Just bought a pad in Singapore? Congratulations! Now, it’s time to plan each room design.
Factors to Consider When Designing Rooms
Of course, the first thing a homeowner will have to ask himself when it comes to room design is, what is the room for? Then, they will have to consider the following:
- Budget – how much a homeowner is willing to shell out affects how the rooms in his house will be designed. But those with a meager budget need not be limited because there are now many low cost suppliers whose designs are comparable to their more expensive counterparts.
- Room space – huge spaces would definitely entail more freedom in room design – the challenge here, perhaps, would be on how to arrange all the items so that the whole room would look balanced and /or symmetrical. For smaller spaces, the focus normally shifts to what is going to make the room appear larger. That’s right; there are ways to make spaces appear bigger!
- Homeowner’s personality – of course, everything in the house should be reflective of its owner. One simple consideration would be, of course, if the owner is a he or a she. The homeowner might also have special hobbies or interests, such as cooking, which would mean they would want their designer to focus on improving the kitchen. Or, he might be a movie buff – plus points if each design concept would include a scene from his favorite chick flicks.
Some Tips in Designing Rooms
Confused on what each room design should be? Here are just some ideas that would surely attract attention especially when for homeowners living in Singapore:
For the living room:
- Instead of wood flooring or walls, just turn one portion of the room into wood, such as a panel running across the entire room, or panels in the corners or in a few distinct areas in the room. One could also use colored bricks in place of wood panels.
- Want a chic modern or industrial look? Go for cement screed. This could go into the flooring or on just one side of the wall in the living room, ideally on the most focal point, which is usually where the TV set is placed. This also works for those who want a retro feel albeit more subdued and a little less loud than usual old school designs.
- Instead of curtains, go for Venetian blinds. The modern look is really big right now in Singapore, so it is plus points if the home has blinds instead of curtains as window covers. Opt for subtle, professional looking neutral and earth hues.
- Experiment with lights. One could opt for fixtures with the bulb exposed, which could be arranged as if they were a string of Christmas lights or in a bunch like DIY chandeliers. And who says track lights should only be in the studio? The warm lights could even add some cheer and coziness during cold weather months.
For the bedroom:
- Enclose the bed area. This can be done through a sort of built in cave to house the bed, or by setting up dividers in neutral or pastel colors. If this just feels too absurd, one could instead prop the bed on a platform and incorporate floor lights. This trick works on small spaces because it makes the room look larger.
- Use dark bed accessories. One could make the pillow or the blankets black, and match it with some pieces of furniture in the room. Just make sure to keep the dark pieces at a minimum. The idea here is to create contrast which will give the room design a mysterious feel.
- Work on the wardrobe. Every professional Singaporean should have an array of outfits for all purposes. One good way to support this is by actually incorporating a “to die for” wardrobe area in the bedroom. Make sure it comes with a couple or so huge mirrors and a powder area. One could even opt to equip all these with glass doors so the neatly arranged items would create a Zen feel across the entire room. For those who want a bit of privacy, this could easily be solved by dividers, which could be either permanent or portable depending on how often the home owner changes her mind.
For the bathroom:
- Add a voluptuous feel by using subdued colors and lighting. One could also add a few works of art that are resplendent of the sensual theme. Do not put too much accessories so that the focus will just be on the arousal that the room design
- Go all out wood. If the other rooms just had touches of wood, this is the space where the room design could go all out wood. For those who like the feel but not the idea of having the panels corroded easily, they could simply switch to wood laminated tiles. Keep the color light and soft to create an illusion of an intimate yet wide space, which should always be a must in bathrooms.
- For a fresh look, opt for pastels matched with darker wood laminates. Then, dot the floors with tiles in unconventional designs but with two to three color tones only.
- For those who wanted to keep it simple yet classy, go for the classic black and white, and then incorporate windows that let in some natural light.
For the dining room and kitchen:
- The dining room is where one could be a little more playful in their room design! With the rest of the house in a subdued, rather formal and monotonous mood, one could incorporate louder or at least more outspoken colors here such as red, orange, and yellow.
- The industrial look always looks chic in Singaporean kitchens. Go for hues of white and silver or metallic grey, or brown and white with some touches of black.
- Playing with lights also works here, especially in the dining room. No matter how basic the entire design ensemble seems, one could break the ice by introducing a chandelier that is from an entirely different era than the modern concept that is usually resplendent in dining room and kitchen showcases.