Hiring a professional interior designer requires a lot of money, and the design fee can be as high as MYR8000 in Malaysia and as high as S$6000 in Singapore. According to Qanvast, an online platform for renovation and design in Singapore, the average cost of renovating an ordinary HDB flat in Singapore costs S$56,000! Similarly, in Malaysia, the fee can be between MYR40,000 to 150,000.
Here are 5 interior design tips that will instantly add a different color to your fabulous home.
1. A certain sense of space and color acuity
While pursuing the perfect decoration layout, you must also always remember not to compromise on fluidity. The so-called sense of space is that when you live in a limited space, you must first ensure that you can move freely without hindrance, and you will not be forced to become a claustrophobic by unnecessary burdens!
Under normal circumstances, a house with a certain sense of space must have at least the following points:
Distance from door to entrance: 900mm
Distance from wardrobe to bed: 900mm
The width of each furniture (such as cabinets, shelves and storage boxes, etc.): 600mm
After completing the space layout, let’s explore the relationship between color and space. If you don’t know where to start, try using neutral colors like black, white, beige, gray and wooden furniture to decorate the space. All of these colors are visually relaxing and comfortable, while exuding an understated and luxurious atmosphere.
2. Start with the end in mind and consider the cause and effect before designing
Once you’ve thought through all the basic shapes, you’re ready to start designing your home layout using Homestyler’s tools. Background available measuring tools to help you get more accurate dimensions. The EasyHome HomeStyler online tool can help you build your dream home in 2D and 3D. Whether you are using your existing house floor plan or want to create a new floor plan from an existing catalog, you can build the room you want one by one, including the use of actual products to design doors, windows and floors And wall color and other functions allow you to better draw the template you want.
3. Smart use of small designs can visually create the effect of a spacious space
The biggest problem with small apartment houses is that they have limited space, so you have to make good use of every corner to make the most of it. When choosing the design you want, you need to create not just spaciousness, but also functionality.
For example, in the living room, Khalil chose to use a full-height cabinet that connects the living room and dining room as a wall. This cabinet extends into the dining room to replace part of the wall as a decorative display. This example of connecting two adjacent spaces (dining room and living room) is a great way to enhance the sense of space. Because the cabinets are similar in design and color to the windows, a single cabinet can also create a feeling of openness and circulation in the space. For some small homes, judiciously hiding some storage space is a necessary action. In addition to reducing some visual clutter, these cleverly convert dead spots into useful spaces.
4. Hide, cover, cover up!
Another important task was to cover up previously uneven surfaces such as walls and doors, odd corners and unsightly columns. When these blemish-covering actions are complete, a flawless home is complete. Here are some comparison charts for reference:
Before: Uneven wall surface and exposed columns. After: Full-height cabinets disguise uneven walls and columns, and pantry doors are replaced with sliding doors.
In addition to the function of covering walls and columns, full-height cabinets can also use shutters to provide space between the dining room and the living room to install a central air-conditioning system
Before: Bedroom door and unknown nook under exposure. After: Full-court retractable doors that look like cupboards conceal TV consoles, pillars, and bedroom doors that fall off the wall.
Before: The extra space from the corner of the bedroom door to the window looked a little misshapen. After: Fill an entire empty bedroom with a full-height wardrobe. There is a small compartment at the top of the wardrobe to hide the central air conditioning system well.
Before: The entrance from the kitchen to the dining room was exposed extensively. After: Make clever use of the kitchen cabinets and the space behind the sliding doors for the refrigerator.
5. Visit and purchase directly from furniture wholesalers, contractors and manufacturers in person
When everything is sized and designed in the desired layout, you can show your floor plan and 3D perspective to the manufacturer. A few things to note include:
Ask your friends and family for their approval and opinions.
Clearly communicate your envisioned designs to the manufacturer, and use at least three different dimensional quotations. If your own cost is not so high, you can also choose furniture of different materials.
For a better shopping experience, you can go to wholesale manufacturers in the suburbs to find furniture at lower prices. Several of these wholesalers also sell second-hand furniture from hotels. Even second-hand furniture can still be in as good a condition as new.
If you want to find art and decorations in a unique style, you can try to find them in local shops when traveling abroad. Khalil found chic artwork at Chatuchak Weekend Market in Bangkok, Thailand, and Ubud, in Bali, Indonesia. Not only are these works of art very affordable, they are even crafted by craftsmen.
The so-called house decoration and design does not need to spend a lot of money. To make your home look great, all you need is some basic design skills, color sensitivity and a touch of creativity.