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5 interior design tips for maximising natural light

5 Interior Design Tips For Maximising Natural Light

Rose Eclavea

Browse through every interior design website in Singapore and you’ll notice that the term “natural light” appears frequently. Why is that so?

Natural light is generated naturally from the sun. It is great for human health because not only does it allow our skin to produce vitamin D, but exposure to sunlight also helps to boost a chemical in our brain called serotonin.

This chemical gives us more energy and aids in our ability to remain calm, positive, and focused. Vitamin D is also an important nutrient that helps to prevent bone loss, lowers the risk of heart disease, and boosts immune function. 

Although overexposure to the sun’s UV rays can be harmful to our skin, allowing sunlight into our homes has been shown to be beneficial. It even aids in the improvement of sleep.

It is also believed that a lack of natural light and constant exposure to artificial light can cause seasonal affective disorder or other types of depression.

So, how can you make use of interior design to maximise the amount of natural light flowing into your home? 

Also Read: Ways to Inject Happiness into Your Home

1. Use light wall colours

Did you know that dark colours absorb the majority of the wavelengths of light energy? This is why when dark colours are used in interior design, it can cause the house to appear dull and dim. 

However, if you use a lot of white and bright colours, such as pale yellow, light creams, and pastels, they reflect more visible wavelengths of light that shine on them. This means that when natural light enters your home, it will bounce off multiple surfaces, illuminating most of the rooms. This eliminates the need to turn on artificial lighting to brighten up spaces.

2. Furniture arrangement

Furniture is an opaque item that, if not properly positioned, can block the flow of light into your home. To maximise light flow and reflection, we recommend arranging your furniture pieces away from windows, mirrors, or glass fixtures.

This may not be possible due to space constraints in HDB flats and condominiums, but it is a good tip to follow for landed property interior design.

3. Keep windows clean and clear

Although installing tinted windows to keep the afternoon sun out of your home may be appealing, it prevents light flow and can make your home appear dark even during the day. Choose clear windows with properties that can help keep the heat of the sun out of your home.

Over time, dirt and dust will accumulate on your windows too, obstructing the flow of natural light. Keep them clean at all times to ensure that you have beautiful windows with plenty of sunlight flowing through them every day.

4. Use mirrors and glass

Mirrors and glass are fantastic materials to have in your home if you want to maximise the amount of sunlight that comes in. Mirrors can effectively reflect light, whereas glass allows light to pass through it. However, in order for these items to serve their purpose effectively, they must be strategically placed.

We recommend placing large mirrors opposite windows to reflect more natural light into the home, making it appear as if you have added another window. For a similar effect, include coffee tables or side tables with mirrored tops.

You can also use glass or transparent furniture next to the window to let in as much light as possible while still making use of the available space.

5. Use day curtains

If you want more privacy while still allowing plenty of light in, swap your heavy window treatments out for light and airy fabrics such as linen. You can also achieve the same effect with white and sheer day curtains. 

Having natural light during the day would not be an issue for high-rise buildings such as condominiums and HDB flats. On the other hand, one will need to put in more thought when doing up landed property interior design because some properties may be obstructed by other high-rise buildings or the surrounding houses. 

However, landed property homeowners can choose to hack down walls and turn them into glass doors or windows if you want more light in your home.

There are numerous other ways to increase the amount of light that enters your home. Starry Homestead is an interior design company in Singapore who can assist you in creating beautiful interior designs for your home while keeping the flow of natural light in mind. See your dream home come to life today. 

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Modern VS Contemporary: The Differences Between Both Designs

Rose Eclavea

Design styles such as Scandinavian and Muji, or modern and contemporary are styles that have left people puzzled for years due to their similarities. Today, we are here to help you better understand the differences between modern and contemporary interior design styles. 

Modern style and contemporary style? Aren’t they the same styles with different names? Well, we couldn’t be more wrong. Despite the fact that both words have the same definition in the dictionary, these styles have their own distinct characteristics and are vastly different from one another.

Modern Interior Design

Modern interior design rose to fame in the late 1800s; it is a style that refers to a specific time period between the late 1800s and 1950s. This style emerged at the height of the modern art movement, prior to contemporary interior design, with its distinct style placing emphasis on simple form and function. 

Contemporary Interior Design

The contemporary interior design style that we know today first gained popularity in the 1970s. Unlike the modern style, which stemmed from a specific period in history, the contemporary style is one that constantly evolves and is not limited to styles of a certain period. It changes in response to current decor trends and borrows characteristics from Modernism, minimalism, Art Deco, as well as a variety of other styles, without focusing on any one in particular.

Their Similarities

Some similarities in design exist between the modern and contemporary interior design styles, which may be confusing to some. However, once you’ve mastered these elements and how they function in the interior, you can mix and match them to create your own signature style.

1. Minimalist Aesthetics

Both of these design styles favour simple and clean architectural lines, such as basic geometric shapes and sleek furniture that do not feature ornate designs that can cause visual noise. It keeps the space uncluttered and minimal while displaying a sophisticated and timeless elegance.

2. Open Spaces

Both interior design styles emphasize the importance of creating large and open spaces within your home to prevent it from appearing cramped or cluttered. These spaces allow air and natural light to flow through.

While large open spaces may be difficult to achieve, especially in smaller condo units and HDB flats in Singapore, you can engage the assistance of an interior design company to create space-saving solutions so that your home is functional without looking overcrowded.

Their Differences

1. Choice of Materials

  • Modern

Natural materials, such as wood, and other earthier elements, are used in the modern style because they are eco-friendly and add character to the space. One will spot more fibre furniture and accessories such as linen sofas or cotton pillows and curtains in a modern interior.

  • Contemporary

Contemporary interior design features more state-of-the-art materials, such as glass and metals, which are created using modern techniques and technology. In a contemporary interior, the generous use of metal, stone and opaque or clear glass creates a polished and elegant appearance. Think rose gold accents, tinted glass partitions, or feature walls made of stone.

Heavily textured fabrics in plain colours are used for curtains, pillows, or rugs to soften the space and keep it from looking too cold and rigid.

2. Colour Palette

  • Modern

The modern design incorporates colour options in earthier tones such as brown, rust, olive green, turquoise, maroon, and so on. They complement the style’s earthy design elements to create a warm and inviting home interior.

  • Contemporary

For a more neutral and elegant appearance, a stricter palette of black, white, and grey is often preferred in contemporary interior design. However, other colours are also used to add vibrancy to the interior. These colours are typically pure, primary and secondary colours like red, orange, blue, or indigo.

Most homes in Singapore are designed in a contemporary design style but are often misidentified as the modern style. Now that you understand their differences, you can collaborate more effectively with your interior design company to create a home interior that speaks to you. 

Starry Homestead is an experienced interior design company in Singapore that creates interior spaces that are not only stylish and beautiful but also harmonious sanctuaries for fun, rest and play. See your dream home come to life today.

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