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Go for de­sign in­flu­ences that are more suit­able for Sin­ga­pore’s light and cli­mate conditions. Some colours look too gar­ish in our light. Selina prefers cooler shades such as white, off-white and ivory, be­cause they make a home feel “breezier”, even amid heat and hu­mid­ity. She also grav­i­tates to­wards clean lines and con­trasts, sim­i­lar to the Ja­panese and Scan­di­na­vian styles.

Use a mix­ture of tex­tures such as raw wood tex­tures and cool mar­ble. “A good mix and bal­ance al­lows the eye to wan­der and dis­cover depth, even in a plain, square room.”

For a lux­u­ri­ous bath­room, in­clude metal­lic ac­cents and ac­ces­sories.

Take into ac­count your col­lec­tion of ap­pli­ances when plan­ning the kitchen space. Too of­ten, the kitchen is al­most fully built, be­fore home­own­ers re­alise there’s no space for ap­pli­ances, such as a rice cooker, toaster and cof­fee ma­chine, to be used si­mul­ta­ne­ously or stored prop­erly.

Con­sider also who cooks and how of­ten, and if one en­ter­tains. These fac­tors de­ter­mine how much stor­age is re­quired for heavy pots and pans), glass­ware and party essen­tials.

For an or­nate, plush in­te­rior: Keep the look so­phis­ti­cated and el­e­gant with the right colours, tex­tures and lay­ers. “It also de­pends on the clients at the end of the day; they have to use the or­nate space in a way that is rel­e­vant to them.”

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