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Living room renovation: Why planning is vital
If you’re considering a living room renovation, you first need to take a close look at your personal/family lifestyle. How you like to make use of this space will determine the details of your living room remodel, and time spent during the planning stage will minimise the risks of costly mistakes once the makeover gets under way.
Planning ahead is especially important if you’re aiming to create a larger space, which will entail structural alterations. Changing your mind half-way into a remodel like this will significantly increase the duration and costs of the project.
Interior designer Karen Soojian, of the American Society of Interior Designers, says designing a new-look living room is a journey. “It takes time to develop ideas and do things right. In other words, you need to know your destination and how you plan to get there.”
Following a few basic guidelines in your living room renovation will guarantee the end result suits your needs, your lifestyle, and your budget.
How to choose the right flooring for the living room
If you’re a party animal who enjoys hosting big get-togethers, your living room facelift should incorporate robust elements that can withstand wear and tear.
The likelihood of accidents and mishaps, such as spilled drink or food, is a constant worry when you fill your living space with guests, so choose an appropriate type of flooring – wood, laminate, or vinyl, for example – that can handle rough treatment. That luxurious, expensive, deep-pile cream-coloured carpet may look fantastic in the showroom, but you don’t want to end up spending hours beavering away at trying to get a red-wine stain out of it.
Your choice of flooring should also be a key element of your living room renovation if you have children scooting about your home. They won’t be spilling red wine all over the place but they can tend to leave a trail of dirty footprints in their wake.
If you already have wooden floorboards in your living space, a cheap and easy way to achieve a functional but stylish finish is to sand down the area and then finish the job with special floor paint or varnish.
If you decide to do the sanding job yourself, instead of calling in professional renovators, be aware that this procedure will involve a lot of dust swirling about in the air all around you, so it’s imperative to wear a mask and eye protection.
You also need to ensure the finished floor doesn’t jeopardise the safety of your children or any elderly relatives living with you, so use anti-slip varnish or paint or a slip-resistant covering.
Whether you have plumped for bare flooring or carpets, the strategic placing of rugs will add a touch of class to your living room remodel, if you make sure they match the size and style of the space. The Australian Homelife website recommends choosing a rug big enough so the front feet of all the furniture in your living room can be placed on it. “This provides balance and creates zones for your room, and will make it feel larger too,” says Homelife. Non-slip washable rugs are a safe and convenient solution.
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Don’t let your living room remodel drive you up the wall!
Once you’ve got your floor planned out, it’s time to think about the walls. Should you paint or paper? If kids are adept at leaving footprint trails across floors (to combat this problem, consider a storage area for shoes at the main door), they’re equally capable of imprinting mucky handprints on the walls. So, if you have children, give your living room walls a lick of washable paint.
If kids don’t figure in the equation, you have the option of using wallpaper to give your living room a warmer feel. Wallpapers come in a huge range of styles, from the cheap and cheerful woodchip to the expensive, opulent hand-printed. You can also get washable wallpaper; great when it comes to wiping away your kids’ grubby paw-prints, but it won’t stop your children doing permanent damage with their sharp little fingernails.
Wallpapering isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. If you have a go at slapping on some woodchip and make a mess of it, it’s no huge deal; you can just tear it down, pop out to get a few more rolls, and start again.
However, the higher up the expense scale you climb with your wallpaper purchase, the more important it is to get an expert in. The cost of hand-printed wallpaper, for instance, definitely prohibits the DIY approach. Hanging this type of paper requires great skill and must be left to the professionals.
If you’re carrying out a living room remodel with the intention of increasing the value of your property when selling or renting it out, it’s worth bearing in mind that estate agents believe wallpaper can slightly diminish the value of your home, because most buyers prefer plain walls and don’t want to go through the hassle of removing wallpaper.
How to make the most of your space in living room renovation and remodelling in Singapore
If space is limited in your home, go for a living room design that can serve more than one purpose. For example, think about setting aside a small area for a home office in your living room, a much better location for a compact office space than a bedroom, where it can spoil the relaxing atmosphere.
If you live in a larger home where space isn’t at a premium, you can expand your living room by knocking down a wall to make use of an adjoining, little-used room. This is another job where you’d be well advised to engage a professional contractor.
Choose space-saving fixtures and furniture. Swap your long sofa for an L-shaped corner unit, and use wall-mounted lighting rather than floor lamps. If you have an old, boxy television, replace it with a flat-screen TV that you can mount on the wall.
You can make your living room appear larger by painting the walls in light, neutral colours, and using cream, instead of white, for the ceiling, to produce a softer appearance. You can always add a splash of brighter colour to turn one wall into a focal point; for a tranquil mood, try blue or green, or, to bring a touch of the outdoors into your living area, consider yellows or greens. Before making a final commitment on your colour scheme, test different colours and shades on your walls.
Another way to maximise space is to incorporate storage areas in your living room design for items such as kids’ toys and your stacks of magazines, so you can stash them away when company calls.
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Why choose Kepha Design and Contracts
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At Kepha Design and Contracts in Singapore, we believe a house isn’t truly a home without a living room that is both a functional centre of activity and a mood-enhancing place to relax in comfort.
Whether you reside in a limited-space HDB (Housing & Development Board) or condominium apartment or in a larger, landed property, we can design and implement a living room renovation that will exceed your expectations, tailoring the remodel to your specific needs, while ensuring we meet your lifestyle and budget requirements.
What our client says
We are very happy to have engaged Kepha to renovate our flat. The design and finishes create a warm and cosy ambience that is more than what we expected, and our friends are impressed.
The project was well-coordinated and was generally smooth. Maria was quick to attend to some minor fixes and they were readily resolved. In addition, she displays many positive qualities. She was transparent about the costs required to complete the renovation, patient, and accommodating to design changes.
And importantly, Kepha have very good after sales service. After the renovation was completed, they still took the trouble to check in to see if everything went well with the house.
We have no hesitation to recommend Kepha to any of our friends or anyone out there.
Thank you, once again, for a job well done!Christine
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