What's Your (Home) Style?

Like your wardrobe or taste in films, your home is a reflection of who you are. Read on to find out more about your particular style and gain some tips on nailing the look for your home.

Modern

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A modern style, quite simply, never goes out of style. Classic clean lines, a quality finish and timeless design elements define the Modern aesthetic, one that is not easily swayed by the hottest or latest. Materials such as wood, leather and polished metal feature prominently while in terms of colour, the palette of choice is neutrals such as grey, browns, black and white.

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You’ll love it if…

You are a fan of classic, iconic and timeless looks. Think Audrey Hepburn or Marlon Brando. You stay away from the kitsch and trendy and prefer to pick pieces that are clean and unadorned, because for you, it’s all about going the distance. Certainly, time is on your side because the years only prove that a modern style stays relevant at any age.

Scandinavian

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Used to describe design from the Scandinavian countries Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Finland. Minimalist in nature, a Scandinavian style is functional and simple and warm. Don’t be deceived by its understated look, behind every well-lit and open Scandinavian home is ample time spent carefully selecting pieces of good craftsmanship made of sustainable raw material.

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You’ll love it if…

You are a fuss-free, minimalist who keeps your external environment clean, perhaps because of a more colourful and creative inner world within. You believe in eco-friendly and sustainable design solutions – where less is more – and have less tolerance for unnecessary clutter or adornments.

Eclectic

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A mixture of styles, influences and inspirations but ultimately tied together in a cohesive whole so as not to descend into messy, cluttered chaos. Eclecticism is one of the hardest styles to master because like painting a masterpiece or composing a song, every object has a particular role to play in the overall harmony and balance of the space. An eclectic style is not afraid to pair zebra stripes with mosaic tiles, floral patterns with baroque, as long as it makes visual sense as a whole.

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You’ll love it if…

You have a bold personality and unique sense of identity that is informed by many inspirations – from the books you read and the films you watch. You have a knack in mixing and matching things effortlessly and have been told that you have a certain flair in the way you do things. You are certainly not afraid of experimenting and being playful with colour and will often try unexpected combinations for fresh results.

Industrial

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Borrowing from the stripped-down style of factories, lofts and yards, industrial design is facing a huge movement thanks to its mass appeal, functional yet edgy elements and affordability. Raw, unfinished and rough surfaces and textures are all part of the industrial style makeup along with materials such as unfinished wood and metal as well as elements such as exposed pipes and light bulbs, cement screed and distressed furniture.

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You’ll love it if…

Utility takes precedence over other factors for you – if it is not useful, it does not belong in your home. Uninspired by cookie-cutter furniture from the usual stores, you possibly have a few home DIY projects up your sleeve, including up-cycling salvaged materials and reclaimed furniture. While you definitely prefer function over form, you manage to stay cool with sturdy and solid pieces to go along with your raw and direct personality.

Minimalistic

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Minimalism is almost an un-style – the opposite of style. It is philosophy of living with only the bare essentials so as to almost become a discipline. Simple, clean lines and shapes, minimal and natural colours, basic furniture and lots of space mirror an owner who believes in paring life down to the key fundamentals. No decorative elements, unnecessary adornments or features are allowed as they are distracting to the pursuit of purity.

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You’ll love it if…

You believe strongly in the intangible and the immaterial in life more than the material. You constantly try to de-clutter and cut back on the amount of things you need and want in life. All this inner work is reflected in your outer world, and you think twice before ever buying one more thing extra to add to your home. You strive to keep your house simple, basic and clean – just like you.

At the end of the day, all you need is an interior designer who perfectly encapsulates what you want in your home, and 9 Creation can help you to connect with our interior designers.

5 Important Pre-Renovation Planning You Should Not Neglect

You may think that the bulk of a renovation process lies in the period when the house is undergoing renovation work, but the truth is there is a lot to be done pre-renovation too. So what are some of the things that you absolutely need to pay attention to before you renovate? Read to find out!

1. Decide if you plan to live in this house for 5 years, 10 years, or a lifetime

Before anything else, ask yourself this crucial question: How long do I plan to live in this house? If it’s only for a short while, then making decisions are easier since it’s unlikely that you’ll be making huge changes to your home. However, if you plan to live it for the next 10 or 20 years, you’ll have to consider the needs of anyone living with you. Do you have kids now, or are planning for one? Are your parents staying with you in the future? Think about the space that each person needs, and go from there.

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Tip: Leave one bedroom empty if you are planning for kids. Use it as a storage or entertainment room before that, and renovate it before the arrival of the little ones. Instead of fixed carpentry, consider having loose furniture such as a chest of drawers, wardrobe, etc. You can easily replace the theme and furnishing of the room once your toddler has outgrown them.

2. Analyse your family dynamics and flow

Have family members who need loads of quiet time? Or maybe you need a quiet personal office at home. How about lively kids who may disturb the grandparents’ rest when they play? Such family dynamics should be considered when it comes to planning and allocating the space in your home.

In the mornings, will there be a squeeze in the hallway with sleepy bodies shuffling off to the bathroom? Prevent this by paying attention to traffic patterns in your home, to ensure that everything flows smoothly during stressful mornings at home.

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Tip: Consider having a multi-purpose study room, as it can also double up as a make-shift guest room for your parents who might want to pop over for overnight visits from time to time. You can also add child-friendly stairs for the little human to meet their needs.

3. A renovation should be an investment that adds value to your home

You can skimp on most things, but a renovation is not one of them. Cutting costs by going for cheaper materials may seem tempting, but can you guarantee that they won’t end up breaking on you in the long run, with you forking out more to cover the original slipshod work?

Think of a renovation as a long-term investment that increases your gains, by going for workmanship and materials that are good quality and long lasting.

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Tip: Workmanship is not just about design materials. It is also about the hardware and mechanism, such as soft closing, doors, wardrobe hinges, etc. Invest in good stainless steel fittings or appliances to save yourself the hassle of replacing them.

4. It's all in the details

The smallest details count, so make sure that you are paying adequate attention to them! This is especially important when it comes to kitchen or bathroom renovation decisions, which many people gloss over. What kind of kitchen splash-back will best serve your kitchen needs? How about draining solutions, and are you more of a top mount or under-mount sink type of person? Every decision counts towards the overall look that you envision for your home.

Tip: Little nitty-gritty details will improve your life tremendously. Thinking through the layout and organisation of your bathroom and kitchen will minimise future frustration. For example, tiles are one of the most common backsplash materials that not only add great style to your kitchen, but also are easy-to-clean surfaces great at combating merciless oil splatter stains.

5. Design your space around your appliances

The last thing you want to find out is that your oven doesn’t fit into that tight spot on your countertop. To avoid this, ensure that you have all the dimensions of your kitchen layout, and also your appliances such as the fridge and microwave. Give your appliances a little wiggle room to ensure that everything fits in nicely. Built-in appliances such as an oven are also great for a seamless, clutter-free appearance.

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Tip: Instead of placing your oven below your stove, consider having your built-in appliance installed at a comfortable height to reduce having to bend when you need to use it. Plan your kitchen such that the workflow facilitates easy movement between the refrigerator, stove and sink. This is called the kitchen triangle that keeps everything within arm’s reach while you are cooking.

To pave your way to a plain sailing renovation journey, why not consult interior designers for their expertise in that area? Drop us a message and we will connect you with our interior designers.

 

When you fail to plan, you plan to fail | Best Time to Plan a Renovation

You'd be surprised - the best time to start planning a renovation is actually a year before collecting your house keys.

Why so early? Like all major decisions in life, it pays to think carefully and ahead. And creating a dream home that you'll have to live in for years? We think that's a big decision that'll need all the time it can get. So, if you're still unsure of when and what to look out for in a renovation process, check out our step-by-step timeline guide below to help you get started!

It might feel like a long way to go, but don't just sit around awaiting your keys! Now's the perfect time to picture your dream home, and research on the various styles or features you'd like in your new abode.

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Create A Mood Board

Start looking around for interior decor looks that strike your interest, and create a mood board to save them. There are some interior portals, such as Qanvast, HomeTrust, The Interior Portal etc., allow you easily create boards, allowing you to browse and save thousands of the local home projects.

You can even share your boards with others, which will be really convenient if you'd like to discuss ideas with friends or family!

Research On Your Budget

Figuring out a budget that you'll be comfortable with in advance will give you enough time to start saving up, or consider your financing options. You can easily get information about costing on the listed projects, which include renovation costs and breakdowns of works done to the space.

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At this point, you should have more or less decided on:

  1. the decor theme
  2. some basic features you'd like to work on (e.g. structural works, tiling, etc.)
  3. your ideal budget, with a comfortable range to work with.

It's time to find the suitable professional for the job. Here begins the hunt for the perfect interior designer!

Finding An ID

Not sure where to start? We can help - based on your style and budget, we can match you up with our professional Interior Designers, totally free. Simply sit back and arrange non obligatory appointment with our Interior Designers with just 1 click away!

Meeting An ID

You are strongly advised to visit our showroom and discuss details with the IDs or it is also possible to arrange a meet up at your convenience.  Don't forget to prepare these essentials, so the IDs will have something to work with:

  1. Your floor plan
  2. Your mood board (physical or online)
  3. Your expected renovation time frame (e.g. when to start renovation, when to move in, etc.), so the IDs can work according to your schedule.
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Example of Floor Plan

1 MONTH BEFORE COLLECTING KEYS

The big day is looming ahead! After gathering information about quotations and ideas from the various IDs, you'll need to engage one that you are most comfortable with, in terms of pricing, design and chemistry (that's really important!).

First Steps To Working With An ID

After shaking hands, what's next? Now's the right time to discuss what your must haves and no-nos in this renovation. Whether it's a feature wall, open-concept communal area or a walk-in wardrobe, let your ID know so he/she can fit it to the space plan.

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KEYS COLLECTION DAY

Woohoo! It's the day of your key collection and you're obviously excited. But don't look at your new home with rose tinted lenses just yet - make sure everything is in the right place!

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Check For Defects

Bring along the defects list provided by HDB/developer, and a lock to secure your home. You will need a seasoned, meticulous eye for this, so it would be better to invite your ID along to help spot anything amiss and take measurements! 

Tools to bring

Here are some useful tools to have while combing through your new house for any defects:

  1. Tape and markers: Use masking tape to indicate defects, and markers to write down a description of the problem. You could also come up with a colour scheme: red marker for serious defects and yellow for minor ones which will let the HDB contractors know which problems to focus on.
  2. Coins or marbles: Detect hollow spots on floor tiles by tapping on it using a coin or marble.
  3. LED Plug-in light: To make sure that all electrical sockets are functional.
  4. Spirit level: To make sure that doors and windows are properly aligned and upright.
  5. Camera: To have your own visual documentation of any reported defects.

You could also seek further assistance and advice from Building Service Centres.

Set Up Your Basic Utilities

It's really important to get the basics working before embarking on a renovation. In order to renovate, workers will need electricity for their tools and water for washing grime or dirt - so don't leave them hanging!

Apply for a utilities account with SP Services to activate the water, electricity, gas and waste collection services, soon after collecting your keys.

Go Shopping!

Now that you've gotten a physical feel of your space, its also a good time to shop around with your ID for some key elements, such as your flooring, feature wall finishings, kitchen appliances and bathroom fittings.

DURING RENOVATION

After months of planning and discussion, it sure is a big relief and joy to see your dream home coming together. That doesn't mean you can take the back seat and let the magic miraculously happen yet! Here are some things to take note when managing a renovation.

Confirm The Renovation Schedule

While renovations for BTOs usually take about 8 - 10 weeks, and resale 12 - 14 weeks, its best to clarify the schedule with your ID to ensure a smooth moving process. Do note that slight delays are common, so be prepared to extend any living arrangements whilst renovating!

Keep Your Home Safe

There'll be many people coming in and out of your house - contractors, builders, electricians and the like. Remember not to leave any valuable items lying around, and install a lock that only those overseeing the renovation - such as your ID - can access.

Keep Tabs On Progress

Trust your ID to provide you with timely updates on your renovation, but do make an effort to drop by at least once a week! Make sure works are done to plan, and inform your ID if you find anything unsatisfactory or defective.

AFTER RENOVATIO

The big reveal is finally here! All you've got to do is put the finishing touches - arrange for furniture and other decor accents to be delivered to your home. One last thing, though:

Do A Final Check

Do a run over with details like power points, or the swing of hinges, and be sure to highlight any problem areas that need rectification.

Housewarming Party!

Have everything down pat? Kick back and pop some champagne - plan for your housewarming party to show off your gorgeous home to everyone!

Life's definitely easier when you have a handy timeline to guide you in your renovation. In the midst of waiting for your house keys, and looking for an ID to create your dream home? Schedule a FREE non-obligation appointment with us today via the link here: https://9creation.com.sg/appointments/

SPOTLIGHT: Tampines Street 83

HDB | 4 rooms | 1300 Ft² | $65,000 | Scandinavian | 8 weeks

You don’t always have to use white and black to create a monochromatic effect. The room here showcases a beautiful combination of grey and black with hues to white which makes it look grand and classy.

The dark shades of grey in the room are well-complimented with white light. It makes the room look classy and subtle. Moreover, the cool grey shade makes it look warm. The large window and a door in the room create ample space for lighting and fresh air.

The room portioning shows a study or a small workspace where you can start off your day. This is a great idea to use up the extra space in the room. The small triangular coffee table is also a mark of attraction in the room.

Room partitioning is a tricky affair especially if you don’t want to indulge in the brick and mortar system. This wooden room portioning is not like the traditional one. It is used as a shelf to showcase showpieces and other souvenirs.

An open kitchen and an attached dining room is the best way to enjoy a hot meal. A translucence glass door portioning is created to separate the kitchen and the dining room.

The kitchen looks great in shades of grey. The kitchen is kept simple with basic equipment, and use of cabinetry creates enough space for storage, which makes it look clutter free and well-organized.

If you wish to create a spacious and luxurious appeal in a small apartment, you must have a look at this place. The area highlights the little area which is merged with a place to dry your clothes.

You can add greenery to your house like its done here. Using small indoor plants like ferns, succulents. They not only keep the atmosphere fresh but also spruce up the look of the room.

Ditch the showpieces and splurge your room with greenery to make it livelier and beautiful. Adding indoor green plants to your room is a great way to make it look refreshing everytime you step into your house.

Ergonomic chair and wall mounted table with ample cabinetry is all you need to create a workspace in your house. It looks classy and gives a formal look. Go for the shades of grey and white to give it a more sophisticated look.

Simple room with minimal furniture and wooden ambiance makes this bedroom a perfect nesting space for you after a tiring day.

The first thing that catches the eye while you step in the room is the illumination behind the bed; the large window further creates enough space for the light to penetrate which makes the room look bright and beautiful.

Looking for ideas for kids room, this picture here can be a great inspiration. It’s a Peppa Pig theme which your kid will fall in love the moment they enter the room. Shades of pink and white make this room kid-friendly.

A perfect single room, it has a bed, study table and wall cabinet are enough to make this room well-organized. The large window near the bed creates enough space for light to penetrate.

Pros And Cons of 4 Popular Design Features

A picture of a gorgeous home catches your eye. It is exactly the look you hope to achieve for your own home. But instead of simply replicating all the ideas featured in it, take a step back and envision what living with these materials or designs will be like in the long term. There are always pros and cons for each renovation detail. Here is what you need to consider before deciding on these popular interior design trends.

1. Open-Concept Layout

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Pros: An open concept creates the illusion of a larger space, which also means that Wi-Fi signals travel better to all corners with lesser obstructions! And if you have kids, this layout makes it easier to keep an eye on them from wherever you are in the home.

Cons: Once all the walls are hacked, there is not much versatility when it comes to personal privacy, especially if guests or growing children prefer to have their own room.

2. Glass Panels

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Pros: Compared to solid walls, glass doors and panels can open the space by allowing natural light to pass through, and offers the flexibility of a semi-open layout.

Cons: Constant wiping and cleaning is needed if fingerprints and stains bother you. As these marks are extremely apparent on clear glass surfaces, it is probably not the easiest to maintain in homes with toddlers and pets.

3. Magnetic Push Latch Mechanism

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Some refer to the magnetic push latch with its onomatopoeic name tic-tac mechanism. Regardless, it is a mechanism that allows the user to open and close cabinet doors with just a simple push, similar to the mechanism behind a click ballpoint pen.

Pros: It removes the need for knobs and handles, creating a flushed surface for the cabinets that is sleek and pleasing to the eye.

Cons: Depending on the grade of the mechanism, it might not be able to endure frequent use and abuse over a prolonged period. Unfortunately, there is no other way to shut the door completely when the mechanism is worn down and faulty. This system is also not recommended for homes with toddlers as they will be able to open the cabinets easily.

4. Fanciful Ceilings

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Pros: There are no limits to the types of designs you can incorporate into the ceiling – be it wainscoting, a ceiling tray or a simple round circular design. A visually arresting ceiling can add a feeling of uniqueness and grandiose.

Cons: Decorative ceiling features will cost a lot more than regular false ceilings due to the craftsmanship, electrical wiring, and special lighting. Having over-elaborate ceiling designs can create the illusion of a lowered ceiling, and cause a small home to feel even more cramped.

Just got your new home? Renovating your place?

Whatever your needs, the right interior designer can can help you choose the most suitable home features. Want to see even more local home ideas? Visit our Portfolio page. Save your favourite images, or simply read up on handy renovation tips to aid you on your renovation journey!

THE SIMPLICITY OF SCANDINAVIAN

Dark, edgier designs can quickly go out of trend so let's keep it simple.

When it comes to Scandinavian, simplicity is key. More and more Singaporean homeowners are beginning to adopt this Nordic style because of its understated elegance captured with just a few materials. Natural light, wide open spaces, and white-to-neutral colour palettes – what’s not to love? Feel crowded out by the concrete jungle of Singapore? Then the Scandinavian approach was made just for you. Read on to be captivated by especially jaw-dropping designs that take this clean and refreshing approach.

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Scandinavian has been at the core of today’s fashion trend for quite some time, and the same observation can be made about interior design. A neutral white-beige palette is a simple strategy to creating a streamlined, soft, and refined aesthetic. While it is perfectly fine to inject some bold colours here and there, but they should not overwhelm the calm serenity of what makes Scandinavian interior designs so popular in the first place.

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Although traditionally bare and simple, the Scandinavian aesthetic still leaves room for the bold and daring. The design theme has naturally evolved to integrate a variety of styles, borrowing from the more avant-garde slant of modern interior design and the rustic edges of country. Straight lines and sharp edges help define the space, adding sophistication and sleekness to the design. Even with these modern additions, the simple core of the Scandinavian theme still remains intact.

Of course, at the heart of Scandinavian simplicity is an artful minimalism. The aesthetic is heavily inspired by a “less is more” philosophy. Decluttered spaces and furniture limited to what is functionally necessary are the rules to swear by, creating a wider sense of space that promotes relaxation. Minimalism lies at the heart of what makes Scandinavian homes so relaxing. The absence of litter and chaos brings an aura of clarity and cleanliness to the space. The beautiful wood and bright, natural lighting become the center piece of the design, adding to its Scandinavian charm.

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Creating a home in the style you'll love and that's set to last you for years. Begins with the right ideas and interior designer today!

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WHITE HOUSE - You Can Actually Live In | How to Design an All-White Home

Ever admired a gorgeous home and wondered, ‘how can I get that?’. White lends an airy feel that opens up your space, it’s no wonder why an all-white space might appeal to most homeowners and their space-starved homes. It’s a simple idea but one that really speaks volume!  True, white hues make the perfect canvas, but going head-to-toe white isn’t as simple as it looks. 

So, how does one actually design the perfect, all-white space – without going full-on OCD or tearing hairs out? Simply follow these 5 tried-and-tested rules for designing a white abode that you can actually live in:

1. Know the Difference Between Whites

Yes, white is a single colour. But if you’ve ever browsed through Nippon Paint catalogue, you’d know that it comes in a ton of hues too. In fact, choosing the wrong shade can make everything goes wrong. And the two key areas that determine which shade is right for your space: the white undertone and its finish.

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Whites with cool undertones (blue or green) work great for homes with ample afternoon sunlight. As space takes on an orangey tone, cooler whites to help balance hues out. Alternatively, whites with warm undertones (orange) are better for homes that are slightly dimmer, to mimic that natural sunlight ‘glow’ in a space.

Likewise, the type of finish; matte or glossy, counts too. For something that’s a little muted and cosy, go for matte finishes. If you’re looking for something easier to clean, a glossy finish takes less work to wipe down and help to reflect light!

2. Match Your White Wall with the Right Materials

It’s important that your white paint matches the undertones of your built-ins and furniture. As a rule of thumb, whites with warm undertones work well with rustic/ traditional pieces or natural materials like wood. On the other hand, whites with cool undertones complement ‘colder’ finishes like glass, steel or marbles.

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3. Keep Things Looking ‘Unfussy’ with Textures

We’ve mentioned it before - white can be an unforgiving colour as dirt, scratches or any unsightly marks are most obvious in this shade. And when you’ve got four plain white walls, it’s easy to spot the smallest imperfections quickly.

As such, one way of masking or shifting the eye away is to bring in various textures that add visual dimension. Think white subway tiles, pale, bleached woods, exposed white bricks or even cement screed to achieve that effect.

Similarly, an all-white space doesn’t necessarily have to live up to that name. Complement whites with other subtle off-white or grey finishes or go dramatic and high contrast with black or mirrored highlights.

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4. Cosy Up with Natural Elements

Worried your all-white home might come off a little too sterile? Whether it’s a sleek, modern space or a homey, Scandinavian-style interior, touches of natural elements and greenery will help to make your space feel more livable and welcoming. Try bringing in potted plants or flowers for a hint of leafy warmth. Or, consider rustic materials like linen, ceramics and leather for a polished yet down-to-earth vibe.

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5. Finally, a Pop of Colour Never Hurts

Rather, colours help to define and complete an all-white space, not stray it away from its theme. Incorporate one or two colourful pieces of furniture; or, you could paint your door in a different colour that also doubles as a visual feature at home. If you’re feeling less adventurous, bring in these colours through smaller accessories or soft furnishings. Just remember, add tinges of colour – not bucket-loads of them.

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Your ultimate all-white abode is just a tap away.

You've got the ideas - now it's time to bring it to life with the right interior designer! Schedule an appointment with us today, and we can match you with our experienced and talented Interior Designer, based on your style and we will work within your budget.

7 TIPS YOU WISH TO KNOW BEFORE YOUR BTO RENOVATION.

Over 80% of Singapore’s resident population lives in an HDB flat. This is mainly because HDB flats offer the cheapest and easiest way to become a homeowner in Singapore. One of the most common methods to own our first HDB flat in Singapore is through a Built-To-Order (BTO) flat.

So you and your partner are taking your relationship to the next level, and are looking to apply for a flat in May 2018’s BTO launch. Purchasing property is a huge deal, so you want to go into this as prepared as you possibly can. It is a great feeling to finally have a place of your own. The freedom to transform an empty space into your dream home is a challenging but ultimately satisfying process.  Like everything, it is not always a bed of roses. We’ve asked some new homeowners for the problems they faced and their tips on avoiding them. Compiled below are the 7 tips you need to know before your BTO renovation!

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Know what you want.

While there are couples that give their Interior Designer (ID) free play on the design, most of us already have an idea of what we want. Don’t be shy about communicating what you want to your ID. Letting them understand your lifestyle allows the IDs to design your space to suit you. Using images to communicate with your ID is also a great way to avoid miscommunications as your idea might differ from your ID’s. Start by saving the designs images that you fancy, and soon you’ll find a similar design or theme emerging.

Decide on the type of flooring you want early.

New BTO owners are given the option to take up the HDB Floor Tiles or opt out. If you are undecided or still considering alternative floor finishes like Vinyls etc, we recommend that you opt out first. It will save you the hassle and additional cost of hacking and redo the floor finishes.

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Be specific on the expected deadline and ask for the work schedule.

“Not in a rush” usually means schedule me last! I would recommend owners to give their IDs a specific deadline and the IDs will usually let you know it is realistic or not. This will avoid any possible misunderstandings in regards to the expected project completion date.

No offence to most IDs out there, but some rogue IDs have been known to stretch the deadline. I’ve heard of BTO renovations that takes 3 months to complete, so it is a good idea to ask your coordinator for the project schedule. This will allow both parties to work out an achievable timeline that also serves as a reminder for both your ID and you of what’s next.

Factor the ‘small things’ into your budget.

Excluding the obvious big-ticket items like furniture, air-con, etc., the ‘small things’ are as follows:

  1. Water & Toilet Fittings. Things like new taps and sink for that fancy vanity top, kitchen sink, rain shower bar, water heaters? 
  2. Lights. Ceiling lights, downlights, track lights, kitchen cabinet LEDs? The more lights you have, the more you will spend. 
  3. Home Security. Window grilles, CCTV, quality padlocks? Additional security comes at a price. 
  4. Electricity. Adding/removing/shifting of power points, installation of lights? 
  5. Curtains & Blinds. Day curtains, blinds, block-out curtains, curtain tracks? 

Ask for a written confirmation.

Changes are to be expected during renovations. If possible email the ID, or get your ID to email or message you the revised dimensions, colours or details. Do not accept verbal confirmation unless it is a minor change. Doing so will minimise human errors.

Try to be around during measurement and if possible, installations.

For important measurements and installations like the kitchen cabinets, I would recommend that owners try to be around too so that the contractors will be able to discuss and clarify any doubts with owners immediately. It is important not to assume that everything will go smoothly as any required rectifications could cost you money and worse of all, cause unwanted delays to your project.

Don’t waste your time cleaning until everything is done.

Last but not least, your house is going to be very dirty, dusty, and messy. Don’t bother cleaning up as it will still be dirty. Clean your home after the major hacking, carpentry, air-con installation, plumbing and electrical works are done.

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B&W - MONOCHROME

Monochrome is an enduring interiors trend. Trends come and go, but one interior theme we won’t see going away anytime soon? This.

The key? Simplicity.

As one of the famous pioneers of monochrome fashion, Coco Chanel, once said: “Black has it all. White too. Their beauty is absolute. It is a perfect harmony.” 

Ever admired a gorgeous home and wondered, ‘how can I get that?’. Here are 6 REASONS for you to adopt this classy pairing.

1. Versatile

Considering the number of options on the colour wheel, the mere thought of using just black, white for your interior’s palette may seem inflexible. However, when paired with the right elements, a monochrome colour scheme lends itself well to a variety of styles.

2. Timeless

Relating to the world of fashion, there’s a reason why business suits and powerful-looking interiors both share the same classic monochrome palette. When placing together, white and black convey confidence, elegance and effortless chic, making them great options for homeowners who wish to imbue their homes with an effortlessly stylish flair.

3. Practical

Although the monochrome look is great for portraying an atmosphere of refined elegance, it is equally suitable for homes that possess a more down-to-earth aesthetic. White and grey are suitable colour choices for homes as well, as they can be used as ambient elements to soften the edginess of industrial-style interiors.

4. Refreshing

It’s no hidden secret that rooms with white walls tend to appear bigger and brighter. Throw in plenty of natural light and this difference becomes even more pronounced as pristine, reflective surfaces are capable of making an entire room look as though it is ensconced in a gentle, refreshing glow.

On the other hand, black appears to prevent mostly-white monochrome interiors from appearing too cold. This is often the case as dark accessories such as furniture and fittings are frequently used to break up the monotony of washed-out spaces.

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5. Interesting

Outstanding interior design involves more than the efficient use of space and colour, it also requires a keen sense for two equally important elements: shape and form. And one visually interesting way to highlight the distinction between different geometrical silhouettes is through mixing things up the monochrome way.

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Thanks to its strong contrast, black-and-white is a great pairing for highlighting opposite, but compatible design features.

6. Easy

It wouldn't be a stretch to describe monochrome homes as empty canvasses as they are near-perfect bases for almost everything décor-related. Whether it’s classy brass accents or pots of natural greenery, the pairing of black-and-white is simply advantageous to have because of how easy it is to update. So go for this flexible colour combination if a home that never goes out of vogue is what you really want!

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LESS IS MORE - MINIMALISM

“Less is more.”

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The minimalist concept is not a new one. However, it is currently dominating the design and artistic scene in today’s postmodern society.

Minimalist interiors are popular for various reasons, but above all, for their ability to provide a clutter-free space that is calm and deeply relaxing. Minimalism in interior design takes on many forms. There is no single style that defines it. It can be Scandinavian, contemporary or even mid-century. But the basic philosophy that defines a minimalist interior for what it is, is that less is definitely more.

Minimalism in interior design is visualized by spacious rooms with a minimal amount of furniture and detail. It is popular primarily because this style is very light and free, while still emphasizing on perfect order and organization. It depicts a balanced life that is relaxed and carefree – yet stable and orderly, without neither dysfunction nor discrepancy.

If you’re thinking of embracing this design aesthetic, here’s how to do it:

1. Only the essentials, please

The basic principle of minimalist design is to pare it down to only what is absolutely necessary. No frills, no fuss – only what is functional. The idea of what is essential is different for everybody. For some, it could mean just a sofa and a coffee table in the living room. For others, it could be a sofa, a coffee table, a lounge chair and a piece of art hanging on the wall.

Consider what you need care and think about what you can do without. Decorations can still play a part in your minimalist home. Think about decorating with items like mirrors, that are functional as well as ornamental. Also, remember that living in a minimalist interior shouldn’t be uncomfortable. If you need a couple of cushions and a rug on your feet, include them.

2. Go with white, or something neutral

The key to minimalist interiors is to keep your colour scheme simple, and nothing says basically like an all-white palette. Not all whites were created the same. Creamier whites can provide a warmer look, while brighter whites offer a fresher appearance.

While this basic hue is an obvious choice for minimalist interiors, anything neutral will work as well. Pair earthy tones if you want a warmer feel, while wood surfaces can prevent your space from looking too sterile. Another popular scheme to go for is monochromatic – black-and-white interiors are modern and timeless, and they make a big visual impact. For starters, use black as accents in your furnishings and keep the rest of your surfaces white. Bring a pop of colour with plants or a vibrant hue like gold.

3. More natural light

Minimalist interiors let in plenty of natural light into the spaces. That means not letting dark and heavy draperies get in the way. Instead, opt for light and airy day curtains. Plan for open spaces that allow daylight to filter through the different areas of the home, rather than closed-off zones that create dark nooks and crannies.

If your home does not have abundant sunlight, artificial lighting can help. But keep things inconspicuous with indirect and recessed lights that hide the light source away from the eye, or go for clean geometric shapes and sleek lines if choosing pendants or lamps.

4. Clutter needs to be gone

Clutter-free spaces are a key component of minimalist designs. The epitome of calm and tranquillity, they also make for fewer distractions and easier housekeeping. In the kitchen, it would mean countertops free from bulky appliances and cookware. In the living room, it would mean getting rid of piles of old magazines lying around. For the bathroom, it would mean not cluttering your vanity top with copious amounts of makeup. You get the idea.

A clutter-free space can always fall back into a melange of the mess over time so maintenance is important. Set aside intentional sessions over the course of a year to get rid of things and consider adopting the ‘one in, one out’ rule before you incorporate anything new at home. Always put items back to where they belong after use, and never leave them lying around on your surfaces. Lastly, plan for well-concealed storage units around the home that help you hide away some of the clutter. 

5. Let things breathe

Finally, let things in your space breathe a little. Space your furniture out to create a sense of openness. Don’t make the mistake of getting only diminutive-sized furniture when doing so, however! The key is to make sure your furniture is proportionate to your space. For smaller homes, forgo unnecessary furniture pieces to make sure the rest of your furniture are at an appropriate distance from one another.

Will you be embracing this pared-back aesthetic? Let us know in the comments!