6 Space saving ideas for the dream HDB
A government sanctioned apartment in Singapore, the HDB comes in varying sizes of small, thereby making it infinitely harder for designers to come up with interior design ideas that are adequately space saving as well as aesthetically pleasing. Making sense of a small space in a conventional yet individualistic way is a challenge – one that can be tackled with a lot of thought and clever design interventions. An HDB, by nature is small-ish on the scale of tiny to medium. And since it is one of the main living accommodation for most people in Singapore, let’s look at some space saving interior ideas for your dream HDB apartment.
- Simple but effective
When you try for a simple design but want it to be visually impactful go for a contradicting color scheme. Make sure that majority of it is carried out in dull tones, then add a small jewel toned centerpiece smack in the middle. It will definitely help create the kind of daring visual impact you want without compromising the size of the space. You should also avoid heavily patterned objects and go for simple, liner designs all the way.
- Hidey holes and small alcoves
There is one simple rule to follow in the bedroom design of an HDB that is especially small – no wardrobes. Tuck a small nook or an alcove in a wall and conceal your wardrobes there, but do not put it smack in the middle of your bedroom – it will not only hinder the aesthetics, but also constrain the space.
- Extra shelving
When space is small and things are much, then shelving is an evergreen option to consider. The image below showcases a good example of how this could be done without seeming too contrived or forceful. All you have to do is integrate the right design in the right place for the right objects in order to get a successful design.
For those of you who want to utilize the periphery wall space with lots of storage space, the design below would be a perfect inspiration. Backed to the wall, these cupboards have been designed to hold all the necessities that you want to store without compromising the visual capacity of the room.
One of the best ways to imbue a sense of openness in your HDB is by using transparent physical barriers instead of brick walls. The image below shows a great example of how this could be done in a sophisticated yet fun way in between transitional spaces.
Great lighting is the key to successful design. It can turn even the most inadvertently constrained spaces into something phenomenal. Just look at the earthy toned interior in the image below – the lighting has managed to change the impact of its visuals to quite an extent.