How To Add Colour To White Interiors

We all know the power of white and Singapore loves white. The country has chosen well. It is the most refreshing colour of the spectrum, evoking purity and a clean look. But more than anything else, it exudes sophistication I think. Its crowning glory however is in its versatility, in being a canvas for the palette of colours. Almost all the metals pair with white in a classy and a classic way.

An interior decorator had this to say “the greatest asset of working with white is the ability to showcase your own personality by adding colour in your upholstery, furniture, furnishings and décor accessories without having to compete with the colour on the walls”. True that. I am coming to ‘adding colour to a white room’ in a bit, but in the meantime, look at this stunning simple European summer look in white-on-white. It took my breath away.

white on white bedroomImage Courtesy : Freshome

With white and its multitudinous shades as the canvas, spring/summer, winter or autumn can be ushered in into your homes with a change of colour shades. Give in to a whim, swap out rugs, add pillow and cushion covers, brighten up the window sill, splash colour with bed linen. Options and options. The Sandalwood Room brings their Play with Decor ideas in the following pictures and video, when pastels meet colour.

Play with Decor Ideas

Contemporary meets ethnic in this makeover. Beige with a splash of colours, making it at once warm and cozy.

pastel walls and brightly coloured accessories, the sandalwood room

Pastel wallls and brightly coloured accessories

Check out another makeover in this video, a study room this time.

An array of home decor accessories that could brighten up any space, letting you get creative and experimental with many a mix-n-match options. Giving white spaces an interesting twist with handcrafted accessories. The Singaporeans, the Chinese and the Japanese women love these colourful things from The Sandalwood Room.  An interesting link on how different regions symbolise colours.

Home decor accessories, the sandalwood room

Home decor accessories in multi colours and textures

Adding some brightness to your kids room.

Stuffed toys, handcrafted, the sandalwood room

Stuffed toys, handcrafted

Trunks and a trunk seat for an immediate perk up of any corner of the house.

And then these quilts and comforters. How about gifting some to that one most wonderful woman in your lives, the Mother on Mothers Day? A hug along with a handcrafted accessory to make her feel special.

Quilts and comforters , handcrafted in superior cotton, the sandalwood room

Quilts and comforters, handcrafted and vibrant

The Sandalwood Room on Tras Street, close to Tanjong Pagar, Singapore is an exclusive boutique with gifts and collectibles, ethnic fashion, jewelry, home decor and art, an eclectic mix of merchandise and an art gallery that hosts periodic exhibitions by international artists.For those with a penchant for contemporary arts and traditional crafts…this is the place to be!

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Handcrafted Trunks – The Sandalwood Room’s gesture to an eco-friendly Singapore

As we hurtle towards Christmas and New Year’s Eve, cooler climes have set in in many regions. If warm clothing is on your list, so is warm bed linen I assume. Move on from thin quilts and comforters to thicker ones. What comes to my mind is the picture of hot cups of tea, coffee and soup, or your favourite poison coupled with a book, while you are tucked comfortably amidst soft warm cushions.

Pick your choice of handmade cushions and cushion covers from The Sandalwood Room. They come in pretty patterns of block prints in both vibrant blues and greens, or earthy shades. Don’t miss the draw-strings on the cushions ; tie them up in colours that match or contrast!

Hand made cushion covers The Sandalwood Room

Hand made cushion covers, assorted

I have always wondered why patchwork is so sought after, be it on garments, or home linen. Probably because handcrafted patchwork is hard to replicate and is a mark of a vivid imagination. One can still tell the difference between mass made patchwork clothes (you can see them on the racks of the chain stores) and those stitched together from left-over pieces of fabric. There is a story of labour behind each piece of bed-linen at The Sandalwood Room.

Some embroidered, some patch-worked, some with applique work and some others in single colours, but all of them spoiling you for choice. You can choose any pattern to match your home in modern, traditional or geometric motifs.

Quilts from The Sandalwood Room

Assorted quilts

Very few homes have just the bare number of cushions or quilts. And we are forever looking for spaces to tuck them in, when we play the ‘mix and match’ game. The Sandalwood Room has the perfect trunks to stash away all your linen. Light weight and easily movable, they make for good pieces of home décor too, while your quilts and cushions nestle within. Come to think of it, I can just about store anything in these trunks I guess.

I know Singapore loves everything recycled. A national recycling programme was launched in 2001 in Singapore and the rate across all sectors grew to a 61% by 2013. Rightly so, The Sandalwood Room introduced these multi-hued trunks that are made from recycled cloth and coir. They are representative of the art of Rajasthan in India. The natural fibre coir and recycled cloth, after being dyed, are woven together tightly around metal frames to make a trunk out of them.

Recycled cloth and coir trunk from the sandalwood room

Made from recycled cloth and coir

I went visiting a friend in Singapore and was quite surprised to see this pretty trunk perk up the contemporary look of the study room. And we spoke about how home décor is all about being creative and different.

So is fashion I would say. Would you team these irresistible shoulder sling bags with a western outfit, fashionistas of Singapore? Back in India, they are a rage.

Sling bags from the sandalwood room

Multi layered sling bags

This one here , the trunk in shades of blue and indigo is however a little different from the coir one. It is made from strong cotton fabric dyed in indigo and stretched over a metal frame with foam stuffing on the top, thereby lending itself to serve as a seat. Encased by leather and studded with rivets around the edges and corners, it seems well protected from accidental hits and nudges. Steel clasps to shut it tight. I would not relegate it to a corner, but place it midway against a wall well proportioned.

trunk seat from the sandalwood room

Trunk seat

Versatility is the hall-mark of The Sandalwood Room is what struck me  as I browsed around, studying each piece of handcrafted art on their racks and shelves. A global feel too, I was gently reminded by Jay, the promoter of the boutique. Couldn’t agree with her more, what with collectibles, couture, jewelry, gifts, home decor and art sourced out from around the globe.

Ciao till I come back soon. And oh, by the way, they have moved to Tras Street.

New Address:

The Sandalwood Room, 78 Tras Street, Singapore 079017

Landline : +65 62212655 / +65 97865896

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