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Interior Colour inspire mood

Bring calm, warmth or relax mood with these colour into your renovation

Adapted from article that appeared in Curbed.com on 27th April 2020 by author Diana Budds

Human reacts and associates with colours

 is one of the most relative means of expression, as the famed color theorist Josef Albers once said. It’s also one of the most evocative. From the Red Room in the Black Lodge to the pastel pink pastry boxes of Mendl’s Bakery, color conjures up strong psychological associations. Should we feel apprehensive—as is the case with David Lynch’s unsettling interiors—or revel in sweetness, as in Wes Anderson’s surreal dreamscape?

Paint colour creates mood
Paint colour creates mood
Photo credit – Mystide colours from Avatar The Movie

Just as film directors reach for specific colors to create a mood, so too may we. During a hellaciously stressful and anxious time wrought by the novel coronavirus, color can become a coping mechanism.

We looks at things through the lens of color

Experts at the Pantone Color Institute, a global color consultancy, have been thinking a lot about the COVID-19 pandemic’s cultural effects, and how color fits into the picture.

“We look at things through the lens of color,” says Laurie Pressman, vice president of the Institute. “Of course, this is a public health crisis, and it’s not like a public health crisis is looked through a lens of color, but we’re thinking about: How is this going to affect what people need from color? How is this going to affect what people want from color? How can we help use color as an antidote to what’s going on?”

Colours of contentment to overcome the depressive mood

Images of color swatches, which are nature-based hues, arranged horizontally
Pressman calls these colors “a nature-infused palette of health-giving hues conveying contentment”: PANTONE 17-5722 Bottle Green; PANTONE 14-4318 Sky Blue; PANTONE 14-0627 Shadow Green; PANTONE 20-0161 Beetle Wing; PANTONE 17-2411 Toadstool; PANTONE 17-1446 Mango; PANTONE 17-0949 Chai Tea; PANTONE 18-4728 Harbor Blue; PANTONE 17-0330 Turtle Green
 Courtesy Pantone

While Pressman says it’s too soon to speculate on how the pandemic will affect consumer marketing, she is thinking about the pervasiveness of uncertainty, stress, and anxiety right now and how that might lead us to seek out products and spaces that are soothing, relaxing, and comforting. And color can be a significant player in achieving those sensibilities.

Orange Kitchen Picture by Refresh Renovations

It wouldn’t be the first time hues were used to soothe. For hundreds of years, color theorists have ascribed psychological characteristics to hues based on intuition.

Orange inspires activity
Orange inspires activity
Photos credit Red Living By Bar Design UK Warm colors—like reds, yellows, and oranges—are associated with active feelings, while cool colors—like blues and greens—are widely believed to be calming and healing.
blue
Blue_Living inspires calm
Photo credit Blue living by Thespruce.com Photo Credit of green kitchen by Ideahomes.co.uk

Use these colours for family members with certain characteristics

Chromotherapy (considered alternative medicine to some and pseudoscience to others) has been hawked as a remedy for illness since Ancient Egypt. In the early 1900s, a New York City psychiatric hospital even had a “color ward” to treat patients: a black room to soothe “manic” patients, a red room to treat “melancholia,” violet for “insanity,” blue and green rooms for the “boisterous,” and a white room for someone who is “practically well,” as a 1902 New York Times story stated. “[S]o completely is a patient surrounded by an atmosphere of a particular color, deemed best by physicians for his particular mania, that the vibrations must act on him,” the reporter wrote. Rudolf Steiner, who founded Waldorf education, believed that classrooms should be painted in specific colors based on the developmental age of students.

The interest in how color affects mood, and maybe even mental health, hasn’t waned since the early 1900s. Recently, researchers interested in the effects of interior design on stress and anxiety have studied the body’s response to color, hoping to find some scientific backing to anecdotal assumptions. In a small experiment, researchers at the Aalborg University of Copenhagen blindfolded subjects, connected them to EEG machines (which register brain activity), and exposed them to different colors of light. Their brains were more active when their bodies were exposed to red and blue light. Green light yielded calmness and relaxation. Another study found that blue light helps people relax more than if they were using white light.

For relaxing home use blue and green tones

Images of color swatches, which are bright and bold colors, arranged horizontally
Pressman suggests these colors as energizing hues that brighten moods: PANTONE 14-0957 Spectra Yellow; PANTONE 17-3932 Deep Periwinkle; PANTONE 17-1464 Red Orange; PANTONE 20-0147 Diode Blue; PANTONE 18-3027 Purple Orchid; PANTONE 16-4728 Peacock Blue; PANTONE 15-5519 Turquoise; PANTONE 12-0642 Aurora; PANTONE 20-0179 Leprechaun Dust
 Courtesy Pantone

Pressman believes that color can serve as an antidote to today’s trying times in three ways: by calming us, by soothing us, and by offering some much-needed positive energy.

Grey may not be your colour Post Covid

“Now is not the time for greys,” Pressman says, the color many people gravitated toward after the 2008 financial crisis, to which the COVID-19 pandemic is drawing comparisons. Instead, she recommends meditative nature shades like blues, greens, and browns as calming options.

Photo credit for pastel living by Architectureartdesigns.com To soothe us, she suggests colors that gently warm us, like pastel pinks, burnt oranges, and terra-cotta shades. To brighten moods, she looks to reds and yellows.

Add an accent colour to the colour scheme

“I need to feel positive because of all the uncertainty in the air and am trying to summon up the energy,” Pressman says. “So to put on that red shirt, to put on that yellow pillow, or something that sparks optimism and energy.”

accent colour for a balance of excitement
accent colour for a balance of excitement
Photos Credit yellow high stool by trendir.com

Pressman says of picking the color of the year, which is more about a cultural statement than trend forecasting. “We’re looking forward, but at the same time we are fearful and we need that solid foundation so we can comfortably and confidently cross that bridge into this new era. This kind of color—with its ability to elicit feelings of calm, with its feelings of sincerity, and a feeling of anchoring and continuity—fosters resilience and can be protective.”

For soothing home choose these colours

Images of color swatches, which are pastels and light grays, arranged horizontally
Pressman says that pastel hues are a very livable and soothing colors to consider. Shown here are PANTONE 13-2808 Ballet Slipper; PANTONE 12-0712 Vanilla; PANTONE 13-0908 Parchment; PANTONE 14-4102 Glacier Gray; PANTONE 14-4112 Skyway; PANTONE 15-4502 Silver Cloud; PANTONE 16-1109 Greige; PANTONE 17-4015 Infinity; and PANTONE 18-5204 Granite Gray
 Courtesy Pantone

When it comes to applying these colors to our homes, Pressman suggests thinking about how you want to feel when you step inside the door, how you want to feel in specific rooms, and using color to create those moods.

For example, a very bright optic white could look beautiful but feel stark. A creamier white or a white with brown undertones could make the color more warming. Using yellow in an entry hall, she says, can add sunniness. Meanwhile, something like a terra cotta could add instant warmth. Pastel hues, she says, are very popular right now and very livable.

Plan Valuable Workspace In Your Kitchen Renovation

Featured Photo by Ekaterina Bolovtsova from Pexels Whether you are renovating the kitchen for an existing or new BTO flat in the case of new homeowners, the kitchen has taken a significant role as part of the home office in a post Covid-19 environment as the kitchen has truly become the heart of the home activities as families struggle to find conducive workspaces with the demand for an online meeting.

Here are some practical tips on planning the kitchen for the new norm turning this space that churns out food into a conducive workspace

1. Define the cooking and working space needs

a. For young couples waiting to move into their BTO;
Open plan island counter for BTO 4 Rm kitchen
Island counter is a great idea for space scare BTO flats
Browse design reference from https://www.postofixe.com/bto_resales-flats_condo_kitchen__design_ideas/

Who have some budget to spare could consider an open kitchen with an island counter is a great gathering and workspace. Just a point to note during serious smoke from cooking will carry oil particles to various part of the open kitchen and connecting room like adjoining living which will need to be cleaned and mopped more often than an enclosed kitchen.

If there is a budget constraint a simple close door kitchen space with a single role of kitchen cabinet on one side of the wall might suffice for couples who just want to use the kitchen for functional food warming and other lighting cooking while having a dinning cum working desk on the opposite wall will create a conducive working space.
Dining Table With Good Wifi reception can be a conducive work space
Dining Table With Good Wifi reception can be a conducive work space
Design reference from https://www.postofixe.com/bto_resales-flats_condo_kitchen__design_ideas/

For the serious cook, a simple roll of cabinets might not meet your preparation space needs as the ergonomics and worktop space might not be good enough for you. Plan ahead if you need to have a separate space for work when the family grow with more children and the inclusion of a domestic helper this valuable kitchen space might come in very handy.

Working and studying from home with the new norm in the post Covid-19 years, therefore, private space for online conferencing is crucial and needs for privacy needs to be thought through carefully as conversing with each other online might interfere with other members of the family who needs to focus on their work. Folding glass/aluminium partition could be a solution to the enclosed space when an uninterrupted environment is needed. Photos credit: Lowyat.net One important thing to note is to make sure that the kitchen could receive the wifi signal which is the source of life for everything online, therefore the need to have rooms in direct line of sight to the wifi router is crucial for your success to convert this space. You might want to consider installing a wifi router at a central place or using the latest NEST technology routers for sufficient signal coverage.

c. For couples going into their golden years;
Where there are plenty of space with careful planning of appliances and what we really need as older folks tend to horde on “things” that bring back memories or considered a waste to dispose of useful stuff. The problem with this thinking is that no matter how much space there is, there will never be enough space for things of yesteryears. I have personally experienced this as I have thrown away almost 25 large trash bags of kitchen stuff from my MIL leave over after her stay with us.

My advice is to donate those excess to charity and keep what we really need or better still start over with new utensils to explore the excitement of creating new dishes that the family enjoys.

Important things to note as silver generation aged and mobility becomes an issue kitchen stuff would need to be reachable when planning for a kitchen renovation, consideration like the use of drawers on floor cabinets and wall cabinets to be built within reach without the need to climb to take down things so as to prevent fall which is illustrated here:

Reachability for silver generation crucial to staying independent

A larger kitchen table is a particularly useful worktop for the silver generation with the stay-home advice for them to work on handicraft projects or enjoy the moment of love with online facetime with love ones is a marvellous alternative to being a couch potato

2. Kitchen ergonomics:

Is the study of the human relationship with work relating to the sink, fridge and hob crucial to the human comfort working long hours before fatigue sets in, kitchen specialist advice the following triangulated set up for efficient workflow: Work comfort comes into play as you work on the countertop to prepare food, if you are above or below the average human height, do note this ideal countertop height in relation to your height: .

3.  Functional cabinet organisers

Are highly recommended to maximise the storage capacity and lifesaver when it comes to organising sauces.
Kitchen Storage organiser is a lifesaver for a neat kitchen
Kitchen Storage organiser is a lifesaver for a neat kitchen
Kitchen Cabinet Organiser
Useful Spatula Organiser for the Cooking Enthusiast

4. The popular colour and design trend;

a. white with wood grain theme b. Grey and white theme c. pastel theme Photo credit – www.magnet.co.uk,  For more design reference visit https://www.postofixe.com/bto_resales-flats_condo_kitchen__design_ideas/

In conclusion, great kitchen workspace experience cannot do without a well-designed worktop which may take the following 3 alternatives;

1. Solid dining table that matches your kitchen décor
Kitchen Design Ideas
Kitchen Table can fulfil a much-needed workspace
Browse dining table here – https://www.postofixe.com/product-category/loose-furniture/dining-table/ and chairs here https://www.postofixe.com/product-category/loose-furniture/dining-chair/

2. Go for an open concept with an island counter
Island counter is a ideal work top for modern kitchen
work from home get an island with a open kittchen concept
Get your kitchen island here; https://www.postofixe.com/product-category/kitchen_cabinet/island-cabinets/

3. Look through the window with high-level worktop:
See thru high table Btw kitchen and dinning
High Table on a see-thru wall can be a useful worktop
Browse kitchen designs samples here https://www.postofixe.com/bto_resales-flats_condo_kitchen__design_ideas/

Happy planning, if you need any advice do leave us a note below we will try to get back to you soon.

How To Buy Sink And Taps For The Designer Kitchen Look

Cheap & Good Sink and taps for the designer kitchen look

By Jason Teo – Entrepreneur, photographer, how things work geek.

Created on 13/06/2020

Sinks and taps are important interior design accent pieces which are forgotten when homeowners think of HDB BTO  or resale flat renovation.

Do take note of these useful tips for your kitchen sink in your  BTO or resale flat so that you buy the right product, lastest design and models to make you the proud homeowner of a designer kitchen.

Sink size and functional needs relative to cabinet kitchen design;

According to sanitaryware specialist Mr Poernomo Sing from AER Sanitary Singapore, decide on the functional needs before you head out to any bathroom warehouse such as;

1.  how big the sink you need and the available space relative to the kitchen cabinet, this is often the limiting factor in the selection so take note of your counter depth and length of the sink countertop.

2.  The depth of the sink, i.e., what kitchen utensils do you have or need to wash in it. Remember you will have many pots and pans to wash after a cooking storm or makan (gathering) session. 

3.   What material would I prefer, this we will talk more about sink materials slightly later if you are not sure.

4.   Do I prefer the sink to be sitting top or beneath the countertop. 

Quality And Style For The Chic Look

Stainless Steel Sinks

Stainless steel kitchen sink is the most popular material used by interior designers in a modern kitchen or what you might call Scandinavian interior design. Thereafter consider this question, do I need a single large or double sinks combined for cabinet kitchen design? Let’s see the pros and cons;

Single Bowl Sinks;


Single Bowl Useful For Small Kitchen Space, overmount on countertop

Pros: A single, deep basin means you can easily soak or wash a big pan or prep large quantities of food.  Young couples who don’t need to cook at home, this is a practical consideration.

“This kind of sink is very versatile, as young families don’t really cook much and could just pile the dishes for washing up later,” according to Mr Sing.

Cons: You are limited to one wash at any one time and soaking a large pot requires a bit of juggling since you would often need to wash other things as well in a small kitchen.


Double bowl sinks practical choice for the kitchen, overmout on countertop

2. Two basins of differing sizes (a 60/40 or offset sink).

These are larger sinks with options reachable with a single or double swing head taps.
Pros: Two basins allow you to perform separate tasks, such as cleaning dishes and preparing food, with ease. A Dual offers the convenience of cleaning up in the large basin and prepping food in the smaller one. 

Cons: A smaller basin makes it harder to wash and soak large pans.

“For clients who want flexibility, a double sink can be the way to go,” says Mr Sing “There are also a number of people who are accustomed to working with two basins, and they don’t want to change.”

Mounting Of Sinks found in kitchen design ideas

When purchasing sinks you will be asked if you would like to overmount or under-mount as different accessories used are different. Let’s talk about the pros and cons.

Scandinavian sink design with overmount method

Overmount Method

Modern stainless steel sinks look neat when mounted on the surface (overmount) as the rim thickness of 2-3mm is not noticeable. It is recommended to fasten the sink all around the countertop with silicon to avoid the seepage of water into the cabinet which will happen eventually on heavy washing sessions.

I personally prefer this method for hygiene reasons as I am able to see and remove visible mold growth on the surface of the countertop. 

Sink under-mount beneath the countertop

Under-mount method

The under-mount method uses screw clips and industrial glue to secure the sink onto the underside of the countertop. After the sink has been attached I would recommend applying a layer of silicon seal between the edges of the sink and countertop as a second line of defense against water seepage. 

This results in a cool borderless modern kitchen sink, however but with the passage of time mold and waste spatter will likely to form underneath the counter edges which is rather difficult to clean. There is also the risk of sink detachment with the passage of time.

 Stainless steel sink trend in minimalist interior design.

Straight edges and the boxy look is in trend with colours of;

Silver – evergreen but hardy with prolonged use.

Nano Back – trendy jet black look but prompt to scratches eventually from utensils or broken glass, not irritating if you are not picky.

Others – such as bronze and rose gold are available from certain suppliers.

Buy jet black with high-quality sink at bulk purchase prices here.


Porcelain sinks both under-mount 

Porcelain Sink The Choice Of Vintage Lovers

Pros: This is a legendary hardy material that renders a vintage style.

Cons:  Porcelain tends to chip, leaving a black mark. Metal pans can also leave black marks or scuffs that are difficult to remove. For people who are looking for colour options, not  much are offered here in Singapore


Granite composite sink under-mount

Granite composite sinks

Pros: Highly durable sink made from granite particles and polymers, price is more expensive, not viable for import due to its weight, this material resists scratches and chips. It does not show water spots.

Cons: Composite surfaces can turn lighter in colour with the passage of time due to the constant scrubbing and cleaning of the polymer (a form of plastic) material, repolishing is possible with but difficult and expensive. From personal experience of owning one dark grey sink which did age within 6 years of use but looks good in many ways and functional, I have even transferred it over to my new kitchen which still gel well with the new design. Would I still go for one, no is my answer as stainless steel sinks are still the winner in terms of the cool looks.

Waste discharge pipes beneath the kitchen sink.


Built-to-purpose downpipes that comes with modern sinks

I strongly recommend asking for the purpose-built waste discharge pipes that accompany the sink when you buy a new sink from the vendor as you don’t have to have to pay plumbers to built those ugly white PVC ones, becareful some sanitary shops sold them separately to make more money due to their promotional offers.

 – Buy your quality sink here.

Sink Accessories



Accessories like knives block, anti-choke waste trap, in-built dish soap dispenser, wash-dry tray

Pros: Sink manufacturers are making the sink work harder with a myriad of accessories built to perfectly fit on top of the basin. These are either sold with the stainless steel sink or separately. The choices include cutting boards, prep bowls, knife blocks, colanders and racks for dishcloths or cleaning utensils. 

Cons: However if your interest is in cooking such accessories may not fit your expectation if you subscribe to the “basic is better” school of thought, sink accessories are not for you.

Stainless steel cabinet looks no difference from plywood ones

Non-corrode Stainless steel sink counter

Homeowners faced the problem of the counter door “dropping out” due to water damage over time. This will happen to both types of mounting we mentioned about earlier, so what can you do to prevent it, take these two precautions;

1.  Insist on using silicon to seal all around joints and gaps between the countertop and sink during installation and renew that seal every 1-2 years. 

2.  Pay slightly more for waterproof material such as waterproof plywood, engineer wood or stainless steel cabinet for your counter. I personally prefer a stainless steel cabinet, as indestructible from water damage and the outlook is the same as wood with the prices of such cabinet have gone done with Chinese import.

Buy your corrosion resistance sink counter here.

Taps, what to look out for.

Selecting the right quality tap is important to your sanity as irritating water leakage and constant tap changes will drive you crazy. Often cheap taps sold by sanitary shops or bathroom warehouse will not last more than two years.

So the question you will need to ask is what do you do when the water starts leaking, do I buy a new one every one to two years or replace certain parts of the taps to stop the irritating leaks, there come the important issues relating to quality and warranty besides looking good.

The price will equate to the quality of taps you purchase in a certain degree, it also depends on the brands and experience and honesty of salesperson you buy from. There are three criteria to determine which brand you should buy to save you the aggravation;

1.  the litmus test is the company willing to give you a five years warranty is the quality generally, such products with longer warranty will cost slightly more but in the long run, you will save on precious time and replacement cost.

2.  if the tap is engineered such that there are spare parts for replacement if the taps wear out.  Well designed products will ensure the replacement of wear-out parts, the salesperson will often not border but sells you some buy and throwaways are signs that the product has not been engineered well.

3.  if the supplier is willing to come down to do the replacement or repair the tap even though you are willing to pay for a small service charge shows their commitment to their products.

Get your tap at bulk purchase priced that comes with 5 years warranty with and service here.

Waste Bin Trap Doors Are Convenience Every Kitchen Needs

Disposable Bin Covers

There is now a good alternative to scooping up wet waste and throwing it into plastic bags nearby and seeing all the smelly water dripping all over the place. The installation of this simple gadget door, similar in concept to the dustbin door found in commercial buildings, makes throwing food waste a simple and neat task. It mounted flush on countertops let wet waste drop directly into the trash bin below the counter without the usual mess. Get your cool gadget swing door here

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