SINGAPORE - When Mr Patrick Tan, 41, a research manager, decided to update his 15-year-old home, he wanted storage solutions that would keep clutter out of sight.
He had new built-in wardrobes fixed, gave his walls a fresh coat of paint and polished his floors.
After adding some plants to his living space and a centrepiece armchair, his home was renewed.
To make your home look instantly transformed, you need to change things that cover a bigger area, such as wall colour, says Mr Nelson Leow, a director at U-Home Interior Design.
"If you simply change a small portion of the home, such as buying a new sofa set or TV console, there is no impact and the place will still look old," he adds.
"Painting a small portion of your walls will also have little impact, compared to painting the entire home."
If you feel lost, consult an interior designer who can help you to redesign your home.
Says Mr Tan Kim Da, creative chief at Chew Interior Design: "When a client comes to see us, the first thing we do is to assess their personal needs, for instance, how many people are staying in the home, to help us propose how the space can be used more effectively.
"They need to tell us what are their most important needs and what are the inadequacies in their current home."
Fresh new hues
If you are tired of the same colour scheme, so go for a change of colours, says Mr Leow.
For instance, paint your walls in brighter and more contemporary hues if they currently feature neutral or darker tones.
Painting a feature wall in a bold shade and hanging up a picture can also add an interesting contrast to the home, adds Mr Tan.
There is no need to limit yourself to a paint job.
Get creative with a wide range of wall coverings to create the feel you want.