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8 Interior Design Trends in Singapore that Might Take Off in 2020

With 2019 drawing to a close in less than three months, we take a look at the interior design trends we are currently seeing appearing quite a bit in Singapore homes. Will these trends take off next year in a big way? Only time will tell.

1. Curved arches are everywhere

Curve is having a big moment as the curved arches we are seeing in Singapore homes can attest. Once popular in older homes, they are making a major comeback even in modern, contemporary interiors, often serving as a point of interest—sort of like an alternative feature wall.

Design: Dots ‘n’ Tots Interior Design

There are various curved arches to consider. Include decorating details or go with a segmental arch (see above) if want a traditional or stately feel to your space. But if you want a more modern look, a clean, round arch is your answer. Consider also the pseudo three-centred arch (see below) for a more retro vibe.

Design: Starry Homestead

Below, the curved archway here serves as a transition into the private spaces of the home. The inside of the arch is painted dark green to match the walkway and for visual interest.

Design: Goy Architects

2. Another curve revolution: curved counters and tables

Besides entryways, we are also seeing plenty of curves on the ends of counters and tables. We think this interior design trend might be an offshoot of the ever-popular mid-century design, which favours gentle, organic curves.

Design: The Monocot Studio

Design: Three-D Conceptwerke

From breakfast nooks to vanity counters, these curvaceous features are a great way to soften the edges and break up the visual, especially if you have a lot of clean, straight lines in the area. Pluses: they are a lot more kids-friendly and they take up less space than the standard ends.

Design: Distinctidentity

Design: The Local Inn.terior

3. More homeowners are furnishing with rattan

Designs: Adroit ID

Durable, lightweight and versatile, rattan is a great way to inject a laidback, bohemian appeal to your space. But it works in a variety of interior styles as well, including Scandinavian or modern mid-century. One of our favourite sources for rattan furniture is Second Charm, who also does custom ones if you need your furnishings to fit exact dimensions.

Design and Interior Styling: Styledbypt
Design build: DB Studio

4. Grooving along with vertical groove lines

When it comes to good interior design, it’s all in the details. And it seems surfaces here are getting all the attention. From bedroom and living room walls to vanity cabinets and kitchen islands, homeowners are loving the vertical groove line detail on them.

Design: Rockin Spaces

Designs: Authors • Interior & Styling (left) and The Scientist (right)

And why shouldn’t they? They add textural interest and a graphic statement without being over the top and they give a touch of modernity to any space. A little groove detailing goes a long way, as seen below.

Designs: Authors • Interior & Styling (left) and D’ Initial Concept (right)

5. Tile trend: mermaid tiles

You might know them otherwise as fish scale or scalloped tiles and you would have probably seen them somewhere. Place them right-side up (curve edge down), the other way around or even sideways, all of which will give you a different feel.

Design: The Local Inn.terior

Design: Linear Space Concepts

We think this trend isn’t going to be as enduring as some of the ones we’ve mentioned here, but it’s an interesting alternative to the more ubiquitous hexagon tiles if you’re looking to add interest to your space. If you are keen to keep things timeless, go with neutral hues rather than patterned.

Designs: Cozyspace (left) and The Scientist (right)

6. For a touch of whimsy, decorate with a neon sign

If it seems current interior design trends are evoking some kind of nostalgia, you aren’t wrong. Number 6 are neon signs, which feel very retro. Commonly associated with karaoke bars and night clubs, and more recently hipster joints, they are slowly making their way into home interiors. Neon signs are a great way to make your home truly personal since you can customise it to say whatever you want, be it a family motto, a cliché phrase or a tongue-in-cheek jibe.

Designs: Adroit ID

Designs: Fuse Concept

We like them especially in industrial themed homes, but they can work in other casual styles as well. Go with a colour that contrasts with your wall if you want your signage to stand out, or keep things in the same hue if you want a subtler décor.

Design: Linear Space Concepts

Design: Unity ID

7. On the lighting front, glass ball pendants

Speaking of lights, minimalist glass ball pendants are trending on the lighting front. It might be our recent obsession with curves, but it’s a classical shape that will definitely endure for ages. They come in all sorts of designs and they work well in a cluster if you are using them in a larger space like over your dining table.

Design: Rockin Spaces

The clear ones look pretty, but if you don’t want your lighting to be too glaring, get the frosted pendants. To get on trend, choose a soft gold or a brass finish for an elegant addition to any room.

Design: The Scientist

8. In a state of irony, concealed entrances are appearing in homes

Always wanted a secret doorway in your home because you read too many adventure books growing up? This trend might be right up your alley. Concealed entrances are making a regular appearance in homes here for sleeker and more seamless interiors.

Design: Authors • Interior & Styling

We have seen entrances to en-suite bathrooms concealed and made to look like they are part of the wardrobe, doorways into bedrooms hidden for privacy from nosy guests, and entryways into other rooms cloaked behind feature walls so that they won’t interrupt the overall interior design.

Design and Interior Styling: Styledbypt
Design build: Clover Space

Which interior design trend will you be following for 2020? Let us know in the comments.


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