Renovation Blog – Renonation.sg https://www.renonation.sg It's where renovation begins. Tue, 01 Dec 2020 08:20:44 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Home Tour: All Things Warm and Cosy in this Japandi Style Villa https://www.renonation.sg/home-tour-all-things-warm-and-cosy-in-this-japandi-style-villa/ Thu, 03 Dec 2020 23:00:13 +0000 https://www.renonation.sg/?p=130430

On the outside, the Koa Villa is covered in crisp white paint. It is camouflaged amidst the blankets of white snow and the snow-capped mountains at the background in this popular winter destination in Niseko, Japan. You only know it’s there thanks to its woody frontage, which peeks out from underneath the ivory hues, lending […]

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On the outside, the Koa Villa is covered in crisp white paint. It is camouflaged amidst the blankets of white snow and the snow-capped mountains at the background in this popular winter destination in Niseko, Japan. You only know it’s there thanks to its woody frontage, which peeks out from underneath the ivory hues, lending warmth to the frosty milieu and creating an enticing invitation to all who walk by.

Step inside this two-storey home, and you’ll receive a warm welcome. Like its façade, it features a predominantly white foundation, with light wood elements creating a cosy vibe. To add a modern touch, clean silhouettes and matte-black accents were used.

The designer behind the villa’s design is Tokyo-based Bond Studio’s Ryoichi Niwata, who, back in 2017, also helmed the facelift of Singapore’s Shangri-La Hotel. For Koa Villa, he was given the brief of creating a space that captures the Danish idea of hygge, which encapsulates the feeling of cosy contentment and well-being through enjoying the simple things in life.

As a tribute to the location and also because of hygge’s similarities to the sensibilities of traditional Japanese design, Ryoichi made the decision to marry the two philosophies in his design of Koa Villa. What resulted is modern space that features minimalist lines, a clean colour palette and a comforting sense of home.

The villa was meant to cater to families, so the interior was designed with that in mind. You will find the family room and common bedrooms on the first floor, complete with a contemporary bathroom clad in classic white subway tiles and black fittings to lend visual contrast. Move upstairs to find the master bedroom that sits in its own private alcove, attached with a luxurious walk-in wardrobe and an indulgent bathroom with twin sinks.

The second storey also comprises the rest of the communal areas, an open-concept space defined by a visually stunning sloped roof covered in wooden planks and a skylight. The kitchen and dining area sit in the same zone, with the six-seater dining table attached to a mini kitchen island to make mealtimes more convenient.

With vast windows that overlook the snowy landscape, the living room is a place to linger. Pockets of seating areas in soothing neutrals, soft furnishings and a modern fireplace welcome conversation and family time.

Book a stay (or bookmark this page for now) at the serene Koa Villa and get inspired for real on your next holiday (whenever that happens!). This villa and a whole host of other villas are available for booking at Villa Finder.

 

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Upgrade Your Netflix Experience by Converting Your Room into a Home Cinema (for less than $400!) https://www.renonation.sg/upgrade-your-netflix-experience-by-converting-your-room-into-a-home-cinema-for-less-than-400/ Tue, 01 Dec 2020 23:00:39 +0000 https://www.renonation.sg/?p=139416

Nothing beats the authentic movie theatre experience of viewing a movie in a dark room, projected on a massive screen, completed with a bag of popcorn or chips. Since we are spending more time at home due to the pandemic, and the technology advancements have made the home-based projectors much more affordable and easier to […]

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Nothing beats the authentic movie theatre experience of viewing a movie in a dark room, projected on a massive screen, completed with a bag of popcorn or chips. Since we are spending more time at home due to the pandemic, and the technology advancements have made the home-based projectors much more affordable and easier to set up, we have decided to bring that experience right into our abode. In addition, we also challenged ourselves with a near impossible task, which is to convert one of our rooms into a home theatre cinema, that will earn thumbs up from any Cinemaphile, with a tiny budget of less than $400!

Striking a balance between performance and value is important, especially since the coronavirus pandemic reminds us that we should be prudent. As $400 is roughly the annual amount an average couple will spend on movies, which is around 10 to 12 visits to the cinema. Therefore, it is a reasonable budget to work on.

Do you know?
Home projectors offer many advantages over the typical flat screen TV; they are cheaper, more compact, portable and are suitable for homes where the walls are unsuitable for mounting TV monitors.

Before we deep dive into the specifics of the projector, you should consider the following 3 factors first, to gauge whether if your home is suitable to setup a home theatre cinema.

Considerations for setting up a home theatre cinema

#1. Optimal room size

Aside from finding a light-coloured wall (or a blank white screen), we need to find a reasonable space in between the projector and the wall too. The distance between the projector and the wall determines the size of the image; too small the distance will mean a smaller than desirable projected image. As the image size can also vary, depending on the zoom factor, aspect ratio, and other host of projector settings, we need to find an appropriate room where it supports a minimal distance of around 2.5m for an optimal home theatre experience.

Tip: The greater the distance between the projector and the wall, the larger the image to be projected. Short-throw projection generally operates at a distance between 3 to 8 feet away from the projector to the wall. Ultra-short throw projection operates at a distance between 0 to 4 feet away from the projector to the wall. Remember to avoid using textured wall treatments since the unevenness will show up in the projection. You can consider setting up a motorized projection screen if you could not find a suitable wall to project on. 

Image from Epson Support

#2. Suitable room configuration

Typically, projectors need to be placed perpendicular to the horizontal centerline of the wall, where the image is projected so that the output image is not skewed. However, this is usually not possible for most home-based settings and therefore, it is often necessary for a projector to be placed in a position outside the line perpendicular to the screen. Although, this can be addressed by using projectors with the ability to correct the image distortion (this feature used to be only available on larger or expensive professional level projectors), also known as keystone correction, the more keystone correction applied to the image, the lower quality it will be.

Tip: For best quality picture image, apply no or as little correction as possible. This is because the keystone correction technology is performed digitally, and this reduces the number of individual pixels used, and lowers the resolution and the quality of the image projected. You should request your home renovation professionals to install an electrical outlet near the spot, where the projector is mounted in a position nearest to the line perpendicular to the screen.

Image from Keystone effect and keystone correction

#3. Optimal environment for home theatre viewing experience

Aside from the room size and configuration considerations, recreating the home cinema experience at home will need to take into the account to ensure that the projection does not look faded and washed out when it is projected on the wall during the daylight. This means that if the projection wall is right next to a balcony or a row of windows, black-out curtains have to be installed to keep the room dark and the projection crisp and bright.

Tip: To ensure that the images are bright, the projector must minimally have 3,000 Lumens, the measurement of brightness that a projector gives out for a decent projection. Aside from this, the projection will need to be high-resolution, otherwise it will not look crisp and sharp when it is projected on the wall. Hence, a minimum of 1080p HD or 4K Ultra High Definition (HD) resolution is required to match a near crystal-clarity output of the HD TV.

Disrupting the projector industry with high quality low cost solution

LUMOS AURO Home Cinema Short Throw Projector

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Our relentless search ends up with LUMOS AURO, an extremely affordable projector made by the local company, LUMOS, which focus on offering high specification projectors at pocket-friendly prices. The average cost of a projector (with similar specifications) used to be around a thousand and more, but LUMOS is offering its projectors at a price between $299 to $398. It is noteworthy that increasingly vendors such as LUMOS (which do not have a physical storefront and ship directly from the production house), are able to leverage on the direct-to-consumer business model and pass their savings directly to consumers. As a result, we are able to enjoy a well-built projector at a pocket-friendly price!

We order the Lumos AURO through their website and the experience is quite smooth. Our order arrived approximately 2 weeks later.

The space taken up by the Lumos AURO measures around 32cm (Length) by 24cm (Width) by 13cm (Height, when adjusted to the tallest). The actual footprint taken up will be slightly bigger, around 35 cm (Length) and 35 cm (Width) when 11 cm is set aside behind for hot air ventilation.

The package comes with a remote control, RCA connector, power code and an HDMI cable.

The SD card slot and HDMI ports are found on the right side of the projector.

The rest of the ports are found behind.

8 things you should know about the Lumos AURO projector

#1. Suitable for compact rooms; requires a short throw distance of 1.5m only

The short-throw projection distance of 1.3:1 allows you to enjoy your movies that comes with an amazing size. For us, we are able to achieve an amazing 110” to 120″ display with only 2.9m distance in our bedroom! Technically, Lumos AURO is able to reach up to 300″ display.

#2. Different versions (and prices) to cater to different types of usage

Regular version – Retailing at $299, the basic version requires connections to facilitate external inputs from sources like laptops/USB/Media/TV box/consoles in order to work and display content.
Smart version – Retailing at #398, the advanced version has the same functionality as the regular version, but runs on its own operating system (Android OS). It supports Wi-Fi & Bluetooth Connectivity and comes with preinstalled Netflix, YouTube, casting Android applications. Although it comes with the Android PlayStore, this is pretty useless since the additional apps (such as Toggle, MeWatch, KissAsian) are not fully compatible and supported. The smart version is supportable with the Airplay and Mcast once it is connected to the same Wifi. Image correction feature such as Digital Zoom, is only available on the Smart version.

Due to our lifestyle needs, we have opted for the Smart version.

#3. Almost plug and play, comes with HDMI, AV cables and remote control

Available out of the box, you do not need to purchase the HDMI, AV cables and remote control, all you need to do is to plug and play the device! Unfortunately, the Lumos AURO projector does not come equipped with a wireless mouse for easy navigation through the various menus. This is a pity, considering that wireless mouse retailing online is selling for as cheap as $6.

#4. Side projection possible with the keystone correction and digital zoom capabilities

Lumos AURO is able to adapt to the various awkward positions in our room due to its keystone correction (up to +-50 degree) and zoom capabilities. As a result, the projection still appears horizontal despite the awkward angle. We have placed the Lumos AURO at one corner of our bedroom. Do note that the more correction you made to the side, the less crisp the projection at these ends.

#5. Rich moving graphics for an immersive cinematic experience

At 6000 Lumens (on average, most are on 4000 to 6000 Lumens), we are able to enjoy vibrant, rich graphics, especially when the projection is done in a darkened room. With an HD 1920 x 1080 resolution, suited for playing high quality Blu-Ray discs or HD streaming. In addition, Lumos AURO supports both 16:9 and 4:3 ratio, so that the content is able to be displayed properly without distortion. Lumos AURO also offers high contrast ratio of 4000:1 (the minimal contrast of 1500:1 is needed for a decent projection) which allows deeper colours to show through. This certainly helps us to immerse in a truly cinematic experience.

#6. Indulge in the best of audio quality with Dolby audio AC-3 supported

The crisp and cinematic rich surround sound makes the moving watching experience more superior. AC-3 is also aka Dolby Digital, an audio standard, which guarantees you an amazing movie experience, If you wish to upgrade the audio experience further, try connecting the  LUMOS AURO projector with a wireless Bose speaker!

#7. Customise the height and angle with a professional adjustable stand

A professional adjustable stand is recommended if you need to negotiate tricky and awkward corners. The stand, which retails at $55 (bundled price) is highly recommendable since it is able to adjust to any desired height (from Extends from 60cm to 120cm) and rotate to any degree for all positional needs. Kindly note that there are also other cheaper projector stands available, which retails from $25 to $35. Nevertheless, it is a pity that we decided to skip this option when we are purchasing our unit as we over estimated our ability in adjusting the height and degree of our projector.

#8. Comes with 1 year local warranty and a dedicated customer support

Fret not, if you worry about the durability of the product; Lumos AURO comes with a full 1 year local warranty and a dedicated customer support available too.

Test Driving Lumos AURO

Here are a couple of videos to illustrate the quality and the fun things we did with the Lumos AURO projector.

For the test run, we have used the movie, Pacific Rim (featured in Netflix) to test the quality of the project and its sound effects. This was done without using the Bluetooth BOSE speaker. We also tried to take a close up view (with iPhone 7) of the subtitles to see if they are pixelated.

We also tried to convert our bedroom into the Ocean Suites at Resorts World Sentosa, by doing a 120″ projection video of the fish aquarium onto the wall.

Our Verdict

As of today, we have test driven the home projector for almost 1 month. Except for one glitch, which was easily resolved by rebooting the home projector, Lumos AURO has performed exceedingly well. It was almost surreal to be able to enjoy the cinematic experience right from the comfort of our home. Furthermore, it is done at such a pocket-friendly price of less than $400! Therefore, we are strongly urging homeowners to consider converting one of their rooms as home theatre, especially since the cost of conversion is not expensive. It is fortunate that our experience with Lumos AURO so far has been a good one.

Nevertheless, with the rapid the technology advancements, we will not be surprised that there will be new products out there which are retailing home-based projectors at a higher specification and at a similar price. Therefore, always do your due diligence in the research before committing into one.

 

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How to Clean and Maintain Your HDB Windows https://www.renonation.sg/how-to-clean-and-maintain-your-hdb-windows/ Sun, 29 Nov 2020 23:00:19 +0000 https://www.renonation.sg/?p=140509

Windows are probably one of the most neglected areas in our HDB flats. We cover them up with grilles and window furnishings and we forget about them. That is, until our view gets obstructed because of the grime on our windows or they fail to work properly. In the worst case scenario, a window pane […]

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Windows are probably one of the most neglected areas in our HDB flats. We cover them up with grilles and window furnishings and we forget about them. That is, until our view gets obstructed because of the grime on our windows or they fail to work properly. In the worst case scenario, a window pane comes loose and becomes a safety hazard. Like everything else, our windows undergo wear and tear and will need to be regularly cleaned and maintained. Here’s a handy guide to care for your HDB windows properly:

How often to clean and maintain

Design: Hock Hoon

Cleaning should be done at least once every two months, more if you live by a bustling road or near coastal areas. Maintenance checks should be done at least once every six months.

What to use for cleaning glass windows

Image: Unsplash

  • Use a cleaning solution specific for glass or consider a DIY cleaning solution (equal parts white vinegar and water mixed in a spray bottle).
  • Use a soft sponge or a dry cloth to wipe away any grime and dirt, before going over with the cleaning solution. Wipe away the cleaning solution completely with a damp sponge/cloth and then again with a dry, lint-free (microfibre) cloth.
  • Instead of a cloth or a sponge, a window squeegee is also a good option as it will leave your windows streak-free. However, only use a window squeegee if your window is not protected by any additional solar film or window tint.
  • To clean both sides of your window safely, consider getting a magnetic double-sided window cleaner like this. Place one sponge onto the inside of your window pane. Then have the other sponge on the outside of your window. The strong magnet attaches both sponges together so you will only need to clean one side of the window and the outside also gets cleaned.

What to avoid using on your glass window

  • Metal scrapers. These will scratch your glass surface.
  • Newspapers. These will leave inky streaks on your glass.
  • Too much cleaning solution. This will make it difficult for you to wipe them away completely, leaving sticky streaks on your windows.

Pro tip: Clean your windows in a cooler part of the day, like in the morning or in the late evening. Window cleaning can be an arduous task. Set aside a couple of days to clean all the windows in your home rather than tackle it all in a day.

Important window maintenance checks

Design: Hansel Studio

  • Are there any cracks on your glass windows?
  • Check that all your window panes are secured and have not come loose.
  • Has the rubber gasket come loose from the window frame? Or is it broken?
  • Casement: Can the windows open and close smoothly still? Are any of the fastener screws rusty or loose? Use a small mirror to check the top and undersides of the screws. Make sure the window hinges are still firmly secured onto the frames.
  • Sliding: Can your sliding windows slide back and forth easily? Check that the safety stoppers (at the top of the window frame) and the aluminium angle strip (at the bottom of the window of the window frame) are still in place.
  • Louvred: Is the lever jam or stuck? Can your panes open and close easily?

Use a small mirror to check the screws on the tops and undersides of your window hinges.

What else to clean and maintain

  • Don’t neglect cleaning the window frame. Clear away any debris on the track (vacuuming or with a dry brush) before wiping the frames down with a multi-surface cleaning solution.
  • Tighten any loose screws with a screwdriver.
  • Clean then oil (using a general lubricant or degreaser) any joints or moveable parts in your windows.


Use a lubricant to oil the joints of your windows.

Repair or replacement work needed?

For HDB windows, you will need to engage a Building and Construction Authority (BCA) approved window contractor listed with HDB here for any repair or replacement work. Search under ‘window contractor’.

 

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7 Insider Tiling Tips No One Tells You About https://www.renonation.sg/insider-tiling-tips-which-no-one-tells-you-about/ Thu, 26 Nov 2020 23:00:58 +0000 https://www.renonation.sg/?p=139538

There are no shortcuts when it comes to selecting the right tiles for your home. In fact, a few tiling design mishaps might spell disaster for your home interior design! Furthermore, with a wealth of tiling options available in the market, it is not surprising that a novice 1st time homeowner will be overwhelmed by […]

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There are no shortcuts when it comes to selecting the right tiles for your home. In fact, a few tiling design mishaps might spell disaster for your home interior design! Furthermore, with a wealth of tiling options available in the market, it is not surprising that a novice 1st time homeowner will be overwhelmed by the array of tile material, design, and placement selections. Nevertheless, fret not! Here are a couple of insider tiling tips to get you started on the right track, according to our experts.

#1. Older HDB apartment makes it a challenge to choose the right tile sizes for the bathrooms

Design: Free Space Intent

As the Water Closet (WC) and shower rooms are designed as two separate spaces in older HDB apartments,  they are much smaller than the standard HDB bathrooms. Therefore, larger format tiles (in either 800mm by 800mm or 600mm x 600mm ) which are currently trending for modern, elegant and contemporary interiors, are not suitable for these compact-sized rooms. Instead, Moroccan inspired tile designs, such as Mermaid or fish scale tiles, are more suitable since they are extremely versatile, and can be tiled horizontally, vertically or even diagonally to create a dynamic unique look.

Image from Porcelain super store

 

#2. Make DIY tile selection less challenging with tile visualizer

Design: Three-D Conceptwerke

Mixing and matching tiles are one of the most challenging tasks, when it comes to finding the suitable colours and designs for your home interiors. However, having the ability to visualise colours and combinations, will make it much easier for novice beginners and 1st time homeowners to find the right tile combinations. Hence, having a tile visualiser tool, such as Tile Planner or Tiles View, really helps to make the selection process easier and faster.

Design: Style Living Interior

 

#3. Different batches of tiles have slightly varying tone and colour

Design: Hometech Space Concepts

It is important to stand by an extra box of spares, as backup when there is a need to replace the tiles due to accidental cracks, chips, scratches or colour fade due to age or wear and tear. Since different batches of tiles have varying tone and colour, getting an extra box of spares from the same batch will ensure that there will not be any colour variation for the replacement tiles.

Design: The Scientist

 

#4. Tile finishes make or break a renovation project

Design: D5 Studio Image

Mixing and matching the tiles is fun and the easiest way to make your apartment stand out. However, the chosen tiles should have a consistent finishing in order to ensure that the different tiles still look cohesive as a whole. Aside from the aesthetic concerns,  tile surfaces which have safety properties, should be considered for high traffic areas which are prone to get wet and slippery.

Design: Salt Studio

 

#5. Play around with the tile grout colours to create an optical illusion of space

Image from Pinterest

A rudimentary designer trick to make a cramped bathroom look larger than its footprint, is to pair the tiles with a matching grout colour, so that there is an illusion of grandeur and a visually bigger space. Conversely, using a contrasting tile grout colours in strategic places will divide the space. For instance, to visually make a tiled room appear wider, use contrasting tile grout colours to create horizontal lines, and to make bathroom rooms with low ceiling appear taller, use vertical lines to create an illusion of added height.

Image from Alexandermarchant

 

#6. Scalloped and Feather tiles are trending now

Image from Decorpad

Move aside subway tiles, and stay ahead of the curve, literally with the Morocco-inspired fish-scale or feather tiles. As homeowners are becoming more advantageous, they are willing to venture out of their comfort zone and decorate with interesting patterned tiles. Made popular in the 1920s Art Deco era, this unique tiling pattern creates stunning backsplash in kitchen, or statement walls in bathrooms. Aside from scalloped tiles, feather tiles, which are skinny strips of tiles laid to mimic a feather pattern to create interesting accents, are the rage now.

Image from Newravenna

 

#7. Not all tiles are created the same

Design: DSOD Interior

Tiles which are meant for bathroom are usually water and slip-proof and can withstand a high-moisture environment without swelling or warping. These tiles are rated for wet applications and are meant to be used for the shower floor only. In addition, sealers must be applied to these tiles and grout to add to its water-resistance.

Design: Schemacraft Interiors

 

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7 Ideas to Maximise the Space in Front of the Window https://www.renonation.sg/ideas-to-maximise-the-space-in-front-of-the-window/ Tue, 24 Nov 2020 23:00:15 +0000 https://www.renonation.sg/?p=140492

Don’t waste that extra space in front of the window! From Japanese style tea nooks to floating breakfast bars, here are 7 ideas to make the most of that often forgotten space. 1. Home office With #workingfromhome set to be the norm, setting up your home office by the extra space in front of the […]

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Don’t waste that extra space in front of the window! From Japanese style tea nooks to floating breakfast bars, here are 7 ideas to make the most of that often forgotten space.

1. Home office

With #workingfromhome set to be the norm, setting up your home office by the extra space in front of the window should be a no-brainer since it will mean you won’t have to sacrifice an extra bedroom. Bonus if you have a gorgeous view to boot!

Design: AD. I. WRKS

Design: Design Neu

Design: Colourbox Interior

Design: Story of Us

Pro tip: Check to see that it doesn’t face a busy road or a noisy area so you don’t get distracted. Also not a good option if your window faces the hot afternoon sun (north-west and south-west directions in Singapore).

2. Breakfast bar

Nothing like a breakfast for champions in front of a window to remind you of lazy weekend brunches in your favourite cafe. Great if you want a chill, laid-back vibe in the home. Do up a floating design (wall-mounted, no legs) so you can tuck those bar chairs in after eating.

Design: ArtistRoom

Design: Authors Interior & Styling

Design: Sync Interior

Design: Richfield Integrated

3. Storage

“I have too much storage space”, says no one ever. Make the most of the space in front of your window by incorporating extra storage. You could put up open shelves (great option since they won’t block the light or the ventilation from the windows) or do up a bay window seat area with storage underneath.

Design: AD. I. WRKS

Design: Goy Architects

Design: D5 Studio Image

4. Cosy corner

Looking for a space to unwind and retreat to after a long busy day at work? Set up a cosy corner/reading nook/decompression zone or whatever you want to call it by that space in front of the window and take your thoughts to an easy and calming place.

A raised platform would help to differentiate the area from the rest of your space, but you could also consider setting up some sort of divider to lend some privacy to that area.

Design: Adroit ID

Design: Arkhilite

Design: Happe Design Atelier

Design: Ehka Studio

5. Japanese tea nook

For folks who love Japan and all things Japanese, a little tea nook by that space in front of the window will bring back memories of all those trips to the Land of the Rising Sun. Make things more authentic with tatami floor mats or get zaisu chairs (Japanese style chairs with no legs) so you can sit for longer periods of time.

Design: Dots ‘n’ Tots Interior Design

Design: Weiken

Design: The Scientist

6. Daybed / Guest room

If you like to take naps during the day, consider doing up a daybed by the extra space in front of the window. This can also double up as sleeping areas for your guests, when they decide to stay for the night.

Design: In-Expat

Design: Free Space Intent

Design: Fifth Avenue Interior

Design: Story of Us

7. Plant paradise

Most plants are happy with sunlight, so it’s a great idea to use that area by the window for them. Do up a bay window for your planters to rest on or set up an entire vertical garden to take advantage of that stretch of window. Alternatively, close up the area from the rest of your home so it works like an entire garden and balcony area on its own.

Design: The Monocot Studio

Design: Three-D Conceptwerke

Design: AO Studios

 

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12 Tips to Make Your Small Kitchen Look and Feel Bigger https://www.renonation.sg/tips-to-make-your-small-kitchen-look-and-feel-bigger/ Sun, 22 Nov 2020 23:00:07 +0000 https://www.renonation.sg/?p=140077

Don’t have a lot of room to play with in your small kitchen? Here are some design tips and tricks to make your small cooking space look and feel much bigger. Tip 1: Hide the extra countertop space One of the things small kitchens struggle with? The lack of countertop space. Rather than get in […]

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Don’t have a lot of room to play with in your small kitchen? Here are some design tips and tricks to make your small cooking space look and feel much bigger.

Tip 1: Hide the extra countertop space

One of the things small kitchens struggle with? The lack of countertop space. Rather than get in a kitchen island to make up for it, which would cramp out whatever space you do have, go with a pull-out countertop space that you can stow away inside your cabinets once you are done with it.

Design: Free Space Intent

Tip 2: Double up your kitchen counter as an island

Kitchen islands can be really useful, but they take up a lot of space. For those of you who are planning to have one, consider doubling up part of your kitchen counter as an island. Install castors below and it becomes flexible enough to wheel around your kitchen to meet all your needs.

Design: Kejico

Tip 3: Include mirrors somewhere

A top (and obvious) trick for making a small space seem larger? Mirrors. Not only do they give you the illusion of a bigger kitchen, the reflective surfaces also help to bounce light around your space. Consider mirrored cabinets or a mirrored backsplash for a chic, modern look.

Design: MMJ Design Loft

Tip 4: Have the countertop and backsplash in one material

Blending the backsplash and countertops together using just a single material can create a more cohesive and seamless look. It reduces the busyness and allows the eye to sweep across the room in single motion with fewer visual breaks. The added bonus? You will need just one cleaning tool and solution for both the backsplash and countertops.

 

Design: Starry Homestead

Tip 5: Ditch the top cabinets and go with open shelves

Instead of top cabinets which can add visual bulk to your kitchen, open shelves lend a sense of lightness and airiness and can help to bump up the sense of space. Plus, they make it a whole lot easier to reach for necessities. Go with shelves with a shallower depth if you want your small kitchen to feel bigger.

Design: House of Chais

Tip 6: Or go with top glass cabinets

Open shelves not for you? Get cabinets with glass fronts instead. While they aren’t as effective visually, they can help elevate some of the visual bulk you usually get with uppers. They are also a great way to show off all those beautiful wares.

Design: Parenthesis

Tip 7: Alternatively, do away with everything at the top altogether

If you don’t need all that extra storage, do away with upper everything altogether. You can work in an extra cool backsplash that reaches all the way to the ceiling so your space doesn’t feel bare.

Image: Amoz Boon

Tip 8: Don’t leave too many things out in the counters

Clutter is a sure-fire way to make your small kitchen feel and look even smaller. Keep as much things hidden away as you can and only leave out everyday appliances that will be too much of a chore to keep in and out.

Design: Authors Interior & Styling

Tip 9: Closed kitchen? Get a window in.

Closed kitchens are much appreciated if you tend to do heavy cooking and want to keep the fumes and smells confined to your kitchen space. But they can seem claustrophobic if you don’t have a lot of square footage. Do up a glass window that will help to invite light and a sense of spaciousness without having to go totally open concept.

Design: Hock Hoon

Tip 10: Skip the ornamentation

In a small kitchen, you will want to keep things as minimalist and fuss-free visually as possible. To do so, reduce the detailing in your kitchen designs. That means going with handle-less cabinets, flat cabinet fronts instead of shaker style cabinets and keep to clean lines that can help to draw the eye either upward or across.

Design: 360 Interior

Tip 11: Do you really need that huge hob or double bowl sink?

Forget the huge freestanding gas stove or the double bowl sink if you have a small kitchen. They take up a lot of physical space, which means you won’t have a lot of countertop space to prep on. And food prep is a huge part of cooking so you will want to keep that in mind. Go with built-in induction hobs that are super sleek and a single bowl sink that has extra depth so you can wash bigger pots and pans easily.

Design: Home Philosophy

Tip 12: Get integrated appliances

Another way to make your small kitchen seem bigger? Integrated appliances. They blend in with the rest of your kitchen cabinets so your space will feel neater and more seamless visually. Appliances that can be integrated include your dishwasher, oven, microwave and the refrigerator.

Alternatively, you don’t have to get specific integrated appliances. Just have your kitchen carpentry flush with the appliances you are getting so they appear like they are integrated. This means you will have to get the dimensions of your appliances before your kitchen renovation commences. Plan this with your interior designer early!

Design: Free Space Intent

 

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What Are The Best Materials For Outdoor Furniture? https://www.renonation.sg/what-are-the-best-materials-for-outdoor-furniture/ Thu, 19 Nov 2020 23:00:24 +0000 https://www.renonation.sg/?p=140635

Selecting outdoor furniture isn’t just about style though. The primary difference with the indoor furniture is that outdoor furniture has to endure exposure to the weather outside, it needs to durable. There are many designs and materials to choose from, you may take the following examples as references. Design: The Interior Lab Stainless Steel Stainless […]

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Selecting outdoor furniture isn’t just about style though. The primary difference with the indoor furniture is that outdoor furniture has to endure exposure to the weather outside, it needs to durable. There are many designs and materials to choose from, you may take the following examples as references.

Design: The Interior Lab

Stainless Steel

Stainless Steel is actually iron with carbon mixed in it to add strength and resistance to rust. It is durable and nice looking. Even though it’s more expensive than other materials, it can withstand almost anything from high winds to downpours and to heatwaves. Also, if you like something that is modern and clean looking, stainless steel is a great material to pick.

Teak

Teak is the best wood for outdoor furniture undoubtedly. It’s a hardwood so its surface is very strong. It can withstand wind, water, and UV rays, and is also beautiful to look at. You’ll want to store it away properly during the winter months and make sure it doesn’t get too soaked because wood can absorb moisture leading to rot, mildew, and mould.

Design: EHKA Studio

Wrought Iron

The term “wrought” actually means that it was “worked by hand”. This differs from “cast” iron which is made using moulds. Wrought Iron is a good pick for outdoor furniture if you desire uniqueness and handcrafted designs. One thing to consider, however, is that wrought iron is much heavier than aluminium.

Plastic

Because plastic outdoor furniture is cheap, it is a great choice for people shopping on a budget. It’s also lightweight, which is perfect for people who want something they can easily move around. Plastic is waterproof, but if you select plastic that’s any colour other than white, it can fade from the sun over the years.

 

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8 Home and Interior Designs Trends to Expect in 2021 https://www.renonation.sg/home-and-interior-designs-trends-to-expect-in-2021/ Tue, 17 Nov 2020 23:00:04 +0000 https://www.renonation.sg/?p=139542

Cannot wait to say goodbye to 2020? Us too. This year has been unusual, to say the least. The coronavirus pandemic situation has led to socialising restrictions, which saw many of us working from home, having fewer social gatherings and staying indoors a lot more. The home then has become more important than ever and […]

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Cannot wait to say goodbye to 2020? Us too. This year has been unusual, to say the least. The coronavirus pandemic situation has led to socialising restrictions, which saw many of us working from home, having fewer social gatherings and staying indoors a lot more. The home then has become more important than ever and has in turn define how we use and do up our interior spaces. If you are currently planning for your home renovation, you will want to be looking at some of the home and interior design trends we are predicting we will see more of in 2021.

1. Open plans are giving way to cosier, more intimate nooks

We are entertaining a lot less now, keeping gatherings to smaller groups of people so there isn’t a need for large, open-plan spaces. And as we are all spending a lot more time with the rest of the people at home, we are seeking out privacy and personal areas that we can retreat to. If you don’t have a lot of square footage to play around with, you can always steal cosy nooks around the home by carving out a bay window seat and putting up an unobtrusive shield for extra privacy.

Design: Ehka Studio

Design: Adroit ID

2. Multipurpose spaces are more important than ever

We are predicting the rise of multipurpose and multifunctional spaces to accommodate everyone spending more time at home. Bedrooms are doubling as home offices, while the lines are blurred between kitchens and dining rooms. Invest in modular and mobile furniture that can be easily moved around and used in more than one space. Go with custom-made, hideaway carpentry that will allow you to transform your space without taking up extra floor estate when not in used.

Design: The 80’s Studio

Design: DAP Atelier

3. Home offices take centre stage

As companies are gradually becoming more open to the idea of people to working from home, we are seeing a bigger investment in the home office. People are planning for conducive home office spaces and buying quality and ergonomic home office furniture to make sure they stay productive.

To create a conducive work environment at home, you will want to make sure your home office space is free from unnecessary distractions like the television or the bed. Plan for or invest in enough storage and organisers to keep the clutter at bay. Get a combination of general, ambient and focused, task lights to ensure your home office is properly lit. Light bulbs with colour temperatures of around 3100K to 4500K offer a bright, white light that is best for productivity.

Design: Inizio Atelier

Design: Icon Interior Design

4. Hobby rooms are now a must-have rather than a good-to-have

All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. Instead of heading out, people are carving out spaces at home in line with their hobbies and interests that allow them to relax and retreat to at the end of a long workday. Think home libraries, home gyms, gaming dens, home bars or home theatres.

Design: Ethereall

Design: The Interior Lab

5. People are looking to make their homes smarter

Increasingly, homeowners are making their homes smarter. Whether it’s automated lights or voice-controlled fans, our homes are gradually becoming more futuristic. In our busy lives, a smart home helps to cut back on chores and make things more convenient and efficient. In the face of the pandemic, a smart home is safer even. How so?

For starters, a smart home tends to minimise touch on surfaces, which helps to decrease the likelihood of bacteria or viruses spreading. A smart home also enhances security through gadgets like smart locks and smart doorbells, which are increasingly important as we shop online more often and expect more home deliveries.

Design: Happe Design Atelier

Design: Weiken

6. In terms of interior design themes, wabi sabi takes over the Muji style

First there was Muji, now there’s wabi sabi. Wabi sabi is a Japanese worldview centred on the idea of finding beauty in imperfection. Homes here in Singapore are embracing this new look, which is a departure from Muji style’s clean-cut and neat aesthetic. Instead, wabi sabi welcomes rough edges and unfinished surfaces with a love for natural textures for a more organic look.

Design: Lemonfridge Studio

Design: Fifth Avenue Interior

7. Wes Anderson vibes are also going strong

If you have seen his movies, you will know that Wes Anderson has a very specific aesthetic. We have seen a number of homes here starting to adopt this particular look and we are loving it. We can’t quite define this style, but it is audacious with a penchant for the retro, features lots of colour blocking and patterns, and encompasses Art Nouveau inspired hues. Other design elements include curves, symmetry and a hint of whimsy.

Design: The Monocot Studio

Design: Mr Shopper Studio

8. People are more willing to spend extra on customised furniture

In order to make their homes stand out from the crowd, homeowners are paying a little more to create custom pieces for their home. Generic, off-the-shelves furniture? So last year. Besides creating a more personal home, customised furniture also allows you to fully maximise your space since dimensions can be adjusted and it can create a more seamless visual experience with the rest of your home’s interior design theme. If you are looking for customised pieces, we put together 8 places you can get customised furniture from.

Design: 19EightyThree X Bowerman Planner

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7 Things to Do to Ease the Maintenance of Your Newly-Renovated Abode https://www.renonation.sg/things-to-do-to-ease-the-maintenance-of-your-newly-renovated-abode/ Sun, 15 Nov 2020 23:00:49 +0000 https://www.renonation.sg/?p=138257

As most seasoned first time homeowners would tell you, keeping a new abode fresh and pristine clean is not going to be an easy affair. However, you can achieve that by doing the right thing, that is to include preemptive measures during the renovation, so that it is not going to be a stressful and […]

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As most seasoned first time homeowners would tell you, keeping a new abode fresh and pristine clean is not going to be an easy affair. However, you can achieve that by doing the right thing, that is to include preemptive measures during the renovation, so that it is not going to be a stressful and nightmarish affair to maintain your newly renovated abode.

Without further ado, here are some of the preventive measurements you can do.

#1. Ensure your bathrooms are mildew-proof

Aside from a slew of health issues, such as allergies, asthma and respiratory problems, this fungus typically leaves hard to remove unsightly stains on the ceiling, walls, tiles and grout.  In addition, when unchecked in its growth, Mildew eventually develops into the mould. This is caused by the moisture and the heat generated by hot showers and stagnant water left on the walls, shower shelves and floor which spurs the mildew growth.

Image from Carlaaston

What this means to you?

Choose a mildew resistant paint for your walls and ceiling, and use mildew resistant grout for your bathroom tiles. Ensure that the bathroom is well ventilated with the help of a ventilating fan, which enhances the airflow and keeps the bathrooms cooler and drier. Aside from these, steer clear from using shower-niches in your bathroom design and if you are building shower floating shelves, drill holes in them to ensure that the water can be drained properly.

#2. Ensure your shower glass door swings the right way

“Which way should the shower door swing open? Should the door swing in or out?” This is a common question which every homeowner faces. Typically, the layout of the bathroom dictates the direction the shower door should swing open. However, having a shower door that swings in means lower maintenance and more safety for you, since the dripping shower door will not wet the floor, and make it slippery.

Design :  Ebrickz Interior Design

What this means to you?

The general recommendation is to get a seamless shower door, since it can swing either way. However, if your property comes with a preinstalled glass shower door that swings outwards, you should change its direction to swing inwards.

#3. Ensure that your kitchen walls are stain and grease resistant

The kitchen is the workhorse of the house, and hence making sure that its walls are stain and grease resistant should be your top priority! When the paint used for the kitchen is durable and makes it smooth and easy for you to clean, you get to save a lot of time, money and effort over the long run! Therefore, having the right paint will make sure that even the busiest kitchen still look fresh and pristine clean for a longer period.

Design: Erf Design

What this means to you?

You should be careful in your selection of paint for your kitchen since using the wrong type of paint will show up food stains and stubborn grease much more easily.  As a stain and grease repellent paint performs better than a multi-purpose generic one, the best performing kitchen paint should come with a grease-proof formula, which makes tough stains easier to wipe off. In addition, some kitchen paints are also specially formulated to withstand rigorous scrubbing, while retaining its shine and colour. Watch out for labels such as “Easy Wash” for Nippon Paint, “Wash and Wear” for Delux Paint when choosing the kitchen paint.

#4. Use an undermount, non-porous kitchen sink for easy maintenance

The style of the sink impacts its ease of maintainability as using a top-mount, drop-in, or self-rimming sink makes it more difficult to clean up the countertop. This is because the protruding rims get in the way when you sweep the surface water and dirt from the countertop into the sink. Furthermore, these protruding areas need to be cleaned too! In addition, the kitchen sink material matters too, since using a porous material also makes it a challenge for you to keep it stain-free and bacteria-free.

Design: Authors • Interior & Styling

What this means to you?

Using an undermount sink design makes cleaning up is a breeze; all you need to do is to sweep the countertop kitchen debris directly into the sink. The stainless steel is one of the best choice for low maintenance, kitchen sink since it is non-porous, stain-resistant, impervious to corrosion and anti-bacteria. Furthermore, the stainless steel has been the most popular material choice for the modern kitchen sinks due to its sleek and contemporary look.

#5. Seal drafty doors and windows

Most household dust in the form of pollen, mould spores, and other airborne pollutants, enters the home through the cracks of the doors and windows. Hence, this is why your property gets dusty, even when the doors and windows closed all the time. Aside from dust, drafty doors and windows make your home energy inefficient, since it takes more effort for the air-con to cool down your home.

Design: Obbio Concept

What this means to you?

The drafty doors and windows can be sealed either with a door or window seal, or with an edge strip. An edge strip is made up of rubber or plastic, designed with U, V or P profiles, to be fitted onto the edges of the door or window panels. Most seal or edge strips come with a self-adhesive backing to make them very easy to fix and remove. Edging strips are usually preferred since they offer higher performance due to the added support from the internal steel wire inserts.

#6. Keep debris and dust out of your balcony and windows with outdoor blinds and window mesh

Balconies are exposed and vulnerable to insects, debris and dust, This meant that a lot of effort is required to keep the area and the outdoor furniture clean. Furthermore, leaves and  discarded cigarette butt, thrown out by inconsiderate neighbours, land onto the floor through the open windows too.

Design: Third Avenue Studio

What this means to you?

Using enclosed track-guided outdoor blinds, such as Ziptrak, and window mesh offer balconies and indoors respite from outdoor elements. Aside from keeping the place clean, these installations are also very effective in keeping the nasty insects and pests out of the house.

Design: DSOD Interior

#7. Give the windows and glass surfaces a Hydrophilic, Hydrophobic or Oleophobic treatment to make them easier to clean

Self-cleaning, window technology protects the glass surfaces from external weather, by keeping them clean longer and making them easier to clean when required. The hydrophilic coating works by using natural weather elements, such as the ultraviolet (UV) rays and rain water. The UV light generates electrons, that interact with water molecules in the air to create agile hydroxyl radicals which break down the dirt through oxidation. Once the dirt is oxidized, it is easily washed away by the rainwater. However, such solutions are currently only available for commercial purposes, such as skyscraper windows.

Design: MMJ Design Loft

What this means to you?

You can still make the windows and glass surfaces easier to clean by coating them with a similar Hydrophilic or water-repelling Hydrophobic or Oleophobic coating. The water repelling coating makes use of silicium dioxide, which makes the water bead and slide off the surfaces more easily. This prevents the water and dirt from adhering to the surfaces and keeps them cleaner for a longer period of time.

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How to Nail the Bohemian Style in Your Home https://www.renonation.sg/how-to-nail-the-bohemian-style-in-your-singapore-home/ Tue, 10 Nov 2020 23:00:05 +0000 https://www.renonation.sg/?p=130446

The bohemian style has been gaining traction in the interior design world in recent years, mainly as a response to the minimalist, sleek interiors we are used to. This individualistic, eclectic look offers up a very lived-in, cosy vibe, paying little heed to standard interior design. But it is its very rejection of rules that […]

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The bohemian style has been gaining traction in the interior design world in recent years, mainly as a response to the minimalist, sleek interiors we are used to. This individualistic, eclectic look offers up a very lived-in, cosy vibe, paying little heed to standard interior design. But it is its very rejection of rules that makes it so attractive. Still, there are characteristics we can attach to the bohemian style, starting points to begin thinking and doing up your own home. But as you will find in your journey towards a bohemian abode, no two spaces will look alike. And that’s what makes this style so very special.

Colour Scheme

As with any interior design, the colour scheme is one of the first things to think about. With the bohemian style, use warm, earthy hues like tan, sand and terracotta as the foundation of your space. For the less adventurous, a warm white is a safe bet, and will be a wonderful canvas for the rest of your décor.

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Build the base up with metallic accents like brass and gold for a bit of shimmer. Jewel tones such as turquoise, ochre and plum are also great complements, and they do well in a bohemian style space as an accent wall or in your furnishings.

Image of Magma House, a villa in Bali

Furniture

The bohemian style reads casual, so you will want low-level seating like fabric couches without legs, poufs, floor pillows and ottomans as well as breezy pieces that conjure images of the beaches like swings and hammocks. The furniture you choose should feel less structured and serious. A good place to start is to see how comfortable the piece is.

Image of Magma House, a villa in Bali

Bohemian style furniture also tend to be a bit more ornate in detailing. Tassels, fringes and intricately carved woodwork are not uncommon. Build up your bohemian space gradually, so acquire your furniture as you go along rather than get everything at once.

Image of Little Bohemian House, a villa in Bali

You want to find pieces that speak to you, stand out as unique, or have a bit of history or story behind them. Refurbished furniture is always a winner. Vintage, antique shops and second-hand stores are your best bet. For those on a budget, it’s OK to have mass-produced furniture—all you have to do is dress them up a little with hand-sewn pillows or a DIY paint-job to make them your own.

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Ambience

Warm lighting is a great way to bring in the boho ambience to your space. Don’t settle for just one type of lighting. Play around with different types using a layered lighting scheme. For instance, your living room can comprise a ceiling-mounted light as a general light, a floor lamp as a task light and wall sconces or lampshades as accent lights. Fairy lights are also popular in bohemian decorating, and they work in outdoor spaces like balconies or in cosy alcoves.

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Plants are a must-have in a bohemian style home to create that relaxing, calming atmosphere. For a big visual impact, go with plants with dramatic leaves like the fiddle-leaf fig and monstera. For brown fingers, choose plants that are easy to care for such as the snake plant and yucca.

The snake plant along with plants like the spider plant and peace lily also help to purify your indoor air, another bonus to create that serene environment. Grow them in different sized and coloured pots and planters to add to the vibrancy of the space. Include climbing plants like the English ivy and hang them up on macramé hangers for visual variation.

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Home Décor

More is infinitely more in bohemian style interiors. There is no shortage of patterns and prints, textures and finishes. Nothing clashes; everything matches. The style leans towards the natural and rustic, so things made from rattan, bamboo and jute are commonplace. You will want to include intentionally or unintentionally distressed things. Add whimsical accessories such as bead curtains, dreamcatchers, macramé wall art and juju hats.

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Soft textiles are a major characteristic of the bohemian style home. Layer rugs—try matching a natural seagrass rug with a Persian style rug—for that chic, boho vibe. A tablecloth for the dinner table, a patchwork quilt on the bed and a knitted throw for your sofa will also not feel out of place in your bohemian style home.

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8 Ways to Keep Your Home Cool Without Air-Conditioning https://www.renonation.sg/how-to-keep-your-home-cool-without-air-conditioning/ Sun, 08 Nov 2020 23:00:31 +0000 https://www.renonation.sg/?p=139225

Sweating buckets while at home? With electricity prices on the rise, now probably isn’t the best time to turn the air-conditioning on. Instead, keep yourself cool and your home cool with these more energy- and cost-efficient methods. 1. Put up black-out window furnishings Sunlight, while good for physical and emotional health, can also invite a […]

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Sweating buckets while at home? With electricity prices on the rise, now probably isn’t the best time to turn the air-conditioning on. Instead, keep yourself cool and your home cool with these more energy- and cost-efficient methods.

1. Put up black-out window furnishings

Sunlight, while good for physical and emotional health, can also invite a lot of heat and warmth into your home. Invest in black-out curtains or blinds that keep it out completely and draw them during the hottest parts of the day (usually between late mornings to early evenings). Choose ones that are light in colour since light colours reflect light while darker hues absorb light. If you do need a bit of sun, open the windows that don’t face the sun directly e.g. not facing the west directions.

Design: Aestherior

 

2. Stick on window solar film

Prefer to preserve your view? Consider getting window solar films that you can stick onto your windows. These are designed to either reflect or absorb heat without blocking the view. To check how much heat or light a solar film can block, ask suppliers about the total solar energy rejected (TSER).

Image: Jestac

TSER values comprise the rejection of three types of solar heat: Infrared rays, UV light and visible light. If you’re making your comparisons, make sure that you are comparing like for like—a higher value TSER may not always mean the film is better at blocking out heat. Check that you’re comparing solar films with the same visible light transmission (VLT)—the amount of light that can be filtered through, which determines how dark or bright your room will be.

3. Invest in a dehumidifier

High humidity (moisture in the air) can make you feel warmer, since it reduces the ability for sweat to evaporate from your body. And when sweat cannot evaporate effectively, your body is unable to cool down.

Image: Philips

In Singapore, this is a particularly significant problem as the humidity in our environment is generally quite high. If you find yourself unable to cool down at home or you notice high instances of mildew or mould growing around, you might need to bring down the humidity levels in your home. Consider investing in a dehumidifier, which helps to extract water or moisture from the air. Some models, like the DE5205/30 from Philips, come with air purification features as well.

4. Get a bathroom exhaust fan

One of the most humid areas of the home is the bathroom, as it’s often wet. Coupled that with hot showers and all that hot, humid air is going to enter your home to make it feel not so cool. To counter this, get a bathroom exhaust fan that will help suck out all the damp air out of the bathroom to the outside, helping to keep your space cool and dry.

Design: The Local Inn.terior

» Read more: 5 Things You Need to Know Before Getting a Bathroom Exhaust Fan

5. Decorate with plants

Green spaces often feel a lot cooler since plants absorb heat naturally (for photosynthesis). For folks with green thumbs, consider decking out your space with them. Choose tall plants with big, generous leaves and ones that prefer plenty of sunlight so you can locate them near the window to provide extra shade. Sun-loving plants include aloe, snake plant and the popular monstera plant.

Design: KWYM Interior Designs

6. Use certain appliances at cooler times

Appliances give off a lot of heat, contributing to the higher temperatures in your home. On warmer days, you might want to use certain appliances during periods when temperatures are cooler like in the mornings or in the late evenings.

Appliances like the dishwasher, washing machine, dryer and the oven tend to run on for a period of time and can significantly increase the temperature in your home. Think about hanging your clothes out to dry naturally in the sun during the day or use cooking appliances that retain heat rather than give off heat such as a thermal cooker.

Design: Key Concept

7. Ensure cross-ventilation

One of the easiest ways to cool down your home? Cross ventilation. To ensure cross ventilation in your home, open up windows and doors that are located opposite of each other within your space. Make this even more effective by switching on your fans to help direct the air. Ceiling fans, in particular, are suited for moving air around.

Design: Ehka Studio

» Read more: 5 Basic Things to Know Before Buying a Ceiling Fan

8. Use cotton or linen sheets

Avoid silk or other polyester material when it comes to choosing bedding material since these trap heat and moisture (sweat). Go with materials like cotton and linen instead, which are more breathable and allow heat to dissipate, leaving you feeling cool throughout the night.

Design: Hello Embryo

For cotton sheets, you will want to watch the thread count—don’t go for anything higher than 200 as sheets with too high a thread count will make it dense and therefore less breathable. Weave type matters too for cotton bedding. Percale weave will feel more breathable than sheets that are sateen woven.

What other ways do you do to keep your home cool? Share your tips with us.

 

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12 Must-Haves For Your Home Office in 2020 https://www.renonation.sg/must-haves-for-your-home-office-in-2020/ Thu, 05 Nov 2020 23:00:16 +0000 https://www.renonation.sg/?p=139232

2020, besides the coronavirus, is all about working from home. With this set to stay in place (till 2021 at least), now’s a good time as any to start thinking about upgrading that home office of yours. A properly set-up home office, with all the essentials, will help you stay productive and efficient. Here are […]

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2020, besides the coronavirus, is all about working from home. With this set to stay in place (till 2021 at least), now’s a good time as any to start thinking about upgrading that home office of yours. A properly set-up home office, with all the essentials, will help you stay productive and efficient. Here are what you need:

1. Omnidesk Pro 2020
From SGD760

Standing desks were popular at one time and were marketed as helping to improve posture and health. But if you have a desk-bound job, standing for hours on end or alternating that with sitting on an uncomfortable standing desk chair doesn’t sound too appealing. Which is why companies have come up with standing and sitting desks that let you adjust the height whenever you feel like giving your posture a good lift.

We like this one by Omnidesk, which allows you to adjust the height of your desk electronically with a button at the side. No more fiddling with manual knobs or giving your arm a good workout. The desk is crafted from MDF wood and its surface covered with a micro-textured powder coat so it acts like one giant mousepad. There are plenty of customisable options: tabletop size, colour, legs, and other add-ons you can include with the purchase like a cable management bar, universal ports to charge your devices or an anti-fatigue mat so you can stand for longer.

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2. Dyson Lightcycle Morph
SGD799 for the desk variant and SGD1,199 for the floor variant

Proper lighting is super crucial if you are looking to set up a half decent home office. You will need a general, ambient light as well as a task light that is more focused on lighting up your workspace directly. Dyson’s new Lightcycle Morph works as either, as the light can adjust the glow it emits depending on your task at hand, your age, the mood you are feeling at the moment or the local daylight, adjustable via an app. The app features pre-set modes you can use: Study, Relax, Precision, Boost, Wake-up, Sleep and Away.

Like most of Dyson’s products, this light fixture features a sleek (albeit slightly over-engineered) body. Through apertures, the stem can be lit up and provides a warm, orange glow when it’s set up as an ambient light. Mounted on its stem is an intelligent optical head with a flexible, 360-degree manoeuvrability. The Lightcycle Morph comes in two variants, allowing you to either use it as a floor lamp or a desk lamp.

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3. Sail Luxury Ergonomic Chair
SGD619

If you are not getting a standing desk, then an ergonomic chair should be on the top of your must-have list. An ergonomic chair helps to ensure that you are sitting with the correct posture at any one time. Good ones not only let you sit for long periods of time in comfort, they are also modifiable. This is important because we are all built differently and have different needs.

In terms of adjustability, this ergonomic chair by TakeASeat well, takes the cake. It comes with a flexible headrest that lets you adjust the height and angle of it, a four-directional arm support that takes into account your arm weight and height, a lumbar support at the back that moves when you sit, a slide-in/out seat depth adjustment and a backrest that you can modify the height and tilt angle of.

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4. Nillkin Prodesk Adjustable Laptop Stand
SGD95

For those of you working on laptops, a laptop stand minimises visual and physical strain, as it positions your screen at the eye level and ensures you are not slouching at your desk while you work. This one by Nillkin is a stylish contraption that lets you adjust your height and angle accordingly. Compatible with a wide range of laptop sizes from 10 inches to 17..3 inches, the laptop stand features four anti-skid silicone pads and preventive hooks to prevent your device from sliding down. The slits on its surface also minimise the chance of your laptop overheating by permitting airflow and ventilation.

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5. Cable Management Box Organiser
SGD15.90

A cluttered desk and tangled up wires are a sure-fire way to reduce productivity in the home office. Get your workstation organised with this minimalist cable management box retailing at Iuiga. Highlights include seven electrical outlets, four of which are USB, trenches on the lid that hold your devices upright while charging, as well as ventilation holes that prevent your cables and cords from overheating.

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6. Deskly Mini Broom & Wiper Set
SGD8.50

Healthy snacking while you work can be a great energy and mood booster when you’re all stressed out from meeting deadlines. If you frequently snack at the desk, this mini broom and wiper set will come in handy. It comes with two interchangeable brush heads and a dustpan that can help clear spills and loose crumbs effectively. The broom head also doubles as a keyboard duster to keep your entire workstation sparkling clean. Once done, the brush can be hooked on neatly into the dustpan for compact storage.

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7. Art Deco Mini Desk Fan
SGD53.10

Since turning on the air-conditioning is not economical or environmentally friendly while working from home, getting a decent fan to beat the heat becomes even more important. Desk fans are great since they offer a more targeted airflow and can help improve ventilation around the workstation. Scene Shang carries a very chic, old-school one that will elevate anyone’s workspace. Only retro visually, the fan is powered by USB and features a two-speed selector switch. The best part? It doesn’t take up a whole lot of desk space with its 10.5cm by 10.5cm base.

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8. Sony WH-1000XM4 Noise-cancelling Headphones
SGD549

Ever had the sound of screaming jets (or kids) muting your presentation in a Zoom meeting? You will know the importance of getting a pair of decent noise-cancelling headphones with mic. The new WH-1000XM4 headphones by Sony features two microphones on each ear-cup used for cancelling ambient noise, and five microphones to pick up voices. It is designed to reduce low frequency noise (from vehicles) and mid-high frequency noise (conversations).

The pair of headphones also come with an adaptive sound control, a smart function that senses where you are and what you are doing to adjust ambient sound settings so you get the best out of your listening experience. Over time, it will learn to recognise the location you frequently visit and tailor sound to suit that particular location and situation. Other smart functions include ‘Speak-to-Chat’, which automatically stops your music and let in ambient sound when you start speaking, and a wearing detection that allows your headphones to detect when you are wearing them and when you are not so that it can stop the music to save on battery power.

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9. Turret Mobile Pedestal
SGD269

Paperwork, stationery and other work essentials tend to be all over the place if you don’t have a fixed place to keep them all. This three-tier mobile pedestal on wheels is made for all these miscellanea. It comes with a catch-all at the top, a tall shelf on the second tier suited for larger files and a shorter shelf on the bottom tier. We love that it can be wheeled around, adding to its functionality and versatility.

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10. Healthy R-Go Mouse and Healthy Split Keyboard
SGD78 and SD150 respectively

We never knew ergonomic mice or keyboards were a thing until now. But if the standard keyboard and mouse are causing all sorts of unnatural positioning and pain, then you will need to get these. They are designed so that you can reduce strain on your hand and wrist, and to ensure that your hands are kept within shoulder width. The keyboard is split into two for ergonomic functionality, but it can be kept together with the magnet in the middle, while the mouse is built vertically so that you will use your entire arm to operate it rather than put strain on the smaller muscles and tendons at your wrist.

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11. Ember Mug
SGD169

Last we checked, this cup’s sold out everywhere, which says something about it, eh? What this mug does is keep your beverage at the temperature you want all day long. So no more lukewarm, icky coffee even when you get distracted by work. It maintains the temperature for about 1.5 hours, but you get to keep your drink hot all day if you use the mug with the charging coaster. Temperature controls are via the Ember app on a smartphone or you can tweak it on the mug itself. An LED light will light up to tell you when the desired temperature is reached.

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12. Miuvo Knead Master Advance II Neck & Back Massager
SGD199

After a hard day’s work, nothing like a good massage to help ease the knots and tension in your muscles. This back massager comes with a height-adjustable neck and shoulder massager and a back massager with four massage nodes that you can set to target specific areas on the back. It features shiatsu kneading, which is a form of therapeutic bodywork from Japan that uses slow and rhythmic finger-pressing techniques. The massager also comes with a built-in heating function designed to create a more relaxing experience.

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Ask the Experts: Vinyl Flooring and What You Need to Know https://www.renonation.sg/ask-the-experts-vinyl-flooring-and-what-you-need-to-know/ Tue, 03 Nov 2020 23:00:02 +0000 https://www.renonation.sg/?p=139004

It’s been a while since our last Ask the Experts, a series where we share insights and tips from industry pros on a number of home-related and renovation topics, vastly ranging from home theatre systems to wine storage. This time, we’re turning our focus to vinyl flooring—a popular flooring material among homeowners in Singapore. If […]

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It’s been a while since our last Ask the Experts, a series where we share insights and tips from industry pros on a number of home-related and renovation topics, vastly ranging from home theatre systems to wine storage. This time, we’re turning our focus to vinyl flooring—a popular flooring material among homeowners in Singapore. If you’re considering this for your new home, we put together all that you need to know.

To help us with this, we roped in experts Nicholas Choo from Olim, who is the distributor for French vinyl brand Tarkett, as well as Jimmy Leong, general manager of Inovar, who carries their own brand of vinyl flooring.

What are the different types of vinyl flooring available in Singapore?

Nicholas: There is Roll Vinyl, which comes in either homogeneous or heterogeneous forms. The former is made up of a single layer of material while the latter is made up of multiple layers of materials. For heterogeneous vinyl, look out for the thickness of the wear layer (top layer of the vinyl). The thicker the wear layer, the longer and more durable it is.

Then there are Sheet types of vinyl, which are typically in rectangle or square tile shapes. Sheet types are mostly heterogeneous, although some come in homogeneous forms.

Click Vinyl types use a click system to attach rigid or semi-rigid planks or tiles together without the need for adhesive, making installation easier. This is a good option if you are going the DIY route or if you want your renovation to be completed faster. Click Vinyl is thicker and more rigid than sheet types, so you can’t create or cut profiles and designs like circles and other shapes around objects that you can do more easily with Sheet Vinyl.

There is also the Luxury Vinyl Tile, which is the international term for vinyl flooring that comes in patterns that resemble wood or stone. In Singapore, some sellers use the terms ‘Herf’ or ‘Lurf’ instead.

Design: The Minimalist Society

Loose Lay Vinyl is also similarly easy to install. It features an anti-slip backing and can be quickly installed without adhesive.

There are also vinyl derivatives like Stone Plastic Composite (SPC) flooring and Wood Plastic Composite (WPC) flooring. SPC uses limestone as the main filler instead of PVC. This flooring type is very dense and rigid. It also features an acoustic underlayment to reduce noise while walking on them. WPC, on the other hand, features a top layer of vinyl with wood components in its base layer. Marketed as waterproof, this is more commonly used for outdoor decking.

One of the main concerns about vinyl flooring are the VOC emissions. What do you have to say about that?

Nicholas: Sometimes known as “off gas”, VOCs are released from all materials and not just vinyl flooring. VOCs are a concern as we spend more time indoors, and all this accumulation of VOCs can tax our respiratory system and kidneys over time. They affect pets and children more as they have smaller organs and have more sensitive skin. There are also studies that have shown that an increase in skin disorders and asthma in urban environments have been linked to VOCs. That being said, VOCs are unavoidable, but we can aim to reduce its exposure.

Design: Neu Konceptz

Jimmy: Besides VOCs, you will also want to pay attention to phthalates. They are basically a type of industrial chemical used to soften PVC or vinyl during the production. It also acts as binding agent for the PVC particles in vinyl flooring. Excessive exposure to this chemical may lead to asthma, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, breast cancer, and even neurodevelopment issues.

As homeowners, find a supplier whose vinyl flooring are phthalates free and low in VOC emissions. Always ask for test results so that you can have a peace of mind knowing that your family members are not exposed to excessive and unnecessary health risks.

What are other things to look out for when choosing a supplier for vinyl flooring?

Jimmy: Firstly, track record. The longer the supplier has been around in this business, the more assurance you get in knowing that they are reliable. Essentially, bad products and services don’t last long in the market because of word of mouth.

Secondly, green label certification. Always check that the product achieves the correct Green Label Certification from the Singapore Environment Council (SEC). Having this certification not only ensures that the product is environmentally friendly, but also free from harmful toxics. And why should you always check that it’s the right certification? Many vinyl flooring suppliers fail to get the Green Label Certification for the PVC/Vinyl Flooring sub-category due to the strict regulations in place so they apply for the certification in another sub-category, which gives them the label that they unethically slapped onto their products.

Design: Free Space Intent

Nicholas: One can also consider the manufacturer’s presence and support. Do they have a local or regional office? This is a consideration as dealers and distributors can change, but you will want to know that manufacturer will be able to solve any problems and back the warranty.

Ask yourself also why only certain vinyl brands are allowed to be used in large commercial projects. Commercial projects usually have higher requirements and they need a lot of testing certs and statements of conformity. Definitely something to think about and look into when you are searching for a specific vinyl brand.

What is the average price per sqft for vinyl flooring?

Design: Obbio Concept

Jimmy: It depends on the thickness and material composition e.g. whether it comprises pure virgin vinyl or recycled vinyl. Rather than being eco-friendly, recycled vinyl is likely made up of materials that have been part of a waste stream. On average, a good grade 5mm thick pure virgin vinyl flooring should cost somewhere around SG5 to 6 per sqft in the market, inclusive of installation. Anything below and I would be a bit more wary of the quality.

We often hear instances of vinyl flooring warping. Is this due to water seepage or our humid weather?

Jimmy: Vinyl flooring comprises a range of materials but mainly PVC, which makes it essentially water-resistant. It therefore doesn’t warp easily. Warping may possibly occur if there’s constant water seepage and no effort has been made to resolve or stop the source of water seepage.

Design: Swiss Interior Design

Nicholas: Rather than warping, the more common issue with vinyl flooring is contraction and expansion due to factors like temperature changes in the ambient environment or improper installation. This may appear to buckle the vinyl plank so it looks like it’s warping. However, this is primarily a quality issue due to the different material composition of the vinyl flooring by manufacturers.

Material composition is usually a trade secret. Some vinyl floorings have fibreglass in their composition, and this stabilises the product to reduce expansion and contraction. Experienced installers will also be able to take into account this expansion and contraction and provide space allowance during installation.

Could you share with us some maintenance tips?

Design: Rockin’ Spaces

Nicholas: A good vinyl flooring can be mopped and wiped with a normal household cleaning agent. Durability depends on the wear layer and also if there is any additional coating such as polyurethane on them. Most are durable enough such that you can use chairs with castor wheels on them. from chairs.

Jimmy: Vinyl flooring was manufactured with practicality in mind so it is extremely easy to maintain. Spill anything? Make sure you wipe it off immediately so that it doesn’t leave a residue on the surface.

Still have burning questions on vinyl flooring? Let us know in the comments and we’ll seek help from the experts.

 

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11 Overlooked Things at Home that are Potentially Making You Sick https://www.renonation.sg/you-should-pay-extra-attention-to-these-11-potentially-grimy-areas-at-home/ Sun, 01 Nov 2020 23:00:01 +0000 https://www.renonation.sg/?p=138561

Constantly having allergies or falling sick? These things in your home might be the cause of it. 1. Bathroom tile grout: Because of the porosity of grout, they tend to absorb anything that comes their way. Left unchecked, it can trigger mould growth. Mould, in larger amounts, can become harmful to our health, causing us […]

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Constantly having allergies or falling sick? These things in your home might be the cause of it.

1. Bathroom tile grout: Because of the porosity of grout, they tend to absorb anything that comes their way. Left unchecked, it can trigger mould growth. Mould, in larger amounts, can become harmful to our health, causing us to develop respiratory symptoms or allergies. The best way to keep mould at bay is through prevention by keeping moisture in check. Consider installing ventilation fans in the bathroom or just making sure your bathroom is well-ventilated especially after a hot shower. Wipe down your wet tile areas as often as you can with a wall squeegee and don’t wait until your grouting is dirty before cleaning them

Design: Dots ‘n’ Tots Interior Design

2. Rugs: Rugs, especially high-pile ones, can house all sorts of dirt, grime, dead insects or dust mites if you don’t regularly clean them. We recommend vacuuming them at least once a week. Don’t neglect the backside of your rug when vacuuming. If you are deep cleaning your rugs, make sure you use a shampoo that is specifically for carpets and rugs and follow the directions on the bottle. Sending rugs for a professional clean? First find out about the cleaning products they use. Some professional cleaners use harsh chemicals that can pose health and safety concerns.

Design: Happe Design Atelier

3. Kitchen sponge: Studies have found kitchen sponges to be dirtier than the toilet, harbouring tons of bacteria that can transfer to your dishes, chopping board or anything else you clean with your sponge. While we can’t say the same for everybody’s sponge, it is definitely not cleaned or replaced as often as it should. Experts recommend changing your sponge at least once a week. Use it only just for dirty dishes rather than your entire sink and countertop. Make the habit of rinsing your dishes under running water first before sponging them so you can reduce food debris, raw meat juices or any other grime sticking onto the sponge. Rinse your sponge well after use and leave it out to dry rather than have it sit in a container of soapy water.

4. Dish Drainer Rack: Like the kitchen sponge, your dish drainer rack is probably equally gross, thanks to the fact that it’s always damp. If your rack comes with a drip tray at the bottom, the standing water there makes it the perfect breeding ground for mildew, mould and other organisms like mosquitoes. Don’t want to be the next dengue statistic? Empty the tray at the end of every day and give it a quick rinse under the sink to get rid of any slime. Consider alternative dish drainers like a dish drainer mat or an over-the-sink roller mat that lets you dry your dishes over the sink. Or get a rack with a sloped tray so there won’t be any standing water.

Design: Starry Homestead

5. Cutting board: How many cutting boards do you have in your kitchen? Likely only one. This is problematic as it can lead to cross contamination between the different foods we cut, causing food poisoning. You will want at least two cutting boards—one for chopping raw food and the other for ready-to-eat and cooked food. You can get a third one to separate for cutting meats and vegetables. Wash the cutting boards thoroughly after every use to prevent bacteria from growing on them.

Design: 13th Design Studio

6. Mattress: Like rugs, mattresses are a hotbed of dust mites since these pests feed on the dead skin cells of humans. These mites can trigger a host of allergies (some symptoms include runny nose, eczema and watery eyes) and asthma. The solution? Get a mattress protector over your mattress which not only helps to prevent dust mites getting into your mattress but also enables you to wash the protector regularly. Don’t neglect changing your bedding often—at least once every two weeks—and air your pillows and bolsters out in the sun every once in a while to help eliminate germs and bacteria.

» Read more: 8 Tips for a Bedroom That Gives You 8 Hours of Quality Sleep

Design: D’ Initial Concept

7. Door handles and light switches: These places are some of your home’s high touch points and often neglected when it comes to cleaning your home. They need to be disinfected and cleaned regularly even if they don’t seem dirty. At least once a week or more often if there’s someone who’s sick at home. First, use a cloth to remove any dirt and grime then spray a disinfectant over the surface. Wipe away any excess liquid with a clean cloth after the disinfectant is allowed to sit for a while on the surface.

8. Refrigerator: Your refrigerator can make you sick if you are not storing food or groceries in a proper manner or if you don’t clean your fridge as regularly as you should. Always store cooked food and leftovers in the top shelves, dairy in the middle compartments and raw meats in the lower shelves. Doors are reserved for beverages and condiments like ketchup and oyster sauce. Don’t store perishables at the doors because the temperature there fluctuates which can cause your foods to go bad quickly. When it comes to storing vegetables and fruits, store them at the crisper drawers and store like with like to maximise freshness. Never overstuff your fridge as that will bring the temperature of your appliance down and cause foods to go bad inside.

Microbes also grow on spilled food left uncleaned, mouldy food left forgotten in the fridge or sticky lids from sauce bottles. So make sure you clean out your refrigerator often—once every other month is ideal. Empty your fridge, wipe down sticky jam jars and grimy containers. Remove inner compartments and shelves if you can, let them cool a while before running them down with warm water and soap. Wipe down the insides of your fridge with natural cleaning agents like a mixture of white vinegar and water or baking soda and water and then going through again with a clean cloth before replacing everything back.

9. Washing machine: Your washer doesn’t clean itself. Detergent and moisture build-up can lead to mildew and mould growth within the appliance. Some tell-tale signs of a mildew and mould infestation in your washer: musty smells on your laundry or on the washer itself and unexplained stains and spots on your clothes. Leave the door of the washer open after every wash to dry up the moisture. Once every month, run the clean tub cycle with a tub cleaner or a cup of white vinegar. Wipe down the rubber seals on the door with a clean damp cloth. Front loaders are also more susceptible to mould growth so you will want to take on a more regular cleaning schedule if you are opting for a front loader.

» Read more: Top 8 Easy Maintenance Tips To Extend The Life Span of Your Washing Machine

Design: Schemacraft Interior

10. Indoor plants: For fans of the jungalow trend, your houseplants may be making you sick by exposing you to mould, which can trigger allergies on some people who are particularly sensitive. Mould growth happens when you overwater your plants or they lack sunlight. To prevent this from happening, only water your houseplants when the top of the soil feels dry. Make sure your plants get enough sunlight and ventilation and that there’s proper drainage. Place a layer of sand or tiny pebbles at the bottom of the pot to prevent soil from clogging up the holes.

Design: D5 Studio Image

11. Home fragrances: While scent is so important in completing the experience of your home, the chemicals (e.g. phthalates) present in some home fragrances can be harmful to your health when exposed to it in the long term. Instead of resorting to chemical-laden home fragrances, opt for natural, homemade options like a stovetop potpourri of your favourite spices. Use baking soda, coffee beans to get rid of musty smells and ventilate your home frequently to freshen things up. If candles are your home fragrance of choice, make sure you’re getting natural candles made from beeswax or soy wax rather than ones made from paraffin wax.

» Read more: Ask the Experts: A Visual Guide to Scented Candles

 

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7 HDB Flats That Aren’t Afraid of Colours https://www.renonation.sg/hdb-flats-that-arent-afraid-of-colours/ Thu, 29 Oct 2020 23:00:04 +0000 https://www.renonation.sg/?p=138692

Neutrals are calming, classic and the obvious safe choice in a small space like an HDB flat. But if you are thinking of a home with personality, play around with colour. Bonus: Colours don’t take up extra space! Get inspired by these HDB flats in Singapore that are bucking the trend of nondescript white walls […]

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Neutrals are calming, classic and the obvious safe choice in a small space like an HDB flat. But if you are thinking of a home with personality, play around with colour. Bonus: Colours don’t take up extra space! Get inspired by these HDB flats in Singapore that are bucking the trend of nondescript white walls with their saturated shades and vibrant hues.

1. Telok Blangah by Salt Studio
Reno Cost: $40K

This designer selected four shades of colours—blue, green, yellow and red—in varying tones to create a cheerful vibe for this apartment. In the kitchen, a pale-yellow colour interplays with a blue-green hue, while green chevron striped tiled backsplash and floral-patterned flooring provide more textures to the cooking space. Paint functions as a visual demarcation in the multipurpose living room, where half of the walls are painted pink and the other half teal to denote where the home office is.

2. Jalan Tiga by Linear Space Concepts
Reno Cost: $85K

Industrial style homes need not be bland or muted. Here, set against the cement screed, grungy textures and raw surfaces, is a vibrant palette. In the living room, a corrugated metal sheet wall is splashed in a brilliant shade of yellow, the hue intentionally designed to “drip” across the floor to add a sense of quirkiness and an unfinished vibe. Reds pop against the background in the dining area in the form of the custom settee and the en-suite bathroom door in the master bedroom. And green is most predominant in the bathroom and the flooring in the dining area.

3. Holland Ave by Free Space Intent
Reno Cost: $65K

The first indication that this home is going to be a colourful one is seen through its front door, which is painted in a lovely shade of pink. Go inside and you will see a mix of pastel shades and bold hues. The pink appears elsewhere: in the home décor and on the sewage pipes and walls in the bathroom, where they are complemented by pastel green hues. Navy blue is chosen for the bathroom and kitchen cabinets. It is paired off with a darker green and orange, which are seen through the embossed glass panels on the room divider and on the floor tiles.

4. Punggol Drive by Mr Shopper Studio
Reno Cost: $150K

This home only uses two main colours: blue and powder pink, but use them it did. The pink is mostly used for the communal spaces, covering the TV wall all through the dining area and the kitchen counters, while the understated blue is mostly seen in the private areas of the home. Together with the gentle curves, elegant metallic elements and the sculptural quality of their furnishings, the home channels a cinematic, Wes Anderson-esque vibe.

5. Woodlands by Notion of W
Reno Cost: $80K

Unlike the rest of the HDB flats featured here, this apartment comes with a singular striking hue: a zany blue that covers a big part of the living room as well as the walkway into the bedrooms. It creates a focal point for the open concept home. The other walls are plainer, but intentionally so to allow the rainbow-coloured accessories to pop. The sofa in the living room is covered in a fabric decorated with the most outrageously colourful geometric print. In the bedroom, the multi-coloured clothes hanging from the open closet almost doubles as decor. In the bathroom, mosaic hexagon wall tiles are similarly vibrantly hued.

6. Fernvale Lane by VOILÀ
Reno Cost: $26K

Besides nostalgia, colour also reigns supreme in this retro style HDB flat. You are first greeted by a beautiful bright blue door gate and a yellow door. Inside, everything else is equally vivacious. One of the most eye-catching features in this apartment is the kitchen window opening, which features old-school shutters painted in a striking red, matching the kitchen door whilst contrasting against the Peranakan style floral tiles decked on the wall below it. The use of softer pastel hues in the dining area serves as a contrast.

 

7. Kembangan by Black N White Haus
Reno Cost: $134K

The bold colours and the lighter shades play off against each other beautifully here. In the living room for instance, the designer paired a light blue with a mustardy yellow. A dark green peeks through slightly from the glass-encased study. In the kitchen, you see a green and yellow pairing, with the blues coming through from the flooring. Iridescent hues—seen in the kitchen backsplash and the service yard cabinets—add sheen, texture and a subtle elegance, while the white spaces help to create a visual break.

 

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For when you don’t want to get out of the house. 1. For natural style home accessories – StyloDeco This online store carries a wonderfully curated range of European brands such as House Doctor, Bloomingville and HK Living, to name a few. There’s a sizeable collection of rugs, lighting, tableware and bedding, all of which […]

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For when you don’t want to get out of the house.

1. For natural style home accessories – StyloDeco

This online store carries a wonderfully curated range of European brands such as House Doctor, Bloomingville and HK Living, to name a few. There’s a sizeable collection of rugs, lighting, tableware and bedding, all of which feature a charming, handmade aesthetic using natural materials like linen and rattan in pastel and neutral shades.

Visit: https://stylodeco.com/
Delivery: Free, for orders over SGD80

2. For resort style furniture – Island Living

Island Living is your go-to source for all things tropical. Lots of rattan and wood furniture in their natural finishes as well as resort pieces like daybeds, giant terracotta vases and tropical prints to complete those holiday vibes. And all at really affordable pricing. Like!

Visit: https://www.islandliving.sg/
Delivery: Free, for orders over SGD80

3. For high-end rattan furniture – Ong Shunmugam

If you recognise the name Ong Shunmugam as a womenswear label, you wouldn’t be wrong. But they’ve since ventured into homeware and furniture and boy, do we want our hands on them. The pieces they carry are one-of-a-kind, typically with Southeast Asian influences by incorporating elements like batik for instance. They are focusing on rattan furniture and tableware for now with most items requiring a lead time. But good things come to those who wait right?

Visit: https://ongshunmugam.com/collections
Delivery: SGD20 for local addresses

4. For intricately carved wood furniture and gorgeous bone inlay pieces – Celson

This online store carries larger handmade furniture pieces like buffet tables, study desks and chest of drawers primarily made from Mango wood and bone. They come with intricate designs that will make your furniture the centrepiece in any space. There are also smaller home décor accessories for adding to cart on a whim.

Visit: https://celson.sg/
Delivery: SGD49.90 for standard shipping

5. For teak furniture – NH (Naturalis Historia) Teak

Extensive range of rattan and teak furniture here. You can find anything from nightstands to shoe cabinets to TV consoles. Most of the pieces are in their natural finish, although you can request for them to be painted in the hue of your choice—for a bespoke price of course.

Visit: https://nhteak.com/
Delivery: SGD50. Free, for orders SGD500 and above

6. For chic, luxurious home décor – Maissone

Maissone carries some of the most gorgeous and luxurious items for your home. Think marble soap dishes, pre-washed linen pillowcases from France and gilded spice grinders. Definitely for those with high taste and high value in the wallets.

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Delivery: Free, for orders over SGD150

7. For a modern and timeless aesthetic – Crate & Barrel SG

While they do have a retail front at ION Orchard, it’s a lot easier to see this American furniture brand’s entire array of furniture and furnishings online. They don’t have a specific style but their pieces are usually well-made with a clean, modern and timeless appeal. Definitely the sort that you will carry along with you even if you shift homes.

Visit: https://www.crateandbarrel.com.sg/
Delivery: Free, for homeware SGD500 and above and for all furniture

8. For pre-loved pieces with a history – Hock Siong

Antique hunters will definitely have heard of Hock Siong. This secondhand furniture store has gone online so you can buy your pre-loved pieces with greater ease. Expect to find treasures from hotel closures and beautiful refurbished pieces you don’t see anywhere else.

Visit: https://www.hocksiong.com.sg/shop/
Delivery: Free, for orders above SGD300

9. For your lighting needs – Shiok Lighting

If you are sourcing around for lights, give Shiok Lighting a visit online. From table and floor lamps to chandeliers and pendants, this store packs quite a decent range. Some of the designs can be seen in places like *cough* Taobao *cough*, but the advantage of getting yours from them is that the pieces are guaranteed to come in one piece with no broken bulbs. Plus, they are priced reasonably so there’s no need to burst your lighting budget.

Visit: https://www.shioklighting.com/
Delivery: Free, for orders above SGD300

10. For silky smooth and soft bedding – Sojao

If you are looking to sleep in luxury, you will want to get your sheets here. Sojao’s sheets are 100 percent cotton, a material best for all-around comfort and breathability. Get them in a bundle set or separately. No fancy designs here. The sheets are single toned and neutral, guaranteed to match with your existing bedding.

Visit: https://sojao.shop/
Delivery: Free

11. For affordable (but decent) replicas – Iuiga

Launched back in 2017, this mainly online lifestyle retailer carries cheaper copies of products from well-known brands like Muji, Joseph Joseph, and WMF. From home accessories to kitchen ware and most recently furniture, Iuiga has quite a bit of everything. They did get into trouble a while back with Muji for using their brand name to market their products, but that didn’t stop them or their popularity. It also helps that their pieces are genuinely decently made too. Online reviews for most of the items are pretty comprehensive so you know what you’re getting into before purchase.

Visit: https://www.iuiga.com/
Delivery: Free, for orders over SGD88

12. For a wide selection of rugs – Ruby Slipper Rugs

Shop the comprehensive range of rugs from Ruby Slipper Rugs. The brand carries four kinds of rugs: Indian cotton dhurries (which are thin flat-woven rugs), Indian jute dhurries, wool rugs, and Moroccan rugs. The rugs are all handmade by local artisans and the brand ensures the sustainability of the products. Can’t find something that fits? There’s an option on the site for you to design your own rug, where you can choose anything from the material to the pattern of your piece.

Visit: http://www.rubyslipper.com.sg/
Delivery: Free, for local addresses

13. For unique tableware – Lovera Collections

Don’t want to be basic with your tableware? Then you will need to shop at Lovera Collections. This online (and physical) store carries a range of unique wares sourced from all over the world with new collections dropping in every now and then. You can buy entire dinnerware sets or if you like to mix and match, individual pieces are also for sale. Designs are typically maximalist (think loud floral prints), but you will also find collections that feature cleaner and simpler styles.

Visit: https://loveracollections.com/
Delivery: SGD6.50. Free, for orders above SGD130

14. For beautiful furnishings that double as decor – Eloise the brand

Eloise the brand is a local maker of fashion accessories and homeware. What’s unique about the brand is that their collections are thematic, and each release is based on muses or concepts that have inspired them. For instance, the two collections currently available on the online store are inspired by the coast and the modern woman. You will see pieces of pottery and woodwork with organic forms, some of which are too pretty to be purely for function.

Visit: https://www.eloisethebrand.com/
Delivery: Free, for orders above SGD120

15. For beautiful wooden wares – Kraton Home

Kraton Home sells handcrafted wooden homewares and crockery, which are made from ethically sourced wood from Java. These wood types include teak, Indonesian rosewood and sapodilla wood. The store also carries Indonesian-made textiles like throws and blankets as well as bamboo and rattan baskets for all your home organisation needs.

Visit: https://www.kratonhome.com/
Delivery: Free, for orders above SGD40

16. For sustainable homeware – ByKuraHome

For those of you who’ve always wanted to live more sustainably, getting your home essentials at ByKuraHome is a good place to start. Shop for stuff like collapsible lunch boxes, reusable mesh grocery bags, silicone stretch lids for keeping leftovers, and even “Avocado Huggers” to store a cut avocado for later.

Visit: https://bykurahome.com/
Delivery: Free, for orders above SGD50

17. For global style accessories – Living DNA

Here’s another rug retailer for you to choose from. They carry a very comprehensive range of wool, synthetic, leather, cotton and jute rugs, with most of their rugs either made in Turkey or India. If you are looking for other home furnishings, Living DNA also carries an assortment of baskets, kitchen ware, lighting and décor accessories. Their aesthetics tend towards the bohemian and global style, suited for homes with plenty of personality.

Visit: https://livingdna.sg/
Delivery: Free, for orders above SGD100

Did we miss out on any of your favourite online furniture and furnishing store? Let us know in the comments!

 

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Interior design is often dominated by lines and straight edges. Tempering them with curves helps to soften the look, creating a gentler and more welcoming space. Curves can also draw attention to a particular area of your space that you want to highlight and they are ideal for adding visual interest. If you are looking […]

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Interior design is often dominated by lines and straight edges. Tempering them with curves helps to soften the look, creating a gentler and more welcoming space. Curves can also draw attention to a particular area of your space that you want to highlight and they are ideal for adding visual interest.

If you are looking for ideas on how to incorporate curves into your home, these are some beautiful ways to do so. From arched doorways to kitchen islands with rounded ends, here’s how to get curves in all the right places.

1. Curves on wardrobe doors

Use a contrasting material or colour to underscore the curvilinear shapes on your closet doors. In the wardrobe examples below, rattan strips were used to form the rounded edges in one, while the other utilised a dark navy blue laminate to juxtapose against a grey background.

Design: 19EightyThree

Design: Mr Shopper Studio

2. Arched doorways

Doorways are some of the best places to incorporate curves since they can make a huge visual impact, changing up the look of an area entirely. Amidst the straight lines and edges, these arched entrances turn into the focal points for the various spaces.

Design: The Scientist

Design: Dots ‘n’ Tots Interior Design

Design: Free Space Intent

3. Arched doors

For privacy (and a slightly pricier option), get a custom arched door to fit into your curved entrance. This local supplier does customised laminate doors with arched tops.

Design: 19EightyThree

Design: The Monocot Studio

Design: Adroit Interior Design

4. Curved window cut-outs

If curved doors and doorways are much too bold, consider the curved window cut-out alternative. This will go great in a wall between the kitchen and dining area, especially so if you want to highlight your kitchen area as the heart of the home. Nothing like curves to create a sense of comfort and warmth.

Design: Ehka Studio

Design: The Scientist

5. Cosy corners with curves

Do up a little cosy corner in your home by creating a recessed niche with a curved top. They are an excellent way to break up the lines in the space without being over the top. Throw in a couple of cushions and that cosy niche will feel like you’re enveloped in one giant hug.

Design: Free Space Intent

Design: Authors • Interior & Styling

Design: The Interior Lab

6. Counters, islands and tables with rounded ends

Another popular way to add curves is to incorporate them on kitchen islands and counters, custom dining tables and even vanities. You’ll notice the tops are usually rather thin—all the better to shape those shapely ends—so it’s probably a no-go if you want a chunky countertop. Also note that they can look a tad bit retro, which is OK if you’re going with that look. But if not, pair them with clean lines (like adding grids and fluted designs nearby) and use modern palettes.

Design: Mr Shopper Studio

Design: Salt Studio

Design: DistinctIdentity

Design: The Local Inn.terior

Design: The Monocot Studio

7. Curved ceilings

Because ceilings are usually flat, adding curves to them could make quite a bit of difference to your space. You could go with a subtler touch by only incorporating them at the edges or construct an entire curved false ceiling and bring attention to it through cove lights.

Design: Notion of W

Design: KNQ Associates

Design: UNO Interior

Design: Three-D Conceptwerke

8. Curved platforms

Platforms help to delineate zones, which is useful if you want to set aside zones for different purposes. BUT they can feel a little jolting especially if you are going with an open plan. Curved ones thus are best for conveying a sense of fluidity around the home and between spaces, so your home seems more welcoming even with the demarcation.

Design: Weiken

Design: Edge Interior

9. Curves on handles

Add a softer edge to your wardrobes and kitchen cabinets by customising curved handles for them. You could do minimalist style cut-outs or something heftier like these round wood knobs below.

Design: Authors • Interior & Styling

Design: Kuro + Kagi

Design: Provolk

10. Scallop/fish scale tiles

Hop on the trend wagon by cladding your surfaces with scallop (aka fish scale) tiles. They feature curved edges and there are a number of ways to decorate with them. There is no “right” way to lay them, by the way. Put them up, down or sideways and they will still look fabulous.

Design: DB Studio

Design: The Scientist

11. Curved walls

Another one that makes a big statement—curved walls. They can be used to delineate a space, lead the eye towards an area of the home or to hide unwelcome pillars. In design one below, a curved feature wall lends a subtle interest in this minimalist setting. In design two, a curved wall conceals an awkwardly positioned column. And in design three, a curved wall hugs the kitchen, visually setting the cooking space apart from the straight lines of the rest of the home.

Design: Kuro + Kagi

Design: Reimage Décor

Design: Ehka Studio
Photo credit: Studio Periphery, courtesy of EB Craftsmen

Curves can add so much to a space, but be sure to use them sparingly since they are visually loud. You don’t want to incorporate too many of them in a single area. The key here is visual balance. Balance them out with conventional lines and edges so you can make a bigger impact with them.

 

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6 Solutions to Clean the Mattress https://www.renonation.sg/solutions-to-clean-the-mattress/ Thu, 22 Oct 2020 23:00:59 +0000 https://www.renonation.sg/?p=138979 Singapore is hot and humid. Household items are prone to damp and become a breeding ground for bacteria. In particular, beds are prone to breed dust mites, bed bugs and other insects which can cause skin allergies, itching and even asthma on us. Therefore, it is important to clean the bedding furniture thoroughly. Check out […]

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Singapore is hot and humid. Household items are prone to damp and become a breeding ground for bacteria. In particular, beds are prone to breed dust mites, bed bugs and other insects which can cause skin allergies, itching and even asthma on us. Therefore, it is important to clean the bedding furniture thoroughly. Check out the tips here.

1. Keep the humidity to a certain level at home

Dust mites and most mosquitoes love humid environments. When the indoor humidity is high and the mattresses and sheets are covered with human sweat and oil, dust mites and bacteria will breed continuously. The fatal weakness of dust mites is that they cannot survive when the humidity is low. They will then slowly wither and die. As long as you use a dehumidifier and moisture-absorbing materials to keep the indoor humidity below 55%, the survival rate of dust mites will be reduced.

2. Change the bedding every two weeks

Bedsheets, quilt covers and pillowcases are the bedding products that have frequent contact will our skin the most. Sweat or saliva may wet these products. These organic matters excreted by the human body becomes a breeding place for bacteria in the hot summer. Therefore, it is recommended that you change the bedding diligently in summer.

Interior Design: Starry Homestead

3. Wash the bedding at high temperature

Washing the bedding at high temperature can effectively kill dust mites and prevent the breeding of eggs. It is best to wash with hot water at 60 degrees Celsius. You should check whether your bedding can be washed at high temperature first. The more natural and direct method of disinfecting the mattress is to put it under the sunlight.

After killing the dust mites, the corpses and excreta of them must also be removed, because their corpses, excrement, and eggs are the allergens. In addition to frequent changing and washing, a vacuum cleaner can be used to remove the dust mites.

Interior Design: Id.eology Interior

4. Put a protective cover on the mattress

The weather in Hong Kong is humid. Putting a waterproof protective cover on the mattress is an effective and easy solution. This is the most effective way to keep it clean. There are some protective covers on the market to prevent lice and mites. Even if the lice mites invaded the mattress, they can be locked inside the mattress, and then you can cover another layer of bed sheet on the surface.

5. Local cleaning

There are some annoying stains on the mattress, and you don’t know how to deal with it? You can use baking powder, vinegar and toothpaste to clean the stains. But be careful not to wet the mattress too much, otherwise, it will be difficult to dry completely.

6. Use soda powder

Soda powder has cleansing and bleaching effects, and it is effective in killing bacteria. When the summer is humid, you can add a small amount of vinegar and baking powder in the final rinsing process when using the washing machine to wash the bedding. This can prevent mould from growing when they are not completely dry out, and it can also make clothing white.

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14 Genius Features You Will Want for Your Small Bedroom https://www.renonation.sg/genius-features-you-will-want-for-your-small-bedroom/ Tue, 20 Oct 2020 23:00:24 +0000 https://www.renonation.sg/?p=136978

Small bedroom? No problem. From visual design tricks to space-maximising storage solutions, these genius features found in Singapore homes will make your small bedroom great again. 1. Concealed vanity chair Level 1: Eking out a vanity space by the side of the wardrobe. Level 100: Tucking in a vanity chair and having it concealed and […]

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Small bedroom? No problem. From visual design tricks to space-maximising storage solutions, these genius features found in Singapore homes will make your small bedroom great again.

1. Concealed vanity chair

Level 1: Eking out a vanity space by the side of the wardrobe.
Level 100: Tucking in a vanity chair and having it concealed and completely flush to the design of the wardrobe.

Design: Vitas Design

2. Bedside Nook

When you want to maximise closet space but still need room for a bedside table, carve out a little nook by the side of your wardrobe to make room for one.

Design: Adroit ID

3. Glass-encased Wardrobe

Walk-in wardrobes are totally possible in a small bedroom. But if you don’t like the visual bulk it takes up, enclose it with glass panels. It lends a sense of airiness and is a wonderful way to show off your wardrobe.

Design: Archiwu Interior

4. Concealed Doorway

For a streamlined look throughout your small bedroom—helps to reduce the visual clutter—hide away the entrance into your en-suite by flushing it with your wardrobe fronts. You’ll get to throw in a little extra storage space too.

Interior design and styling: Styledbypt
Renovation: Clover Space

5. Double-Duty Bedside Table

Make furniture in a small bedroom work extra hard to maximise space. This nightstand does double duty as a study desk for when the occupants need to work from home.

Design: Fuse Concept

6. Hidden Vanity

Corner storage isn’t always the easiest to make use of. Consider turning that difficult-to-use space into a hidden vanity where you can install shelves for makeup essentials.

Design: AgcDesign

7. Under-Bed Platform Storage

Going with a platform storage bed is one way to really maximise storage in your small bedroom. Think about installing a bed lift mechanism to make it easier to reach for the things you’ve stowed away under your bed.

Design: Starry Homestead

8. Mirrored Wardrobe

Mirrors = a small space’s best friend. Replace generic wardrobe fronts with mirrored panels to really bring in the light and a sense of space to your small bedroom.

Design: Proj.B Studio

9. Headboard Storage

Your headboard doesn’t just have to be a pretty face; make it also functional by incorporating storage with it. We love this minimalist one that provides room to use as a nightstand so there’s no need for extra furniture in the bedroom.

Design: Sync Interior

10. Under-Bed Lighting

Lighting is a powerful way to change up perceptions, especially in a small bedroom. Place LED strips underneath the bed and furniture and they can seem like they are “floating”, making your space feel lighter and airier.

Design: AC Vision

11. Rotating TV Wall

A rotating TV wall means you won’t need a permanent spot for your TV in the bedroom. This frees up space for extra storage, which you can incorporate to the other side of the TV wall.

Design: WEDA Studio Inc

12. Bed Surround Storage

The space above your bed is often overlooked when it comes to storage. If you are afraid that it will feel claustrophobic, leave some room and make sure you aren’t installing it too close to where you will be when you are sitting up on the bed.

Design: AkiHaus

13. Murphy Bed

A Murphy bed is the solution for you if you need your bedroom space to be more flexible and multipurpose. Once bedtime’s over, hide your bed behind stylish wardrobe fronts and then use the space for whatever you need.

Design: D’ Initial Concept

14. Concealed Vanity Storage

Don’t have room for makeup essentials? Build them over your mirror. This vanity storage opens up to reveal the mirror flanked by open shelves for storage.

Design: Charlotte’s Carpentry

 

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Design: Ethereall If you are adopting a more hands-on approach for your home renovation, then paying a visit to a tile showroom is a must, since tiling makes up a major component of the home renovation; from floor tiles in the living room, kitchen to wall tiles in the bathrooms. Furthermore, tiling costs take up the […]

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Design: Ethereall

If you are adopting a more hands-on approach for your home renovation, then paying a visit to a tile showroom is a must, since tiling makes up a major component of the home renovation; from floor tiles in the living room, kitchen to wall tiles in the bathrooms. Furthermore, tiling costs take up the bulk of your home renovation budget too! Managing the amount spent on tiles will result in significant savings for your renovation. To help you in this aspect of your renovation journey, here is a list of 10 simple things to take note of when are visiting the showroom.

1. Get your floorplan ready

Design: Story Of Us

The floorplan provides useful insights to the dimensions of your property for you to make the following decisions; whether if large format tiles are suitable and
the approximate number of tiles required to tile the area. For the calculation of surface area for wall tiling, the typical ceiling height of a HDB flat ranges from 2.8m to 2.65m while the ceiling of an EC or Condominium apartment is 2.8m onwards.

2. Set aside more tiles for wastage and backup

Design: Design 4 Space

Tiling works always involve accidental breakages and wastage. Hence, you should set aside a certain percentage for extra tiles to prevent running out of files for your home renovation. The typical percentage is around 5% and 10%, if you are using tiles with veins, such as Marble.

3. Bring along a mood board to guide your choices

Design: Azrul Yusoff Interior Studio

The home interior design mood board, will help you to narrow down the types of tile colors and designs suitable for a particular style or concept for your home. Remember that to note of the type of lighting

4. Take many photos for design ideas

Design: Dots ‘N’ Tots Interior Design

The tile showrooms usually have delightful miniature mockups setup to illustrate how certain tile designs can be effectively used, based on their properties and design. Therefore, they are a great source of inspirational design ideas.

5. Record down the dimensions, prices and locations where the tiles will be used

Design: Unity Id

The dimensions of the tiles will determinate the whether the tiles will be suitable to be used in certain areas of your apartment. Tag the tile code, along with its price, to the appropriate areas in the floorplan. In this way, you will be able to systematically keep track of the tiles which have been shortlisted in each area of your new abode.

6. Check with the sales consultant on the suitability of the tiles

Design: AkiHAUS

The tiles come in all shapes, dimensions and materials. Therefore, certain properties of the tiles are not suitable for usage in certain parts of the house. Sometimes, descriptions are provided next to the tiles to guide you in your selection. Nevertheless, if you are unsure, you can approach the sales consultants for assistance.

7. Request for samples

Design: The Scientist

Since the colors of the tiles may turn out differently, due to the lighting used in the tile showrooms may not be reflective of what you see in the showroom. Hence, remember to request for sample tiles, which are usually given free, for you to bring back as they provide the vital visual communication tools for you and your renovation professionals to work on your dream home.

8. Conduct stress tests

Design: The Design Abode

Aside as visual guides, sample tiles are also useful for you to determine the resiliency and strength of the tiles. You can conduct stress tests by simply scratching, staining or even dropping heavyweights to test the resilience and strength of the tiles. You should also test whether if the tiles are slippery too.

9. Follow up the choices with your renovation professionals

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Along with your floorplan and the tile samples, they provide vital tools for your renovation professionals to understand your preferences and work on incorporating these elements into your dream abode. With these at hand, they will be able to counter propose suitable and more budget-friendly alternatives.

10. Work on a budget

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Once you have determined the types of tiles, you can use the following Tile Calculator, to work out the number of tiles required, based on their dimensions.

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