Many people invest in homes in a Megaworld township because they want to live in the heart of the city and still be able to escape it. Though business centers like Makati and Ortigas are just a few minutes away, they want to feel that their home is a sanctuary within the urban jungle.
That’s why the Megaworld at the Fort developments such as Tuscany, The Florence, and The Venice are inspired by both the elegant but rustic charm of the European cities they are named after. While these cities have kept up with the times, they are an interesting juxtaposition of skyscrapers and cobblestone streets–retaining their culture and identity even as they keep pace with modernity as key centers of business and trade.
Residents of Megaworld at the Fort can bring some of this design inspiration into their own condo units. Here are some ways you can create this “Old World” ambience in a comfortable and modern way: It’s all about incorporating certain colors, textures and materials. With just a few antiques and an earthy-coloured palette, your home can become your personal European villa.Many people invest in homes in a Megaworld township because they want to live in the heart of the city and still be able to escape it.
Pick rich, warm colors
Think of Europe in autumn: pomegranate reds, deep golds and ochres, burgundies, hunter greens. These can be contrasted against lighter creams (never a stark white). Metal finishes are often distressed, while painted surfaces are sanded down for that soft, vintage feel.
This doesn’t mean your home needs to look like a museum. Balance these Old World European elements with current touches. For example, this article shows a marbled walkway with modern drop-down soffits: a gorgeous combination of warm golds and Mediterranean tiles with modern lines. It also shows how a natural element like cobblestone can be brought into this century by using modern fixtures, like a sleek glass bowl.
Include accents that use Old World fabrics and textures
Brocades, damasks with large floral or scroll patterns, and tapestries all bring us back to the time of the Renaissance, when these accents were often hand-made or hand-embroidered by craftsmen. However, it’s best to incorporate these very vivid prints with elegant restraint. Place one beautiful antique rug next to a sleek, monochromatic sofa. Mix floral pillowcases with other solids. While it is trendy to combine patterns, the look works better in larger spaces. Too many busy prints will only make a small room look cluttered and visually exhausting.
You may also want to avoid very uncomfortable wooden furniture. Pick a sofa that invites you to sink in and relax, but look for a rich color and textured fabric. The idea is to make your room look slightly formal, but still lived-in and inviting. Find other ways to incorporate wood and other worn-down textures: use decorative storage trunks to hide knickknacks and double as a quirky side table; hang a large framed antique map of the Old World, or group smaller frames featuring prints from the period. Even a stack of old leatherbound books can help people feel that they’ve stepped into another time.Too many busy prints will only make a small room look cluttered and visually exhausting.
Choose Old World hardware and finishes
You don’t need to invest in antiques, wrought iron curtain rods or picture frames, terra cotta pots, stone and metal fixtures, heavy wood (or faux wood finish) cabinets. You can mix textures for more visual interest: juxtapose copper with iron, granite and limestone. For example, find a kitchen island with a marble top. This immediately adds to the Old World design while efficiently doubling as a work or dining area. You can also add oversized metal door hardware–another key feature from the period. Hiding modern appliances such as microwaves and dishwashers behind custom cabinet panels can also help create the sense of escaping to a quieter, more rustic setting.Pick a sofa that invites you to sink in and relax, but look for a rich color and textured fabric.
Old World charm, modern amenities
These are just some ways that your home can retain the elegance and charm of Renaissance Italy, while enjoying the benefits and conveniences that the princes and lords of the time would never even have dreamed of! We’re not just talking about indoor plumbing: Megaworld residents enjoy the finest community amenities, such as swimming pools, tennis and badminton courts, saunas and Jacuzzis, and gyms. Shopping centers and restaurants are within walking distance. Like today’s European cities, Megaworld townships have successfully married the best of the old and the new. Visit MegaworldattheFort.com for more information.