Interior design tips to spruce up your home in 2014

The new year spells change for many, and this applies not only to one’s habits or personal appearance but also to one’s home as well.


This new year, redecorate your household interiors with these tips that will make your homes look trendy - even if you’re on a tight budget.


Out with the “new,” in with the “old”


“I believe 2014 will be the year when ‘old’ will be the new ‘new’,” said interior designer Jamie Tan
We have seen subtle vintage accents in the past year, but Tan predicts home decors of the 20’s, 30’s, and 40’s will become key features in this year’s design trend. Furniture pieces made of metal and finished with brass will also outshine wooden furniture this year.


If living in a small space, achieve the look by incorporating some vintage lighting fixtures and artwork to your home.


Another home deco trend that will be a favorite this year are fabrics with ethnic motifs along with the classic leather upholstery on furniture.


Pinoy pride this 2014


Tan added that 2014 will be a great year for our local sense of design. “Filipino vernacular interpretations will also be in vogue as local designers get catapulted into the global design scene,” he said.


Some Filipino interior designers who are making a name for themselves worldwide are Kenneth Cobonpue, Budji Layug and Ito Kish. Together, they spearheaded in designing “The Millennial Home” collection for the design and lifestyle expo “Manila FAME” in early 2013.


Vibrance is key!


Dull colors such as beige, brown, black, white, sand, and taupe are so 2013! Pair it with the modernity of linear and boxy house decorations and you’ll get “boring, straight, severe, aseptic, and chunky design,” according to Tan.
Vibrant colors should be the hero this 2014. Before picking a color scheme for your home, choose hues that are intense and bright instead of neutral and bleak.


Explore the art of mix-and-match


Home decors usually revolve around a theme, but do not be afraid to throw in a few interesting pieces to liven up your home. “Do away with having solid sets of everything but instead, inject some fun by mixing and matching pieces to refresh what used to be a very predictable look,” said Tan.


Practice by mixing pieces like throw pillows or bed sheets. Once you’ve mastered that, ease your way through by combining a variety of upholstery, accessories, and details.
Don’t know what to pair with your vintage pieces? Try art deco inspired accents with bold lines and colors. Graphics could also work well!


Prioritize functionality


With living spaces getting smaller nowadays, there’s no need to sacrifice style in order to be comfortable in your home. “Think beyond the box, and maybe indulge the senses a bit by doing away with traditional modular pieces seen in small homes and incorporate more designer pieces that can offer multi-functionality,” said Tan.
There are a lot of stylish and innovative home deco pieces being sold these days such as stackable chairs, furniture pieces with built-in storage spaces, and ceiling fans.


Budget is not an issue


Redecorating your home for the new year doesn’t always equate to buying new furniture and pieces. “Considering that vintage is back in vogue, and that variety is trendy, I certainly doubt budget will be much of an issue,” Tan said. “All it takes is an eye for possibility.”


All you have to do is take your creativity, look at the pieces you already own and, again, mix and match to see what works for your home.


However, if you don’t have any home deco elements that you can use, “segunda mano” or thrift shops are always a way to go. It doesn’t always have to be expensive to look dashing! “Garage sales, swap meets, as well as junk shops would have treasures too,” he said.


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