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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.


 
Perfect Sidekicks
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.
 


Wall Art 
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

Lamps: Troyes Textured Gold LampHonore Crystal Lamp

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

Lamps:  Avizz Prism Lamp & La Verne Quatrefoil Table Lamp

Cushions: Cobalt Gray Medieval Cushion, White Silver Modern Cushion (2 pieces used for styling), Teal Velvet Cushion (2 pieces used for styling),  Fur Fur Ivory Cushion & Deep Purple Velvet Cushion.

Look 3: Elegance with Gold

Lamps: Pantheon White Marble Lamp & Le Chic Lamp

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 this Velvet Chesterfield Sofa and other trending unique furniture.

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.

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. Find these at the online luxury furniture & furnishing store www.FinnAvenue.com.

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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. Available at online luxury furnishing store www.FinnAvenue.com.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. Available at online luxury furnishing store www.FinnAvenue.com.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. Available at online luxury furnishing store www.FinnAvenue.com.

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.

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. Find these treasures at online luxury furnishings store www.FinnAvenue.com.

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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.  Find these treasures at online luxury furniture and furnishings store www.FinnAvenue.com.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.  Find these treasures at online luxury furniture and furnishings store www.FinnAvenue.com.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.  Find these treasures at online luxury furniture and furnishings store www.FinnAvenue.com.

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.

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.  Find these beautiful items at www.FinnAvenue.com.

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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.  Find these beautiful rugs at www.FinnAvenue.com.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.  Find these beautiful rugs at www.FinnAvenue.com.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.  Find these beautiful rugs at www.FinnAvenue.com.

Ready to start styling? Our collection of rugs, including curated pieces from Ted Baker, Candice Olsen and Julie Cohn Collections may just be the perfect fit for your space. Take a closer look here!

 

 

Interior Design Singapore

Interior design is the turning of a space into a home.

 Fabric Chesterfield Sofa. Adaliz Sofa. Modern Chic.  New York Style.

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.

 Balloon Chair.  Deer Nolie. Victorian Armchair.  Period Furniture. Italian Leather.  Belgium Fabric. Top Grain.

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.

Florentine Duomo Sofa.  Black Stripes Sofa. Nolie Summer Collection.  Jacquard Weaved Seats. Kiln-dry Birch Sofa Solid Wood Frame 

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:

 

  1. 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.

King Louis XVI Chairs. Black Knight Armchairs.  French Replicas. Nail Head Trim. Genuine Leather.  Top Grain Leather. Hair On Hide.  

  1. 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.

 

  1. 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.

Chesterfield Lush Sofa.  Mirrored Coffee Table.  Simple Perfection Mirrors.  Spanish Steps Cabana Bonnet Armchair. Belgian Fabrics. Jute Rugs. 

  1. 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.

 

  1. 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.

Windsor Sofa.  Red Sofa. Machurian Gates Handcarved Coffee Table.  Glorious Sun Mirror. Candice Olsen Cushions. Iberian Morrocan Cabinet. 

  1. 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”.

 

  1. 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.

DIning Table.  Mirrored Dining Table. King Louis XVI Dining Chairs. Credenza.  Oriental Sideboard.  Mirrored Cabinet.  Balloon Chairs.  High Wingback Chairs. 

  1. 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?

 

  1. 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.

 

  1. 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!

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