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Balinese style to steal: atmospheric interiors and outdoor spaces

Balinese style to steal: atmospheric interiors and outdoor spaces

By Selina Altomonte

There’s something about Balinese style that lends itself to Singapore living so well: it might have something to do with the eternal sunshine. If tropical vibes are your thing, bring a bit of Bali to your Singapore pad and recreate the island life with rustic rattan, teak furniture, stylish, handcrafted decor – and the occasional statement indoor plant. These atmospheric interiors and lush outdoor spaces nail the Bali look and are ripe with home decor ideas…

Kim Soo

This lifestyle and interiors store in Seminyak is also a design space and cafe – and is styled like the dream Bali pad for bohemians and maximalists. Natural textures and black and white are the theme here, with everything exotic and indulgent you’d want in your own Bali-style space. From the day beds to the sculptural wooden vases and statement basket lampshades, this is chic island style defined.

And yes, that is a signature black durian by Kim Soo basking amid those batiks, pictured top.

Kim Soo
Jl. Kayu Aya No.21, Kerobokan Kelod, Kuta Utara, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia

Island Living by Cocoon

Enough dreaming about that daybed already: Island Living’s rattan beauties are just the thing for all the afternoons ahead lounging with a book (or sundowner). See the Aliki and Harvest daybeds and picture yourself there. A matching bookshelf, for your next reads — or tipple — and oversized rattan lampshades swaying above complete the scene.

Island Living Bola Pendant Lampshade


Katamama Hotel

Mid-century style at the Katamama Hotel in Bali; photo via Katamama Hotel

Even when you aren’t planning a holiday, you’ll find yourself going through pics of every nook of this design hotel in Seminyak by the Potato Head Group. Balinese traditions blended with modern style? Nailed it. Pictured top is the Katamama Suite, and yes we’d love to live here: custom made mid-century style furniture, handwoven Balinese textiles and rugs and beautiful handcrafted baskets.

Two-bedroom suite at the Katamama boutique hotel: traditional handwoven textiles and Balinese teak, with mid-century style; photo via Katamama

Here’s a hot tip: Elements Concepts created amazing pieces for the hotel, from cane lounge chairs to coffee tables and accessories. Select pieces by Elements are available in Singapore at The Attaby Collective on 420 Joo Chiat Road if you need some of that Balinese style, stat.

Katamama Hotel
Jalan Petitenget No 51B Seminyak, Bali Indonesia 80361

Villa Massilia


Minimalistic interiors often have a rep of being a tad too cold. But not at Villa Massilia. These luxury villas in Seminyak exude only warmth and comfort despite the fairly minimal style. Traditional Balinese materials like teak wood, wicker and cane with a gorgeous thatched roof are always a treat. In combination with exposed concrete, stone, beige walls and low seating, it helps create a sort of cocoon.


For hints of colour, traditional prints make an appearance in soft furnishings. Then there are those quirky decoratives that stare back at you. How could we not smile at that gang of indoor plants and stoney faces clumped together? Book a stay on Villa Massilia’s website. 


Hankering for that copper lamp or teak sidetable you spied in a Canggu café? You might just find it at InBali. This online-only “furniture lab” takes all that dreamy, Balinese inspiration – from hardwood staples to rattan showstoppers – and manufactures them to order. Too easy.


Sourced from Balinese and Javanese hardwoods – and the occasional piece of recycled boatwood – and produced by local craftsmen, InBali curate an envy-inducing range of furniture and decor so you can bring the island home.


Mister Zimi Villa

Home of the founders of fashion label Mister Zimi, this family friendly pad is in the Umalas neighbourhood, which is just five minutes from Seminyak and Petitenget but refreshingly low-key. It’s a family home, but you can stay here yourself on your next Bali jaunt by booking it on Airbnb.

A vibrant villa Bali and family home to the founders of fashion label Mister Zimi; photo via Mister Zimi

Light-flooded spaces and tropical style are a natural match, and we’d like to steal this vibrant, modern take on Balinese style: from the cool rattan rocking chair to the solid teak furniture, sunshiny woven leather dining chairs and massive basket storage trunks. Those pops of pattern on the fantastic cushions? Mister Zimi fabrics, of course

A bedroom in the Mister Zimi house has a playful mix of patterns Balinese touches from the teak bed frame and mirror to the rattan rocking chair and enormous storage chest; photo via Mister Zimi

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