With limited land space in Singapore, it’s little wonder why apartments are shrinking in size. So, how can we make our homes look and feel bigger? Well, all you need are these 5 simple and smart tricks!
The first trick is to fool our brains! Our brains often process spaces to be bigger than usual, if we see more empty areas (aka negative spaces). This home in Pasir Ris made use of this concept very well, through decluttering the furniture. The trick to doing this is to have good storage solutions and multi-purpose furniture sets e.g. display shelves that triple-up as TV console and storage cabinets. This way, even though the flat has not changed in size, you see more empty spaces around, and your brain naturally thinks the space is bigger.
Another brilliant way to trick your brain is to create a “breathable” space with your furniture & decorating accessories. As a basic step, avoid “heavy” body furniture, like big leather sofas, that not only occupy much space but also make your home look bulkier. Of course, this does not mean you can only get flimsy furniture! Instead, opt for simpler designs which fit just what you need.
For instance, if it’s just the two of you at home, why not settle with a smaller sofa set!
Or, how about keeping things simple and still stylish with Minimalist furniture? This will help make the space feel more airy and spacious!
Next up, here’s a trick you might already have heard of – using mirrors on the wall, to make the space look bigger. Aside from mirrors, let’s not forget that lights and other reflecting surfaces can also make the room appear more spacious!
In this Anchorvale flat, the home owners have successfully made use of (1) mirrors across the living room, (2) shiny tiles and furniture tops and (3) bright ceiling lights to make the space look brighter and bigger. A note of caution though, avoid over using mirrors if the area is directly facing the sun – you wouldn’t want the sun reflection on the mirrors to be igniting a fire at home!
The next trick is the essence of Minimalist and Scandinavian home designs – making use of light/pale colours to give the home a more spacious look. White or beige colours work best for this trick. But, if you find that too boring, you can always opt for a white layout mixed with light-coloured wood furniture, like in the case of this Tampines flat.
Or, simply add some texture! Just like this home in Simei that added in textured walls to keep the place looking airy and bright but never boring!
Before we head on to the last trick, we need to clear a common misconception, that if you want a spacious-looking room, you’ve got to have as little furniture as possible. That’s not necessarily the case, because what you want is a livable space, not an empty space, right? So, what can you do when you have a home that is really small, but you also do not want to compromise on the overall design?
The trick is to go hide-able! In fact, this is a super common trick used in apartments of land-limited countries, like Hong Kong. Always remember, not all things around the house are needed at the same time. So why not make use of hide-able or foldable furniture that can be stored away when not in use, like in this studio apartment in East Coast!
Alright, there you go! With these 5 smart tricks, your home will now look bigger and more spacious! 🙂