A black-and-white colonial house in Singapore has a beauty unto themselves, so how do you go about styling the interior in a way that’s sympathetic to its surrounds, but also to those who live inside it? Arete Culture’s CAROLINE CHIN GEYLER gives us her top tips on how to style a black-and-white house, and highlights three interior design styles that will fit a colonial house perfectly.
There are key points to consider when working on the interior décor of a colonial house in Singapore. These heritage properties often have great cross-ventilation, but less than ideal light conditions through the home. To ensure a light and bright interior design style, using materials such as glass or reflective finishes combined with lighter upholstery can work wonders. Then you can use heavy woods and dark antiques as accent pieces instead for a modern take on vintage appeal.
By incorporating different decorating styles within the home, you can create an environment that is both surprising and fresh. Indoor-outdoor living is key to black-and-white living in the tropics. Think about creating functional seating and dining areas to maximise the potential of your colonial house.
It’s important to remember that there are strict guidelines for renovating a heritage property, so make sure you’re aware of these. Using standalone furniture pieces to create functional storage can be a way around the rules concerning additions and renovations. If the regulations get you in a head spin, just call an expert (like Arete Culture!) who can advise and help on works that can be taken on, which adhere to the rules but also reflect your interior décor style needs.
Here, below are Caroline’s interior design styles and interior décor ideas suited to a black-and-white colonial house in Singapore.
Contemporary & Minimal
Clean lines, black accents and a streamlined colour palette keep things simple yet stylish.
Glamorous & Sophisticated
Luxe up your home with mirrored finishes, natural stone and ornate detailing.
Warm & Modern
A mix of light-washed woods with organic materials makes for a cosy yet contemporary home.
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This article first appeared in the May 2022 edition of Expat Living. You can purchase the latest issue or subscribe, so you never miss a copy!
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