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5 tips to visually enlarge a small room

While there is no way you can increase the size of your HDB flat, the design of your flat can make a huge difference to how your home looks and feels. Check out these creative illusions that will visually enlarge your space:

1. Don't use too many dark colours
This doesn't mean you splash white paint all over your room or kitchen. Use darker colours to give your space depth.
 
Kitchen By The Interarch Design
Interior design: The Interarch Design

2. It's ok to be loud
Try upholstery or curtains with prints to jazz up your space! Sometimes all you need is just one loud piece as a focal point of the room.

Colourful Living Room By Design Intervention
Interior design: Design Intervention 

3. Let light in
A small room that is dark and gloomy will make you feel caved in. Avoid the heavy drapery and pick blinds that will help bring in the sunshine!

Brightly-Lit Bedroom By The Interarch Design
Interior design: The Interarch Design

4. Lead the eye upwards
Due to the sloping ceiling, this homeowner chose to add the architectural element above the bed.
http://www.homeanddecor.com.sg/portfolios/5840/projects/8870-apartment-with-a-multi-functional-layout/item/11727-jq-the-association-photo-5-of-8
Interior design: JQ Ong/ The Association

5. Make use of vertical space
Bulky shelves can make the ceiling look lower than it actually is. Hence, shelves that go right up to the ceiling are great for small spaces.
Floor to ceiling bookshelf in living room
Interior design: Edgeline Planners

 

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