The eastern style is extremely beautiful and eye-catching. However, modern Singaporean homes that are usually small-scale in size can only feature a fraction of its flavor. So, here are some ways that you can dilute it through the contemporary style:
1. Playing with patterns
Part of the most important aspect of the eastern culture are the patterns. They are bold, decisive, and make a major impact. Since you cannot actually emulate them in your homes in ways that are larger-than-life, you can simply go for smaller options such as area rugs, small tapestries, framed artwork, and the like.
2. Brining in the earth tones
The most dominant color scheme of the eastern palette is earth tones. These look great when merged with a contemporary palette. You can easily combine the best of both styles if you choose the right color scheme. For example, a rich brown color can be emulated in the form of a wooden panel or a deep burgundy can be used for an accent wall. Similarly, you can use different contemporary techniques to emulate such colors in your interior design.
3. Emphasis on natural textures
Another characteristic of the eastern style in an emphasis on natural textures. While the original style completely depends on a rough-hewn texture palette, its contemporized version can be a bit sleeker. For example, you can choose matt wooden laminates and porcelain stone-imprinted tiles. The difference lies in the materials here. It all depends on how you end up choosing this particular palette.
4. A warm ambiance
The eastern style is renowned for its warm ambiance and you can easily merge it with the contemporary look by playing with different sorts of light fixtures that emulate a warm, incandescent glow. Just take this image as an example, where the warm glow of the overhang lights sets off the beauty of the natural color scheme right below.
5. A bit of cultural reference
The thing about the eastern style is that it is very much immersed in culture. Whether it is the temples of India, the calligraphy of the Muslim world, or something else entirely, you can never completely finish off this style without a cultural reference. The dining area featured in this image features a beautiful Muslim prayer imprinted on the accent wall. You can take similar inspirations as per the eastern culture you’re depicting.