Spacious Living

How to Save Space For Your House

A BTO (Build to Order) flat is a home allocation system by the Singapore Housing and Development Board. They have a limited amount of square footage, which means that they are quite small in size. So, Interior design in Singapore is being adapted to suit the ergonomics and comfort of these HDB flats.

Small homes might be the newest trend, but it can be especially challenging to retrofit them with the basic interior design essentials. HDB renovation has improved by leaps and bounds, but it is still very hard to redesign the layout and aesthetics of a space-starved, 2-bedroom BTO flat successfully. So below, we’ll be sharing 5 interior design solutions for how you can make your BTO look absolutely stunning.

 

Think Smart, Not Hard

Save space by investing in dual purpose furniture

Save space by investing in dual purpose furniture

 

When it comes to small-style interior designing, you’ll have to think smart, not hard. The term ‘smart’ in the context of interior designing can refer to any number of things; smart furniture, smart walls and even smart lighting. So, you should definitely invest in dual purposed furniture like murphy beds and sofa-bunks, smart kitchen hardware, platform bed-come-horizontal-wardrobes and more to make the most of your small space. You’ll be surprised how smooth your HDB renovation will look with these ingenious space-saving solutions.

 

Emphasize the Whites

Emphasize the Whites

Emphasize the Whites

Here’s a small hack for selecting the colour scheme of your BTO flat; emphasize the whites. White colour has superb reflective qualities; this generally means that using white as your base colour scheme can make even the smallest spaces seem spacious. This doesn’t mean that you should use white singularly as your running colour scheme. You can embellish it with colourful furniture items, floor materials and even accessories. However, the basic backdrop for all these colours must be completely white in order for this trick to truly work.

 

Create Illusions through Mirrors

Create Illusions Through Mirrors

Create Illusions Through Mirrors

Since interior design in Singapore is quite a booming industry, many local designers have come up with clever techniques to make HDB renovations unique but impactful. One of these techniques includes creating illusions with mirrors. If you clad an entire feature wall of your room in floor-to-ceiling mirror leafs, you’ll find that it creates an illusory effect that doubles the space. You can even spice up your interior designs by using mirror-cut feature walls that have been trending on Pinterest and Instagram these days.

 

Decorating with Lights

Decorate with Lights

Decorate with Lights

Due to the small square footage of a BTO flat, it’s best to avoid all visual clutter in the space. So how do you decorate your space, then?

Easy; you decorate with lights! There are so many clever lighting fixtures and false-ceiling solutions that can play up the drama of small spaces to give an upscale vibe to small-style interior designs. You can use track lights to create accents, floor lamps for visual décor and recessed lighting to create drama in your BTO flat.

 

The Open-Floor Concept

The Open-Floor Concept

The Open-Floor Concept

The most mainstream solution for every small-style interior design in Singapore includes the open-floor concept. This concept has gained rightful recognition, as it can make your homes look spacious by default. A HDB renovation carried out on the open-floor concept would visually merge the living area, kitchen and dining space. This creates extra leeway for circulation space and allows the designer more liberty to play with the aesthetics at the same tie.

All in all, we hope you enjoy the the above curations, feel free to contact us if you have any queries!

HDB Room Designs

An island with a fast-growing metropolitan population, Singapore can’t grow sideways (horizontally) any more—so it has to grow upwards (vertically). Singaporeans understand this situation, and they’ve adapted pretty well to the limited space constraints in remarkable ways indeed, as evidenced in some of the following featured stylishly small HDB flats.

As of 2014, there are over 1 million flats in Singapore, and they seem to be shrinking as well! Find below the statistics, of which most shrinkage seems to be occurring in the kitchen department!

  • 1980s built HDB 5-room flat = about 123 sqm
  • 1990s built HDB 5-room flat = about 120 sqm
  • 2000s built HDB 5-room flat – about 110 sqm

Despite the shrinking space however, Singaporeans are getting creative with the little they have.

1. Studio Style Apartment

 

 

 

Studio Style Apartment

Studio Style Apartment

Studio Style Apartment

Studio Style Apartment

 

Chic, sturdy, brick walled and clean, the studio style may seem lean but it sure is sweet! And low maintenance to boot.

2. Home of The Minimalist

 

Minimalist

Minimalist

If you like things kept simple, this is the way to go. This minimalist design is enhanced by the uneven-toned cement screed floor—which gives the place an edgy, earthy feel.

3.Swedish Style Home

 

Swedish Style Home

Swedish Style Home

Swedish Style Home

Swedish Style Home

The Swedes are to blame for our crazy obsession with all things IKEA. Anyhow, in this Swedish Style Home, coloured flooring is used to demarcate the spaces, not walls. Water pipes aren’t hidden, but in fact celebrated. And check out that quirky divider of a bookshelf!

4. Open Dining Concept

Open Dining Concepts

Open Dining Concepts

When kitchens start to shrink, Open Dining becomes more ‘in’! This concept creates an airy and carefree feel, making your home seem bigger than it really is, plus merging get-togethers in the living room with our most favourite act of eating.

5. Embellished Art Walls

 

Embellished Art Wall

Embellished Art Wall

Who says your walls should be wallflowers or simply background props? Jazz it up with your own personalised touches—and make it pop!

6. Modern Minimalist-Industrialist

 

Modern Minimalist-Industrialist

Modern Minimalist-Industrialist

Modern Minimalist-Industrialist

Modern Minimalist-Industrialist

Simple, cosy and modern design for the young and upwardly mobile.

7. Monochrome Home

 

Monochrome Home

Monochrome Home

There’s nothing more boldly simple and elegant than lining your home with monochrome!

8. Open Concept

 

Open Concept

Open Concept

The living area in this unique home was replaced by the kitchen, giving it an airy, breezy feel and complimentary natural lighting.

9. Continuous Console

 

Continuous Console

Continuous Console

More and more people are hacking walls to make a continuous console. You can create open living areas and bedrooms—and even customize your main door design to suit your liking.

10. Café Inspired Home

 

Cafe Inspired Home

Cafe Inspired Home

Hop no more from one café to another, and hog your own cosy café of a home! Quaint, cool and inspiring, you’ll love waking up to this café inspired home every day.

Interested in modelling your future home with the above concepts? Feel free to contact us, have a great week ahead!

Kitchen Island Designs for Singapore Homes

The kitchen island is, arguably, one of the dream designs most homeowners want during their renovation. Not only does it look impressive, it’s also a very functional layout whether you’re an aspiring home chef or an occasional cook. For most of us, space is a factor that prevents us from including an island in our homes, but you might be surprised to learn that there are petite apartments that have managed to squeeze out the square footage to fit an island counter. From HDB flats to condo apartments to landed houses, we pick some of Singapore’s most inspiring kitchen designs – each with an enviable kitchen island configuration – to get your creative juices flowing.

 

Design Idea #1: Tear down all the walls

Kitchen Inspiration

Kitchen Inspiration

You might be surprised to learn that this open concept kitchen belongs in a 5-room HDB flat. To achieve this spacious layout, the designers tore down the walls and drastically altered the layout of the entire home. Because the kitchen, living room and dining room now share a single space, this island counter actually defines the boundaries of the kitchen.

Design Idea #2: Portable island

 

An island counter doesn’t have to be a bulky immovable object in the centre of the kitchen. This cheery kitchen makes do with a butcher’s table that can be rolled away when the owners need more space in the kitchen.

Kitchen Inspiration

Kitchen Inspiration

Design Idea #3: A half-height divider

Kitchen Inspiration

Kitchen Inspiration

In this condo apartment, the kitchen isn’t large enough to hold all the homeowner’s cooking equipment. As such, appliances like the oven and microwave need to be placed in the adjoining dining room. The island counter is strategically designed to separate the swelling kitchen from the rest of the home.

Design Idea #4: Visually define the kitchen boundaries

Kitchen Inspiration

Kitchen Inspiration

This truly open-concept home barely has any walls in the main living spaces; rooms transition seamlessly from one to the other. Here, the island counter serves multiple purposes: it grounds the entire kitchen, links the room to the dining area, and turns the common areas into spaces where guests will naturally congregate.

 

Design Idea #5: Multi-purpose island

Kitchen Inspiration

Kitchen Inspiration

To fit an island into this crammed HDB kitchen, the designers had to reduce the amount of cabinets to a minimum. Conveniently, the island counter doubles as a countertop space, and the addition of a cantilevered table top offers additional space for prep work.

 

Design Idea #6: Confine an open kitchen

Kitchen Inspiration

Kitchen Inspiration

Although not technically an island (one end of the countertop is attached to the wall), this kitchen layout emphasises efficiency and space planning. The huge worktop looks out to the dining room making it a natural transition between kitchen and dining.

Design Idea: #7

Kitchen Inspiration

Kitchen Inspiration

Placing the kitchen next to the dining room is an obvious choice for a landed house as large as this one. To encourage a more seamless transition between spaces, the kitchen island is attached to the dining table.

Design Idea #8: A kitchen island that’s not in the kitchen

Kitchen Inspiration

Kitchen Inspiration

Who says an island counter needs to be in the kitchen? In this flat, the kitchen isn’t big enough to accommodate an island, so the designers built it right next to the kitchen entrance. It doubles as a a dining table too.

 

Design Idea #9: An odd-shaped island

Kitchen Inspiration

Kitchen Inspiration

Even small, odd-shaped kitchens will benefit well from having an island counter. In this awkwardly angled kitchen, the island actually helps to visually anchor the room while providing additional workspace.

Need more advise? Feel free to contact us, have a great week ahead!