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The Many Challenges on Working on Large HDB apartments

Decorating a small space to make it look spacious enough is obviously challenging, but what about large spaces? Working on large living spaces necessitates a specific approach. Otherwise, a large HDB flat can end up looking empty and soulless. Our interior designers break it down on how to workaround the challenges when designing large apartments.

Breaking Up Empty Space

Breaking up an empty space makes the interior design dynamic. It also gives the respective room or floor some purpose.

If you have a very large living room, for example, it can be broken down into several functional zones. There could be a television zone with a sofa, a reading corner that hosts the apartment owner’s library and a children’s zone that is equipped with entertainment, games and toys. All big rooms benefit from being split into functional zones without an actual physical barrier used as a separator. Divisions are usually light, practical and flexible. These allow the family living in the apartment to change the zones upon necessity, increasing the size of one or completely eliminating another.

The backs of furniture, shelves and even semi-transparent blinds or curtains can act as separators without taking away from the airiness of the room. Low cabinets and bookshelves are other good choices for the creation of designated zones within a larger space.

Utilizing Decorative Elements

When decorating a small HDB apartment, interior designers can use small and delicate art pieces or accessories. Because of the overall scale, these will be noticeable and impressive.

A larger apartment makes it difficult to rely on fine pieces and make a great impact. This is because smaller accessories and works of art will get lost in the vastness of the space. To overcome this challenge, designers obviously have to work with larger statement pieces.

Working to scale is essential for a residential interior design project. A big room calls for bulkier furniture, larger rugs, larger paintings and decorative elements. There could still be fine details but these need to be a part of a bigger composition.

Making the Space Feel Cosy

Making a small HDB flat look cosy is a relatively simple task for an experienced interior designer. A few rugs, some pillows and strategically placed accessories will create some warmth and excitement. When rooms are much bigger, however, getting the same effect will necessitate a lot more work.

Large open spaces obviously give the apartment air and make it feel roomy. At the same time, they could look empty and sterile. A home interior design company has to balance the two things together to create some ambiance while also keeping the benefits of the open floor plan.

The selection of the right paint colour will immediately make a large living space feel less intimidating. Warm tones are a good choice to balance out the emptiness. Adding some texture or a pattern to the wall will further the effect. Creative use of light is also important. Ceiling lights and accent lights in warm colours will result in focal points that break up the emptiness without adding any clutter to the respective room.


There isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution when it comes to working on a large HDB flat project.

The preferences of the family, the renovation budget and the specifics of the floor plan will all have to be taken in consideration.

It’s also important for the interior design team to have some experience in the execution of large apartment projects. Dreamakers Interior has over 10 years of experiencing in designing homes in all sizes. If you are looking for a non-obligatory opinion on making your home a one of a kind, do not hesitate to contact us below.


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