflow, often using large windows, high ceilings, and open spaces. Incorporate these features into your own home by using large windows, installing ceiling fans, or adding a skylight to bring in natural light and air.

Consider Traditional Art

Filipino culture is rich in traditional art forms, such as woodcarving, pottery, and weaving. Incorporate these art forms into your home decor, whether it's through a hand-carved wooden sculpture, a traditional clay pot, or a woven basket.

Use Plants and Greenery

Plants and greenery are a common feature as well, adding life and freshness to the space. Consider filling your home with various plants and flowers, either in a dedicated indoor garden or as potted plants scattered throughout.

By incorporating these traditional elements, you can create a space that reflects Filipino sensibilities and lifestyle. Whether you're renovating an old heritage home or building a new one, these can be applied to create a meaningful and functional living space that celebrates the past while embracing the present.


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