The Grove is a complete contrast from the typical urban development of hard-edged structures of glass and concretes, as it features tropical contemporary architecture, landscaping and interiors, according to Alice Erfe, principal architect at Erfe & Associates.
Interior design complements the exterior architecture with the use of natural materials such as wood, stone, crushed bamboo on accent details to create green and cozy elegance, Erfe
told Inquirer Property.
According to Erfe
, the main inspiration for the design of The Grove was naturewith the sky, earth (landscape) and water interpreted in accent colors such as teal blues, blue grays, reds, orange, rust, beiges, fresh greens.
Natural materials such as wood, bamboo, shells, stone are highlighted on accent furniture, lighting, artifacts and wall decorall produced by Filipino artists and craftsmen, Erfe
To prepare for the turnover, Erfe
shared some tips with Inquirer Property so the unit owners can truly maximize that five-star boutique resort living experience at The Grove.
Given the space constraints, say, with a studio type unit, Erfe further advised owners to create as much space as they can achieve by using the right colors, appropriate lighting and multifunctional furniture.
According to Erfe
, light colorswhites, beiges, greige (gray with beige)are the best ones that can be used to open up a space and make it look bigger.
Cove lighting with T-5 lights along the perimeter or one side of the wall should be used to highlight the height as well as table lamps or a floor lamp at the corner, and a droplight on top of the dining table.
If possible, add accent wallwashers (inlights) to light up artworks or accent walls.
If budget is constrained and cove lighting and accent pinlights are not possible, use a tracklight with four to five spotlights to focus on accents.
Do use indirect lighting such as table lamps and floor lamps to create soft mood lighting, Erfe
To maximize the space, unit owners should get multifunctional furniture such as a sofa that can serve both as a bed and a dining banquet; a coffee table (cocktail table height of 26-27 inches) that will serve as dining table and work table; light accent chairs and small side tables that can be easily moved around.
All the rest can be built-in such as TV cabinets with ledges for bookshelves and accessories, hidden wall units that serve as pantry or clothes storage.
Every inch of space should be planned to achieve best use and function so as to eliminate clutter, Erfe