We are all used to the relatively small size of our Singapore HDB apartment, but that doesn’t mean we don’t want them to feel bigger, right? Here are some great tips on how to make your HDB apartment not only feel bigger, but to look super stylish as well.
Floor to ceiling shelves
Floor to ceiling shelving can help make your HDB apartment feel larger by not only creating more storage, but by creating the visual illusion that your ceiling is higher than it is.
The stylish timber set of built-in floor to ceiling shelving in this Edgedale Plains apartment is great for storage, and makes the ceiling feel higher.
Choosing to paint your shelving the same colour as the walls and ceiling will make it appear to disappear into the wall, like the version in this Sumang Lane apartment
Another clever way to use built-in shelving is to create a ‘reading nook’ space like the one in this Lorong Liew Lian apartment
, to make the room feel larger.
Platform beds for storage
Get rid of clutter, hide away things you don’t need to use every day, and make your bedroom floor space seem larger with a platform bed.
This stylish Matilda Court apartment
bedroom has a sleeping platform that includes lots of extra storage, and keeps the bedroom floor clear of clutter, making it feel larger.
Even if your bedroom is relatively small, a platform bed or sleeping platform will work if you stick to a pale colour, like the one in this Canberra apartment
The simplest form of a platform bed - basically a storage bed frame - can also give the impression of more space, since all your stuff can be stored away. The storage bed in this Bukit Batok apartment
bedroom is a great example.
Glass dividers and glass walls
Walls, half walls and room dividers made partially, or fully of framed glass are a great way to create the impression of more space in your HDB apartments. The glass panels allow more light into your apartment, but also offers clear sight lines from one side of an apartment to the other.
The large glassed in opening in this Bukit Batok West apartment
gives the impression that the living space is twice as large as it really is.
In this Pasir Ris apartment
has large glass walls that creates the illusion that the dinning area is set outdoors.
A half-glass wall is another great way to give the impression that a room is larger than it really is. The use of glass and white walls in this Waterway Sunray apartment
makes the living area appear twice as large.
Everyone knows that mirrors reflect more light into and around your living spaces, so obviously adding more mirrors in your home will definitely help your HDB apartment feel bigger.
Go big, or go home! One entire wall in this Upper Boon Keng apartment’s
living space has been mirrored to create a light and airy feel.
If an entire mirrored wall is too much, choose the narrowest place in your living area - like the dining area of this Telok Blangah apartment
- to use large mirrors and give the feeling of more space.
Use light colours on your walls
We all know that using white on our walls, floors and ceilings will help any space look larger than it really is, right? White is great, but you don’t always need to stick to it. Try light pastel colours, or light gray.
You can go with a soft cream or beige colour for your interior decor rather than white, like this Tribeca apartment
Instead of all-white-everything, try mixing in soft gray to add more depth to your home interior. This Harbour View Towers apartment
has used gray-veined marble, the reflective quality of marble also makes the room feel much larger.
Touches of soft pastel colours and gray ensure that the mostly all-white interior in this Yung Kuang Road apartment
doesn’t feel too cold, but also the lightness makes it feel much larger. Note the use of a large mirror as well.
When creating a light and bright home interior scheme, think about using pale timber as an accent like the furniture and built-ins in this Ang Mo Kio apartment