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A cosy space for five

This family home features clever design tricks and a smart use of colour, making it stand out from its neighbours.

Home Type: 4-room HDB

Floor Area: 1,001 sqft

All HDB flats in Singapore look more or less the same. You can already predict the layout of the rooms and the size of the space! But with the help of a good interior designer, you can renovate your home to match your unique personality.

In the case of this 4-room flat, the homeowners wanted to focus on a neutral-coloured canvas, and then throw in bright splashes of colours to even it out. Designer Andrew Ching from D5 Studio Image went a step further during the renovations, and incorporated clever design ideas that truly maximised the square footage in this home.


With space being a premium, the designers wanted to keep the home feeling as spacious as possible. The wall separating the dining area from the kitchen was taken down to create an open-concept space that the homeowners can use to entertain guests. The kitchen itself features a wall clad in colourful Peranakan tiles. This eye-catching focal point adds colour and personality to the space, and also distracts the attention away from the service yard just behind.


Textures and colours also play important roles in this home. Faux white brick walls, cement-like floors and wood grain designs are found on almost every surface. This is one trick to add design elements to a home, without actually adding to the bulk or taking up space.


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