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Interior Design Singapore: The Popularity of Terrazzo Explained

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Terrazzo tiles have taken over Singapore’s interior design scene and successfully integrated into many homes across our country. Filled with vibrant and colourful bits and pieces, this versatile material can be installed in various parts of a home to liven up the atmosphere. Despite its 500 years of history, terrazzo continues to stay in trend and win the hearts of many homeowners. Besides its beauty and distinct design, which makes it a popular choice for many home interior designs, terrazzo also boasts a variety of qualities that make them highly sought after. Read on to find out more about terrazzo. 

1. Eco-friendly

Most, if not all of the terrazzo we see in home interior designs are typically made from a mixture of recycled materials such as glass, marble, granite and quartz. Some of them contain bits and pieces of recycled plastic materials as well. These pieces of recycled materials are then held together by a resin or concrete base, which explains their unique speckled appearance. By putting some of the waste we throw out into good use, terrazzo is regarded as one of the most sustainable and environmentally-friendly materials used in interior design. 

Furthermore, because of its composition, terrazzo does not produce any harmful Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs), air pollutants, or irritants, and its non-porous nature repels moisture and prevents microbial growth, contributing to a mould-free environment and good indoor air quality.

2. Durable

Terrazzo tiles that are produced under strict conditions are usually extremely durable, long-lasting, and more resistant to daily wear and tear compared to other materials — they are water- and heat-resistant as well. Terrazzo is also very easy to maintain and may never need to be replaced if properly maintained on a regular basis. 

However, there are cheap and badly produced terrazzo tiles in the market too. Those have very brittle structures, porous surfaces and are even prone to discolouration. It is important to obtain your terrazzo tiles from a reliable supplier to ensure that you fill your home with good quality tiles.

3. Versatile and Customisable

Terrazzo tiles are easy to work with and can be cut and shaped into any shape and size for a variety of applications such as bathroom walls, kitchen countertops, and flooring. The design on them is timeless and can be used in a variety of home interior designs.

Furthermore, they are fully customisable, allowing you to select from an infinite number of design and colour options, combining all of your favourite colours to create the perfect tile for your home interior design.

4. Affordable

Terrazzo may never go out of style and may even outlive the lifespan of your home due to its durability, low maintenance, and timeless design. When you choose terrazzo, you will not have to worry too much about maintaining or replacing them if you don’t wish to do so. Thus, saving money in the long run. This is an excellent long-term investment that will not break the bank.

Terrazzo is a long-lasting and durable material that performs well even in high-traffic areas. Aside from its positive attributes, it also adds a touch of elegance and vibrancy to your home’s interior design. If you’re looking for a unique, affordable, easy to maintain, and timeless material for the surfaces in your home, terrazzo may be the choice for you. 

Interested in adding terrazzo into your home?, consider enlisting the help of an interior design firm in Singapore to incorporate it perfectly.

Starry Homestead is one of Singapore’s leading interior design firms, with years of experience in creating beautiful homes. Build your dream home with us today

Designing Award Winning Interiors With Pantones NYFW SpringSummer 2022 Colour Trend

Designing Award-Winning Interiors With Pantone’s NYFW Spring/Summer 2022 Colour Trend

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Many aesthetic concepts, such as space, shape, form, and colour, connect fashion and interior design. Fashion and interior designers can both draw inspiration from their respective industries and their forecasted trends for the year to create something unique and captivating. Today, we’ll take inspiration from Pantone’s New York Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2022 Colour Trend report and show you how to incorporate these colours into home interiors to create bubbly, award-winning interior designs.

Pantone Colour Institute released a colour trend report for the fashion industry, forecasting the seasons’ top ten standout colours. These colours reflect our desire for balance in an uncertain and changing landscape by bringing together a range of comforting, soothing and timeless colours that celebrate playfulness. The 10 distinctive colours include

Here’s how you can incorporate these lively colours into your home interior design

1. Spun Sugar & Gossamer Pink

Both of these colours are sweet pastels with a light and airy feel to them. They have the ability to lift the mood and are ideal for homeowners who prefer a vibrant yet soft home interior design. Scandinavian, contemporary and even minimalist design styles would benefit greatly from these colours. 

You can incorporate these colours into your living room by having them painted on a feature wall, or you can take things up a notch by creating a patterned wall with both colours, such as a checkered or stripe design. These colours can also be found on furniture; a light blue sofa or a pastel pink beanbag will add a lot of life to your home, and they can even be combined to create a sweet atmosphere that new parents can add to their baby room. 

2. Skydiver, Harbor Blue, & Coca Mocha

These three colours are the darkest of the ten featured in the colour trend report. Despite their dull appearance, they have warm undertones that will keep your home interior design from appearing too stark and cold. Modern, industrial, minimalist, and even Scandinavian interior design styles work well with these colours. 

Create contrast by pairing these colours with tiled walls in your kitchen, or choose dark-coloured furniture against a bright and light backdrop for an interesting mix of styles.

3. Daffodil & Coca Mocha

Yellow and brown tones compliment one another well. These colours can be used in many different home interior design styles, including mid-century modern, Scandinavian, rustic, American vintage, and many more. Daffodil’s bright yellow tones can be incorporated by using warm lights against a brown wooden background. This adds depth and warmth to your home. Other interesting combinations to consider include a dark brown leather sofa with bright yellow cushions or putting a yellow sofa against a dark brick wall.

4. Daffodil, Poinciana & Skydiver

Finally, among the ten colours, these are the most striking and vibrant, and they can be used in a variety of design styles. Use ornaments and home accessories to add a touch of these colours to styles like modern, Scandinavian, and contemporary, or go bold and paint your walls in these colours to create an eclectic home.

These are just a few ideas for how to pair the colours in Pantone’s NYFW Spring/Summer 2022 Colour Trend report, as well as which home interior design styles they would suit. If you’re feeling bold, you can even bring all the colours together by using small furnishings or painting different parts of your home in different colours to create contrast.

Want to give your home a makeover? Starry Homestead is an award-winning interior design company in Singapore with experienced home designers capable of transforming empty spaces into fully functional and trendy homes. Get in touch with us today for your first consultation. 

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Creating a Mood Board for your Home Interior Design

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Before meeting your interior designer to discuss your home renovation and interior design, it is a good idea to first prepare a mood board. You’re probably wondering “why do I have to create a mood board if I’m engaging an interior design firm?” Well, home renovations are high-ticket items that cannot afford to go wrong, and you want to perfect your home interior design without wasting a single cent. 

By first creating a mood board before you meet your interior designer, you can effectively convey your aesthetic ideas to your designer without any miscommunication. Thus, ensuring that you achieve the look you want. 

What is a Mood Board?

A mood board is a collection of images and items that are used to visually represent an idea for a design project. It is used in editorial photography, home interior design, and more. The purpose of a mood board is to provide a clear direction on a project, assist one in exploring more ideas and refine the final style, mood, colours and feel before actual designing work begins. 

Mood boards collate your ideas together in one place, allowing you to clearly see what works and what doesn’t, preventing potentially costly mistakes down the road.

How to Create a Mood Board?

1. Look into colours

Colours can influence your mood and change the vibe of an interior. Based on the kind of mood you want to create for your home, you can shortlist a few colours to form a colour palette that creates a tangible version of the vibe you want. Pantone’s website is a good place to start looking at colours because it has a plethora of colour swatches to choose from.

If you have no preference for colour and wish to draw inspiration from somewhere, you can take a look at Pantone’s Fashion Colour Trend Reports and yearly Colours of the Year. 

These colours don’t have to be solid swatches; they can be in prints where a colour combination inspires you and makes you feel a certain way. Combine them to create the colour scheme you want for your home. 

2. Incorporate patterns and textures

A home devoid of patterns and textures will be boring and plain. Even minimalist interiors contain some sort of pattern in them. Do you like the texture of thick and fluffy rugs or the soft and smooth feel of linen? What about patterns? Do you prefer contrasting and intersecting lines or subtle and fluid ones? 

You can look for images of these patterns and textures online, or cut out materials yourself and paste them onto your mood board. Make sure that the combinations you create are in line with the vision you have for your home interior design. Experimenting with various patterns and textures will allow you to discover new combinations and gain new perspectives.

3. Design elements and furniture styles

Arched walls, fluted panels, and vintage-style furnishings are some design elements to consider for your home interior design. Do you like the clean and sleek lines of minimalist interiors or the ornate details of Victorian-style architecture? 

Scour the web for pictures of the latest design trends and the design elements you want to include in your mood board. They add character to your home interior design and affect the overall look and feel of your home. 

4. Draw inspiration from the internet

Your best source of inspiration is the internet. Look through photos of home interior design and get ideas from how they combine design elements. Aside from interior design, fashion, art, and nature can all serve as sources of inspiration. Small home décor items such as vintage dishware, tile samples, and art frames can also be included to put emphasis on the style and vibe you are looking for. 

5. Put them together

After you’ve gathered all of the images you’ll need, you can begin assembling them into a mood board. Collect colour swatches, material cuttings, images, and other materials to create the look you want. You’ll notice how things work or don’t work as you start piecing them together. Rearrange them as needed, remove or add items, and experiment until you achieve the look you want on your mood board.

Once you’ve organised your mood board to your liking, you can present it to your interior design firm, who will conceptualise a design for you based on it. With this mood board, the designs will be accurate to what you have in mind.

Thinking of doing home renovations to transform your home? Design beautiful spaces unique to you with Starry Homestead’s team of creative interior designers. Bring your dream home to life today. 


Spoiled For Choice: Interior Design Styles All Over The World

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Many young couples aspire to be able to design a beautiful home that they can call their own. Some couples spend up to hours per day flipping through interior design catalogues, while others scroll through Pinterest or watch a variety of home renovation and interior design videos on Youtube. 

While looking through numerous home interior design photographs, have you ever wondered how many home design styles there are in the world? Are there design styles that are less common in Singapore that you can consider for your home interior design?

Aside from the few popular design styles in Singapore, there are many more home décor styles around the world that feature unique design elements and stunning colour combinations that may pique your interest. Today, we take you on a journey around the world through interior design in order to inspire you and help you find a style that resonates with you.


2.1. What Is Interior Design?

When you dislike a particular music genre or film category, you can simply avoid consuming that media entirely. However, that is not the case with interior design. Because interior design is all around us, it is impossible to avoid. A well-designed interior can bring joy, but a poorly executed interior can negatively affect the lives of many people. 

With people spending more time indoors, in their homes, home interior design is becoming increasingly important because it can have a significant impact on how you live your life. 

Interior design is more than just putting together colour, materials and ornaments, it should not be mistaken for decorations too. It considers the comfort, ergonomics, materials and aesthetics of interior spaces, joining elements together in unison to create functional yet aesthetically pleasing spaces that meet the desires and needs of the homeowner. 

2.2. Main Factors To Take Into Account In Interior Design

1. Layout

The positioning of furniture and ornaments in a space is referred to as the layout. Proper distribution organises the flow of the interior, creates functional spaces and allocates spatial hierarchy. 

To develop effective layouts, interior designers must consider safety, accessibility, fire escape routes, minimum room dimensions, and the amount of natural light and wind allowed to enter the space. 

2. Furniture

Furniture directly impacts the functionality and quality of any home interior design. It is therefore the designer’s responsibility to ensure that the furniture choices made fit well into the function and visual aesthetics of the home, making sure that they will not disrupt the visual flow and circulation of the space.

Especially in small apartments, such as HDB flats and condominiums, attention to the choice of each piece of furniture is crucial – furniture should fit nicely into an interior without causing clutter. Hence, it is more effective to design customised furniture pieces, such as cabinetry, to make the most out of each square centimetre. 

Besides customised furniture, you can also purchase collapsible or modular furniture that serves double functions, or can be stowed away neatly. 

3. Comfort & Ergonomics

The quality of your indoor environment is important in an increasingly dense and populated world. A home that is uncomfortable, unsafe, or unhealthy in various ways can be harmful to your physical and mental health, much like how sitting on a chair with no lumbar support is bad for your spine. 

There are many factors that contribute to the level of comfort in your home, they include the aesthetic value of the interior, the aroma, the amount of light and breeze flowing through your windows, any other factors such as temperature and sound. This is when interior design comes into play, creating a balanced, safe, and comfortable home for you. 

Good interior design is also closely related to ergonomics, in which spaces and furniture must be well adapted to benefit human’s physiological, anatomical and even psychological health.

4. Materials & Finishes

The materials and finishes you choose for your home have a significant impact on comfort and ergonomics. Although aesthetics, function, and cost are commonly used to guide material selection, it is also important to consider the composition of each material and the impact it may have on our environment

Interior designers will usually recommend a set of materials and finishes to you, but the final decision is yours. As a result, it is critical to have a general understanding of interior design and the factors that influence or surround it. 

2.3. Importance Of Interior Design

Interior design is all around you, influencing you from the moment you enter a building, a room, or someone’s home. It has the ability to make you feel at ease or fearful and uncomfortable. Interior design was not a profession back in the late 1800s, but as the middle-class society became more concerned with their use of space, their well-being, and the function of their home interior designs, it pushed for the development of today’s interior design

1. Enhances Your Space

Designing interior spaces help improve them by making them better suited to their purpose, making them aesthetically pleasing, and changing how it affects your mood at home. For example, if you’re designing a home office, you will make design decisions that lead to it being more conducive for concentration and work. If you’re designing a bedroom, you will make it more comfortable for rest and relaxation.

2. Improve Quality of Life

As previously stated, comfort and ergonomics are important factors in home interior design that are influenced by light, colour, material use, as well as the placement of furniture and decorations in your home. When visual balance and aesthetics are achieved with these elements, they improve the functionality of your home and thus your quality of life. 

Staying in a cluttered and visually noisy environment can become very uncomfortable and unsafe, whereas a relaxing environment created with design elements that blend well together and produce a soothing atmosphere will be very comfortable. 

3. Self-Expression

A house is much more than just a place to live; interior designers understand this aspect of their craft and will always seek ways to incorporate your personal style and personality into the concept of your home. 

A good interior design is one that allows your personality to shine through. What can others learn about you from your home interior design? Regardless of which room you’re designing, you should consider the message that the space sends and communicate your ideas to your designer.

4. Efficient Use of Space

With housing options becoming smaller, working with a designer is an excellent way to make the most of your space. A smart designer will be able to tap into every corner of your home to turn it into a useful space and yet keep the house from appearing too cramped and cluttered.

5. Increase Value of Your Home

One lesser-known advantage is that remodelling your home, particularly HDB renovations, will increase the value of your flat. A fully-furnished house that does not require the new owners to spend additional money on renovations may be more appealing to home buyers.


Now that you have an understanding of what interior design is and why it is important, here are some interior design styles from around the world that you can use as inspiration for your new home. 

3.1. Traditional

Traditional interior design is a classic, warm and comforting home décor style rooted in historical traditions. It is a popular style that is heavily influenced by 18th- and 19th-century European styles as well as the traditional ideas of what a home should look like. 

It is a well-put-together, timeless style that’s not overly fancy. Traditional interiors use furniture, textiles, colour palettes, and ornaments that reference history and are more familiar and comforting rather than trend-setting.

Here are the key characteristics of the traditional interior design style:

  • Designs, furnishings, and art used are rooted in European design, particularly from England and France in the 18th- and 19th- century
  • Highly functional, family-friendly and comfortable room designs
  • A classic use of space designed with conventional space planning ideas, and a focus on symmetry
  • Traditional architectural elements such as crown moulding and wainscotting
  • Subtle neutrals with sparing use of bold colour
  • Darker wood finishes are used on floors and on furnishings
  • Subtle, patterned wallpaper in traditional motifs such as floral, stripes or damask
  • Neutral or subtly patterned textiles including heavy cotton, wool, velvet, and silk

3.2. Modern

Modern interior design is rooted in modernism, a historical aesthetic movement that took place between the early and mid-twentieth centuries. Modernism puts emphasis on abstract thinking, functionality, and simple forms. Hence, the modern design style favours a monochromatic colour scheme, clean lines, minimalism, natural materials and natural light.

The modern design also has German and Scandinavian roots that trace back to the German Bauhaus design and Scandinavian design.

Some key characteristics of modern interior design are as follows:

  • Clean, straight lines and minimal ornaments
  • Minimal home décor free from clutter and unnecessary flourishes
  • Functionality over fashion
  • Steers clear of bright colours and favours monochromatic, neutral colour palettes
  • Use furniture to segment spaces instead of walls for an open plan home
  • Long furniture pieces situated low to the ground
  • Natural materials such as unpainted wood or metal, leather and fabric upholstery, or glass and concrete finishes

3.3. Mid-century Modern

Mid-century modern home décor first appeared in the 20th century. It is also heavily influenced by the German Bauhaus design and architecture school of the early 20th century, which places emphasis on clean lines, functionality and a futuristic appearance. Unlike ornately detailed interior styles, mid-century modern favours more straightforward designs. 

Here are some of the characteristics you might find in a mid-century modern home:

  • Simple and sleek lines with a focus on functional and uncluttered spaces
  • Manmade materials, such as vinyl and plastics, are used together with natural materials, such as wood, glass, and marble
  • Vintage statement pieces staged with modern pieces
  • Fusion of indoors and outdoors through the use of natural materials and plants
  • Bright accent colours rooted in nature are used against primary neutral tones of white, black, and wood tones

3.4. Contemporary

The contemporary interior design style highly popular in Singapore is frequently confused with the modern design style. It is influenced by all things modern and distinguished by simplicity, subtle sophistication, deliberate use of texture, and clean lines. The contemporary interior design style is not a fixed style; rather, it evolves in response to what is popular at the time.

However, it does have a few distinctive characteristics:

  • A neutral colour palette of black, white and creams, accented with bright and bold colours that provide contrast
  • Strong visible lines in architectural details, and geometric shapes in wall art and sculpture
  • Simple and unadorned furniture pieces that are able to make a bold statement in every room
  • Natural materials such as wool, cotton, linen and silk add textural appeal
  • Bare and smooth flooring, using wood, tile, or vinyl

3.5. Eclectic

A style that flourished in Paris during the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the eclectic interior design style is one that blends different elements and styles together to create a distinct aesthetic. It incorporates traditional motifs, decorative ornaments, structural features, and is also influenced by designs from many other cultures or architectural periods. 

Many people associate the eclectic interior design style with a mix of vibrant and loud elements that aren’t appropriate for a home, but its characteristics are more than that:

  • Brings together different shapes, compositions, prints, patterns and textures that normally wouldn’t match to create a layer of interest
  • Blends décor from different time periods, such as vintage furniture with minimalist art
  • Uniquely designed individual pieces carefully put together to ensure they unite as one

3.6. Minimalist

Minimalism is a way of life that can be applied to art, architecture, and interior design. The minimalist interior design style is similar to modern design in that it focuses on using the bare essentials to create a simple and uncluttered space.

It is distinguished by its simplicity, a monochromatic palette with accents of colour, open floor plans, abundant natural light, and highly functional furniture. Other key characteristics include:

  • Using only the essential elements: light, form and beautiful materials, to create a sense of freedom and a relaxing environment
  • No excessive ornamentation and decoration, only a few details are used harmoniously
  • Minimal designs and clean lines on furniture, accessories focus on functionality and practicality
  • A colour scheme consisting of whites, beiges and greys
  • Organic forms and geometric shapes in their simplest states create soft, airy and bright interior spaces

3.7. Bohemian

The bohemian design style originated in Paris in the 19th century. It was a style inspired by artists, writers, performers and nomads who valued creativity rather than money. This style is defined by a lack of structure and the carefree use of pattern, texture, and colour.

The bohemian style is not governed by strict design rules like other interior design styles, however, there are some distinctive features to take note of:

  • A neutral colour palette of white and tan colours, with a mixture of vibrant jewel tones and earthy tones
  • Metallic finishes such as gold, silver, brass, and chrome
  • Mix and match colours, patterns, and décor to your personal preference
  • Original or handmade pieces of art, ornaments, and furniture pieces
  • Plenty of plush accessories, organic textiles, and natural materials

3.8. Coastal

The coastal interior design style originated in the Hamptons in the late 19th century and spread across the United States over the years. It is defined by seaside elements and colours, which create a clean and soothing summer, seaside atmosphere. 

The key to styling a coastal home interior design is to avoid anything too overwhelming. The characteristics of this design style include:

  • A neutral and light colour palette of white, warm off-whites, tans and beiges, accented with cool colours such as aqua, blue, seagrass green, corals and grey
  • Emphasis on clean lines, geometric shapes, and layers
  • Ornaments with metallic finishes such as copper, bronze, brushed nickel, chrome or brass
  • An airy and bright interior focused on creating a relaxing environment
  • Breeze fabrics, textured rugs, accents with rope, glass, and shells in moderation
  • Plenty of natural light flowing in through large windows and glass doors

3.9. Rustic

The rustic design style boasts a rugged, raw and natural beauty, placing emphasis on the creation of organic spaces through the use of natural materials and elements. This style evolved from a time when people repurposed items or built and handmade things from scratch. Therefore, everything has an organic and rustic feel to it. 

Rustic interior design can be traditional and dark or light, modern and chic. Whether you prefer a darker interior or a bright and airy home interior design, there are some basic characteristics that they both share:

  • The use of raw and natural materials such as unfinished wood, tile, or stone floors, exposed wood beams on the ceiling, brick walls, fireplaces, or wooden door and window frames 
  • Simple and solid wide plank wood floors provide the perfect foundation for rustic interiors
  • Large, sturdy pieces of wooden and antique furniture made from reclaimed wood
  • Natural, unprinted, textured fabrics, throws and rugs add rustic warmth and cosiness to the space. Canvas, linen, and wool are some examples
  • Matte, non-shiny metals for light fixtures and hardware for an old-time feel

3.10 Scandinavian

Scandinavian interior design is a design movement that emerged in the 1930s in the Nordic countries – Denmark, Finland, Sweden, Norway and Iceland. Scandinavian design is rooted in Modernism, which explains its focus on simplicity, lightness, functionality and the simple beauty of everyday objects. 

Over time, the Scandinavian style has developed into more than just an interior design style, but also a distinct and globally identifiable lifestyle. Its key characteristics include:

  • Light wooden flooring is used throughout the entire home
  • The use of textured small rugs, throws or sheepskins add softness and warmth to the interior
  • Colour palette of mostly white and light colours to keep spaces bright. The colours used are soft and not overpowering to ensure cohesiveness and uniformity
  • Includes a lot of light wooden elements to keep in line with the bright and airy theme
  • Minimal to no ornate or excessive detailing, instead, more moderns, clean-lined, and solid pieces are more common
  • Spaces free of clutter, without excessive amounts of furniture and décor
  • Maximise the amount of natural light flowing through the home because Scandinavian countries experience large periods of darkness

3.11 Industrial

Industrial interior design emerged in the late 19th and 20th centuries. During the industrial revolution, many industrial buildings were built out of brick, concrete, iron, and steel and were meant to last for years. However, when workplaces and factories relocated, these large spaces were then left vacant. They were then transformed into living spaces, giving rise to the industrial interior design style we know today.

Industrial interiors are defined by raw, almost unfinished elements and casual atmospheres that are relaxing and welcoming to live in. Other characteristics include: 

  • Neutral and monochromatic colours, such as grey, white, or black, accompanied by rust, wood tones, or vivid splashes of red, blue, purple, or green
  • Clean lines that include both straight lines and curved contours
  • Fixtures with metallic finishes such as iron, brass, chrome, glass and copper to replicate an industrial appearance
  • Simple aesthetics with a focus on open spaces and comfort
  • Embrace exposed elements like ductwork, pipes, or concrete
  • Ornamented with vintage photographs, abstract art, plants, or steel, iron, glass accessories

3.12 Modern Farmhouse

The modern farmhouse interior design is based on the farmhouse design style, which originated in Germany and Scandinavia in the 1700s. Its architecture began with the need to build homes on farms to house farm workers.

As the farmhouse design style moved away from the countryside and into urban settings in the modern era, it eventually evolved into the modern farmhouse style that we know today.

The modern farmhouse style favours a contrast between smooth and clean lines and materials with the rustic charm of historic farms. It is less concerned with function and more closely associated with aesthetics. It is the ideal marriage of a traditional country look and a more minimal contemporary design.

Here are its key characteristics:

  • Natural, raw materials such as reclaimed wood and wrought iron accents for a farmhouse aesthetic
  • Big and comfortable furniture with a variety of textures for added depth
  • Mix woods, metals and organic fabrics like cotton, canvas and wool for visual interest
  • A colour palette of either warm or cool neutrals layered with natural wood tones
  • A mix of old and new furniture pieces for a modern yet farmhouse look
  • Unique fixtures such as weathered faucets and oversized pendant lights highlight a beautiful modern farmhouse design


4.1. Things To Note Before Hiring One

Feeling inspired by the list of interior design ideas? Designing your own home without the expertise of an interior designer can be disastrous. If you’re planning to hire an interior designer, here are some things you need to take note of.

1. Renovation Budget

You should do proper budgeting before hiring an interior designer for your home renovation to determine how much you can afford to pay and what you can spend on. Interior design services, materials, labour costs, shipping costs, furniture, homeware, appliances, and any other miscellaneous costs should all be included in the budget.

This way, your designer will have a clear idea of what they can conceptualize for you while staying within your budget. Every interior design company has their own pricing structure, so compare the prices and consider everything you need to pay for before deciding which interior design company to work with. 

2. Determine Your Personal Style

Before hiring an interior designer, you should decide on the design style into which you want to renovate your home. Finding a suitable interior designer will be much easier if you have a clear idea of how you want your home to look.

Aside from understanding the various interior design styles, it is also important to determine your personal style. Begin by perusing interior design portfolios and photographs on the internet, noting the design elements that catch your eye.

When you know what style you prefer, you can narrow down the potential interior design firms to work with to just a few that specialise in that style.

3. Their Credentials

Anyone can call themselves an interior designer, but whether they have the experience and expertise to design and oversee your home renovation is another matter entirely. However, it is critical to have a track record of successful designs that appeal to you.

Aside from experience, hiring an HDB-approved renovation contractor is critical because HDB renovations must be done carefully to avoid jeopardising the building’s structural integrity.

Finally, the best interior design style is one that accommodates your lifestyle habits and personal preferences. Finding a style that speaks to you does not require you to stick to a single style; instead, you can always strike a perfect balance between two to three design styles.

Take inspiration from the 12 design styles we’ve discussed today to find a home interior design style that is unique to you and your family. If you find it difficult to conceptualise something on your own, you can always convey your ideas to an interior designer and have the professionals help you.

Starry Homestead is an interior design company in Singapore that specialises in transforming empty spaces into functional and stylish homes for relaxation. Discover starry way to make your home shine today. 

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5 Lesser-Known Home Design Ideas In Singapore

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When it comes to Singapore home interiors, there are a few interior design styles that frequently appear because they are styles that most Singaporeans tend to favour. Although these styles are all beautiful, and the best interior design style is ultimately the one that the homeowner likes, they are so common that if you renovate your home in a similar style, it can be boring.

There are numerous types of interior design, and the list is constantly changing and growing. Some of the styles may be considered outdated, while others are timeless classics that can withstand the test of time. Each style has its own distinct features that give it its signature look. 

Today, we share with you five beautiful interior styles that will transport you away from Singapore while also bringing you comfort

1. Classic Farmhouse

The classic farmhouse style is characterised by its simplicity, layers of warm and earthy tones, and naturally aged textures such as woods and textiles. This style is warm, inviting, and timeless, and surrounds you with the beauty of nature.


  • Natural Wood Accents: Exposed wood beams, wood panelling, wide wood plank floors and weathered wooden furniture.
  • Apron Sinks: A deep and wide sink vessel with an exposed front that extends slightly beyond your cabinetry. 
  • Vintage Elements: Use vintage furnishings such as vintage light fixtures, weathered furniture, vintage accessories and paintings.
  • Traditional Fabrics & Textiles: Floral and paisley fabrics and slipcovers
  • Earthy Tones: A neutral colour palette filled with warm tones such as brown, beige, olive green and grey. 

2. Art Moderne

The Art Moderne interior design style was popular from the 1930s to the 1940s. It embodies many of the characteristics associated with the United States during that era when everything was bigger and bolder. There is so much overlap between Art Moderne and Art Deco that people frequently confuse the two terms or use them interchangeably.


  • Shiny & Man-Made Materials: The use of plastic, metal and chrome.
  • Fluid Interiors: Round, smooth and curvaceous shapes

3. French Country

The French Country style is a mix of rustic and refined décor inspired by French countryside homes. It combines the elegance of antique French décor with the spontaneity and natural focus of country settings to recreate the warm and welcoming feel of a French farmhouse.


  • Warm Colour Palette: Soft yellows, warm pinks, baby blues and creams for a cosy interior
  • Patterned Fabrics: Fabrics printed with toile design, a traditional pattern characterised by its designs of landscapes and figures in one colour.
  • Upholstered Seating: Comfortable seating with soft and cosy cushions
  • Graceful & Simple Furniture: Wood pieces with carvings that emphasise the furniture’s curves. Distressed, painted and whitewashed finishes.

4. Mid-Century Modern

The mid-century modern style was heavily influenced by the German Bauhaus design and architecture school of the early 20th century and emerged during the middle of the 20th century. 


  • Minimalist: Very simple furniture with sleek lines and a focus on functionality and uncluttered spaces. 
  • Mixing Materials & Aesthetics: A combination of man-made materials such as vinyl, plastic, and fibreglass, and natural materials such as wood. Vintage pieces are also commonly used.
  • Indoor & Outdoor Fusion: Plants are incorporated into the décor and light window treatments are used to encourage better indoor and outdoor fusion.
  • Natural Hues with Pops of Colour: Using bright accent colours against primary neutral tones of white, black and wood. Earthy greens, oranges and browns are also used to bring the outdoors in. 

5. Shabby Chic

The shabby chic style originated in the 18th century and has been a timeless style loved by many over the years. It is an interior design style that encapsulates elegance and comfort. This style originated in Britain when the upper-middle class replicated the aesthetics of grand country houses. These houses were passed down from generation to generation, which explains the vintage furnishings.


  • Light & Neutral Colours: Neutral base with light grey, off-white, tones of beige for the ideal backdrop
  • Vintage Furnishing: Distressed vintage or antique furniture with a weathered look. Pieces must still be sturdy and functional.
  • Mixed Accessories: A well-curated display of ornaments, fixtures and artwork. 
  • Florals: A vase of fresh flowers or wildflowers, or a floral motif in the design creates a romantic and inviting interior. 

The beauty of home interior design is that you get to choose what you like, and the best interior design for your home can be a fusion of two or more styles. If typical Scandinavian home designs aren’t your thing, take inspiration from the five less popular home design styles in Singapore that we shared with you in this article. 

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Interior Design: How It Affects Human Behaviour And Emotions

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There are many different types of homeowners in the world, with some being more particular about home interior design than others. Some of them simply cannot be bothered to decorate their homes nicely because they are more concerned with functionality and saving money than with aesthetics. However, did you know that our environment has a significant impact on our behaviour and emotions? 

Investing in your home interior design means more than just creating beautiful spaces; it also means allowing your interior to enhance your daily life and set the right mood for various occasions. Taking the time to learn how your interior design can affect you and your family will be beneficial in the long run. Here are some examples of how interior design can influence your behaviour and emotions. 

1. Lighting

Lighting is extremely important in interior design. The brightness and colour of light used in different places can influence how people behave. For example, dim lighting is used in many restaurants because it interferes with our perception of satiety, making diners feel more comfortable eating larger amounts of food. 

Studies have shown that bright lights can heighten emotions; the brighter the light, the more intense our emotions become. Dim lights, on the other hand, are associated with relaxation, making one feel secure and steady.

Natural lights is thought to boost serotonin levels in our brains, making us feel happier. Research shows that prolonged exposure to only artificial light is also associated with an increased likelihood of having a mood disorder or anxiety disorder. 

The best way to inject happiness and positivity into your home is to increase the amount of natural light flowing into it. This can be accomplished by installing larger windows, using lighter window treatments, and proper furniture placement.  

2. Colours

Colour is another aspect of interior design that influences human behaviour and emotions. The study of how colours influence human emotions and behaviour is also referred to as “colour psychology”. Using the right colours can elicit the desired responses from people and it is frequently used in marketing. 

Colour psychology is also important in home interior design. Some colours can make you feel anxious in your own home, some can make you feel at ease, while others can evoke feelings of positivity. 

Beige and cream colours create calm and relaxing interiors; grey creates balance and offers stability, yellow reflects the warmth of the sun and brings cheer; and white represents purity and makes you feel safe.

Also Read: Colour Psychology: Choosing The Perfect Colours For Your Home

3. Reflective Surfaces

Reflective surfaces, such as mirrors, are commonly used in home interiors because their strategic placement opens up a room and creates the illusion of a larger space. When accompanied by the natural lights bouncing off these surfaces, these mirrors can make your home appear brighter and even lift your spirits. 

4. Shapes & Forms

The shapes of furniture, the shape of your walls, and the decorative ornaments you put in your home can all have an impact on your emotions. Round shapes, such as arched walls, round tables and rounded sofa shapes, are excellent at creating soft and cosy interiors. Shapes with sharp edges, such as squares, triangles and rectangles can make an interior look energised; however, too much of them can make your home appear too rigid. 

A good mix of both round shapes and straight lines is essential for a well-balanced home. But, it also a matter of personal preference.

Each element you choose to incorporate into your home will have a significant impact on your home interior design. Thus, it is important to carefully consider what you want to achieve and what you should add to create the desired atmosphere.

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