Concrete is in, folks.
Whether you’re a new homeowner looking for design inspiration, or just an avid fan of interior designs and architecture, you’ve likely seen the word “brutalist” floating around, followed by images of dark homes filled with raw, organic materials.
But what is a brutalist home, exactly? And why is it gaining popularity? To understand this interior design style better, here’s a breakdown of its characteristics:
What is brutalist interior design?
Brutalism first became popular in the United Kingdom after World War II, when builders were looking for cost-effective materials in the aftermath of the war. And the most affordable material they could find? Concrete – which is why you’ll find them used in abundance in many modern brutalist homes.
In general, the key components of a modern brutalist home includes:
- Raw, organic materials like concrete, glass, metal, and stone
- Exposed/textural surfacesto create visual interest
- A focus on minimalism and function, without excessive decorative elements or ornamentation
- Eye-catching geometric shapes
- Monochromatic colour schemes, usually in neutrals or black and whites
Homes in Singapore with brutalist interior design style:
1. This maisonette in Hougang
With its monochromatic colour palette, textured surfaces, and minimal decor, this maisonette is a brutalist home done right.
Note how almost none of the walls (and even the ceiling!) are left bare. Instead, they’re either coated with cement screed, faux stone surfaces, and fluted panels – all of which create depth and visual interest in a home where pops of colour are absent.
2. This 4-room BTO flat in Punggol Northshore
Brutalist homes aren’t everyone’s cup of tea, and that’s usually because such spaces tend to look sombre and clinical. However, the same can’t be said for this 4-room BTO flat.
Here, curved walls, beams and furniture introduce flowing edges that break up the monogamy of sharp, clean lines, while soft textures like boucle and rattan inject the space with eye-catching textures that stand out against the cement-coated walls.
Together, they soften the otherwise