The thought of having a luxurious-looking small home may sound ironic, but these homes in Singapore prove that it’s definitely possible. Together with the help of their respective design firms, these HDB flats and condominium all have different themes, but they’ve all got decorative elements that set them apart from other homes.
From a hotel-inspired pad to a cafe-style condo, pick up some space-saving and decorative tips and tricks from these compact but luxurious-looking homes:
When the homeowners of this 783sqf condominium approached interior design firm 19eightythree, their brief was to create a modern and glamorous hotel-style apartment.
For the living room, a marble ledge replaces a conventional TV console. For the feature wall, a wallpaper was chosen and extends from the TV wall through to the passageway.
The colour palette for the home includes taupe, dark wood and brass.
Furniture in the home includes a customised sofa from Finn Avenue and a round dining table from Taobao.
As the apartment does not have a store room, one of the bedrooms was designed to maximise wardrobe space on both sides of the wall, as well as a work desk along the window, where the husband now works extensively here.
Recessed lights along the headboard creates the illusion of a higher ceiling in the bedroom.
Fabric textured panelling add details to the bedside.
The homeowners spent $35,000 on renovation and $25,000 on furnishings.
This two-bedroom condominium apartment features geometric patterns, art, and kitty-friendly features. For this homeowner who lives with his two cats, it was very clear from the start what he wanted for his new home. As the apartment was modestly sized, priorities were to optimise the internal space and to create more storage.
Design-wise, he prefers a clean and uncluttered look that is modern, timeless and chic, with a splash of colour. His brief to Adrian Heng from Spaceone Interior Design Consultancy also called for a flexible furniture layout that can be modified according to his needs, such as when hosting family and friends. Most importantly, “the home has to be practical, comfortable and where I can inject my personality over time,” he says.
Beyond these requirements, the homeowner, who is an engineer, gave Adrian free reign over the design scheme. “In addition to the usual sketches and collages, Adrian even brought me to view some of his ongoing projects. I especially like his geometric designs, hidden doors concept and bespoke furnishings, which were eventually incorporated into my home,” he shares.
The living room used to be a bedroom. The walls were demolished to create a more spacious living and dining zone that has been conceived as one, even incorporating a small workspace against the full-height window in the living area.
“I retained the existing timber flooring in the original bedroom, but added an over-sized, custom-designed rug that defines the space,” Adrian points out.
To address the homeowner’s request for greater flexibility, the bespoke dining table, sofa and ottoman have hexagonal forms that allow them to be reconfigured according to usage and group size. The sofa and ottoman can even be combined into a daybed.
There were also four other aspects pertaining to his interests and lifestyle that the homeowner requested Adrian to take into consideration in the interior design. The first is immediately apparent upon entering the home. Taking pride of place in the entrance foyer is the homeowner’s Officer Cadet School (OCS) ceremonial sword that he received on his commissioning, prominently displayed in a custom-made wall-hung showcase. “It reflects my commitment to national service,” he emphasises.
The balcony beside the dining area offers a pocket of green that addresses the second of the homeowner’s lifestyle preferences- to be close to nature. With just some simple outdoor furniture and a few plants, Adrian managed to transform the balcony into an inviting space that many homeowners would otherwise have used to hang laundry.
Art is another one of the homeowner’s interests. Adrian ensured that there was sufficient wall space for hanging art. The pieces on the dining and balcony walls were specially-commissioned and customised by Ode to Art.
“The interior colour palette is predominantly grey, so I selected prints that inject a pop of colour, which is also what the homeowner likes,” he explains.
Geometric motifs rule, from the sofa, ottoman and dining table, to the bedroom feature wall and rug.
Outside, the wall along the corridor leading to the master bedroom comprises a series of concealed panels and a door behind which storage cabinets, the electrical distribution board panel and the common bathroom are hidden.
This is one of the signature features in Adrian’s works. He made provisions for the homeowner’s two pet cats- the fourth of his ‘loves’, at one end of the built-in carpentry, allowing space to tuck the cat litter and scratch post, as well as a nook for the cats to hide.
The most striking element in the master bedroom is without a doubt the feature wall behind the bed. It comprises timber strips that have been cut from their original 2.4-metre lengths, then painstakingly pieced together into square modules that are rotated to form a geometric pattern.
Adrian recalls: “I got the inspiration for this feature wall design during a trip to Japan. I was sitting at a café and admiring its chevron timber floor. Then I saw some straws and started fiddling with them. The two came together and voila!”
The interior design addresses all of the homeowner’s needs and preferences, interests and lifestyle. “I am generally a laid-back, simple and practical person and the interior reflects that. It is a home where I can relax and unwind,” he says.
Designed by Rashi of Home Philosophy, this 111-sqm home in Poiz Residences is compact, yet manages to achieve full functionality – even housing a walk-in wardrobe.
“The owners wanted lots of storage space, a minimalist colour scheme, and lots of functional elements,” shares Rashi.
To save space, Rashi designed this pull-out desk in the bedroom, with storage both under and above it. Despite its compact size, it’s fully functional as a work space for when the homeowners need it.
When not in use, the desk can be put away into the cabinet, opening up the room. Even the iMac and cables are all hidden out of sight.
Despite the compact space, Rashi managed to incorporate a walk-in wardrobe at the owners’ request. Little details such as pull-out pants racks and jewelry trays, as well as internal lighting, create a sense of opulence and luxury. A full-height mirror also serves to visually expand the room. Here are more ways to use mirrors to make a room look bigger!
Pops of bright yellow add a dash of colour into the room, while the textures of the soft furnishings lend interest to the otherwise grey-and-white palette.
Since the homeowners needed more space for entertaining, Rashi chose to extend the quartz countertop of the kitchen to create a wide seating space.
“The new layout helps the kitchen feel more inviting,” he says.
This cosy small-space home belongs to a design-savvy bachelorette, who appreciates various interior design styles. For her home, designer Kelvin Teo of Space Sense combined the popular retro, vintage, industrial and Scandinavian styles — all in a compact 1+1 bedroom condo unit!
In the entrance area, a stone wall with an asymmetrical design allows for creative display without taking up too much space. This sets the tone for the home’s look, and the old movie poster is a personalised touch.
Next to the entrance, the kitchen cabinets were retained, but Kelvin added graphic stickers to it to give it the hip cafe-style look.
He also incorporated lots of mirror panels in the home, to reflect more light and visually enlarge the space. The mirror panels are used to conceal the shoe cabinet, bomb shelter and the entrance to the bedroom.
The living area is multi-functional, and is also the dining area and study.
Kelvin designed the entertainment unit such that the TV is wall-mounted as part of an inbuilt console that does not take up any floor space.
On one side of the living area, an open display, bookshelf, study desk and dining counter are combined in a linear feature. In the corner, a green Chesterfield sofa adds a pop of colour and ornamentation to the space.
The balcony was laid with artificial turf, and decorated with an old-school chair, vintage-look side table and wall decor.
Since the bedroom space is small, Kelvin designed the bed to have a floating effect, which reduces visual bulk.
The bed design features a customised headboard with woodtones and checker plate details — an unconventional use of materials for an eye-catching industrial-inspired focal point!
The spare room was turned into a walk-in wardrobe.
Text: Lynn Tan & Melody Bay/Home & Decor Singapore