Three zones

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 27 March, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 27 March, 2008, 12:00am

A guide on how to create these looks at home - no professionals required

Workaholic's Zen Zone

Keep the space tidy and the layout clean. Use warm lighting and cushions on the sofas, bed and armchairs. Maximise natural light to combat the stark lighting from planes and offices. Make room for leafy plants. Use candles for evening lighting. Incorporate a simple, neutrally-coloured rug into the living area for a soft walking surface. Eliminate wall colours that are too red; opt for warm beige. Use free-standing lamps or table lights.

Family-Friendly Decor

Buy sofas in leather or vinyl finishes because they're easier to clean but remain contemporary in style. Laying out a simple mat in the living area provides protection to the flooring. Avoid free-standing or table lamps that can be knocked over, opt for spotlights that can be directed to highlight different areas.

Paint door panels, architraves and skirting boards with a lacquer-based paint that can be easily wiped clean. Try not to hang art pieces too low, or at least protect the bottom of the piece with an acrylic panel.

Nature Lover's Niche

Replace heavy, thick curtains with light silk sheers for a spa-like experience. Opt for rattan furniture with lightly coloured cushions. Cover a small wall with thin bamboo slats and highlight them with directional spotlights. Use leafy coconut palms in the corners of rooms, each with an up-light within the pot to highlight it at night.

Sources: inX Design, Wittgenstein Design