CRE­AT­ING A SCENE

There’s a new yard­stick for style – and it’s In­sta­gram. We show you how to present your well- de­signed and thought­fully cu­rated home on the photo- shar­ing site in five trendy set­tings.

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SCENE 1 MONO­CHROME MAG I C

Pop­u­lar with Scan­di­na­vian-type in­te­ri­ors, a monochro­matic scheme lends a chic aes­thetic to your photo. “If you have a con­ser­va­tive black-and-white colour pal­ette at home, make the photo more in­ter­est­ing by in­clud­ing var­i­ous eye-catch­ing ob­jects,” says Nonie Chen, se­nior art direc­tor of

Home&Decor Sin­ga­pore. Th­ese will im­bue some char­ac­ter in the oth­er­wise plain scene.

What we did: Chose ac­ces­sories in var­i­ous ma­te­ri­als such as steel and knit­ted fab­ric, while stick­ing to the black and white scheme. Added bits of green to liven up the look.

SCENE 2 COLOUR IT IN

A vi­brant photo is sure to catch the eyes of your fol­low­ers, and colour­block­ing is one way to do that. “Start with your con­cept, a colour scheme and the com­pli­men­tary ob­jects that will mo­ti­vate its nar­ra­tive,” share Dionna Lee and Sean Ash­ley of cre­ative firm Oooze. They sug­gest us­ing colours like pas­tel pink, mus­tard yel­low and bright turquoise.

What we did: Let the colours take cen­tre stage by min­imis­ing the num­ber of props. We also used a colour wheel to fig­ure out anal­o­gous and com­pli­men­tary hues.

SCENE 3 DARK & MYS­TE­RI­OUS

A dark back­ground not only draws at­ten­tion to the ob­jects fea­tured, but it also helps to evoke a dif­fer­ent mood from the colours and prod­ucts used in the photo. Al­li­son Goh, a prod­uct stylist who favours a darker colour scheme, says: “Red against a white back­drop is vi­brant and happy, whereas the same hue against a black back­ground will feel pas­sion­ate and dra­matic.” What we did: Cre­ated a Tim­o­thy Oul­tonesque at­mos­phere, by pair­ing vin­tage-look fur­ni­ture with shiny brass and cop­per ac­ces­sories; this bright­ened the dark tones and luxed up the ar­range­ment.

SCENE 4 GREEN WITH ENVY

When it comes to the per­fect back­drop, noth­ing beats Mother Na­ture; nat­u­ral sun­light and green­ery in­stantly brighten a photo. Take the op­por­tu­nity to show off your home’s ar­chi­tec­tural fa­cade and the nat­u­ral el­e­ments that sur­round it.

What we did: Chose brightly coloured props that would pop against a sea of greens and blues. We also in­cluded an el­e­ment of wa­ter – whether it’s a pool, or a drink.

SCENE 5 SEN­SORY PL AY

Con­tem­po­rary in­te­ri­ors of­ten fea­ture lots of smooth and sleek sur­faces, but if you’d like a rus­tic and slow-liv­ing look in­stead, pho­to­graph home ac­ces­sories with em­broi­dery, carv­ings, and even rust. Th­ese tex­tured sur­faces add depth and char­ac­ter, draw­ing your at­ten­tion to the in­di­vid­ual pieces in the photo.

What we did: Chose a pared-down colour scheme, so even the small­est de­tails can stand out. We also paired vin­tage sil­ver­ware that is show­ing its age with clean, mod­ern de­signs.

Pine leaf ta­ble (Swe­den 1800s), RM7,500, from Mobler. Robert Gor­don Hard­ware Lane large bowl, RM267, and Redecker Olive wood salad server, RM60, both from Plain Vanilla Home. Glass jar (1960s), RM180, from Mobler. Atomi Kaico Maru medium can­is­ter,...

Magis Happy Bird decor, price upon re­quest, from Xtra. Also avail­able from Linds.

Moroso red net cof­fee ta­ble, and Moroso green net side ta­ble, prices upon re­quest, both from Xtra. Mu­uto white mar­ble groove trivet, RM240, from Pomelo.

ON SIDE­BOARD Odeon ta­ble lamp, RM6,540, from Cu­rio Home. Tom Dixon plum tray, RM1,230; Plum tongs, RM330; Plum cock­tail shaker, RM900, and Plum mar­tini glasses, RM720 for a set of two, all from Xtra. ON WALL Tim­o­thy Oul­ton’s Cards Aces Hearts art­work,...

Moder­nica Case Study baby blue fi­bre­glass rocker, RM2,070, from Pomelo. An­gle­poise Type 75 yel­low desk lamp, RM1,140, from In­hab­i­tant. Hem Pal low stool by Hall­geir Hom­stvedt, RM570, from Pomelo. Other items, stylist’s own.

Blue drip ce­ramic cup, RM126, by Usu­ally Usual. Le Creuset blue plate, RM149; Le Creuset mor­tar and pes­tle, RM297; Le Creuset mini oval casse­role dish, RM237; Bialetti Fi­ammetta stove­top espresso maker, RM240, and Le Creuset red bowl, RM177, all from...

Yu­miko Ii­hoshi porce­lain Un jour Apres-midi grey plate, RM147; Un jour Matin grey plate, RM294; Un jour Matin blue plate, RM294; brown ce­ramic dish, RM25, and Un jour Gouter grey plate, RM114, all from Atomi. Other items, stylist’s own.

ON SIDE­BOARD Alfi Gusto 1-litre red vacuum hard glass carafe, RM417, and Le Creuset espresso mug, RM99, both from Robin­sons The Heeren. Other items, stylist’s own. Moder­nica Case Study or­ange fi­bre­glass stack­ing chair, RM1,350; Mu­uto Un­fold pen­dant...

Birdy floor lamp, RM1,770, and Kumo mod­u­lar sofa, price upon re­quest, both fom Dan­ish De­sign. ”Ella” oil paint­ing by E Lerav (Swe­den, 1931), RM1,650, from Mobler. Cush­ions, prices upon re­quest, from Dan­ish De­sign.

Max­alto Is­tos car­pet by Francesca Si­men, RM23,250; B&B Italia Fat-Fat tray by Pa­tri­cia Urquiola, RM1,485; B&B Italia Te­tra can­dle­holder by Naoto Fuka­sawa, RM795; Pols Pot­ten spar­row (large, comes in a set of two), RM180; Pols Pot­ten spar­row (small,...

B&B Italia Frank ’12 con­sole by An­to­nio Cit­te­rio, RM10,500, and vases and art­work, prices upon re­quest, all from Space Fur­ni­ture.

Mon­tana pair side­board, RM8,448, from Dan­ish De­sign. ON SIDE­BOARD De­sign Let­ters plant pot, RM264; De­sign Let­ters Al­pha­bet cup, RM63; Ge­org Jensen Ilse sil­ver vase, RM564; type­writer, short white vase, and white horse fig­urine, prices upon re­quest, all...

Bass floor lamp (Swe­den, 1970s), RM1,350; an­tique 1800s Kol­mar­den mar­ble­top side­board, RM840, and an­tique scale (Swe­den, 1900s), RM270, all from Mobler. Sands Made wooden cup, RM56.70; Peg & Awl win­ter brew rack, RM207; P.F. Can­dle Co No. 5 Spruce soy...

As­sorted Sands Made wooden plates, from RM50.70; Atomi Kaico Maru white small can­is­ter, RM195, and Can­dles of Light 8oz Dawn can­dle, RM176.70, all from Plain Vanilla Home. Sil­ver plates (Swe­den, 1900s), RM150 each; WM.A Rogers sec­tional sil­ver cut­lery,...

An­tique Gus­ta­vian pine side ta­ble, RM900, from Mobler. Xoolo­gee rhino bowl, RM234; Plain Vanilla Home wooden cake stand, RM660; Comme Home mar­ble board, RM157.50; Rosy Rings botan­i­cal can­dle, RM336, and Pal­lares Sol­sona pocket knife, RM209; all from...

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