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5 Design Tips to Elevate the Look of Your Home

Been wanting to spruce up your interior but not sure where or what to start with? Indeed, the thought of refreshing your home interior design can be pretty daunting but it doesn’t need to be a huge project. There are many simple yet effective ways you can beautify your interior without doing a whole overhaul.


Keep these 5 design tips in mind for your next home revamp, and you’ll be pleasantly surprised at the difference they make!

Tip #1: Play with shapes and patterns

Having balance in shapes help bring all the elements together. A good balance of round, square and triangle shapes make the space look interesting, while grouping similar-shaped objects can give off a more cohesive and settled feel.


Similarly for patterns, they can add visual interest and charm to any space if done right and bring the overall look up a notch. If you’re unsure of how you can incorporate different patterns into your home, do not worry! Look around your home, you’ll be happy to know that there are many ways to do so. Patterns can be applied to many forms, from floorings and carpets to wallcoverings and ceilings.


One of the most popular flooring choices is wood, and that comes as no surprise as they add a high-end and elegant touch to any home while maintaining a fuss-free, low-maintenance profile.


Tip #2: Make an entrance

Want to switch up your home interior but on a budget? It doesn’t require much to give your home’s entrance an extra oomph. There are plenty of small details that you can change up that promises an affordably substantial impact.


Giving your door a fresh coat of paint in a new color is a quick and cost-effective way to create a new look. DIY if you want to save some dollars or engage a painting company if you want it to be done professionally and they’ll be done before you know it!


Or if you have the extra budget, consider installing storage space furnished with your favorite patterns along the entrance walkway. It’ll definitely surprise and leave a lasting impression on your guests! More importantly, aside from its aesthetic appeal, it can store your things and keep the clutter out of sight.


Tip #3: Let natural light in

One simple way to beautify your home without doing anything that requires too much cost or effort is to find ways to let natural sunlight in. This will make your home look bigger than it actually is, which is undoubtedly an important factor in Singapore where homes tend to be on the smaller side.


One way to invite more natural light in would be to add mirrors to your room. The natural light would get reflected and bounce off the mirrors, diffusing into the rest of the room. Of course, the most obvious and straightforward way to introduce more sunlight in would be to install more or bigger windows but that will also require a larger budget and more time.


However, in some circumstances where you’re not able bring in natural light, you can still lighten your interior through other ways. Go for lighter-colored paints, wallpapers, and furnishings as those usually help to visually expand spaces. Taking a step further, you can also add more lights and lamps into the space. Just make sure to opt for lighting choices that blend in well with the rest of the room and it will feel close enough to natural sunlight!


Tip #4: Add drama with small(er) details

Drama doesn’t necessarily have to be loud and all up in-your-face. Instead, it can be subtle, focusing on stealing your attention at times yet not taking the centerstage. What they mainly do is add a layer of character to the space. Think of them as background actors in a blockbuster movie - they are not the protagonists but they play a huge role in making the scene more realistic.


Incorporating home accessories is one great way to do just that. You can elevate any room by adding décor pieces or small ornaments across the space. Just be mindful not to add too many such that it creates visual clutter - you wouldn't want that! Rather than placing random items or knick-knacks on your display shelves, curate and select those that are meaningful and important to you. This helps to add a personal touch as each piece tells a unique story of its own.


You may not get your ideal result on your first try but don't be afraid to rearrange! It is a trial-and-error process and you’ll only know what works best when you actually place them together. The end result should be one that adds bonus points and personality to the space while looking cohesive and gelled together.


Tip #5: Accessorize your ceilings with lighting and fixtures

Lighting is one important element in interior design that has an immense impact on the overall design and feel of your home. To maximize that, pay attention to the style, scale, and placement of the light fixtures and ensure that it harmonizes well with the rest of your interior. Nobody would want one that sticks out like a sore thumb, right?


If you plan to make them the focal point of the room, chandeliers and pendants are great options for that. You can check out our article here to see some of the amazing choices made by our past clients!



Regardless of the size of your home, there are definitely ways you can beautify it without spending a fortune. Applying some of the above tips will help to elevate the look of your home and make it truly yours. Another good thing is that it doesn't take much to rearrange or modify if you're not 100% satisfied with the initial result. Just be bold and experiment, it's a lot more fun than you think!