Whether you’ve hired a designer with vast experience in the industry or are just a green renovation sprout that needs some guidance, here are 5 secret interior design tips that only pros know. They’ll help you make the best of your own venture:
1. Tall furniture = tall ceilings
One of the best kept secrets in the modern interior design industry is that tall furniture can result in an illusion of a tall ceiling. Typical Singaporean homes only have a leeway of up to ten feet or less with their ceiling height, so this tip can come in handy when you want to add more depth and dimension to your spaces. Just don’t select furniture that is all tall – mix it up with shorter things for scale and impact.
2. A compact floor plan
No one will ever tell you this, but when you have a small space, a compact layout is your best friend. There are tons of unconventional ways that you can articulate it. You can go for bespoke furniture that features a multipurpose functionality. Or you can go for small-style furniture that can be arranged in a way that enhances the circulation space throughout your homes.
3. What anchors your room?
The thing about interior designing is that it has a lot of small elements that make up a whole. However, it’s up to your keen eye to ensure that your space has at least one anchor that grounds its whole aesthetic. It can be a lot of things – from sofa upholstery to work desks, artwork, and even light fixtures. The one you pick to be a focal point is going to become the defining characteristic of your home.
4. Light must always be created
In Singapore, you’ll encounter many homes where lighting is never truly great to begin with. When this happens, you must create your own to make the space feel welcoming and beautiful. Recessed lights installed within the furniture is an excellent way to do that. But you can even enhance the quality of natural light by going for opaque blinds and sheer curtains.
5. You’ll always have to deal with deal breakers
During the renovation process, you’ll encounter a lot of things that are going to feel like they are the ‘one.’ But some factor – especially pricing – is always going to get in the way of that. Our advice is to not look for substitutes and splurge on these things once in a while. The replaceable’s will always be deal breakers.