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Which of These Home Design Styles is the Best Fit for You?

March 24, 2020
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We break down what designers mean by modern, maximalist, contemporary, and more, so that you can find the right look!

Choa Chu Kang Grove by Free Space Intent

Interior Firm: Free Space Intent

Take it from us: getting to know every single interior design style that’s popular can be confusing – and why that’s the case is because there’s just so many! So, let us help you out with this simple guide that breaks down everything that you need to know about each style, plus what furniture/home décor items that you should get to achieve the look you want.


Contemporary

Going by the definition of the word, contemporary means ‘belonging to or occurring in the present’, which is to say ANY design element or style (yes, that includes everything below) which is currently popular can be considered to be contemporary. So, if you’d like a home that looks like it belongs in the moment, this is the style (or should we say styles?) for you.

Rivertrees Residences by Posh Living Interior Design

Sleek forms, understated furnishings and stylish, but practical built-ins are some of the features that are in-trend now – think clean-lined cabinets, metallic accent lamps as well as smooth surfaces, all brought together by a thoughtful colour scheme to create comfortable, uncluttered living spaces.

iNz Residence by Mr Shopper Studio

Interior Firm: Mr Shopper Studio

An idea of what furniture that you could shop for to create a contemporary home:

guide to home interior styles

Stores to check out: Dream Interiors Pte Ltd | Danish Design Co. | Comfort Design

Scandinavian

Who doesn’t love the clean and oh-so-minimal Scandinavian aesthetic? If you’re one of those who spend way too much time shopping at IKEA, this Nordic-inspired look will be right up your alley. Originating from Scandinavian countries like Denmark, Sweden and Norway, the Scandinavian style embraces simplicity and functionality at its best.

Treasure Crest by Home Philosophy

Interior Firm: Home Philosophy

Crisp white walls, warm woody textures and an abundance of natural light sets the tone for the quintessential Scandi-themed home, coupled with contemporary furniture to create a cosy and welcoming atmosphere.

Punggol Central by Butler Interior

Interior Firm: Butler Interior

An idea of what furniture that you could shop for to create a Scandinavian home:

guide to home interior styles

Stores to check out: IKEA | Noden | Finnish Design Shop

Eclectic

Fancy something less conventional? For the audacious homeowners who aren’t afraid to express themselves, add an unexpected touch to your decor in the name of eclecticism – which combines a quirky mishmash of styles, influences and inspirations into a space that’s chock-full of character and charm.

Commonwealth Towers by The Scientist

Interior Firm: The Scientist

Don’t shy away from experimenting with bold colours and patterns; it’s all about knowing how to mix and match the right way for maximum visual impact. Time to get creative!

Vista Residences by LS2 Design & Construction

An idea of what furniture that you could shop for to create an eclectic home:

guide to home interior styles

Stores to check out: Meraki Decoration | HipVan

Mid-century Modern

Perfect for the old souls at heart, the mid-century modern style draws design cues from the 1950s and 60s for a striking retro-inspired look that oozes plenty of timeless appeal.

Flame Tree Park by Icon Interior Design

Interior Firm: Icon Interior Design

Characterised by geometric shapes, contemporary patterns and straightforward silhouettes, mid-century modern furnishings lend richness and detail that can instantly elevate the look of any room.

Tampines GreenRidges by Craftwerkz Interior

Interior Firm: Craftwerkz Interior

An idea of what furniture that you could shop for to create a mid-century modern home:

guide to home interior styles

Stores to check out: P5 Studio | Journey East

Industrial

When it comes to decorating your home, utility is key. For those who prefer function over form, you will feel right at home in an industrial-styled space that’s equal parts open and edgy.

Cantonment Close by The Interior Lab

Interior Firm: The Interior Lab

Often seen in lofts, warehouses and factories, this unrefined style is made up of raw, unfinished elements such as exposed pipes, light bulbs and concrete walls in all its stripped-down glory. Using salvaged materials and reclaimed furniture are also a great way to bring out the industrial feel!

Queen Street by Ascend Design

Interior Firm: Ascend Design

An idea of what furniture that you could shop for to create an industrial home:

guide to home interior styles

Stores to check out: Nook & Cranny | Urban Salvation

Minimalist

Fuss-free and organised, you take pride in keeping your space clean, neat and minimal. Focusing on the mantra that less is more, the secret to nailing the Zen-like minimalist style is to strip it down to the basics.

Stangee Place by Design by Fifteen Pte Ltd

No fancy ornamentation or elaborate features here; all you need is a simple, all-white palette of clean lines, neutral hues and streamlined furniture that Marie Kondo would definitely approve of.

Jalan Tenteram by Authors • Interior & Styling

An idea of what furniture that you could shop for to create a minimalist home:

guide to home interior styles

Stores to check out: Grey & Sanders | Noden | Grafunkt

Maximalist

On the opposite spectrum of minimalism, there are the maximalists who are all about embracing intricate styles, loud prints and patterns on patterns… lots of it.

Choa Chu Kang Grove by Free Space Intent

Interior Firm: Free Space Intent

You have a delightfully bold personality and seek joy in filling up your space with all your favourite things – the trick here is to do it tastefully without being overbearing! Artworks, vintage accents and mismatched furniture are a good place to start.

Bartley Residences by Weiken.com

Interior Firm: Weiken.com

An idea of what furniture that you could shop for to create a maximalist home:

guide to home interior styles

Stores to check out: Taylor B | Arete Culture

Traditional

Have a penchant for classic art and design steeped in history? You will love the sophisticated look of the good ol’ traditional styling, which pays homage to the bygone eras of 18th and 19th-century Europe.

Punggol Drive (Block 641C) by Fifth Avenue Interior

Interior Firm: Fifth Avenue Interior

There’s nothing like a beautifully orchestrated blend of rich textiles, ornate motifs and antique finds to give your home a seriously lavish flair. For an extra touch of glam, add a chandelier – or three – to finish off the look.

Sumang Walk by Fatema Design Studio

Interior Firm: Fatema Design Studio

An idea of what furniture that you could shop for to create a traditional home:

guide to home interior styles

Stores to check out: The Past Perfect Collection | Marquis

Transitional

Or if you find the traditional style a tad too stifling, the transitional style might just be the one for you. A modern spin on traditional design, this 21st century-appropriate look gives you the best of both worlds by fusing two drastically clashing styles into a decidedly harmonious sanctuary.

Circuit Road by Adroit ID

Interior Firm: Adroit ID

Opt for a mix of vintage, antique and contemporary furnishings to add a polished charm to an otherwise ho-hum space.

Cassia Crescent by The Local INN.terior 新家室

An idea of what furniture that you could shop for to create a transitional home:

guide to home interior styles

Stores to check out: Originals | Finn Avenue

No-Style

If all of the above doesn’t apply to you, you most likely fall into this category (but then again, you aren’t exactly a fan of labels). A style rebel who’s constantly breaking rules and testing boundaries, you ditch the usual industrial and minimalist boxes in favour of a one-of-a-kind, anti cookie-cutter home that shows off your unique identity.

Ubi Avenue by Third Avenue Studio

Interior Firm: Third Avenue Studio

Go gritty in the living, retro in the kitchen, and futuristic in the bedrooms – your home is your playground!

Highline Residences by Habit

Interior Firm: Habit

An idea of what furniture that you could shop for to create a no-style home:

guide to home interior styles

Like the name implies, the no-style look is an amalgamation! Any furniture store is your playground but here are some you can check out: Castlery | Como Decor

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