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Interior Renovation

Interior Renovation

Interior Renovation contractor Singapore
Are you planning for renovate your home or commercial space? It’s important that you find a Singapore renovation contractor you can trust to bring your vision to life and keep the process under control as interior renovation is a multifaceted undertaking. You need to make right choice on professionals who can manage all aspects of a home renovation, from design to construction and even project management, to ensure it’s completed on schedule and to your satisfaction.

Albedo Design stand as a renovation contractor in Singapore and we can design and build your dream home. We will take on the responsibility of planning the project, drawing up the designs, costing, sourcing the building materials and supplies, building the structure, installing any permanent features and possibly advising on the interior design of your home; all while consulting you every step of the way. Albedo Design also offer renovation packages that contains the bare essentials for each room or whole unit.

If you are renovating one or a few rooms of a Singapore private condo or house, a Albedo Design can still help you as a renovation contractor– we can design a kitchen, bathroom, bedroom or living room and then complete all of the renovation work for you. This could be a really good option if you are selling your home and want to increase its value quickly – hire us to redesign and renovate a few rooms of your house without the hassle of dealing with various professionals or the time-consuming effort of doing it yourself.

Albedo Design is one stop renovation contractor in Singapore who can design a house, or room, for you. You don’t need to look for more specialised contractors, designers, architects or builders to help you renovate or build your own home or your business place, then you can still find us for any need of related professionals and vendors to complement the work of general contractors: Architects & Building Designers, Interior Designers & Decorators, Landscape Architects & Garden Designers, Kitchen & Bathroom Designers, Specialty Contractors.

Albedo Design is one-stop interior design, decoration and renovation contractor in Singapore that you can trust. We implement all projects with strong experienced in-house teams and all carpentry works are also done in own Singapore local factory.
There are many companies in Singapore that always seek to save money by purchasing only the cheapest possible furniture pieces and utilizing an assembly line-type process to arrange the pieces in such a way to accommodate a large number of workers in a smaller-sized space.

Nowadays, however, many businesses are rethinking this process as they begin to discover that these particular types of office interior design concepts have a truly negative effect on the overall performance level of their employees. In addition, research studies have been conducted which show that employees will work much more productively when the more “traditional” model is not imposed.

Many reasons exist for a business or public agency to pay for office renovation. In the case of working environment, a well-designed space may be more attractive to customers, giving motivational space for employees and persuading them to spend more time there. In other cases, an office renovation project may have goals such as establishing a theme that projects a particular corporate image. For example, a tech company may furnish its office with a contemporary theme to convey its focus on efficiency and the future (both common themes in contemporary design).

Albedo Design, as office renovation contractor, we are responsible for understanding a client’s needs and working within a budget to achieve them. This involves first meeting with whoever is in charge of a renovation or construction project, as well as the architect, to lend ideas. We will produce sketches or models of 3D drawings to help clients visualize the space. Later our designer must find furnishings that can go into the completed space.

Office design makes use of a wide range of design skills. The first is the ability to understand a client’s plans for the space. Albedo Design can also suggest new ideas that are in keeping with the overall design goals. Our designers have an understanding of the elements of design, such as line, colour and form, as well as a grasp of the history of design and the contemporary trends in the field. Finally, we are office renovation contractor in Singapore and we have access to a network of suppliers who can provide the proper furniture, carpeting, light fixtures and wall art for the project.

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Interior Design Consultation

Interior Design Consultation

Interior Design Consultation

Thinking to renovate your home or business place? To avoid spending countless hours of thought and conversation, you should realize that you need outside help for the direction and inspiration on how to design your residential or commercial space. Whether it’s a single room transformation or completely changing the look of the entire house, office, shop, restaurant or showroom, some thoughtful preparation can help not find the right solutions, but save you money.

As our experiences, we’ve seen how small amounts of deliberate planning can lead to big strides to reaching your design goals. Properly planning before your initial consultation will help your construction team meet your needs both functionally and aesthetically by incorporating your thoughts, dreams and preferences into their recommendations. Here are a few tips on how to get the most out of your design consultation:

1.COLLECT INSPIRATIONAL IMAGES

Compile photos of spaces you admire, including specific details or styles that really catch your eye. These can come from your favourite print magazines or links to online resources. Some great online sources for ideas are found on popular websites such as Houzz or Pinterest. Sharing these images either in print or online with your interior designer can help them to identify what ideas will match your preferences.

Even if you’re not aware of what makes you specifically like an image, save it to show it to your designer. We have seen lots of seemingly random images shared with us by a client, only to reveal a common design thread. These similarities lead to discussion and discovery that provides direction for the project.

2.PROVIDE A FLOOR PLAN

Whenever possible get a floorplan from your developer, builder, or prior homeowner. This can save hours of billable measuring and recording time from your designer, ultimately saving you lots of billed hours.

3.ACQUIRE PAINT SWATCHES

As you go about your daily life, consider what colours inspire and interest you. Ask a friend what colour they chose in a room you admire in their house. Go to a paint store and select a few colour swatches that look beautiful. Take them home, tape them to the wall and see how they look in the lighting of your home. Share your favourite colours with your designer so they can learn your colour preferences.

4.CREATE A LIST OF QUESTIONS

A purposeful list of concerns and ideas will lead to beneficial conversations between everyone involved in the design process. Multiple opinions and strong design preferences should be represented in your list. Addressing these points early in the interior design process can help reduce the chances of unnecessarily changing directions later and incurring additional charges.

5.ESTABLISH A BUDGET

Your project budget shouldn’t be a secret. Sharing this figure with your designer will help your designer to choose specific materials that fit your overall costs. A lot of homeowners don’t share the budget because they have never established one or aren’t sure how to do so. Do your best to estimate an approximate budget, or at least discuss it with your designer so they can help you get a grasp on this number.

6.COMMUNICATE RESTRICTIONS

Please let your designer know up front if there are any restrictions that may impact your design. Time constraints or disability needs are essential factors that should not be underestimated. Some foresight on these needs can help your designer carefully address these needs with the involved contractors.

7.HAVE PATIENCE

The design and building process can be longer and with more surprises than you may expect. Choosing an interior designer and contractors that have experience with these challenges will help to strategically keep your project on task and accomplish the goals set forth. Even with the best preparation, there may be parts of the process that could test your patience, so be ready to anticipate them and be prepared mentally.

Following these tips can set you on course to transform your space with purposeful thought and reduced stress.

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Interior Decoration Design Ideas

Interior Decoration Design Ideas

### Interior Home Decoration

Consider this—you’ve just bought a new home, signed a lease on a new apartment, or moved to a new city. You fell in love with the space that will become your new home, but when you think about decorating it from scratch, you get overwhelmed with options and decisions. Which paint color should I choose? Should I get a sectional or three seat sofa? What size rug do I need? At a glance, a blank decorating slate can feel intimidating, but with a project-managing approach to interior decorating, you’ll find that decisions are much more easily made.
As Interior designer, we know this all too well—when juggling dozens of clients and project, how we approach to interior home decoration is less akin to intuition and closer to a top-level project management method, complete with plans, spreadsheets, and actionable to-do lists. By breaking down each aspect of interior home decoration, we can track your progress and keep a decor plan on schedule and on budget. Better yet, we can easily ensure that whichever individual piece you choose will work within the overall scheme of the room or even the home. So how do you decorate a room from start to finish using a project management approach? We outline the 12 steps that will get you from blank slate to beautiful space—and how to tackle it in just one weekend.
The first step to decorating is to know where you’re going—and in order to do this, you need to have a plan. Start with gathering inspiration: interior images, furniture you love, textures, and materials. Group everything into a folder or Pinterest board to keep a clear and coherent vision in one space.
Your deliverable: An inspiration board filled with your favorite rooms, furniture pieces, colors, and materials.

Find the common threads
Once you have all your inspiration in one place, find the common threads. Do you have a penchant for marble, minimal designs, the color blue? Identify which items are catching your eye, and use these pieces, colors, textures, and materials as a base for your design plan. The goal isn’t to go overboard with any of them, but to create a coherent base and style for your space.
Your deliverable: A boiled-down palette of colors, materials, and textures to help you guide future decisions.

Take inventory
Once you’ve nailed down your aesthetic, take inventory of what you already own and decide whether each piece has a place in your new home. Can you find a spot for your favorite art? Does your grandmother’s antique buffet fit with your minimal scheme? Remember—mixing periods and styles can add to your decor, but only you can judge whether each individual piece will add cachet or clash with your overall look.
Your deliverable: A list of everything you’ll keep, sell, give, or donate—with actionable plans for each.

Identify your core needs
You may love small mid-century settees, but is it practical for your lifestyle? Identify your core needs so you don’t end up with a design that’s pretty but impractical. Consider how many people you want to seat in your living room or at your dining table; what type of activities take place in your home: Do you love playing board games, throwing cocktail parties, napping on the sofa, or watching Netflix marathons? Let your lifestyle guide your floor plan. Should your sofa face the TV, the fireplace, or a pair of lounge chairs? Should it sit in the middle of the room or by a sunlit window? How big should it be? These are all questions you’ll need to have answers to before picking furniture.
Your deliverable: A core list of activities that take place in your home and the requirements that accompany them (e.g., a desk for working from home or a table to play board games).

Digest your overall plan
You’ve had time to digest your overall plan and aesthetic for the space, now it’s time to take concrete action. Make a list of every single piece of furniture you want. Consider side tables, sofas, lounge chairs, entryway consoles, and bar cabinets. Now is not the time to restrain yourself with budgets or measurements—let yourself dream up your ultimate wish list regardless of what actually makes sense. Have you always wanted a chaise lounge? Maybe you’d like a vanity to get ready in the morning? Write it all down.
Your deliverable: An ultimate wish list of everything you want in your space, regardless of space or budget.
Now that you know your needs and wants, it’s time to place these items in a floor plan to see which ones make the cut. Use a paper and pen or an app to make a floor plan to scale, and start dropping furniture pieces in. Again, don’t limit yourself with budget—consider only spatial requirements. As a guide, leave three feet of walking space in high traffic areas and one to two feet between sofas and tables.
Your deliverable: A floor plan (or a few floor plan options) depicting how you want your space to flow, complete with all the furniture you’ll need.
Once you have a furniture plan, use the same floor plan to map out your lighting. Consider all sources of light: pendants, flush mounts, recessed, sconces, table or floor lamps—but be mindful of which types of lighting require an electrician and which ones don’t. Add floor lamps near lounge chairs and sofas, and table lamps on side tables, buffets, and consoles. At the very least, every room should have three sources of lighting at eye level, positioned around the room in a triangular shape.
Your deliverable: Your furniture plan completes with a lighting map—and a list of your lighting needs.

Cost Estimation
Now that you have a clear idea of what you need and where you need it, it’s time to start assigning dollar figures. To do this, input your furniture list into a spreadsheet with a total budget amount at the bottom—pick a figure you’re comfortable with and that seems reasonable with the number of things you have to buy. Then, start assigning numbers to each item according to how much you think it costs or how much you feel comfortable spending on each. Play with the amounts until you arrive at a total that’s under your planned total. Remember to budget at least 20% for unplanned issues, taxes, delivery, and other fees.
Your deliverable: A detailed budget plan to guide you through the purchasing phase.

Start Shopping
Now comes the fun part: Start shopping for pieces you love, starting with the biggest ones. It’s easier to place smaller items in afterward than the other way around. Don’t forget rugs, which will need to go in first. As you narrow down on each piece, add their price to your budget spreadsheet. If you go over, try making substitutions until you reach a budget you’re comfortable with. Most items and styles are available at a variety or price points, so don’t be afraid to visit budget retailers to see if you can find a similar item at a better price.
Your deliverable: A detailed shopping list outlining each piece of furniture you need to purchase. Don’t forget to measure everything twice before confirming your order.

Comparing and Choosing
Chances are that during your furniture sourcing, you came across items you absolutely loved but that didn’t fit your budget, but that doesn’t mean you should cross them off forever. Keep these pieces aside and see if you could purchase them down the line or if the splurge is worth it. After all, one investment piece can elevate the furniture of a whole room, if chosen carefully. The types of pieces you may want to splurge on are unique statement pieces that will make a big impact on your overall design, or timeless larger items like sofas that you can see yourself keeping for decades.
Your deliverable: A short list of a couples of splurge items to consider investing in for the long run.
You may think that the best time to pick a paint color is at the beginning, but we prefer choosing it at the end. Why? It’s easier to pick a tone to complement your entire furniture collection than the other way around. Pick paint samples and look at them against the furniture you’ve chosen until you find the perfect match. Examine them against fabric or material samples to make sure that everything works together. If you can, get sample pots and paint one-foot squares on your wall to look at under different lights throughout the day. Each paint will look radically different under natural light than it does on a paint chip.
Your deliverable: A painting plan complete with colors and paint finishes.

Add in Accessories
Lastly, add in accessories in your space as you create layers that will make it feel lived in. A mistake people often make is to purchase a ton of small accessories instead of the big pieces first because they’re afraid of committing to a design scheme. By picking the bigger items first, you’ll avoid ending up with a ton of small accessories that don’t work together. When picking accessories, consider art for the walls, storage like baskets and trays, coffee table books, coasters, vases, and anything else that might enhance your space while still keeping it livable and practical. Repeat the same steps 8 through 10 to budget your accessories.
Your deliverable: An accessories plan to add finishing touches to your decor and, at the end, a beautiful home you’ll look forward to coming home to. For Best Interior Home Decoration Services in Singapore, Please contact us.

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Interior Design Singapore

Interior Design Singapore

Interior design is the art and science of enhancing the interior of a building to achieve a healthier and more aesthetically pleasing environment for the people using the space. An interior designer is someone who plans, researches, coordinates, and manages such projects. Interior design is a multifaceted profession that includes conceptual development, space planning, site inspections, programming, research, communicating with the stakeholders of a project, construction management, and execution of the design.

Interior design Singapore is the process of shaping the experience of interior space, through the manipulation of spatial volume as well as surface treatment. Not to be confused with interior decoration, interior design draws on aspects of environmental psychology, architecture, and product design in addition to traditional decoration.

Interior design is the art and science of understanding people’s behaviour to create functional spaces within a building. Decoration is the furnishing or adorning of a space with fashionable or beautiful things. In short, interior designers may decorate, but decorators do not design.

Concepts and Creation

When doing interior design, it is necessary to think of the house as a totally; a series of spaces linked together by halls and stairways. It is therefore appropriate that a common style and theme runs throughout. This is not to say that all interior design elements should be the same, but they should work together and complement each other to strengthen the whole composition.

Colours

Colour is a powerful design tool in decoration, as well as in interior design which is the art of composing and coordinating colours together to create a stylish scheme on the interior architecture of the space.

A way to create theme or storyline is with the well-considered use of colour. Colour schemes in general are a great way to unify a collection of spaces. For example, you might pick three or four colours and use them in varying shades throughout the house.

It is essential to interior designers to acquire a deep experience with colours, understand their psychological effects, and understand the meaning of each colour in different locations and situations in order to create suitable combinations for each place.

Combining colours together could result in creating a state of mind as seen by the observer, and could eventually result in positive or negative effects on them. Colours make the room feel either more calm, cheerful, comfortable, stressful, or dramatic. Colour combination make a tiny room seem larger or smaller. So, it is the Interior designer profession to choose appropriate colours for a place in a way people want to look and feel in the space.

Balance

In a short sentence for those who just scan this article balance can be described as the equal distribution of visual weight in a room.

There are three styles of balance: symmetrical, asymmetrical, and radial.

Symmetrical balance is usually found in traditional interiors. Symmetrical balance is characterized by the same objects repeated in the same positions on either side of a vertical axis, for example you might remember old rooms where on each side of a room is an exact mirror of the other. This symmetry also reflects the human form, so we are innately comfortable in a balanced setting.

Asymmetrical balance is more appropriate in design in these days. Balance is achieved with some dissimilar objects that have equal visual weight or eye attraction. Asymmetrical balance is more casual and less contrived in feeling, but more difficult to achieve. Asymmetry suggests movement, and leads to more lively interiors.

Radial symmetry is when all the elements of a design are arrayed around a centre point. A spiral staircase is also an excellent example of radial balance. Though not often employed in interiors, it can provide an interesting counterpoint if used appropriately.

Enemies of Design

Interior design’s biggest enemy is boredom. A well-designed room always has, depending on the size of it, one or more focal points. A focal point must be dominant to draw attention and interesting enough to encourage the viewer to look further. A focal point thus must have a lasting impression but must also be an integral part of the decoration linked through scale, style, colour or theme. A fireplace or a flat tv is the first example that most people think of when we talk about a room focal point.

If you don’t have a natural focal point in your space, such as a fireplace for example, you can create one by highlighting a particular piece of furniture, artwork, or by simply painting a contrasting colour in one area. Try to maintain balance, though, so that the focal point doesn’t hog all of the attention.

Rhythms

If we would speak about music, we would describe rhythms the beat of pulse of the music. In interior design, rhythm is all about visual pattern repetition. Rhythm is defined as continuity, recurrence or organized movement. To achieve these themes in a design, you need to think about repetition, progression, transition and contrast. Using these mechanisms will impart a sense of movement to your space, leading the eye from one design element to another.

Repetition is the use of the same element more than once throughout a space. You can repeat a pattern, colour, texture, line, or any other element, or even more than one element.

Progression is taking an element and increasing or decreasing one or more of its qualities. The most obvious implementation of this would be a gradation by size. A cluster of candles of varying sizes on a simple tray creates interest because of the natural progression shown. You can also achieve progression via colour, such as in a monochromatic colour scheme where each element is a slightly different shade of the same hue.

Transition is a little harder to define. Unlike repetition or progression, transition tends to be a smoother flow, where the eye naturally glides from one area to another. The most common transition is the use of a curved line to gently lead the eye, such as an arched doorway or winding path.

Contrast; Finally, contrast is fairly straightforward. Putting two elements in opposition to one another, such as black and white pillows on a sofa, is the hallmark of this design principle. Opposition can also be implied by contrasts in form, such as circles and squares used together. Contrast can be quite jarring, and is generally used to enliven a space. Be careful not to undo any hard work you’ve done using the other mechanisms by introducing too much contrast!

Details

Another important element of interior design where it is necessary to take infinite pains is details. Everything from the trimming on the lamp shade, the colour of the piping on the scatter cushion, to the light switches and cupboard handles need attention. Unlike colour people find details boring. As a result, it gets neglected and skimmed over or generally left out. As colour expresses the whole spirit and life of a scheme; details are just as an important underpinning of interior design. Details should not be obvious, but they should be right, enhancing the overall feel of a room.

Scale and Proportion

These two design principles go hand in hand, since both relate to size and shape. Without consideration of scale, in particular, human scale, our everyday activities would be more difficult. Scale refers to the relationship between two or more objects, one that has a commonly known size. In most cases, the size of objects is compared to our own human scale. We can find examples of this in our homes and workplaces; for instance, standardized heights.

Proportion has to do with the ratio of one design element to another, or one element to the whole. Scale concerns itself with the size of one object compared to another. Proportion is a word often used interchangeably with scale although there is one subtle difference between the two definitions. While the word scale implies the comparison of objects where the actual size of one object is known, proportion relates to the general size of two objects without information regarding their actual sizes (or scales).

While scale is more absolute, proportion is truly relative and requires the interior designer to understand the interactions between objects within a 3-dimensional space. For most designers, it’s a difficult thing to explain when objects in a room are in proportion – this is what we refer to as having “an eye for design”.

There is no right or wrong when it comes to this application of proportion. As it can alter the way our spaces look and feel, getting proportion “right” all depends on the intent of the designer.

Interior Designer

An interior designer is a person who is considered a professional in the field of interior design or one who designs interiors as part of their job. Interior design is a creative practice that analyses programmatic information, establishes a conceptual direction, refines the design direction, and produces graphic communication and construction documents. In some jurisdictions, interior designers must be licensed to practice.

Interior designers are skilled at providing a full scope of services which may vary with each project but generally include:

Analysing the client’s needs and goals.
Integrating findings with knowledge of interior design, economic trends as well as legal and regulatory requirements.
Formulating design concepts that are functional, fiscally appropriate and aesthetically pleasing.
Overseeing the interior design process including project budgeting and schedules.
Preparing working drawings and specifications for interior construction, space planning, materials, finishes, furnishings, fixtures and equipment.
Collaborating with other practitioners who offer professional services in the technical areas of mechanical, electrical and structural design, as required for regulatory approvals (building permits).
Reviewing and evaluating construction during implementation and coordinating the completion of the project with a consultant team.
To ensure quality-based selection of a professional interior designer, follow these simple steps:

Develop a design brief or a Request for Proposal that identifies the project needs, lists the scope of services required and outlines the format for the proponents’ response.
Establish a list of potential interior designers with relevant experience.
Issue the Request for Proposal or design brief.
Interview interior designers whose expertise fits the project needs. (This can be done before or after the submission of formal proposals.)
Check qualifications and references.
Select an interior designer.
Finalize consulting agreements in writing.
For a designer, a clearly written contract is a valuable tool. It will prevent miscommunication between you and your client, protect you from unreasonable requests or delays that aren’t your fault, and ensure you are paid for your hard work.

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Interior Design Price

Interior Design Price

### Interior Design Price

How do Interior Designers price their services?
This is a daunting question. Since there is no regulating body, there are about as many different pricing structures as there are interior designers. There is not a one size fits all for designers or clients, the bottom line is: as the client do you feel comfortable and do you understand how you’ll be charged. Do not be afraid to ask the designer to explain further before you sign the contract. Alright, let’s get into pricing.

Ways Interior Designers Charge for Services

There are different billing methods employed by a certified interior designer to charge clients for services rendered.

During the initial interview with a prospective client, an interior designer must give the various options available. This will help a client decide on which mode of payments will be preferable to them.

Depending on the services required, the client is made to know that the options open for choice is completely up to them, that is after he or she has listed it all out, explaining every option in great detail.

One thing for sure is that a client will get a good service and the best of works from a certified interior designer who feels fairly compensated for the service to be rendered. The prices/rates employed for interior design services are as follows:

Pre-fixed rate
Hourly rates
Percentage over costs
Costs per square metre or square feet
Retail
Department store retail
Combination rates
Pre-Fixed Rates

With pre-fixed rates, the client and the certified interior designer will discuss extensively – as much as is possible – the scope of the interior design works and an agreeable fee is set.

This fixed rate is generally supposed to cover all contingencies and on an agreement, a part of this fee is paid in advance before works commence. The usual amount paid initially may range between 10% and 40%, though this payment is different from a retainer or deposit (a retainer is a certain amount of money paid to a certified interior designer to reserve his or her time to work on a project), but whatever the case may be or whichever terminology is preferred, a deposit, retainer or whichever, it will invariably be treated as a form of deposit. And it must be spelt out in the letter of agreement that needs to be drawn up by a certified interior designer.

Meanwhile, payments will be made as the work progresses and a drawn up schedule will be made so as to determine when progressive payments must be made.

The only drawback of this mode of payment for services is that the scope of work may end up being broader than expected and an interior designer may end up expending more time and energy to complete the job.

Interior designers are always aware of the fact that it is very hard to determine the scope of required works in advance of an interior design project.

Because of the many variables involved, many of these projects require more work and take longer. This ends up displeasing the designer who may then not put in as much effort as is needed. Who wants to work for an unjustified pay?

Hourly Rates

A popular mode of payments, the hourly rate payment method has been used over the years by many professionals such as architects, engineers, therapists, lawyers and accountants. It is well used by certified interior designers too.

The way it works is that the interior designer is supposed to keep detailed records of daily work and the number of hours spent to execute such works.

At the end of each month, the client is billed as per the number of hours expended.

This mode of payment actually is payment for time spent, not necessarily a payment for talent and skills of a certified interior designer.

Clients are a bit wary of this billing method simply because there may be instances where the designer works slower than others. What happens if the interior designer is slow or fast, highly talented or just plain competent?

It poses several problems and clients sometimes feel they may be cheated but have no way to ascertain such fears. This is expected.

For example, if the certified interior designer goes shopping on client A’s behalf, spending a number of hours in the process, and whilst doing that finds something for client B, but is unsuccessful in finding client A’s products, who pays for the time? Who pays for the time, client A or B?

Well, the answer is that client A still gets charged, but one may ask, “Is it fair?” Unfortunately client A still has to pay for time spent on his or her job. This leaves many clients feeling cheated.

Also, how does a client trust that the number of hours a certified interior designer claims is correct and has not been inflated?

These are the usual question asked by prospective clients. Rightly so!

Percentage Over Costs

This method is great for residential projects, though it may be used for commercial projects as well. Charges are the net or wholesale prices that the interior designer pays to the merchants, vendors etc.., and then a predetermined percentage markup is applied to the net cost.

The markup is on the furniture, furnishings and labour incurred whilst working on a client’s project. The actual net cost is paid to the designer plus a commission which is inclusive of design and planning, selection, delivery and installations.

The percentage charged depends on the nature of works to be executed, which can range from as low as 1% or less, if it’s a commercial contract (usually a large contract), and may go as high as 40% if it’s a small residential project. This means that the percentage charge will vary depending on the size of the project.

Some may have issues with this mode of payment, feeling the designer will intentionally choose pricey items to ensure fat commissions, but because this may make the project end up being of a high standard, and stylish in look and finish, the final result will turn out great anyway, and this probably will please the client and at the same time promote the works of the interior designer.

Many prospective clients seem quite comfortable with this mode of billing as every item that is chosen and purchased will only be marked up by the percentage to cover for overheads and profit. And a certified interior designer feels very comfortable with the percentage-over-cost billing method as every single item, large or small, is compensated for. And this may even be continuous if the client keeps on wanting additional stuff.

The popularity of this system speaks for itself. Good to consider.

Cost Per Square Metre/Square Feet

A very simple way of charging that is commonly used for space planning tasks and is usually a small amount per square metre or footage. What it entails is the interior designer simply measures the client’s space to determine the square metre (or square footage) to be designed. Then multiply by a pre-determined and mutually agreed amount.

Space planning is a specialised aspect of interior design and involves the design of space allocation to a person or group of people to work in (or within), so that designated tasks and duties can be performed optimally, with added convenience, efficiency and most especially, comfort.

However, this billing method can be used in combination with other forms of billing systems in the event that additional services are requested for by the client. This is due to the fact that space allocation is the beginning point of interior design and it eventually leads to the final design.

Once it has been ascertained that additional interior design services (asides space planning) are needed, that is, the task of choosing the required elements that are needed to complete the project, then a method of billing must be introduced by the designer to provide for services related to supplies and installations.

This billing method is popular for commercial interior design projects.

Retail

A method commonly associated with residential interior design projects; this was the traditional mode of payments applied some decades ago. This was before interior design became designated as a profession before the mid 20th century. Later the interior design study started to include complex technological services (electrical, lighting, etc…) for complete interior design projects.

In this billing method, no fee is directly charged for interior design services. Rather, the stated retail price from the retailers is charged the client and the certified interior designer’s payment comes in form of discounts given by the retailer (merchants).

The prices quoted by their shops is all the client has to pay. The discount given the certified interior designer by the retailers is always between the designer and the merchant and it’s never the clients business so it is never disclosed outside the two parties. This works well only for furniture and furnishings provisions to a client.

When other services are needed then a problem might arise. If for example the services of an electrician are required, say to fix a chandelier, the interior designer will have to source for one, hire and then supervise his works whilst installing. Now since there won’t be any discounts on his labour costs the certified interior designer will have to employ other billing methods to charge the client for the electrician’s time and effort.

That’s why the retail billing method doesn’t adequately cover the normal scope of today’s interior design projects.

Department Store Retail

Many department stores that retail home furniture and furnishings also offer interior design services. These services are usually provided free as long as a stipulated minimum number of items are purchased. In some cases, a fee may be charged for services, but if the purchase exceeds a certain amount then the charged fee is refunded.

This billing method is great for residential projects but impractical for commercial projects. Some dealers in office furniture, furnishings and equipment offer this service as well.

Combination Rates

This billing method is advised if working on a large project and a complex one.

The initial works of space planning can be charged per square metre (or square footage), at a pre-fixed or an hourly rate by the certified interior designer.

Percentage above cost billing can be used for the ordering of furniture, furnishings and deliveries.

If an interior designer is to purchase rare antique items that are costly, the retail mode of payment will be used. The client pays the price tag cost (no discounts for the client!) and the certified interior designer makes their money from a commission given by the retailer.

The combination method of billing is the best option for such projects incorporating the best methods appropriate for each aspect of the design project.

So, depending on the methods chosen, both parties, the client and the interior designer, will come to an agreement as to the best billing option and whichever agreement is reached, it must definitely be acceptable to both parties involved.

Drawing up Agreements for Interior Design Services

Often the way interior design is priced a combination of the above structures. Remember the bottom line:

Do you feel comfortable and do you understand how you’ll be charged?

With all this said and done, when charges have been ascertained and agreed upon, it is now time to have a formal written and signed agreement (contract drawn up) outlining the intent of all parties involved and this will serve as a guide for the conduct of the business between both parties – the client and the certified interior designer.

It is always better and more acceptable for the certified interior designer to draw up the agreement and then the client may decide to give it a lawyer to go through and advice.

If all seems well and both parties -the client and the certified interior designer – are pleased and satisfied, the contract can now be signed and sealed, and subsequently delivered.

I hope this has help clarify pricing structures for interior design services.

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interior design services

interior design services

ALBEDO DESIGN provides a comprehensive package of 3D Interior design services and Exterior or Interior fit-out works that follow a project from the planning stage, implementation, installation and handing over to our client. Our objective is to satisfy our clients and produce an interior space that fulfills the project goals. We will bring your dream to reality.

Think what you need and let us know.

Albedo Design always ready to fulfill customers’ needs. We serve you as the trustworthy one-stop design and renovation services provider.

Here are key services we provide:

– Custom Design – Visualization 3D Drawings – Decoration Services – Commercial Design (Retail, F&B, Office) – Residential Design (Whole Unit, Room Packages or Individual Renovations) – Turnkey Projects – Space Planning – Project Management – Interior Furnishing – Exhibitions – Reinstatement – Renovation Loan

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3D Interior Design

3D Interior Design

### 3D Interior Design

Technology ferries imagination closer to reality, the best example to reinstate this is, how 3D modelling has changed the presentation world of interior designs. It’s like pulling out the multi-dimensional images from your brain and painting them on a paper to see how it looks. The impact 3D modelling has, on presenting interior design services is undoubtedly the most transforming things to have happened. Let’s take an account of the interior design presentation benefits because of 3D modelling.

Realistic, easy, and quick

From deducing the scores of horizontal, vertical and diagonal lines of the 2D sketches to getting a one-shot picture of the interior design services is what 3D modelling facilitates. Your design becomes more vivid and your clients can take a virtual tour of their interior design projects. You can also quickly check whether a new plan is viable or check how small changes to the design would look like.

An image speaks a thousand words

If you want to understand how architectural 3d model is better than 2d model, compare both the designs and check out for details.

Better for marketing and project approvals

The experience of going through a 3D model is more compelling and satisfying to a prospect than viewing a 2D drawing. The vivid imagery lingers in the prospect’s mind for a longer period of time and you stand a better chance of winning the customer. Similarly, the project approval rate in interior design business is quicker when a 3D model is used.

Easy re-modelling and corrections

In a 3D model it is easier to see the impact on the overall design when minor or major changes are made, this would help in finalizing the design without much cost and post-construction cost-incurring changes or corrections. It is also accurate as the end construction shapes-up to the conceived output as deduced from the 3D model.

Impact on project execution

With a clear design it is easier for the construction engineers to complete the project at low costs and as per the plan. These technologies had a dramatic impact on project execution, including –

Elimination of field interferences

Less rework

Increased productivity

Fewer requests for information

Fewer change orders

Less cost growth

A decrease in time from start of construction to facility turnover.

Boon for interior designers

You can design a life-like model of a residential or commercial flat with all the furniture, wall paints and designs, show pieces, designer ceiling and so on to give your clients a compelling view of their dream home or office building.

Measurements

A 3D interior design can clearly show the physical dimensions of the objects and its distance in relation with other objects in the total layout. This will tremendously help customers see and adjust arrangements of objects based on their sizes to achieve varied objectives like space, movement problems, room size corrections, and so on.

Various research studies have documented the benefits of applying 3D/4D tools specifically to the coordination of Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing, and Fire Protection systems on complex projects.

Fewer instructions and no language barriers

Unlike 2D designs which may need clear instructions on how to deduce design information, 3D designs are almost instruction-less and without any language barriers. It is natural for any human to understand 3D design and experience the virtual reality it creates.

It is always easier and more beneficial when things get closer to reality.

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Interior Design Singapore – You need to know

If you’ve just bought a new home, chances are you’re planning to do some renovation works to get it to look just the way you like it. We’ve all read horror stories of home owners stuck with half-done renovations when the firms they hired absconded with their money. This leaves them with the dual headache of not only having lost a big chunk of cash but also now having to hire a new firm to complete the work.

Choosing the right interior design Singapore (ID) firm is key to ensuring that not only do you have the home of your dreams at the end of a long process, you would also have achieved it with minimal stress.

A good home interior design professional will hone your style down to its very essence and be able to choose a functional layout that feels natural to you. Interior design companies can be involved as much or as little as the client desires. Many clients who hire an interior decorator in Singapore — particularly those who are remodeling — have a good sense of how the room should look and what products they should use. Often clients will insist that interior decorators use the products already present in the house. Other times a interior designer will need to start from scratch — especially if this is a newly purchased or just-built home. An interior design company will need to figure out exactly what the client needs, which includes organizing rooms, picking flooring and wall colors, and finding furniture to complement it all. Sometimes that means he or she will have to recruit help from other Singapore home professionals to help create the perfect look for your renovation. Here are some related professionals and vendors to complement the work of interior decoration:

Do your research before meeting with an interior designer or home decorator in Singapore. Ask yourself what you want your space to become and what it will be used for. Figure out the extent of what you need help with, what your must-haves are and what your budget is. Interior design services can add up fast, so be up front with a potential design firm or individual from the beginning. Also, pick an interior decorator that fits your style. Browse through the portfolios of different interior design firm and decide if you would live in those houses. Just because you like something doesn’t mean you could live in it. There’s a big difference!

Questions to ask when you meet with local interior designers:

Can you give me a referral? (It makes a big difference to talk with a client who’s worked with the designer before.)

Can I see your design interior portfolio?

When will the home renovation be done?

Do you charge an hourly rate or a flat rate, or use the cost-plus method or a mixed method?

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Office Renovation

We have a dedicated team specially focusing in all aspects of office interior renovation works. With the increasing amount of time spent by the working class in their workplace, the office environment can play a pivotal role in promoting the well-being of its workers, and there’s a strong correlation between the overall interior design of the workplace and your company’s bottom-line. A properly designed and renovated office has a high potential to reap productivity gains.

Whether it is a small-sized functional office, or a large office spanning several floors in downtown Singapore serving regional or global clients, We provides a suite of professional office renovation services that create the necessary mood and environment that suit your business objectives.

One of the main considerations when deciding on an office renovation partner, is whether the contractor is able to fulfil the full scope of works as contracted. Rest assured that through our years of establishing our business, we have built strong and strategic working relationships with our suppliers and sub-contractors.

From provision of building materials supplies to skilled workmen and artisans, our integrated supply chain gives us access to the best-in-class industry players in the fields of interior design, office renovation services and supplies.

Most importantly, our in-house project management team ensures all projects undertaken meet their respective budgets, quality requirements, and critical timelines.

Check out our following services in office renovation:

Office Interior Design

Space Planning

Office Furniture

Office Partition

Office Furnishing

Interior Design Ideas

If you have a requirement, and would like to have budgetary estimate, feel free to let us know.

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Interior Design Consultation

What can I expect from a consultation?

We will walk through your space/spaces and discuss what you want to achieve. We will discuss furniture arrangement, finishing choices (such as tiles, counter tops, flooring etc…), window treatments, upholstery or any other design questions you may have. Whether it is just for advice and tips or to begin a longer term working relationship, a consultation is the place to start. It’s amazing what can be achieved in two hours!!

How can I benefit from an interior design consultation?

Save time– This is an excellent meeting to make decisions. You will have the knowledge and experience of an interior designer to help you make the decisions that is right for you and your space. The designer will have information that would take hours for you to research.

Save money– By having a designer to help you pick paint colour and other finishes your chance of getting it right the first time is high. Knowing the market well a designer would be able to tell you where you would get the best value for your money. Showing you how you can re-purpose or incorporate your existing furniture in your new space or is only one of many ways a designer can help you save money in your project.

Better access– A designer has access to fabric and furniture lines that you can’t always find in your local stores.

Second opinion– Even if you have a great sense of style and have experience another set of eyes is always helpful. If it’s to double check your plans when building or look over your paint and finishing selections, an independent designer approaches this with your best interest as their main priority. Understanding your lifestyle, wants and needs will be the basis of any advice, not a sale. A two hour consultation can put you at ease or prevent you from making costly mistakes.

In home consultation– Coming to Your home instantly gives the designer a better feel for You and your family. The designers at the kitchen/tile/paint store will be able to give you great advice on their products, but when it comes to the big picture and tying it all together, having a designer “on-site” with all the information is the best way to confirm that it all works together.

Trade associates– Designers work with contractors, builders, craftsmen and tradesmen all the time and would be able to recommend the right ones for Your job. This could save you lots of time money and frustration.

Neutral opinion– Let’s face it, a renovation can be tough on a relationship. There are lots of opportunities for conflict. To have a third, neutral person in the decision making could make the process much easier;).

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Modern Interior Design

Love modern interior design? Look no further, we’ve pulled together a selection of our favourite modern interiors by members of The List into one easy to view gallery.

Modern, industrial, shabby chic….and the list goes on. A significant challenge many of our clients face is a lack of understanding or vocabulary to describe and define their personal interior design style. With an abundance of unique design styles, it can be daunting to decipher which style will work best for you. Some also enjoy combining elements of several styles to create their ideal look.

A great starting point for an interior design project is to learn a bit about each of the styles and how they differ from one another.

MODERN
Modern is a broad design term that typically refers to a home with clean, crisp lines, a simple colour palette and the use of materials that can include metal, glass and steel.

Modern design employs a sense of simplicity in every element, including furniture. A word that’s commonly used to describe modern style is sleek, and there is not a lot of clutter or accessories involved with a modern style.

CONTEMPORARY
Modern and contemporary are two styles frequently used interchangeably. Contemporary is different from modern because it describes design based on the here and now.

The primary difference separating modern and contemporary design style is that modern is a strict interpretation of design that started in the 20th century. Contemporary on the other hand, is more fluid and can represent a sense of currency with less adherence to one particular style. For example, contemporary style may include curving lines, whereas modern design does not. You can refer to modern vs contemporary article for more information.

MINIMALIST
The minimalist concept is one that’s popular here in Australia. It takes notions of modern design and simplifies them further.

Colour palettes are neutral and airy; furnishings are simple and streamlined, and nothing is excessive or flamboyant in accessories or décor.

Minimalism is ultimately defined by a sense of functionality and ultra-clean lines.

INDUSTRIAL
Industrial style as the name implies, draws inspiration from a warehouse or an urban loft.

There’s a sense of unfinished rawness in many of the elements, and it’s not uncommon to see exposed brick, ductwork and wood. An iconic home with an industrial design theme would be a renovated loft from a former industrial building.

Think high ceilings, old timber and dangling metal light fixtures with sparse functional furniture. There may possibly be one or two pieces of abstract art or photography to add a dash of colour to an otherwise neutral colour scheme derived from the primary materials of wood and metals.

Albedo Design provides residential interior design, commercial interior design, living room ideas, bedroom design ideas , kitchen and dining room, balcony and open space ideas and also detail furnishing ideas like dressing table, chests of drawers, wardrobes & cabinets, false ceiling, feature wall, kitchen cabinets & worktop, kitchen system, tab & sinks, bathroom decor, lighting, wallpaper & painting work, flooring, curtains & blinds etc.

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Why Modern Interior Design

You want your customers to walk into the office or home you have designed for them and feel like they’ve entered a small heaven with modern interior design. Your clients want to be innovative and functional, and through your professional expertise, you can help them design what will turn out to be their dream home. You can also work with your clients if they already have a design in mind to help them enhance and perfect the design.

You should be to help your clients design their dream home within a budget they can afford and within their deadlines. It is time to put your skills to work and give your clients something they will appreciate for a long time. Experiment with less common designs and take the road less travelled. Here is how to go about it.

Maximise Space
When designing with little real estate, strive to make it look as large as possible. One way to make a small house seem even smaller is to clutter it with too many items. Home decoration does not necessarily mean that you need to have lots of different items to make it look appealing. The basics are good enough.

Make use of lines and forms to enlarge the space. For example, lines running along the ceiling make the space look extended. You can also use a color that runs from the roof to the floor to create an extended and uninterrupted impression. Use subtle colors that do not clash with each other, so that your eyes can easily explore the area.

Consider Having a Kitchen interior
A kitchen island works well to give you extra space for storage and food preparation. It also serves a useful purpose when you have dinner parties where you can serve your guests from as they sit around the buffet table. It is also a perfect addition for families that do not want to have a huge dining table. Kitchen islands do not have to be of standard size, style, or shape, but if well designed, they can break the monotony of standard dining room design and make the condo’s interior really stand out.

Choose a Lifestyle Theme
The design of your home should reflect the personality of your clients. It should showcase what they enjoy doing, and the style should be unique to them. A character will have a better resale value, and it gives the unit a cohesive identity and concept. When decorating the home based on a theme, choose a basic color palette. It should be something warm enough to make their home feel cozy instantly.

Conclusion

Designing a home that your clients will like demands you to consider many factors. You want to give them a space that they will enjoy spending time in and one that will reflect their personality. To successfully pull this off, spend time with your clients and get to understand their character and what they enjoy doing. Ensure that you maximise on space, choose a theme that reflects their personality, and think of unique home styles.

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Interior Design Singapore

Interior design Singapore is not something you can do so easily on your own. Sure, you can true. But, you likely won’t be able to do as good of a job as that of a professional. Not to mention, you’d probably end up spending a lot more time and money, often to fix mistakes, and sometimes, from choosing material that’s either too expensive or not fit for your ideal sign, just because you chose to do it on your own.

For these very reasons (and more), it makes sense to hire an interior designer. However, how do you choose one? How do you know that you’re getting an interior designer that will give you your money’s worth and not just someone who’s after your money?

Below, we’ll provide you with tips that will help you choose an interior designer will work with you and make your design dreams come true.

Be Upfront and Honest
Don’t beat around the bush. Tell the interior designer if you already have a design yourself and just want to polish it up and place the orders, or if you want someone to work together with you to build and create something.

There are merits to both, and neither is wrong. What is wrong is not setting the right expectations.

Reveal your Budget
Speaking about honesty, do reveal your budget as soon as possible. It’s much easier for designers to work within your budget if they know what your budget is in the first place. With that said, make sure that you temper your expectations.

While interior designers will try their best to make the most out of your budget, they can’t exactly produce something that’s far higher than what your budget would entail.

Ask for their Initial Design and Thought Process
How the interior designer approaches the interior decoration is very crucial to the outcome. It’s important that the two of you are on the same page. If not, then that’s a huge red flag, and you might want to consider looking for other designers instead.

When interviewing, ask for what they believe is best for your room and your budget, and how they plan on meeting your expectations or demands. Although you should let the designer do their job, coming to the same terms and having chemistry is important. If you don’t have that, then the results may not be what you want, and you’ll walk away dissatisfied with the designer’s work.

Make Sure That They’re Well Connected

Most cities or countries have professional organisations where licensed interior designers are listed. Look them up and see which ones are closest to your area. Afterwards, ask for references, and make sure to double-check.

Even if most interior designers are well connected within the industry, the best have access to resources that only a few have, and thus, will be able to do a much better job – and often for a much lower price.

Finally, hire someone that you have total confidence in. If you feel iffy and do not trust the interior designer, then there’s no harm in hiring a different one. Often, the best Singapore interior design ideas and results come from hiring someone who you trust more than yourself.

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Bedroom design ideas by Singapore Designer

There’s nothing to be ashamed of, we all dream of building a stunning home every now and then. After all, we yearn to be the one pulling the strings when it comes to the appearance of our home.

But why limit that fantasy to just your dreams, when you can make it become a reality?

It doesn’t matter if you’re a beginner or a veteran in living room or bedroom design in Singapore, these tips will definitely be put to good use no matter the amount of experience that you hold.

KEEP IT POSH AND SIMPLE BY USING ACCENT PIECES
Some of you may only know what the word ‘accent’ means, but accent piece as a whole? Not so much. An accent piece is basically a furniture that stands out from the rest of the decor.

It is an excellent way of creating a sophisticated look without being too overwhelming. One perfect example is by using seashells or corals as a decor on your bookshelf or coffee table to create a beach-style feel without being too overboard.

USE WHAT YOU ALREADY HAVE TO DECORATE
Improvise with your current furniture, decor and accessories. Here’s when you can save up and go crazy with designing without breaking the bank.

You can place old candles a top of your bedside or coffee tables to give it a refined look. Or use the art from your children’s book as decor by framing and hanging them up around the house like their rooms or bathrooms!

MAKE FULL USE OF YOUR LIGHTING
Never skip out on lighting, it’s an important aspect of any room design, be it for living room design ideas or bedroom interior design not just because of how it brightens up the room but also how it changes the entire look and feel of your living space.

A statement piece can make the room look more vibrant or minimalistic, it just depends on what kind of look you’re going for! Use an agatha ball to match with your wooden wallpaper but keep it modern at the same time.

MIX UP THE DIFFERENT TEXTURES
Put your cooking skills to use, except that you’re not mixing up ingredients but a bunch of textures and patterns instead.

Bring old, modern, expensive and inexpensive together. There’s nothing wrong with having vintage and modern come along together, in fact it will really bring out the full potential of your living space.

PICK YOUR PAINT COLOUR LAST
Yes, the thought of picking your paint colour first is exciting but it can really mess up the whole look of the room. It’s actually best to have all your furniture and decorative items settled before picking out your paint colour.

Don’t worry about the array of paint colours to choose from, they won’t be going anywhere so stay focused on picking your furniture first. After all, it is easier to pick out a wall colour that will fit all your furniture rather than the opposite.

Bedroom design ideas, or living room interior design in Singapore can be easily done as long as you know the basics. With the fundamental knowledge, you can create the perfect living space.

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Bathroom Decoration in Singapore

The bathroom is a special place in any home in Singapore or elsewhere in the world. It is the only place you can get some decent privacy, away from any disturbance. Some people would even say they care more about the way their bathroom looks than their bedroom. Your quality of life just improves when you feel comfortable, clean, and happy inside your own bathroom. But designing the perfect bathroom can be tough if you don’t have a single vision. For this, here are 5 different bathroom decor ideas on furniture and lightings Singapore homes can use:

Go for a Minimalist Interior Style

Minimalism is growing more and more popular these days in Singapore when it comes to interior design aesthetics. This is especially true for homeowners who are interested in renovating or redecorating their homes. The minimalist style has become one of the most popular go-to design interior styles not only for aesthetics but for more practical reasons as well.

For a minimalist style bathroom, you first have to pick your colors carefully. Pick one dark color and one light color. For example, you can never go wrong with a black and white bathroom. Do not be afraid of black walls and floors because they have the potential to look great if combined with the right bathroom lighting and furniture. Go for a classic white wall hung basin so you don’t have to use a vanity top which would clutter your bathroom. Instead, store your products and accessories in a mirror cabinet.

People who go for the minimalistic look are usually the ones with limited bathroom space. To maximize space, install built-in bathtubs. They are not only less expensive, but they also give you a cleaner look. If you are a shower kind of person, there is a wide range of basic hand showers that will fit perfectly with your design.

Finish off this look with the right lighting. The popular types of lightings Singapore minimalist homes use are LED downlights and recessed lights. They are fixed right into your ceiling making your bathroom look bigger.

Be Classy in a Sophisticated Style

Bathrooms with sophisticated designs are very common in Singapore. They are both exciting and classy at the same time. The style can suit both masculine and feminine tastes so couples do not have to argue about the motif.

The secret to achieving the sophisticated look is to have an accent color. Whether it’s black, gold, beige, or even bright colors, an accent color instantly classes up a room. For instance, add your accent color to the rim of your oval mirror. And use the same accent color on your towel racks.

Accent colors pop with the right lightings Singapore homeowners can install. LED Spotlights can highlight a specific object you want noticed. A pedestal basin is a nice addition to a sophisticated bathroom. Highlight this furniture with a spotlight. Or perhaps use these kinds of lightings right above your shower rose. A shower rose in a glass enclosure is a sure fired way to get that sophisticated look.

Think Out-of-the-Box with a Quirky Style

If you feel the need to let your personality shine through your interiors, you can go for the quirky type of bathroom design. The number one rule, of course, is to have fun in the design. This means that you can go crazy with your choices in color and lighting.

Do not be afraid to use bright colors on your walls and floors. Normally, with tiled patters, you can only choose to install them either on your walls or on your floors. But if you’re going for the quirky look, you can have tiled patterns on both your walls and floors. Try to choose patterns that contrast each other.

If you don’t want to use tiles, customize your blank walls with paintings and pictures. They are immediate conversation starters and will draw the attention of visitors. There are plenty of mirror shapes and designs today to suit your taste. There are even themed designer mirrors that can fit your specific design style.

Finally, make your vision come together with the right lighting. Some popular types of lightings Singapore quirky homes use are high and low hanging lights.

Take the Throne in a Regal Royalty Style

It is not uncommon for the toilet to be referred to as the throne. Quite fittingly, many want to feel like a king (or queen) and to experience ultimate comfort when they are inside their bathrooms. Do not worry, you do not need loads of gold to have a bathroom worthy of royalty.

Certain materials like glass can make your bathroom look “royal.” You can use glass basins and fixtures as well as designer mirrors. You can also have a rain shower installed. Or have a bath tub with a jet function for that well deserved pampering at the end of the day. When it comes to lightings, Singapore homeowners like yourself can explore having specialty lights installed in the bathroom – perhaps one that simulates the night sky?

These are just a few ideas for furniture and lightings Singapore homewoners can use. There are a lot more ideas online in bathroom and lighting specialty sites. You can even contact Singapore based lighting and bathroom supplies stores if you have specific inquiries about styles and products that you are interested in.

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Office interior design

By being highly specialized in office interior renovation & office furniture, we are able to build up extensive knowledge & experience in this area, allowing us to apply these skills to every project we undertake.

We believe in creating an office environment that fits your company’s style & function. As such, we will help you throughout the entire process of office interior design, working with you to design your interior space together with furniture style & arrangement based on your office needs.

Our Range Of Services Include:

Office Interior Renovation

Office Interior Reinstatement

Office Space & Workstations Planning

Office Partitions/ Ceilings/ Interior Walls Plastering & Painting Works

Office System & Furniture Such As Office Chairs & Cupboards

Commercial Interior Design

Professional Labour To Dismantle & Re-Install Existing Office System

With access to various furniture manufacturers, we can obtain any type & style of office furniture & storage systems to suit your office space needs at competitive prices. Whether you are looking for a handful of office chairs or furnishing your whole office, at Concept Elements, we understand that your decision isn’t just a one-time purchase but a long term investment.

That’s why we only offer quality office furniture & systems that are designed to adapt to your growing business. Our practical designs that never go out of style will be easily match as your business expands in the years to come.

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Searching for Bathroom Décor Ideas?

Searching for Bathroom Décor Ideas?

Bathroom is truly one of the most important rooms in the house and it is a place of sanctuary, to wash away the day or relax with your favorite book amongst scented bubbles and the smell of freshly laundered towels. It is also the room that most guests will see when they visit. Whether you have a teensy space or a grand master bath, there’s plenty you can do to bring style and character to the room. The following bathroom decor ideas incorporate a variety of themes with unique ways to weave utility and design together to create a beautiful space.

Lighting

We’ve all been the victims of bad bathroom lighting. Think about how much natural light the bathroom gets. Many bathrooms don’t have large windows for privacy reasons. Subsequently if they do have a window, it is frosted meaning it blocks out some of the incoming light. It is also important to consider the lighting arrangements that are as of now set up; an overhead fixture might be home to a fluorescent tube. However it can be transformed with a simple chandelier or dimmer switch. A dimmer switch will allow you the best of both worlds. Creating brightness for your daily bathroom routine and then more ambient lighting to relax in your bath on an evening. You can upgrade the bulb with some of the new fluorescent bulbs that are similar in color warmth to the light cast on a bright, sunny day.

Mirror

Mirror is perhaps the most important bathroom accessory. You can change the appearance of your bathroom by simply replacing the old mirror with a new one with little more special—an intricate bone-inlay style, a gilded sunburst—will instantly give your space a more custom look. It could be nice to try a different shape and even a different size.

Painting

The paint color used inside of a bathroom is very important aspects of interior design. The issue with painting a bathroom is, however a few people have no clue what works and what doesn’t. They have a plan in their head, but when it comes time to execute it, the results are less than favorable. Try not to stress; we’re here to help.

Tiles

When it comes to bathroom floor tiles we always want the best quality tiles. Many people assume that a tile is tile so they should not analyse the quality before buying. It is crystal clear everywhere that some tiles get broken even when exposed to heat while some tiles remain spectacular and wonderful at all times no matter the kind of stress they are subjected. The good majority of this bathroom is done in pretty basic white tile, but they added a wow factor. If you would like to enjoy the best outcomes, we are here to help you.

Maximize Storage

Decluttering the bathroom will give it a freshly updated look. If you’re space challenged, look at how you can improve on existing storage. Adding pull-out drawers (that sort items easier) into a cabinet is an easy weekend upgrade. Standard sizes of pull-out drawers are available at most home improvement stores.

Other ways to maximize storage include:

–Floating wall shelves

–Wall mounted baskets

–Adding a small furniture-style cabinet to the room

Bathroom Accessories

Bathroom accessories that will add a personal unique quirk to your bathroom. The possibilities are literally endless and can be subtle touches or extreme, grand fixtures. Our luxury bathroom accessories can make your room appear even more glamorous and user friendly. Here are just a few examples bathroom accessories can make the most of your bathroom.

-Bathroom Cabinets

-Grab Rails

-Bathroom Bins

-Towel Rails

-Toilet Roll Holders

-Bathroom Shelves

-Soap Dispensers

Bathroom Works of Art

When thinking of bathroom decorating ideas for art, think beyond a canvas print. A wall gallery of favorite objects like starfish or baskets can be another way to decorate your bathroom walls.

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HDB Interior Design Ideas

When planning a home renovation, most people already have a good idea of what they want. However, it’s also true that most people have neither the experience nor the education to know if what they want is the most efficient way of using their living space, or if it can still be improved upon.

That’s where interior designers come in.

Often licensed practitioners who have undergone the necessary education to practice their craft, interior designers have both the necessary experience and education to help you bring your ideas to life.

Designing the interiors of your home, apartment or even a condo is a tricky job. Several things need to be considered and finally, everything should be aligned accordingly. With the growing urbanization, the number of homes is getting more and more. This trend is leading to much smaller homes which in turn gives us a bit difficulty while designing appropriate HDB interior design. There are many good modern interior design company Singapore, who you can consult and have your interior designed. With the growing trend of renovation Singapore, many innovative interior design ideas are popping out in the market.

A small home may look even smaller if you clutter it up with your unnecessary things. Getting rid of all those unwanted things out of your condo can free up so much space that you can’t even imagine. Suddenly, your hdb will start to feel spacious. Your interior design plays an important role is maximizing space. Elevated shelves is a very smart way for maximizing the space. There are several interior design Singapore concepts that you can try to adapt to your HDB.

Sparing a separate room for the kitchen can take out a lot of space and it’s not even necessary. If you’re looking for a subtle interior kitchen design, you should contact a good interior design firm Singapore and let them propose a good kitchen island for your house. A decent sized dining table should do the trick, unlike the huge dining tables which are used very rarely. Size and shape of the kitchen furniture can be altered according to the size of your kitchen. Small condos don’t even need a dining table. Go for a larger island to replace a dining table, this step can give you multifunctional space.

The interior design of a home should be planned passionately. There are several interior designer Singapore are available online. A theme that reflects your lifestyle could be your primary option to go for. A theme that combines all the elements according to your tastes and liking speaks volume about your personality and identity. A subtle color palette should do the thing for the outline. Fill it up with your preferred designs. Textures should be taken care of properly.

For an eye-catching design, it doesn’t necessarily need to be bright and in-your-face. With airy white curtains and a pale grey bed frame as the backdrop, something different but subtle like this will stand out sufficiently. Take the two rose-gold geometric hanging lamps in this bedroom – it grabs our attention while exuding elegance.

Unlike most minimalist designs, this renovation flaunts a whole lotta serious thought. Even the wallpanes are etched with a black-and-white design and the ceiling fan coloured a matte black. We can already imagine living here: at the end of every day, you’ll be stepping into a classy abode that looks like it’s from a magazine centrefold.

The dining area is no different with multi-patterned chairs and hanging photographs. Kudos for the styling lighting fixture here too: it’s housed in a quirky glass case with exposed lightbulbs.

As much as we all want to live in a grand mansion, there are often times when we have to make to do with what we have. And in this case, what we have is a stylish HDB flat that knows how to use every nook and cranny. For instance, the flatscreen TV is hung against the wall so there aren’t any unsightly wires and plugs peeking out.

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Do’s & Dont’s of Modern Interior Design

No matter how good an interior design turns out, it is impossible to say the design was made without the right use of proportion. When planning for modern interior design in Singapore, there is a relationship between proportion and design. For some expert interior designers, they can create great designs because they know how to use geometry in any design space.

Interior design in Singapore can be a harsh and punishing world especially when you have relatives coming over — and especially friends who try to take note of every single thing in your house. Luckily though, getting away with a gorgeous looking quarter is easier than it looks. We’re no superstar professional decorators. But that’s no reason to give up or get discouraged from getting your own take on interior design. Small things such as furniture arrangement and types of décor go a long way. Always set a plan before you do interior design in Singapore. We’ve made a short list of the do’s and don’ts on the interior design so that you don’t have to.

Don’t paint before buying furniture

The sofa of your dreams and other furniture pieces only comes in a few colours but your paint doesn’t. Picking out your furniture sets helps narrow down the best room colour to match your furnishings.

Do get advice from interior design agencies

If you’re at a loss for ideas, it’s perfectly fine to call in the big guns — nothing to be ashamed of. Also, help from the experts gives you a peace of mind knowing that the only outcome is a good looking interior.

Don’t throw in too many colours

There’s nothing wrong with being creative, but if every room is different in colour like a rainbow card. You’re probably overdoing it. Your home should have a cohesive feel by choosing 3 base colours to use and opting for different hues.

Do plan your lighting

The layout must always be practical but it can also be inspirational. A dimmer switch to set the mood is a great idea and choosing indirect lighting helps give your house an even fancier feel to it. Take advantage of windows in the day for natural lighting. Interior design in Singapore heavily focuses on getting the most out of natural lighting — that comes in handy when surrounded by buildings.

Don’t be selfish with seating

Whether you’re living alone or not, it helps to be prepared for guests. If space is an issue, get a couple of good-looking chairs to hide in your storage room.

Do purchase an appropriately-sized rug

If the edges of your rug are folding on contact with walls, you probably have an excessively large rug. Don’t go too small either. You don’t want your coffee to completely overshadow your rug — literally overshadowing it. All in all, make sure the interior design company knows what you want and how you want it. Creating your own look for your home may be a challenge but the satisfaction of being involved a lot will be all worthwhile.

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Smart Living Room Design Ideas

For those of you with small living rooms, you might be tempted to just throw in a sofa, a coffee table and a TV and be done with it. But there is much you can do with your space in order to create a favourable milieu for gatherings with family and friends or just for unwinding after a stressful day. These tips and tricks will help you master that small living room design ideas arrangement for that all-important space in the home.

Establish a focal point
One of the very first things before you begin your living room arrangement is to find a focal point for the space. Focal points are the first things people see when they enter the room and will help in creating a visual balance for your space. For small living rooms, a focal point is particularly crucial as it helps to build the rest of your furniture around it. For many of us, the focal point will be our television but it could also be a feature wall, an oversized piece of art, a large mirror or a recessed ceiling. It should be something that stands out and is interesting to look at.

Consider the traffic flow
You might like to over-decorate your living room, but it’s important to consider the traffic flow of the space. This refers to how people can move in and out of your living room. Create a smooth traffic flow with a clear path so that people are not falling over furniture when passing through. To do so, think about the walk patterns in your home – usually it will be from the entrance to the living room, the kitchen to the living room, the living room to the dining room, and make sure furniture pieces are placed approximately 40 to 70 cm apart from each other.

For conversations or watching television?
Think about whether your living room is meant primarily for tête-à-têtes and entertaining or for watching television, as that will affect what furniture to buy and your layout. For the former, you might want to invest in a variety of seating such as armchairs, ottomans or beanbags other than a main sofa so that your guests can move them around and mingle. Have the seats face each other to facilitate conversations.

If you prefer a living room where you can chill and relax with the TV, orient your seats towards the television. Make sure the viewing angle from your sofa or armchair isn’t more than 30 degrees. And mount your television at an appropriate height – the centre of your screen should be at your eye level from where you sit.

One extra-large sofa rather than several armchairs
Sometimes, going for one large sofa can make your small living room seem bigger than placing several small ones in the room. Your space will look a lot less cluttered with just one piece of furniture in the room. But don’t immediately jump on that overstuffed couch you’ve been eyeing for a while – a sofa with clean lines and exposed legs would work better in a small space. If you need extra seats, go for pieces that can be stowed away or do double duty e.g. an ottoman that can serve as a side table or a daybed that can double as a guest bed.

Placing carpets and rugs
It might seem counter-intuitive, but large rugs would work better in a small living room. Small carpets and rugs are great to break up different zones in a big space but in a small room, they break up the floor visually, making your living room appear fragmented.

Choose a rug or carpet that is big enough for all your living room pieces to sit within. But if that is not possible, at least make sure the front legs of your sofa are able to rest nicely within the carpet or rug. Smaller pieces like armchairs and side tables should have all their legs sitting nicely inside.

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Stylish Bathroom Decor Ideas

You know how it is. When you’re on holiday, luxuriating in the lush hotel bathroom is one of the comforts that you eagerly look forward to at the end of a long day out. There is no clutter and no grime, only plush towels in a snazzy designer bathroom. While daily housekeeping may not be a reality for everyone, it is entirely possible to have a bathroom that serves as a sanctuary after a hard day’s work. Whether it’s a roomy space or a compact HDB toilet that you have, there are plenty of design ideas that allow you to create the bathroom decor of your dreams.

1) Go open-concept to enlarge the space

Having an open-concept bathroom in the master bedroom is a brilliant way to open up the space. It brings light flooding into the bathroom, you can create a spa-like environment and even have a dramatic standalone tub if you so wish, plus the bedroom also looks bigger. Admittedly, an open-concept bathroom is not to everyone’s taste. Still, with creative use of glass walls and doors, as well as blinds or even electric frosted glass, it is possible to still create a sense of privacy.

2) You can’t have too many mirrors in the bathroom

Mirrors are excellent for making a room look bigger than it actually is, and the bathroom is one place where it’s okay to have more of it.

3) Glass doors and partitions are better for light

For a resort themed bathroom, a bamboo partition may be a perfect design element but if space is a constraint, glass doors and partitions are better for optically enlarging the bathroom, since there is no opacity to block out the light. Remember, the brighter it is, the bigger the space will look.

4) Built-in storage maximise storage space

Minimising clutter is key to making your bathroom a soothing, luxurious environment. In order to do that, you want to have smart storage options. Built-in niches or recesses into the walls, narrow floor-to-ceiling cabinets that fill up odd corner spaces and shelving under the sink are some of the ways you can carve out space for your toiletries.

5) Build around a statement piece or feature

Whether it’s sculptural faucet, an industrial concrete sink or a vintage tub, don’t be afraid to have something you love as the highlight of the bathroom, and then to build around the theme. Don’t restrict yourself to bathroom fittings either. A small, whimsical chandelier, an exuberant potted plant, a framed painting or a piece of (water-resistant) art are also elements that can add visual interest.

6) Play it up with luxe patterned tiles

You can also play around with the walls to set a theme. For instance, make one wall the feature by covering it with tiles of a bright colour or luxe patterns. Peranakan tiles are one unique option that look fantastic.

7) Use texture to add interest

Besides colour and lighting, think about textural contrast. Wood panelling, pebbled walls and uneven brickwork are just some of the ways you can inject a more tactile feel. Also extend the concept to the soft touches. For instance, a short pile rug and thick fluffy towels are finishes that wouldn’t be out of place in a luxury hotel bathroom.

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Home Interior Design

Designing a home can be really tough especially if you do not have the expertise of doing it. But doing it yourself can be a very rewarding experience. In this article, we will teach you how home interior design can be done easily with these easy techniques.

Colour Detailing
Find a portion of the wall in your living room or recreational room, and paint it a different colour from other walls. But be sure that the palette is just the same shade with the other parts of the wall. For example, if your walls are beige then you can have the colour of light orange for your other wall. After painting it another colour you can put wall decoration like antiques, wood ornaments, or even stickers.

Lighting Variation
Putting different lighting tones and shades can make your house look lively and can bring a diverse feel while you are inside the house. Upon choosing the color and intensity of the lighting, consider light bulbs that use LED as it is cooler to the eyes and can save you a lot of electricity.

Always Choose Dark Shades in Your Bed Room
This is a great way to put some elegance on your bedroom as a darker colour can also help you sleeping soundly. Also, supplement this by adding dark coloured furniture or bed sheets to get the most out of it. Many Singapore interior design companies implement this concept of design because many of their clients have found satisfaction and success with this concept.

Put a Natural Element in Your Living and Dining Rooms
These natural elements can be in the form of plants, flowers or fruits. You can put a vase of medium-sized plants beside your sofa or television. The flowers can be put in the middle of the center table of your living room or beside your computer table.

Lastly, you can include a collection of fruits and vegetables on your dining table to give it a vibrant look and you can eat it whenever you need it. If you want it to be long-lasting and maintenance-free you can use artificial plants and fruits.

Mix Old and New Materials
Assess whether you have old furniture or tables that are still good condition or just need minor repairs. You can mix it up with new materials for your home. You can save a lot of money from buying things that you already have and at the same time, get a unique look on your house or condominium interior design.

These are great ideas that will give a new life to your home and it only proves that you do not need to be an expert in home interior design for you to achieve it.

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Bed Room Design Ideas

At first glance, it may be tempting to shunt the bed into a corner to open up more of the floor. Resist that if you can. Make it a focal point of the room instead and place it in the centre of the main wall. (That’s most often the wall that faces the door.) Focal point aside, it also provides crucial space to get out of either side of the bed. If you can’t have it dead centre in the wall, leave just enough room on the smaller side of the bed to move without side shuffling.

If you’re planning your small bedroom layout, an insider tip is to lay out newspaper in the outline of any large pieces of furniture you would like to include, such as a bed. This makes it much simpler to gauge how the unit will sit and how much space it will take up. For a new home or a complete overhaul of a room, get the bed in first and work the other furnishings around that. The newspaper trick can be used to work out the space that wardrobes and other pieces of furniture will take up too. It lets you see if you are giving yourself a decent amount of clearance to get around it easily. We want your bedroom to be a sanctuary not a maze. And to clear some space in the layout, a good small bedroom décor idea is always to look for double function designs.

Even when your day is a compete chaos, your bedroom will always be there to calm you down. Here are a few tips and bedroom design ideas to re-vamp your master bedroom.

Match your Furniture and Walls.
While it’s usually true that oversize furnishings don’t work in a small room, there are continually exceptions. The secret is in the smooth, simple strains of the bed, together with its colour – white – matching the walls to get rid of contrast.

Neutral Palette
Think neutral bedrooms ought to be boring? Then check this masculine, enjoyable, and anything-but-dull bedroom from our designers in TIP. When the palette is neutral, smart use of subtle pattern provides interest without overwhelming the distance.

Themed Bedroom
This room is perfect for all young Star Wars fans. We outfitted one bed with a quilt and sheets which neutralises with the wall colour. A white night lamp is a nice touch to the whole room.

Wallpaper
Sure, even if your bedroom is small, you could nevertheless have a wow-inducing accent wall, as established so strikingly here. Bold wallpaper has a place even in the tiniest of rooms. just stay with one wall – preferably the only at the head of your bed – and maintain the relaxation of the room sedate in terms of colour and pattern.

Headboard
Observe the built-in shelves and the recessed, furnished “headboard” nook. Gives your bedroom an entire new and sophisticated look.

Hope that the above ideas will provide you some inspirations on how to decorate your master bedroom. If you need Free consultations and quotes for your home renovation from Singapore’s interior designers or renovators, simply submit your requirements here.

Your bedroom is the one room where you can totally relax in your home. You should be able to look forward to going into your bedroom after a long day at work. And there are also many different kinds of budget feeling projects you can do to improve your bedroom design as well. Changing the Sheets A lot of people think that they need to buy the most expensive sheets out there. But you can actually get some pretty amazing sheets on a budget, if you know where to look.

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Best Bedroom Design Ideas in Singapore

Which bedroom design is right for me?

To find your perfect bedroom design, first consider the mood and ambience you want to create in this special room. If sleeping is all you’ll be doing, then focus on the right bed, choosing the biggest size that comfortably fits. If you also want to use the space for reading and writing, then add an armchair or work area that complements your bedroom décor. Other factors to consider are the shape and size of your room, the position of windows and when the bedroom gets sun. Do you want the sleek lines of modern fitted bedroom furniture or do you prefer to mix and match the old and new, collecting quirky items that express your personality? Think about your bedroom design investment in the long-term. If you go bold and bright now, will your bedroom design ideas still appeal in four to five years time?

What are some bedroom decorating tips?

When thinking of bedroom ideas, decide whether you want one colour scheme throughout, or to mix it up a bit. Stunning bed linen in bright colours and designs stands out against more muted wall and floor shades, while a bold statement wall is set off perfectly with white linen. Pick out some colours with curtains, cushions and smaller accessories that can be replaced more often to give your bedroom an easy makeover. Think about the statement you want to make with your furniture. Will it have simple, clean lines or more dramatic and sweeping curves? Be creative with your furniture layout. Try standing the bed in the centre of a large room to create a work area behind it, or angle it across a corner for an off-key look.

Which bedroom colours are right for me?

Decorating provides the perfect opportunity to pick your favourite colours and bedroom wallpapers. To ensure a soothing night’s sleep, pick soft and relaxing colours, such as dove grey, pastel pink, spa blue or pale greens. Use bed linen, window covers, lighting and ornaments to introduce splashes of bright colour. If one colour really appeals to you then use it in a variety of tones, textures and prints across your bedroom. Pillows piled on the bed are great for showing off your favourite colours. Try combining large and small prints in floral and geometric designs for a stunning display.

What type of flooring is best for my bedroom?

Bedroom flooring is the first and last thing your feet touch each day, so you must feel comfortable with it. Carpet is always soft and warm and a good way of bringing colour into a room. It also provides good insulation against noise and drafts. The natural beauty of wood flooring topped with colourful rugs is another way of giving your bedroom an individual look. Hardwood flooring is also an effective insulator for noise and heat and, with proper care, will last for many years. If you’re not sure which direction to take, it’s always advisable to ask an interior designer or decorator for guidance.

How do I pick the right bedroom accessories?

Accessories are the perfect way of expressing your own personality in a room. Decorative accessories, such as lamps, cushions, ornaments and throws are cheaper to replace than furniture, so when fashions or your mood change they can easily be replaced. Choose a few pieces that complement your bedroom furniture and express who you are, to create an individual effect without over-cluttering your room.

How do I furnish a small bedroom?

Coming up with inspiring furnishing ideas for a small bedroom can be a challenge. One trick is to use a palette of soft colours to create an illusion of space, along with subtle lighting and smaller prints in your bed linens. Or, for more dramatic looks, be bold and paint the whole room in one bright colour, or make a feature of one wall with stand-out wallpaper. Using stripes creates an illusion of width and height in small rooms. It’s important to keep small bedrooms clutter-free so be creative with your storage solutions, maybe building a shelving system on the wall around your headboard to leave other spaces uncluttered. Another option is to use simple shelves as night-stands and fix lamps to the wall.

How do I create the perfect white bedroom?

White bedrooms offer a simple background that is easy to personalise. White really opens up a room, creating a sense of space and bringing light into darker areas. White décor is perfectly suited for rooms that receive less use, such as guest rooms. If you want to go totally white, stain wooden floorboards to match and then add texture with lace and embroidery on bed linen or choose chunky cable-knit throws. To prevent it looking too clinical, inject a splash of colour with a feature chair, a dramatic cushion, a bed runner and an eye-popping light fitting or artwork. Dark wood or pine furniture sits perfectly in white décor, adding both colour and warmth. White is a great theme for seaside homes as it teams brilliantly with nautical stripes and accessories.

Which wallpapers & wall colours should I use in my bedroom?

Dark colours shrink a room, while paler palettes open them up. Blue is a calm, soothing colour which is even thought to slow the heart rate and reduce blood pressure. Big prints, flocks and colourful stripes create striking feature walls, either behind or opposite the bed. Match it to your bed linen or pick out an element of the wallpaper colour and repeat it in your accessory selection. Be creative and spruce up some junk shop furniture by covering it with wallpaper to match the wall. Other creative ideas include: lining shelves with bright patterns, using wallpaper to define different bedroom zones or, for something really dramatic, wallpaper the ceiling.

How do I create a modern bedroom?

Modern bedrooms avoid clutter, with the use of clean lines and neutral backgrounds, offset with accessories and lighting in bright colours and abstract patterns. Keeping walls white allows more flexibility with furniture and accessories. Contemporary low beds and on-trend retro chairs, with a hint of the 1950s, are perfect bedroom décor ideas for a modern look. For a touch of the unexpected, try using animal prints and textures in unusual colours.

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How do I design my bathroom

Designing a bathroom calls for a disciplined and methodical approach where you are able to balance what you want with what is ultimately realistic. You’ll need to rough out a plan and make sure that your bathroom décor and theme ideas include all of the essentials such as a bath, toilet, wash basin and some form of heating and lighting. The size of the bathroom will be a major consideration and will likely define exactly what you can or can’t do. Do you have space for a freestanding bath? How about a separate shower cubicle? Also, make sure to remember to integrate storage into your bathroom design, turning awkward nooks and crannies into cubbyholes and cabinets for toiletries. And as your ideas progress, you can consider whether it’s something that you can manage yourself, or whether a more you’re looking at a more involved project that likely require the help of professionals.

Which colours should I use in the bathroom?

As we usually have to work with small bathrooms in Singapore, white is probably the best colour to opt for as it can create the illusion of a larger space. Pale, pastel colours such as duck-egg blue and rose (millennial) pink are also good options because they are relaxing, enlarging and extremely on-trend. These colours are also proven to improve moods, and well all know that the bathroom is the perfect place to wind down and relax after a long day. If, however, a more uplifting, energetic feeling is what you’re after, vivid fuschia or even flouro green are good options. Colours at this end of the spectrum will add character and will give a modern twist, ensuring that the room is by no means boring. We recommend heading over to Pantone and seeing which colours they have recommended as the most on-trend shades for the year. This way you can select a shade you like while ensuring that it meets contemporary design requirements. Just as important as the palette you ultimately choose to go for is the pieces you choose to match with it. You need to ensure that your shelves, cupboards, baskets and small accents fit to the theme and don’t overcrowd the space.

Which wall and floor materials should I choose?

Tiles are always the most practical choice for walls and floors in the bathroom, and this material has made a bit of a comeback in terms of style in recent years. From chequered to mosaic to Portuguese to individually, hand-painted pieces, there is no shortage of colours of looks to choose from. They are the most popular choice in the bathroom primarily because of their practicality as they are moisture resistant and easy to clean. They also tend to be the cheapest option, starting from around $3 per square foot. Other options include wallpaper made from water resistant vinyl, a choice that will open up an endless array of creative and colourful designs and prints to choose from. The advantage of this option is that wallpaper is usually cheap, easy to install and easy to change, so you can continually keep your bathroom up to date without renovating. If you’ve got an entire family to take care of, the best flooring option is a non-slip material such as rubber, but if you’re looking for a chicer effect, granite and marble is likely more up your alley.

Which bathroom accessories should I choose?

The piece de resistance will be the bath itself, of course. Whether it’s a Victorian-style roll-top with clawed feet or something sculptural and modern, your choice of bath will set the tone for the whole bathroom. His and hers basins can make an attractive touch in the en suite to a master bedroom, while you might also want to treat yourself to accoutrements such as heated towel racks, sleek slimline radiators, non-fogging mirrors and a conveniently placed shower caddy. It’s a good idea to leave enough in your bathroom budget to make sure you can afford attractive finishing touches such as stylish pegs for bathrobes and light switches.