Nostalgia has been making its comeback in recent years.
Millennials have been fueling the need to yearn for what felt like ‘simpler days’, a blast to the past to mask the harsh realities of the world today. Retro memorabilia, analogue photography and even turntables aren’t even ‘hipster’ anymore — the ‘old’ is fashionable again.
This desire for the old trespasses boundaries into interior design as well. Vintage spaces are considered cool, and old-school Peranakan-inspired homes allude to trendy homeowners with a unique sense of style. This interior style is beautiful no doubt, but making it contemporary without making it kitsch can be an issue many struggle with.
We’ve put together a guide on the most iconic elements of Peranakan design, as well as tips on how to keep it looking fresh and modern for the 21st century.