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Trending: Nude (But Not Naked) Interiors

Flesh, skin-tone, rosy-beige tints are in for decor, because Nude is the New Sexy


Soft pastels are having their day in both fashion and the home—rose quartz and serenity blue, mint green and lilac, and all the other barely-there tints can be seen in everything from sofas to the kitchen sink.

But the new hot, pale color is Nude: as in almond, oatmeal, flesh, the lightest tan, and pinkish tints of medium beige. A nude color palette is more grown-up-looking and sexier than pastels, and would look right at home in both pristine, all-white setting and a gritty industrial home.  

You can go all out and create an all-nude room (how daring!), or play it coy by adding one or two nude pieces to sedate neutrals or bold brights. Here are a six nude looks you can take a peek at. 

Even a kitchen can be in a nude palette, as seen in this Bulthaup B3 kitchen. Blonde wood cabinetry paired with the lightest-colored walls and natural wood furniture create a state-of-the-art kitchen that’s also laidback and rustic.

The Bella Desk of Hay at Design Story has a wood finish that is the lightest color of white oak, which renders it almost nude. To highlight the paleness, pair it with blush walls (to see blush furniture pieces, click here).

Nude can also be reinterpreted as a very pale wood stain, as seen in this J110 Chair by Hay in a natural, pinkish-nude wood finish. The J110 was designed by Poul Volther in the 1960s, and is a stylized version of the classic Windsor chair.

The F1rst collection of visual storyteller Ito Kish features clean-lined, modern-urban pieces but with surprisingly earthy touches, such as this nude leather strap detail on the PAV shelf.

Don’t just pair nudes with its fellow neutrals; nude goes extremely well with almond pastels and grays, as seen in this graphic Cateyes Throw Pillow from F1rst.

And if you want full-on skin, go for this buttery-soft, light tan studded leather sofa from Urban Abode. This beauty will look great in traditional interior or industrial-style loft.

The Bulthaup Manila showroom is located at the G/F Fort Victoria, 5th Ave. cor. 23rd St., Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City; find Hay at Design Story, Uptown Mall, 36th St. cor. 9th Ave., Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City; F1rst is located at 2/F LRI Design Plaza, 210 N. Garcia St., Makati City; Urban Abode is located at CW Home Depot Ortigas, 1 Julia Vargas Ave., Pasig City.

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