4 Bold Ways To Redecorate Your Living Room

Art & Design

June 20, 2017 | BY Michele Koh Morollo

Stop playing it safe and embrace this year’s dramatic decor trends.


#1 THE LOOK: Jungalow Chic 

Los Angeles-based designer and author of bestseller The New Bohemians: Cool and Collected Homes, Justina Blakeney’s design studio and blog The Jungalow has spawned a trend of the same name that’s all about decorating with wild colours, patterns and plants. “Jungalow is a fresh take on what we traditionally think of as a bohemian lifestyle,” says Blakeney. “So many creatives work from home these days, and there’s increasingly less of a distinction between work and play—those blurred lines have allowed people freedom to use their homes in new and exciting ways.” Her suggestion for the timid is to start with a colourful wallpaper and a few potted plants.

(Related: 5 Ways To Bring The Botanical Theme Into Your Home)


#1 THE LOOK: Jungalow Chic

 

In Singapore, Bode carries a stunning selection of jungalow-patterned home textiles and furniture from brands such as Timorous Beasties, Liberty Art Fabrics and Spring Rhythm. “Jungalow is a melding of several trends that have been increasingly popular over the past few years. These include tribal, botanical and kinfolk, which use fabrics made from natural fibres such as textured linens and colours dyed using artisanal techniques—plenty of greens, blues and earth colours,” says Bode’s owner, Jenny Lewis, who thinks that the trend might be a reaction against the controlled and formal spaces that most city-dwellers live in. “It allows one to be more creative when decorating. The foliage, botanical and forest motifs of jungalow are ideal for Singapore, as they bring the outdoors in.”

Bode, 315 Outram Road, Tan Boon Liat Building, Tel: 6635 3377 


#2 TRENDING MATERIALS: Cork & Terracotta 

Sustainability is a growing priority among designers and homeowners, so it’s no surprise that eco-friendly materials such as terracotta and cork are making their way into living rooms in new, sophisticated ways. Terracotta gets a modern makeover by lighting designers such as Pott, which combines traditional pottery techniques with contemporary lighting arrangements for its popular Sponge and Flame pendant lamp collections. “People tend to use terracotta in earth-tone decor, but I’ve seen some really impressive combinations of our terracotta lamps with cold colour interiors and industrial themes,” says Pott’s designer, Miguel Ángel Garcia Belmonte. “When using terracotta, don’t be afraid of contrast—the results can be very interesting.”

Available in Singapore at Xtra, 6 Raffles Boulevard #02-48 Marina Square Tel: 6336 0688 

(Related: 10 Ways To Make Your Home A Greener Space)


#2 TRENDING MATERIALS: Cork & Terracotta

 Portuguese cork flooring manufacturer Wicanders’ range of cork floor and wall coverings are a great alternative to parquet or tiled flooring. “Cork flooring reduces noise from walking by up to 53 per cent compared to other materials,” says the brand’s marketing director, Pedro Pinho. “Its low conductivity assures optimal room temperature at any time, translating into energy savings. It provides greater walking comfort, and thanks to its inner flexibility, also reduces body tension, offers superior impact resistance, and has a longer life span.”

Available in Singapore at Design Hub, 30 Tuas Bay Drive Tel: 6686 2002 


#2 TRENDING MATERIALS: Cork & Terracotta

Also innovating with cork is Portugal-based French designer Toni Grilo, whose Cut and Ypsilon collections of avant-garde furniture designed for Portuguese brand BlackCork are great conversation pieces in any living room. “Cork is a charismatic and versatile material,” says Grilo. “It is environmentally friendly, improves acoustic quality, and is available in a multitude of finishes and colour variations.” She suggests using cork in combination with wood, stone or metal to bring out its natural warmth.

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#3 KEY COLOURS: Midnight & Dusky Blues

The spotlight is now on cool blues, which are calming colours that balance our hectic lives. Norwegian paint manufacturer Jotun offers the youthful Retro blue (seen above) that, when combined with warmer colours such as orange, can really energise your living room. “It’s great for feature walls, and for adding texture and depth to a room. Psychologically, blue is a calming and relaxing colour. It’s also a colour that encourages productivity," says Kimmy Lim, regional colour manager of Jotun Southeast Asia Pacific.

Jotun, 37 Tuas View Crescent Tel: 6508 8288 


#4 STYLISH FINISHES: Hints of Luxury

 
This summer, luxury whispers softly through finishes such as velvet, brass, marble, marquetry and lacquer, as seen in UK sofa brand Loaf’s voluptuous velvet sofas and armchairs, which are available in a variety of lively colours.

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#4 STYLISH FINISHES: Hints of Luxury

You could also introduce a touch of luxury with complex pieces that tell a story. “Some finishes, like marquetry, may require several months to complete,” says Marianne Fabre, co-founder of Singapore design studio Akar de Nissim. “Nowadays, people are more appreciative of objects with tatler_tatler_stories behind them.” The brand’s Art Deco-inspired Facet floor lamp and its Iris coffee table are perfect examples of these sorts of pieces. “Use luxury finishes sparingly,” says Fabre. “Brass accents will give a stronger personality to interiors. A unique slab of rare marble could be the focal point in a living room. A touch of luxury in one place is more effective than using it in large quantities in too many areas.”

Akar de Nissim, 4 Teck Lim Road Tel: 6221 6301 

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