6 Must-Haves For A Modern Muslim Home 3

6 Must-Haves For A Modern Muslim Home

June 9, 2017
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A home is an extension of one's beliefs

This definitely rings true for any practicing Muslim. More than a space to sleep, eat or cleanse, a home is a reflection of one's identity - the best version of what we want to present to our loved ones and others.

Today, this philosophy has definitely changed from the olden times of ornate details and rich, OTT finishes. Modern Islamic interiors are all about bringing a touch of elegant, understated class - and believe us - the end result is an amazing look that's refined, yet humble and grounded to key Islamic principles. Want to achieve the same look for your home? Then get started by knowing these 5 must-have elements that define a contemporary Muslim home.


1. Geometric Motifs/Tessellation

Interior Designer: Surface R

An iconic feature in Islamic design, the intricate, repeating patterns of geometric shapes don't just make for fancy features or opulent looks; in fact, abstract imagery play a dominant part in decor, as Islam forbids any living representation in art (such as people and animals).

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These days, modern Muslim interiors weave in tessellation in the form of feature walls, partitions, fabric patterns, even lampshades and mirror frames. However, the key is balancing restraint; don't overwhelm your home with never ending patterns all over. Instead, with so much visual weight going on, select a specific area to apply these geometric patterns on, keeping the rest of your space clean.


2. Islamic Decor Pieces

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Geometric motifs are also seen in smaller decor pieces or artworks used in Muslim homes. Adhering to the no-living-things rule, contemporary Islamic styles feature subtle decor items such as Iznik pottery, ceramics or mosaics - pieces of imagery with floral patterns as a focus.

Interior Designer: Fatema Design Studio (Singapore)

Once again, nothing overboard or flashy; instead, space these items out in your living, dining or foyer area.


3. Work with The Right Colour Scheme

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The colour green is often associated with Islam, and is widely accepted as an auspicious colour, signifying harmony, balance and 'Paradise' in the Qur'an. In design terms, the hue instantly sends an image of coolness calm, relaxation, nature, gentleness and to an extent; purity.

Interior Designer: IQI Concept Interior Design

It’s a slight challenge to work in this colour alone, so balance things out by matching with colours like aqua, silver, blue, orange and light yellow or try layering different shades of green.

Interior Designer: akiHAUS (Singapore)

Interior Designer: Hatch Interior Studio

You also have options other than green. Take inspiration from African Islamic provinces with décor choices such as maroon, gold, purple and red calico. You can also take cue from Islamic monuments such as the combination of white and gold as inspired by the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi or blue like the Sultan Ahmed Mosque in Istanbul.

Interior of the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. Source: IDesignArch


4. Wooden Features

Interior Designer: akiHAUS (Singapore)

Traditionally in the past, wood materials were hard to come by for many Islamic regions. Thus, it remains a symbol of prosperity and luxury, and is a key component in many Muslim interiors today. Of course, besides intricate carvings and precise finishing, another stylish way of weaving in a hint of wood is to keep them clean and simple - be it built-ins or furniture pieces - for a modern, updated look.


5. Rich, Plush Materials

Interior Designer: Fatema Design Studio (Singapore)

To achieve a look of refined luxury, the use of rich, heavy fabrics such as brocade, velvet or silk are a common occurrence in Islamic homes today. Other lighter textures like lace and chiffon sheers are also used to balance out the heavier textures.

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It is also a Sunnah for Muslims to be seated on the floor, so fit out these luxurious fabrics on low-seating decor pieces such as cushions, bolsters, throws, floor pillows or ottomans to evoke a sense of cosiness.


6. Holy Calligraphy

Interior Designer: U-Home Interior (Singapore)

An important element in Islamic homes is the display of holy wordings, praise and blessings for its inhabitants. There are many ways to artfully present the wordings but do keep in mind the overall décor. These days, they are widely available in the form of wall decals, imprinted art on canvas frames, paintings as well as carvings on wooden tabs.

Interior Designer: Kech Design Studio

You can also have the wording customised according to your personal tastes from online stores. The wordings often need to stand out, thus its colour tends be darker e.g. dusky green or black and set against a light background in Arabic calligraphic styles or square Kufic.


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