Since the shortage of real-estate in Singapore is an actual set-back for many homeowners, it can be quite challenging for them to create interior designs that can complement the compact ambiance. However, it’s now a part of the Singaporean life-style, so here are 5 things every smart small-home dweller will tell you about living room interiors to get started:
1. Break down the walls
The goal here is to design a living room that is spacious and breathable despite the shortage of space, so breaking down all the walls that make it feel compact and restrained is a good way to start. But many homeowners may have trouble getting permits from the authorities if the walls are load bearing. In such cases, you can go for transparency – adding see-through mirrors and partition walls to get a similar effect.
2. Avoid heavy carpentry
Large-scale carpentry seems to be becoming the new norm and trend with most Singaporean homes – especially in the living room. However, it’s really best to avoid that when you’re working with a small space. Instead, go for compact media consoles with a lot of personality and unique styling. The backdrop can be textured material or minimalist painted walls with frames and artwork for accessorizing.
3. Avoid too much furniture
Over furnishing is a mistake that many homeowners make while designing small spaces. The conventional furniture for living rooms is already heavy-set; couches take up a lot of space. Therefore, it’s always in your best interest to make them as proportionate and harmonized as possible. Don’t misinterpret the scale of your space and go for stuff that’s overly large.
4. Multi-purpose add on’s
Often times, small living rooms are functionally stimulated by adding other small spaces and nooks within it. A designer can add a work desk, a painter can set up a canvas and workshop, etc. It’s all about fully utilizing the potential of the space without letting even the barest of it go in vain.
5. Go for low-height
Going for low-height furniture is one tip that every small home dweller should abide by. It keeps the visual field pretty clear and transparent, so even if the ground space is cluttered, the top half makes it feel like everything is clear, transparent, and spacious.