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These 5 Interior Features Can Make Your Home Look 'Old'

August 8, 2018
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While it’s impossible to always stay on top of décor trends, it’s a good idea to check in on what’s current and what's not before a major interior revamp! After all, what’s the point of redecorating if you’re doing so with stale design ideas?

So, it's time to think twice about these 5 not-so-trendy decor ideas for your upcoming revamp. But hey, there's no stopping you from getting them - or, simply check out these design alternatives instead for a look that's more up-to-date with the times:


1. Floral Chintz

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Flowery motifs might be on its way out, especially the overly dainty, pink or red floral chintz print that was seen everywhere over the last two decades. The overall style doesn’t seem to fit well with modern or contemporary décor that is rather popular in South East Asia. It can appear fussy or old-fashioned, with not enough grit or edge when seen on furniture, wall prints, homewares and fabrics.

Try this instead:

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Interior Firm: A Moxie Associates Sdn Bhd

Feature real (or realistic) floral pieces like flowers in pots, bloomy art, or a modified take on floral chintz prints with simpler motifs.

2. Regal Decor

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Interior Firm: Genesis Mission Sdn Bhd

Even with the Royal Wedding reaching a fever pitch this year, the regal look didn’t make a comeback. With social and philosophical movements headed towards natural, earthy minimalism; interior decor trends have followed suit. This leaves almost no room for over-embellished, gilded luxury decor, synonymous with regal design.

Try this instead:

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Interior Firm: X Two Concept

Mix and match your high-end décor pieces with inexpensive (but still high-quality) fittings and accessories ala High/Low.

3. Overdone Ceiling Mouldings

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Similar to regal décor, “kingly” crown mouldings offer too much ceiling detail, which appears to be an ageing aesthetic. Moreover, overly decorated ceilings don’t often receive much attention in Malaysian homes because of ceiling fans that typically obstruct the view or detract in some way.

Try this instead:

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Interior Firm: Nu Infinity

For a modern appearance, opt for ceilings with clean lines and cove lighting that point upwards. Depending on the décor (e.g. contemporary, rustic, etc.), do consider wood, vaulted or exposed beam ceilings similar to barn house styles.

4. Everything beige or an ‘excessive’ use of neutrals

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Most of us are still not ready to say goodbye to beige and our other favourite neutrals – but there is a limit to how much you can squeeze it into a single space! With beige walls, curtains, carpentry, furniture and fabrics, it’s easy to notice a lack of personality and charm in excessively neutral décor.

Try this instead:

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Interior Firm: Nu Infinity

You don’t have to do away with neutrals but you can certainly spice it up! Try contrasting with dramatic pops of colour – primary hues can really glow amidst neutral themes! You may also want to feature nature-inspired colours like ocean turquoise or sunset orange to refresh the décor!

5. Wall quotes

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We don’t know if this was ever in fashion but we’ll give it the benefit of the doubt. Worded accent pieces can appear bland or unimaginative when compared to an exciting painting. These days, wall quotes seem a better fit at coffee shops or “indie” restaurants than they do at home.

Try this instead:

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Interior Firm: IQI Concept Interior Design and Renovation

Instead of relying on plain words to convey a message or idea, try displaying a piece of art with stunning visuals that is capable of the same or better. Paintings, prints, photographs and other art can be much more inspirational than a mere common quote.

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