The beauty in home ownership lies in the fact that you have a personal, private space - a space that you can do whatever you want with and make your own. Over the years there have been countless interior design trends that have taken the world by storm, some that have been labelled as fads and some that have withstood the test of time. Whether you are working with a completely bare floor plan or are looking to rejuvenate your existing residence, here are a few timeless interior design styles that you can draw inspiration from.
Marble countertops have been a staple in the homes of many, be it in bathrooms or kitchens. There are a multitude of reasons why marble has been used since the early days of architecture and home design.
There is nothing quite like a nicely cut slab of marble - its rich look is unparalleled and adds a flair and elegance to any room or home it is present in, especially if it is well veined. Marble being a natural stone creates an earthen and neutral tone that is flexible and complimentary across various home design styles.
Marble also has various useful properties. They stay naturally cool (which makes them fantastic for baking enthusiasts in a warm country such as Singapore) and are easy to clean and maintain, being resistant to scratching and cracking.
If you are looking to add natural beauty to your home space, look no further than incorporating the cool and refined look of a marble countertop.
Rattan and Wicker
Rattan and wicker are made of woven straw and are materials commonly found in furniture in both the Western and Eastern parts of the world. In fact, you can find lots of hand-crafted furniture made of rattan, a common material in our part of South-East Asia.
They can be used in various ways, such as in chairs and bed frames as well as in decorational and utility items such as baskets and dividers. These are materials that have stood the test of time in terms of their usefulness and add a warmth and sense of craftsmanship to any home.
With indoor plants and concepts such as Japandi interior design being ever so popular, rattan and wicker are locally available and create a fantastic palette to compliment these styles and motifs.
Blue and White Porcelain
This classic style originates from 14th century China in their earthenware, and is almost instantly recognisable worldwide. This is due to import trade that happened in the 17th century, introducing the now-iconic porcelain style across Europe through imitation pieces by Dutch Delftware.
Today, this signature colour combination is apparent everywhere, from tableware to tile work. There exists affordable pieces for the average consumer, while those that can afford to and enjoy antiques can go for the rarer, centuries old pieces. A simple trip to Chinatown or a look online would bring up various options.
For most of us, featuring this style of pottery at home would be a fantastic homage to our Asian culture and heritage, being used in most of our ancestral cultures from the Chinese, to Peranakans, various Islamic tribes and other south-east Asian cultures throughout history. The fact that they were used by our ancestors and are still popular today perfectly encapsulates the timeless appeal of this pottery style.
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