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HDB kitchens are so small, that many of us, including me, are going for the open concept route. While the kitchen space is resolved by hacking down the wall, the lack of one also creates other challenges in our daily life such as the exposure of cooking fumes and grease to other areas of your home.

This is why it is so important to select a proper hood and hob that can help to absorb grease and fumes. There are various types to select from in the market, several with good features integrated. Here’s a simple guide to choosing a suitable hood and hob.

There are mainly five types of hoods: slimline, telescopic, conventional, chimney and island. If you do not cook that often, slimline or telescopic hood will be good enough. They will flush with your kitchen cabinets, making the design more seamless. But if cook a lot, like me, we will need a hood with more suction power. A chimney or an island hood will be necessary, unless you don’t mind living in a smoky home.

There are also five main types of hobs: induction, electric plate, ceramic, gas and gas on glass. Gas on glass hobs are made of tempered glass that are easy to clean, incorporating cast iron grids which are more stable, resistant and durable.

After much research and comparison, I decided to settle on the Turbo Italia’s hood and hob for my kitchen. I zeroed in to the Turbo Incanto series. Here is what I have gotten for myself:

The Turbo Incanto Chimney Hood and the Turbo Incanto Glass Hob are two very sleek and elegant pieces of kitchen equipment. When installed together, they complement each other perfectly, turning my kitchen into a beautiful space perfect for showing off to my guests!

Classy and convenient, yet powerful – Turbo Incanto TD8188-BK
Turbo Incanto Chimney Hood – TD8188-BK

This chimney style hood makes my cooking space look like a professional kitchen. Made from stainless steel, it is easy to clean and maintain. I love the glass touchscreen controls because they look simple yet beautiful, adding a touch of modern to the design. It also offers a three-speed fan with boost. The 320-watt hood motor will surely keep those unwanted smells out of the house.

LED Touchscreen

This hood can easily be installed in the centre of a kitchen as well, integrating well with the rest of my design which clunkier types of hoods wouldn’t. This chimney style hood is quality built all the way through and is slim gorgeous. The lights illuminate the Incanto Glass Hob perfectly for night-time cooking needs. Simply use the LED screen to activate the two 1.5 watt LED lamps.


[Review] Turbo Hood Basic Features - YouTube

Check out the hood basic features

There are no buttons or knobs to collect germs and grime. The touchscreen is covered in smooth glass to make cleaning up a little easier. Offering a high-end feel and functionality, this cooker hood is a must-have.

GO GLASS! – Turbo Incanto 752VTSC-LAVA-2

Turbo Italia has outdone themselves with the Turbo Incanto Glass Hob. This fine cook top has a unique and beautiful design. It’s ultra smooth top looks absolutely luxurious and elegant. It also features a built-in battery operated ignition, triple-ring wok burner and two gas burners.

Turbo Incanto 752VTSC-LAVA-2

This hob elegantly compliments the Incanto Chimney Hood, as I mentioned earlier. Together, they make your kitchen seem like a professional kitchen. The hob being made from smooth glass material is so easy to clean!

Turbo 2 burner hob


[Review] Turbo Incanto 752VTSC-LAVA-2 Kitchen Hob View - YouTube

Kitchen Hob View

The controls are also smoothed out and easy to maintain so that dirt and food grime do not built up in them.


[Review] Turbo Incanto 752VTSC-LAVA-2 - YouTube
Turbo’s technology uses the gas smartly to power its flame, hence you will get instant flame. This means you can your meals are cooked faster and more consistently.

Together, the Incanto Turbo Hood and Incanto Turbo Hob complete any kitchen whether large or small. Their exquisite design and wonderful features mean you can get the look and function of a professional kitchen! I am certainly glad that I chose these two superb kitchen accessories for my kitchen and I suggest you give them a try as well.

A few tips to note when using a glass hob:

1. Take a look at these icons printed on the hob. We are reminded not to use oversize pots on this hob, which apply to most of the glass hobs in the market. Oversized pots can trap and cause heat to build up on the glass surface, making it dangerous to touch.

Cooking pot shapes and sizes

2. If you tend to clean right after cooking, don’t do so with a glass hob. You should only clean when the glass hob surface has completely cool down. Damp cloths will accelerate the cooling down of the surface, which will cause glass to crack easily in the future.

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Problem

The bathroom is not getting enough ventilation!!

Although we have a big window, the bathroom is not getting enough ventilation. This is because due to the layout of our unit, the bathroom window cannot be opened fully. Otherwise our neighbors, who are from the higher floors, would be able to peek inside our bathroom.

As a result, the window remained only slightly opened most of the time. Therefore, bathroom ventilation fan is not able to operate efficiently since the hot and damp air cannot be expelled effectively.

Contributing factors

1. Bathroom window cannot be opened fully
2. Ventilation fan is not able to operate effectively

To address this issue, we decided to find a way to shield the bathroom from prying eyes while keeping the bathroom window fully opened.

Quest for the “Ideal” Solution Begins..

We had quite a fair bit of discussion and finally reached the following consensus; the solution to the problem at hand must fit the following 8 criteria:
1. Cheap and affordable, less than $20;
2. Easy to install and remove;
3. Easy to clean and maintain;
4. Take up minimal footprint, non-intrusive and blends in our surroundings;
5. Allow for maximum air ventilation;
6. Allow for natural light to filter in;
7. Stay in shape, does not flip up easily when it is windy and;
8. Protect the privacy of the people who are using the bathroom.

After much research, we decided to DIY our own bathroom window privacy “curtain”.  It has to be made of perforated flexible material that allows for light to filter in, air flow and stays in place.

The dark grey FÖNSTERVIVA panel curtain from IKEA (which we had used for our DIY privacy door screen project 2 years ago) is the best candidate!Images from Ikea Singapore

Here is how the material looks like; it is perforated, “breathable” and flexible.

Proposed Solution

Here is how our DIY window privacy “curtain” looks like during the day and night.

Installation Process

The entire installation, which consist of 4 simple steps, took less than an hour and the best part?

No drilling is involved!

Tools needed

Here is a list of things you need:
1. Scissors;
2. Pen knife;
3. Measuring tape;
4. Cutting board;
5. FÖNSTERVIVA curtain panel * (IKEA);
6. Tension rod* (DAISO) and;
7. Curtain clips (DAISO) or hole puncher.

* Note: Measurements must cater to the width of the bathroom window

Step 1
Measure and cut to size the length of the curtain panel needed.

Step 2

 Since we were unable to get hold of the curtain clips* at DAISO, we decided to make our own holes for the tension rod instead.

Kindly note that we would recommend you to use curtain clips since the DIY would be much easier and straight forward.

Divide and fold the cut curtain panel into the equal number of portions. This is to make it easier for puncturing the holes meant for the tension rod to go through.

You can achieve this by using a hole puncher – the holes will turn out nicer. In this case, we could not find the hole puncher and decided to do it by brute force.

* Note: Divide and fold the cut curtain panel into the equal number of portions as the curtain clips. For instance, if you have 6 curtain clips, you should divide and fold the cut curtain panel into the equal number of portions.

Step 3

Run the tension rod through the holes*.

* Note: If you are using the curtain clips, you would only need to clip the curtain panel and run the tension rod through the loops.

Step 4

Install the tension rod with the privacy “curtain” and …..

The DIY is complete!!

Do share with us your DIYs too!

Browse through the list of Interior Designers, their reviews and portfolios at http://www.renonation.sg/professionals/interior-designers/

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Vinyl flooring can enhance any room decor or space. In fact, today there are so many designs and styles to choose from. Coloured patterns or different hues, vinyl flooring can certainly help to perk up your home decor theme.

Vinyl flooring in Singapore has so many new designs and styles to choose from that you would surely get confused. Here are 6 easy tips for caring for your vinyl flooring. Read on:

1. Remove The Dust

It is important that you use a vacuum cleaner or a broom to remove the dust settled on the flooring regularly. Regular cleaning ensures that there is no built up of dust or dirt on the floor which makes the floor look clean and bright.

2. Use Mop

Use a mop after every two days to clean your vinyl flooring. A damp mop will help to remove the dirt and brighten up your floor. But don’t overuse the mop as it may affect the texture of your flooring.

3. Avoid Sharp Things

It is good to avoid rubber bottoms or sharp objects on your vinyl flooring because they can damage the flooring and cause staining.

4. Use Protective Pads Or Rugs

If you want to protect your vinyl flooring, use protective pads or rugs under furniture. Heavy furniture can cause damage or scratches on the floor, so you need to be extra careful about it.

5. Clean The Floor

Clean the vinyl flooring with mild detergent or soft soap liquid but do not use harsh abrasive powders, varnish or oil-based products. Harsh products will affect the texture of your floor making it look dull.

6. For Different Stains

Clean oil or ink stains with diluted alcohol. Pen and marker stains can be cleaned with white spirits and a piece of cloth. Rust on the floor can be cleaned with anti-rust solution and water.

By taking care of your vinyl flooring in the right way, you can make your floor shine for many years. The right care helps to maintain the colour and enhance the sheen.

Browse through the list of Interior Designers, their reviews and portfolios at http://www.renonation.sg/professionals/interior-designers/

Submit your renovation enquiry:

  • Complete this form and we will recommend you a list of reputable interior design firms that fit your renovation requirements. It's free!
  • How many interior designers do you wish to get in touch with?*
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  • Project Info
  • Area(s) you need to renovate*
    • Living Room
    • Dining Room
    • Kitchen
    • Bedrooms
    • Bathrooms
    • Others
  • Need a loan for renovation?*
    Please selectYes, please call meNo, I don't need
  • Do you require home insurance?*
    Please selectYes, please call meNo, I don't need
  • Preferred design style*
    No PreferenceAsianClassicContemporaryEclecticIndustrialMediterraneanMidcenturyMinimalismModernRetroRusticScandinavianTraditionalTransitionalTropicalVictorianVintage
  • My project priority is*
    Please selectAesthetically Nice - I want good designCost effectiveness - I'm on a tight budget
  • My renovation budget is*
    Please selectNot Fixed20,000 and Below20,001 - 30,00030,001 - 40,00040,001 - 60,00060,001 - 80,00080,001 - 100,000100,001 - 200,000200,001 & Above
    $
  • Other information?
  • My Contact Details
  • My name is*
    First Last
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  • Preferred Time to Be Contacted*
    Please selectNo Preference8am - 10am10am - 12pm12pm - 2pm2pm - 4pm4pm - 6pm6pm - 8pm8pm - 11pm
  • How Did You Get To Know Us?*
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  • What information do we collect?

    Offsprings Group Pte Ltd collects information from you when you register on RenoNation.sg or fill out a form. When registering on our website, as appropriate, you may be asked to enter your name, email address and contact number. You may, however, visit our website anonymously.

    What do we use your information for?

    Any of the information we collect from you may be used in one of the following ways:

    • to personalise your experience (your information helps us to better respond to your individual needs)
    • to improve our website (we continually strive to improve our website based on the information and feedback we receive from you)
    • to improve customer service (your information helps us to effectively respond to your customer service requests and support needs)
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    • to administer a contest, promotion, survey, or other site feature
    How do we protect your information?

    We implement a variety of security measures to maintain the safety of your personal information when you visit our website. RenoNation.sg uses technologies and policies such as limited-access data centres, firewall technology, secure socket layer certificate authentication and limitations of administrative access to our systems to protect your information.

    Do we use cookies?

    We do not use cookies.

    Do we disclose any information to outside parties?

    We do not sell, trade, or otherwise transfer to outside parties your personally identifiable information. This does not include third parties who assist us in operating our website, conducting our business, or servicing you, so long as those parties agree to keep this information confidential. We may release your information when we believe release is appropriate to comply by the law, enforce our site policies, or protect ours or others' rights, property, or safety. However, non-personally identifiable visitor information may be provided to other parties for marketing, advertising, or other uses.

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    Online privacy policy only

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    Changes to our privacy policy

    If we decide to change our privacy policy, we will post those changes on this page. This post was last modified on 1st Oct 2015.

    Contacting us

    If there are any questions regarding this privacy policy, you may contact us at support@renonation.sg.

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Call them sticks or handsticks, these cordless vacuum cleaners are the next best thing since sliced bread. We love them because they are not as hefty as their canister or upright counterparts, and they take away the main gripe of vacuuming – the constant need to plug in and out while cleaning the home.

If you’re shopping for one, here’s a tip: don’t get sucked in (haha) by the numbers and specifications. They can only mean so much. A handstick vacuum cleaner’s true ability to clean lies beyond their battery voltage, suction power or wattage – although they do play a part; it’s just not the be-all and end-all. Look out for design features and ease of use as well, but don’t get caught up by the bells and whistles – find one that truly fits your needs.

Today, we’re reviewing 5 cordless handstick vacuum cleaners. We used them for over a week, testing on manoeuvrability, effectiveness to clean, noise level, time taken to clean the home, as well as ease of maintenance (e.g. empty the dust canister and washing the filters). The consensus? Not all handstick vacuum cleaners are made equal. Here’s a table to summarise their individual specs:

BOSCH DYSON ELECTROLUX PHILIPS TEFAL
Price $799 $899 $549 $449 $599
Battery Voltage 25.2 V 21.6 V 18 V 25.2 V 21.9 V
Dust Canister Size 0.9 L 0.54 L 0.5 L 0.6 L 0.4 L
Charge Time 6 hrs 5 hrs 4 hrs 5 hrs 3 hrs
Runtime (on lowest setting) 1 hr 40 mins 50 mins 1 hr 20 mins
Noise Level* (at lowest setting) 64 dB 62 dB 67 dB 69 dB 68 dB
Weight 3 kg 2.6 kg 2.5 kg 3.4 kg 2.8 kg
*Noise level readings are based on what we tested, using an app on our smartphone. It isn’t the reading given by the brands themselves.
1. BOSCH ATHLET ZOO’O PROANIMAL HANDSTICK VACUUM CLEANER (BCH6ZOOO)

$799, available at Bosch Experience Centre and major electronic and departmental stores

A CLOSER LOOK:

Main head
Filters

THE GOOD: One of the most stable vacuum cleaners I tested, but that’s also probably because it was one of the heaviest. However, it had an easy glide that did not make my hand feel tired when I was cleaning up and down.

THE MEH: Smaller crumbs were easy to suck in, although the bigger ones had problem. It features a very clunky design, which made it difficult to reach underneath furniture. There wasn’t a separate handheld equipment unlike the other vacuums. It did come with an awkward-looking equipment that you have to sling it across your shoulder to use. My husband remarked that I looked like I was fogging mosquitos. The other attachments that came with it can only be attached to the shoulder equipment. It took a lot of brute strength to attach and remove the attachments.

SEE IT AT WORK:


[Review] BOSCH ATHLET ZOO’O PROANIMAL HANDSTICK VACUUM CLEANER (BCH6ZOOO) - YouTube

2. DYSON V8 FLUFFY PRO**

$899, available at major electronic and department stores

A CLOSER LOOK:


[Review] DYSON V8 FLUFFY PRO ROLLER HEAD - YouTube
 

Filters

THE GOOD: Out of all the vacuum cleaners, Dyson’s edge cleaning impressed me the most. It was also able to suck up small and big crumbs easily. As it was lightweight with a very flexible main roller head, it moved around and glided effortlessly. I also liked how easy it was to change the attachments. The colour codes on the vacuum cleaner also provided me with a visual guide to what can be changed around (Red) and what can be cleaned (Blue).

THE MEH: You have to repeatedly press the main trigger button to get the vacuum cleaner moving. After 10 minutes of continuous vacuuming, I could feel my finger starting to hurt. The Fluffy Pro doesn’t have as many attachments as the Absolute version, but it has enough to make things confusing. I took a (long) while trying to figure out which attachments worked with what before resorting to the PR company for help. I could also feel the hot air emitting from the motor after vacuuming continuously for 10 minutes. Finally, I had initial problems emptying the dust canister. I realised later it was because I did not pull it open fully to allow the lid to pop open. It did require a bit more strength to empty the canister compared to Tefal.

** I was provided with an old version, the Dyson Fluffy, to review. The newer model, Dyson Fluffy Pro, features fewer attachments. To be fair, I did not review the extra attachments that are not in the new model. The technology, setup and design for the old Dyson Fluffy and the new Dyson Fluffy Pro are the same. The only difference is the colour of the handstick. The old Fluffy features an orange stick, while the new Fluffy Pro comes with a blue handstick.

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[Review] DYSON V8 FLUFFY PRO - YouTube

3. ELECTROLUX ZB3323B 3-IN-1 VACUUM CLEANER

$549, available at major electronic stores

A CLOSER LOOK:

Charging at the docking station
Main head
Filter
BedPro Nozzle

THE GOOD: It did a great job with edge cleaning. I loved how lightweight it was – it felt even lighter than Dyson. It was also flat enough to reach under furniture. Design-wise, it looks similar to the Bosch and Philips (motor located at the bottom), but it features a slimmer silhouette. The BedPro Power nozzle can be attached to the handheld equipment and comes with a UV button that you can activate which Electrolux claims can pick up dust, mites and allergens from bedding and mattresses. While I can’t test out how effective the UV component is, the BedPro nozzle was able to pick up quite a good amount of dust from my mattress.

Dust collected from mattress

THE MEH: Setup was annoying, and required a screwdriver (or a key) to fix the main handle in place. However, it does mean you won’t need to dismantle from here on after. You have to bring it over to a separate charging dock to charge the machine, which means there needs to be a designated location to charge it. It did have problems picking up bigger crumbs as well.

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[Review] ELECTROLUX ZB3323B 3-IN-1 VACUUM CLEANER - YouTube

4. PHILIPS POWERPRO DUO 2-IN-1 HANDSTICK WITH POWERCYCLONE (FC6172/01)

$449, available at Philips and major electronic and department stores

A CLOSER LOOK:

Main head
Upholstery head

THE GOOD: It felt a lot easier to move it around than Bosch, although the weight is supposedly heavier. This machine comes with the least amount of attachments, compared to the rest, but I liked that because it makes things a lot less confusing and there really isn’t a need to have so many. Besides the main head, Philips comes with an upholstery tool that I really liked. I used it to suck the dust from my two cushions and was surprised at how dirty they were. It also has a brush nozzle for general dust cleaning. Unlike Electrolux, you don’t need to charge the machine at a separate docking station. During charging, the handheld equipment also cannot be removed due to the in-built safety feature.

Dust collected from cushions

THE MEH: Suction for the main head wasn’t great, unfortunately. Crumbs spit out after vacuuming. I had to let it run for a little while on the spot so it was able to suck up my crumbs completely. Edge results could also be better.

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[Review] PHILIPS POWERPRO DUO 2-IN-1 HANDSTICK WITH POWERCYCLONE (FC6172/01) - YouTube

5. TEFAL AIR FORCE 360

$599, available at major electronic stores

A CLOSER LOOK:

Main head
Filter

THE GOOD: Design-wise, the Tefal Air Force 360 is the most similar to Dyson, with the motor located at the top rather than at the bottom. With rollers at the bottom, it was a breeze gliding it around the house. Unlike Dyson, you don’t need to constantly press the trigger button for the vacuum to work, which makes continuous cleaning a lot less painful. The LED lights located near the head illuminates dirt at hard-to-see corners, making cleaning up a lot easier. I also really loved the function for removing dust from the canister – a simple flip and the lid pops open.

THE MEH: Edge cleaning could be improved. Turning it at a sharp angle also required a bit of manoeuvring and was slightly awkward. It doesn’t have the best suction – for that, Dyson wins – however it manages bigger and smaller crumbs well enough and doesn’t spit out like Philips. The motor head was also heavier than Dyson, so my arm got tired after a while. Holding it up to clean high areas like my curtain rod wasn’t the most ideal position to be in – I could only hold on to it for about a minute before my arms cried out for mercy.

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[Review] TEFAL AIR FORCE 360 - YouTube
*Noise level readings are based on what we tested, using an app on our smartphone. It isn’t the reading given by the brands themselves.

CONCLUSION:

While the Dyson is a good machine overall, we think it still has some flaws that need to be worked out. Plus, it’s really expensive. A good (and cheaper) alternative is Electrolux, which gave us few issues and provided an easy manoeuvrability that makes cleaning up a breeze. Although it could be lighter, we also really liked Tefal, which is similarly built like the Dyson, with various improvements to its competitor such as the no-holding-required trigger button.

BONUS: NOVITA HANDSTICK VACUUM CLEANER NV100

A frills-free, lightweight, low-cost option for basic needs

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Welcome to 2018, where there is no colour that is trendier than grey. Once spurned for being sad and boring, it exploded in popularity a couple of years back and is now embraced more than ever before. In interior design, you see it appear in anything from paint colours to furnishings. When used in the right way, it evokes style and sophistication. But before you venture and adopt this colour trend into your home, learn how to make it work for you with these tips.

1. Use different shades

If you think a single shade of grey might be too dull for you, break up the monotony by using two different shades.

This study room uses a mix of dark grey and light. Instead of using a conventional line to separate the two shades, a fissure line design was chosen for more interest.

Design: Distinctidentity

2. Daylight matters

What shade of grey you use should depend on whether you have natural light coming into your room. For instance, opt for a warm (yellow based) grey if you don’t have much daylight coming in as it will add a warmth to your space so that it doesn’t look like it’s stuck in the middle of winter. Go for cooler greys (blue based) if you have plenty of natural light – it will create a refreshing atmosphere to your room.

Grey paint was used to create the illusion of daylight streaming in.

Design: Studio Wills + Architects

3. Channelling nostalgia or going avant-garde?

Consider the theme of your home. If you’re going for a modern, contemporary look, you will want a cooler grey. Dark greys like slate, ash or blue greys are also great calls. But if you’re thinking of opting for a more traditional theme or one that is more rustic and casual, a warm, light grey tone like greige would work well. We love softer hues in bedrooms, where warmth is often welcomed.

Black accents stand out against the modern grey palette in this living room.

Design: Third Avenue Studio

4. Keep to trimmings and feature walls

Not keen to take the plunge with a full wall of grey? Just keep the grey to trimmings and feature walls. Keep the rest of your palette in neutral colours like white or even wood.

The grey accents help to define the different zones in this HDB flat. A patch of grey marks out the dining area, while a grey outline defines where the living room is.

Design: The 80’s Studio

Hidden behind the white cupboards and shelves, the grey wall doesn’t appear jarring but can still serve as a focal point for this study area.

Design: Collective Designs

5. Focus on furnishings

Rather than paint, use furnishings to include grey in your home. Choose from smaller accessories like rugs and lampshades or even bigger furniture like your sofa. Go for more than one grey accessory or furniture per room, in order to create a more cohesive look.

Spot the generous use of grey furniture in this living room.

Design: Architology Interiors

A grey pendant light hangs over this dining zone that is furnished with grey dining chairs and a bench that features different shades of grey cushions.

Design: Eightytwo

7. Say hello to yellow + get enamoured with blush pink

Loving this trendy hue doesn’t mean you need to stick with using neutrals in your home. Know what colours work with grey. Our favourites are yellow and blush. Yellow adds a bright pop to any grey space, while combining grey with the dusky pink hue creates a romantic and serene environment and is especially sophisticated.

The tease of pink in this walk-in wardrobe lends an ultra-feminine vibe in this space, the main domain of the missus, while the bright yellow chair adds plenty of cheer.

Design: Third Avenue Studio

A bold yellow band runs across the grey hallway of this apartment.

Design: Distinctidentity

Pink and grey may conjure up different moods individually. But used together, the result is magical.

Design: Third Avenue Studio

8. Play with patterns

Because grey is often a colour that can fade into a background, consider adding motifs to spruce things up.

This bathroom feature wall features grey hexagon tiles, some of which feature floral motifs on them.

Design: The 80’s Studio

Grey Spanish tiles on one part of the wall and flooring create visual interest in this all-grey bathroom.

Design: The Scientist

9. Invoke the rawness of cement screed

Using cement screed surfaces is another way to use grey in your space. The uneven tones of this stone material is a great for adding visual texture to a space. Perfect for industrial environments, but won’t feel out of place in a modern setting.

Brushed with cement screed, the TV wall adds character to this otherwise modern space.

Design: Eightytwo

A crisp and clean bedroom is given an edginess with a ribbon of cement screed on the structural beams framing the window.

Design: 0932 Design Consultants

10. Hide your appliances
We like the addition of dark grey trimming against a lighter grey back in these kitchen cabinets. But we love how the hood and fittings are completely absorbed into this grey colour scheme.

Design: The 80’s Studio

Blending right in: Rather than stand out like sore thumbs, the appliances in this kitchen fade into background thanks to the use of dark grey cabinets.

Design: Zidane Design Associates

Grey hues can be functional just as they are pretty. Use grey cabinet fronts to camouflage your appliances in the kitchen.

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Our Home-Fix & More event successfully concluded on 27 January 2018. Homeowners who came by were given exclusive discounts on a wide range of products from the store, including Yale digital locks, Grohe bathroom fittings, Megaman lighting solutions, laundry drying racks, bomb shelter racks, invisible grilles, blinds, and more!

To show their appreciation for making the event such a success, Home-Fix & More will be extending the event-day promotions to all our readers till 15 February 2018. Visit them in their showroom at 18 Tampines Industrial Crescent, #01-15, Space@Tampines and show them this blog post to receive the following promotions:

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Whether it is a big room or a small room, decorating your room can surely make it look amazing. If you have a simple room, then you can enhance its decor by using some amazing decorations. It will not only make your home look bright but you will receive compliments from your guests as well.

From Bedside lamps Singapore to latest upholstery, choose your decor. Here are 10 amazing ideas just for you.

1. Patterned tablecloth

A patterned tablecloth can not only make your dining table brighter but also better. Use a patterned tablecloth according to the theme of your home decor. It will look perfect.

2. Bold colored cabinets

Just because your room is white does not mean you can’t use bold colored cabinets to enhance the decor. Use different colored hues in your cabinets and make your room look bright.

3. Place an artifact

Artifacts always add that amazing touch to your contemporary room decor. Place an artifact to add an authentic feel to your room.

4. Use amazing rugs

Instantly enhance your room decor by using some amazing rugs. From patterned designs to bold prints, there is so much available in rugs today, that you would actually get confused, as to which one is right for your room.

5. Lamps and lights

Get that glow effect in your room by placing corner lamps and lights. The effect will surely add a new spark to your dull room. You can also choose to place Bedside lamps Singapore to make your room look good.

6. Mix and match furniture

Simply add a contrast effect by mixing and matching your furniture. Like a different color sofa set with a different color center table, this will surely look good.

7. Stencil wall effect

Make your plain walls look amazing with stencil patterns and designs. You can also personalize your walls and add a stencil effect you love. Go ahead and do it.

8. Hang a wall art

A wall art behind your sofa can help to add a vibrant feel to your room decor. Choose a contemporary design for this.

9. Open shelves display

Display your crockery or your book titles with the concept of open shelves. This will surely make a difference.

10. Place a terrarium

Simply place a terrarium at the corner of your room and enhance your room decor.

Make your simple room look amazing with these ideas!

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While your HDB flat isn’t exactly bursting at the seams with square footage, it can still look wonderful yet be tremendously functional when carefully planned. Design ideas and furniture choices go hand in hand in making a small space work. To get you inspired, we plan out 6 practical layouts based on actual HDB floor plans using furniture from French company Gautier.

1. LIVING AND DINING ROOM

Most living and dining rooms are clustered together in an open-plan zone in HDBs. An open concept is great for encouraging light and ventilation to flow through the corners of the home, but it can be tricky to arrange your furniture in.

For boxy spaces:

Soften the edges of a boxy layout with a round dining table, which takes up less footprint anyway. You can do away with a coffee table and TV console to make the most of the space. Instead, opt for smaller accessories and storage units like the Artigo couch-end unit that serves as table to hold your cup of coffee and the Artigo wall shelf that only takes up wall space.

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If you have a long-ish layout:

For longer and narrower homes, it’s sometimes difficult to demarcate different zones. If you’re keen to make your living space distinct from your dining area, a room divider does the trick. A tall see-through bookshelf like the Preface Tree divider + bookshelf serves as a great solution, and yet because of its transparent nature, it still allows light and air to flow through.

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2. MASTER BEDROOM

The master bedroom may be one of the bigger rooms in your HDB, but it features some of the biggest furniture pieces you will purchase: your wardrobe and bed. You should plan the rest of your bedroom layout around these two items, seeing as they tend to take up the most room.

We like the bed options such as Talmont and Intense from Gautier’s collections, which come with various attachments like bedside shelves and drawers that you can add on to the main bed frame so as to make it more multifunctional. The modular Odea wardrobe range can also be personalised to meet your needs. Choose from various cabinet finishes, closet compartments and types of doors.

The 3-in-1:

Your bedroom may be more than for sleeping. It could also function as a home office or a haven to which you retreat to at the end of the day to binge-watch your favourite Korean dramas. If your bedroom is a multifunctional zone, make sure you set aside enough space for each area. Measurements are key here – ensure that furniture pieces aren’t hitting one another and that there’s still ample walking space in between them.

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Build upwards:

One of the forgotten spaces in a bedroom is the area above the headboard. A good way to maximise that space is to include shelves, where you can display mementos or store books. The Talmont bed comes with an overhead bookshelf attached to the main bed. The shelf finish can also be customised to match your bed structure.

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3. KIDS AND TEENS BEDROOM

The bedroom for your kids and teens should be practical, fun and stylish, and it’s a good idea to create a space that will grow with them. A neutral palette is a safe choice, which helps to stand the test of time. But don’t be afraid to use colour in smaller furnishings to inspire joy and creativity.

For an adolescent that can’t wait to grow up:

This understated bedroom features all the necessary: a study desk, wardrobe, bookshelf and bed, without feel overly cramped. When choosing furniture, go tall, go lean and make use of forgotten spaces like the corners of rooms. The space-saving Tactil corner wardrobe is a good choice if you want to free up wall space but don’t want to compromise on closet room, while the Dimix compact bed that comes with a desk attachment and underneath storage is great for a clutter-free look.

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For a teen that is all grown up:

For teenagers, they will want their bedroom to be a bit more customisable. Create nooks and crannies that allow them to stamp their own individuality. Once again, build upwards to free up floor space. The Naunce bedroom collection comes with chest of drawers that can be fitted with a vanity mirror as well as workstations that can be fitted with shelves on the top. We also like the Naunce bed, which features a fabric headboard that your teen can pin up posters of their favourite band or school reminders on.

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For more space-saving furniture, visit Gautier Singapore at Space@Tampines, #01-15, 18 Tampines Industrial Crescent, Singapore (528605), tel: 6908 0880.

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HDB announced recently that new BTOs, starting with the ones that will be launched this month, will now only come with open kitchens. In previous BTOs, closed kitchens, where a wall is built to separate the kitchen from the rest of the flat, was still offered under the Optional Component Scheme. Now, if you want a closed kitchen, you will have to ask your contractor to build it for you.

If you don’t want to shell out extra cash for a concrete wall, consider adopting the open kitchen concept. Sure, there are potential disadvantages like your flat being enveloped in the smells and fumes of your cooking, but an open kitchen is great for opening up space in a small home. It’s also a good option if you entertain often, as this open layout lets you interact with guests even while you’re prepping food.

But perhaps the major plus point of open kitchens is that they are so darn pretty. Don’t believe us? Check out these gorgeous open kitchens:

1. Bright and breezy

Design: The Local Inn.terior

This one-wall kitchen ends with a breakfast counter that doubles as a visual divider between the cooking space and the rest of the home. Not only does the breakfast counter’s open space design allow plenty of legroom, it also helps to bring in light and ventilation to the kitchen.

2. Fresh and modern

Design: Waff

Flush to the wall, the counter in front is a hybrid between the island and the peninsula counter. This design gives you a galley layout, and is perfect for smaller kitchens where an island might take up too much space, and a L-shaped layout and peninsula counter might not be possible because a side of the wall is taken up by the entrance to the bomb shelter or the service yard.

3. Gilded age

Design: Fineline Design

A peninsula counter and a glass screen combination wins big in this white kitchen setting. The design partially hides the foyer from the cooking zone, while still keeping things open and bright. A gold edging and mirrored cabinet fronts create an opulent feel while the addition of greenery keeps the design fresh and modern.

4. Industrial leanings

Design: Versaform

The dining table is suspended from the ceiling, using an industrial style metal mesh that is as much a functional structure as it is a design statement. On the other side, it is fused perpendicularly with the kitchen counter. This layout is perfect for boxier layouts and is a good option for folks who entertain at home as it combines the eating space with the cooking space into a single zone.

5. Open galley style

Design: Artistroom

An opening was created in the front of this long galley kitchen to create an open space. Rather than go for countertops on both sides, the designer chose to create a series of full-height cabinets on one side to provide enough room for storage and built-in kitchen appliances without cramping up the space. The soothing neutral hues create the sense of a big, open space.

6. Separate wet and dry zones

Design: Cozy Ideas

If you’re concerned about cooking fumes or grease permeating the rest of your home, consider adopting a separate wet and dry zone for your kitchen. Keep the wet zone – where the hob, hood and sink are usually located – closed off with a sliding glass door, while the rest of the space can be kept completely open.

7. Island storage

Design: Eightytwo

For many, an island is a dream come true. So if you can afford the space in your HDB, go for it. Consider creating open shelving at the side to squeeze in just a little more storage space in your kitchen.

8. Social hub

Design: The Interior Lab

Rather than keep the island at the same height as your other countertop, consider raising it so that it reaches bar height. It immediately transforms the island from a hardworking prep station into a space that is perfect for socialising and having meals.

9. Fumes begone

Design: Studio 20 Concepts

Here’s another solution to your cooking fumes woes if you’re thinking of going open. Enclose the hob and hood area with a glass casing, while keeping the rest of your kitchen unblocked.

10. Encased in glass

Design: Absolook Interior Design

We like kitchens that can be opened and closed when needed, like this one. During major cooking sessions, bi-fold glass dividers surround this kitchen to keep fumes at bay. But when no cooking is in session, the dividers can be completely stowed away to create an open kitchen.

11. Reading corner

Design: Eightytwo

Not keen on an extra counter or an island? Get a half-wall instead. It perfectly hides a part of the kitchen, while still keeping it open. Have a long bench to front the wall, creating a cosy reading nook just outside your cooking space.

12. Raise the bar

Design: Inspire ID Group

If you’re concerned about seeing the mess of your kitchen from your living room, consider raising a part of your countertop. The raised part can serve as a casual breakfast bar, while the other side can still function as a food prep counter.

13. Clean and clear

Design: Free Space Intent

For a sleek, clean and contemporary look, go for frameless, sliding glass doors. It’s also a great choice if you have a particularly beautiful kitchen you want to show off from your living room.

14. Window opening

Design: Eightytwo

Rather than open the kitchen up completely, the designer did a half-wall cut-out that can open the kitchen up just as well. Also known as a pass-through, it allows the homeowners to pass food from the cooking zone into the living space easily.

15. Three-in-one

Design: The Local.Innterior

The similar colour scheme means the custom dining table doesn’t feel out of place located just outside the kitchen. With open cubbies at the side, it doubles up as storage space for smaller kitchen appliances like the air fryer, and triples up as an island for food prep when needed.

16. Black vogue

Design: Happe Interior & Design

Black aluminium framed bi-fold doors never go out of trend we think. Here, they function as one of the many modish black accents in this space. The doors separate the kitchen from the dining room when closed, but allow the kitchen to open up when not in use.

17. Café chic

Design: Luova Project Services

For a smaller scale in the same effect, consider bi-fold windows that run across a raised bar counter. This look is a great choice if you’re going the industrial route like in this home, but it also creates a cosy, café-style vibe.

18. Extension Party

Design: Dots ‘N’ Tots Interior

The dining table extends from the small, cube-shaped island to act as additional counter space when needed or used together with the island to serve meals during a party. Otherwise, the island functions separately as a casual eating nook while the dining table is reserved for more formal meals.

19. Mealtimes made easy

Design: Swiss Interior Design

Instead of going for an additional kitchen counter, the homeowners decided to use a dining table made from an old sewing machine to create a partition between the kitchen and the living space. The same woodgrain laminate was used for the table top and the wall beside it, to create a continuous look that helps to draw the eyes upwards, creating the impression of a taller ceiling.

20. External affairs

Design: Fifth Avenue Interior

The main kitchen is obscured behind a black-framed wall panel as well as a raised top bar counter. This outer area is a great as a breakfast zone or pantry, but it can also be used to prep simpler meals that don’t require any cooking.

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We’re a month into the new year, and already we’re seeing plenty of design trends emerging. If the first 30 days is anything to go by, we’re looking at a fabulous year ahead for interior design.

Previously, we’ve looked at kitchen design trends you will see more of in Singapore for 2018 as well as trends Pinterest says will be big this year. In today’s roundup, we’re focusing on bathroom surfaces.

Surfaces in the bathroom like your vanity tops, walls, cabinets and flooring are really important. With all the moisture and humidity around, they’ll actually need to be quite robust and hardwearing. But that doesn’t mean they can’t also be pretty. 

What’s so great about these six trends that we’ve collated here is that they feel so timeless, which is kinda like an oxymoron if you think about it. What this means is that the trends can work for you year after year after year, and you won’t ever tire of it! Now, how great is that?

COLOUR 1. Nude and Neutral

Design: Artistroom

When it comes to the colour trend for bathroom surfaces, it has to be neutral. Neutrals like whites, blacks, greys and taupe are having a big moment this year – and not just in the bathroom. Not a fan of beige? Go for an equally classic monochromatic scheme, or  a navy blue-and-white combo. The former is great for the minimalist while the latter offers up a really fresh and contemporary look for the bathroom.

Design: Wolf Woof

Design: DISTINCTidENTITY

2. Matte

Design: Urban Habitat Design

Goodbye gloss and hello, matte in 2018. While gloss surfaces have their benefits – they are really good at reflecting light, which will make your bathroom appear bigger – we’re pushing it aside for now in favour of their unpolished and more understated cousins. Not only are matte surfaces safer for bathrooms because they are less slippery when wet, they are a great choice if you’re after a serene, yet oh-so-sophisticated environment in your bathroom.

Design: The Scientist

Heads up: While matte surfaces are great for hiding imperfections like scratch marks and dents, they can be tougher to wipe than shiny surfaces!

DESIGN 3. Herringbone

Design: Eightytwo

We’ve been seeing a lot of this pattern lately, whether in flooring, on kitchen backsplashes or as feature walls. But it’s also making a big splash on bathroom surfaces as well. It’s a lot more fun than laying your tiles in a conventional brick/running bond fashion. A herringbone pattern also creates an immediate focal point and visual impact, even if you’re only using simple white tiles like these.

Design: Eightytwo

4. Straight lay

Design: Reimage Decor

Another pattern trend that we’re seeing more of is laying your tiles in a straight set pattern (otherwise also known as the grid pattern). This look works wonders if you use a lot of them at once, and the visual impact is greater if the individual tile is relatively small. Consider enveloping your entire bathroom in a straight set pattern for the best effect and get tiles that are about 2″x8″ if they are rectangle and 4″x4″ or smaller if they are square tiles.

Extra pro design tip: Use contrasting grout lines for a more dramatic look!

Design: WAFF

Design: WAFF

Design: D5 Studio Image

MATERIAL 5. Lookalike marble and wood tiles

Design: Rezt & Relax Interior

When it comes to materials that can be used in the bathroom, porcelain tiles are the most obvious choice, thanks to how hard and dense they are. This makes water harder to penetrate, making them suitable choices for the bathroom. But while porcelain themselves aren’t exactly a new trend, porcelain tiles that look just like marble and wood are increasing in popularity and we’re betting they will be bigger than ever this year.

Marble and wood are elegantly timeless, but because of natural marble’s permeability and porosity and real wood’s susceptibility to warp when it comes in contact with moisture, they don’t make the best materials to use in a bathroom. This is why marble and wood lookalike tiles are so popular – they are a combination of the best of both worlds!

Design: Collective Designs

Design: Third Avenue Studio

6. Cement screed

Design: Meter Cube Interiors

If you haven’t already notice an overarching theme here, it’s that the fanciful has no place in 2018. Instead, we are embracing more pared back looks that can stand the test of time. Our final trend is just like that. Cement screed isn’t the easiest material to work with since it can be prone to cracks, stains and scratches. But it’s a material that develops a wonderful character of its own when left to it over time. Do note that if you’re thinking of using cement screed in your bathroom, make sure your cement mix is incorporated with a waterproof compound. For more tips, check out our comprehensive guide to using cement screed in your home.

Design: Versaform

Design: Eightytwo

Design: Story of Us

Do any of the trends strike a chord with you? Let us know in the comments or tell us what else you would like to see on your bathroom surfaces.

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