Is Your Home a Reflection of Your Personality?
It is said that a person’s home is an extension of who he is, so it stands to reason that you can learn much about a person’s personality from the way his house is designed.
This article will give you the basic tips to starting a great conversation with the host the next time you’re invited (or dragged) to a house warming party or baby shower. Instead of standing in the corner typing away on your phone, look out for these signs.
Lots of storage and clean lines
If you the home is well kept with ample storage spaces, and even possibly multi-function furniture that doubles up as a hidden storage, you know you have a very organized person on your hands and he or she will enjoy conversations that are factual and systematic.
Extendable dining table, transformable coffee table, or a rotating TV wall even. Everything in this home has multiple uses. These folks favour function over form and are more interested in usage rather than the look. Forgo the small talk and dive deep into something substantial.
You walk into a room and it looks like Facebook – photos line the walls, maybe an inspirational poster of two, and the desk has an old photo of when the homeowner was half her size. These folks value memories and relationships. Ask them about their lives. Feel free to bring up topics that were a hit a decade ago. The nostalgia never gets old.
A patched-work refurbished sofa in a corner and an enlarged reprint of the 1939 comic cover of Batman’s first appearance encased in a customized frame hanging on the opposite wall. This type of homeowner values his or her personal identity and enjoys a conversation involving creative ideas or conspiracy theories. The best way to get into a conversation with such a homeowner is to ask about a story surrounding an interesting piece that stands out. There’s probably a story behind it that would make for great conversation.
High Tech Home
You can feel the ground vibrating with the latest 15.1 audio surround sound system before you even step into the house. The state of the art curved screen television is probably connected to a DIY super computer that has the capability of running octo-quad processors. There’s only two of such system in the world – One is owned by the CIA and you’re looking at the other. It should be clear by now that the homeowner is interested in the latest toys. A good topic would be to ask the homeowner for his opinion on two competitive tech trends and be marveled by the geekery!
Which type of homeowner are you? Let me know in the comment below. If you have been contemplating about giving your home a makeover, come talk to us. We would love to help you design a home that yells out “This is who I am; this is my home!”
Coming up in this series of Personality Based Design, we will be looking at the various character archetypes and the designs that suit them.
The type of flooring you choose will determine the congruency of your overall home concept. You have probably heard of the more common flooring options such as homogenous tiles or vinyl. The two primary reasons for their popularity is the relative durability and the ease of maintenance.There are a few other considerations when choosing the right flooring for your home. Experts I spoke to say that the following factors – level of moisture, durability, ease of maintenance – influence their decisions when recommending flooring options to customers.
Follow this 5-step guide to decide which flooring best suits your needs.
Will your floor be installed in the balcony, bathroom, or kitchen?
The location of where the flooring is to be has an utmost importance and your patterns of usage and lifestyle would determine the type of suitable floor materials. For the locations such as bathrooms or kitchens, we recommend non-slip homogeneous tiles with texture as they are waterproof, durable and last heavy wear and tear. Be careful of having too much texture to the tiles as they are more difficult to scrub and clean. If you want to have a wooden floor look, it is now possible with homogeneous tiles that have a wood texture layer of glazing on them.
Do you have pets or young children running around the place?
Having pets or little young children is a joyous thing in life but it may not be very joyful for your floor actually. You would need a floor material that is highly resistant to scratches and spillage stains. Another consideration is the impact absorbance upon a child falling down. Vinyl based floorboards are highly resistant to scratches and stains and having a rubber based sole, they are more impact absorbing as compared to the more hardy floor tiles. This in turn could minimise any injury caused by a child running and falling down. Carpet floor tiles are another option however they would be higher maintenance and aren’t resistant to spills.
(Vinyl floorboards for kid’s room)
Will there be frequent moving of heavy objects around the area?
Are you constantly going to shift the furniture about or retrieve heavy and bulk items from this space? If so, the likelihood of items dropping and hitting the floor would be high. You would need a floor material that would be able to withstand heavy impacts over a long span of time. Granite floor tiles are an ideal option as they are durable and long lasting. However they are costly, being natural stone of course. You could go with carpet floor tiles but take note that they will wear out in a couple of years but they aren’t as expensive to install or change anyway.
Do your foresee yourself taking frequent care of your flooring?
In Singapore, with all our busy work schedules and life, taking care of a home can be quite a chore. Many of us would consider having a material that would be easy maintenance so as to ease our lives. So if you see yourself not taking frequent care of your flooring, then you should go with the stronger materials such as homogeneous tiles or vinyl based floorboards. Natural materials such as parquet, marble or granite flooring need more frequent care even though they may be stronger in some ways. Carpet floor tiles are a no-no if maintenance is your main consideration.
Did you factor in the cost of installation in your budget?
Cost is always anyone’s concern when it comes to renovation so taking note of which materials and their costs are essential. Marble and granite floorings could cost the most expensive while homogeneous tiles would be the next on the list. Parquet and vinyl floorboards are relatively similar in pricing and are a notch down in price compared to tiles. Carpet floor tiles may be one of the cheapest options available however they will need to have the most maintenance.
This article is written by Montie Mahtani
Interior Designer / Blogger
Even if you don’t normally notice a plant’s presence, having green plants in your immediate environment can subconsciously make you feel calm and relaxed. Scientists call this the Biophilia Hypothesis, a theory that suggests humans seek out connection with nature to achieve biological balance. The list of health benefits that plants can bring ranges from stress reduction to accelerated recovery after a surgery. The conditions in which these studies were made could be debated, but I’d leave that up to the skeptics. I’m sharing the top 3 of our personal favourites.
Natural Air Filters
Indoor plants like Dragon Tree or Snake Plant pull air from the surrounding through their roots converting impurities into food for the plant thus acting as a natural air filter for the home.
Want to eradicate the damp smell in the bathroom? Consider Peace Lily. This plant will absorb moisture from the air through its leaves and requires little sunlight to thrive. The English ivy is that it can be planted in a hanging pot and placed higher in the room, close to the ceiling, absorbing humidity that rises, and at the same time, you don’t have to worry about knocking it over.
Better Night’s Sleep
You probably recall basic science 101 that plants take in carbon dioxide and give out oxygen by day and reverse the process by night. Certain plants defy that convention: Orchids, succulents and epiphytic bromeliads. Place these plants in the bedrooms to gain a burst of fresh air to get a better night’s sleep. This is great for those with repository problems. They are also incredibly good for those with infants or young children at home who are more prone to asthmatic conditions.
Note: If you’re the type that likes to read up on science facts and figures, here’s a link to a research done by University of Technology Sydney on the benefits of having indoor plants.
The kitchen, back in my grandparents’ era, is the most important part of the home. In the Peranakan culture, the kitchen is also known as ‘The Heart of the House’. While modern couples may not utilize the kitchen with the same frequency and enthusiasm their parents did, the kitchen still remains as one of the most important part of the home when it comes to design. You can’t get into an impromptu romantic swing dance routine in the kitchen without breaking some crockeries. But – hey – if that’s your kind of thing, I’m totally supportive of that.
The topic I’m exploring today is on 5 features you must consider when designing a beautiful yet functional kitchen for your new home in 2017.
(Picture by M3 Studio)
The kitchen island! That’s on most people’s wish list but how can we make that option feasible in a HDB kitchen? The best option would be to break down the wall between the kitchen and the dining area and have the kitchen island double up as the barrier between both rooms. The kitchen island is great for mingling with friends while having a glass of wine of if you need to prepare a quick snack.
Another interior design secret I’m going to share with you is The Work Triangle. The triangle should allow the chef to have easy access to the stove, the sink and the refrigerator without obstruction. That path forms a triangle. If you plan your kitchen design following The Work Triangle rule, you would be able to fit a spouse and a pet cat in the kitchen and work together in harmony.
So you got a beautifully designed cabinet and you marvel at your choice of material selection, then you start to unpack your groceries and grandma’s delicate Chinaware, and that’s when you realize the horror of horrors. The cabinet doors clash with adjacent doors and walls and some are even poised in angles that are accidents waiting to happen.
(Picture by M3 Studio)
When designing your kitchen, think about every door and how you’ll use them. Your concept drawings should include the geometry of appliance doors. This includes the swing of the refrigerator doors, the cabinets in their open position, and any other key operations like drawers and dishwasher door. While there will definitely be overlapping areas, the idea is to plan which doors will be operational at which part of the process.
The sink, rubbish bin and dishwasher should be situated close together. Many people may not consider this relation until its too late. The design of a kitchen should consider the convenience of cleaning up after a meal. Ideally you want to have these things out of sight but yet situated close enough to the dining area.
(Picture by M3 Studio)
And for my final and probably the most important tip – food preparation space. Never underestimate the space you require. The space you will require and the material of your kitchen top will differ with your ethnic group. Western meals generally require more surface space than oriental meals. Oriental meals, usually piping hot when served would do better with a more resilient kitchen top. Indian food, with its sauces and spice, will require even more space.
If all these points sounds really confusing, just remember one thing: Your lifestyle should determine the functionality of your kitchen, not the other way around. Come talk to your friendly designers at M3 and we would be happy to factor all these considerations in your design so you don’t have to worry.
Taiwan is one of the most progressive countries in Southeast Asia. Many people who visit the country are surprised to learn that it is a place where tradition and modern technology meet. With that being said, it is also a country not afraid to step outside the boundaries in interior design. A rising trend in Taiwan gears homes towards minimalist and zen designs. This is the main reason why it should be a no-brainer to look for Taiwan interior designs as a source of inspiration.
1. This home incorporates rustic and industrial elements into the whole design. The de-cluttered atmosphere reflects the Taiwan lifestyle where simplicity and functionality matters most. The halogen spotlight in the ceilings support the natural light coming through the glass walls. This interior is a great set-up for younger people as pop art also plays a big part in brightening up the whole place.
2. A more contemporary take on the first interior results to the second one. Instead of using wood and spotlighting, this interior goes for a subtler approach with cove lighting and white colors complimenting the concrete floor. This creates a spacious illusion that is relaxing and comforting for the dwellers. This design definitely utilizes more storage opportunities. With multiple shelves and even a bookshelf beside the window, it is wonderful space for anyone who has collected memorabilia throughout the years. There are also more seating options for someone who enjoys various activities from guitar playing to just chilling and watching TV.
3. By now, anyone can see that a prominent feature of Taiwan-inspired designs is focused on organization. This modern design has thrown a splash of retro with the accent chairs. The patchwork design on the two chairs as well as the red rug bring an exciting element to the monochrome colors.
4. This completely modern apartment is a great reflection of Taiwan embracing technology. Various modern components can be found in the interior including the side drop ceilings, edgy furniture and wall panels. At some places where wood floorings may not be available, laminate flooring as showcased in this example is a great option if you wish to have one in your home. Surprisingly, the stone wall by the fireplace adds an earthly element that keeps part of this design grounded.
We know: in Singapore, your HDB may be the size of a shoebox– but the quality your HDB interior design should never be compromised. Whether you’re looking to free up more space into your living room, or to declutter your bedroom for a mess-free rest, we’ve collated 6 space saving interior design hacks.
- Let there be light
Feel like your room is a little too dark and dingy? Maybe it’s your curtains. Some curtains block out a large amount of light. Avoid those and swap them out for light, material that will let in the light even when they’re drawn for privacy. Adding more light fixtures will also help in making your little home feel lighter, brighter, and more beautiful.
- Do double duty
Get flexible furniture that does more. In a small home like a HDB flat, furnishings with two or more functions can be a real lifesaver. Some pieces include ottoman seats that allow you to stow away any stray items, or foldaway beds that can be concealed to make way. While these might be a little more on the pricey side, consider these costs as the price for two items. The cost savings do add up, and you just might get your home dolled up for less.
- Put up your pictures
While you might not have room to place more décor, you can certainly hang them up. Show off your personality by adding some artwork to your small space. Best of all, some hooks can be removed cleanly, so feel free to experiment without the commitment.
4. Pick something distinct
In a small space, décor displayed can make you feel like your home is in a mess. Cut down on the clutter and pick out a particular piece of furniture that speaks of your personality. Maybe it’s a bright red couch, a slouchy beanbag, or maybe even an avant-garde lamp.
Related: 5 Frugal Ways to Decorate Your Home
5. Don’t fear heights
Floor space is always restrictive in a small HDB interior design flat, so turn your attention upwards. Attach shelving to your walls to display any mementos and books. Or they could serve a more practical purpose like keeping Fido and Felix’s treats out of reach.
6. Tiny spaces make for great storage
Have an odd space you don’t know what to do with? Slot a skinny spice rack in that awkward gap between the fridge and the kitchen sink. Lay a ladder against a wall to hang up your clothes. Don’t be afraid- be creative and make use of dead space that could bring your home to life.
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