This article was originally on GET.com at: 6 Tricks To Make Your Small Flat Feel Posh
Do you live in a small flat in Singapore and are running out of ideas of how to spruce it up? Residential properties in Singapore are considered small compared to many other countries which are blessed with a vast land.
But the great thing about Singapore is that over 90 per cent of us are homeowners, which means that even if property prices are considerably expensive here, we are still able to afford it.
The unfortunate thing is that we'd have to contend with the limited space we have, unless you are rich and can afford something much bigger and better. The land area for the typical HDB flat ranges from about 60 square metres for a 3-room flat to 130 square metres for an executive flat. So what are some tricks that can help you optimise and maximise the space in your home to make it look uncluttered and even posh?
Here at GET.com, we've done some research and here are our recommendations!
1. Use light colours
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Are you one of those who often wear black clothes? We all know that dark colours give the illusion of a smaller body, and the same goes for the interior of your house. While using dark colours can give your place a touch of lux or cosiness, using white or light colors will brighten up the place and give the illusion of space.
2. Mirror mirror on the wall
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Make use of mirrors or reflective services such as glass to make your home space look bigger.
Place full-length mirrors opposite windows or a light source to "double the size" of your room magically!
3. Customised built-in furniture
Have you seen one of those built in TV shelves that occupy the entire wall of the living room? Yes, we are talking about that.
With customised furniture, not only do you get to choose the style and colour you want, it saves tonnes of space and gives you lots of storage area. The same goes for the wardrobe in your bedrooms and your kitchen counters.
4. Get rid of clutter
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Nobody likes clutter and it only serves to break up the space in your room. Get rid of it by not having stray items lying around; we are not just talking about decluttering your makeup, magazines, books and cushions, but also small furniture items such as stools, dustbins or even computer wires.
If they need to stay in the room, push them towards the wall to create the illusion of a full space in the middle. Another alternative is to hide your stray items inside multi-purpose furniture such as beds that come with storage.
Do you feel like things are so cluttered that even your life is getting cluttered? Here are five reasons why you need to declutter your life, now.
5. Make way for a continuous console
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If you have the liberty to hack down some walls, try going for a continuous console to give more length to your living room. The same concept can be used for a long sofa that is placed against the wall as well.
6. Maintaining open spaces
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For a more modern look that creates more flow and space, go for an open concept between rooms. For instance, you can merge your dining and living area into one without having any extra partition. The same goes for your kitchen walls. While some people might be concerned with the smell from the kitchen, one way to reach a compromise is to have a sliding door or a glass wall instead.
Are you still looking for your perfect home?
If you still haven't bought your dream home, you might be wondering whether you should buy an HDB flat, executive condo, or condo. If you're leaning towards an HDB flat, check out these six HDB schemes that you may not be aware of and here you can read our guide to HDB grants that you may be eligible to get.
If you're looking for a home loan, you can use a home loan website like GET.com to compare the best home loans in Singapore.
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