With the new year, it usually brings about plans to restyle homes, whether it’s a full-on renovation or a refresher. As we approach the second month of 2020, get to know in advance Singapore’s design and home decor trends that Houzz – a home design and renovation platform – has predicted for the Year of the Rat.
This article was first published in The Peak Magazine.
With sustainability becoming an everyday word (think eco-bags and reusable coffee cups), and manufacturers continuing to develop environment-friendly products such as biodegradable furniture, the focus on homeowners’ well-being will extend to spaces as well. Houzz designers are turning to the next frontier: biophilic design. This term refers toso that homeowners feel connected to nature.
The appreciation for biophilic design will extend to decor, too. Botanic prints in whimsical, geometric and stylised versions, from furniture upholstery to wall coverings and tiles, invite into homes the soothing effect of nature. Homeowners are starting to take a maximalist approach with these prints, using them on every surface of the home.
The biophilic inspiration will also impact colour palettes. Misty sage green evokes calmness, serenity and well-being. It’s pale enough to be a neutral, and works beautifully with other pastels, which is rising in demand among Singapore homeowners. Jewel tones will be popular in furniture, too, such as emerald green and sapphire, within a light and soothing setting created with pale neutrals.
Singapore homeowners on Houzz favoured the Japanordic style, blending Scandi style with Japanese influences, in 2019. In 2020, and upmarket take on this – the same clean lines and neutral palette, but enriched by glossy surfaces and plush, velvety soft furnishings.
Art Deco is experiencing a revival on Houzz Singapore. Thus, brass and rose gold, jewel tones and curves are expected to come to the fore in home design. Familiar Art Deco motifs will also be common in decorative features such as wallpapers, fabrics and furniture silhouettes.
Popular in the 1970s and 1980s, terrazzo – a combination of concrete (or sometimes resin) and marble, granite or recycled materials like broken ceramics – will reign in 2020. Designers are incorporating this wallet-friendly, low-maintenance material not only in floors, but also for tabletops, and even furniture and light fixtures.
A couple of years ago, the open-concept kitchen was just trending, especially among homeowners who are passionate about cooking. Now, this functional space has to be even more flexible, with space considered a premium, and many homeowners have opted to reclaim floor area from the service yard to incorporate into the kitchen.
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