Restyle To Re­fresh

It’s the New Year and you want to give your space a fresh look. Here are 20 quick ways to breathe new life to your in­te­ri­ors (no hack­ing re­quired)

Singapore Women's Weekly (Singapore) - - LIVING -

The key to nail­ing beau­ti­ful, re­solved in­te­ri­ors that will stand the test of time is all in the de­tails. And of­ten, a cal­cu­lated re­fresh can make all the dif­fer­ence, say ex­perts, while sav­ing you from the fi­nan­cial and emo­tional com­mit­ment needed for a ren­o­va­tion. Here are some tips to el­e­vate and add value to your in­te­ri­ors.

THE POWER OF A RUG is not to be un­der­es­ti­mated. It’s an easy, but pow­er­ful way to cosy up a place, says Caro­line Chin Geyler, founder and prin­ci­pal stylist of Arete Cul­ture. “It breaks the monotony of the flooring, pro­vides soft pad­ding un­der­foot, and adds tex­ture and dy­namism.”

GO BOLD with warm colours like red and or­ange for com­mu­nal spa­ces, such as your din­ing room as these tend to in­cite feel­ings of pas­sion and en­ergy,” says Caro­line. How­ever, opt for a neu­tral colour palette (sand or taupe) or blues and greys in the bed­room to keep the space calm and tran­quil.

CRE­ATE AN IL­LU­SION of height by paint­ing ceil­ings lighter than the walls They will make the room feel big­ger than it re­ally is.

ADD A MIR­ROR, says Caro­line. “One sim­ple trick is to po­si­tion your mir­ror op­po­site a win­dow so you can catch glimpses of the out­side, in­doors. Et voila … mul­ti­ple lay­ers of tex­tu­ral con­trasts with one ac­ces­sory.”

BAL­ANCE THE LEV­ELS, so your space doesn’t feel bot­tom heavy. “Use pen­dant lights or chan­de­liers if you’re try­ing to in­crease vis­ual height in your space,” says Caro­line.

DRESS UP THE SPACE in your bath­room with beau­ti­ful tow­els. If you have the space, add some green­ery with a fern or or­chid that will thrive in a well-lit bath­room.

QUICK-FIX RE­FRESH – just change your cab­i­netry han­dles. You’d be sur­prised at how smart new kitchen han­dles can look on old or dated doors. They’re also easy to put on and re­move!

QUAL­ITY SPEAKS – in­vest in pieces that will last a life­time. Re­plac­ing a ma­jor item in a liv­ing room is one of the best ways to give it an over­haul. “A sofa of good de­sign and qual­ity is a must-have for every home, as it is one of the fo­cal points in the liv­ing room,” says Terence Neo, de­sign direc­tor of Eightytwo.

SIZE MAT­TERS, es­pe­cially when it comes to rugs. Too small, it will look like an is­land, too large and it can make the room feel swamped. Rugs can also be clever tools to di­vide open-plan ar­eas. “Make sure your area rug is big enough for your fur­ni­ture, with a min­i­mum breath­ing space of at least 15 cm around the bor­der,” sug­gests Caro­line.

CRE­ATE THE MOOD, and “a sim­ple scent can make a dra­matic dif­fer­ence in how a home feels,” says Caro­line. “Scented reeds or can­dles may seem like an un­nec­es­sary ex­trav­a­gance, but good de­sign should en­gage all the senses.” Fresh, flo­ral-based scents best com­ple­ment the weather in Sin­ga­pore.

THE RULE OF THREE is an im­por­tant one to fol­low when ac­ces­soris­ing a shelf, side­board or cof­fee ta­ble. In or­der to cre­ate an at­trac­tive vi­gnette, choose three pieces that have some­thing in com­mon. “The idea isn’t to clean out a space, but to cre­ate space for only the things you love to be dis­played,” says Caro­line.

AIM FOR VIS­UAL CALM by keep­ing as much stuff off the kitchen bench as pos­si­ble. Also, al­ways go for sim­ple neu­tral-toned linen tea tow­els.

Sofa, $3,725, from Bo Con­cept.

Tray, $60, from Jour­ney East.

Jew­ellery box, $98.80, from 3Lit­tlePicks.

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