One of the many questions that people are aware of but don’t really understand how much thoughts and effort is put into in your interior design is the colors, . While you might think there are a primary set of colors that can be found in almost every home, the arrangement of each color and the pairing of them are both something an interior design has to really spend time on, not just something that “looks good” will do, even a Singapore interior designer would agree with this.
So what goes into consideration when designing the color themes in a home? For starter, the functionality of the space. The living room should have a different vibe from the bedroom, the master bedroom generally feels different from the children’s bedroom. After setting up a clear direction of how the space should feel in each space, that’s where the psychology of colors come in to help.
Another thing people often don’t notice is that the colors in interior design absolutely go beyond wall, ceiling paints and large furniture. The lamp in your living room corner, the vase sitting in your kitchen are all a part of a greater colors theme.
Of course, not every person on earth will feel exactly the same toward the same colors or a combination of colors. However, the psychology in interior design aims to deliver to a more general population with themes that are more general. For example, almost everyone associates black with night and white with daytime or brightness. While some might feel a little stronger and more emotions toward white, white would be the color to go to for brightness and a positive vibe.
So what are the colors that are often used in interior design and what are their psychology effects? Here are some small examples:
The Master’s Bedroom
In most homes, the master’s bedroom is one of the most authoritative space in the house. Unlike a nursey, the master’s bedroom usually provide a stable, elegant vibe with a color theme that caters to both sexes.
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Healing Aloe is a combination of blue, gray or green and can look either of them in different lighting situation or just by different people. The soft, elegant and tranquil vibe that comes with the color makes it one of the more popular choice of wall paint.
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For a contemporary touch, Khaki green is a cool looking color that has the rare ability to mix well with colors that are on the more classy and elegant side, perhaps it’s the peacefulness in khaki green that makes it go so well with the home space.
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Quartz moon is a shade of lavender that is excellent with natural lights, the subtleness in colors also makes quartz moon a very gender neutral color, not too feminine, not too masculine. A perfect balance in the master’s bedroom.
The Children’s Room
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With all the entertainment and activeness going on in your children’s room, a touch of lavender can serve as the calming factor in the room, also brining a little bit a sophistication into the room.
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The ultimate color of youth and playfulness, through the proper balance of yellow and other more calming colors will bring your kid’s room to live without being “too loud”.
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The classic “the boy’s room” color, never gets out of style. Energetic, bright but not too much that one can’t relax when seeing it.
The Living Room
The Gray-Blue-Green combo
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All the calming colors roll into one to create a calming effect with a hint of the excitement of outdoor. A popular color combination for the family who enjoys a little outdoors but also enjoy spending a relaxing Sunday afternoon in the living room with loved ones.
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More than just a Taylor Swift hit song, a little bit red in your living room creates excitement and makes your living room feel more inviting to guests.
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A very neutral and relaxing color tune that does very well with natural light, works well with modern home design but also suitable for a vintage scene with its elegance and class.
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Want something a little more cheerful for your living room but don’t want to turn it into a kid’s room? A decent amount of cheerful blue will do.
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Gray & Woodlawn Blue
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A splash of edginess and impact in your kitchen, taking a little break from all those warming colors.
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A cozy and warm color , soft on the eyes and comforting like mom’s home cooking.
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A delight among your wooden furniture, bringing a little bit of sunshine in the kitchen.
Golden Brown Sugar
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A warm, comforting color that relaxes you while making the food in the kitchen even more appetizing.
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The all-time champion of delivering a sophisticated, elegant vibe into any setting and space, the midnight sky in dining space also brings out the class vibe.
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A lift for your airy white ceiling and a seamless look in your dining room.
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A fresh look for your dining room, energetic and a modern vibe in the space that’s traditionally warming, making your dining just a tad more interesting while still staying on the warm and comforting side.
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A great color to break away from the warmth, also a great add-on to avoid making your dining room looking too intense or serious.
Also known as open-plan, an open concept apartment is an apartment with little to none walls, doors or any kind of barrier between living room, kitchen and dining room. Although not a brand new idea, open concept has really found its way in many apartments around the global, including Singapore, as people have grown to enjoy the intimacy an open concept brings to an apartment. In fact, the open concept can often be found in HDB interior designs.
Without walls, doorways or any barrier between living room and kitchen, family members are encouraged to interact with each other while enjoying different functions of the apartment. Open concept also removes the “dead space” in interior design – the space used up for walls and doors, giving those space back to your apartment for a more spacious looking home. Additionally, the lack of walls also allows a greater access of natural light in the apartment, a great way to instantly make your apartment look more lively.
While the open concept can be found in apartments of all sizes working its magic, bringing families and natural lights closer, it is especially great for apartments are of smaller sizes. So if you think your Singapore HDB flat is looking and feeling a little cramped, some open concept magic might just be the answer for you. Of course, HDB interior design is no easy task, find out what works best and fully communicate your needs with your interior designer before you commit to an open concept to make sure your open concept flat is tailored to your needs.
Here are a few HDB open concept ideas for inspiration:
For apartments that houses 1 -2 residents, an open plan can easily be arranged to free up dead space and makes your apartment looks more spacious:
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Instead of putting a traditional, heavy dining table that takes up so much space, go for a carefully selected “light” dining table that goes well with your HDB interior design and still keep the apartment looking lightweight.
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And then, of course, although a lot of apartments are designed in warm colors, this doesn’t limit the open space concept one bit. In fact, for a more futuristic and modern vibe, use black and white as your main color theme for your modern open space apartment:
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And of course, you can also play a little mix an match, putting a little modern in your cozy warm colored home:
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And as far as the elimination of barriers goes, just because you need storage area doesn’t mean you need a cabinet. Free up that space by getting some wall shelves instead.
(Of course, don’t forget to make sure your wall shelves are strong enough to carry the things that you’d like them to carry.)
Once again, for those who lives alone or with only one other person, the elimination of traditional dining table can free up a good deal of space, replace it with a corner wall cabinet or breakfast bar for a more spacious apartment.
Even for the bigger household ( 3-4 people), this can still be easily done by setting up a breakfast bar that is just a little far reaching on both side to double as dining table and food preparation area.
Have a long, railroad style apartment? Don’t worry, the open space concept works just as fine.
For the big family apartment that are relatively richer in space, consider install big windows, if not floor to ceiling windows to utilize the natural light intake. Something like this:
So. Much. Lights.
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At the end of the day, home is where you and your family members come back to not only to unwind, but also to be with the people you love and care about. And open concept bringing you closer by eliminating all walls within, creating a more intimate vibe while allowing you and your family members to really “share” the living inside of the apartment. Especially in a busy household, the people in the kitchen and easily interact with people in the living room and multitask, getting things done without sacrificing your family time.
As always, run through all your ideas with a professional interior designer to make sure you didn’t miss anything and that everything you need is incorporated into the design, then sit back and relax for a new “living” in the house!
Back in my mom’s generation, pets are rarely a factor when it comes to interior design or any home renovation, however, like many things in this world, a lot of things has changed in just one generation. Our pets are more and more treated like our family, and they deserve to be. This also means that we go beyond the love and affection and start building our home with them in mind, too! More and more homes are adding pet-friendly features to make their pets really feel like home and have their own special feature in the house. If you don’t know how, here’s a few key features to think about:
The beauty of hardwood floor is undeniable. However, the hardwood beauty might also be difficult to maintain when the claws are doing things that claws do on it all day. Hardwood floors are easily scratches and dents comparing to other flooring options. Choosing harder woods like oak or mahogany will save you a great deal of trouble over time as they are harder to dent. Incorporate rugs in your interior design to further protect your hardwood floor, and remember, no-slip rugs are very necessary because the last thing you want is those little claws dragging the rugs around the house, creating even more scratches. Alternatively, you could also choose other flooring option that are less likely to be scratched by claws, such as concrete, stone, porcelain tiles or laminate flooring.
Built in pet beds
While some dog owners allow their dogs to crash in their bed at night or clutter the master, why not giving your beloved pet a room for their own? Even a new born baby gets his or her own nursery, right? If it’s the space (or more accurately, the lack of it.) you’re worried about. Built in pet bed is a great idea to get your little loved ones their own space without taking up extra space in the apartment.
For example, that space under your home bench, lounge chair, and even stairs? Don’t just let it be unoccupied, keep your little loved ones close while allowing them to have their own room!
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And, fine. If you really have a strong desire to be roommates with your pets, and not just house mates. There’s a way to do so without giving up space nor sharing the bed, too!
Now that we saw some ideas for sleep and naps space, what about another big part of your pets’ daily life – Eat? In a city like Singapore, home interior design for most are mostly about saving space. When it comes to the puppies and kittens, they, too can enjoy a regular dining space without taking out extra space at home. Much like the built in bed concept, there’s also built in dining areas for your pets.
For example, a slide-out drawer:
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Or, a pastry or closet convert that allows you to use it for storage and set up a little dining space for your pets.
And if slide draws are not your idea of worry-free living or you simply don’t like to slide stuff, don’t worry, you can still get that built in sleep or eating space built in at home.
I mean, look at how peaceful this adorable puppy is when he’s enjoying his very own room and still be in touch with the environment?
And if those tiny claws in the house are kitten claws, you might want to add a few layers to your place to make your kittens feel like they’re living in an amusement park, after all, happy kittens, happy owners, right? (I think that’s how the saying goes… I think.)
Now, let’s move on to bathing.
When it comes to bathing, if you have a little extra space, consider getting our loyal furry friends their own bath tub.
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Because who doesn’t like his or her own bath tub? Once your pet gets used to the idea and having the habit of going to its own bath tub, it will be a lot easier for your pet to take a bath. Also, cleaning a small bath tub is a whole lot easier than trying to get the hair off your human size bath tub!
When you’re planning a renovation, it is important to let your interior designer know exactly how many pets and what kind of pets you own. Home interior designs in Singapore, like many other major cities, are now paying more and more attention to creating a pet-friendly environment at home. After all, your pets are a part of your family, and a home should be built for everyone in the family.
Living room, where the “living” happens. A space in your home that is supposed to be the one place you spend most time in, either reading by yourself, watching TV with your loved ones or hosting your friends over for afternoon tea. While it is true that people in big cities don’t tend to have house guests anymore, but with a cozy living room design, your Singapore HDB flat might just be able to turn into a best hangout spot for you and your friends!
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What’s the living room even for, anyway?
Perhaps because people today are more and more aware of personal style and interests and are spending more time effort in designing their bedrooms and kitchens, which is not a bad thing, but also not mutually exclusive with spending some time and thoughts on your living room design. After all, your living room is your home’s “first impression”. Yes, people will be impressed with your cool kitchen and the bedroom that is full of characters, but that doesn’t change the fact that living room is the first thing they see and the space in your home that they are going to spend most if not all the time in. In fact, unless you really, really like to sleep, the living room is the place YOU will first see every time you come home and also the place YOU will spend most of time your time in at home, too.
And that’s why the living room is worth some thinking and designing for.
What kind of atmosphere best suits a living room?
The answer varies from person to person, but generally, you can’t go wrong with a cozy atmosphere.
While it is cool to have a very edgy living room, let’s not forget that you probably would rather be comfortable in a space that you’re spending a great deal of time in. Something cozy will help you relax and unwind after a long day at work or a lazy Sunday at home. Not to mention the mental hugs you get when you walk into your home and the first thing you see is something warm and cozy, instead of something edgy and of strong character.
A cozy living room is also a good investment for your wallet, the more comfortable and happy you are with your living room, the more likely you’d want to spend more time in it instead of going out on Saturday night and spending big bucks for beverage and food when you know you can enjoy the very same thing at home for much less.
Does a cozy atmosphere living room mean a warm and darker color themed living room?
If you worry too much brown or darker colors would be a conflict for the rest of the design in your home or looks too dark, worry not. Although people do enjoy brown-ish colors for a cozy atmosphere, but a cozy atmosphere does not actually need brown colors and the likes. Take a look at these bright yet very cozy living rooms:
Loving how cozy those puffy white couches look? You’d love it more and get even more cozy when you switch the covers to something stain proof.
Inevitably, one of the most common concerns in living room design in Singapore is a cluttered living room. While we do always think of something puffy and bigger in size when we think of something cozy, it does not have to be the case. Here are two simple tricks to follow for you to have a cozy living room AND conquer living room clutter!
- Natural lights can fix a lot of things, including clutters.
Any space that lacks lighting looks a lot more cluttered than it actually is, if it is even cluttered! Naturally light is not only a natural photoshop for skin when you take a Instagram picture, it also does the same thing to your living room!
- Keep it simple, no, really, keep it SIMPLE.
I’m sure you have heard it all before, keeping it simple for limited space and what not, but do you really understand the idea of keeping things simple? If you already have a small living room, everything that you don’t need in there CAN be eliminated. Only keep the essentials, like a couch, coffee table? Replace it with one or two small side table instead. Also, do you really a TV stand? Mount that TV!
Finally, make sure you know that you deserve the cozy living room of your dream, don’t let the limited space stands between you, and leave that to your interior designer to deal with! (Or yourself, whichever works best for you, I’m not here to tell you what to do…)
If you’re a returning reader, by now you probably know two things: 1. We are based in Singapore, and 2. We do interior designs. Two of the most important things about us and coincidentally, two of the things we love the most.
Although we enjoy interior design and bringing you the home that you will fall in love with, we also believe that interior design is more than just looking pretty and sweeping you off your feet. Your interior design represents your character and life style, and sometimes, it does more than representing you.
You see, the human mind is an interesting and complex thing. Your environment and places of being can easily have an effect on you. If this is sounding a little too next level stuff, just take a step back and think about it; for instance, do you feel the exact same when you walk into a dark, cluttered living room and when you walk into a bright, spacious living room?
How about the same living room, but between when it’s messy and when it’s clean and tidy?
I think I can speak for most people when I say that the difference would really affect my feelings. Even just a little bit.
Now, all of which I’ve just described are just a virtual thing. Another factor in any virtual display is, you guess it, color.
Do colors really have an effect on our mood or feelings?
Once again, the answer might vary from one person to another, but in most cases, it does. Imaging being locked in a small room with all the walls, the floor and ceiling painted white, and being locked in another in red. Even in your head, you could probably already feel the difference.
And since the colors in your home do have an effect on you, your babies, tiny, but still human beings, are also getting slight effects from the colors at home, too.
What does this mean?
This means that your baby, who is less capable of expressing and analyzing feelings and mood swings (Well, sometimes we as adults can’t even master that.), are likely to receive more impacts from the colors in the nursery or their room. This is, by the way, completely scientifically researched and have been known for decades. This New York Times article from way back in the 1980’s discussed about how colors affect behaviors.
Now, let’s take at some common colors and see how that affect behaviors
Red is the color of excitement and energy. And, usually avoided for nursery or children’s room because it is also associated with aggression. Of course, this doesn’t mean you need to get rid of every red things in your baby’s room. A few touch here and there is fine, painting the walls red might require a second thought.
A soft, mellow color that has a calming effect, although too much pink can lead to anxiety and agitation. Like most things in life, too much is never a great idea. Use the color in moderation for the perfect balance.
The happy color. Commonly associated with happiness and cheerfulness. Brighter shades of yellow can even stimulate memory and metabolism. However, because of its stimulating ability, painting walls yellow might over stimulate your baby’s emotions and feelings, which might result in bad temper or overly emotional babies.
The exact opposite of red is probably the first thought that comes to mind when people think of the color blue. Similarly, blue does the opposite thing in psychology as well. Blue is said to calm the mind and the body, this makes it a good color for children who have trouble sleeping or are prone to tantrums. It is also the color is associated with water and the sea. Having a good amount of blue in the room also has a cooling effect – of course, in your head, but isn’t everything?
Purple is essentially the combination of blue and red, two opposite colors. This means that it has the characteristics of either. Commonly associated with wisdom and spirituality, the darker shade of purple is also associated with wealth and royalty. This color can promote sensitivity and compassion for children.
Green symbolizes the nature and that brings a calming vibe to the space as well as a refreshing feeling to it. The color is said to reduce anxiety and promote concentration. Some studies even claim that green can improve children’s reading skills.
And remember, these are all just generalizations. Psychological responses to colors vary from one person to another. Make sure you have a few good looks at the colors and observe how your baby reacts to the colors before you make any decision. If you had the time and means, you could also always change the colors every once in a while. Ask the experts in Singapore interior design now!
Just because we don’t have a billion dollar home, doesn’t mean we can’t do a little extra something to make our home looks and feels like a little bit closer to billion dollar, that is exactly the beauty and the magic of interior design. Given proper communication, any interior designer in Singapore should be able to get their hands on a few gems to put it in your home here and there and create the luxurious vibe. This does not always mean spending big bucks to turn your home into a seventeenth century castle (Although that would be very cool and luxury guaranteed.), a few defining elements around the house can do wonders and upgrade your entire apartment when done properly. Consult with your interior designer and find out his or her access to such elements.
What are the most common defining elements used to create the luxurious feel for the apartment?
The truth is, with some clever touch, everything has the potential to be the defining luxurious element in the apartment, for example, a simple mirror.
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Replace your boring, square mirror with something with character and elegance, and you’d be surprised how this one simple trick can turn the whole area into something with luxury in the air.
Another frequently forgotten defining element for luxury is the indoor stones.
And it works even better with a modern interior design, adding a stone wall or just a simple TV wall brings in a subtle outdoor vibe while maintaining its luxurious status.
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And even if you’re going with a more warm-colors design, the stone-wall fits right in with a more mellow vibe, yet still says “luxury” to everyone who lays eye on it.
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Now, back to the small decoration and accessories category, when it comes to anything luxury, the most commonly associated elements are, you know it, fur and leather. Both things sound expensive. And they could be, but worry not, just a touch of fur and leather in a modern apartment can be a game changer. Don’t believe me? See it for yourself.
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A small piece of leather carpet turns the living room into a billion-dollar vacation resort. And all it does is just lay there on the floor! And the fur chair, let me just say, if it looks like it’s made for a princess, it sure is meant for a princess, even when it’s just sitting in the corner of a tiny Singapore studio.
Of course, you can’t go luxurious without chandelier. In fact, the power of chandelier is so strong that it is almost impossible to walk in any apartment with a chandelier and say “Oh, what a modest home.” – And if anyone does exactly that, that’s how you know the person lies!
I mean look at this.
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And this horn chandelier that fit right in of a modern design so smoothly and bringing the warmth in a stone cold kitchen? This design is telling people that “Hey, I’m a modern city living home owner, but I also have the time and luxury to enjoy the great outdoors.”
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And for those who is 100% not feeling the contract and the wild outdoor touch, there is always the more traditionally luxurious touch in your chandelier. Even a seemingly boring dining room does not stand a chance when it comes to the power of a chandelier, it lights up the space, both literally and figuratively.
For a country as hot as Singapore, your Singapore interior designer might have recommended a all-white and natural light rich design for your living room, which is clever, however, that doesn’t mean you can’t step up your luxurious vibe game and chandelier it, if you think it won’t work with a minimalist design, think again.
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See, told you!
Not into any of the mentioned above? Here’s one more trick up my sleeve:
Hang a picture/painting
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Yes, paintings, changing the vibe of your living room since… well, since hanging paintings on the wall became a thing, which I’m sure it has been for centuries, all the wisdom and satisfied users can’t be wrong, right? Not to mention that it goes with almost all background colors, unless you have really, really colorful wall. Just remember “Less is more”, because a crowded wall can say a lot of things, but “luxury” is not one of those things.
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