The Best Local Materials in the Philippines to Decorate Your Condo

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Have you ever tried using local materials in the Philippines for designing and decorating your beloved condo home?

When you’re decorating your humble abode, you should consider using local materials used in contemporary arts in the Philippines, or other materials indigenous to the country. By using materials that are locally celebrated, you create a sense of Pinoy pride at home, and bring joy and fun to an otherwise cozy but quiet condo unit.

Adding that extra layer of authenticity to your condo with furniture and artwork using local materials can liven up your space, blending modernity with a uniquely Filipino flair.

Celebrate local by checking out the best indigenous materials for interior design today.

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Local materials used in creating art in the Philippines

Ready to return to your roots and bring Pinoy pride to your condo home right now? Keep on reading to learn more about these eight proudly Pinoy materials for your interior design ideas today.

1. Bamboo

This interior design staple is a common type of wood that is utilized in many Pinoy homes. Aside from being the namesake of a beloved Filipino rock band, bamboo is a local material in the Philippines that is sturdy, durable, and reliable for the construction and decoration of any Pinoy household.

As an element of your home’s interior design, bamboo can be especially used in locally made furniture pieces. This incredibly versatile wood component can be utilized to construct various furniture pieces like chairs, tables, cabinets, dressers, wall decor, and many other forms of decor.

Bamboo furniture is a great choice for your interior design as a condo dweller. This wood component can bring a sense of authenticity to your condo unit, while also providing you with long-lasting wood pieces for your modern Filipino home.

2. Rattan

The best Filipino furniture designers know that rattan is an excellent staple in native condo decor. This next entry on the list is a local plant fiber that is often used in woven pieces like furniture, baskets, storage, and many other decorative items.

Rattan is a type of plant that is incredibly pliable, paintable, and usable for sturdy pieces like furniture and other design fixings. It is a very versatile material for your use at home, from balcony stools, to wall fixtures, and even to traditional Filipino sofas.

Integrating a uniquely Filipino flair into your living space can be made easy when you weave native rattan wickerwork into your interior design plans. Rattan can be a welcome addition to your condo home, and it’ll certainly bring in that sense of authenticity to your humble abode this year.

3. Coconut lumber

Coconut lumber, also known as coconut timber, is another useful wood component that has many applications in home decor. This lumber type is derived from the trunks of coconut trees, and has a myriad of uses for structural and interior design.

The possibilities are endless for this unique wood supply. From furniture, to wooden pillars, to window frames, and even to flooring, coconut lumber serves as an inexpensive construction component and an eco-friendly alternative to expensive hardwoods.

Whether you’re looking for a sturdy local material for your structural design, or in need of an eco-friendly option for your wooden furniture, coconut lumber is an excellent choice for your local condo lifestyle.

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4. Capiz shell

The next local material on this list is a gorgeous option for anyone looking to liven up their home with indigenous decor products.

Capiz shell is a specific type of oyster shell that can be found all over the Philippines, but especially in the province of Capiz. The capiz shell’s interior is milky white, almost translucent, and lends an almost glass-like appearance to any type of decor.

But don’t be deceived by its elegant looks; capiz shell is also a durable material that’s often used to replace glass in window panes, room dividers, and other pieces of furniture in Spanish-style homes. You can usually find this shell in many traditional Philippine households because of how attractive and authentically Filipino it is.

Nowadays, you’ll find capiz shells in various other home pieces like pendant lights, lamps, wind chimes, chandeliers, and many more. Its pearlescent look is a beautiful way to elevate your small condo space with native and accessible materials.

5. Narra wood

This popular hardwood is an important entry in this list because it also happens to come from the national tree of the Philippines itself.

Narra is a tall and strong type of deciduous tree that’s known for its durability, abundance, and longevity – which is why it was chosen as the beloved national tree of the Philippines.

Narra wood, on the other hand, is an equally strong hardwood derived from the aforementioned tree. It is purplish in color, rose-scented, and termite-resistant, making it a premium type of timber for artisan furniture and light construction plywood.

You can easily find this type of wood in Philippine interior design and construction. It is an excellent local material that can make any home look fancier just by its look and durability.

6. Abaca

Abaca, also known as Manila hemp, is another type of plant fiber that’s widely used in Filipino home design. It is a flexible, sustainable, and water-resistant plant fiber that’s often utilized by weavers in making ropes for baskets, trays, and other decorative pieces.

This popular indigenous material can be used for almost any surface. Because of how sturdy abaca can be, you can use it as the base fiber for hampers, placemats, fruit baskets, bags – the possibilities are endless. You can easily bring that Filipino flair into your home by stocking up on pieces made from this eco-friendly plant fiber.

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7. Buri

This next entry is a well-loved component of fashion, art, and design in the local scene. The material known as buri is a plant fiber derived from the leaves of the buri palm tree, and is often used in woven works and other fancy articles of clothing in the country.

Buri palm trees can be found all over the Philippines. Its leaves, fibers, and midribs are used in various design applications so often that buri is often mistaken as a textile rather than a fiber. But generally, buri is a plant material that is used in making seat covers, decorative pieces, and most notably, the Filipino banig.

Buri can also be used for making rope, cloth, hats, mats, baskets, brooms, and other pieces for the home or outdoors. It is feasibly dyeable, making it a colorful option for anyone looking to liven up their condo home with native materials.

8. Rice Husk Ash Cement (RHAC)

The last entry on this list is unique in its own right because of how it is utilized in the actual construction of buildings, condominiums, and cement homes. Rice husk ash cement, also known as RHAC, is a mixture of rice husk ash and other materials that make for a sturdy and friendly alternative to clay-based cement, which can be harmful for the environment.

Given how this eco-friendly byproduct is so abundant in a rice-producing country like the Philippines, rice husk ash is commonly used in active areas of local building development. When burned at 700 to 700 degrees Celsius, the ash from rice husks produces binding properties, which make it a key component of cement mixtures for condo construction.

RHAC is a cost-effective and sustainable alternative to clay-based cement mixtures, and is perfect for the modern home. It is just as strong as clay-based cement, while also being more environmentally friendly, affordable, and sustainable too.

This promises a condo home that is safely and securely built, while also being made from the best local materials that the country can offer today.

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Whatever indigenous materials you end up choosing, always make sure to select decor and design of the highest quality and craftsmanship. That way, you can “celebrate local” and enjoy the benefits of a cozy condo home as well.

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