Small Touches for Big Spaces
Simple ways to decorate luxurious houses.
Large spaces offer boundless possibilities in mixing and matching different colours, textures, and scales. Playing with each of these elements allow you to create dramatic looks and unique ambiences. However, the vastness could become an adversary, as it is easy to get carried away in trying to fit too many elements into the space, making it crowded and claustrophobic. Similarly, the vastness could easily become overwhelming, causing your furniture and accessories to become lost in the space. Avoid these pitfalls with tips from the industry, and pick up some trendy home improvement ideas along the way.
COLOURS IN VOGUE
In the recent years, it's become a common trend for interiors to move on from white hues and earthy tones to a more dynamic palette of solid colours. In particular, many are favouring a juxtaposition of muted tones with a burst of colour from a centrepiece, be it a furniture piece or a portion of the wall. Terri Tan, design director of Designworx Interior Consultant, observes, “Turquoise seems to be the colour of the year instead of Pan Pantone’s Radiant Orchid. We see the colour show up in the uph upholstery, wall coverings and eveneve on the furniture. We are alsoals seeing more interiors with darkda accented walls, which add a lotl of drama and glamour. Theyt also form a perfect backdropb to metallic accessoriesa and light colour furniture.”f Coincidentally, acrylica furniture is making a comeback. Light and versatile, acrylics often come in a variety of vibrant colours, making it the perfect accompaniment to both contemporary and classicalc interiors.
Think in terms of a vertical scale to createe a layering effect that draws one’s attention to specific fixtures in a large home. Strategically placed objects that present a contrast in size work wonders in pulling a room together while also creating an organic divider in separating spaces within in the same room. Low Shu Min, marketing manager of Kri:eit Associates, suggests, “Suspending stunning, large feature lightings from a high ceiling; adding tall plants to fill in the vertical expanse to create a more welcoming space; incorporating textures to lend visual depth to the room; or installing high folding screens to create an impression of a more intimate area.”
Moving to the other end of the scale, positioning some low furniture pieces like a chaise lounge divides the room neatly while keeping the flow between both zones. Additionally, a well-positioned rug could anchor the furniture arrangement and tie the pieces together in a more unified setting. Low adds, “By doing this, you create intrigue by adding more dimensions of scale to the depth of field. Large pieces of artwork also fare brilliantly in big spaces.”
CURATING ART PIECES
Whether it’s a framed picture or a sculptural piece, the perfect artwork for a home has to speak to you in one way or another. It should fit your personality as much as it fits your interior. Says Tan, “For traditional interiors, classical pieces like photography and painting will be more suitable. For modern spaces, sleek conceptual pieces will work better. Try to aim for a balance of scale, tone, content, colour and shape. If you have a large wall, consider an arrangement of smaller pieces instead of one large piece. If you are building a collection, decide on a theme – it can be by medium, genre, artist, or even simply by colour. This helps to create a cohesive, meaningful group of artworks where each piece relates to the others.” With the numerous galleries and art fairs popping up across the island, the art market is as bustling as it has ever been. Besides famous international artists, look out for original art by local emerging artists, which are not only well priced, but often also allow more personal interactions with the artist.
While an outdoor shower, a steam shower or a stand-alone bathtub are simple fixtures that would instantaneously elevate a bathroom, hightech gadgets not only modernise the space, but also add a new level of functionality. A prime example, Hansgrohe’s Axor Lampshower fuses light and water in an innovative hybrid that offers practicality and refined living. Designed by Japanese design studio Nendo, its effortless aesthetics impart a heightened sensual dimension to the bathroom, and encourages relaxation. Other luxe creations on the market that inspire total indulgence and repose include Bluetooth-enabled showers that would stream your choice bath-time playlist, and a tub that doubles as a sound system.
PICKING THE RIGHT MATTRESS
A lavishly decked out bedroom would mean nought if you cannot get a sound night’s sleep – and that hefty task falls largely on procuring the right mattress. Since sleep quality and comfort are extremely subjective, there isn’t an exact science to defining the correct mattress. Instead, the general rule of thumb is to go with personal comfort. If possible, always test out mattresses by lying on them in a normal sleep position for at least 20 minutes before making a decision.
Kenny Tang, founder of Luxury Mattress Collection advises, “Invest in the best quality mattress you can afford, and always go for natural materials over artificial materials.” Like many other products, all-natural materials are making a strong comeback in the mattress industry. Beddings made from eco-friendly materials like untreated wool, organic cotton and natural latex, are known to give a more luxurious feel, while also boasting higher proficiencies in absorbing and releasing moisture. Also, they are durable, non-toxic and environmentally friendly.
GOING A STEP FURTHER
Transforming the basement into an entertainment room is a great way to add that extra touch of luxury, but the team of designers at Designworx suggests taking it even further by installing a personal wine cellar to show off your collection of prized reds. For a more eye-catching feature, consider adding an impressive infinity pool, especially if you are already blessed with a breathtaking view. Tan adds, “Another increasingly popular feature in luxurious home is glass floors. Depending on what you wish to display, you can have a partial glass floor on the upper levels so you can take a peek at the living spaces underneath.”