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Coming up Close with Modern Contemporary Interior Design

Contemporary interiors are common in Singapore but are often mistaken for modern interiors. Although contemporary interior design may sound fancy, it is a style that creates warm and inviting homes that are perfect for relaxing in. Such homes are also typically clutter-free, lively, and sophisticated. Contemporary interior design is essentially a style that is rooted in what is popular at the time. It is a style that is constantly evolving and will continue to do so in the future.

What is Contemporary Interior Design?

As mentioned above, the word “contemporary” means “of the present,” making it difficult to accurately define what this style is all about. The contemporary interior design style will only change with the times, and what is included in the style today may all be eliminated ten years from now.

1. Color Palette

In contemporary style interiors, neutral colours are the primary colours used. These colours include black, white, beige, creams, and grey. Although neutrals are preferred, interiors are usually livened up with bright and bold colours that either complement or create an appropriate contrast with neutral colours.

2. Form and function

Other interior design styles, such as Scandinavian and Wabi-Sabi, place a strong emphasis on function. In contemporary interior design, however, both function and form are equally important. Contemporary interiors feature a mix of straight and curved lines that can be found in architectural details, furniture, and geometric shapes in wall arts and ornaments. They must complement one another in order to create visual harmony in the space.

3. Lighting and fixtures

Lighting and art are important decorative accessories in contemporary interiors. Consider cove lighting, indirect lighting, or accent lighting instead of installing a single light fixture in each room. Coloured or metallic elements can also be used to enhance the appearance of your light fixtures. If you don’t want to spend too much installing permanent light fixtures, floor lamps and table lamps can also help to create a warm and inviting atmosphere.

If you have paintings or art on display, shine a soft spotlight on them to draw attention to them. Large framed artwork can also be displayed on a rug on the floor, while smaller ones can be displayed on a shelf or bookcase. Even though art pieces are great for contemporary interiors, try not to clutter too many pieces in your home.

4. Furnitures and furnishings

Contemporary interior design favours furniture pieces with sleek and clean designs, those that make a bold statement but at the same time serve their purpose. Consider purchasing designer furniture pieces that will stand out in your home without cluttering your space, while remaining consistent with the rest of the items in your home.

The contemporary interior design draws inspiration and takes its aesthetics from all sorts of styles to create a home that stands the test of time. If you’re a fan of this style, let us help you design the home of your dreams.


At Dreamakers Interior we believe that every space has the potential to become unique, harmonial and beautiful. We are proud of what we do and are prepared to work overtime to guarantee that you are satisfied with the way your space looks. From full-scale projects to small renovations, we invite you to take a look at our gallery and see what we have done. Below are some of our favorite projects. If you need professional help for design conceptualization or space planning, let us know

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