7 Design Ideas for a Filipino-Inspired Home

When we think about Filipino homes, the first thing that comes to mind is the Bahay Kubo”. This simple, humble and functional structure is a reflection of the Filipinos’ way of living in the old days. While some may view the Bahay Kubo as old-fashioned, many homeowners are finding ways to incorporate traditional elements into their homes and give them a modern twist. Here are 7 design ideas for a Filipino-inspired home.

Bling it with Capiz

Capiz shells are versatile and elegant decorating raw material. Perhaps, any product can be made out of Capiz. These transparent shells that are very similar to the mother-of-pearl shells can be used to make decorations, vases, lamps, lanterns, trays, accessories, ornaments and even doors windows. Capiz can make any home look elegant, stylish and chic.

Fun with Rattan

Most of us would probably have an old memory of rattan furniture from our parents’ or grandparents’ house back in the days. Now, they are making a comeback thanks to the modern styles introduced by local furniture designers such as the world-renowned Kenneth Cobunpue. Rattan furniture can even give your home a beach vibe! You can also bring back the old-school rocking chair with a modern and chic design.

Relax with Bamboo

Zen-inspired homes always incorporate bamboo elements because of their calming abilities. This sturdy and reliable material can be made into stylish headboards, functional storage furniture, and modern stools. The great thing about bamboo furniture is they can withstand mold and water so they don’t rot, making them a great investment for your home.

Vintage furniture

Incorporating vintage pieces from your ancestral home is a great way to add a Filipino character to your home. You can leave it as it is or refurbish it by painting a new color or making whole new furniture out of it. There are a lot of DIY videos on YouTube to guide you on refurbishing old furniture and giving them a new life.

The Classic ‘Duyan’

Admit it, we all raced to get first dibs on the duyan at one point in our lives. Why not put one in your own home? A classic hammock is a favorite resting nook across all ages. For kids, it’s an exciting addition to their play area while for the adults—a perfect place to sit back, relax and read a good book.

Have your own Bahay Kubo

Who says you can’t have your own bahay kubo? Well, probably not as your actual home but as a hangout area in your garden or backyard. If you have an expansive outdoor space, having your very own bahay kubo is as Filipino as you can get. Here, you can hold small parties, eat with the family ala-boodle fight style or bond over a few card games. Whatever it is, this bahay kubo will surely hold treasured memories for your family.

The ‘Classics’

A Filipino home will always have one of these three things—a giant pair of wooden spoon and fork, a photo or wood carving of The Last Supper, or anito figurines. Worried they will make your house look old-fashioned? The trick is to just add one item at a certain area of the house so as not to overdo it. Maybe add a few pieces of anito figurines with varying heights in the living room or foyer to make them stand out.


Filipino-inspired homes are making a come back as more homeowners embrace their heritage and incorporate unique Filipino materials in their interior designs. The traditional Filipino home, “Bahay Kubo” is a reflection of the Filipino’s humility and simplicity. These days, more and more homeowners are giving their houses a Filipino twist—that is incorporating local and traditional elements such as capiz, ratan, and bamboo. And what’s not to love about them? They give a homey vibe that reminds you of happy memories from your childhood.


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