Small homes have to be smartly managed for the space to feel spacious and welcoming. Below, we’ve compiled 5 ideas that you can follow in the design of your own home:
1. Hybridize your design elements
The best way to make the most of any small space is to combine, contrast, and complement various design elements in one go. Difficult to understand? Just take a look at this image: the living room designed by HIFA Design Studio seems positively charming and extremely functional thanks to the combined media wall, study desk, breakfast bar combination that takes up an entire accent wall. This is how you hybridize a single design element to be multipurpose.
2. Large swathes of bright neutral
While dark colors are definitely very stylish, using too much of them in small spaces can make your homes look tiny. You can use large swathes of bright, neutral textures and colors to counter this effect. HIFA design studio has emulated breezy wooden textures throughout this living room to harmonize with the dark grey and navy blue accenting. This combination looks positively striking.
3. Make the most of your windows
The summer heat may be rampant in Singapore, but that should never stop you from making the most of your windows. Proper window treatments can stylishly uplift the aura of any small homes. Opaque honey-comb blinds are a trendy option for sleek modern spaces while sheer curtains look great in contemporary homes. The HIFA Design Studio team has used the latter to uplift the ambiance of this living room.
4. Accessorizing the white
Everyone knows that using all-white paint is the best way to make a small space look breezy, welcoming, and spacious. However, all the whiteness can also seem bland without some proper accenting. The HIFA Design Studio has done a great job of uplifting the white color scheme of this dining-come-circulation nook with stylish Scandi-modern furniture, achromatic painted statement wall, and other décor accessories that make the white backdrop feel like a trendy choice.
5. Following standards
Following space standards may not be a stylish, but is definitely a necessary way to uplift a small home. For example, there should be a minimum of 4 feet of space between any parallel furniture items. Similarly, there have to be 5 feet or more of a distance between the couch and the media wall. The kitchen galley/aisles have to be 4 feet or more in width. By following these standards, the HIFA Design Studio has made this home feel stylish and spacious at the same time.