Let’s say you’ve just finished shopping for a property for sale in Singapore and you want to start designing it to your comfort. You already have drafts of what you want to your house or apartment to look like, the types of furniture you want to buy, and the swatches of paint are ready. There’s only one problem: you’ll be the only one doing the decorating.
We all have various different reasons for not hiring a professional designer. But don’t worry about the stress and the checklist you need to complete when you undertake this project, it’s completely doable. The stress will still be there of course, but there are some tips to help you manage it.
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Decide on a room’s focal point
A focal point is a feature of the room that stands out. This can be as simple as a hanged painting, an intricately detailed mantle, or a just a coffee table. Once a guest enters the room, their eyes must be lead to the focal point. Every other design should just complement it.
Use lighter colors for smaller rooms
To make it look bigger, make sure to stick to muted colors like white or grey. This opens up the room and makes use of the natural light to give the illusion that it’s bigger than it already is. If you’re worried that it might look too monochromatic, you can definitely add a splash of color by throwing in hanged paintings, trinkets, and pillows. However, make sure that the colors you choose complement the overall vibe of the room.
Avoid pushing furniture up the wall
You’re not solving a jigsaw puzzle and you’re definitely not playing Tetris with your house. Just like you and the room you’re decorating, your furniture also needs breathing space. So while it’s important to space them out, avoid pushing them up completely against the wall because this gives the impression that the room is smaller. Just a few inches away from the wall will do wonders for your space already.
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Do not clutter your space
In relation to the previous tip, one way to avoid clutter is to refrain from over-designing a room. People do this by buying too much furniture and fixtures for a single room, and then pushing them all together so it all fits.
What you want is a sophisticated look, achieved only if you choose quality of furniture over quantity. Stick to designing around the focal point, and make sure there’s enough negative space to let the space breathe.
Mix up different textures and designs
Do not be afraid to mix up patterns and textures. So long as it creates harmony in the room, by all means combine old family heirlooms with modern designs.
Choose your furniture first before your paint color
The worst thing you want is your furniture and room paint mismatching. It’s much more difficult to find the right furniture that complement paint. So make sure you’ve chosen your furniture and fixtures first before looking at paint swatches. In fact, you can bring the swatches with you while you’re shopping.
When designing a room, it’s important to make sure that they are functional. You can achieve this by keeping the room’s purpose in mind while you’re deciding on what goes in a room. Remember these tips and your home will definitely look like it’s been designed by a professional.
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