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5 Outdated Pinoy Decorating Ideas That Need an Upgrade

Get over sentiment and use a keen eye to overhaul your traditional in-home designs

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It’s the stuff of legends: big, wooden spoon and forks on the wall or the couch still wrapped in plastic. Let’s update some of the Filipino design clichés to usher us into the 21st century, shall we?

Trend 1: Working with plastic furniture

We understand it's a cheap alternative that requires little commitment in terms of design, but furniture pieces that are made of uunatural materials may ruin the overall look of a space.

The Solution: Upcycle a few wooden chairs from your grandparents’ bodega or some garage sale finds.

You can also get some of those big trunk cross-sections they sell on the drive up to Tagaytay and put them on metal stands to serve as your coffee or dining table. The deep browns of wood give your home warmth.

Where to buy:


Trend 2: Tacky wedding souvenirs on display

Weddings are celebrations of love, and Pinoys do romance over-the-top. Have you ever received wedding souvenirs and could not, for the life of you, figure out what practical purpose they served?

The Solution: You may want to discard the tons you have at home.

 If you like looking back to remember milestones in friends’ and relatives’ lives, then make something of the tags with their names and dates on it—a collage or mobile—let your creativity run wild!

Get supplies at:

  • Papemelroti, Glorietta 3, Ayala Avenue, Makati City | Follow them on Facebook and Instagram
  • Wrap Shop, Power Plant Mall Rockwell, Makati City


Trend 3: Crocheted must-haves

Crocheted doily on the dining table, crocheted piece on top of the television, crocheted coasters, crocheted tablecloth—you may have some (or all) of these at home. Yes, handmade things are precious and some of them may have sentimental value for us. Keep in mind that patterns upon patterns are outdated.

The Solution: Choose a centerpiece or focal point of your design that will make it pop.

Let’s say, your crocheted tablecloth, then build a monochromatic look around it. You can also use color blocks that will complement the textile.

Where to buy:

  • Our Home, SM Megamall, Basement Level, Building A, EDSA corner Julia Vargas Avenue, Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong City |
  • Crate & Barrel. SM Makati, Courtyard Drive, San Lorenzo Village, Makati City | Follow them on Facebook and Instagram

Trend 4: Last Supper Tapestry

We’ve all had it or seen it in at least one of our relatives’ houses. We're sure you have one at home, too! While this is a staple, choosing a modern take on this iconic piece can make a difference.

The Solution: How about going artistic?

Maybe an antique wood or metal sculpture of that episode from Jesus’ life will look good as a centerpiece on your round table. You can also work with a modernist piece framed over your dining table that will inspire you to have more enjoyable meal times together. Choose one that goes well with your home's aesthetic.

Where to buy:

  • St. Paul's, 7708 St. Paul Road, San Antonio Village, 1203 Makati City |

In photo: DIY Needlework Cross-stitch of the Last Supper

Trend 5: Fake fruits and flowers

Plastic fruits and cloth flowers get icky after they start to gather dust—but let’s be honest: fakes are lame. Why people feel the need to get the fakes in a country that is rich in a variety of colorful and fragrant natural ones is a big question mark.

The Solution: Replenish your fruit bowl with fresh produce in season often. 

This will also encourage your family and friends to eat healthy by reaching for a star apple or sugar apple instead of a candy bar. You don’t need to use expensive blooms every time, just find some local flowers at the market to spruce up your rooms with small flower vases. Even better, find indoor plants like cacti and succulents that will not only add refreshing green but also infuse your daytime indoor air with oxygen.

Where to buy:

  • Dangwa Flower Market, Dimasalang Road, Sampaloc, Manila
  • Legazpi Sunday Market, Herrera St. cor Legazpi and Salcedo V.A. Rufino St,, Legazpi Village, Makati City

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