Ever get the occasional bout of home envy when you’re browsing through 'insta-worthy' homes on social media? Since a complete home overhaul isn't feasible for most of us, we've compiled a few tips on low-commitment ways to refresh your space, all while supporting homegrown, Singapore brands!
1. Use a rug to anchor your space with an instant visual statement
Image c/o Living DNA
A rug is the easiest way to bring in texture and colour to a room without blowing a hole in your pocket. Rugs can also be easily switched out from time to time, and moved around the home to create different looks in different rooms! We love the variety of rugs stocked by Living DNA — from luxurious high-pile to flat-woven outdoor pieces. Founder Denise Kaur and her team are also able to provide styling advice if needed.
Since 2015, Living DNA has held close the collaborative intention and time-honoured technique processes with all their artisans around the globe. They believe a rug is truly a foundation of the space — it transforms a house into a home, pulling it together while setting it apart.
Shop Living DNA:
01-10B Space@Tampines, 18 Tampines Industrial Cres, Singapore 528605
+65 8511 3584
2. Bring in warmth with organic elements, like rattan or wood
Image c/o Island Living by Cocoon
Stylists always recommend adding organic elements to your décor as they add to a cosy, lived-in vibe. An easy, versatile way to do this — even in small spaces — is to opt for a rattan planter or a nifty wooden side table. Rattan furniture, in particular, has recently made a comeback and is well-loved for its durability & versatility. Just be sure to dust regularly!
We love Island Living by Cocoon for their range of resort-forward pieces. They offer a wide selection of sustainable rattan and reclaimed teak wood furniture, complete with more organic textures: beachy white wash finishes, hand-carved stone, and fringed textiles.
We also love Elements Concept's natural, handcrafted furniture and home accessories, made from quality materials with a modern tropical style. All items are made by the hands of craftsmen and women in Indonesia.
Shop Island Living:
5 Eunos Ave 8A, #02-05 Henry Design Centre, Singapore 409459
+65 8028 2571
Shop Elements Concept:
The AC Boutique - 420 Joo Chiat Road, Singapore 427641
+65 8742 7670
3. Introduce statement pieces
We love the minimal, neutral décor, but over-reliance on a single look can give you a cookie-cutter space. The quickest antidote to a boring room? Bring home 1-2 pieces of décor items that reflect your personality. Stylists often recommend layering the old and the new to create a more interesting space — if vintage shopping is not your thing, opt for statement pieces with heritage-inspired accents, such as an Art Deco piece.
Shaped to the semblance of 1930s Shanghai in all its former Art Deco glory, SCENE SHANG's products are inspired by a blend of classic Chinese elements and modern day sensibilities. Our top picks are the Banker Lamp and the BAO Bamboo Ladder.
4. Have kids? Don't neglect styling their room too!
Create a win-win situation with your kid by finding toys that are both functional and attractive. We love the Colette Toy Prams from Momiji Kids — these look great, and even double as storage for other toys when not in use. Don’t have kids? The accessories from Momiji Kids includes a range of beautiful and functional trays and wall mirrors for the not-so-little humans among us.
Shop Momiji Kids:
Tangs Orchard - 310 Orchard Road, Level 2, Singapore 238864
+65 9676 8506