20 Small Spaces to Inspire Your Renovation

Score interior design ideas from these adorable small spaces.

Updated on June 21, 2018 8:06 am

Jemma Chiu

Small Spaces to Inspire Your Renovation

Bigger spaces do not mean better chances of decorating them. Sometimes, even smaller spaces can fulfil your hopes of having your dream home come to life. From small living rooms to dining rooms, kitchens to bedrooms, be inspired by these small spaces and steal some of their design for your own home.

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1. Nesting tables will save you more space. Having a cosy and tiny living room will give you an opportunity to create a warmer, more inviting space. Instead of having regular centre tables, use nesting tables that you can pull out anytime if you need more space to set glasses and food.

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2. A sofa bed is a necessity. Make your living room sofa even more functional by getting one of those pull-out sofa beds that can sleep additional guests.

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3. White walls and ceilings can do the trick. Home offices should be a productive nook with natural light soaking up the space. Even if you have a small home office space, make it look more spacious with white on white items—white chair, white table, white everything!

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4. Open up your shelves. In small spaces like HDB units in Singapore, kitchens are often housed in smaller spaces compared with other rooms. When space is limited, utilise open shelves in the heart of your home.

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5. Instead of having a grand dining space, use a corner to create a casual dining area. This is one of the many stylish ways you can dress up a corner of your abode to maximise its use—turn it into an eating area by adding a corner sofa, oak wood table, and lovely accessories.

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6. Mirrors create an illusion of a bigger space. Take advantage of mirrors and glasses in your small bedroom to make it look bigger and brighter by using a glass panelled pop wardrobe to add drama and style to your neutral-coloured sleeping space.

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7. Make your tiny laundry room look a little less cluttered by incorporating shelves and bins for extra storage. Maximise unused corners and spaces as these are the spots where you can add and fit shelving units. Rattan baskets and bins as well as wired baskets will definitely satisfy your OC self.

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8. Create a space-saving scheme in your bedroom by using a daybed instead of large ones. This versatile piece can serve as a sofa during the day and a bed at night. Push it against the wall or by the window to maximise square footage.

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9. Create a casual dining nook in your tiny kitchen by installing a wall-mounted table and low metal bar stools.

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10. Yes, you can still maximise your small bathroom space by using vertical shelving racks to store your utilities and curios.

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11. Magnify with mirrors. Using life-sized mirrors in your living room will elongate the space. Place it where the light comes in and push it back against the wall.

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12. Instead of using big dividers that might take up your floor space, use curtains that will provide sheer division between different zones in your HDB home.

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13. Turn a corner of your home—the entryway, perhaps—into a nook for your keys and bags by installing hooks. This will save you more space in your wardrobe if you have a lot of bags in your collection.

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14. You don’t need a big shelf in your bathroom so as not to take up much space. Fashion an alcove wall in the bath space to house your small bathroom essentials.

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15. Small spaces tend to look cramped due to improper lighting. Make it stand out by using proper lighting fixture like a pendant light that will give the space a bright atmosphere.

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16. Accessorise your bed space with a ghost chair. One good thing about a ghost chair, also known as acrylic chair, is that it is clear and nearly invisible that it makes your room look less cluttered.

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17. Make your bedroom look bigger by going big in your room decor—an eyecatching artwork, huge and colourful pillows, bold colours!

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18. If you are kinda tight with space in your bedroom, you can skip the floor lamps and instead use pendant lights, which can hang from the ceiling (hence, saving you some floor space).

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19. Mounting your appliances on the walls will definitely give you more floor space to play with. Skip those bulky media consoles and opt for a nice and sturdy wall mount.

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20. If you’re decided to have an island for your small kitchen, make sure to have a movable one. It can give you the liberty to move things around and it’s easier to roll it out of the way when you need to get in or out.


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