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Why I Prefer To Engage An Interior DesignerWhy I Prefer To Engage An Interior Designer

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Why I Prefer To Engage An Interior Designer

Often a lot of care, energy, funds and caution is expended while raising the foundation of a new house or acquiring a new apartment or property but the more important aspect of furnishing the new property is left to chance and personal knowledge (mostly unprofessional). Most persons do not see the need to hire a professional interior designer leaving us with the question; why do I need an interior designer?

Professionalism

In the 21st century where the internet has become a beehive of information, one can get designs, quotations, ideas and techniques that can be applied free of charge to a new apartment or space with just a click of a button. However, the practicality and implementation of such a design require the work of a professional. Climatic conditions, environment, specific regulations and pricing are practical factors that the interior designer would analyse to give you a befitting space that suits your needs and budget. There is always a professional touch to apartments and spaces designed by an interior designer, you can always tell from the spacing and layout, the harmony, lightings and general decor that expert opinion was sought after and this is important to reduce the risk of waste of funds, time and energy

Saves You Plenty of Resources

Working on an already drafted plan and budget, it becomes easier to implement projects without running the risk of loss because feasibility and practical study had been carried out earlier. The interior designer will balance out a lot of things to ensure that you create the best interiors within your budget and the space restrictions. The important areas would be addressed with expert hands. These architects and decorators make sure that the wastage of materials procured is minimal, saving you a great deal that would have been wasted otherwise.

Quality Assurance

A long list of materials is required for furnishing any standard apartment or office spaces. Without expert guidance, you may run the risk of getting substandard or overpriced materials that may not be suitable for your specific property. The bathroom for instance would need the tiles, faucets, water-closets, hand showers, head showers, lights, and exhaust systems, waterproofing materials, mirrors, towel racks, other hardware, storage furniture and a load of other things in line with your requirement. The market is filled with hundreds of brands for each of these items priced differently also. The interior designer in his expertise would recommend the best for each requirement putting into consideration the price, quality, and design language of your space, durability and feedback from previous clients. This may appear to be a basic task initially but as the project progresses, spending time on each of the materials becomes a daunting task best suited for a professional.

Provides You Updated Trends, Designs And Products

The professional interior designer is updated on the latest trends prevalent in the industry, not just in Singapore but across the globe. While it remains possible to access these designs patterns on the internet, you would be limited to a lack of professionals who can make those designs a reality. You can plan your interiors to the best of your ability, but your efforts can come crashing when you contract the wrong technicians, electricians, plumbers and carpenters to handle your projects, as it remains difficult for a newcomer to gauge the expertise and finishing of these technicians without actually having worked with them. And this is where the skilful hands of an interior designer are needed.

Playing with LightingsPlaying with Lightings

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Playing with Lightings

In the interesting process of turning a house into a home, adding your personal touch especially when it comes to furniture, décor, paint, appliances, space and cabinets is an important step in creating that abode that is most comfortable and appealing to you. The importance of professional interior and exterior lighting cannot be overemphasized, as the light within a room is the main feature for creating that ambience, tone and atmosphere. It is important to note that each interior is unique and should be shaped according to the taste of the owner, it is, therefore, a standard requirement to tailor lightings to suit that need.
Several techniques are available to guide you on your journey towards getting that illuminous space you desire and they cut across both internal and external spaces.

LIGHTING IDEAS FOR INTERNAL SPACES

– Asides from the important role of providing better visibility interior lights play significant roles in creating the desired ambience in a space. One way to achieve this is through the use of direct lights. This ensures that the source is visible and provides the required illumination. However caution must be applied to prevent a direct gaze to the eyes, rather it could be focused on specific objects and floor spaces. This type of light is best suited for reading rooms and spaces, cooking areas, kitchen, dressing tables.
– For large hallways and open floors chandeliers have proven to be best suited for these environments as they draw appealing attention while performing an important role in providing illumination. Mainly used in living rooms, lobbies, open spaces and central stairs chandeliers perform dual functions of providing lighting and beauty at the same time. With a wide variety of options, shapes, sizes, and colours to choose from, chandeliers stand tall among lighting options.
– Living rooms, dining areas, bedrooms, baby cots and other areas that do not require direct lights would fare better with diffused lighting. These led strips are generally hidden with a glowing spread, visible along with the dining tables, television sets, picture frames and so on. Diffused lights create a warm, calm and soothing ambience that is required in every living area.
– To further splurge on your home décor, dim lightings also do the magic when installed in the high ceiling with dimmer control, using a wide variety of colours with tiny intensity and not the loud lights of a disco house you could be on your way to turning your space into a haven, a masterpiece of interior peace.

LIGHTING IDEAS FOR EXTERNAL SPACES

  • Exterior lights are oftentimes viewed as a security necessity, it could, however, be blended appropriately to beautify the exterior, while still providing visibility and serving security purposes. Standing out among external lights is façade lights, these lights help bring out the beauty of the external walls, enhancing elevations and structures of road and footpaths.
  • Pools and small water pots usually placed around a property for leisure and beauty are also not left out in lighting. Adorning swimming pools with waterproof lights not only enhance lights reflections from the water at night but also makes the water body visible giving that visual connection with nature.
  • Landscapes, gardens and open lawns should also get their fair share of lights. In this case landscape, specific lights should be used to illuminate flowers and gardens, buried beneath surfaces, hanging on walls among other creative ideas as pleases the eye.

Get the Most Out of Small SpacesGet the Most Out of Small Spaces

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Get the Most Out of Small Spaces

Exploiting Small Apartment Spaces

The fact that the space in your home might be little, doesn’t mean it needs to look and feel that way, a careful look at the room should reveal dead corners or areas that take up a significant amount of floor space, these open spaces are often located in areas such as passages, entrance lobbies, and staircase landings which could be used for a complimentary purpose such as laundry, reading nooks, craft rooms, office spaces, storage areas amongst other uses.
So how do you get the most out of these small spaces in your property?
  • Be furniture conscious
    Large furniture can further make little spaces feel significantly smaller, rather than fill the living room with sofas, using smaller seats would do the magic. Your dining area must not house the queen’s royal table, try out smaller pieces that serve the family while still maximizing available spaces. Enhance your floor space, by letting go of large floor mats and carpets as center rugs should do just fine. Being conscious of the size and number of furniture in the room is a perfect tool in taking advantage of your small spaces.
  • Let your lights shine
    One secret deal-breaker in interior design is lighting. Be it natural or electric, lights when used professionally provides an ambience that is second to none. Use white and natural lights to your advantage as they tend to create an illusion of a larger room. Open your windows, or use bright fluorescent lights to brighten up your space. Simple window coverings would work with the lights as it is advised to avoid dark and bold printed coverings rather than opting for a brighter coloured shade.
  • Get a distraction
    Having a single huge painting of the Mona Lisa or an antique sculptural piece at a strategic position in your space draws significant attention away from the already small space. Having this focal point gives visitors something to gaze upon, as the eye automatically rests on the image or painting forgetting entirely how small the room is.
  • Use your Mirror
    Ever observed how hair and beauty salons tend to look larger than their actual size, this is as a result of the significant presence of wall mirrors. Mirrors give a reflective look, especially of lights, colours and images. Placing a large mirror where it gives off reflections could make the room seem larger than its actual size.
  • Less stuff more space
    Do you need to fit all that stuffs into your room, the sofa, bookshelves, dining table, television sets, computers wardrobe and the likes?  Ensure that only useful materials are allowed into the room as this helps to keep the room neat and organized, less cramped and free, allowing more legroom, openness and ease of movement. To further achieve this you can learn to improvise and use a single item to serve multiple purposes. The kitchen could also house your dining.
Taking advantage of small spaces require a closer look at your options, figuring out what’s important and what isn’t, getting creative and applying some of the ideas as highlighted above.

Going Green with Eco-Friendly Building MaterialsGoing Green with Eco-Friendly Building Materials

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Going Green with Eco-Friendly Building Materials

Eco-friendly products are simply environmentally friendly products and since we are getting conscious about the changes that this climate change is causing, it is only smart that we adopt these products into our homes through building materials. Singapore is presently in the lead in this practice and has been ranked by the environmental performance index as the most eco-friendly country in all of Asia and 14th internationally.  Some of Singapore’s most visible green initiatives are geared towards tourist but is also an amazing means of carbon monoxide reduction. There are several Eco-friendly building materials available in Singapore and they can be used from the foundation to insulation, to interior and exterior wall finishes, flooring and a few of them are listed below:
  • Bamboo, bamboo-based particle board or matting
  • Sun-Dried bricks
  • Cement paint
  • Clay roofing tiles
  • Cellular lightweight concrete blocks &
  • Laminated wood plastic components
Eco-friendly materials are amazing building material sources as they possess phenomenal growth in the construction industry that depends upon deportable resources, also the production of these building materials leads to irreversible environmental impacts. Asides from the materials, the techniques adopted in the use of these materials are quite important because even conventional materials can become Eco-friendly based on the technique used Materials can also be Eco-friendly If they help can assist in reducing the energy used in the building operations and maintenance. It is difficult to get materials that have all the properties required to be called eco-friendly and as such, it becomes imperative to make assessments to identify eco-friendly materials.

 

Properties Of Eco-Friendly Materials

  • Renewable source
  • Reuse of waste product
  • Biodegradable
  • Reuse/recycle
  • Local/availability
  • Embodied Energy
The performance of these materials should also be taken into account in respect to their properties, these materials eco-friendly performance is going to be rated by the following parameters:
  • Reduced material use
    These are energy-efficient and also help reduce a dead load of a building
  • Durability and Life span
    Material that is exceptionally durable or requires low maintenance. Materials can be eco-friendly Based on how they perform. The use of certain materials to techniques can reduce the amount of material required
  • Energy conservation
    Materials that require less energy during construction
  • Recyclable
    Reuse or recycle as different products E.g steel and aluminium
Using recycled materials, for example, always causes less environmental impact than using new materials. If you use a wood construction with new timber, you are essentially putting in an order for trees to be cut down. The harvesting will use energy and remove green trees from the environment. If you use salvaged or reclaimed wood, the construction uses already-cut trees, yielding much less environmental impact.
Recommended Eco-friendly alternatives to Cement Concrete (plain/reinforced) – cement, sand, aggregate, steel. Base Materials for R.C.C. and Steel Systems:
  • Pozzolana Material content (Fly-ash / Slag / Calcinated Clay) attained through the use of Blended Portland Cement (BPC) and /or direct addition of pozzolana material
  • Sand and aggregate from pulverized debris and /or sintered fly-ash for concrete and mortar.
In all sincerity, these Eco-friendly materials give us all a fighting chance against this present climate change that is threatening our very existence.