6 ESSENTIALS FOR A STYLISH LIVING ROOM
Putting together a stylish living room can be really effortless. All you'll ever need are 6 essential pieces to achieve that. And if you want to, layer on more pieces to complete a living room masterpiece without breaking a sweat!
Read on to see our list of essentials for a stylish living room.
The Ultimate Essential
If there is a piece that one can not go without in the living room, it will have to be the sofa, whether it is a leather sofa or fabric sofa, a trendy velvet sofa or a chesterfield sofa in Singapore. Surely that's the whole idea of the living room furniture in the first place. Don't you agree?
Pick the best sofa for yourself with our guide here.
Apart from literally being by the sides of the sofa, mirrored side tables or end tables are ideal sidekicks for storage or for your cup of drink while you are on the couch. Handy!
Select the perfect sidekick for your sofa here.
Feet Hugs with Rugs
Either to cozy it up or to anchor your selection of furniture visually, a luxury rug or a modern carpet is piece that provides feet hugs, and is a foolproof crowd pleaser.
See our styling tips for a statement rug here and the stylish collection of rugs here.
Cushions, Cushions, Cushions
The best thing ever for comfort, style and coziness while being on the sofa? Nothing beats a lovely mix of designer throw cushions or luxurious sofa pillows if you ask us!
Give your sofa a quick refresh with a new set of decor cushions combination with our home decor styling tips here.
Amp it up with Lamps
We can not emphasize enough on how important it is to have a standing lamp or table lamp in your spaces. Apart from being just a light and ambience provider in the evenings, buy lamps in furniture shops or online decor stores that help add visual texture and dress up the living room.
Kickstart your ambient search with our collection of stylish lamps here.
Styling a room is not just about the lateral space. Your walls will need some tender loving care too. Create a visual focal point in the living room with a piece of art, painting, wall mirror. wall art sculpture or even an eclectic feature wall with a mixture of frame artworks and mirror!
Take your pick and buy mirror online over here for a curated collection of wall stunners.
For more lovely decorative pieces and trinkets to spruce your living room, head on over to designers' favorite home and decor store in Singapore to see our NEW lifestyle and decor collection!
3 Looks with the Earl of Chesterfield Sofa
Refreshing the look of your living room can be really quick and simple! See how you can do so with throw cushions, ambient lamps and a stylish chesterfield sofa.
One sofa, 3 different looks in a jiff.
Look 1: Classic Black & White
Cushions: Candice Olson Gray Linen Velvet Cushion, Embossed White Cushion (2 pieces used for styling), Fur Fur Gray Cushion, Black & White Leather Cushion, Black Leather Cushion & Fur Fur Ivory Cushion.
Look 2: Pop of Jewel Tones
Look 3: Elegance with Gold
Cushions: Jacquard Velvet Stripes Cushion, Champagne Rose Cushion, Candice Olson White Star Dust Cushion, Petals Wool Cushion in Ivory, Candice Olson City Stripes Cushion, Candice Olson Beige Olive Cushion & Brown Gold Fur Cushion.
See featured mirrored side tables here!
3 EXPERT TIPS ON STYLING WITH STATEMENT RUGS
We love how easy it is to refresh the look of a space just by adding a statement rug. Designer furniture pieces go well particularly with statement rugs. Though pulling an interior look with them and avoiding looking tacky or like a kid’s funhouse may take some effort, we can assure you that it will be all worth it at the end of the day.
Up on the blog today, we have 3 expert tips that will help you incorporate statement rugs in your interior to a T. Read on!
1 MATCH A COLOUR FROM THE RUG TO YOUR DECORATIVE PIECES
Pick a colour from your rug and bring in some accessories to match. Throw cushions, lamps and vases or flowers are great to start with. By adding these accent pieces, it helps with fusing your rug beautifully with your space, and gives a sense that the space is being styled in unison rather than a rug that is placed in just for a pop of visual texture.
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2 MUTE YOUR FURNITURE IN THE ROOM
To keep a balance in the space (and for your visual sanity), pick a neutral hue like black, grey, brown or white for most of your furniture. Not only will this help draw attention to the statement rug, this style tip will also help minimise having to change your big ticket items should you give your space a quick update in the future.
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3 GO WITH PATTERNS INSTEAD OF COLOURS
Note ready to go all out with colours? Make a statement with a bold patterned rug instead. They are versatile in matching any interior looks without calling too much attention to itself, in comparison to a vibrant and colourful rug. Pieces like the Labyrinth Taupe Rug and Lattice Earth Rug is subtle and ideal to kickstart this bold journey with.
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Interior Design Singapore
Interior design is the turning of a space into a home.
No, it is not an art; no, it is not a science. So often interior design is defined to be the “art” or “science” of space planning. Sure, it comprises artistic ideas, and its implementation benefits from methodologies or scientific innovations. However, interior design is not to turn your apartment into a gallery, nor to create a apartment with strict adherence to some scientific methodologies. It is about turning your new condo into a home.
Interior design is everything about taking a space that has no character and turn it into a place that you can call your own, so that you can use it for your purposes, and enhance your enjoyment living in it.
These are the 3Ys:
Your own: infusing your character and personality
Your purposes: creating structures and spaces for your functionalities
Your enjoyment: adding something that simply pleases you
With the 3Ys in mind, here are the questions we need to ask ourselves when we are about to renovate our home:
- What is your perfect home style?
It is important to have a very rough idea of the style you aspire to have for your new home. That said, you don’t have to have an exact replica; it is good though to have a picture or two that shows the interior designer what kind of styles you like. Pictures tell a thousand words – even the word “resort” can mean very different things; a Balinese resort is vastly different from a W resort hotel.
Here are some search words: “minimalist”, “modern vintage”, “modern country”, “industrial”, “Scandinavian” etc.
- What is your lifestyle?
It is important to consider whether home is to you more of a place for rest or a place for activity. If it is a place of rest, then what would give you a good rest? Is it a tucked away daybed in the corner? If it is a place for activity, does it mean having a big coffee table for your puzzles?
It is important also to consider whether you are likely to have family members or friends over at your new home often, and whether you are likely to spend time with them over TV or over dinner.
- What are your hobbies and favourite pasttimes?
If you like to watch TV and it is your favourite pasttime, then consider how your multimedia will be set up e.g. whether you would like a projector screen. Or if you like to read, consider whether you would like to have a full length bookshelf. Or if you like to cook, consider whether you need a mobile island attached to your kitchen.
- What is your family structure?
Needless to say, you need to consider whether how many people are going to live in the apartment. Whilst this is obvious, it is good to consider the likely changes in the coming years. For example, if your parents will likely live with you in the future, or if you are going to hire a domestic helper.
- How much storage do you need?
This is probably what most people ignore or underestimate. Most people think they do not have a lot of stuff and they assume whatever comes with the apartment when they buy it from the develper is sufficient. This is especially so when they are young and living on their own for the first time. In reality as time passes, anyone and everyone accumulates things and possessions. In time to come, without sufficient storage, you will tend to find your apartment becoming cluttered. So do consider it seriously your storage requirements and there is no hard in having some stylish extra space for storage.
- How tidy or messy are you?
Do you like to have everything “off the surface”? No newspaper lying on the table, no juicer on the kitchen top, no magazines lying around, or toothbrushes sitting on the vanity top? This is a personal choice – if you like to have everything “off the surface”, then it is advisable to plan carefully before starting out your renovation – go through your day mentally and think of every item you use on a daily or regular basis, and start consider how you would them to be kept “off the surface”.
- Which part of the apartment are you most likely to spend more time?
Is this the living room, or the study, or the entertainment room, or the master bedroom? This will help you to allocate your budget and direct your priorities accordingly.
- Is there something that has always irked you in your parents’ home?
Sometimes it is not having the thing you want, but not having the thing that you do not want, that makes you most happy. Was it a lack of a dishwasher in the kitchen, or was it poor lighting, or was it a noise from the TV when you are trying to sleep?
- Is there something you always dream to have in your own home?
To some, it is a staircase, or a fireplace mantle, a large mirror, a projector screen, or a dining side board, a large comfortable sofa, a beautiful credenza, an unique dining table with gorgeous dining chairs or anything at all, there is no better time to have them included in your interior design.
- What is your budget?
Having a clear idea of your budget helps you plan how much to do, and how to execute a given plan. Whilst we don’t want to burn a hole in our pockets, it is important to set the right budget as we are going to live in it, and having a properly designed home gives us the quality of life not even a splashy car can.
Enjoy embarking on making your apartment home!