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What is Interior Design?

There are many formats, shapes and formulas when it comes to Interior Design. Some interior designs are so similar with only the subtlest of differences. Some are utterly distinct from each other, yet each design presents its own flavor, finish and experience to suit the demand of different people. Therefore, knowing what differentiate interior design from each other can be very useful in a way that it will help you to utilize your space to the suitable style that you desire.

Interior design can actually have a big impact on our creativity, happiness and of course, our wellbeing once done correctly. Therefore, it’s very important to seek for the professional’s perspective and skillset when it comes to this particular topic so that the final design is well thought-out and tends to all the details including the surroundings, the positioning, the acoustics and use of color.

Different types of interior design styles

Minimalist Design

Minimalism has become increasingly popular over the years as a design philosophy and way of life. It is the concept that embodies the phrase “less is more”. As defined by the Cambridge Dictionary, minimalism is “a style in art, design, and theatre that uses the smallest range of materials and colors possible, and only very simple shapes or forms”. Minimalist architecture is about achieving better design through simplicity – a simplicity of form, space, materiality, detail, and color.

Contemporary Design

At its core, the word “contemporary” means “of the moment,” which makes this style a little bit complicated to define. Dating back to the 1970s, this style is one-of-its-kind because it borrows elements from many other aesthetics such as modernism, minimalism, Art Deco, and other global styles. Unlike modern design, contemporary design doesn’t refer to a particular period of time meaning that it’s constantly evolving to reflect the popular styles of today’s design.  In it, you can see some similarities of modern, traditional, art deco and even futuristic design.

Zen interior design

The word Zen is the Japanese pronunciation of the Chinese term ‘Ch’an’ which surprisingly is the Chinese way of pronouncing ‘Dhyana’, the Sanskrit word for the concept of meditation. Nowadays, the word “Zen” is used to describe a state of self-consciousness as well as being at peace with our own thoughts.

Asian/Zen interior design style refers to the design style which places the main focus on a sense of harmony, balance, tranquility and simplicity in our home. Different from other interior designs, Zen spaces are less occupied or cluttered. Every line, form and surface is placed with careful thought and efficiency which sometimes also have meanings behind every placement and position of a certain object or design. The material palette is mostly made of organic material such as wood or natural fibers. Colors are soft and natural in tone, with chromatic harmony and continuity balancing surfaces and spaces.

Eclectic interior design

Exciting, unexpected, and bold to break the rules, eclectic design style represents individuality and freedom. With no certain guidelines or specific intentions behind it, this style borrows freely from others and harmonizes distinctive ideas and inspirations to make the final design look unique and feel exclusive. Eclectic style depends on other design styles to make sense of the mixture of styles that it combines, striking harmony through color, composition, balance and materiality.

Industrial design

While little is known about the origin of industrial style interiors, it’s widely assumed that the style developed during the early 20th century. Thinking of industrial interior design, we imagine of raw unfinished wood, and exposed bricks such as those seen in outdoor commercial area or a cool-looking restaurant. One of the key differentiators of industrial style interior design is certainly a rich color palette that mixes neutral browns, white and black.

Check out design styles from our projects below.

Which one do you think is among the 5 styles above?

Park Land TK Condo Project (Click on the image to learn more)
Odom Project (Click on the image to learn more)
Leedon Heights Project (Click on the image to learn more)
Rose Apple Residences Project (Click on the image to learn more)