Feel-good factors

Colour, colour and more colour. That was the brief given to the designer by the owners of this Robinson Road apartment.

Sunday, 24 June, 2012, 12:00am

TIMELESS textures

Wallpaper is one of the most dramatic ways to add a special twist to a home. While it fell out of favour in the 1980s, it is enjoying a renaissance as people seek to make their homes cosier and more opulent.

30 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

No place like home

It can be difficult to make a rented flat feel like home, but there are easy and inexpensive ways to make your leased space feel more inviting.

One of the biggest hurdles is psychological. Try to live in the present and think of the apartment as your own, not a place you will eventually leave.

24 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Fresh start for old wallpaper

Wallpaper has enjoyed a resurgence in recent years. Where once only paint would do, now it seems everything goes, from traditional flocked and damask prints to new metallics.

17 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Elegantly covered

IN THE WORLD of interiors, British brand de Gournay stands out from the pack with its beautifully hand-crafted wallcoverings that raise the luxury bar to a new level.

6 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Fiery colours to rule Year of the dragon

The new year is a perfect time to experiment with new looks for the home - even if it means revisiting old interior designs and giving them a fresh twist.

So what styles will dominate 2012? American designer Ronald Redding is betting on 'neo-traditional', where classic motifs are re-imagined on a larger scale and unexpected colours give each room a more modern look and feel.

4 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Paper trail

A boss once described Nathalie Weston as 'fearless' where interior design was concerned. Any visitor to her 2,500 sq ft flat - a rental to boot - would arrive at the same conclusion: walls are a riot of colour, texture and design; furniture has been painted; pendant lamps are hung in unusual configurations; and paper cutouts have been affixed to drawers.

14 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

The epitome of lifestyle

A number of stylish boutiques have found their way to Wan Chai. One of them is a Monocle shop, which also serves as an editorial office. Monocle is a British-based international magazine which covers lifestyle and current affairs. It is founded by former Wallpaper editor Tyler Brule and has become one of the hottest names in global magazines.

18 May 2011 - 12:00am

Literary pursuits

Few Hong Kong homes are big enough to accommodate a library, but that doesn't mean bibliophiles have to sacrifice their love of all things literary. A clutch of designers are making all manner of furnishings - wallpaper, tables, even vases - inspired by books, or, in a brave act of recycling, made from them.

8 May 2011 - 12:00am


Blank walls are proving to be inspiring canvases for designers, whose experiments with texture are taking wallpaper in a whole new direction. And we're not just talking flock.

21 Nov 2010 - 12:00am

High risks

Apartments on higher floors, and therefore with better views, are generally more valuable than those closer to the ground. However, from a fung shui perspective, having a better view does not necessarily translate into better fortune.

12 Apr 2009 - 12:00am

Top Idea

Lisa Bengtsson, best known for her stunning wallpaper designs, has turned her eye to ceiling prints. Designed for Parafon - a Swedish company that makes roofs for public spaces - the prints are a chic alternative to ceiling tiles. Check out www.lisabengtsson.se for more information.

6 Jun 2008 - 12:00am

Let There be Light

Dutch designer Jonas Samson has flipped the switch by turning a two-dimensional surface into a light source and eliminating the need for a traditional bulb. The light-emitting wallpaper works with electroluminescent material and is combined with regular wallpaper, so as long as the wallpaper is switched 'off', the light remains unseen.

6 Jun 2008 - 12:00am

Match point

Wallpaper may make a feature of an otherwise boring surface but what do you do with the rest of the room? Consider Osborne & Little's Folia wallpaper (above) of velvety cameos.

16 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Think warm thoughts

Heat bars and heat lamps

Heated towel bars in the bathroom add warmth and do double duty by keeping towels warm in winter and drying them in summer. Heat levels can be adjusted on some models and boosted in the cooler months. Buy a heat lamp for the bathroom that can be mounted as a separate unit or replace the existing ceiling light.


14 Dec 2007 - 12:00am