Tips for small space design

Shan Wong Interior Design - bedroom

Singapore is known for its small apartments and living spaces.

While living in a small space has its benefits, such as lower rent and easier upkeep (no need to vacuum as much ;) ), it can also be challenging to make the most of the limited space available.

With some creative thinking and smart design solutions, you can maximize your small space and create a comfortable and functional home.

Here are some tips for small space design in Singapore:

Choose the Right Furniture

When it comes to small space design, choosing the right furniture is key. Opt for furniture that is multifunctional, such as a sofa bed that can be used as a couch during the day and a bed at night. Look for pieces that are compact and have hidden storage, such as a coffee table with a lift-up top or an ottoman with storage inside.

Kiam Tian HDB design by Shan Wong
Usage of vertical storage space and a smaller desk

Use Mirrors

Mirrors are a great way to make a small space feel larger and more open. Hang a large mirror on one wall or use mirrored furniture to reflect light and create the illusion of more space.

Mirrors in the dining room.
Adding a small mirror can make all the difference in the optical illusion

Maximize Vertical Space

In a small space, it's important to maximize every inch of available space, including vertical space. Use tall bookcases and shelves to create extra storage, and install floating shelves or hanging planters to display your favorite items without taking up floor space.

Smart usage of vertical space
You can even create space behind the TV

Create Zones

In a small space, it's important to create zones for different activities. Use area rugs or furniture placement to define different areas, such as a seating area, a dining area, and a workspace. This will help to make the space feel more organized and functional.

Zones in a single room
Using the carpet, Shan was able to more clearly divide the living and dining room

Opt for Light Colors

Light colors, such as white and pastels, can make a small space feel brighter and more open. Use light-colored walls and furniture to create a cohesive and airy feel. You can add pops of color with accessories or artwork.

Kitchen island with a beer tap in a HDB
Using light tones and smart planning, Shan was able to fit in a kitchen island and beer tap

Embrace Minimalism

In a small space, it's important to keep clutter to a minimum. Embrace a minimalist design aesthetic and keep only what you need and love. Use hidden storage solutions to keep items out of sight and create a clean and streamlined look.

Minimal design with accessories
Simple usage of wooden colors and modern artwork

Use Lighting Wisely

Lighting can have a big impact on how a small space feels. Use a combination of natural light, overhead lighting, and task lighting to create a well-lit space that feels open and inviting. Install dimmer switches to adjust the lighting to your needs.

Small space design is also very relevant for commercial projects.

In conclusion, living in a small space in Singapore can be a challenge, but with some smart design solutions, you can make the most of your limited space.

By choosing the right furniture, maximizing vertical space, creating zones, using light colors, embracing minimalism, and using lighting wisely, you can create a comfortable and functional home that feels open and inviting.

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