There is nothing like the excitement of transforming a blank space to an abode one can truly call home. Even though design trends are constantly evolving every year, here are some firm favourites of Singaporean homeowners. From semi-open kitchens to customized build-in solutions for space maximization in the home, find out which could be your next favorite!
1. Semi-open kitchens
No one likes greasy cooking fumes, much less on your leather sofa or bed. This why many home-owners are now making the switch from fully-open kitchens to semi-open kitchens. This trend is highly popular for its practicality — close the doors when needed especially when cooking, or let them remain open when the kitchen is not used. Add folding dividers or glass panels to create the illusion of a bigger space.
2. Customised built-ins
Customised built-ins are a popular feature in smaller homes as awkward spaces can be fully utilised. These include wall features that double up as storage cabinets, recessed seating booths that can house under-seat cabinets and custom bed frames that prop up the bed while housing drawers or shelves. Talk about smart-living!
3. Walk-in wardrobes
Every woman’s dream – a walk-in wardrobe with rows and rows of beautifully displayed shoes or colour coordinated outfits in a room spacious enough to function as a changing room. It’s no surprise that this has become one of the most popular features Singaporean homeowners are now asking for. It might be a little challenging to implement it in a HDB flat, but ways to do it include hacking the wall of the adjourning room and converting that into an ensuite wardrobe or creating a nook in the master bedroom with see-through glass panels or black sliding doors. Alternatively, install a wardrobe ‘corner’ with open clothes racks and shelving.
4. Greening it up
Decorative indoor plants have been flourishing inside homes in Singapore, and there’s no reason why the trend should slow down. Plant potted herbs in an area where your apartment receives the most sunlight, and use them for some farm-to-table cooking. Plants such as rosemary can be placed around your room as they are said to boost memory and immunity. For better indoor air, consider adding snake plants indoors as they are known to improve air quality.
5. Children-themed Rooms
Themed rooms for your kiddos are great for the ‘gram, and we’ve seen many owners build a paradise for their young child in their homes. While it’s good to create a space where they can thrive, learn and play, remember that children grow up quick. Go for recyclable features such as cushion covers and removable ones such as wall plasters and themed-beds.
6. Swing chairs
If a swing chair helps you relax and if you have a spare corner or a balcony, then why not? Besides, most swing chairs are designed with natural woven textures which helps to bring in an element of nature at home. Pair your swing chair with some greenery, throws and pillows to create a peaceful and cozy corner.
7. Graphic walls
Graphic walls that are bold and bright can make a statement to a home. Homeowners typically have them in bathrooms, but they can also be recreated in walkways or living rooms to highlight the space. For attention-grabbing prints, the key is not to over-do it.
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