Make your house a little more like home
Looking for fast ways to freshen up your space? For starters, we’ve got pointers and products of some of our favourite home decor haunts in Singapore.
Rearranging your furniture or reconfiguring modular pieces, such as a sofa or bookcase, can ease traffic flow and make your pieces (and view!) seem new again. Grab a tape measure and consult a free room-planning site like Homebyme if you’re stumped about what fits where.
NEXT: Put up a pendant →
Do you find track lighting unattractive? Does your flat have dated ceiling fixtures? Replace them with a pendant – or three! Other ideas: Suspend a light to cosy up a lofty corner or create a focal point over a kitchen island. Taylor B. Fine Design stocks plenty of pendants and chandeliers at its supersized showroom.
NEXT: Round things out →
When you live in a modern condo or HDB flat, all of those right angles can get to you. The antidote? Anchor the room with a curvy, eye-catching table, such as this glass-topped nesting table (pictured) custom-made by Arete Culture or a sleek BoConcept dining table. Prefer something more traditional (and by this, we don’t mean conventional)? Woody Antique House carries elegant Ming coffee tables, rustic Suar dining tables and more.
NEXT: Pop in some pillows →
Often, overhauling a sofa, armchair or bed is as simple as swapping in a few new throw pillows. Tip: Mix up the textures, colours patterns for more visual interest. Based on your taste, find cushions at Bungalow 55 (crisp classics; pictured), emgallery (IndoChinese), Society6 (artsy meets quirky) or IKEA (cheap and cheerful).
NEXT: Call a pro →
If you’re time-pressed, not do-it-yourself-inclined or overwhelmed by the gazillion decorating options, hiring an interior designer can mean the difference between living in your home and loving it. Irish expat Ruth Beattie was inspired to decorate her family’s then-recently purchased home during her last maternity leave. “I found it quite challenging, going from store to store trying to create a look,” confesses Ruth. “I knew that if I bought an item, and it didn’t suit our space, it could end up being a really expensive mistake.”
NEXT: Step softly →
Given the prevalence of tile, wood and other types of hard flooring in tropical homes, laying down area rugs is essential for comfort. Plus, carpets lend borders to open rooms such as in this dining area. The Cinnamon Room is known for its glam, geometric designs (pictured); The Rug Maker’s woven collection is family-friendly while The Orientalist sells and cleans fine Persian carpets.
NEXT: Put up a mirror →
Make your space seem larger and more sun-filled, immediately, by posititioning a decorative mirror. Peruse the looking glasses at Crate & Barrel or e-store nook&cranny. Tip: Think of what you can put opposite the mirror – for instance, a pendant light – for an enlarging or brightening effect.
NEXT: Repeat yourself →
Mirrored or lacquered furniture and metallic accents also bounce light around a room. And repeating harmonious shapes and hues – here, circles and fish scales; teal and cream – keep the eye moving throughout the space. Try Finn Avenue for lowerpriced luxe furnishings, or Lifestorey for modern silhouettes by brands like Kartell.
NEXT: Layer on cosiness →
Whether you prefer crisp, white hotel-style sheets; colourful covers or nubby, natural linens, your bedding is worth an occassional reinvestment. Go see the Lewises! Ensemble by Lewis Grandeur and John Lewis Home both have a large selection of well-made, fashion-forward sheets, pillow shams, comforters and more. In the market for a new mattress instead? Find out more about TEMPUR’s NASA-approved options.
NEXT: Don’t panic over paint →
We get it: It can be stressful to pick a wall paint colour – especially if you’re considering going with a dramatic shade like the deep blue shown here. Chillax. Then, download a free “visualizer” app by paint companies such as Dulux or Nippon, or order a Dulux Colour Play Tester paint sample to be extra-sure.
NEXT: Wow with wall art →
The beauty of wall art? It adds flair to a room and, depending on where you hang it, creates a centre of attention. Bonus: You can take it with you when you move! Taylor B. Gallery is a shophouse that showcases pieces from around the globe, while Gorgeous Gifts works with artists to carry limited-edition Singapore-inspired art. Wall decals by The Hidden Folks (pictured) are a good option for commitment-phobes.
NEXT: Select your perfect sofa →
For most living rooms, the couch is both the most substantial and most used piece of furniture. You could pony up for a mega, modular one from King Living or a tufted, leather lounger from Castlery, but you don’t have to when MUJI sells versatile sofas for less than $800.
NEXT: Take a seat →
Did you know that the armchair was one of the first pieces of furniture devised, back in ancient Egypt? These days, there are endless iterations. Choose customisable chairs by Artful House (pictured right), hip options at Journey East or eco-chic ones from Originals. Want something more fun? MUJI‘s got beanbags (pictured left)!
NEXT: Add a little age →
Maybe you weren’t into Asian antiques before moving to this part of the world. Now you’re here, why not mix in a pop-of-colour Chinese cabinet, shapely ceramic garden stool and other inspired pieces? The folks over at Wood Farm Lifestyle and Lim’s Holland Village know old is gold; or, turn a drab dresser you already own into a shabby-chic stunner with a little Annie Sloan chalk paint from Flower Girl.
NEXT: The nose knows →
It’s no secret why property agents bake cookies or boil cinnamon sticks before hosting an open house: People are drawn in by the welcoming aroma. Get the same effect with less effort by picking up scented candles or diffusers from home fragrance experts like Art & Abode, Alchemy Produx at K+ or Lemongrass & Aubergine.
image: Lemongrass & Aubergine
NEXT: Change your perspective →
By Sara Lyle Bow, The Finder (Issue 286), October 2017
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