2014 Condo Decorating Trends


Design Trends 2014The rising movement in condo living is to create a pad with more of a personal touch. After all, selfies, food shots, and OOTDs look a whole lot better when posted against an appealing backdrop. From a paisley mini-dress against vintage bird-patterned wallpaper to a vegan banquet on a bleached wood table, aesthetic contributes much to comfortable city living.

Much like fashion, interior decorating trends change from season to season. As evidenced by the movement from 70’s Lucite-footed chairs to the comfortable throw rug-adorned 90’s domicile, the definition of home décor can change in the blink of an eye. This season, décor goes bolder with the latest fads to rock the Metro’s urban dwellings

Re-Purposed Furniture

old furnitureDiets, clothing, lifestyles, now even condo living is going green, an on-going movement by local developers such as Megaworld at the Fort. Beyond energy saving lights and waste segregation, recycling is taking a step further with old pieces turned new again. This can be traced back to the use of antiques in decorating, followed by the Shabby Chic movement that imbibed spaces with a clear vintage feel.

Diets, clothing, lifestyles, now even condo living is going green, an on-going movement by local developers such as Megaworld at the Fort. 

To attain the time-weathered look, the practice was to purchase synthetically aged pieces. Over time, it became easier to visit scrapyards and antique furniture stores and simply purchase chairs, tables, and cabinets at lower prices. What followed was a DIY smorgasbord that led people to experiment with paint and staining to achieve the appropriate lived-in look.

Mixing repurposed furniture in with newer pieces creates an eclectic and rustic environment that soothes the senses. Now you can start living green in more ways than one.

Statement Walls

bold wallpaper Another huge trend, especially for Spring 2014 is the use of a single statement wall in the house. This signifies a lot for condo dwellers since it can serve as a delineation between rooms. One wall in a solid bright color against a backdrop of white or gray makes quite a pretty picture and immediately draws the attention of guests walking into the unit.

Other ways to achieve the effect would be to invest in designer wallpaper. Liberty florals, art deco patterns, and quirky decals are only some of the more popular options on the market. Hanging decorative frames or installing a hanging bookshelf are also methods that can help your wall stand out from the rest.

Another huge trend, especially for Spring 2014 is the use of a single statement wall in the house. 

Heavy on the Metals

silver furnitureIf you’re looking for a more luxurious touch, then a bit of the industrial will be right up your alley. Far from the opulent gold paint-coated coffee tables or claw-footed couches, the trend favors a hardier kind of approach. Stainless steel, lightweight aluminium, and polished titanium all provide the sleek, subtle touches this calls for.

Rather than fill the space with many similar pieces, the goal is to accent the current color scheme. Subtle touches of gold can enliven a yellow and lavender palette, while cool silvers can enhance shades of blue and green. The key is to always keep the addition of metals low-key and never use them to overpower the prevailing visual.

 Rather than fill the space with many similar pieces, the goal is to accent the current color scheme. 

Mixed Prints

colorful sofasGetting all matchy-matchy is now a thing of the past. These days, it’s more than okay to clash, especially with your condo. Turquoise wallpaper and fuchsia stools? Go for it! How about lavender candy-striped walls and canary yellow curtains? A-Okay!  Before you jump into pattern-matching madness, one rule of thumb is to stick to a unifying color scheme.

Take hues from similar color families or use variations on commonly contrasting shades like mint green and terracotta, or sky blue and sandy brown. Also, not everything needs to be mismatched. You can start off simply with a single statement piece and work your way from there.

This theory of opposites can also apply to textures. Introduce a sleek cowhide rug atop a linen couch or a small fleece carpet to contrast cool linoleum tiles. It works well when creating nooks around the unit for quiet reading or entertaining visitors.

Turquoise wallpaper and fuchsia stools? Go for it! 

Barely There

minimalist bedroomIn a complete counterpart to the print mash-up, you can choose to the approach of wide-open space and pure functionality. A decorating scheme favoured by those who dislike clutter, it utilizes lighting and a few pieces to create a streamlined living space. A great application for cramped areas, it does away with unnecessary trappings without sacrificing aesthetic.

Capturing the Minimalist approach can be done by using mirrors to provide the illusion of space. Light curtains or bare windows are preferred to maximize the bright, airy appearance of the unit. Shades of black and white are commonly used in these instances but neutral color schemes such as beige can also apply.

Capturing the Minimalist approach can be done by using mirrors to provide the illusion of space.

 

The verdict on condo living is in, and it looks like urban denizens will have much to consider when sprucing up their personal spaces. Of course, it always pays to be daring on the off-chance that you might start a brand new trend all on your own.

Andrew Lauchengco

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Andrew is the current Marketing Communications Associate of Megaworld at the Fort focusing on brand development, content management, project execution, and digital marketing. He is a graduate of the University of Santo Tomas with a bachelor’s degree in Human Resource Development, and earned his post-graduate diploma in Industrial Relations at the University of the Philippines, Diliman. Andrew is also an active musician in the local independent scene and is a martial arts enthusiast.

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