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House Design Tips

Renovating a home in Singapore can be a challenge, especially if you’re working with a small HDB flat or condo apartment. So how do Singapore interior designers come up with such stylish homes? We picked out 6 of our favourite design tricks that you can incorporate into your own home renovation.

 

Hidden Storage Is Your New Best Friend

Hidden storage helps save space

Hidden storage helps save space

Homes in Singapore are small, there’s no denying it, but there’s no reason you should live in small, crammed quarters. Built-in furniture is the key. Your interior designer or contractor should be able to measure and calculate the exact amount of storage furniture you can have in your home without eating too much into your floor space.

In this 5-room HDB, the design firm turned a long stretch of wall into a series of closed-door shelves and drawers. But the designers made sure that the storage system is incorporated into the look of the home – if you aren’t looking properly, the closed shelves look like a patterned feature wall that runs from living room to dining room to the front door.

 

Clean lines can help make your home feel and look bigger

Create The Illusion Of Size

Clean lines can help make your home feel and look bigger

Clean lines can help make your home feel and look bigger

If you have a small space and not enough resources to come up with an exciting look or design, then here’s a trick that might interest you. Trick the eyes with clean, geometric lines strategically placed around your home. These straight lines can work wonders in making a home feel bigger, just like how horizontal stripes on your clothes can make you look bigger.

The designers do it especially well in this 3-room HDB BTO. Here, black lines outline the entire home, framing each wall, beam and even door. The result is a monochromatic wonder with geometric designs that frame the entirety of the home and more importantly, help the 750sqft flat appear room and spacious.

 

Sleek And Polished With Glass And Mirrors

Glass and mirrors will help your home look sleek and polished

Glass and mirrors will help your home look sleek and polished

Any homemaker will be familiar with the space-enhancing powers of mirrors: they visually double up the space in your home, making it feel larger than it actually is. That’s why you’ll find mirrored walls in almost every cafe or restaurant you step into. But mirrors – and glass – also bring a sleek, polished feel to your home. Instead of boring blocks of empty wall, get your contractor or designer to hack them away and replace them with a glass partition (either clear glass or tinted glass will work). Is there a wall you can’t knock away? Mount an oversized mirror panel on the wall to give your home a more modern slant.

Keep in mind though, too much glass and mirrors can make a home feel cold and unwelcoming. The designers here have a knack for finding the right balance of materials to use, as shown in this 3-bedroom apartment. The interiors look clean and sophisticated but never comes across as cold or impersonal.

 

A Pop Of Colour Can Brighten Up Any Room

Colour tones and contrast can help brighten any room

Colour tones and contrast can help brighten any room

There’s not much you can really do in a small room; once you bring in the furniture, there’s not much space left to play around with. So instead of adding new decor elements, use colour to add a design element that takes up zero space. A single standout accent colour is all you need to vitalise a room. It could be a burst of colour on your cushions, a single armchair or, if you’re more daring, an entire wall.

This bedroom is a good example of how a simple pop of colour can instantly change the mood. This compact room is only big enough for a bed and wardrobe, so the designers don’t have any more space to bring in any other furniture. Instead, they painted the wall above the bed in a bright shade of fuchsia. It’s an unexpected addition to the otherwise straightforward design, but the results are definitely noticeable.

Distract With Outrageous Designs

Capture attention by having a fitting out of the ordinary

Capture attention by having a fitting out of the ordinary

Typically, when you first step into a home, the first thing you notice is how small (or big) the space is. If you don’t want your guests’ first impression to be “Oh, your home is so… cute.” then why not create an even bigger first impression. Distract them from the fact that you have a tiny space by overwhelming their senses. Loud designs and in-your-face decor elements will be the first things that capture their attention. If you prefer to be a little subtler, pick a statement piece of furniture that will be the first thing a person sees when they enter.

In this bedroom, the designers excel at making a home that successfully overwhelms the senses with eye-catching designs. From the “pothole” windows on the walls to the flowing wraparound cocoon bed, this is a room that’s designed to impress. Smaller details like the moulding on the ceiling, wallcovering and flooring further add to the wow-factor. No one’s going to comment on the size of the room when they enter the space!

Keep It Clean And Uncluttered

For a minimalist look, keep it clean and uncluttered

For a minimalist look, keep it clean and uncluttered

On the other hand, you might want to keep your home simple and minimalist. Instead of attention-grabbing, over-the-top design, you can try something sleek and streamlined. Keep the colours neutral and organic and your furniture choices simple and unobtrusive. The result will be a home that is easy on the eyes.

In this HDB flat, the designers wanted to keep the interiors relaxed. By taking on influences from the Scandinavian, Industrial and minimalism ethos, the designers came up with an interesting mix of aesthetics that complement one another. The trick is to simplify everything: colours, textures, materials and furniture. By removing bulky additions to your space, you’ll end up with a clean, pleasant design that will leave you content.

If you would like to have your ideas implemented into your home, feel free to contact us or view a few of our portfolios here.

Interior of a House

Amazing Condominium Designs

What’s the first thing that comes into your mind when somebody mentions the word condominiums? Or rather, what traits do you commonly associate with a condominiums? Most people would describe condominiums as “urban”, “modern”, “classy”, and the like. Read on to see why.

Classic Layout

Classic layout, black and brown helps to contrast the different colors, making it aesthetically pleasing

White helps make the area look clean and bigger

White helps make the area look clean and bigger

Classic Layout

Classic Layout

Classic Layout

Classic Layout

 

This interior is riding the less-is-more wave pretty well, as evident from its classic and clean appearance. With an incredibly simple design, it is elementary yet cosy enough because of certain features such as off-white lighting. Doesn’t it remind you of a posh hotel room?

A healthy mix of indoor and outdoor space

A healthy mix of indoor and outdoor space

Classic and Chic layout

Classic and Chic layout

A beautiful contrast can be seen from the classic indoor setup with the green and relaxing outdoors layout

A beautiful contrast can be seen from the classic indoor setup with the green and relaxing outdoors layout

Bathroom with a mixture of greenery and wooden fittings

Bathroom with a mixture of greenery and wooden fittings

There’s a healthy mix of indoors and outdoors in this space, it’s as good as two different homes rolled into one. Curtains both drawn and open introduce a different visual experience. The abode’s style is being maintained with nice touches such as the bar counter and pretty hanging lights. On top of all that, the porch is also being put to good use, with a nice table setup for meals and whatnot. Space planning has been done right in the bedrooms as you can see how they managed to fit a piano into what seems like a small space. Two thumbs up!

Condominiums don’t always have to be based off only one concept. The one shown here, in fact, looks both cute (outdoor) and classy (indoor). In addition to being uncluttered and natural, random splatters of bright colours here and there are super easy on the eyes.

For more ideas in conceptualizing your new home, you can reach us here. Have a great week ahead!