Create Our Brick Wall with Nippon Momento Travertino

Today, I’m so excited to showcase the new brick wall that we’ve created in our living hall using Nippon Momento Travertino. Truth be told, V and I have always wanted a brick wall. We explored this idea with various interior designers before we renovated our home a year ago, but at the end, we shelved the idea due to high cost.

Recently, we discovered Nippon Momento Travertino – the latest Designer Series from Nippon Momento Special Effects Paint – that allows us to create our brick wall at a much lower cost and we were truly excited about it. Okay lah, it’s not really “cheap” but if compared to other brick wall options, it costs ~50% cheaper. Yup, that’s significant savings – I know.

TravertinoPicture Credit: Nippon Paint Momento Website

Brick Wall Options & Advantages of Nippon Momento Travertino

What’s the advantage of Nippon Momento Travertino over other brick wall options, you may wonder. First of all, let me share with you several brick wall options that are widely available in the market today (based on what I learnt from my past experience).

There are real bricks, brick tiles, hollow blocks, stucco, stones and wallpaper. Most IDs that we’ve met recommended stucco because it is easy to maintain and can last for more than five years. Wallpaper might look artificial – lacks the 3D effects and depending on its quality, it might peel off too.

Real bricks would definitely look genuine, but they are space-consuming, heavy and unsuitable for petite spaces. Stucco takes about three days while a real brick wall takes about five days to construct, thus resulting in high labour costs. Both options cost above $3K for the wall in our living hall (dimension 2.3m by 3.5m).

The most common problems with bricks are the different colours and sizes after the wall has been built, crack lines, positioning as well as alignment.

We created our brick wall using Nippon Momento Travertino in just one day at a fraction of the price. We felt that the main advantages of Travertino are:

  1. lower cost (obviously the MAJOR plus point!),
  2. no alignment / positioning problem,
  3. all the bricks have the same size and colour,
  4. it is light and doesn’t look too heavy,
  5. it’s faster to build – less inconvenience especially when we’ve moved in.

In addition, the most unique part of Travertino is that it can be easily carved, shaped or patterned; mix and match with any colours for endless creative combinations. Apart from brick pattern, you can also create block or weave line designs. Travertino has a white base. Therefore, it can be mixed, matched and glazed over with any Nippon Momento Special Effects Paint to create your own unique feature wall.

Amazing, isn’t it?

Now, let me briefly share with you the process of creating the brick wall using Travertino.

The Process

Nippon PaintThe skillful paint specialists from Nippon Paint and Prestige Painting

First of all, the wall was prepped by applying a coat of Momento Primer. Then, the wall was measured and the brick patterns were carefully marked on the wall using tapes horizontally and vertically. Next, the Travertino paint was applied on the wall. The paint is grey and looks like cement to me. When it dries out, the colour becomes white.

The paint was left to dry for about an hour before the tapes were removed. The painter removed the tapes, strips by strips, very carefully to prevent chipping. I was SO amazed by the process. It certainly eliminates problems such as alignment, positioning and different brick sizes.

Finally, the wall took about four hours to dry out completely. And the end result is a BEAUTIFUL white brick wall with a raw and natural resort feel.

Before and After

This is how my living hall looked like – before and after Nippon Momento Travertino.

Nippon Momento TravertinoBefore
Nippon Momento TravertinoAfter

Wall Enhancement with Nippon Momento Enhancer Series

Nippon Momento Enhancer Series is a special line of semi-transparent Nippon Momento Special Effects Paint that can be applied onto any wall, glazed over any existing wall colour. It’s available in Cloud and Frost effects with 5 different variants – Cloud Gold, Cloud Pearl, Snow Frost, Pearl Frost and Gold Frost.

Nippon Momento Enhancer SeriesPhoto Credit: Nippon Paint

Edison’s room was originally painted with Nippon Odour-less Premium All-in-1 in Latte 1114. So, Jen from Prestige Painting proposed Nippon Momento Enhancer Series that can transform our walls without changing its existing colour.

The advantage of it is that it can easily transform a plain coloured wall into a totally new look without involving a high cost. In addition, it’s durable and maintenance-free. Unlike wallpaper, it can even be applied on surfaces which are uneven, avoiding problems such as bubbling and peeling that wallpaper shows up over time.

Nippon Momento Enhancer Series

Nippon Momento Enhancer Series

We’ve selected the wall above the bedhead as the feature wall to be painted with Nippon Momento Special Effects Paint (Enhancer Series) in Cloud Pearl – Pure Moon CP 175, and the effect that we want is soft and criss-cross.

As mentioned above, Enhancer Series is available in two effects. Cloud gives a cloudy glazes of golden shine or pearlescent sheen, while Frost gives a unique texture of snow, pearl or gold.

Personally, I like Cloud for bedroom because it gives a wonderfully calming effect. Just imagine being drifted away in the fluffiness of clouds – it’s the kind of dreamy effect that we want for Edison’s room. Lovely, isn’t it? =)

First of all, a layer of Momento Primer was applied on the wall. When it dries out, Nippon Momento Enhancer Series was applied in a criss-cross application using a special brush. Again, we witnessed how Jen applied the special effects paint skillfully and totally focused. We were so impressed that she did it in less than half an hour!


The effect of the paint is so subtle that even if we were to paint all the four walls with it, it will not look too overwhelming. That’s what I really like about Nippon Momento Enhancer Series. As light as cloud, as cosy as home.

Here are the before and after pictures:

Nippon Momento Enhancer SeriesBefore
Nippon Momento Enhancer SeriesAfter

Nippon Momento Special Effects Paint – Master Bedroom Makeover!

I’ve always wanted to try out Nippon Momento Special Effects Paint to give my walls a richer colour and elegant finishing. During our renovation a year ago, we seriously considered Nippon Momento but unfortunately, the painters from our Interior Design company were not trained in it. Thus, our ID recommended us to use wallpapers instead.

V and I were concerned about the durability of wallpapers, therefore we didn’t pursue that option. I do not know why at that time I didn’t try to source for another painter. And so, I regretted big time after that. =(

Earlier this year, V and I discussed about Nippon Momento again. After visiting a friend’s new home that is beautifully painted with Nippon Momento Special Effects Paint, I was SO tempted to try it. Initially, V was a little reluctant because of the hassles – especially since we’ve moved in and all our built-in furniture are in place.

I assured him that the professional painters from Nippon Paint will protect our furniture and the painting process is rather quick as we will only be doing it on the feature walls (not the entire house!). Alas, he agreed and I quickly fixed the appointment with Nippon.

Nippon Momento Special Effects Paint

We met with the paint specialist from Prestige Painting to discuss about our home makeover using Nippon Momento Special Effects Paint. We were SO impressed with their past works. Talking to Jen, the paint specialist at Prestige Painting, is just like talking to my trusty hairstylist – someone whom I can connect and entrust.

First, she assessed the colours and design of my home. Then, we discussed about the results that I want to achieve. Jen is an experienced and skillful paint specialist – we can easily tell judging from her past works. She’s also someone who takes pride in her works. Therefore, we’re confident to work with her.

As an introduction, Nippon Momento Special Effects Paint has 3 different collections:

1. Textured Paint Series

This is the first range of Nippon Momento that is available in 174 colours across four contemporary variants – Elegant, Sparkle Silver, Sparkle Gold and Sparkle Pearl. It creates specially textured walls using four unique special effects.

2. Enhancer Series

A special line of semi-transparent Nippon Momento Special Effects Paint that can be applied onto any wall, glazed over any existing wall colour. Available in Cloud and Frost effects across five variants – Cloud Gold, Cloud Pearl, Snow Frost, Pearl Frost and Gold Frost.

[We chose this series for Edison’s room – will share more about it in our next posts]

3. Designer Series

The latest and most sophisticated line of professional special effects paint that masterfully mimics the extraordinary beauty of real-life textures, featuring six distinctive special effects. Available in three variants – Optical, Rust Box and Travertino.

[We created a beautiful brick wall in our living room using Travertino – will share more about it in our next posts]

For our Master Bedroom, we’ve decided to use the Textured Paint Series Sparkle Gold (item #1 above). Sparkle Gold is a textured semi-metallic finish with majestic colour dusted in a golden shine. I loved how it creates a lavish ambience for my room!

The colour that we’ve selected is Champagne MG 158, and the effect we wanted is soft and criss-cross.

Bartley Residences: Renovation Part 1 – False Ceiling, Electrical and Painting

After enduring two agonising months of defect rectification, we’ve finally closed that chapter and moved on to the next – our home renovation! This is the exciting part where we can see our dream home having a “facelift” day by day. Maybe I shouldn’t say facelift as this is a new property. A “makeover” will be more appropriate.

Before I share more on that, I’d like to answer a frequently asked question on my blog – Who is my ID? Initially, I plan to share his contact details after my renovation is completed together with the pros and cons of working with him. But since many of you have been asking for it, I’ll be sharing it today – you can find his contact at the bottom of this post. So far, we’ve a pleasant and comfortable experience with him. Thus, I feel confident to recommend him on my blog. At the end of my renovation, I’ll write-up a detailed review on my Interior Design company.

As mentioned in my previous post, we’ve chosen neutral colours that include white, grey, beige and brown as we’re going for an overall soft and cosy look. Our renovation started three weeks ago with false ceiling, electrical and painting works completed so far. Here are some pictures to share:

Master Bedroom

Renovation on master bedroom

Nippon Odour-less Pain

Nippon Odour-less Premium All-in-1 paint turns out to be a perfect choice that never disappoints. For the first time, I walked into a newly painted home and it was completely odourless. Very impressed! I love that it’s washable, anti-bacterial and resistant to fungus too.

For our master bedroom, we used Lily White 1137 and Smoky 1112 on the walls, and Whisper Grey 5009 on the ceiling. It was a last minute decision to use Whisper Grey on the ceiling (original plan was pure white). The three tone colour idea is really refreshing, with the extra boost from Whisper Grey. I love this colour combination.

Bedroom 2

Latte 1114

For Edison’s bedroom, we used Latte 1114 on the walls and White on the ceiling. It turned out to be slightly darker than my expectation. Nonetheless, just like my favourite latte, this colour is soft and comforting. Most importantly, Edison likes it too.

Bedroom 3

Nippon Odourless All-in-One Rose White 1143

Much to my surprise, the colour that I like most after actual painting is Rose White 1143 that we used for Bedroom 3 (study room). It gives a sweet and subtly rosy tone. So bright and so lovable too!

Living and Dining Hall

Nippon Odourless All-in-One Lily White 1137

Nippon All-in-One Whisper Grey 5009

We use Lily White 1137 on the walls and Whisper Grey 5009 on the ceiling. Lily White 1137 is not stark white, but it’s creamy white with a slight tint of yellow. The end result is a warm and homely feel that we’re looking for.

Master Bedroom Toilet
Common ToiletCommon Toilet. Glad to have my Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 9-18mm f/4.0-5.6 ultra wide-angle lens, I can now take interior photos with small spaces!

Our renovation schedule looks something like this:

4 Dec 2015: Lay protection sheet [1 day]
7 Dec 2015: Electrical works [2 days]
14 Dec 2015: False ceiling works [2 days]
15 Dec 2015: Carpentry measurement and fabrication [14 – 21 days]
16 Dec 2015: Painting works [2 days]

5 Jan 2016 (est): Carpentry and lighting installation, glass measurement [3 days]
8 Jan 2016 (est): Painting touch-up [1 day]
9 Jan 2016 (est): Clear debris [1 day]
11 Jan 2016 (est): General washing and glass installation [2 days]
13 Jan 2016 onwards: Furniture delivery

We paid $1,800 for the painting works of whole unit, including one touch-up after carpentry installation, using Nippon paint with unlimited colour selection. The painting works are done by our ID company.

Will update more in Part Two. So, please stay tuned.


Rezt & Relax Interior
33 Ubi Avenue 3, #02-09, Vertex Tower B, Singapore 408868
Designer: Tim Tian and Jingyu


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Bartley Residences: Electrical Works, Paint Colours and Laminate Selection

It has been a very busy week and full of decision makings as we’re gearing towards our home renovation now. Our defect rectification has finally completed after two months, so we’re so glad to close that chapter and move on. I’ll share in another post on the summary of our defect rectification – what have been rectified to our satisfaction, what have been write-off, and important lessons learnt in the process.

Last week, we met with our ID and their appointed electrician a few times to finalize our electrical works, paint colours and materials selection. I’ll start off with electrical works.

Electrical Works

We’ve decided to engage the electrician recommended by our ID, without going around comparing the prices. Reasons: 1) we trust our ID’s recommendation, 2) he can co-ordinate with his electrician on the schedule and electrical issues (easier for us), and 3) they’ve worked together in many past projects.

The electrical points, lightings and ceiling fans’ positions

We met the electrician, Lester, and spent 2 hours going through the electrical lay-out and lighting of our home (our ID was present too). At first, I thought it was a relatively simple task. But it turned out to be a rather serious job. All of us put in a lot of efforts and thoughts into planning the electrical points, switches and lightings to prevent inconvenience in the future. Living in a house with awfully positioned electrical points and lightings can be a painful experience.

We’ve a lot of lightings in our home – cove lights in living hall and master bedroom, LED downlights in living hall and master bedroom, and lighting on bedheads, TV feature wall and dining feature wall. We also added additional switches and double sockets.

The overall cost comes up to $3.3K which includes wiring for 36 lighting points, 6 double sockets, data point and SCV point, installation for 56 lights and 4 ceiling fans, and change of two-way switches.

Personally, I find that Lester is a very experienced guy. He ensures that every corner of our home has sufficient lighting (without overdoing it unnecessary), and all locations of switches are put to our convenience. We’re pretty confident that he can deliver a good job for us. His contact details are listed below.

Paint Colours

In this meeting (they called it “Detailing”), we spent 4 long hours going through every single details of our home renovation, from paint colours to laminate selection and carpentry measurement.

We will be using Nippon Odour-less Premium All-in-1 paint. V and I are not very much into bold colours, so we prefer neutral colours with a lot of whites. Ultimately, we want a calming and relaxing ambience for our home.

Nippon PaintPicture Credit: Nippon Paint

These are the colours and laminates that we’ve selected (mainly proposed by our ID):

Living HallLiving Hall: [Paint] Lily White 1137 for walls and Whisper Grey 5009 for ceiling, [Laminate] Lamitak High Gloss Pearl and Karla Tivoli Elm for TV Feature Wall
Master bedroomMaster Bedroom: [Paint] Lily White 1137 + Smoky 1112 for walls and Whisper Grey 5009 for ceiling, [Laminate] Lamitak Brandolini Viola Noce and Amerie Viola Noce
Bedroom 2Bedroom 2 (Edison’s room): [Paint] Latte 1114, [Laminate] Lamitak High Gloss Pearl and Mocha for cabinet and Nappa Chocolatier for Bed

Laminate and Mirror Selection

Paint colours are relatively easy to choose, but laminate is a completely different subject. We went through room by room and item by item to make sure that the laminate matches the paint colours and window blinds that we’ve ordered.

Dining hallConventional clear mirror vs bronze-tinted mirror

For the mirror feature wall in our dining area, we’ve a hard time deciding between bronze-tinted and conventional clear mirror. Bronze-tinted mirror gives a relaxed ambience and soften the reflections, but it looks dark at night. The conventional clear mirror, on the other hand, makes our hall looks bigger and brighter. At the end, we chose the latter.

Carpentry Measurement

Last step was to finalize the carpentry measurement. Our ID showed us the 2D drawing of every piece of carpentry, it was a mind-blowing experience! Things to put into considerations: 1) dimensions of the carpentry items, 2) height and depth of the shelves, 3) door openings, and 4) dimensions of the walkways.

2D Drawing

Even dimensions of our TV and sound systems, as well as mattress’s heights are taken into considerations for our TV feature wall and built-in bedframes with storage.

We had another round of discussion at our unit so that our ID can show us the actual dimensions of the carpentry (he drew them on the walls). We’ve a clearer picture of how the carpentry will looks like, and most importantly, we’re comfortable with the size of the carpentry and walkways after installation.

Protection Sheet

Yesterday, the workers came to lay protection sheets. I was completely amazed with their works. The first layer is a plastic sheet to prevent moisture, followed by thick cardboards on the floor, kitchen cabinets, worktop and backsplash, and even doors and door knobs!

On a happy note, electrical works are starting today. 🙂


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