Sunday, 14 January 2018
Build To Order or BTO flats are flats that Singapore HDB builds based on the demand for housing. This system allows for flats to be built according to demand. The HDB builds the apartment only if people have signed up for at least 70% of flats. There are around 3 to 4 years waiting time once you have applied for the flats and even longer 70% of the flats have not been booked. But the BTO flats are getting smaller and smaller. This is where your creativity comes in to play. You have to come up with creative techniques to make your flat look bigger than it actually is and give the illusion of having a lot of space. Here are 10 tips and tricks for you to follow:
1. Use Simple Light Colors:
You know how wearing clothes of darker color make you look slimmer? Dark colors have the same effect on a room. If you want a house to look bigger, then opt for light colors like whites and beiges. They brighten up the room and make it look bigger. Dark colors also absorb more heat when compared to lighter colors and in Singapore's tropical climate you definitely don't want the house to become hotter.
2. Use Multipurpose Furniture:
Instead of having a bed and a separate cupboard for storage, you can have a bed with some pull-out storage cabinets under the bed. Or you can have a sofa that you can turn into a bed. There is a wide variety of items of furniture that double up as something else. And of course, less furniture equals more space and more space makes the house look bigger.
3. Create Negative Space:
Creating negative spaces will trick you into thinking that a room is bigger than it actually is. The best way to do it is to leave little gaps between the furniture and walls and floors. You can choose furniture with legs. A sofa with legs will definitely give the illusion of space. Items of furniture with exposed legs are also less bulky than the others. The lighter the furniture, the more space you have.
4. Use Mirrors:
Mirrors reflect light and make the room look bigger. Large mirrors placed in strategic locations can make any room look bigger. They also make a room look brighter. Think about gyms and dance studios that have a wall covered with mirrors. The room looks double its size. A mirror has multiple benefits. You can always check yourself out in them, they make the room look bigger and they are also a good decorative item.
While deciding where to place the mirrors, make sure that they are not directly in the path of sunlight. You don't want to accidentally cause a fire in your home or have too much glare that makes it difficult for you to look around the room. But the mirrors should also reflect maximum light. Test out the locations at different times during the day before you finally decide on a location.
Instead of having a single source of light in the room, have multiple light sources. Go for ceiling lights and lamps that brighten up the room. Improper lighting creates dark spaces inside the room making it look smaller. When the light sources are spread around evenly in a room, there are no dark spaces available and the room actually looks bigger. It is also better to have a properly lighted home.
6. Monochromatic Color Scheme:
The best way to make a room look bigger is to opt for a monochrome look. Make sure all your furniture belong to the same color family. Monochrome is also an evergreen style statement. Choose a color and get all your furniture in the same color. It solves two problems at the same time. It makes the room look bigger and you don't have to worry about the different colors complementing each other.
7. Have an Open Floor Plan:
Walls make the rooms look smaller. If you remove the wall between your living room and kitchen, you have a bigger space. Keep the same color scheme in both the rooms. It also makes it easy to have conversations with others while you are cooking. This can be very useful when you are having a party or hosting guests and don't want to miss out on the conversation when you are getting things ready in the kitchen.
8. Choose Light Curtains:
While you are choosing curtains for your new home, there are two things you need to keep in mind - the color and the fabric. The color needs to complement with the rest of the furniture in the room. Choose curtains of the same color family as the rest of the furniture. Another key point to remember is the fabric you choose. You don't want the curtains to block out the light coming into the room. Choose lightweight fabrics that let air and light into the room and therefore, make your house look bigger. If you are someone who likes to wake up late in the morning and want a curtain that can block out the sunlight and keep it from waking you up, go for two curtains on the bedroom windows. One made of a light fabric and another with heavy fabric. You can draw them both when you are going to sleep so that you can sleep late into the morning.
9. Use Your Balcony:
You can make your living room look bigger by making your balcony a part of it. If both your balcony and living room have the same flooring, similar furniture, and same color scheme, the balcony will look like an extension of the living room. If you have guests, you can just open the doors to the balcony and your living room instantly becomes bigger.
10. Statement Piece:
A single statement piece of furniture or painting or wall decoration will instantly draw your eyes towards it. A single statement sofa instead of a two-piece or three-piece sofa will make the room appear bigger as you will have more space. Go for a bigger sofa so that you have enough seating space available. A big painting or art piece will also have the same effect in making the room seem bigger.
The tips mentioned above can really make your BTO flat look bigger and brighter. All of these are also very budget friendly and will not leave you broke.