Traditional With An Amazing Twist

A traditional style interior design aesthetic in modern interiors is not uncommon. But most of the time, this aesthetic is retrofitted in a more lavish villa style setting.

However, Singapore is chockfull of HDB housing that has a very limited square footage. So how do you fit in such a grand style in such a small space?

Over the years, small style hybrid traditional look has become an actual ‘thing’ – especially in context with Singapore interior design. Further, we’re going to take a look at 5 HDB interior designs that feature a traditional design with a modern twist!



1. Accessorizing over a modern layer

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The best way to emulate any classical or traditional style aesthetic is by layering it up with a lot of relevant accessorizing. This image shows a great example of such a traditional style interior design translation. The ornamentation and accessories have clearly been strategically placed to cover up the decidedly modern under layer. But all the same, it is still very effective.



2. Warm lighting and textures

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Textures are a great way to emulate an inherently traditional look in your interior designs. Wood and other natural accents have an in-built traditional vibe that automatically seeps into any interior design. if you top it off with the right lighting accents, you’ll get definitely get a traditional style interior with a modern twist.



3. Getting literal

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Translating a truly traditional style aesthetic in a small style HDB-like setting can be very challenging. Even if you somehow manage it, it can seem overwhelming and uncomfortable. But if you truly want to do it anyway, then it is best that you use only a single grand element instead of going all-out. For example, the tufted headboard and damask wallpapers are a nice way to get literal with the traditional aspect in a small space without going overboard.



4. Small classical highlights

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Sometimes, small accents of the traditional style are enough to leave an automatic impression on your overall interior design. The media wall designed with subtle, modernized wainscoting is a great example of how you can easily accomplish that with little to no hassle at all.



5. Using mainstream elements

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You can also use mainstream classical elements to get a globalized traditional look, and then top it off with something unconventional to complete your design. This image shows a great example of such a design concept. The kitchen cabinets are a classic traditional uptake on the mainstream aesthetic, while the wall art and magnet collection create a rather unconventional appeal in the overall design outlook.

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