Homeowners undergoing home renovation Singapore often wonder what contemporary style of interior designing is all about. Many tend to confuse it with Modern Interior Design styles. However; there is a marked difference between the two styles in that; modern style of interior designing does not change and was created in the era from the 1920s to 50s. The contemporary style of interior design, on the other hand, is a lot more flexible style consisting of strong and smooth lines, minimal accessories and lot of room for not following any strict guidelines. Let us see the different elements in contemporary style of interior designing.


Choosing the right lighting plays a very important role in contemporary style of interior designing. Thus, your designer might suggest unique variations of recess, track, pendant and chandelier lighting. Naturally, these lighting elements also need to be uniquely tailored to each room, its function and the objects/focal points such as wall art pieces used therein. Recess and pendant lighting are two of the most popular lighting types in Singapore home renovations. The latter usually hang above structures like your seating areas or the dining table etc. Recess lighting is a beautiful way of illuminating the room discretely; the lights themselves are hidden but their subtlety literally screams and diverts attention without overwhelming the eyes.

lighting used in contemporary interior design


The next element in contemporary interior designing is choosing the right colours for your home. Most people mistakenly think that neutral shades are the USP (Unique Selling Proposition) of this style of designing. However, neutral can be a rather broad term and apart from cream, tan, grey, whites and browns; you can also use shades of pinks, greens, beige and gold. Additionally, you can make use of wall accents, accessories or furniture elements to add bursts of colours to the rooms.


The flooring in contemporary style of interior designing is unadorned; this means you won’t find any rugs or carpets on the floor which is generally made of ash, stone, ceramic, or dark stained concrete. You can definitely go in for rugs in geometric patterns or textural weaves but in case you want wall to wall carpeting, select it in solid colours.


Reflective surfaces are the heart of this style of designing. Naturally, shiny and chrome finishes tend to get hard on the eyes- so designers break up this monotony using matte finish. In general: ribbed glass, brushed nickel, plastics, chrome, steel and lacquer can all be mixed and matched to help the light bounce off the space without being over-reflective.


High impact furniture with very clean and angular lines is the highlight of contemporary design. Chairs and sofas are generally un-upholstered, but one can choose loose covers which are easy to remove change and clean or even go in for fitted upholstery for neater and more elegant look that preserves the lining of the furniture.

furniture used in contemporary interior design


When it comes to accessorizing in contemporary design, less is more. Thus, simple, well chosen and fewer accessories are normally used for adding elements of drama to a room. If you already have a wide collection of accessories prior to your Singapore home renovation, you need not discard or sell them; rather group them up in tighter arrangements to save space.  Do avoid excess wall adornments, family photos, heavy mouldings and plating and go in for simpler black and white photos, streamlined sculptures and glass prints instead.

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