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Future Proof Your Homes With These Interior Design Ideas

By Lights&Co. Team
on February 22, 2022

Real estate did extremely well in 2021 as the pandemic had a huge impact on our lifestyles when most of us have to stay home for longer periods than usual. Do we need more outdoor space? Do we prep all our meals at home? Do we need a dedicated room for a work from home set up? All those needs that we didn't know existed suddenly became pressing issues. 

If you are embarking on your renovation journey, how can you future proof your homes to make it remain relevant through the years? Let's explore some of the top ideas to incorporate into your home decor!

1) Light Colour Schemes

Light Colour Schemes

Light Colour Schemes \\ Design: Salt Studio \\ Image Credit: Renonation

Forget the Victorian or Industrial home decor themes as they don't resonate well with many home seekers these days. Instead, consider light colour schemes to accentuate the natural lighting in your house. Think Japanese Zen or Muji inspired themes with white colour cabinets to maximise light dispersion. 

2) Space Efficiency

Concealment Of Work Area

Concealment Of Work Area \\ Design: In-Expat \\ Image Credit: Renonation

Homes are getting smaller but the need for storage has not diminished. While we need a lot of cabinets to conceal our stuff, do spend some time to look around the house closely for overhead spaces you might have missed out. Add in more carpentry along the area where your DB Box or Household Shelter to conceal them so they look flushed.

3) Ample Natural Light

Maximise The Natural Brightness

Maximise The Natural Light In Your Home \\ Image Credit: Home Decor

The best light is from mother nature itself so let in as much natural light as possible. Don't place any large furniture or wardrobe where your windows are. Install your curtains in such a way that there is ample space to draw and keep them neatly at the sides of the windows without blocking any portion of the windows. 

If your house is on lower floors, you may need more lightings placed strategically around the house to properly light up the place. 

4) Get Durable And Stylish Flooring

Beautiful Patterned Floor Tiles

Beautiful Patterned Floor Tiles \\ Image Credit: Alan Lee, Home & Decor

Vinyl flooring was the rage 5 to 7 years ago as it allowed home owners to overlay on existing flooring thereby saving them time and money compared to hacking and putting in new flooring. One of the latest trends now is the herringbone tile pattern which is perfect for creating intricate and unique style patterns with different colour tones of tiles. 

Our opinion is to go for large format square tiles in the living and dining areas to bring out the spaciousness of the house. Homogenous and marble tiles have been around for decades and the lighter, simpler colour tones and patterns are always welcomed by many. 

5) Luxe Feel

Modern Luxe Vibes Home

Get The Luxe Vibes With Marble And Gold Finished Lightings \\ Image Credit: Home & Decor

Visited a condominium showflat lately and was wowed by the luxe feel of the property? It all starts with picking out the right style of fittings and furniture and you do not have to go full on marble tiles for your bathrooms or install top of the range sanitary fittings etc. The idea is to select designs close enough to exude the feel good factor to make the house feel luxurious. 

Lighting Review - COMBUS Pastel Combination Hanging Lamp Installed In A Beach Road Office, Singapore

By Lights&Co. Team
on December 15, 2021

The blue and khaki colours of the COMBUS Pastel Combination Hanging Lamp are used in this office pantry.

Lighting Singapore - COMBUS Pastel Combination Hanging Lamp

Lighting Singapore - COMBUS Pastel Combination Hanging Lamp 4

Lighting Review - SELLECA Ring LED Pendant Light Installed In A Beach Road Office, Singapore

By Lights&Co. Team
on December 15, 2021

The SELLECA Ring LED Pendant Light is installed in a compact meeting room with the vintage gold colour body elevating the space.

SELLECA Ring LED Pendant Light

Lighting Review - DELPHINUS Hanging Light Installed In A Beach Road Office, Singapore

By Lights&Co. Team
on December 15, 2021

Multiple units of DELPHINUS Hanging Light are hung at varying heights in this beautiful work space in the newly renovated office.

Lighting Singapore - Delphinus Hanging Light

3 Lighting Trends In 2021 / 2022

By Lights&Co. Team
on November 13, 2021

Since the onset of the COVID-19 situation which has limited us in terms of the ability to travel and made working from home almost a default for most of us, many have went on to buy their first homes or upgraded to larger houses. Homeowners have also taken their space more seriously as they stay at home more for work and go out less often to stay safe. Here are some lighting designs that we see trending for the rest of 2021 and in 2022. 

1. Metal and Glass

Instead of the common polished chrome finish for kitchen faucets and bath fixtures, matt black and brass gold finishes are popular to achieve a contrast especially against darker colour wall tiles or paint colour. However it is better not to use more than 2 different colour tones with your other metal furnishings as it would overcomplicate the entire decor. We would recommend that you match the colour of your lighting fixture to the other furnitures you want to complement such as the wall lamp and the metal frame below which complements each other and stands out against the dark navy blue wall.


Our CAVER Classic Wall Lamp (as pictured below) provides a single globe or double globe option with a brass gold metal body. 

 

2. Balcony / Patio Lighting

Homes with outdoor spaces became the rage overnight last year as it allowed home dwellers to take in the views and soak in the weather outside. If you love to have al fresco dinners or chill over a glass of wine, a good book in your outdoor space, the lighting in your balcony / patio is essential even if it is simply for ambience. This space is where you can be more creative, for example you can model it after your favourite hangout cafe, bistro or decorate into a lush garden.

                                              Image Credit: Qanvast

Our recommendations for this space are the BRIVAAR Ceiling Light and the FIKNA Funnel Wall Light for their modern yet classic black and gold combination which work well for most decor themes.

 

3. Task Lighting

This is definitely one important aspect when most of us work or study from home more during this pandemic. Suffice to say there has to be adequate lighting when it comes to poring over documents and textbooks. If your focal lighting point is not bright enough to illuminate your work space, you can enhance it with table lamps or floor lamps. But if you limited work space, consider using track lighting which is versatile enough to target and illuminate areas in your room. 

If you use a pendant light like the above ARCLINEA Glass Pendant Lamp, do ensure the glass covers are not tinted and select LED bulbs with higher lumens to ensure maximum brightness.

Add on cob lighting to enhance the brightness if needed as the cob lights can be easily adjusted to shine on your work space.                         

How to Fix My Faulty LED Lighting? How Do I Change The Bulb For My LED Lighting?

By Lights&Co. Team
on March 27, 2021

LED lighting is up to 90% more efficient than incandescent light bulbs and is now widely used in homes, commercial and public places. LED lights come in mainly two variants; one is the LED light bulb and the other comprises a LED plate and LED driver.

How do I replace the spoilt LED light?

Firstly, we have to determine the type of LED lighting that is used. For example, if it is a light bulb, you have to replace in its entirety. If it is a LED downlight, it depends on whether the LED light source and driver are integrated. 

LED Downlight with External Driver

Image: LED Downlight with External Driver

You can try to replace the external driver if the light source for the downlight can't be turned on. If the downlight is dim or flickering, it is due to the degradation of the LED itself and in this case, you have to replace the main downlight.

LED Downlight with Integrated Driver

Image: LED Downlight with Integrated Driver

LED Light Bulb

Image: LED Light Bulb

For a LED downlight with integrated driver or a LED light bulb, the driver is integrated in the bulb and downlight and you would need to replace the fixture in its entirety.

Top Lighting Inspirations For Your Japanese Style Decor Theme

By Lights&Co. Team
on July 23, 2020

When we think of Japanese homes, most of in Singapore would immediately relate it to MUJI for the simplicity, quality and clean looks with some nature incorporated into the designs or manufacture.

One important element to infuse the Japanese concept is to add wood or bamboo into your interior design. The living space is relatively free of large furniture and the lightings are mainly inconspicuous. Now let's take a look at some home decor and lighting inspirations you can use for your home. 

Modern meets traditional Japanese home                                         Image credit to respective owner

This Japanese home exudes zen by combining the traditional rice paper shade pendant lights with modern furniture. It just has all the right components - wood, the right lightings and plants, of course a bonsai plant would be perfect.

 Lavien Pendant Light                          Lighting Idea - LAVIEN Scandinavian Hanging Light Set

If you prefer to go all modern, this hanging light fixture will complement your home without any fuss. It has the white and wood tones that the basic Japanese home concept requires. 

Japanese Lighting Inspiration                                      Image credit to respective owner 

This modern Japanese home in mainly white and wooden tones uses simple recessed lights and a small white shade table lamp. It's all about keep the space free of clutter with ample room to access the space. 

TANUKI Ceiling Light                                  Lighting Idea - TANUKI Ultra Slim Ceiling Light

Not many of us like to do a boxed-up false ceiling specially for downlights as it can make the area look smaller and impose unnecessary height restrictions. Hence a good way to balance this is to use the TANUKI Ultra Slim Ceiling Light. The light fixture is made up of a wooden exterior and a white frosted shade cover which complements the modern Japanese home.

The Best Lighting To Use For Work From Home Setting

By Lights&Co. Team
on May 26, 2020

Hope everyone is staying safe and healthy as we are in unprecedented times. Work from home by telecommute has become the new norm of late as countries worldwide implement a lockdown to curb the spread of the coronavirus. 

With more people working from home and this may be still be the case even after a vaccine is discovered as companies realise they can save on expensive office rents while protecting their employees.

Work from home

If your company makes it mandatory to work from home, you would need to create a work space that is comfortable for you to work in. This is why we saw long queues to IKEA as many were scrambling to buy suitable furniture before the stay at home measures took effect.

Long queues at IKEA

We will not make your life difficult by introducing the entire range of lights for working from home. You are most likely to have recessed lighting, pendant light or a ceiling light in your study / office space. Even with the smaller bedrooms these days, a ceiling light is not sufficient if you need to do serious reading or work. 

Hence our recommendation is to use track lights, which are bright, can be directed on a specific area, easily adjustable for brightness levels and easy to replace. Track lights have evolved from just the black and white to fancy rose gold and gold colours making it easy to complement a variety of decors. More importantly, you can also decide whether a daylight white or warm white light setting is better for you. 

Track Lights

What is a hanging light or pendant light?

By Lights&Co. Team
on November 13, 2019

A hanging light can also be referred to a pendant light (aka pendant lamp) or a chandelier. A pendant light is suspended by an electrical cord and it can be used as a single lighting fixture in a small space or hung in multiples across a larger space (ie: office or restaurant). It can also be used as a set of 3 in a straight line using a rectangular panel or in a circular form using a round panel. A pendant light can range from a simple design to an intricate fancy design. 

            Photo: A simple pendant light design - ANDENON Cement Pendant Light

ASCENT Futuristic Pendant Light

Photo: An intricate pendant light design - ASCENT Futuristic Pendant Light

SOUTHPORT Pendant Light in Pastel Colours

Photo: SOUTHPORT Pendant Lights in Pastel Colours used with a Rectangular Panel

ARCLINEA Glass Pendant Light in Metallic

 

A chandelier on the other hand is typically a large ornate centrepiece used in a mansion, a hotel lobby or an event ballroom. Originating from the medieval age, the light source used back then was candles and later progressed to gas lights to the current electric light bulbs. Often made out of glass, it can be adorned with crystals to exude luxury and elegance. 

Intricate Chandelier

Photo: An intricate Chandelier

Lighting Review - SOUTHPORT Pendant Light installed at The Quartz Singapore

By Lights&Co. Team
on November 01, 2019

The lovely Southport Pendant Lights in Pastel Colours are installed in a trio over the dining area. It gives your home a pop of scandinavian country home feeling.

Lighting Singapore - Southport Pendant Light Review

Lighting Singapore - Southport Pendant Light Review 2

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