When it comes to designing your own space though, it’s always nice to add personal touches to give it a little personality. Your personality. If you are bold and brave, you could opt to paint your walls in red, white, blue and gold! But if you’re less adventurous (read: conservative) we have some classic looks to help bring that hint of Malaysiana into your homes.

This Malaysia Day, we would like to share with you some ideas on how you can introduce a touch of Malaysiana to brighten up your home.


Starting with this is a gorgeous open dining area with a split floor, a common sight for Malaysian homes built between the 1960 – 80s. What’s interesting here is the exposed brick backsplash that gives off a nice contrast against the white countertops.


Do you see those hanging kitchen counter top lights? Bring back the charm of old Malaya by using these Vintage Retro Industrial Edison Style Light Bulbs (RM 21 each). They come in various shapes and sizes, so you could get creative and add as many or as little as you want!


Naturally, adding a vintage car at your car porch will immediately bring your guests back in time!


If you happen to have great parents or grandparents, feel free to bring some of their antique furniture and place them in full glory for that traditional touch.


Otherwise, lucky you, we found this Taylor 1-Seater Sofa (RM 579 each) from Shoppu that does the trick as well.


If you happened to live in a newly built condo like most urban dwellers these days, you can still emulate the feel to your living space. Here are some of the little things that will make a big difference. As the saying goes, it’s not the size that matters it’s how you use it!


Here’s a Sash Linen Pillow Cover Sofa at RM 47.53 that won’t make your home look like a temple!


Alternatively, you could place Batik Cushion Covers at RM 35 from Shoppu which gives a more native look.


Modern trendy lights are popular at the moment, but one should maintain balance between the new-age and the traditional look in a Malaysiana-themed house.


As an alternative to modern lamps, consider using wooden table lamps like this Kaori Table Lamp at RM 399 from Shoppu. Place it strategically near a window and it will add even more character to your home at night.


This final piece is our absolute favourite because there is a lot you can do with this Wooden Painting Hanger at RM 858 (only 2 pieces left at point of publication). You can hang a piece of batik fabric or you could hang an old painting, it’s all up to you. You could even hang a Malaysian flag for Malaysia Day! When you are bored with it, just change it!


We hope we have brought you some fresh ideas for your home this Malaysia Day. As it’s the long weekend, we would also like to take this opportunity to wish everybody a safe journey if you are going to be on the move. Selamat Hari Malaysia!

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