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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 Some of the styles may be considered outdated, while others are timeless classics that can withstand the test of time.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. 

Starry Homestead is an interior design firm in Singapore that provides expert interior design services to help you build your dream home. Let us help you make your dream home come to life

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Modern VS Contemporary: The Differences Between Both Designs

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Design styles such as Scandinavian and Muji, or modern and contemporary are styles that have left people puzzled for years due to their similarities. Today, we are here to help you better understand the differences between modern and contemporary interior design styles. 

Modern style and contemporary style? Aren’t they the same styles with different names? Well, we couldn’t be more wrong. Despite the fact that both words have the same definition in the dictionary, these styles have their own distinct characteristics and are vastly different from one another.

Modern Interior Design

Modern interior design rose to fame in the late 1800s; it is a style that refers to a specific time period between the late 1800s and 1950s. This style emerged at the height of the modern art movement, prior to contemporary interior design, with its distinct style placing emphasis on simple form and function. 

Contemporary Interior Design

The contemporary interior design style that we know today first gained popularity in the 1970s. Unlike the modern style, which stemmed from a specific period in history, the contemporary style is one that constantly evolves and is not limited to styles of a certain period. It changes in response to current decor trends and borrows characteristics from Modernism, minimalism, Art Deco, as well as a variety of other styles, without focusing on any one in particular.

Their Similarities

Some similarities in design exist between the modern and contemporary interior design styles, which may be confusing to some. However, once you’ve mastered these elements and how they function in the interior, you can mix and match them to create your own signature style.

1. Minimalist Aesthetics

Both of these design styles favour simple and clean architectural lines, such as basic geometric shapes and sleek furniture that do not feature ornate designs that can cause visual noise. It keeps the space uncluttered and minimal while displaying a sophisticated and timeless elegance.

2. Open Spaces

Both interior design styles emphasize the importance of creating large and open spaces within your home to prevent it from appearing cramped or cluttered. These spaces allow air and natural light to flow through.

While large open spaces may be difficult to achieve, especially in smaller condo units and HDB flats in Singapore, you can engage the assistance of an interior design company to create space-saving solutions so that your home is functional without looking overcrowded.

Their Differences

1. Choice of Materials

  • Modern

Natural materials, such as wood, and other earthier elements, are used in the modern style because they are eco-friendly and add character to the space. One will spot more fibre furniture and accessories such as linen sofas or cotton pillows and curtains in a modern interior.

  • Contemporary

Contemporary interior design features more state-of-the-art materials, such as glass and metals, which are created using modern techniques and technology. In a contemporary interior, the generous use of metal, stone and opaque or clear glass creates a polished and elegant appearance. Think rose gold accents, tinted glass partitions, or feature walls made of stone.

Heavily textured fabrics in plain colours are used for curtains, pillows, or rugs to soften the space and keep it from looking too cold and rigid.

2. Colour Palette

  • Modern

The modern design incorporates colour options in earthier tones such as brown, rust, olive green, turquoise, maroon, and so on. They complement the style’s earthy design elements to create a warm and inviting home interior.

  • Contemporary

For a more neutral and elegant appearance, a stricter palette of black, white, and grey is often preferred in contemporary interior design. However, other colours are also used to add vibrancy to the interior. These colours are typically pure, primary and secondary colours like red, orange, blue, or indigo.

Most homes in Singapore are designed in a contemporary design style but are often misidentified as the modern style. Now that you understand their differences, you can collaborate more effectively with your interior design company to create a home interior that speaks to you. 

Starry Homestead is an experienced interior design company in Singapore that creates interior spaces that are not only stylish and beautiful but also harmonious sanctuaries for fun, rest and play. See your dream home come to life today.

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