Design Trends in Singapore

Current Interior Design Trends in Singapore Part 1

When it comes to industrial, we all think of raw concrete styled floors and wall, track lights lining the ceiling, brick walls that are left incomplete deliberately for that grunge look. However, recently homeowners have been adding a touch of neon into their industrial styled homes. Add in a neon light feature across your living room’s wall for that extra cool look.

It is not difficult to see why every new homeowner is going crazy over a Scandinavian styled design for their home. Clean and streamlined designs are the main feature of the Scandinavian theme. Stick to simplistic styles that are soothing and relaxing for everyday living. It is also possible to add colours by using bright accessories to liven up your living space.

“Scandustrial” is a mash up of the Scandinavian and the Industrial theme, two of the most recent popular interior design trends. And yup, you are absolutely right, this is a home designed and furnished entirely with Taobao items, from the lights to the chairs, down to the Snorlex sitting very comfortably in the corner.

The world’s your oyster when you shop at China’s leading E-commerce site; it sells anything and everything. You’ll definitely need a keen pair of eyes to filter through the millions of items to put together a home with details that fit to a tee, but it’ll be so worth it.

It’s only a matter of time before most nifty newlyweds start turning to Taobao to get everyday items that won’t cost a bomb. Taobao is amazing because you are able to get everyday items for only a small fraction of the price you’d usually find in a retail shop.

Pronounced as “Hoo-ga” or “Hue-guh”, Hygge is set to become a very trendy interior design choice for many new homeowners. It’s essentially a way of life adopted by the Danish, known for being the happiest people on Earth.

Hygge focuses on cosiness, coming together or creating a sanctuary to escape the hustle and bustle of life. A home that is laid back and effortlessly warm and cosy.

While Singapore is definitely not the country for snuggling up with thick throws and blankets, you can choose to incorporate the Hygge design into your home by adding fur textures and candles to create an inviting atmosphere that will be hard to resist.

Coming home to a relaxing resort-styled home will definitely calm your senses from a hectic day with the neutral colour tones and make you feel more relaxed and also lift your mood.

Play around with the different shades of brown and amp up the atmosphere by placing scented candles in every room, making it smell like you’re living by the sea, giving you true resort vibes.

Don’t you just love a polished European styled home? Decorate with bronze frames and motifs to add a little more elegance into the room. Remember to avoid plain whitewashed and neutral hues by including loud, fun colours to make the room pop and stand out!

Do have a look at our previous project for some inspirations. If you would like further recommendations, feel free to contact us and we will get back to you shortly!

What to look out for when engaging an interior designer

What to take note of when engaging an interior designer

If you’re planning for your dream home, chances are you’ll need to hire a good interior design firm to help turn it into reality. No matter how much research you have done for designing your new home or redecorating the old one, goof-ups are bound to happen. So, if you are even a percent unsure of doing things on your own, hire an interior designer and give your house the look that you always wanted. An interior designer would let you showcase your home sweet home far more effectively than the way you would do it.

 

But, before hiring one, there are a lot of things that one needs to keep in mind. Here is a list of important points to consider when hiring an interior designer.

 

  1. First ask yourself, do you really need someone to design your house. Are you willing to spend on one that would be there to service your needs & assist you on your unforeseen problems in your renovation? If yes, then go ahead, do a research on the different designs the you like, ask your friends for some recommendations, find a designer that understands your wants and needs.

 

  1. Before hiring one, prepare a detailed document that clearly shows what changes or additions do you want in your home. This document would help you communicating well with your designer and will also help the him/her understand your requirements well.

 

  1. Don’t commit to a designer whom doesn’t produces plans and ideas during the meeting, it just shows that this designer is inexperienced, and we wouldn’t want to spend a hefty budget for someone who can’t prove to produce.

 

  1. Get in contact with various designers and ask them to send their portfolio to you. Research about them on Google and see what rating other customers have given each of them. Pick the one with the highest work experience and rating. If possible, talk to their previous clients and take the feedback personally. At Stylerider, we have a team of highly experienced interior designers that will put your mind at ease and ensure satisfaction through the whole process.

 

  1. Allocate a budget for your designer and prioritise what you think is important. A good designer will be able to advised on how to use the budget efficiently without asking for more.

 

  1. It’s always good to have a contract or a document that clearly states the requirements, services, payment, and payment schedule. Make your designer sign the agreement, give a copy to him/her and keep one with you.

 

  1. Because you are hiring a designer, giving small instructions is good but interfering a lot would annoy your designer. They are professionals and know what they are doing, so let them do what they know.

 

  1. Don’t prepare a blue print and ask your designer to copy the same. The best projects and creativity comes when you ask your designer to do something totally different, something using their creativity.

 

  1. Once you have hired one, put your worries away, trust your designer and look forward to a beautifully decorated house. In the end, hiring a designer will be absolutely worth it. Feel free to contact us if you have any queries and our experienced designers will be able to guide you through your renovation process.
Learn the difference between some of the more common materials used for floorings at home

Different Types of Floors for Home (Marble, Tiles, Cement, Etc)

The type of flooring could make a significant difference in the appearance and finishing of your home. Good looking flooring could enhance the value of the home and would definitely attract unlimited compliments. Here we explore the difference options in flooring that local Singaporeans may choose to opt for in their dream homes.

 Homogeneous Tile

When in need of flooring that requires heavy duty, homogeneous tile is the best affordable alternative. Homogeneous tile could be used as both wall & floor tiles, or even as countertops. Homogeneous tiles comes with both gloss & unglazed finish, which means there is a wide selection for you to choose from!

Homogeneous tiles that comes with unglazed finish are the best alternative for flooring options because of the possibility of standing water. Some of the most popular finishes available are matte, embossed, glazed and textured ones for anti-slip.

Homogeneous tiles, similar to ceramic tiles in nature, are made of porcelain color through tile body, are the best to hide scratches or damages due to their composition if it’s an unglazed finish, for gloss wise minor scratches are inevitable

 Parquet Flooring

One of the favorites types of Hardwood flooring, parquet flooring presents a combination of beauty and durability that would rarely have for a flooring material. This type of flooring provides a long-lasting product, wear resistant surface that could be re varnished if necessary. However, certain grades of parquet flooring might darken with age and some others could shrink and expand creating gaps in the floor surface. But fret not, these expanded floor gaps can be filled up if you seek the right professional.

Laminate Flooring vs Vinyl Flooring

One of the cheapest flooring types available locally, laminate flooring is very easy to maintain. However, laminate flooring could not be re varnished and can be scratched on the surfaces easily. For installations in high-moisture rooms, laminate flooring of lower grade may not be able to last long.

Vinyl flooring provides a strong, durable surface that can resist burns, scratches, and chips. It is an excellent solution for high traffic areas, also it resembles natural woods’ surfaces and comes in a wide range of colors and designs.Vinyl flooring has grown significantly in popularity as it’s easier to install and maintain than more traditional surfaces such as parquet flooring.

Marble tiles are one of the most durable and versatile tiles to use. They can be used for your floors, walls, and hallway columns. These tiles are easily cleaned and maintained. They are also very easy to engrave with stylish textures and designs that suit your artistic tastes.

Marble tiles make an elegant foyer and come in many colours. It comes in a wide range of colours and variations and is used in such things as sculpture as well as architecture and a building material for thousands of years, but its main use is in flooring. The tiles are available in different sizes, usually around 12×12 and are easy to install.

With that being said, there might be many questions regarding the ideal type of flooring for your homes. Feel free to contact our staffs at 6635 8010 or fill in the contact form here .

Open Kitchen

What to consider before having an open kitchen at home

The spacious look of an open kitchen is easy to fall in love with. It gives you more visual space and offers the sights and smells of a delicious home-cooked meal. Open kitchens have gained popularity with new home owners, and HDB has some new BTO flats designed with an open kitchen layout for those who love the idea.

If you are one of those who want to hop onto the open kitchen bandwagon, we have put together some considerations on some things you should take note of before deciding to have an open kitchen or not.

Remember, before you hack down that wall, make sure you get the necessary approval(s) from relevant authorities first.

 

Why you would want an open kitchen:

  • Your home instantly feels more spacious with more light and air streaming in.
  • It is easier to host your guests. No more awkward lulls at the parties – whatever you need to grab is just a few steps away.
  • You are a multi-tasker. With an open kitchen, you can watch TV, read the papers and prepare meals all at the same spot.
  • With potentially less furniture, you can do something different with the space. Your very own barista counter where you could whip up fragrant coffee brews, perhaps?

A separate kitchen might be better if you:

  • Have a habit of keeping windows and the service yard door closed. Without good ventilation, the smells of cooking up a storm would always linger.
  • Find it hard to keep table tops clean and tidy. The trouble with having everything out in the open is that clutter cannot be hidden from plain sight.
  • Prefer not to have an integrated theme with the rest of your home. For a harmonious look and feel, you might need to find a theme that works for both your kitchen and living room spaces.
  • Feel that you would need to make compromises when the novelty of an open kitchen wears off. It is always wise to plan ahead and think about your family’s overall needs in the long run, as customised furniture and built-in appliances can be costly.

 

Eyeing a new BTO flat soon? Some flat layouts may have an open kitchen concept already built-in. But do not worry if it’s not for you – you can always opt for a kitchen partition wall if you like to keep things separate. Feel free to contact our interior designers with the contact form below and we’ll get back to you shortly