Singapore is a city that every day is summer time. The climate is absolutely hot and humid; hence, this defines the lifestyle and living quarters of the people who live here. The climate, culture, real estate value and traditions have influenced and defined the architecture and interior design in many ways.
However, you should know that these things are never constant – especially interior design and architecture. Design is constantly static. It changes with the people and their customs. But there are some aspects that will forever be defined by things like climate and real estate. So today, we will be sharing with you some interior design trends that you should avoid in Singapore.
1. Authentic Hardwood Floors
Wood starts to bloat and cracks when it its high summer or monsoon. The moisture seeps into its porous body and expands it exponentially. This is why you should avoid using authentic hardwood floors in your interior designs if you live in Singapore. The hot and humid climate can crack your floors in a matter of a small time. You can use alternatives like laminates and wood composites instead of authentic hardwood.
Just like the heat and humidity can make the hardwood floors bloat and crack, it can also make the wallpapers peel off after a season or two. So it is better to use alternative wall treatments to enhance your interior design. you can use plaster designs, various shades of paint or even wall-art instead of wallpapers.
Mosaics are smaller than average tile formations that can be used as kitchen back splashes or in bathroom shower stalls. The reason you should not use mosaic in Singapore is because the humidity can cause the grouting to become more prominent. It will become harder and harder to clean each time. It is better to use larger tiles instead.
4. Kitchen Islands
In Singapore, real estate is available to residents in form of BTO flats, HDB’s and condos. All of these have a limited amount of square footage. A kitchen island takes a large amount of precious space. If your home is large enough to handle it, then you can go for it. But opting for a large kitchen island in a small BTO or HDB is not the way to go.
5. Large Wardrobes
As mentioned above, real estate is quite a precious commodity in Singapore. Similar to kitchen islands, large wardrobes and walk-in closets take a lot of space that becomes a waste. You can opt for regular sized wardrobes for your homes instead.