Because space tends to be limited living in a big city like Singapore, you want to make the most out of the space you do have. Your living room is one of the most important rooms in your apartment. A living room is the gathering place for relaxing at the end of a long day or enjoying a nice cup of coffee before you have to rush off to work. It’s also the first thing most people will notice when they enter your apartment, so it helps to have a design that fits your style.
Whether it’s an HDB apartment or a private condominium, our Home Guide interior design company in Singapore has plenty of experience in designing living rooms that are both stylish and inviting. Your living room should invite people to want to stay in your apartment, so you’ll want to make it both relaxing and eye-catching at the same time. Here are a few things you’ll want to keep in mind when designing the living room of your apartment:
If you’re going for a specific design style such as Mediterranean, then you’ll want to stick to that specific colour palette when designing your living room. If you prefer your own unique style, then you’ll want to choose a colour palette that reflects that. Once you’ve got the palette decided on, you can then start painting and adding in furniture that complements that palette. This keeps your living room from looking messy and chaotic and is a great way to focus the eye.
When we designed a Lake Life Apartment, we chose a colour palette of fresh pastels in order to make the small condominium seem larger. The white washed walls reflected light off of every surface and gave more depth to the room. The soft grey hues of the sofa and full-length curtains made the place feel warm and inviting. By choosing the right colour palette, we were able to optimize space in a smaller apartment.
Life is all about symmetry, so it makes sense that the living room needs a sense of symmetrical order for the design to work. The best way to create this calming sense of order is by giving your living room a focal point. This gives your guests a place for their eye to fall when they enter the room. If you have are going to have an amazing and elaborate entertainment center setup with state of the art speakers, this is a great natural focal point that the rest of the room can be centred around. If your living room doesn’t have something like that, you can create your own focal point with a piece of artwork or a large accessory.
When we designed a neutral-toned love nest for some newlyweds in Bendemeer road, we created an eye catching focal wall. By going with a neutral colour palette, we made the room bright with an off white room colour that complemented the marble finish on the focal wall. We also selected grey furniture that fit our colour palette, making sure that the furniture didn’t draw attention away from the focal wall of the living room.
It’s All About The Furniture
Selecting the right furniture is hands down the most important decision you’ll make when designing your living room. Start by looking at all of the furniture you already own and decide whether or not you want to keep it. If it’s grandma’s antique end table, you may decide it’s meaningful enough that you want to include it in the design. If it’s something that doesn’t fit and has no particular meaning to you, however, you’ll want to let it go and bring in furniture that works with the design you choose.
Comfort is also an incredibly important feature of any living room. After all, it’s supposed to be the room that you relax and enjoy yourself in. Foregoing comfortable furniture for something that fits the aesthetic is not a sacrifice that you need to make. You’ll want to select furniture with the right amount of comfort that goes with your colour palette and your style.
For our project designing a contemporary chic apartment on Bishan Street, we chose a few comfortable pieces of furniture for the living room to give the place a cosy yet spacious feel. By using an open floor plan and foregoing the use of unnecessary additional furniture, we designed the living room area to maximize both the space and the comfort level.
When you live in an apartment, your living room is often the first chance you get to make an impression on your guests. Because of this, you need to give it the priority it deserves in the interior design process. By following these tips for your living room design, you’ll be sure to end up with a style for your Singapore apartment that impresses your guests and makes you want to come home at night.
Be sure to check out some of our other projects such as our warm bachelor pad at Poshgrove East or our chic contemporary design at the Serenade to see more of the work we’ve done. Home Guide is an experienced home interior design company in Singapore that can help give you the living room you’ve always wanted. Take a look at our portfolio for a full list of the projects we’ve done, and contact us today for all of your Singapore interior design needs!