Renovation tips – Trendy styles to avoid in humid Singapore

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Everything you do to make your dream house come true; flicking pages of interior design magazines, looking at homes around you, browsing home renovation websites for design inspirations and consolidating numerous virtual mood boards. But not everything seen and pinned in your browsing can work well for a home in Singapore. Apart from style, functionality and ease are equally important. There are two important factors to think about when doing renovation, i.e. our hot and humid climate, and lack of space.

These are 5 simple renovation trends that could inspire homeowners.

1. Hardwood flooring
It may be appealing to place hardwood flooring to add a touch of elegance and a sense of warmth to your homes. However, the high humidity level in Singapore can cause the flooring to warp or swell in the long run. It is not possible for you to switch on your air conditioner 24/7 to reduce the humidity level in your home in order to maintain your hardwood floor as the temperature inside and outside of your home are different and could cause condensation. Different climatic conditions will cause little gaps in hardwood flooring that would attract termites.

Alternative:
Choose a wood-like tile & laminate it with wood-grain pattern or vinyl wood-like flooring which are more cost-efficient. If you still want real wood, choose teak. It is commonly used for outdoor flooring which is more durable for expansion & contraction.
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2. Small Tiles

Small tiles as an accent for your room will help to make your room look stylish and more spacious. But while they may look great, they are not the best choice for a home in Singapore. The high humidity level will cause bacteria, moss and fungus to grow faster and you will find them more difficult to be cleaned.

Alternative:
Keep small tiles to accent walls, rather than the entire
surface. You can also play around withthe patterns using small tiles in the wall. Remember…just use it as accent!
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3. Kitchen Island & Freestanding Bathtub
Kitchen islands and freestanding bathtubs are the epitome of luxury and opulence, but because they are positioned in the middle of the room, they tend to take up a lot of square footage.

Alternative:
If you insist on having a kitchen island, choose hybrid islands that do double duty; where they can also serve as a dining table or storage space for instance.
Instead of going for a freestanding
bathtub, consider a glass-encased shower with a rainfall showerhead instead to achieve the luxury feel without taking up too much space.
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4. Walk-In Wardrobe
You love it for the luxurious feel it gives your home, but it’s a luxury that should be reserved for those with a sprawling mansion—or an extra room to spare.

Alternative:
Rather than convert a part of your already small bedroom into a walk-in wardrobe, a built-in wardrobe would hold your clothes just fine. As it is flushed to the wall, it takes up minimal room while giving a clutter-free appearance. Wish to parade your fashion accessories? Go for see-through panels or open shelves.
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Walk-in Wardrobe – Need More Space
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Built-in Wardrobe – Effective Space

5. Wallpaper
Choose a bold print, and you can create instant panache. Choose a calming motif and your home becomes a soothing sanctuary. But While wallpapers are one of the easiest style changers, they do not do so well in our humid climate. The humidity will cause the wallpaper glue to come off in the long run and causing the wallpaper to curl and peel.

Alternative:
If you wish to incorporate wallpaper, stick to feature walls that are away from windows. A good alternative to wallpaper is decorative paints or special effect paints.
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Republished with permission from the website Direct Contractor Singapore.