With a myriad of styles to choose from, it can be a daunting task for new homeowners to start their interior renovation journey. In this blog post, we will be featuring Classical, country, and chinese-inspired home designs!
Let us kick start with the classical home design. It’s history dates back to the mid-1800s, primarily the 1850s and 1860s, and consists of both the Greek and Romian interior design. This home design style might be one that you often see on your favourite TV series, as it is a common home style in the Western countries!
One important thing that house owners should look out for when designing their classic homes would be order and symmetry. Sounds very technical, but it is actually really straightforward! The order where the furniture is placed should be symmetrical to each other, to create the illusion of a mirror image. Finding a focal point would make this process a lot easier, as the focal point would give you a gauge on how to arrange your furniture in the room to make it symmetrical.
In Western countries, the focal point would usually be the fireplace, but since fireplaces are not commonly found in Singapore homes, you can consider using TV consoles as the focal point, or simply just find the centre line of your room and match your furniture from there!
As for colours, an authentic and traditional classical style would work best with nature colours. Do not go bold with colours, as it is not representative of the classic style! Soft tones are encouraged, specifically shades of brown, grey and beige. Off-white is also a classic choice (pun intended), as well as bright white for the contemporary feel! Ensure that you keep to the same colour palettes throughout the room, as classic style is all about harmony and balance.
Next up, we have the Chinese-inspired style. Also known as oriental design, this style is all above exuding a zen-like atmosphere which calms one’s mind and sparks joy. Chinese-inspired homes also have a sense of chinoiserie chic which is the incorporation of modern western with eastern, appealing to both the young and old!
A Chinese-inspired home design places emphasis on the warm, saturated tones of red, simply because it is considered the luckiest colour in the Chinese culture! Black and gold are also included in the colour palettes of a Chinese-inspired home design. By combining these different colours in your home - be it on your dining chairs, or the colours of your wall, you can achieve harmony and appeasement!
Besides colours, Chinese-inspired style also has other very distinct features. Bamboo elements are found in such home styles, as bamboo has a rich Chinese history and deep meaning to it. Separating screens that we usually see in traditional Chinese movies is also a common decoration for a Chinese themed home, as it gives the home a very ancient look.
When decorating your Chinese style home, take note to avoid furniture that has sharp corners, as the Chinese believe that sharp corners will make the family unhealthy! The Chinese-inspired style is indeed rich in culture, with so many meanings behind each core element. This style has been through many eras and endured many evolutions from the many styles, while keeping the core essence as it is!
Lastly, we have the country design. When you think about country, the first thing that comes to your mind is probably a cowboy. But don’t worry, country design is nothing about cow prints! Country style design represents a cosy and warm ambience, giving the idea of a simple country life.
This style uses design elements mostly from the rustic and vintage to create an authentic and unique overall. The styles share some common features such as the use of wood, bricks and other natural materials to give off the country vibe, alongside a pastel and neutral colour scheme. You don’t have to worry about coordinating colours across all rooms - inconsistencies in colours used is in fact acceptable for country style homes! The colour palette is not restricted to just one set palette, unlike some other designs you’ve seen in our previous blog posts.
As for furniture choice, having mismatched furniture is actually a look for country style homes! It gives your home an added charm, and gives off the impression that furniture has been around for ages. Besides, it also adds a fun touch! To achieve the modern country style look, you can also look for second-hand furniture and decorations - this will give off that rustic edge. From modern country style to authentic and traditional country style, it is up to your creativity whichever country style you want to adapt - there are endless possibilities!
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