How to Embrace the Warmth in Your HDB



In Singapore, HDB flats aren’t the most spacious form of accommodation. In most cases, residents get 3-room units that don’t leave much room for the imagination. Still, there are some simple steps to turn your small space into a cosy home interior design. 

In the past few years, many homeowners and interior designers have embraced minimalist and Scandinavian interiors. Indeed, those two styles are genuinely great at opening up tiny HDB interiors. However, most of the time, they are generic and lack the touch of personality. 

In the quest of making their home look more prominent, most homeowners overlook cosiness and warmth. Of course, you can always be straightforward about it. However, achieving the unique serene and bright atmosphere opts for some creative ideas. Here are 5 tips on how to embrace the warmth in your HDB flat:

Bet on Geometrical Layouts

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Geometrical forms and shapes aren’t new in interior design. Surprisingly, they haven’t been very trendy lately, but they’ll undoubtedly serve as a background for your focal points. Whether you’re using a TV backboard or a flushed white wardrobe, geometrical layouts will streamline your eyesight. 

The lack of handles on your drawers and cabinets will only make everything easier on the eye. Ultimately, your interior design will give the impression of an organised set of forms completing each other.

Introduce Warm-toned Wood

Perhaps, using a few geometrical layouts won’t have the same effect without using the proper material. In this regard, wood is the easiest choice you can make. Pick warm-toned wood and simply use it everywhere around your home – from furniture to flooring and wall decoration.

Of course, you would want to avoid monochromatic combinations, as you want your home to feel lively and warm. In this case, your best shot would be to choose veneered cabinets with white elements. Alternatively, you can come up with warm pastel hues like creamy white or beige.

Accentuate with Proper Lighting

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Arguably, the best way to accentuate different parts of your home is to use lighting. Needless to say, using single lighting in a room is the worst mistake to make. Instead, you should try and use different forms of illumination throughout your HDB interior design. 

Typically, you can use anything from wall scones to bedside lamps and LED strips. Use the latter to illuminate the nooks within or under your cabinets. Also, you can use a unique chandelier for each part of your room. Of course, don’t forget to place your lamps wisely, or you’ll later regret the hefty electricity bills. 

Add Dark Accents for a More Dramatic Look

Contrary to popular belief, dark accents are essential for every modern interior design. Whether you’re going for a luxe look or something more casual, dark brown or black will bring in contrast. In turn, you’ll create a sense of variation, and the warm tones will pop out even more.

In this regard, you can experiment with different elements in your HDB interior design. For example, you can bring a leather bed to your bedroom. Also, you can do the same with your living room sofa. On the other hand, you can be more subtle and simply go for a two-toned TV cabinet with flushed black doors.

Decorate with Greenery


Last but not least, don’t forget to think about the more minor details. If there’s something that will make your HDB interior design cosy and warm, it’s a bunch of greenery. While they will go with your wooden elements, they will make your rooms look full and lively. Ultimately, they will complete your interior design concept.

Undoubtedly, the easiest way to nail the idea is to bring in some succulents or cacti. Usually, they are small and will fit in spaces like showcases, shelves and drawers. If you want to make a statement or simply love greenery, go for a snake or spider plant. Both of them aren’t very picky about watering or light, so you won’t have hassle taking care of them. 

You can bring in a Bromeliad plant if you’re an expert plant-lover. Just place it in a corner near the window, but ensure it gets filtered light and copious amounts of water and humidity.


To conclude, creating a warm and cosy HDB interior design is totally possible. Perhaps, the first thing to do when planning your home interior is to prioritise genuine wood and light veneers. Indeed, this will set the tone, but you shouldn’t forget the illumination as a way to highlight the main idea. 

Of course, plenty of other ideas will work in a personalised concept like this. Arguably, the interior designers at AC Vision are experts at nailing such designs that can completely change your HDB home’s mood. If you’re eager to bring in the warmth back to your home, make sure you check out the company’s portfolio of HDB interior design ideas.

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