So, you’ll be collecting the keys to your new home soon. Congratulations! But before you shop for your dream décor, why not pencil these ideas onto your list? They’ll make your home look bigger and cleaner, improve your mood – and even bring you good health!
1. Make your space appear larger with transparent walls
Photo: Dreamvision Designer
A see-through panel helps to hype up the boundaries of any room while still separating it from the surrounding space (okay, you might want to avoid using a transparent wall for your bathroom!). Here, a divider carves out a study area from the living room. The resulting sections end up being compact, but the panel lets the two areas exchange light freely and misleads the eye into perceiving them as one seamless zone.
2. Enhance natural light with the right paint
3. Complement your personality with the right colours
4. Turn on the style with a platform
5. Strategise your desk placement for maximum Qi
6. Bring a touch of old-school charm with these vintage doors
7. Choose big tiles for an easy-clean home
Photo: Starry Homestead
Tiles may be ubiquitous, but they’re notoriously hard to clean. The culprit is the grouting in-between, which tends to trap grime and make for busy maintenance. One of the areas in which you’d definitely want to avoid using small tiles in is the kitchen, where the grout lines can transform into a magnet for grease. Large-format tiles at least reduce the number of crevices you have to mop after a sumptuous cooking session.
8. Create grandeur with floor-to-ceiling curtains
Photo: Unity Design Consultancy
Unlined, flimsy curtains command one of the lowest prices, but they also make your home appear hastily and cheaply cobbled together. Instead, speak to a curtain specialist to create a customised solution that fits your needs and ensure that you only spend on the best quality that you can afford. Upon picking your curtains, remember to hang them closer to the ceiling rather than just above the windows for a loftier impression.
9. Save space with multi-purpose furnishings
Photo: IKEA Singapore
With a compact room, there’s just not enough space for more than a few pieces of furniture. We don’t advocate leaving your belongings out in the open either as it’s unsightly and space-consuming (oh the irony!). Luckily, we’re in no short supply of furnishings that do double duty. We like this storage table from IKEA that lets us drop our books and newspapers in like we drop coins in a piggy bank. Cute.
10. Keep your home cool with thermal-resistant wall coating
Concrete and bricks are dense materials prone to storing heat. They absorb the heat during the day and release it inwards during the night, warming your house. A wall coating, such as one made out of glass granules, can help to repel this heat and keep the internal cool air in circulation. The secret? Science. Glass is simply a poor conductor of heat.
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