These are the design secrets I used to style an apartment into my dream home at 26 – and the most expensive thing I purchased is $1,000

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A bland three-level Sydney apartment has been transformed into an ‘eclectic’ space filled with eye-popping colours and playful décor. 

Rowi Singh bought the three-bedroom property with her partner in mid-2020 and let her creativity run wild when decorating. 

The 29-year-old content creator has an eye for design and is obsessed with bringing spaces to life by adding colour, layering rugs, investing in art and keeping an eye out for unique décor. 

While Rowi is known for sharing daring makeup looks and has previously collaborated with Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty, she’s shared her interior design secrets with FEMAIL.

Rowi, who was featured in Forbes Australia in 2022 alongside the likes of YouTuber Tammy Hembrow and Comedian Christian Hull, described her style as ‘bond, colourful, maximalist and eclectic’. 

Rowi Singh, from Sydney, has a creative flair and expresses herself through makeup, content creation and interior design. Now she's shared a glimpse into her three-bedroom apartment

Rowi Singh, from Sydney, has a creative flair and expresses herself through makeup, content creation and interior design. Now she’s shared a glimpse into her three-bedroom apartment 

The 29-year-old is obsessed with bringing spaces to life by adding colour, layering rugs, investing in art and keeping an eye out for unique décor

The 29-year-old is obsessed with bringing spaces to life by adding colour, layering rugs, investing in art and keeping an eye out for unique décor

Rowi described her style as 'bond, colourful, maximalist and eclectic'. 'I've always been interested in interior design but I never had the chance to style a space myself until I moved out of home,' she said

Rowi described her style as ‘bond, colourful, maximalist and eclectic’. ‘I’ve always been interested in interior design but I never had the chance to style a space myself until I moved out of home,’ she said

‘I’ve always been interested in interior design but I never had the chance to style a space myself until I moved out of home,’ she said.

Her epic loft-style home features a velvet green couch, several colourful plinths, a locker bedside table, countless houseplants, quirky candles, and a ‘melting’ lamp.

And the huge 8m floor-to-ceiling windows invite natural light indoors to brighten the spaces on all three levels. 

‘I started by decorating the living room and purchased the essentials first, like the couch and a rug then worked my way out,’ she said.

‘Starting with the larger pieces can help you dictate a colour palette based on what you’re drawn to.’

Rowi encouraged others to ‘take their time’ when choosing furniture that’s right for them and to ‘not rush’ into anything, especially when it comes to expensive purchases.

‘I usually find something I like then think about it for a few weeks or months then go back to it to see if I still like it,’ she said.

Rowi's epic loft-style home features a velvet green couch, several colourful plinths, a locker bedside table, countless houseplants, quirky candles, and a 'melting' lamp

Rowi’s epic loft-style home features a velvet green couch, several colourful plinths, a locker bedside table, countless houseplants, quirky candles, and a ‘melting’ lamp

Rowi encouraged others to 'take their time' when choosing furniture that's right for them and to 'not rush' into anything, especially when it comes to expensive purchases

Rowi encouraged others to ‘take their time’ when choosing furniture that’s right for them and to ‘not rush’ into anything, especially when it comes to expensive purchases

She seeks inspiration from what's around her and looks on Pinterest to get new ideas

When decorating she starts with the largest pieces first - such as the couch - and works outwards

She seeks inspiration from what’s around her and looks on Pinterest to get new ideas. When decorating she starts with the largest pieces first – such as the couch – and works outwards

She seeks inspiration from what’s around her and looks on Pinterest to get new ideas. 

‘My creativity with my makeup and interior design are definitely linked. I’ve always been a creative person and decorating feels very natural to me,’ she said. 

‘I like collecting things, finding new places to put them and looking online at how others style their homes.’ 

She laughed after admitted she probably has too many plinths and house plants. 

While many opt to DIY their own furniture Rowi said she prefers to buy secondhand buys from Facebook Marketplace or op shops and has managed to score some items for free. 

But in saying that, she invested in a good quality mattress and original artworks from local artists, and the most expensive thing in her apartment is a $1000 artwork. 

The bedroom is 'moody' and 'earth' with darker tones compared to other rooms

The bedroom is ‘moody’ and ‘earth’ with darker tones compared to other rooms

The kitchen is quite simplistic with a 'melting' mirror, vase, cook books, and diffuser

The kitchen is quite simplistic with a ‘melting’ mirror, vase, cook books, and diffuser 

In her beauty room there's colour bursting in every corner with a clothing rack, glasses stand, checkered rug, hot pink crates and wall prints

In her beauty room there’s colour bursting in every corner with a clothing rack, glasses stand, checkered rug, hot pink crates and wall prints 

Rowi said one of the hardest part of decorating is visualising if something will look right in the home or not.

‘One time I picked something up, took it home and realised I got the measurements completely wrong,’ Rowi said. 

‘When you make a home décor purchase make sure it’s a carefully considered choice. Don’t follow trends because you might not like in when it goes out of style. 

‘You need to ask yourself if you really like something or if you only like it because you’ve been it everywhere.’ 

One concern with the maximalist style is the risk of teetering into clutter territory.

Rowi recommends taking a step back from your space and try to look at it in a different way. 

‘There’s a thin line between hoarding and collecting pieces, if you’re opting for extreme maximalist make sure you move things around so it doesn’t clutter the space,’ she said.  

She fills spaces with small side tables, disco balls, plants and stunning vases

She fills spaces with small side tables, disco balls, plants and stunning vases  

As for what she would never own – Rowi dislikes anything to do with gaming as it’s ‘not her thing’ and says it ‘kills her vibe’. 

‘I’ve seen some cute setups on TikTok but it’s just not for me. I hate seeing wires peeping out everywhere and I’m not a gamer so it’s a no from me,’ she said. 

Exposed wires is a huge interior design pet peeve of hers and to hide any sight of cords she changed over the legs on her TV unit so it sits lower. 


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