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9 Different Singapore Home Renovation Styles

November 4, 2014

Your home is often a manifestation of your taste, character and quirks. Are you simple, traditional, classy, fun or idiosyncratic? Whatever you are, there is a style to reflect your personality.

Here are the descriptions of nine styles as seen in Singapore's HDB and condos to get you started on identifying your own.

1. Vintage

Vintage interior design is commonly misconstrued as retro, or old. However, it actually refers to a particular period in time - the glamorous 1940s. Extremely elegant, colours are soft with one or two bold colours for impact, and fabrics, luxurious. Vintage houses emit an old world vibe, but are never over-adorned.

9 Different Singapore Home Renovation Styles
9 Different Singapore Home Renovation Styles
9 Different Singapore Home Renovation Styles

ID: Voila
Location: Twin Waterfalls
Cost of renovation for entire house: $50,000

2. Contemporary

If you like to keep up with current styles, contemporary homes are for you. By its definition, contemporary designs are characterised by what is popular right now. Therefore, they are ever changing and can be a mixture of different eras, put together tastefully.


ID: Project File
Location: Grange Height
Cost of renovation for entire house: $230,000

3. Eclectic

Eclectic interior design is a mishmash of styles, textures and colours in one room. Because it can seem so random, it treads the fine line between contrast and chaos and takes a keen eye to strike that balance. Done right, it can create an atmosphere that is charming, distinctive, imaginative and fun.


ID: Linear Space Concepts
Location: Fajar Road (HDB)
Cost of renovation for entire house: $75,000

4. Industrial

The industrial interior comes from the manufacturing age and focuses on function. The look is raw, unfinished, achieved with rough surfaces and materials that suggest an industrial past. Wood and metal are used heavily, as are exposed pipes and ducts, cement screed, and vintage furniture. Done well, the style never looks sloppy, and can look highly coordinated.


ID: three-d conceptwerke
Location: Jervois Road
Cost of renovation for entire house: $80,000

Check out our post on industrial interiors here.

5. Modern

Modern interior design is often confused with contemporary. While contemporary is defined by the now, modern is a style of its own and more timeless and iconic. Modern interiors are clean, neutral and unadorned, and the use of wood, leather and polished metal are prominent.


ID: Mofasis
Location: Anchorvale Drive
Cost of renovation for entire house: $50,000

6. Scandinavian

Minimalist in approach, Scandinavian design is renowned for simplicity, functionality and beauty. Scandinavian homes are understated, but of perfect craftmanship and elegant. Clean lines, openness, muted tones, minimal adornments and geometric forms dominate. If you like open, modern spaces, this is the style for you.


ID: three-d conceptwerke
Location: Mutiara Crest
Cost of renovation for entire house: $120,000

7. Traditional

Traditional style interiors are comforting, classic and predictable. Everything is in place and of the same style. Detailed woodwork, sturdy, crafted and matching furniture are trademarks of the room that looks like it was put together meticulously.


ID: Boon Siew D'sign
Location: Tampines (HDB)
Cost of renovation for entire house: $37,000

8. Transitional

Transitional style is also commonly known as 'updated classic'. It is a blend of the classy and refined traditional style and simplistic contemporary style to create a uncomplicated design that epitomises harmony and elegance. Furniture used should focus on sophistication, comfort and practicality.


ID: Metamorph Design
Location: Kim Tian
Cost of renovation for entire house: $120,000

9. Retro

As with Vintage, retro designs are not anything that is old. It refers to the styles inspired by 1960s decor, where psychedelic patterns and colours ruled. These designs came with the hippy movement and today, inject homes with sense of nostalgia and eclecticism.


ID: three-d conceptwerke
Location: Edgefield Plains
Cost of renovation for entire house: $80,000

Now that you know more about these different styles, which one speaks to you? Find more examples on the Qanvast app and also the interior designers who are specialised in the different styles suited for you.

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