Take these three family homes in Singapore for example. They know exactly how to maximise the space they’ve been given and even designed their homes for the future.
One family customised their living space, so they could have more kids. Another cleverly created storage spaces without clutter. There’s also another home that created the illusion of a bigger space.
These ideas, and more, will inspire you should you be planning on doing some renovation works.
This three-bedroom condominium is home to a couple, their two children and a pet dog.
When planning the design of their 1,500sqf apartment, the homeowners worked with Stacey Leong Interiors and highlighted the importance of creating a family-oriented space in their home where they can encourage their children to partake in daily activities, such as meal preparations.
The homeowners also have a liking for the modern farmhouse-inspired look, that is complete with shaker-style cabinetry.
As a result, interior designer Stacey incorporated lots of storage cabinets that adopted this look, while ensuring the home maintains a bright and airy feel. A colourful vintage wool rug complements a large leather sofa in soft natural tanned leather in the living room.
Walls were broken down to create an open-concept kitchen that now has a peninsula counter. Patterned tiles, subway tiles, baby blue kitchen cabinetry and brass handles help complete the look.
Additional storage was created in the form of a full-height dining cabinet with a countertop that is used to keep appliances such as a coffee machine, toaster and kettle.
This space was also designed as a dedicated area for breakfast and beverage preparation.
For the master bedroom, the homeowners wanted a study area that is integrated seamlessly with the wardrobe.
There’s also sufficient space now for their collection of books.
As part of the $95,000 renovation, the bathroom has lots of marble-look tiles to create a sense of luxury.
This 1,011sqf apartment is home to a young family of four. It was designed by Greek interior design company Normless who created a casual and welcoming ambience by using a light colour palette and clean lines. Keep reading for some neat tricks you can follow.
Mirrored doors in the foyer create the illusion of a larger space while giving you the storage you need.
When choosing edgier and raw materials such as concrete screed, balance it out with wood and soft furnishing. The wood adds warmth, while rugs and fabric seating create an inviting space. The designers opted for grey-hued fabric to match the concrete television feature wall.
Small kitchens will benefit from handle-less doors, as they create less visual clutter.
Use paint to create fun motifs for the children’s rooms. This way, if they grow out of it, you can easily paint it over.
Feel like there’s no space to fit a dressing table? A long ledge and wall mirror will meet your needs without taking up floor space.
Alternate between open and close storage areas throughout the home. It gives you more possibilities to be creative with your decorating while having the option to keep clutter away.
Flexibility and room to grow was key in this condominium apartment for a young couple. As they wanted a space that would be able to adapt to a larger family in future, Home Philosophy incorporated plenty of adjustable aspects, including loose furniture, flexible seating, and shelves that can be shifted to accommodate different-sized items – all for under $30,000, including the furniture.
The living room features a Scandinavian palette of white and wood, accented by pops of colour such as the two ottomans in dusty pink velvet. Touches of gold in the accessories brighten up the space.
The lack of built-in furniture means they can move things around at a moment’s notice to accommodate a gathering of friends, or reconfigure the layout to welcome a baby’s arrival.
The lightness is carried over into the balcony, which is a seamless extension of the living room. Wicker furniture lends the space a resort feel, while bright cushions and plants add cheer, making it the perfect place to hang out for after-dinner drinks.
Organic shapes soften the overall look, such as the round mirror and lighting pendants that hang in the dining area. By keeping the colour scheme of white and light wood uniform throughout, Home Philosophy created a visually restful atmosphere and made the home look spacious despite the dining area being right next to the entryway.
The wall, painted half light grey, lends interest without detracting from or overwhelming the overall palette.
The walk-in wardrobe features a glass door to showcase the homeowners’ extensive bag collection, and large open shelves keep the space from looking too boxy. The shelves are fully adjustable to accommodate items of different sizes, so they can be changed at a moment’s notice.
A large backlit makeup mirror dominates the dresser wall, complemented by the slim profile of the marbled tabletop. Storage has been incorporated into every possible area, including the corner, fully utilising all available space and making this a beautiful yet functional dressing area.
This article was first published in Home & Decor.