Home Inspiration 101: Trends From Around The World

The look of the house goes beyond its four walls and the interior layout can speak volumes about the entire property. Living in a globalised world, a mixture of trends has progressively become intermixed continuing to create a variety of home design styles. With all the international home inspiration, it is a great time to consider freshening up the place and adding your own unique twist. This article will go through several globally-inspired décors and the best way to effortlessly incorporate them into your own place.

Both of Singapore’s commercial and residential interiors have a strong Art Deco influence that is paired along with metallic accents and deep tones. Likewise, India is well-known for its Art Deco buildings and contemporary taste. South Korea also thrives in modern spaces that also touches on their cultural heritage. Thailand’s home inspiration is all about being bold and innovative.

home inspirationImage: Roger Davies

Australia’s home inspiration is best known for its keen sense of adventure and love of nature. The design is focused on creating a relaxed space filled with natural elements such as native plants, timber furniture, ceramic pieces and cool colours to replicate the oceanic scenery.

home inspiration australianImage: Houzz – Highgate House

North America
In the Bahamas, they prioritise hosting indoor and outdoor entertaining areas to make the most of the picturesque surroundings. For Canada, textured layers are built through caned furniture, farmhouse interiors and wooden antiques that can sustain the cold.

South America
Brazil’s interior concentrates a lot on hydraulic tiles produced through bronze molds and pigmented marble powder. In Colombia, the flooring is mainly made up of wicker and cement tiles combined.

brazil home inspirationImage: Simon Upton, Elle Decor

Minimalist Europe
Following the city’s modern architecture, Austria follows a more minimalistic approach by opting for a balance between luxurious and austere furniture. Similarly, Belgium embraces contemporary designs with simplistic layouts and shapes. Following its roots, England presents an elegant look with the touch of muted colours, murals and other artworks. It is also centralised on the eclectic look with classic designs ranging from different eras.

In Finland, they utilise natural materials consisting of dark wood, stone and wool to highlight the reliable quality. They also aim to have homes filled with sustainable design as they spend a lot of time indoors. Just like England, their colour palette is filled with warm, earthy and muted tones for a functional look. The trend in Italy is to include timeless grey kitchens, intricate craftsmanship and creative lighting for a lifestyle-centred interior. Rich in history, Greece display bare shapes and marble patterns with the aim of showcasing meaningful minimalism in the home.

home inspiration Greek interiorImage: Decoholic

Extravagant Europe
On the other hand, Berlin goes all out with terrazzo walls or flooring where the material included is quite mixed and versatile. Croatia also flaunts their striking designs through the use of oversized furniture, plush lounges and bold colours. In the same manner, Ireland also sticks to the trend of rich and vibrant colour tones for its interior design. Meanwhile, Denmark’s home inspiration is derived from lush greenery where they include green shades into their interior designs. In France and Portugal, they aren’t afraid to mix and match by layering several art pieces to emphasise the depth of the place.

home inspiration europeImage: Scott Frances

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Davina Deluao

Davina graduated from Swinburne University with a Bachelor of Arts. Through travelling and studying abroad in NYC and LA, her interests for property and design grew and have become her strong pursuit.


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