3 Unique Interior Designs Of 4-Room HDB Flats

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If you’re collecting your keys to a brand new 4-room BTO soon, here are some interesting and unique design styles of similar 4-room flats for some inspiration.

When it comes to public housing here in Singapore, 4-room HDB flats are perhaps the most commonplace. They are like the strong and consistent workhorses of flats, offering a nice balance of affordability as well as ample space for a family to live in comfortably.

Now that we’re out of the pandemic and country borders are open once again, the completion of BTOs is slowly but surely ramping up, to make up for lost time due to the pandemic. More and more homeowners will soon be collecting their long-awaited (and sometimes delayed) keys to their BTO, and this is where the exciting part beckons – designing your own home!

If you’re one of the many Singaporeans waiting to collect your keys soon, here are 3 unique and interesting design styles of existing 4-room HDB flats to help inspire you toward your own home‘s design.

1. Light Scandinavian

Arguably the most popular and sought-after design style here in Singapore, the Scandinavian design style prides itself on being light, clean, and uncluttered. Apart from just being aesthetically pleasing, it also helps in promoting a sense of calmness and freedom in the home, given its simpleness and how it facilitates ample free space around the couple, often coupled with colour tones associated with nature.

This is the base from which we start our list – a light Scandinavian-themed 4-room HDB located at Khatib Evergreen.

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One of the key hallmarks of the design is being light; to achieve this look, you’d want to start at the base colour of the home, which will usually be either white or off-white, with accents of light grey, light brown, or beige. This will likely be the palette for the largest areas of your 4-room flat, such as the walls, ceiling, and flooring as well.

In terms of lighting options, the idea is to keep things as uncluttered as possible. As such, you’d ideally want to look for hidden light fittings that would be embedded inside a false ceiling or the like, rather than having a frame or wire hanging down. Of course, this doesn’t mean that you have to apply this for all of the light fittings in your home, but the majority of them, especially those that illuminate large pockets of space rather than concentrated on a particular spot, should be hidden.

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As for furniture and other furnishings, you’d have to balance out aesthetics as well as functionality here. Keep things to only a minimum and the fundamentals (e.g. coffee table, sofa), and have plenty of hidden storage spaces to keep all your barang in them. To complement the base palette of your home, look for furniture that gently contrasts the whiteness of the space, with colours such as grey and brown.

In the case of our 4-room Khatib Evergreen flat here, designed by local design firm Ciseern, you can see that the overall look of the home is a very uncomplicated and simple affair, accentuated by the little pops of darker colour amidst a sea of white and light brown.

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Moving to the kitchen and dining area, you’ll find that the style deviates a little to be more vibrant and lively, which is a play on how the space is meant to be in the home. What stands out the most here in this space is undeniably the dining table – a strong, bolder and deeper shade of wood that acts as the centrepiece of this space. This helps to draw attention to it, and promote the sense that life and energy would be concentrated here, just like how people come together for a meal to have fun and create vibrancy.

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On the whole, the Scandinavian design style is as no-frills as they come. If you’re on a tight budget or prefer not to be too swamped with the hassles of designing your home or choosing furnishings, then we’d highly recommend going for this design theme. There is beauty in simplicity, and the Scandinavian style certainly is as simple as it gets.

2. Modern Brown Scandinavian

If you do want a Scandinavian theme for your home but prefer to have a bit more body and weight as compared to a light and airy look, then there are variations that you can adopt to make your home look more full-bodied, but still retain the major elements of the Scandinavian look.

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Designed by local design firm AC Vision, this Clementi unit is still fundamentally a minimalist Scandinavian-inspired home at heart, however, the homeowners decided to shake things up a little by going for a darker, bolder colour as a stronger contrast to a white palette.

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As you can see, the space is still largely uncluttered, with lots of ample space to move around. The living room space is also just equipped with the bare essentials of a sofa, TV, and TV console, and the inclusion of a look-through glass window for the study next to the living room helps to create the illusion of more free-flowing space.

You will notice that while the overall colour palette is still a white and brown pairing, the latter is of a darker shade than the usual Scandinavian style; this provides a stronger contrast and changes the mood of the space to be more of a homely and welcoming feel. Having that contrast is also important, as it helps to break up the monotony of having an all-plain or all-white backdrop.

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In other spaces like the bathrooms, you might be inclined to have even more variation, just to be playful and shake things up to have a bit of fun. And you can certainly do so! Some ideas that you can pursue would be fun stuff like having tessellated flooring, having a circular mirror rather than a square/rectangular one, or even varying the colours and surfaces around the bathroom.

3. Modern Minimalist

If having a majority-white home is too intimidating – or if you have young un’s running around and maintaining a white home is practically impossible – then you can always switch it up for slightly darker shades, like light grey. Plus, you need not have a fully consistent and similar theme running throughout your home – having a mix of styles is also very much possible.

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For this 4-room HDB BTO in Tampines, designers Swiss Interior worked with the homeowners to incorporate a variety of themes, which range from Boho (Bohemian) to industrial to modern. These different styles have one main element that underpins them: the promotion of cohesion and continuity within the home.

Starting from the living room, the design style adopts a hybrid of a minimalist and modern look, with a majority grey and white palette paired with pockets of earthy tones like brown in its furnishings. It is a relatively fuss-free and simple space that takes the attention away from any eccentricity and focuses more on promoting the function of the room – to bring people together and usher them in with a welcoming facade.

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Moving to the dining area, you’ll find that the overall concept of simplicity is further echoed here, with just the bare basics accessorising the room.

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In order not to make the space look too bleak or intimidating, the homeowners decided to use warm lighting options to illuminate the room, rather than cool white lights. Having this warm yellowish light certainly helps to accentuate the welcomeness of the room, and also the warmth that makes it a conducive environment for people to be at ease and to enjoy each others’ company.

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Remember how we talked about the mix of styles that designers Swiss Interior decided to incorporate? Well, moving away from the living and dining rooms and into the kitchen, you’ll find that the style shifts somewhat, to be more of a modern, slightly bohemian-ish look to the space. This is encapsulated in the partially hidden tessellation motif wall, which is a hint of playfulness but also adds character to the otherwise very placid mood.

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