With the smaller living area in our current BTO flats, everything becomes more restricted and constrained. Many ideas but not much spaces. So homeowners are all thinking of how to maximise the spaces to get the interior design they desire. Here’s some industry tips on what you can explore.
1) Floor Plan First
Some of us will download the floor plan even before we can get the keys, which is very ideal for pre-planning. Start mapping out which are the areas that you require more storage, which are the walls you think is unnecessary and will like to hack it off. In fact, removing some walls can make the area look more spacious and airy.
Works credits to: Archive Design
2) What you need and what you don’t
After we are done with the space planning, it’s time to allocate the space consumers – the furnitures and appliances. Often, when it comes to our first home, we get so excited we just want to get everything. Alternatively to prevent over-buying, pluck in what you wants and slowly take out what you don’t need. That way you can save on the space and also the wallet!
3) Sync-ing your colours
Often we can have many favourite colours but putting them altogether may not be such a good idea. So you need to understand what kind of colour scheme you wish to go for and what effect you hope to achieve. Soft natural colour will make a space look larger, loud and bold colours will make the space look unique. It’s really what you need. But every colours has its own effects so don’t worry too much on whether you will not get any effect. You will get an overall interior effect regardless. Even with soft natural colours, you can still get a enhanced effect with the fixtures and decorations props – eg: a nice painting on the wall.
Credits: Studio Forty Four
4) Use flooring that gives a spacious perspective
Regardless walls or floors, they are able to help give your space a spacious perspective as well. Like if you choose white colour walls, naturally your room will look more airy and brighter. Ambient flooring from our LURF® category is a collection of beautiful resilient tiles with an expressive tactile stone structure and fascinating colour variations. The v-grooved tiles create a spacious perspective and enhance tile effect.
Credits: Builders Plus with LURF® Ambient 40051
5) Mirror Mirror On The Wall
Mirrors are the ideal tool to create depth and space enhancement in any interior design. It can also help to reflect natural light, making the room look big and spacious.
Credits: Simplicity ID, using LURF® vinyl & STP wood on wall
Heavy materials and fabrics will immediately weigh a room down, so look at alternatives for some of the larger items of furniture, and play around with soft furnishings and accessories. “Add lashings of reflective materials such as glass and acrylic to lighten the mood,” suggests Jeremy Tay of Prestige Global Design. Trading a solid teak table for a more whimsical, glass-topped one will immediately give the illusion of a larger space, as would replacing heavy drapes with sheers and swopping shaggy rugs for low-pile ones.
6) Removing unnecessary walls
Too many walls and pillars in the house can actually make the house look smaller than it actually is. So many opt to hack down walls to create additional space, as well as allowing more interior ideas to come to life.
Credits: Free Space Intent, using LURF® vinyl on floor
The illusion of space is actually down to proportions and ensuring that all of the items within a room interact seamlessly with one another – a giant sofa in a small living room, for example, will visually swamp it, so consider customising furniture to fit. “Instead of buying a smaller-scale piece, a custom-made sofa will not only fit a space, but will also remain comfortable, because you can maintain the depth while altering the length,” explains Jeremy.
7) Regular not
These days, many are opting for out of the norm furniture. Instead of regular sofa, they may just make do with bean bags, which are less space constrained and easily move around. Alternatively, get furniture pieces that can be of more than one usage, example: an ottoman that acts as a additional seat or even a serving platform.
Credits: Studio Forty Four, using LURF® vinyl flooring
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