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Renovating your home can be a very exhilarating experience. Before you jump straight into your renovation works and end up being disappointed and frustrated, proper design and budget planning will definitely help you to reduce disagreements which you may encounter with your renovation contractor, and to spend within your budget.

The following areas are not exhaustive but may provide you with a good start.

Design Planning
 
   
Design Styles
  There are various design styles you can consider. Usually, the design styles are dictated by market trends. Some of the styles are Modern, Zen, Country and Classics. There are many interior design/renovation companies in the market that can offer you professional advices and you might want to seek their advices before you decide on the style.
   
Colour Schemes
  Choosing the correct paint colour for your walls, ceiling and floor in your home is important. Your choice of colour in a particular room will not only reflect your personal tastes, but will establish the atmosphere and style of the room as well. The trend of paint colours fall in and out of favour over time, rather than indicating the current colour trend, it is better to understand how different colours are related and affect each other.
- Colour Basics
  There are about 10 million different colours, but all these colour are derived from 3 primary colours
i.e. red, blue and yellow. Primary colours cannot be created by mixing other colours. Secondary colours are orange, green and violet: created by mixing 2 primary colours e.g. mixing red and yellow to get orange. Tertiary colours are formed from a variety of combinations of primaries and secondaries. Shades and tones are formed by lightening or darkening colours with the addition of white or black.
   
- The Colour Wheel
 

It is a device that helps you choose colours and its combinations. Related colours are positioned next to one another on the colour wheel. As they are made by mixing the elements of each colour, related colour blend well together. Any group of related colours used in a room will create a harmonious scheme.This will create a restful feel within a room. Complementary colours falls directly opposite each other on the colour wheel. Hence, complementary colours can be used together in a room to create attractive, dramatic colour schemes.

Black, white and grey are neural colours. These colours are not shown on the colour wheel. Colours with large amount of white or black such as beige, off-white or cream are considered as neural colours. They can be used to provide the backdrop for other colours, or they can be used alone in the room to create a harmonious scheme.

Warm colours contain element of yellow and red. The combination can make the room appear to be small and intimate. On the other hand, cool colours, which contain element of blue and green, make the room seems large and cooling.

A light-coloured surface reflects more light than a dark-surfaced. Hence, a light-coloured room will appear more open and bigger while dark-coloured surface makes the room smaller.

   
- Tips on Colour Mixing and Matching:
 
  • Colours appear to be more intense when set on a white or near-white background.
  • Dark colours look even darker when placed near light colours.
  • Complementary colours look more intense when used next to each other.
  • Warm colours evoke a cosy, intimate mood.
  • Cool colours evoke a tranquil mood.
  • The lightness and darkness of colours can also affect mood. For example, a deep yellow will produce a more intimate effect than pale lemon.
  • Colour can be used to create spatial effects. Light colour and cool colour will visually make a room larger. While dark and warm colours will make the room smaller.
   
   
Budget Planning
  Prior to sourcing for renovation contractors, you may want to visit the various sites below to find out more about the renovation loan packages provided by them, to assist in your budgeting.

Please contact your chosen bank for more details.

   
   
Other Useful Or Interesting Sites Prior To Renovation:
  Visit RADAC's "8 Commandments of Renovation"
   
   
  Last updated on 20 February 2006
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