6 Essential Ideas for Organising A Small HomeInterior Design & Decor
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60 sqm to 65 sqm, 90 sqm and 110 sqm. These are the sizes of a three-, four- and five-room BTO flat respectively, according to the HDB. You want more space, we know. While you can’t technically enlarge your apartment, you can still make it boast a capacious look by implementing these ideas when renovating or furnishing your home.
Photo: Ken Home Design
Most of the furniture above has been built in, leaving oodles of space in the middle and creating a streamlined appearance. But built-ins do more than just make space – their edge-to-edge stature tricks the eye into perceiving them as part of the building rather than something that occupies space. Inserting cubbyholes into your built-ins extends their functionality while keeping clutter to a minimum as well.
A dining table takes up space – lots of it. If you don’t have a big household, consider replacing it with a breakfast bar, which also serves as an extra kitchen top and a cabinet. For a ‘lighter’ solution, the customised ‘floating’ breakfast bar (pictured inset) is a great choice. Besides letting light bounce around the area more freely, it adds much-needed oomph to the overall design of the apartment.
Photo: Starry Homestead
With space at a premium, you may be tempted to squeeze your furniture into every nook and cranny of your home. While you will indeed get bang for your buck, doing so will produce a cramped look. Instead, leave some walking room around your furniture. This will make guests feel that there’s more space than is required.
Rethink a dead end by hanging a mirror to artificially extend the width of your space. The mirror is such a versatile accessory that you can place it nearly everywhere – on the walls as faux windows or a headboard and even on the doors. Mirrors also reflect light well, making even the most confined spaces feel like an intrepid open-plan concept.
Photos: bobedre.dk (left), decoist.com (right)
Just like how vertical stripes on shirts make you look taller, a striped rug will make your space appear wider too. If you prefer a less maintenance-needy option, you can get wall decals from various home accessory stores on a shoestring budget. Spruce things up by combining different types of decals for a larger masterpiece. Better yet, they peel off easily and won’t leave stains behind.
Don’t be afraid to hack down walls if you feel that your space is too tight or dark. The open-concept kitchen above is demarcated from the living room by the breakfast bar. But don’t stop at using your furniture to separate your spaces. Make your accessories, lights or even plants work for you. Here are 5 Ways to Separate Spaces in Style and 5 More Ways to Separate Spaces in Style.
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