Sustainable Interior Design Trends

Earth Day, Earth Hour, World Environment Day, and more – the list of movements aimed at protecting nature is endless. Be it due to climate change or living a life that stands true to one’s ethical values, there is no denying that people all around the world are becoming more aware of environmental responsibility. From the no-straw campaign to the push for the use of reusable grocery bags, several government initiatives encourage the going-green lifestyle too! Seamlessly finding its way into parts of our daily lives, it comes as no surprise that sustainable and green living has had some influence over the world of interior design. 

Green Living vs Sustainability 

If you’re all for saving the planet, there are two terms that you may have stumbled upon – “green” and “sustainable”. Though used interchangeably, there are a few key differences between the two. “Green” indicates advocacy for environmentalism – it is that simple. Sustainability, on the other hand, is more of a lifestyle. It dives deeper into being “green” and looks into resources that cannot be replenished quickly enough and deems it unsustainable. 

A Breakdown on Sustainable Interior Design

Given the differences between green products and sustainable design, there are certain factors to consider when designing a sustainable home. Sustainable interior design thus requires an in-depth look at everything used within a home – from eco-friendly flooring options to designing with the future in mind, sustainable interior design entails much thought. Some of these include:

1. Lowest environmental impact 

Love the idea of having your entire home covered with parquet? Highly in demand due to the luxuriousness it exudes, trees are harvested more than ever before. Hence, materials like wood that are extracted in an environmentally responsible way are pivotal in sustainable design. Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) labels on timber flooring are an indicator that the material was harvested sustainably. 

2. Waste reduction 

When renovating a home, products inevitably get discarded. Be sure that the interior design scheme you plan on abiding by is timeless and will not go out of style. Opting for any type of wood flooring known for being versatile and long-lasting is a good option to build your home upon. Better still, the floor can be recycled or repurposed should you decide to replace your floors in the future. 

3. Longevity and flexibility 

Tapping on the above, it is important to consider the lifespan of your flooring and design components. Choosing quality over quantity will save you loads of money in the long-term.

4. A healthy and green home

Sustainable Interior Design

Wondering if your flooring is healthy? As people spend more time at home due to the pandemic, try designing with a healthy environment in mind. Choose flooring that is low in VOCs, such as our HDB vinyl flooring. The Floorrich non-toxic vinyl flooring not only improves indoor air quality but also ensures that it is safe for your kids, pets, and the elderly.

A Peek into Sustainable Interior Design Trends

Keen to design your home based on sustainable interior design trends? To kickstart your journey to sustainability, you can start with the basics of interior design – flooring. Upon choosing the best-fit sustainable flooring material to have installed in your home, you can then layer other design elements to complete the entire look. 

1. Laying the right foundation with sustainable flooring

For reasons such as the fight against deforestation, natural wood flooring might not seem like the best option at first glance. However, given its longevity and an increasing number of eco-friendly certified options (i.e. FSC and PEFC accreditation) to choose from, solid wood flooring is actually a reasonable choice for your home in Singapore. Alternatively, you could go for engineered wood flooring that utilises less wood, making it more environmentally friendly. Man-made materials like vinyl are also worth considering. Contrary to popular belief, vinyl flooring is not harmful – at least not those distributed by Floorrich. Our vinyl flooring is a healthy, resilient type that is low in VOCs.

2. Other design elements to consider

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  • Lighting 

One of the main contributing factors of climate change is the over-consumption of energy – and lighting is one of the culprits. To ensure that your home is designed for energy efficiency, use energy-saving light bulbs. 

  • Paint choices 

A sustainable interior design principle is designing a healthy environment. Containing high emissions of VOC, paints can lead to indoor air pollution if there is a lack of ventilation. Instead of constantly painting your walls to revamp your home interior, why not install versatile flooring like white oak flooring or American walnut wood flooring that will complement any interior design scheme? At Floorrich, you’ll be spoilt for choice since our engineered and solid wood flooring comes in a variety of colours and stains.

  • Recycling or reusing furniture 

Probably an obvious tip, but it is crucial that every purchase is a practical one. It is thus important to differentiate wants from needs and reuse old furniture pieces wherever possible.

The Hunt for Eco-Friendly & Non-Toxic Flooring

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Whether you are a mum, a parent to a couple of furry friends, or have elderlies living in the same household as you, it is pivotal that your home is designed to be a healthy one. If we were to take things back to the basics and peek at every property, we’ll notice that there is one common theme – that flooring lays the foundation of the interior architecture in every home. A major component of any home, your choice of flooring should be suitable for the elderly and the young. However, with the vast sea of flooring types available for you to choose from, how do you ensure that your flooring is healthy for you and your family? 

Understanding Non-Toxic Flooring

From laminate flooring to ones manufactured from bamboo, the list of floor types at our disposal is endless. Tagged together with choice paralysis, the hunt for the best non-toxic flooring for your abode can be a tedious one. This is especially so since many popular flooring options which are easily accessible tend to contain harmful chemicals.

Dive deep into the search for non-toxic flooring, and you’re sure to come by the term “VOC”. A significant source of indoor air pollution, Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs), are harmful chemicals that you do not want to have impacting the air quality of your home because of the dangers it poses to human health. Including probable carcinogens like benzene and formaldehyde, breathing in VOCs on the regular can result in skin reactions, irritation, headaches, and even damage the liver, kidney, and Central Nervous System. So how do you go about trusting suppliers that their flooring is “low in VOC”?  

Certification for non-toxic flooring 

Other than trusting the words of your flooring provider, you could keep a lookout for a FloorScore certification. The most recognised indoor air quality certification standard for flooring, this accreditation indicates compliance with the EPA ecolabel and GSA requirements. After on-site audits by the SCS auditor, flooring products will be submitted to an SCS-approved independent lab for emissions testing according to the California 01350 standard. If the emissions test is passed, flooring manufacturers are granted the right to use the FloorScore logo. Approval by the FloorScore programme hence indicates two things – the flooring contributes to better indoor air quality, and the supplier cares about delivering quality flooring solutions to their clients.

Understanding Eco-Friendly Flooring 

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Beyond looking for FloorScore certified flooring, “Green” floors are an indicator of minimal chemical processing. Yes, you read that right – Green Floors. This has got nothing to do with the colour of the flooring but rather the assurance that the content of the floors comes from controlled sources. Although VOCs are indeed found in several household items such as building materials and even cleaning products, verification that certain design elements are engineered with strategies that deliver high performance in areas of human and environmental health, is key to building a safe, non-toxic home. 

Certification for environmentally-friendly flooring

  1. Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC)

Aimed to empower consumers to buy and companies to distribute sustainably, the PEFC is for forest-based products – think wood flooring. Getting certified by the PEFC indicates that companies promote sustainable forest management and use certified materials during production. 

  1. Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)

The ASI (Assurance Services International) will carry out assessments to evaluate compliance to the FSC-STD-20-001 standards through on-site audits before granting FSC accreditation.

  1. Nordic EcoLabel

Being certified under the Nordic EcoLabel is relatively tough as it requires strong proof of environmental efforts. If certified, it serves as an indicator that there are limited chemicals present that will impact the health of individuals and the immediate environment.

  1. Singapore Green Labelling Scheme (SGLS)

To meet environmental standards, SGLS officials will check if the products fall within the SGLS scope of certification. This certification is granted credibility through major players such as the GENICES and GEN due to its conformance to the ISO 14024 & ISO 17065 standards.

Floorrich – Your Trusted Eco-Friendly & Non-Toxic Flooring Provider

Here at Floorrich, we are one of the top suppliers of eco-friendly and non-toxic flooring in Singapore. Driven by the philosophy of carrying top-quality, safe, and visually appealing flooring, we keep your health at the forefront of our business model. Proud owners of all the above-mentioned accreditation and certification, our range of non-toxic floors such as low VOC vinyl flooring and various types of wood flooring are popular choices amongst homeowners in Singapore. Here is a breakdown of some of them:

  1. Wood flooring 

An absolute classic, wooden floors or solid timber, are a versatile choice due to their classic appeal.

  1. Low VOC Vinyl flooring 

What is vinyl flooring? Water-resistant, durable and affordable, vinyl flooring from Floorrich is non-toxic, so you do not have to worry about VOCs.

  1. SPC flooring 

What is SPC flooring? New to the market, SPC flooring is one of the most robust floor types that has recently gained popularity due to its non-toxicity and ease of maintenance. 

  1. Engineered wood flooring

What is engineered flooring? An alternative to hardwood flooring, engineered flooring is a durable, affordable, and eco-friendly flooring that looks and feels just like parquet floors.

  1. Outdoor decks 

Not sure what flooring types to have installed in your outdoor space? Manufactured to withstand external factors like heat, water, and termites, composite decking is ideal for your balconies.

Healthy Flooring, Healthy Life

Formaldehyde-free flooring supports good indoor air quality and can help avoid the health risks caused by harmful chemical contents of other flooring ingredients. 

What is Formaldehyde?

Formaldehyde is a colorless gas that gives off a smell such as the smell of a new car or a fresh coat of paint. It has been commonly used in home products – from certain types of wood flooring to detergents, paint, fabric, and even wallpaper. 

In addition, formaldehyde is commonly used as an industrial fungicide, germicide, and disinfectant, and as a preservative in mortuaries and medical laboratories. Formaldehyde also occurs naturally in the environment. It is produced in small amounts by most living organisms as part of normal metabolic processes.

The Harmful Effects of Formaldehyde

The long term exposure to formaldehyde has been shown to cause cancer while short term exposure can cause watery eyes, burning sensation to the eyes, nose and throat, coughing, wheezing, nausea and skin irritation. 

Floorrich Formaldehyde Free Flooring

Here at Floorrich, we take pride in doing all we can to protect the environment as well as your health. That’s why sustainability is an important factor to consider in choosing the right flooring for you. Our floorings have been tested by the Singapore Environment Council, with our Firmaflor Flexi (LVT) being a LEADER. We are also Floorscore certified. Therefore, worry not as we prioritize your health when it comes to recommending the best flooring for your space. Drop by and ask for a test report!

  • Singapore Environment Council

The Singapore Green Labelling Scheme (SGLS) endorses industrial and consumer products that are produced in an environmentally-friendly manner. The Singapore Green Label is a Type 1 Ecolabel. A Type 1 Ecolabel is independently verified by third-party based on the life cycle considerations. It addresses the main environmental impacts of a given product and places limits for compliance in order to reduce these impacts. In order to certify a product under the SGLS, a product must be placed under one of the SGLS product categories and meet all the requirements for the specified product category.

  • Floorscore Certified

FloorScore originates from California. FloorScore is a voluntary, independent certification program that tests and certifies hard surface flooring and the materials they’re made with to ensure they are in compliance with stringent indoor air quality emissions. The FloorScore certification leads to healthier, cleaner air.

The Ultimate Showdown Between Popular HDB Flooring

There are many common types of HDB flooring to select from – marble flooring, porcelain tiles, or ceramic tiles, the list is endless. Of the many choices, vinyl flooring, SPC flooring, and laminate flooring are three of the new entrants for HDB flooring. Having arrived in the market in the 1900s, these floor types that are distributed by most flooring companies in Singapore have taken the interior world by storm. Having their own characteristics, advantages, disadvantages, and suitability for specific spaces in your home, choosing the right one for your abode is critical in setting the right foundation. To help with your decision-making process, we give you a breakdown and compare each in this blog.

SPC vs Laminate vs Vinyl Flooring

Products of advanced technology, SPC, laminate, and vinyl flooring are engineered with a rigid core, long-lasting wear layers, and photogenic printed layers with dynamism and versatility placed at the forefront of its design. Since they are not products of nature, like solid wood flooring, manufacturers have the ability to manipulate its composition to improve on its practical aspects while identically duplicating the looks of traditional flooring materials such as wood, stone, or ceramic. So, what exactly are these flooring?

1. Laminate Flooring

With every new development in laminate flooring, its design advances increase convenience and longevity. From realistic bevelling and grooves to improvements to their fibreboard core, it has been years since laminate flooring has penetrated the market in Singapore due to its better construction elements. Today, laminate floors have multiple layers. Its high-density fibreboard contains resin which gives it the dimensional stability and water-resistant properties that it is famed for.

2. Vinyl Flooring 

Another man-made flooring type, vinyl flooring, is also known as a resilient flooring type. Like laminate flooring, new technologies have improved the performance of vinyl flooring, making available non-toxic alternatives as well. The preferred choice in HDB and other residential kitchens and living spaces with high foot traffic, vinyl flooring requires less maintenance than laminate floors. It is also more water-resistant than laminates.

3. SPC Flooring 

SPC flooring is slowly gaining popularity amongst HDB dwellers due to its affordability and high water-resistance. Manufactured with a strong core layer that can sustain heavy foot traffic, HDB SPC flooring is also eco-friendly and renewable.

Common Properties of All Three Floors

Between all three flooring types, there are certain commonalities – from easy installation to a wide variety of designs, styles, and colours, there is no denying that vinyl, SPC and laminate flooring are similar in some respect. Some of these include:

  • Style: These flooring types are available in a variety of patterns and prints that can mimic natural materials like wood and stone.
  • Pet-friendly: These flooring types come with a top protective layer that makes them relatively resistant to scratches.

Which Do I Choose?

Knowing the differences and similarities between popular flooring types might come in handy when you are stuck in your decision-making process. Wondering which of these floors is best suited for specific rooms and spaces in your home?

1. Flooring that can be installed in kitchens

SPC and vinyl flooring are your best bet for areas exposed to moisture since they are more water-resistant than laminate flooring which is engineered with wood fibres.

2. Eco-friendly and non-toxic flooring

At Floorrich, all of our products, including our vinyl and SPC flooring, are non-toxic and have been accredited by certification bodies like PEFC, EPLF, and FSC. Since laminate flooring is made of compressed wood fibres, they are technically not as environmentally friendly as aforementioned alternatives.

3. Floors that can be cleaned with ease

Vinyl and SPC flooring can be steamed or cleaned with wet mops. Laminate flooring requires laminate-specific products, and wet mops can never be used as this will cause warping. 

4. For the real wood feel

If you are looking for a “bounce” like that of natural wooden floors, laminate flooring triumphs over vinyl and SPC floors.

5. A quiet flooring

Vinyl is known to be quiet underfoot, unlike the empty sound produced when walking over the hollows of laminate flooring. Similarly, the backing layer and softer surface of SPC flooring offers sound-reducing properties too!

What is Wood Flooring?

When it comes to a flooring type that exudes opulence and elegance, wood flooring comes to mind. One of the most timeless flooring options that have been popular for decades, it is revered globally for its ability to add value to your home and a long list of innate properties such as durability. Handcrafted from various forms of timber, its versatility as an architectural element lends design support to any interior. Beyond its unmatched natural beauty, its stream of characteristics explains the pervasiveness of the different types of wood flooring in homes in Singapore.

What is Wooden Flooring Made of?

The composition of the timber flooring depends on the type of wood flooring you get your hands on. In general, solid wood floors are manufactured from real wood, while engineered wood flooring is layered over a compressed core made out of repurposed wood.

Types of Wood Flooring in Singapore

As mentioned, there are two main types of wooden flooring – solid timber and engineered wood flooring. Besides being elegant and accommodating to interior design preferences, at Floorrich, both these floor types are non-toxic and eco-friendly.

  1. Solid Timber: Completely made out of natural wood, solid timber radiates a high-end luxurious feel. The graining on each wooden plank is unique, adding to its visual appeal. A product of nature, solid timber is highly durable, making this sustainable flooring a top choice in the market today.
  2. Engineered Wood: Recently gaining popularity in Singapore, engineered wood flooring is a more affordable alternative to hardwood floors. Since it is an engineered product, it tends to have more dimensional stability, enhancing its durability and reducing its susceptibility to warping.

How to Clean Wood Flooring

Regardless of the type of solid wood flooring you have installed in your abode – hardwood or engineered – it is easy to keep the floors clean. Simply sweep and vacuum them and give your floors an occasional damp mop with a special wood cleaner and you’re all set! Since hardwood floors tend to have grooves and graining, it is pivotal to give it a thorough clean to remove any trapped dust or dirt. Wooden floors can also be refinished without sanding to restore its glow.

How to Maintain Wooden Flooring?

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To give your floors a brand new look, wooden floors can be sanded down and refinished a few times over their lifespan. Hardwood floors, for example, can be sanded down every decade. However, engineered timber flooring can only be sanded a few times since only the top layer is made of a hardwood layer.

The Benefits of Installing Timber Flooring

There are several benefits of installing timber flooring. For one, they have a long lifespan. Hardwoods can last for over 100 years if well-maintained, and engineered timber flooring can last for about 30 years. Both these floor types are easy to install, with most coming with a click-lock or tongue-and-groove system. 

Secondly, timber flooring has endless design appeal. They come in a range of colours, stains, and patterns which add depth and texture to your interior. Going for a minimalistic look? A rich, American walnut wood flooring will perfectly complement your design scheme. Lastly, wooden floors are known to improve the quality of your living space. Unlike other floors like carpets, wooden flooring does not attract allergens and bacteria, making it a healthy flooring choice.

Frequently Asked Questions about Wood Flooring in Singapore

1. Is wooden flooring better than laminate?

Thisboils down to what you are searching for. If you are looking for an affordable flooring type, laminate flooring is a good choice but if you’re looking for something that lasts for a long time, wooden flooring is definitely better.

2. What type of wooden flooring is the best?

Depends on the species of wood – white oak flooring for example has a hardness level of 1360, indicating durability.

3. Where to install wooden floors?

Since this flooring type will warp when placed in areas exposed to moisture, it is best to install them in your main living space and bedrooms, even as your staircase. Avoid the kitchen area and toilets at all costs.

4. Where to buy wood flooring in Singapore?

For top-quality hardwood or engineered wood flooring, be sure to seek out for a reliable flooring company in Singapore. A trusted flooring provider with years of experience and a vast portfolio, like Floorrich, is the best choice.

Huat Ah! Chinese New Year 2021 Feng Shui Tips

Chinese New Year is drawing close, and that only means one thing – joyous celebrations. If you are going to have guests over, this is a great time to redo your home. Hosting guests aside, 2021 signifies the Year of the Metal Ox. Hardworking and methodical, the Ox brings in luck with money! From not washing your hair to taking out the garbage, there are several superstitions linked to holding onto wealth. But another key practice that has been used for centuries to bring luck and overall good energy into our houses is Feng Shui.

What is Feng Shui?

Want to learn how to attract money with Feng Shui? When attempting to change your luck with Feng Shui and attract wealth and prosperity, there are several things you can do based on its essential principles – we’ll cover some of these in this blog.

1. The Commanding Position

Understanding the essential principles of Feng Shui is pivotal when creating good energy in your home this Chinese New Year. One of these is the “Commanding Position”. The commanding position has to face a direction where you can receive optimal positive energy. To facilitate this further, remove all obstacles, clean your doors and windows, and brighten up the entryway.

2. Always Keep Things Clean

In Feng Shui clutter is said to block the flow of incoming positive energy. Therefore, your house must be kept clean. However, as we all know, it is a Chinese New Year tradition to not sweep the floors on the first day of the Lunar year. To ensure your floors remain clean, opt for flooring that is easy to clean and maintain. Vinyl flooring, for example, is easy to clean even if accidents occur. Lacking the grooves and graining, these non-toxic flooring from Floorrich won’t trap any dirt or dust either.

3. Know Your Materials & Colours

Materials are known to affect the Chi energy in the environment. Chi energy, when balanced, gives you vitality, joy and a zest for life. Although there is no right or wrong flooring material or Chinese New Year decoration to have installed in your home, some of these materials can positively influence the space.

Stone

A “Yang” material that speeds up Chi in the environment, having stone accents in areas that are not exposed to sunlight, will offer maximum benefit. If stone floors like marble are not ideal for your home, opt for SPC flooring instead. Highly water-resistant and non-toxic, there are other additional benefits of installing HDB SPC flooring.

Wood

Including natural elements will not only improve the air quality in your home, but in Feng Shui, wooden elements translate to growth, vitality, and vibrant health. This year, the Year of the Metal Ox, white is the lucky colour. So, why not install white floors like our white oak flooring? Combining an auspicious colour with a calming material, white oak flooring is linked to efficiency and preciseness.

Metal

Capable of activating Chi energy, metal helps with clarity and productivity. Since it is the year of the “Metal” Ox, that in itself is a great reason to add metal into your interior.

Best Flooring Option to Consider for Chinese New Year 2021

There are many types of HDB flooring in the market today.  From timber flooring to engineered wood flooring, the list is endless when choosing flooring types that will positively affect the Feng Shui of your house. Here are a few to consider in 2021:

Wooden Flooring

Associated with the element of Earth, wooden flooring establishes solidity in your life. Choose from the many types of wood flooring, such as the American walnut wood flooring, and benefit from its grounding energy that supports growth and health.

Vinyl Flooring

One of the best non-toxic flooring, vinyl floors are easy to install over existing subfloors. Available in a range of colours, you can experiment with different colours and patterns in each room too!

SPC Flooring

Like vinyl flooring, HDB SPC flooring is non-toxic and easy to install over existing floors. Changing the Chi energy in the home, the smooth SPC flooring never fails to rejuvenate the environment.

What is Floorrich Engineered Wood?

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Floorrich Engineered Wood also known as man-made wood, is a type of flooring that has been designed and built using scientific principles. These products are engineered to precise design specifications which are tested to meet national or international standards. Engineered wood products are used in a variety of applications, from home construction to commercial buildings.

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What is it made of?

Made up of multiple layers, the plys are cross layered, then glued and pressed together to form a really strong bond. The top layer is made from real hardwood. It is then bonded to the top of the core board. The second component of engineered flooring is the core board. This provides the base layer that the decorative layer is bonded to. The core board is very important. It provides strength and stability to the overall floor. The core is made from materials that are considered more stable than solid wood flooring when exposed to changes in moisture and heat.

Advantages of Floorrich Engineered Wood

  • High Durability

Floorrich Engineered Wood is known to be strong as it is made up of multiple layers of ply. The top layer is solid wood. This construction means engineered wood boards can withstand high-trafficked environments in residential and commercial properties.

  • It does not expand

Compared to solid wood, engineered wood flooring doesn’t easily expand and contract. Its expert construction allows for this feature to happen. Areas in the house that experience moisture and temperature fluctuations such as kitchens would benefit from engineered wood.

  • Affordable

When compared to other hardwood flooring, Floorrich Engineered Wood is more cost effective. 

  • Less Maintenance

Engineered floors are generally easy to care for. Regular vacuuming and light sweeping are all you need to do. You can also wipe up any spills or leaks immediately.

Balcony Decoration Ideas for Valentine’s Day

Get your presents, flowers, and boxes of chocolates ready because the season of love is here. Whether you are all for celebrating romanticism and friendship only on Valentine’s Day or a fan of showing love and admiration every single day, setting the right mood is important. This year, with restrictions in place due to the pandemic and many flocking to restaurants to make reservations, searching for a romantic place to celebrate Valentine’s Day can get tricky. But here’s the thing – you do not have to leave your home or fork out a large sum of money when you can transform your outdoor space or balcony into the most romantic place fit for any Valentine’s dinner date.

Did You Say Romantic Outdoor Balcony?

Yes! Revamping your outdoor balcony for your Valentine is totally possible. Many shun this idea since most balconies in Singapore are small. Normally used as storage space or for mundane tasks like drying clothes, this part of the home tends to be dark and gloomy looking. However, with a little sprucing up, any small balcony can become a space for hosting an epic party, or in this case, the sweetest Valentine’s dinner. Not sure how? We’ll cover a few Valentine’s day decoration ideas that will take your balcony renovations to the next level.

1. Deck it Up!

Commonly seen in swimming pool areas, outdoor decking is surprisingly not installed in many apartments in Singapore. A versatile decorative element, decking such as outdoor composite decking, though designed mainly for outdoor use, can also be installed in your home where a solid base exists. The height of the decking will immediately elevate the appeal of the space by adding personality to it. When it comes to choosing the best-fit decking for your balcony or outdoor space, composite wood decking is probably your safest bet.

Properties of Outdoor Wood Plastic Composite Decking

What makes outdoor composite decking the ultimate go-to when renovating a balcony? From being durable to eco-friendly, the outdoor wood composite decking available at our flooring company in Singapore is:

  1. Safe

Mimicking the look of traditional timber decking, WPC decking is an engineered product that is slip-resistant and splinter-fee. This makes it safe for pets and kids to walk on with bare feet.

  1. Easy to maintain

Requiring minimal upkeep, WPC is extremely low maintenance. This decking will not weather and fade in colour like other conventional decking options. It also has a high resistance to mould and is stable when exposed to UV rays, preventing disintegration and cracking under the hot Singapore sun. 

  1. Durable

Composite wood decking can last for about a decade longer than other decks due to its high dimensional stability.

  1. Eco-friendly   

As with all flooring and decking options made available by Floorrich, our WPC is eco-friendly. Having attained the Singapore Green Label, Forest Stewardship Council certification, and more, you can rest assured our decking and flooring are healthy for you.

  1. A range of options

At Floorrich, our WPC decking comes in a variety of colours. From dark grey to dark brown, pick one that complements your interior design scheme.

2. Go All Out With Your Decking Decoration

So, you’ve renovated your balcony and had decking installed. Now what? The next step is to pick a theme for your Valentine’s Day dinner or lunch and decorate the space accordingly. Don’t hold back on fancy furniture out of fear that it will scratch the surface or dent your WPC decking. As mentioned, this wood plastic decking has high dimensional stability and will not get scuffed up easily.

3. Set an Aphrodisiac-Filled Menu

Last but not least, curate an entire menu that is sure to make your Valentine blush. If you’re worried about your dark red wines spilling and staining your balcony decking, fret not! Our WPC decking can be washed with water, and it will look brand new without needing to repaint the surface or refinish it.Looking to have outdoor decking installed in your home? Contact our experts and share your decking ideas before embarking on your balcony renovation project.

Flooring & Home Interior Design Trends of 2021

When fashion or design is involved, there is no denying that trends always come and go. With the New Year’s just around the corner, new design trends are bound to emerge too. So, how do you pick the best flooring for your home and ensure that it will stay in style? The obvious is to look at current interior design trends, pick the one that complements your personal preferences, and work from there. To kickstart this process, we look at some of the new design trends to expect in 2021!

Home Interior Design Themes to Look Out For

As mentioned, it is pivotal to look at current trends to gauge possible changes – this is known as trend forecasting. Flooring can be categorised as a macrotrend since its changes occur over a longer period of time due to lifestyle and demographic changes. Through long-term trend forecasting and taking a big picture approach, we predict three major shifts in flooring trends.

1. Personal Haven

There is no denying that the pandemic has dramatically changed the way we live, work, and play. Homeowners are looking to remodel their homes to be a haven where they can find reprieve since we inevitably spend more time at home due to the many restrictions in place. It thus comes as no surprise that new design trends will focus on creating spots for relaxation. 

Low-maintenance flooring and outdoor decking will be a top pick. Most homes in Singapore come with balconies. Why not turn it into an exquisite outdoor space with timber decking? Outdoor composite decking is ideal for such design ventures, even allowing you to build raised platforms indoors. Durable, eco-friendly, and low maintenance, wood plastic composite decking checks all the boxes when attempting to create an outdoor (or indoor) sanctuary.

2. Minimalism for the Win

Over the top design is out and minimalism is in. With the hustle and bustle of life, durability is key and functional design will be the focus for some time to come. As a matter of fact, many are already reverting to classics like wood flooring to achieve the perfect balance of class and modernity. When budget becomes a concern, alternatives like vinyl flooring that mimics the look of parquet wood flooring will be great to install in your HDB.

3. Innovative Tech, Non-Toxic & Going Green

Now more than ever, many homeowners are questioning if their flooring is healthy for them. With advanced technology, a new stream of flooring options is available for homeowners to consider. It is foreseeable that newer selections will be engineered with easy installation, less upkeep, and maintenance in mind. Non-toxic flooring will also be the best option for people who are more conscious of their health. Non-toxic vinyl flooring by Floorrich, for example, are eco-friendly and FloorScore® certified – one of the best options when looking for non-toxic flooring that is relevant to upcoming and current interior design trends.

Choosing a Trendy Flooring for Your Home

Given the above-mentioned properties the popular flooring of 2021 will possess, we narrow down the specific types that will presumably take the world by storm.

1. Type of Flooring

Hard surfaced flooring will be in trend – this includes non-toxic vinyl flooring and engineered timber flooring. Why? Because they are non-toxic, green, and require minimal effort in maintaining.

2. The Look of the Flooring

Flooring that mimics the look of natural materials such as stone and wood will probably be in trend. This includes options like American white oak engineered flooring and composite wood flooring that are manufactured to look like genuine hardwood.

3. Colour of the Floor

Cool tone, light greys, and those that mimic colours of nature are perfect when designing a space for relaxation. Of the many types of wood flooring, the light washes as seen in our white oak flooring will imbue a space with calmness. Looking for non-toxic flooring that does not emit harmful toxins and maintains a healthy environment in your home? All the flooring options, including our range of outdoor wood decking, are eco-friendly. For more information on our certification, trending flooring types, and the best option for your living space, contact us.

Is your flooring healthy for you?

The greatest wealth is health.

 – Virgil

How do you make your choice when it comes to floorings? Do you take the time to research about the different types of floorings first? Are you willing to spend more on good quality flooring or would you rather save up on a few extra dollars for a cheaper option? If you are the other then here’s why you should NOT skimp on floorings.

Certifications We Have:

Here, at Floorrich, all our products are eco-friendly. Our certifications stand proof. What does it mean to be eco-friendly? Our floorings are non-toxic and do not emit anything harmful to the ecosystem, either through the production or through the product itself. This means that even in the long run, your family will not breathe in any chemical releases that could harm your health.

Our floorings are also FloorScore® certified, meaning they are in compliance with California’s strict criteria regarding volatile organic compound emission. VOCs are harmful gases released from household items as they gradually degrade overtime. Overexposure to these chemicals can cause a list of health risks such as headaches, respiratory, liver, kidney and nerve damage. Symptoms can include feeling fatigue or tired often, drowsiness or memory loss.

Being certified by Green Label Singapore and Singapore Green Building Product ensures customers that our products meet the standards specified by the scheme. Having both certificates show that we do not only consider the impact from the consumer’s end, but we also take into account the use of raw materials, transportation, manufacturing and packaging of the products we use.

Our Vinyl flooring is marked as a Leader in the industry under the Singapore Green Building Product’s Green Mark certification. As Singapore’s representative on the World Green Building Council, the certification serves as proof that we meet the high standards and benchmarks for green building solutions locally and regionally. Some added benefits of the green mark includes:

  • Facilitate reduction in energy, water and material resource usage
  • Reduce potential environmental impact
  • Improve indoor air quality for better health and well being  

Opting for eco friendly flooring also helps in improving the air quality at home as the materials used come from renewable sources. Our forest certified products by the FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) and PEFC (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification) ensures our customers that some of our forest-based products such as engineered flooring or solid wood that reach our showroom are sourced from sustainably managed forests.

Think twice before choosing the cheaper flooring just to save a couple of bucks. After all, there really isn’t much point in having all the money but no health to enjoy it.    The money you saved on the flooring might end up being used to pay your medical bills in the future. 

Head down to our showroom to take a look at the different flooring options we have for you!

📍 40 Jalan Pemimpin, Tat Ann Building, #03-07, Singapore 577185