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How To Get The Modern Singapore Living Room for Under $1,000

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Ever felt like your home needed a touch of class? No, no, I’m not saying you live in a dump, but if you haven’t made any changes to the way your living room looks in a couple of years, it could probably benefit from a change. If you’ve been putting off refurnishing because you think it’ll cost you an arm and a leg, then here are some ideas to keep your wallet happy. Having art in your home also plays a part in bringing our the theme of your design, and contrary to the usual belief, it doesn’t have to cost you an arm and a chair leg. (pun…. sorry.) 

Not only is this living room look going to cost you less than $1000, but these ideas from Art Loft also provide you with a way to support Asian contemporary artists. Art Loft is an online platform that helps to curate interesting artworks while promoting them and their creators to a larger audience. This is the first of a series of articles from Art Loft about Furnishing Around Art, which encourages the use of art from the region when interior decorating.

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Great interiors shouldn’t be limited by a tight budget.

Interior decorating should be the most exciting part of moving into a new home. Embrace it as an opportunity to create a space that screams “Me” or “We”, where one gets to showcase and express their creativity.

Of course, we all have limitations and budget constraints, which can get infuriating when you’re forced to make tough decisions on which pieces to keep, and which to let go.

It’s not impossible to have the best of both worlds, and we’ve rounded up some stylish yet budget friendly options for you. Here is some inspiration for those in favour of a modern, minimalist feel- which can be easily accented by some abstract pieces of artwork, and supplemented by decorative table-top and wall accessories which can add even more character to your living space.

1. Presence of Time by Manisa Lekprayoon, USD180

2. Carpenter brass table lamp, ApartmentTherapy, USD80

3. Ai bud vases, ApartmentTherapy, USD8 – USD8.8

4. IKEA PS 2014, IKEA, $29.90 / Black & White Cushion cover, IKEA, USD9.90

5. EKTORP love seat, IKEA, USD315.9

6. NOLBYN high chair, IKEA, USD71.1

7. VITTSJÖ coffee table, IKEA, USD40

8. HULSIG low-pile rug, IKEA, USD15.9

Total: USD759.5

Other recommended art pieces:

Life Blossom by Patrice Ganda

MoneySmart purchasing tips!

I know what you’re thinking – I can’t afford to buy this whole set right now, and if I buy it one at a time, then it won’t match with my existing furnishings. Fortunately, the bulk of the items are from IKEA! If you have a DBS, OCBC or UOB credit card, you can opt for a 0% interest instalment payment plan when charging your purchases to the credit card. (VISA and Mastercard only, sorry American Express holders!)

That means you can make payments over 6 or 12 months with 0% interest. Think about it, you could refurnish your living room just by paying less than $100 a month. Just remember what we said about 0% interest instalment payment plans before.

What other tips and tricks do you have for refurnishing your living room on a budget? Let us know.

This article was originally published by Art Loft as http://artloftasia.com/discover/furnishing-around-art-affordable-modern-interiors/

Art Loft is a platform that features interesting Asian contemporary artists. We go beyond the artwork to share their creative process which often goes unheard. Through collaborations in both physical and virtual spaces, we hope to break down conventional barriers and encourage everyone to discover, learn and collect art.

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Peter Lin

I am the poster boy for reinventing one's self. I've been a broadcast journalist, technical writer, banking customer service officer and a Catholic friar. My life experiences have made me the most cynical idealist you'll ever meet, which is why I'm also the co-founder of a local pop culture website. I believe ignorance is not bliss, and that money is the root of all evil only if you allow it to be.