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5 Design Tips for Your HDB or Condo Apartment1

5 Design Tips for Your HDB or Condo Apartment


Undoubtedly, designing your new HDB or condo apartment is an exciting endeavour. But after visiting countless websites and flipping through the many pages of interior design magazines, you may find yourself feeling more confused and indecisive. Who should you listen to? What is right for you?

Fret not! Instead of getting yourself carried away by the tides of interior design choices, let’s go back to the starting point and look at basic things that can make a difference in the overall look and feel of your home.

To simplify things, we’ve put together 5 handy design tips for your condo or HDB flat.

1. Pick the Right Colours

One of the first design decisions you need to make is wall colours. It’s important because it sets the mood for the rest of the interior design. Consider these questions: is it a room for sleeping, playing, or working? Is it a communal or private space? Do you want it to be welcoming or reflective? Questions like these can help you arrive at the right choice.

Consider giving each of your rooms a distinct look. Start with the one colour you want to use in the room, and then play with the colour palette to match it with other colours. If you have a dark colour on a wall, make sure the other walls are treated with a lighter hue to avoid overloading the room.

Quick tip #1: If you have selected mostly neutral tones, throw in a multi-coloured item such as a painting, rug or throw blanket to brighten up the area.

Mixing and matching the palette may bring pleasant surprises to your design.

2. Let There Be Light

Make the best use of the natural sunlight to improve the lighting in your rooms. Before placing any furniture, observe how much natural light enters the room, and at what time and where. This will help us decide where to put the sofa or TV to optimise reading or relaxation.

When planning the artificial lighting, you should take into account the room’s function. For instance, general lighting is for everyday use, while task lighting is more suitable for working or specific activities. On the other hand, ambient lighting such as table and floor lamps gives a softer mood.

Quick tip #2: To extend the use of natural sunlight, place mirrors strategically to reflect light. They also give an illusion of a bigger space.

Having suitable lighting sets the right mood for the right purpose.

3. Divide Your Space with Furniture

Many new apartments in Singapore adopt an open-concept layout. This means that the kitchen and possibly other areas (if you have a studio apartment) are no longer separated by walls.

Depending on your preference, this may be good or bad news to you. Regardless, you can still create different “zones” by using your furniture to designate each space. For example, a kitchen island can offer not just more counter space but separate the kitchen from the living room. You can also use the back of your sofa as a visual divider between the living and dining space.

Quick tip #3: Screens and room dividers are fun design embellishments that can visually demarcate an area while upping your design ante. These classic decors can easily be moved around to reshape the space according to your needs.

A kitchen island can also be used to visually demarcate the kitchen from the living room.

4. Make Use of Carpentry

Some of us may be stuck with rooms with curved or awkward corners that refuse to accommodate any store-bought furniture neatly. Here’s where custom carpentry comes in. Custom built-ins fit into any given space, leaving no exposed corners or recesses while optimising your square footage.

Besides framing your house seamlessly, it also creates the bespoke look and fulfils the design theme that you are going for. In Singapore’s space-starved apartments, a well-planned carpentry work can save you plenty of space by squeezing out stealthy storage areas you never know to exist!

Quick tip #4: Make use of carpentry to build multi-functional furniture that doubles as storage. For example, you can install shelf compartments under the kitchen island or pull-out drawers under the bed to store infrequently used items.

Love the look of wood? Carpentry can help you achieve your desired theme.

5. Don’t Forget the Decor

A home will look complete with decorative items. Think about including artworks such as paintings or prints that match the colours and feel of the space. Nature is always a good thing to have in a space, so be generous with house plants, flora and even mirrors that reflect sunlight. Don’t forget details like cushions and candles because they can do wonders in making your home feel warm and welcoming.

Quick tip #5: When embellishing your home, remember not to get too carried away. A few decorative items are lovely, but squeezing 5 paintings in a small room will make it look cluttered and overwhelming.

Adding a handful of decorative items can make a huge difference to a room.

Can’t wait to roll up your sleeve and start designing your home? Call us at (65) 6778 6866 for a chat or email us at enquiry@starryhomestead.com.

Ways That Interior Design Can Affect Your Lives

6 Ways Interior Design Can Improve Your Life


6 Ways Your HDB or Condo Interior Design Can Improve Your Life

Have you ever wondered whether the way you design your HDB flat or condo has an impact on your life? The answer is a resounding YES!

The design choices you make have an effect on your subconscious and can improve your quality of life and prevent your home from dragging you down into an emotional tailspin. This is because the environment around us affects our mood, productivity and attitude, so at the very least, the right design can offer feelings of relaxation and peacefulness, which help create positive energy and harmony in relationships.

So how can interior design change your life? Let’s look at 6 positive impacts your home can have on you.

1. Organising Your Life

A well-designed home brings order to your life. When your environment is in disorder, the abundance of things surrounding you weigh you down, and your mental health takes a hit. What clutters your home clutters your mind, interfering with your ability to think and even to relax. By including plenty of storage space in your interior design, you make your home a no-stress zone, freeing the burden on your mind and lowering those stress hormones that cause you sleepless nights.

Even though the size of HDB flats and condos in Singapore is shrinking over the years, creative storage solutions such as custom built-ins can do wonders in bringing you an orderly home.

Make the best use of creative storage solution to bring order to your life.

2. Creating a Relaxing & Safe Environment

Whenever we talk about interior design, we usually think only about the aesthetic aspect. Most people simply focus on this one piece of the puzzle and fail to look at the whole picture.

Sure, a beautiful home can certainly impress our friends and family, but what’s equally important is that it can also make us feel safe and comfortable. Like the cavemen of the Neolithic Age who needed the protection of a cave from the wild beasts, we need a home that can give us the same sense of security. As we go out into the world, we are often faced with daily challenges and even hostility. When we return home, a comforting space can nurture our wellbeing and soothe our soul.

Good interior design can make you feel safe and secure in your environment.

3. Increasing Creativity & Productivity

Good interior design is also known to boost productivity and creativity. Your environment plays a pivotal role in influencing how you think and behave. If your creative flow is blocked, or you find yourself in a productivity slump, changing your home decoration can give you that extra boost for you to reach new heights.

You can start with simple things. Bringing in nature like plants and flowers can rejuvenate your energy, while a new wall colour, such as soothing blue or green, may spark new ideas. Comfortable and ergonomically-designed furniture is also shown to help people relax their bodies so that they can think clearly and reduce the number of mistakes made throughout the day.

Nature like plants has shown to improve productivity and creativity.

4. Making the Space Functional

Ask not what you can do for your home, but what your home can do for you! When done properly, your interior design can enhance your lifestyle and allow you to live the life that you always wanted.

For instance, if you enjoy having company in your home, furnishing your home with a large dining table or designating areas for games and general socialising would definitely make you more popular among your friends!

Is entertaining friends at home a big part of your life? Make your home work for you!

5. Improving your Emotions and Moods

Have you heard of colour psychology? Colour affects your moods and emotions. For example, warmer shades such as yellow and orange are relaxing and inspire creativity, while blue and green evoke a sense of calm.

How the space is lit also influences your sentiment. The best lighting source is the sun, so the number and size of the windows in the room can affect your level of happiness and anxiety. Of course, in Singapore, most of us probably can’t change the windows in our condo or HDB flat, but you can ensure your home has sufficient lighting by supplementing natural light with different artificial lights.

A ray of natural sunlight can create spikes in your happiness index!

6. Making a Statement

Your home is inherently an extension of you – a place where you manifest your identity and desires with tangible materials. So why not use it as a form of self-expression?

With the help of an interior designer, you can paint a self-portrait of your personal environment. Whether the statement you make is bold, peaceful, futuristic or minimalistic, let it be uniquely yours!

Are you bold, calm or sophisticated? Express yourself in your home’s interior design!

As you can see, the whole point of interior design is more than simply building a gorgeous home. With a little extra thought, it can also improve your life and enjoyment of spaces. If you want to know more about how to improve your home, call us at (65) 6778 6866 or email enquiry@starryhomestead.com.

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