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Home Decor

24
Sep

5 Interior Design Mistakes You Should Never Make Again

Design is something that’s highly personal, while there is no one set of rules that you need to follow to make your own HDB flat or condo unit in Singapore look good, there are many ways and things you can do to get that design aesthetic wrong. Here are a few interior design mistakes you need to stay away from as much as possible:

Not testing the color

It’s critical to test out the different variations of a particular paint color in any room or area before fully applying it. This is because you’re not just looking at the color of the paint when choosing one for your interior: you’re also looking at how well it works with the light, how well it works with the walls’ size and texture, and how well it coordinates with the rest of your furniture.

Styling around your TV

If there is one thing you should base your living room’s style around, it’s not your TV – there are better focal points that you can use that will give a much better effect. A better way to do this would be to design the entire area of your living room first, and only then adding the TV. This will make your sitting space look and feel a lot better to be in.

Not adding houseplants

A little green never hurt any interiors – in fact, adding a few houseplants here and there can bring a lot more joy and calm in the atmosphere than you think, and when given sunlight, watered, and taken care of properly, it can keep giving that for a very long time.

Repeating the same fabric or pattern

Patterns are great only when they’re limited to a small number of pieces, such as your curtains or your sofa pillows. Using matching fabrics or patterns for all parts of a room is tacky, and rarely used even by professional designers. Instead, keep things more varied and interesting by adding complementary colors and varying patterns, especially when it comes to window treatments, sofas, and chairs.

Pushing up all furniture against the walls

Pushing furniture against the walls isn’t always the same thing as maximizing space. While it might be better to push heavy things like bookshelves against the wall, doing so for all your appliances can actually make your spaces feel smaller. One alternative to this is to instead do the opposite: arrange furniture away from the walls in a strategic way. In the case of upholstery and tables, like chairs and sofas, it’s much better to group them in the center of the space to allow for cozier conversations.

13
Jun

How to Clean Wallpaper

Wallpaper is a cheaper alternative to wall paint, although cleaning and maintenance is more difficult because it tends to absorb the dust, dirt, and stains in your home. So, how do you go about keeping it clean for many years?

Vacuum or Wipe Regularly
The simplest method to keep your wallpaper in great condition is to vacuum it regularly. If it is a textured or flocked wallpaper, use a soft brush attachment on your vacuum cleaner. Start from the top and work your way down one panel at a time. If the wallpaper is non-textured or flat, you can use a microfiber cloth attached to a sweeper.

Do Not Use Water
No matter what type of stain you need to remove, you should not use water to clean your wallpaper unless it’s a washable type. Neither should you scrub wallpaper because it could come off. There is a special cleaning chemical made for such a task called a wallpaper dough, which is commonly sold at DIY, hardware, and home décor stores in Singapore. Just roll and knead a handful of the dough over the stain to lift it.

Test Washable Wallpaper
If the manufacturer said that the wallpaper is washable, you should test a cleaning chemical first on an inconspicuous part before using the product. Dab a dampened cloth on a small area and observe if it absorbs water, runs, or changes color. If it does, then it means the wallpaper should not be washed.

Wipe Off Grease and Steam
Some parts of the house, like the kitchen, are exposed to grease and steam. Although a scheduled light washing every few months will remove most of the stain, you should make it a habit to wipe off heavily exposed wallpaper regularly with slightly dampened sponge in a water and dishwashing liquid mixture. Make sure that the sponge isn’t overly soaked then pat-dry the wallpaper surface with a clean towel. You can also install a waterproof sheet made for protecting wallpaper from grease and steam.

Vinyl Wallpaper Can Be Washed
There is only one type of wallpaper that can be safely washed with water, but you should avoid soaking the cleaning rag or sponge because the water can still get through the cracks and edges. Moisten the rag or sponge and do not apply a lot of pressure when wiping the wallpaper. Don’t forget to rinse then pat-dry the walls after cleaning with lukewarm water.

Some Stains Are Tough
For stains that cannot be removed with spot-treatment using wallpaper dough, press an absorbent cloth or paper towel against the stain, then iron the cloth or paper towel set at very low heat. The heat will eventually loosen the stain and transfer it to the cloth or paper towel.

30
Jul

Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Painting Service Contractor

Your house could be the most expensive investment you have ever made in your life. That’s why it is very important to choose only the best when it comes to your house painting. Look for professional Singapore painting services provider to ensure top quality works. By doing that, you will know that your hard-earned lifetime investment is in good hands. However, before you start calling those self-proclaimed “professional” house painters, first know the basic questions to ask in order to hire the right house painting contractor.

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1. “Are you insured?”
The insurance will help protect your bases. If an accident happened at some point during the house painting process, the insurance will be able to protect both you and the painting services contractor. So if the answer to this question is “no,” then don’t proceed any further. Scratch the painter off the list and proceed to another one. The moment you get “yes” for an answer, that’s the time you proceed to the next question.

2. “How long have you been in the business?”
You need someone who has been in the Singapore painting services industry for several years. Years of experience highly matters in any kind of work. Being in business for years will reflect that the company is reputable enough to be trusted by many over a long time. To verify this, request for names and contact numbers of their past clients and call several of them. Ask questions like how the results of the contractor’s work are doing so far and how the company worked with you.

3. “What pre-painting procedures do you usually do?”
Good pre-painting procedure will greatly help in making the paint look better and last longer. This part is what painters usually skip if they’re working on a cheap budget. If you want a cheaper overall cost, you can do the pre-painting procedure yourself. Any level of pre-painting procedure is acceptable as long as you get everything off before the contractor starts painting.

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4. “How long will the job take?”
The answer to this question depends on you. If you need the job to be done as soon as possible, then there’s no point in negotiating with a contractor who would only be able to start the job several weeks from now. Your patience and the urgency of the job will determine if you can wait that long. However, a painting services contractor that is going to take longer to finish the job for a more thorough and better results could be a good investment of your effort, time, and money.

5. “Who will work in my house?”
The person you negotiated with about the price and quality of work will probably not be the same person who will do the actual house painting job. Ask who the team leader is and the employees they will be sending to do the job. Also, ask what kind of skills training they have undergone and whether they have done background checks on these workers before hiring them. If possible, ask for certifications and proof of these claims to ensure that these people can be trusted as they will be working closely with you, your family, and your home.

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