4 Unique 5-Room HDB Designs For A Truly Amazing Home

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Some design inspirations for your 5-room HDB home

One of the great things about having a 5-room HDB flat is the abundance of space. Other than just having more rooms, you also have the luxury of space to be more liberal with your interior design; perhaps, going for something more luxurious or eccentric that you wouldn’t normally do in smaller-sized homes.

If you’re scheduled to collect your keys to your brand new 5-room flat in the future – or even if it isn’t a 5-room unit – here are 4 unique design styles for inspiration for a truly amazing HDB home.

1. Warm Rustic

If you’re the sort of person who enjoys entertaining people and loves having guests over for get-togethers and parties, then one of the best designs that you can go for is one that conveys a sense of warmth, comfort, and homeliness.

To achieve this, you wouldn’t really want to go for design styles like Scandinavian, Minimalist or Modern; rather, you’d want to go for something more vibrant and lively, which is exactly what the first home on our list has done.

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Designed by local interior design firm Swiss Interior, this home’s design is aptly described as “rustic meets modern luxury”, by harmonising both warmth and wood tones to create an elegant and welcoming interior. Taking a look at the living room – which has been adorned with Christmas decor to usher in the festive spirit – you get the sense of the home is a very welcoming environment, and most certainly creates a great atmosphere for people to fellowship.

Moving to the dining area, you can immediately tell that this is where the life of the party will be at. Having the luxury of space means you can really expand the capacity of spaces where guests will congregate (e.g. living room, dining area), and this can also mean facilitating different modalities of parties, such as having a grazing table where people can come and go, rather than say a traditional sit-down meal.

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According to Swiss Interior, the kitchen and dining area also features marble detailing, which adds a hint of visual weight to the overall look, and where its exquisite and classic touch amidst the raw and natural textures uplifts the overall laid-back atmosphere.

To further complement the space, we would suggest really going big on the little things that help to further contribute to the overall mood. For example, consider really going big on the textures on the various surfaces – not just the floor, but also the walls, tabletops, and surfaces of fittings like cupboards and cabinets. Having a variety of patterns would optically create a sense of being vibrant and lively which does contribute to the overall mood, as compared to just plain surfaces.

In addition, use light fittings that give off warm hues instead of white lights, and you can also explore creative and unique light solutions like drop lights, spotlights, or glow lights to inject some playfulness and distress, characteristic of the rustic design style.

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Moving away from the ‘common’ areas and into more private spaces like the bedroom, you’ll find that the same rustic design theme runs through these areas, and yet serves a different purpose for the space that it is in. In the case of the bedroom, having warm and welcoming vibes makes the space conducive for the homeowners to relax and unwind after a long day.

Even for the bathrooms, you’ll find that they have been outlined with doses of gold accent and orange lighting that have been incorporated throughout the home. According to Swiss Interior, this helps to further accentuate the luxury and elegance of the home, while not sacrificing the rustic and homely vibes of the warm aesthetic.

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2. A Mix Of Styles

If you’re looking to inject a bit of fun and playfulness in your interior design and avoid having decor that’s too flat, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with going for a little bit of everything.

According to Swiss Interior, the next home – a 4-room HDB BTO in Tampines – decided to go for a creative mix of styles instead. Think of it like eating at a buffet – taking a little bit of everything and bringing them together for a complete meal. In this case, the home’s design theme takes design cues from a wide variety and integrates this eclectic mix of styles into a cohesive Modern design style that underpins the other mix of design themes.

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In the living room, the home adopts a somewhat Modern Minimalist style, incorporating largely neutral tones like white, grey, and tinges of brown accompanied by simple, slim furnishings. As you can see, it’s an uncluttered space with just about the most common elements found in most living rooms (e.g. sofa, coffee table, TV console), and in doing so creates a sense of openness and calmness for its inhabitants.

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Moving to the dining area, you’ll find that the theme immediately starts to somewhat shift. While there is still the main Minimalist theme that acts like a central spine for all the other spaces’ design styles, the dining area deviates slightly by incorporating a more ‘warm’ atmosphere, through the use of yellow lights in and around the dining area. What results is a very welcoming and conducive space for people to congregate and enjoy each others’ company.

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Moving to the kitchen, you’ll find that once again the style shifts to adopt more of an industrial look, with the use of cement-screed-looking flooring and utilising neutral colours like grey, white and black once again. The kitchen is a largely uncomplicated space, with all the common functions and elements found in most kitchens.

One nice touch that Swiss Interior did was to include hidden warm line lights just below the overhead cupboards, which gives off a nice warm glow effect to the cooking area of the kitchen. This helps to create a form of separation from the wall and overhead cupboard, and also helps to accentuate the clean edges of the fixtures.

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If you take just a peek around the corner, you’ll find that there are also some elements of eccentrics and fun that stand out from the rest of the interior, as part of the creative mix of styles theme that Swiss Interior was going for. 

In this case, this involves a Boho-styled hexagonal-tiled feature wall that is slightly obscured from certain angles, depending on where you’re standing. Even though it may not exactly blend seamlessly with the rest of the surrounding elements, having this stark contrast that pops out injects a sense of fun and bizarreness, and that in turn creates a character for the space. Be sure to not go too overboard with this, or else you’ll find that they become too jarring and make the space too “noisy” or busy.

3. Minimalist With A Twist

Of course, there’s no harm in going for what’s popular with most people, and this leads us to what is arguably the most common design theme in Singapore – the Minimalist design style.

Unlike the warm rustic style that we’ve outlined earlier, the Minimalist style is largely composed of more neutral tones with white as the main palette. In addition, going for a Minimalist interior would require you to ensure that the various spaces around the house are as uncluttered as possible. This means exploring innovative options for hidden storage solutions, and also striking a balance between being uncluttered and avoiding being too sparse.

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While Minimalist styles usually involve a pairing of white and various shades of grey, you can always switch up the latter for a different contrasting colour. In this case, going for wood tones like brown is a really good choice, especially if you want to get furniture (e.g. sofas) that come in a more reddish brown hue. Even though you may not exactly have a very consistent monochrome colour characteristic of most Minimalist homes, having that nice contrast between white and a bolder colour creates more depth in the overall look, almost to the point of it being sophisticated…in a good way of course.

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One of the more commonly-neglected surfaces that people tend to not pay too much attention to when designing their home is the flooring. There are plenty of options, such as tiles, cement screed, plywood, laminate, and so on. To create more character in your home, why not go for a unique tiling pattern such as chevrons (as seen above), rather than the usual square or rectangular tiles? In addition, you can also pair the chevron patterns with a wood finish; doing so helps to shine attention to the unique and non-uniform wood grain, adding a nice earthy and natural vibe to the room.

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You also need not be confined to the flooring alone. What you want is to really let the wood’s character stand out, so look for opportunities to incorporate them in some of the surfaces around the home. This can be in places such as kitchen countertops, certain walls in rooms, or even cupboards. To add some contrast, you can explore different shades of wood, or even change up how the wood is tiled compared to other surfaces.

That being said, you also have to factor in the practicality of having wood surfaces in places such as the kitchen and bathroom, where there tends to be more moisture and heat. As you may know, environmental effects like water damage and warping can be a real concern for wood. Thus, if you want to include wood surfaces in these spaces then you’ll have to explore ways to ‘protect’ the wood, such as applying a lacquer finish.

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4. Industrial Meets Rustic

Another design style that has been quite popular as of late is the Industrial design style, inspired by what you might find in – as the same suggests – industrial estates and warehouses. Typically, this involves the use of cement screed flooring, as well as furniture that has metal frames to look like what the inside of a factory might be like.

If you’re looking to add your own twist to this, there are many possibilities to let your creativity flow. One way is to mix up the industrial elements with a slightly more rustic feel, by incorporating aged wood as part of the overall theme.

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By mixing steely grey tones with earthy wood tones, what results is a space that is kind of reminiscent of the old 60s and 70s; for this home, almost like what you’d expect a cafe in the 70s might look like. Coupled with the yellow warm lighting that is spaced out throughout the home, it creates a nice warm welcoming atmosphere that invites people in and creates a conducive environment for people to let their hair down and relax in the company of others.

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The dining area is a simple space that has been carefully crafted with design elements to mimic what you might find in a rustic old cafe. With wooden furniture, a bookshelf nearby, and a vintage-looking light fitting, this is a space that certainly fits the purpose of the space, and definitely a welcoming space for meals and conversations. 

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What is undoubtedly the highlight of the home is the bar area, tucked away in a small corner next to the dining room. Complete with a bar counter, back shelf, and a low-hanging drop light, it truly channels the spirit of a rustic old bar, with old-school vintage feels. 

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To sum it all up, while there are popular tried and tested design styles, there’s absolutely no need for you to follow the trend. What’s more important is to choose a design that is an extension of your character and personality, and also functional and practical at the same time. And in any case, whatever design you eventually choose, you have to feel comfortable and happy with it, and that is what truly makes a home amazing.

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