Moving to a new place can be exciting yet overwhelming especially if this is your first move away from the comforts of your family home. For some, it is a huge step towards adulthood – no more mum picking up after you or dad telling you to help around the house. Others take this as an opportunity to test out their level of independence and creativity. It gives you the freedom to design the living space that you’ve always wanted.
But where do you begin?
Create a board. Search for themes and colour schemes that appeal to you the most. From there, you will be directed to thousands of home interior design inspirations. Pin as many inspirations as you can find. It will definitely help in purchasing items for your space later on. Don’t limit yourself to interiors within your budget or size of space. If you’re creative enough, you can definitely recreate your inspirations.
#2 Visualize & Asses
Take photos of your space and asses your perimeters. Find where the natural light seeps into, lighting fixtures are placed and power sources. Get a measuring tape and measure where you’d like to place your furniture. It’s important to have wall-to-wall measurement so that you know the distance and space between the items you’d like to place. Take a few minutes to sit in your empty space and visualise the home you want to build.
#3 Shopping Time
The common mistake people make is by buying the first thing that attracts them without surveying the market for something similar that could most probably be cheaper and fits way better than the first one you saw. There is no rush in designing your home. There are essential items and there are items that could be put on hold until you find “the one”.
Where do you find “the one”?
No, there is no need to swipe left or right (although that could be very useful – Ali Baba can you hear us?)
With more than 500 designs, HipVan focuses on bringing quality designer furniture and home furnishing affordable to consumers in Malaysia, Singapore & the United States. Their easy-to-navigate website UX gives consumer ideas on how to pair up their items. Even though they mentioned they focus on creating affordable furniture but some of their pieces can still be on the higher side for those looking for a cheaper range. The best part is they offer free delivery & fast shipping so expect your order to be there in less than a week!
Chic and contemporary is the theme for Ruma. Expanding more to just furniture, Ruma brings you the trendiest home decors that are well suited for the urban city slickers. Their centrepieces and plush pillows will add a bit of character to your home. If you’re open to investing a bit more artistic pieces that stand out, Ruma is the destination to go. Available online & offline.
Looking for more vintage or retro styled pieces? Recro Furniture refurbishes old furniture and turns them into a stylish midcentury finish. From Ratan chairs to vibrant coloured upholsteries, Recro items look like the furniture in your grandmother’s house just got a major facelift. Placing these in your living space will definitely stand out yet create a nostalgic-vintage vibe.
Furniture stores are now turning to e-commerce sites to publish their items and reach out to a wider range of customers online. You can now browse for all types of furniture merchants through sites like Lazada, Shopee and 11street. If you see something you like, chances are there 5 other merchants selling the same item at a different price and delivery period so keep a sharp lookout and do a comparison. They also do frequent price markdowns and give out promo codes for certain items. Note that your furniture will come in flat pack condition unless you personally reach out to the store and request assembling services.
Of course, the list is not complete without including IKEA – one of the biggest home furnishing brand in the market. Who doesn’t like IKEA? They’re convenient, value-for-money and design to fit any space. The only downside is everyone you know probably has the same item you do in their homes. But their easy-to-assemble flat pack furniture is a hard choice to resist
Like its name, Flatpak, produces Tanggam based furniture that is locally designed and digitally fabricated. Competing next to IKEA, who has dominated the ready-to-assemble furniture market, Flatpak furniture design focus on mobility and experience. With housing development getting more compact, space efficiency and furniture flexibility have become a huge buying factor. Imagine being able to take apart the puzzle like pieces and make room for more space or be used in different areas of the house. Their wooden structure gives their furniture a more contemporary edge. Definitely, a must-have if you are design-centric and want to portray that side of you.
#4 Place & Decorate
Now that you’re set with what you want in your space, it’s time to put it together and decorate. Only start accessorizing once you’ve got the big pieces in. This is where you let your creativity run wild. Plush pillows, mixed frames, plants, tapestries – you name it. How you decorate your home should reflect your overall personality as soon as you step in. It is an ongoing process with more ideas coming in and constant change as you grow, so don’t rush and take your time.
Remember, your home is your sanctuary – a place you come back to every day. There’s no right or wrong to the process of setting up your first home. To each it’s own, they say. What’s important is the comfort you feel in your space.
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