November 11, 2018

5 simple ways to make a small HDB BTO look bigger.

Many of us live in a HDB flat with really small bedrooms. But! There are also people who live in bigger houses who just want to downsize to a new HDB BTO. The choice of downsizing could also be due to other practical or personal reasons.

Regardless of why, once you start living in a smaller HDB flat, you’ll definitely have to do some space planning and compromises to your home décor to fit everything perfectly! There are, of course, some simple methods to make a small space look bigger! #lifehacks

Keep scrolling to find out 5 simple ways to make a small HDB BTO look more spacious.

1. Leaving empty spaces around

The first hack is really considering a suitable placement of furniture or big home décor pieces in your new home. #Didyouknow that you don’t have to place all of your items near the wall or squeeze them near to one another even though the space is small? Try setting your furniture at an angle with some surrounding space. This can quickly help create an illusion that you have a spacious home – a definitely must-try home décor hack if you have a small living room area.

Spacious bright sunny living room interior

Spacious bright sunny living room interior with a comfortable charcoal lounge suite and armchair on a blue rug in a corner below large windows with long white drapes, wall unit with personal mementos. 3d Rendering.


2. Mirror, mirror on the wall

Mirrors. They can definitely help make spaces look much bigger as they reflect the illusion of depth. They are also able to reflect both natural and artificial light to make your home look brighter day and night.

For homeowners, there are many ways you can explore putting up a mirror in your home.  You can opt for a few small mirrors grouped together or a statement mirror that can give you the ‘oomph’ to your home and double up as a beautiful art piece too.

Beautiful mirror in stylish interior

White interior with decorative, standing mirror, chairs and table

3. Explore the option of building floor to ceiling shelves

Consider having your home contractor install a floor to ceiling shelving if you're looking for ways to elevate your home. These shelving units will make the ceiling of your HDB flat look taller. Also, these shelves are also a great storage option for knick-knacks as well as the avid reader. Keep in mind not to over pack your shelves to its maximum load as it would clutter up your home. Try to leave some empty spaces for a cleaner effect.

If you’re looking for ways to organise your shelve further, consider purchasing small storage boxes and baskets. They can serve as small home décor pieces while neatly storing your items.

cyprus library of restored mediterranean town house

20715441 - cyprus library of restored mediterranean town house

4. Choose light and soft colours for your home

Dark tones can make your home look beautiful and cozy. But they tend to absorb the natural light and make a space look much smaller?

Use light and soft colours like white, and you’ll make your living space look much bigger and brighter. Light colours will reflect light and make your living space feel more open. Paint your walls in soft colours such as light grey or soft pink, or other bright colours that go well with your colour palette and furniture at home.

Painting your home is definitely one of the fastest and most price-friendly ways as compared to a complete HDB renovation makeover!

Interior details

Details of modern cozy interior

5. Never stop decluttering.

Let’s be frank, when we live in a smaller HDB, there’s definitely lesser available space after placing all our furniture and home décor pieces. It’s key that we declutter our home once at least every three months. Decluttering every day is a chore, and nobody likes doing chores! However, step by step, little by little, we can maintain a neater look and truly enjoy a clutter-free living space.

Here’s how you can start: Plan to declutter room by room instead of just randomly selecting areas to work on. This way, you’ll be more organised as to where has been cleaned up. Next, donate items which you have not used for the past year. Because if you’ve forgotten about this item for one year, it means that you no longer need this item. You should also throw away stuff that is in bad condition.

Looking for extra space to keep your memorabilia or books which are just lying around at home?

Here’s another idea: Why not try Extra Space Asia’s E-Valet service – a hassle-free, end-to-end storage box storage solution if you don’t need to access these items frequently. The best part of using E-Valet is that you don’t have to carry your items physically! It's also an affordable storage solution that Extra Space Asia is offering at only $5 per box monthly. All you have to do is sign up online and request for the number of boxes you need to be delivered to you. And when you need to retrieve your storage boxes, you just have to put up a request online, and they'll deliver you the boxes. It’s that simple!

E-Valet Box

E-Valet Box

Try E-Valet today if you’re looking for more space at home.

By: Michelle Lee

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