My Singapore, My Home

6 ways to bring home the spirit of SG50 with touches of red and white that will make your living space uniquely Singaporean

Issue: Mar 2015

You can show of your true (patriotic) colours this SG50 by decorating your home in the red-and-white of Singapore's national flag
You can show of your true (patriotic) colours this SG50 by decorating your home in the red-and-white of Singapore’s national flag

Singapore is turning 50 this year and the whole island is abuzz with excitement over this national milestone. While the celebration revs up across the island with parades, promotions and planned events, you can bring the SG50 spirit home by turning your interior décor into a tribute to the nation’s jubilee. Here’s how you can go all Singapore at home.

While you may not be able to have the Singapore flag adorn your home, you can still go all Singaporean by playing with the colours of the flag
While you may not be able to have the Singapore flag adorn your home, you can still go all Singaporean by playing with the colours of the flag

Because the laws are very firm about how our national flag is used, you won’t find cushion covers, table cloths or bed sheets with the Singapore flag. But you can still bring the Singapore flavour indoors by using the national colours – red and white – in your décor.

Of course, red is a bold colour. So, a measured hand is necessary when using the hot hue at home.

1. Accentuate with Red

(Left) Bugia & Lanterna red candle holders from Proof Living sheds light on how to introduce red accents to your home
(Left) Bugia & Lanterna red candle holders from Proof Living sheds light on how to introduce red accents to your home
Photo caption: Proof Living

Accents are pieces of furnishing, furniture or home décor, usually in a strong hue, that add a pop of colour to an otherwise muted interior. Because it is so vibrant, red makes an excellent accent. The rule of thumb in decorating a room by colours is: 60 per cent dominant colour, 30 percent secondary colour and 10 percent accent colour.

Thrown down this Bold Red Stripe Rug for a splash of red in your Singapore-themed home
Thrown down this Bold Red Stripe Rug for a splash of red in your Singapore-themed home
Photo caption: Crate & Barrel

2. Fiery Furniture

The Turtle by Walter Knoll with clean sweeping vital lines and an upholstered bucket in a deep red and Feluca by Poltrona Frau
The Turtle by Walter Knoll with clean sweeping vital lines and an upholstered bucket in a deep red and Feluca by Poltrona Frau which features handy compartments for storing articles as well as a small round rotating mirror introduces red in the furniture
Photo caption: Proof Living

There is nothing stopping you for making red the dominant colour in your room. Red furniture can create quite the talking point. Just know that when you do have red furniture, it should be the focal point of the room. So, keep the other decorations in the room clean and simple.

3. Boldly Built-in

Bring on the heat in the kitchen with passionate red cabinets that are a salute to our national colours
Bring on the heat in the kitchen with passionate red cabinets that are a salute to our national colours

Red can be introduced in other parts of the room like the kitchen, bathroom and study that do not traditionally have much soft furnishings by way of built-in furniture like cabinets, closets and shelves. Red, in particular, is a great colour for kitchen cabinets because the deep shade can hide dirt and grime easily.

4. Walled in with Red

Walls painted red will make the space feel more intimate so use the shade to create a cosy corner or a romantic feel
Walls painted red will make the space feel more intimate so use the shade to create a cosy corner or a romantic feel

Walls can be painted red, too. To create a feature wall, paint one wall red. Remember that red is a dark colour and tends to absorb light so make sure you light the area well. You can also paint your room red to create an intimate, romantic feel since any space painted with such an intense colour tends to feel smaller.

Wallpapers can also dress up your walls while providing a wider range of designs to bring in the red and white theme into the room
Wallpapers can also dress up your walls while providing a wider range of designs to bring in the red and white theme into the room
Photo credit: The Wall Story

For a splash of creativity, red wallpaper can add an inspired touch to your walls, creating a focal point.

5. Auspicious Entry

Make a dramatic entrance with a red front door and welcome the spirit of SG50 into your home
Make a dramatic entrance with a red front door and welcome the spirit of SG50 into your home

Some believe that red is an auspicious colour and having a red door helps to usher in good luck. Colouring your front door red ensures a dramatic entrance always. It is also a novel way to use red as an accent.

6. A Pattern of Passion

An all-red room can work if the saturated hue is broken up by patterns
An all-red room can work if the saturated hue is broken up by patterns

One way to ensure that the red in your décor does not overwhelm is to break up the colour by using patterns – checks, stripes, florals and motifs. This allows you to confidently use red through the room for added pizazz.

Just like ours is a melting pot of cultures and ethnicity, going uniquely Singapore in décor style means that there is no one Singapore look. You can go modern or dig deep into Asian roots as you go red and white for SG50. In the spirit of adventure of the pioneers that helped built this nation, go ahead and experiment to create a place that you can truly be at home with in Singapore.

Shop with us:

Crate and Barrel
2 Orchard Turn
ION Orchard
#04-21/22
Singapore 238801
Tel: (65) 6634 4222
www.crateandbarrel.com
Proof Living
2 Orchard Turn
ION Orchard
#04-16
Singapore 238801
Tel: (65) 6509 0555
www.proof.com.sg
The Wall Story
2 Jurong East Street 21
IMM Building
#02-64
Singapore 609601
Tel: (65) 6569 6621
www.thewallstory.com.sg
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