If you’re getting ready to renovate your home, you would’ve probably looked through tons of inspiring interior design pictures on Instagram and Pinterest. The colours look amazing. The layout is perfect. And you might have thought to yourself, “I wonder how I can achieve that?”
Here’s the good news — it’s totally doable! And no, you don’t need to fork out thousands of dollars to get a designer to plan it all out for you. Yup, you can achieve the interiors of your dream on a budget too!
In this article, we’ll share some tips and tricks that can help you transform even the most ordinary HDB unit into a swoon-worthy space you call home.
Work with what you have
Let’s be real — you’re probably moving into your new home with some furniture that is still in pretty good shape. It’s unlikely for you to throw out everything and start on a blank canvas. That’s why it’s important to be aware of the existing furnishings and decorative elements you have on hand.
If you’re moving into your new home with large furniture like your sofa, book shelves, desks or bed frame, take note of their design and their colour. Large furnishings tend to be the first item your eyes will set on and you want to make sure that the colour palette of your new home complements your existing furniture.
If your furnishings are mostly neutral tones, you’re in luck! Neutral tones tend to be timeless and go well with most warm colours on the palette. You can afford to get a little more adventurous with your wall’s colours, if you like.
On the other hand, if your furnishings are more brightly coloured, you’ll want to take that into consideration and ensure that you choose more muted colours for your walls. This way, you allow your furnishings to stand out and reduce visual clutter.
Use the layering technique
Layering isn’t just for outfits, you can apply the same concept to your interiors too! Starting with a neutral backdrop helps to build up the atmosphere and gives your space’s overall look a “base”. To add more visual interest, select ornaments or furnishings that have bolder colours to your space.
To have a clearer idea on what kinds of colours can add more pop to your room, you can use free online services to help you identify the right colour palette for your space. Simply look for an image that features a design you love and upload it on to websites like coolors.com. This free colour palette service can help to identify key tones within the image. That can be a great way to help you identify colours you want to bring out in your space.
Go for timeless, not trendy
Trends come and go but timeless designs last a long time. Think ceiling wallpapers that were made to mimic the sky — a look that was popular in the late 90s and early 00s. Now, you hardly ever see it in magazines or people’s homes anymore.
Nonetheless, there’s nothing wrong with going with trends. Just make sure that whatever design you’re after, it’s one that you can see yourself living with in the long haul. Your wall’s paints or your room's ornaments can easily be changed, but fixtures aren’t that easily replaceable. It’s fine to go really trendy with replaceable home decor. But with more permanent aspects of your home, it’s safer to opt for the more timeless route!
Jazz up your walls
Fluted panels can bring texture to your rooms and give it a quaint, naturalist vibe. They make for great statement pieces without being overbearing or extravagant. If you love a minimalist home with a touch of elegance, consider installing fluted panels to your living space or dining area. Our fluted panels are made of plastic and wood composites, which makes them sturdy and long-lasting.
We carry various types of fluted panels, each varying in colour, and design. Some of our fluted panels have wider curvatures and others tend to have a more narrow cut. If you’re looking for a more zen-like feel, we recommend those with wider curvatures as they lend more fluidity to your space. On the other hand, if you want a more sophisticated feel, you can opt for fluted panels with a darker colour, which adds a touch of mystery to your interiors.
If you prefer more of an oomph, vibrant wallpapers are the way to go. These wallpapers tend to be eye-catching and are the highlight of the space they’re in. Instead of covering your four walls with vibrant wallpaper, choose the largest face of the wall instead. This can create a focal point in your room and prevents visual clutter.
We have a wide range of vibrant wallpapers to choose from. However, if you have a specific design in mind, we can go ahead and custom make them for you too!
Creating your dream home is an exciting process and marks a milestone in your life! We know how important that means to you, that’s why we’d love to lend a listening ear if you’d like to bring your dream home to life. Reach out to us on the contact page or visit our social media accounts to browse our photos to add to your inspiration!