10 HDBs That Are Better Than Private Homes 28

10 HDBs That Are Better Than Private Homes

May 16, 2017

Most people have typical impressions of HDB flats – boring, dull and unimaginative. But with some creativity and a personal touch, you can break the mould to have a visually stunning home with loads of character that doesn’t look and feel like a HDB at all. Check out these 10 homes that defy the stereotype with their stunning take on interior.


1. Clean, minimalist and cosy – this HDB is the ideal place to come home to after a long day with its mostly wood theme. You can’t help but feel at ease, especially when you’ve taken a relaxing shower in the Japanese-inspired bathroom.

Interior designer: Prozfile Design
Location: Marine Terrace
Cost of renovation: $77,000


2. Nothing like a black-meets-white interior to bring out an uptown chic feel in this HDB. Juxtapose it with vintage-y and antique details in furniture and you have a home that’s charming and stylish.

Interior designer: The Scientist
Location: Rivervale Crescent
Cost of renovation: $60,500


3. With quirky accessories and old-school furniture, this home exudes an almost Ernest-Hemingway hideout feel. Love the play on prints and patterns against solids for a modern touch. It’s all about the little details in this HDB that make it fab.

Interior designer: Third Avenue Studio
Location: Ubi Avenue
Cost of renovation: $62,000


4. With a cool collection of vintage keepsake, this HDB is a charm! Add on other antique-y home details like exposed pipes and louvres, and we have here a HDB flat that scores high on the design factor. Prints and patterns throughout add a fun element.

Interior designer: The Interior Lab
Location: Queenstown
Cost of renovation: $42,000


5. There’s something about a bold feature wall that makes a space pop! Like here, the cobalt wall that gives this HDB an interior edge, especially when in contrast with cement slabs. A mostly industrial theme with open spaces and grey palette completes the sleek and edgy feel.

Interior designer: Fuse Concept
Location: Bendemeer Road
Cost of renovation: $65,000


6. This HDB definitely has that Upper East Side Manhattan elegance down with its beige palette, classy furniture and chic accessories. Everything comes together for an ultra-sophisticated effect.

Interior designer: Mr Shopper Studio
Location: McNair Road
Cost of renovation: $140,000


7. Go for less to get more! Like this minimalist HDB that’s all about having more space than more clutter for that easy breezy lifestyle. A cool grey and pastel palette in the living room gives it a dreamy approach. The makeshift “swing” is perfect as a cosy corner.

Interior designer: Reno Cube
Location: Waterway Cascadia
Cost of renovation: $60,000


8. Get inspired by the Japanese way of living – wood for that Zen approach and tatami rooms for a simplistic feel. You’ll definitely feel comfortable with this spacious approach to create a calm living environment.

Interior designer: D5 Studio Image
Location: Upper Serangoon View
Cost of renovation: $47,000


9. Wooden floors and clean structured lines give this home a classic look but with contemporary art pieces, it gets a nod up for that touch of personality. Love the sleekness combined in the bedrooms with the see-through walk-in wardrobe.

Interior designer: Space Atelier
Location: Saint George Road
Cost of renovation: $50,000


10. With its dark and swanky vibe, this HDB is killing it! The sleek furnishing with leather, wood and glass gives it an all-out metropolitan vibe. The kitchen is on trend with dark cupboards, while the living room's thin trellis-effect feature wall gives it a polished edge.

Interior designer: KDOT Associates
Location: SkyVille@Dawson
Cost of renovation: $80,000

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