5 Interior Designer Tips To Make Your Home Look Bright And Colourful

The design director of Free Space Intent on why he loves to play with striking colours and patterns and how to achieve the look in your own home

Raymond Seow, design director of Free Space Intent, firmly believes that your living space should truly reflect who you are. So when it came to designing his family home in Upper Thomson Road, the spirited 46-year-old designer didn’t hold back, creating an eclectic and colour-splashed space that showcases his individuality.

A mix of playful pastels and geometric shapes transforms a regular condominium into something truly special.

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1. It’s all about balance.

The striking scheme, which Raymond terms “arranged chaos”, is a mix of different styles defined by punchy pastels and origami-inspired geometric shapes balanced with clean and pared back Scandinavian-style furnishings so it’s not too overwhelming.

“My home is a rojak of many different things that I currently like,” he shares. “I’ve always loved the retro, pop art colours of the 70s and 80s, but here I chose mainly pastels as they’re softer and more soothing.”

Raymond Seow

2. Find colours that you like.

“But don’t use colours for the sake of it,” Raymond cautions. “Ask yourself: are you really okay with looking at them for the long term? Find colours that you like. Trends are useful as they can help you determine what kinds of palettes you like, but you don’t have to follow them. It’s really all about personal preference.”

Unique collections and paraphernalia are surefire ways to personalise your space.

3. Bring in a personal element. 

From the various feature walls to a toy collection display shelf, every nook and cranny of the two-and-a-half bedroom condominium, which he shares with his wife, son and in-law, is filled with character. “The most important thing for any homeowner is to decorate with something personal that shows your character,” Raymond says. “For me, it’s my collection of figurines, although I need to start to trim down as the shelf is overflowing!”