Bold over by hue

Bold over by hue

It is goodbye beige and hello red as Singaporeans deck their walls at home in bold, unusual colours.

Finding a blank wall in Daniel Seah and Chee Yen Ting's four-room HDB flat is a challenge.

The young couple, aged 33 and 30, had every main room in their build-to-order Punggol home painted in a different colour before they moved in last December.

Mr Seah, an assistant manager at a local stockbroking firm, explains: "I've always felt that dark colours provide a better connection than lighter ones. They make the house seem warm and cosy as opposed to giving off an airy feel."

Mr Seah and Ms Chee are part of a steadily growing number of Singaporeans who are painting their interior home walls in more unusual colours rather than the usual safe beige.

Major paint manufacturers Nippon, Dulux and SKK, as well as most of the interior design companies Life! spoke to, say Singaporeans are now more "adventurous" and "daring" in their colour choices compared with a decade ago.

Many believe that this stems from higher levels of education and an increased exposure to bold design ideas.

Interior design company Arete Culture owner Caroline Chin Geyler says: "People are more interior-savvy nowadays, especially the younger generation. I think it has a lot to do with travelling."

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