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2019 Is The Year Of Mindful Decorating—Here Are 5 Interior Trends To Follow Now

The new year calls for reflection on changes—what to keep and what to toss out of our lives. Our Facebook feeds are populated by how hard the timely Netflix series, Tidying Up with Marie Kondo, has struck a chord with almost everyone. Passionate reactions to “spark[ing] joy” has ensued. Marie Kondo's series has made a case for mindfulness in consuming and decluttering. In 2019, your home’s interiors should not only be visually pleasing, they should also appeal to a greater cause than just filling up your space in the name of a design scheme.


READ: Decluttering Done Right: Marie Kondo Stars In New Netflix Series "Tidying Up"



1. Adaptive Reuse

Adaptive reuse is when a space is re-programmed so that it fills a new function. Many have lamented the demise of old, historical buildings in Manila, but the completion of adaptive re-use projects such as the 1919 Grand Café in the old HSBC Building in Binondo’s heritage district has brought back vibrance to the past. Located just before the El Hogar Building on Juan Luna Street, it was built between 1921-22, and inaugurated by Governor General Charles Emett on September 22, 1922. Under its current ownership, this building now houses 1919 Grand Café, a café whose interiors give a nod to the past.



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2. Living with heirlooms

Heirlooms never go out of style. Get them out of storage, and use them. If you happen to have KonMari-ed your home into minimalism, get your hands on some heirlooms via the auction houses.The Leon Gallery, for example, is hosting its 10th Online Auction this week, with offerings from the estates of Anton Roxas, Jaime Cardinal Sin and Jun Adlay.





3. Living Coral

Pantone describes Living Coral (Pantone 16-1546), its color of the year, as “an animating and life-affirming coral hue with a golden undertone that energizes and enlivens with a softer edge.” As a reaction to the hyper-digital age, Pantone commemorates 2019 with a color that calls to mind experiences, human connection and intimacy with its warm and vibrant hue. Living Coral is an optimistic and joyful color that nurtures a link to nature, especially when paired with its complementary bluish tones.


READ: A Visual Guide To Redecorating Using Pantone's Stylish Color Of The Year For 2019



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4. Biophilia

Foster your human need to connect with nature by refreshing your interiors with indoor plants. In the 2000s, the “Jungalow” look was popularized by LA-based designer, artist and bestselling author of The New Bohemians and The New Bohemians Handbook, Justina Blakeney. Her look incorporated bold prints, ethnic patterns and a love for plants. Of these, the fervor for using indoor plants is here to stay in 2019. Whether it’s through succulents, indoor vines and tropical plants, refresh your space with plants.


READ: Gift Guide 2018: What To Give Plant Lovers And Those With Green Thumbs



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5. Go local

In 2019, the fondness for all things local and artisanal stays. The number of local resources for homeware has only increased through the years, an encouraging sign that local industries are being sustained. Watch out for gift fairs that celebrate Filipino creativity for the latest in artisanal homewares. Pepper your spaces with all manners of heritage prints and weaves, and support artisanal industries to make traditional crafts live on.





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One must be able to express his or her own personal tastes at home, with or without a New Year style guide. It doesn’t hurt to look at the bigger picture, and acknowledge the impact on heritage, culture and above all, your own state of true happiness, when embarking on your 2019 decorating projects.


Photos from @justinablakeney @leongallerymakati