When it comes to home design, there is a myriad of ways to tweak and modify the layout and colours of your room, all to give your home a unique identity. Whether it’s choosing to follow some of the top interior designs trends in Singapore, or going for the wild and one-of-a-kind eclectic interior design, some of these tips are sure to make the process easier for you.
Tip #1 – Making Space Through Colours
A combination of furniture placement and colours can help you make your house look cosier and feel more comfortable than what its actual size can afford to offer you.
By sticking to a combination of neutral shades such as beige, grey and white, the light colours can make an empty room look bigger. The trick involved is that white walls are more reflective, contributing to a visual interpretation that space feels more open. In contrast, black and darker themes carry the trouble of making the room feel more confined and emptier.
Tip #2 – Making Space Through Lighting
Light helps to make the room feel brighter and more spacious. Hence, the position of the light source will also be a point of concern. However, natural light has the innate ability to create the illusion of a wide spacious space, as the external light source fills the room and bakes it in sunlight. Homeowners who enjoy this aspect can consider installing a light to make their home brighter.
This phenomenon has contributed to the skyrocketing popularity of large windows in the Singapore HDB design norm. Users with an inner vampire who will scream in fear at too much sunlight can consider complementing the choice of large windows with the use of curtains or blinds.
Tip #3 – Planning Tips
Start small and simple when beginning your home design project. Consider starting with the smaller rooms, as it will be easier to get the ball rolling that way. Sketch your ideas. Brainstorm. Think about what interior design you would like for your home.
- Will it be a minimalistic interior design?
- Or maybe it is inspired by luxurious design ideas?
- Perhaps you have modern interior design genre inspirations?
- Will there be a kid’s room that you would like to decorate?
The possibilities for creativity are endless.
Make lists of features you would like each room to possess – just get your ideas out of your head and onto paper. Even rough sketches can help your home designing team understand what you would like. This makes it easier when you need to communicate with your renovation contractor and interior designer on what kind of home design you truly desire.
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Tip #4 – Money-saving Tips
When it comes to furniture you are tempted to splurge on, convince yourself of your decision in terms of quality, not quantity. This will help you avoid busting your home renovation budget. A few key investments such as a sofa, dining table and bed may define the huge chunk of your bill but will also define the tone and nature of your room. Seek materials that have a longer lifespan such as wood and brass.
Decorative items such as potted plants or paintings can then fall into a different category of ‘budget items’ and fill you with thrills as you go thrift shopping at your local dollar store. Hiring the right and proper interior designer to suit your needs will also go a long way and save you a few holes in your pocket. On that note, it is also important to know how interior designers charge so that you can save costs.
HDB Renovation Guidelines in Singapore
For HDB homeowners, you are advised to only contact contractors from the Directory of Renovation Contractor (DRC) from HDB to carry out renovations work. You will be able to enlist the help of a renovation contractor from the DRC or a BCA approved window contractors here.
You can be charged with an offence if you did not engage a contractor from the Directory of Renovation Contractor from HDB to carry out the renovations if they breach the HDB’s renovation rules/ guidelines. If convicted, the flat owner can be fined up to $5,000 and other penalties. You can find out more information here.
HDB ceiling guidelines are pretty much ironclad. The clear height from the floor finish to the false ceiling must be 2.4m. Materials used in the false ceiling must be non-combustible and the space between the ceiling and the false ceiling cannot be used for storage. A ceiling fan’s weight must also not exceed the 35kg weight limit.
Doors and Gates
Existing door frames need to be removed by torch cutting or a cutter. And upon removal, a layer of waterproofing membrane must first be applied to the affected area. A new door frame, if applicable, should be within the original door opening provided the gate width, a number of panels and swing must be identical to those originally provided by HDB.
There should be no amendments made to those aspects of the gate.
Units situated near the staircase and corner ends have a little more to take note of: Units situated adjacent to the staircase must allow a minimum clearance equivalent to the width of the staircase measured from the edge of the gate to the staircase railing. While units situated at the corner end shouldn’t have gates that hit the neighbouring flat’s window. Newer flats have lesser windows facing the corridor, so the latter should be less of an issue.
All demolition and hacking of walls (both partial or complete) require HDB’s prior written approval. This is to ensure that any modification to the walls will not affect the structural integrity of the building and unit. The last thing you would want is for your home to come collapsing down before or worse after you move into it.
Ultimately, it is always safe to consult your renovation contractor and ask for his advice. Experience in the field and knowledge of design principles will help them assess the situation better. Renovation is a huge process and a large commitment. Thus, it is important for homeowners to feel assured, confident and in charge of every decision along the way. You can remain informed and receive inspiration from reading articles and filing information into your mind.
Cost of Other Home Improvement Areas
You can check out the cost of hiring professionals for other aspects of your home improvement project. Some of the usual cost guides can be found below:
- Flooring Installation and Repair Cost Guide
- Cabinet and Countertop Cost Guide
- Home Security Cost Guide
- Kitchen Interior Design Cost Guide
- Walls and Ceiling Cost Guide
- Bedroom Design Cost Guide
- Doors and Windows Cost Guide
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