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Home for the Holidays

12 Dec 2016

Design Trends

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Christmas fanatics all over the island are rejoicing at the chance to spruce up their digs with marvelous mistletoe and singing Santas. But Christmas décor isn’t a one-size-fits-all, and the sheer number of design ideas can be mind-boggling – so we’re here to guide you through the essentials.

1. Seasoned with Love


Many homeowners, especially new ones, don’t anticipate the importance of the kitchen during the holiday season. It’s often the centre of the home – both for practical, everyday use, as well as for entertainment. As a result, your kitchen should be high-quality and durable to withstand all that wear and tear, while also being a pleasant and festive space to work.

2. Let There Be Light


In case the annual Orchard Road display wasn’t enough, you should know that Christmas is all about the lights! Lights are what really lifts the atmosphere and brings good cheer to your home, day or night. However, do be careful not to go overboard, and instead deploy a well thought-out mix of twinkle lights and other feature lights. Use them to evoke the atmosphere of a cosy fireplace or being suspended in starlight.

3. Colour Me Impressed


Most of us are familiar with the basic festive colours – red, green, gold and silver. But we advice starting with a neutral or muted colour palette to keep your living space comfortable and relaxed; after all, the holidays are a stressful time, and you should cultivate your home as a sanctuary for yourself and others. Not to mention, a good palette of neutrals can be easily jazzed up for the holidays with bright throw pillows and blankets. The idea is to personalize the space while keeping it adaptable for the rest of the year.

4. Dignified Dining


Christmas isn’t about the presents – it’s about family and friends. But in space-strapped Singapore, it can be tough to host huge holiday feasts. So take a leaf out of Absolook’s book and pare things down for a Scandi-chic dining area that can transition from Christmas Eve to CNY with a few small tweaks.

5. Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree


With trees, you can go the authentic or artificial route. It depends on what you want to achieve with your space – do you want to come across traditional or modern? Luxurious or minimalist? Either way, ensure that your tree is a focal point but doesn’t dominate, and is in harmony with the rest of your décor.

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