Your home is your sanctuary, and every now and then, it would be great to give it a lift. The good news is that it’s easy enough to transform your space from woe to wow. A conscientious review of design trends, a social media hunt for appropriate pegs, and a leisurely trip to a couple of home stores are the only moves you’ll need to turn your home from modest to marvelous. Here, some trending ideas which you can easily employ in your home with no muss, no fuss.
Go for the color of the moment. A splash of paint is that one design idea that never gets old. The trick, of course, is to brush up your room with the hottest color. For that, we go to the Pantone Color Institute, which proclaimed Ultra Violet, a shade of purple at the cooler end of the color spectrum, as the Pantone Color of 2018. But of course, you’d want to be one step ahead, right?
Well, Pantone has released two color palettes which are bound to rock the world of housewares and interior design in 2019. Cravings, the first palette, will fascinate foodies as it is inspired by fetish food, from red and orange to chocolate and purple. The second palette, Classico, is comprised of fundamentally elegant hues, from black and white to red, tan, and gray. Keep these palettes in mind when planning for your accent wall or shopping for décor and linens. Get your color fix at Roche Bobois Showroom, 2100 Don Chino Roces Avenue Extension, Makati City.
Do the lagom. You’ve KonMari-d your home to death. And as much as you liked giving away all your excess thingamajigs to charity, something seems to be wanting. Enter the Swedes with lagom, where you don’t have too many or too few, but just the right amount of everything for a balanced life. In terms of interior design, the lagom concept calls for bringing nature in, through the use of natural light and low-maintenance plants to the preference for organic muted colors and natural textures like wood, linen, and cotton. Shop for lighting fixtures at Locsin Furniture and Lighting as well as rustic accent pieces at Atelier Aguila, both at LRI Design Plaza, 210 Nicanor Garcia St., Bel-Air II, Makati City, and chairs at Match Contract Furniture, ID Center Bldg., 2100 Don Chino Roces Avenue, Pasong Tamo Extension, Makati City.
Shop vintage. A handsome vintage piece, passed on from one generation to the next, gives character to any room as it tells one family’s story. A lovely butaka chair, for instance, may have been an aunt’s favorite or where Lolo proposed to Lola. But what if your family doesn’t have any heirloom pieces? Fret not. There are thrift shops and online groups where you may be able to snag some classics. You may also snag a Batibot chair, which became quite popular in the late 50’s to the early 60’s, at these thrift stores. Just to make sense of what’s what, vintage furniture refers to pieces that are 30 to 100 years old. Mid-century modern pieces continue to be spot on as they make a good fit for contemporary spaces. The Diamond chair by Harry Bertoia, Eames Lounge Chair by Charles and Ray Eames, and Swan chair by Arne Jacobsen – these are but some of the much coveted pieces from this era. For vintage finds, try Dianne’s Thrift Shop at Auro-Vir Plaza Building, Evangelista Street, Corner Gen. J. Lacuna Street, Bangkal, Makati City or go to Manila Furniture Buy and Sell at https://www.facebook.com/groups/manilafurniturebuyandsell/
WiFi-free zones.Yes, you read that right. Being constantly connected can be quite exhausting. Wouldn’t it be nice then to have one room or corner of your home that’s absolutely technology-free? Put away all your techy gadgets, and create a sanctuary of a space where you can nest in peace. Bring in a big comfy sofa, piled up with fluffy throws and soft-knit blankets. You may opt for a bold color palette to excite your imagination or a muted one to calm your senses. While being connected means you can work anytime and anywhere, it can be a disruptive force on your personal life. Which is exactly why digital detox spaces are fast gaining ground. It gives you room to breathe and be.
Love local. One of the most inspiring interior design trends of 2018 is the preference for things local, from rattan furniture, whether modern or vintage, to accessories like inabel blankets. In recent years, local furniture designers have begun earning international acclaim, inspiring others in their wake. The great thing about these Filipino pieces is how they easily stand out but at the same time blend in modern spaces. Check out Kenneth Cobunpue, The Residences at Greenbelt, Esperanza St, Greenbelt, Makati City, Milo Naval, and Vito Selma.
Whether you’re living at the Milano, Knightsbridge, or Gramercy Residences, sprucing up your space wouldn’t be all that difficult because of its accessibility to a variety of home and décor stores. Moreover, you’ll find the very space where you live in creatively stimulating. Century City, with its cutting edge architecture and contemporary interior design, was inspired after all by the fashion capitals of the work – Milan, London, and New York. And should you want a temporary change of scenery, you can always opt for a staycation at Siglo Suites.