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Your HDB Won’t be Cookie-Cutter After These Design Hacks

June 6, 2019
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The market is saturated with homes that have centrepieces, feature and accent walls. While these certainly add a dash of visual interest, they aren’t exactly fresh approaches and won’t make your housewarming guests do a double take.

So, what does it take to achieve that “wow” moment? Louder, more inspired designs! Break free of the cookie-cutter with these 6 design solutions that you can incorporate into your own place!

Buangkok Crescent by Ethereall
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Interior Firm: Ethereall


1. A fancy standout wall treatment

Colour does well enough to break up the monotony of a space but if you really want something visually stimulating, consider wallpapers or stickers. Take this large tropical graphic for instance. Reminiscent of a brunch or tourist spot, it immediately imbues a sense of relaxation vibes.

Buangkok Crescent by Ethereall
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Buangkok Crescent by Ethereall
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Interior Firm: Ethereall

These wall treatments also come in a variety of patterns so you can tailor your options to fit your aesthetic — you could even get it in marble for a luxe touch or rustic brick. Best bit is, they emulate the look without the need for extra maintenance!

Edgedale Plains by Tid Plus Design
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Edgedale Plains by Tid Plus Design
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Interior Firm: Tid Plus Design

2. Graphic tile installations… where you least expect them

Mainly used in the kitchen as the backsplash or a mini accent wall, the graphic tile is not what one would call a novel design solution. However, it still has the potential to be a game changer if you place them in unexpected areas of the home such as the entryway or have it wrap-around your dining area.

Sumang Walk by Charlotte's Carpentry
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Sumang Walk by Charlotte's Carpentry
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Interior Firm: Charlotte's Carpentry

And hey, if these tiles can withstand the heat and humidity in your kitchen, it can certainly withstand the dirt and scuffing when you enter or walk on them. Plus, they’re quite easy to care for too!

Serangoon Avenue 3 by The Local INN.terior
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Serangoon Avenue 3 by The Local INN.terior
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Interior Firm: The Local INN.terior

3. Be intricate with wall panels

Add additional texture to your space with wall panels! These designs don’t even require a large amount of space, so it even works in small homes. Vertical wall panels not only imbue a sense of rustic air but are great for concealing private spaces. You can even wainscot if a full-height is too much.

Bukit Batok West Avenue by Space Atelier
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Bukit Batok West Avenue by Space Atelier
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Bukit Batok West Avenue by Space Atelier
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Interior Firm: Space Atelier

The picture frame mould will (undoubtedly) make you recollect Victorian-themed homes but that’s not to say you can’t incorporate them into more clean-cut, contemporary apartments. Just paint them a neutral shade to pull off the look.

Telok Blangah by D Initial Concept
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Telok Blangah by D Initial Concept
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Telok Blangah by D Initial Concept
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Interior Firm: D Initial Concept

4. Throw a curveball with archways

While some homeowners overseas are looking to remove their archways in their sprawling homes, we’re tired of looking at rectangular doorways and seeking to reinvent them with the arch.

Toa Payoh Apex by Mr Shopper Studio
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Toa Payoh Apex by Mr Shopper Studio
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Interior Firm: Mr Shopper Studio

Have them blend in with paint or get them to stand out by implementing curved edges for a vintage feel. You can even add decorative touches such as framing or moulding!

Jurong East Street 21 by Ciseern
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Jurong East Street 21 by Ciseern
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Interior Firm: Ciseern

5. A pop of colour — the bolder, the better

White may be ubiquitous but lately there’s been an upswing in integrating colours. From pretty pink homes to blue apartments, hues are making waves in the industry. Still, it doesn’t hurt to try even bolder hues for a brighter statement.

Woodlands Street 13 by Kome Interior
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Woodlands Street 13 by Kome Interior
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Interior Firm: Kome Interior

It's an effective way to switch moods too – red in the dining area can whet appetites and green in the study can optimise concentration.

Sumang Walk by Fuse Concept
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Sumang Walk by Fuse Concept
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Interior Firm: Fuse Concept

6. Outfit with conversation starter furnishings

Styling and furnishings play an important part: Though it’s often overlooked, the right accessories and décor sells the interior as a whole. Think pinterest-worthy décor set against a pastel backdrop of an eclectic home.

Telok Blangah Street 31 by i Chapter
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Telok Blangah Street 31 by i Chapter
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Interior Firm: i Chapter

Or brass elements and time-worn pieces in contrasting shapes for contemporary homes.

McNair Road by DISTINCTidENTITY
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McNair Road by DISTINCTidENTITY
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Interior Firm: DISTINCTidENTITY

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