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From gadgets, clothing, to food, trends and styles come and go with humanity’s ever fleeting tastes and preferences. Interior designs are no exception, but which ones have the power to withstand the test of time? Since we know popularity doesn’t necessarily equate permanency, what makes these interior designs so special? With the help of local interior designers Montie Mahtani from M3 Studio, Audrey Tan from Make Room, and Chlöe Elkerton from E&A Interiors, here are 8 interior designs that will not be going anywhere anytime soon!
Modern interior design is characterised by its clean, simple, functional layouts. Montie explains that modern design uses “dark colours and monochromes” that effortlessly neutralise the colour palette of the room; hints of colour are only used sparingly to produce a mature and refined ambiance. Molded plywood, plastic, polished metal and aluminium are common throughout modern furniture.
For more electric homeowners, the ‘Bohemian’ style offers a generous playing field for an avant-garde environment. “It’s all about attractiveness when you think of Bohemian. Whther it's a Moroccan-bohemian or Nomadic-bohemian style, attractiveness can come from anything and everything; it can come from textures, colours, form, shape, and it’s very personal. It belongs to the character of the home owner and how they present it, and how you layer and play with the colours. That’s something that will never go out of fashion since it has such a personal touch,” Audrey says.
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Scandinavian interior design has gained a large traction within the past few years, and according to Audrey, “It is staying more because of the philosophy behind it: It’s the very clean, very muted, makes you very much at home kind of look and feel.” A spin off of modern design, Scandinavian style incorporates more natural elements - from indoor plants, sustainable furniture, and wooden flooring. A neutral colour scheme and a minimalistic, linear layout make Scandinavian interior design radiate comfort and serenity - coveted, timeless feelings.
Classic interior design, contemporary classics specifically, emanates coziness and luxury. “The incorporation of lightwood and soothing, earth-toned colours are its staple concepts,” Montie says. Extra-fluffy couches, cream coloured window drapes, and bold accessories like tall candles, a glass coffee table, or even a grand piano are just some features in a classically designed house.
”It’s increasingly popular that people want to feel like they’re taking a vacation at home,” Audrey says. She explains that the resort-feel design, akin to Ibiza style or contemporary Balinese design, uses warmer wood tones, such as teak, that are contrasted with light, airy linens, and natural elements like jute and rattan. Greenery and open windows are often added to emulate a tropical setting, and botanicals are increasingly introduced to the interior space as well - bringing the outside in and vice versa.
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”A veer off of resort-feel design would be the hotel-like feel, which is now becoming a new term, ‘I want my home to be hotel-like,” Montie says. He explains that this design is split into two, “There’s a boutique hotel-look, which is a bit more funky and have more cultural tiles and colour play, dynamic in form and shape. Then there’s a classic hotel-look; that would be like the Hilton or Hyatt - the dark wood, soothing colours, and high bed.”
Inspired by the turn-of-the-century industrial era, industrial interior design incorporates an ample amount of distressed wooden, brick, and metallic accents, regularly accompanied by dark, rustic colours such as greys, browns, beiges, and monochrome. The spectrum for industrial design is a broad one, one of the reasons it appeals to many different people. It ranges from a space filled with hefty and rugged statement pieces, dark walls, and a considerable amount of exposed steel, to a clearer, brighter area with lighter wood and a minimal use of hardware decor. Brass and copper finishes are also common throughout this design, an embellishment that is “warmer, more livable, and age beautifully with time,” Chlöe says.
Chlöe also states that touches of modern tribal design will never go out of style. “Tribal and Ikat prints have a timeless appeal but add interest and are a good way to add a pop of colour in cushions or ottomans.” Whether it be through a rug, chair, cushion, or wall piece, touches of modern tribal design are an effortless way to integrate spunk, texture and vitality into your home. With this design, you can go as big or as minimal as you desire depending on the amount of tribal pieces you decide to incorporate.
The common thread throughout all 8 interior designs is the idea of a personal sanctuary. “What people want is to create that piece of heaven in their own space,” Audrey says. Whether one chooses a Scandinavian, industrial, or hotel-like design for their homes, people intrinsically lean towards creating a home to be a place of relaxation, rejuvenation, and escape. Because of their timeless themes and flexibility to be catered to people’s unique personalities, every one of these designs has and will continue to endure throughout the years.