1. Wood accents are one of the easiest ways to invite a sense of warmth to your apartment. Use them generously, like in this modern-style apartment to create a cosy vibe. The marble-lookalike laminates used to swathe the vanity table up the luxe factor without going over the budget.

Design: Urban Habitat Design,
Location: Bendemeer

2. Perhaps the best way to describe this HDB flat is hipster luxury, with creature comforts never too far away from its industrial leanings and monochromatic theme. We like the choice of an open-plan bedroom, encased behind framed glass panels, that give the space a livelier, contemporary vibe.

Design: Zenith Arc,
Location: Telok Blangah

3. Hotel rooms adopt a neutral palette, because it’s a safe and timeless choice that caters to a wide variety of tastes. Plus, it’s also incredibly soothing to the senses. This was what this apartment was going for when it took on this warm and comforting taupe colour scheme accented by coppery browns. Coupled with well-made furniture and mood lighting, it’s a home that feels every bit like a luxury hotel suite.

Design: Renaissance Planners & Designers,
Location: Hougang

4. This large HDB bedroom accommodates a sitting area, reminiscent of a boutique hotel room. A dramatic, moody one to be exact. With deliciously dark hues and warm lighting bedecked with the homeowner’s vibrant collection of toys and electric guitars, the home evokes a sense of polished cosiness.

Design: The Interior Lab,
Location: Jurong

5. Black-and-white themes are the very essence of chic, which is what this home is. The absence of any other colour save for this power combination lends a sophisticated vibe in this apartment. Go for contemporary furnishings with sleek lines and streamlined silhouettes to complete the look.

Design: Happe Design Atelier,
Location: Ang Mo Kio

6. This resale HDB flat was opened up to create a better flow throughout the space and to make way for a more versatile home. With a clean and white palette and a dramatic reduction of concrete walls to segregate the different zones, the apartment feels exceptionally airy and bright.

Design: Arkhilite,
Location: Commonwealth

7. If resorts are more your thing, take a leaf from this 4-room BTO. Decked out in bronze-brown palette, rustic wood accents and a glass-encased gym, the apartment feels just like a laid-back retreat. But perhaps most impressive is the common bathroom, which features wood decking atop a flooring covered in stone pebbles. It’s a case of aesthetics over practicality, but hey, it might just be worth the hassle during clean-up.

Design: Design Zage,
Location: Bukit Batok

8. The living room area in this home is clad in a thick chunk of wood on all sides, all the better to create a cocoon-like atmosphere in this HDB flat. The area just adjacent to the communal area is left empty, serving as an open gym for the homeowners. We like the bedroom too, which is a shared space for two. The platform bed helps to segregate the two sleeping quarters so there’s a twinge of privacy for both parties.

Design: I-Chapter,
Location: Whampoa Drive

9. Dark interiors are infinitely more atmospheric, as evident from this home, which is awash in bold, inky hues. Dark wood flooring and luxurious modern furniture complete the luxury hotel vibe the apartment was going for.

Design: Hap Design,
Location: Yishun

10. Unlike most homes, this apartment centres its activity in the dining area rather than the living room as the homeowners are frequent hosts. The dining table, purposely set in bar table height, doubles as a bar for guests to hover and mingle over drinks. It’s set directly adjacent to the open kitchen to create a more convenient flow during dinner parties.

Design: Versaform,
Location: Pasir Ris

11. There is little to demarcate between the spaces in the flat, with the living room, dining area and kitchen all set within the same zone. The study hides behind a large hinged door made from strips of wood that provide a visual interest from the living room.

Design: Erstudio,
Location: Sin Ming Drive

12. Most hotels are great at coordinating their décor and it’s a sure-fire way to guarantee a space that looks pulled together. Here, the teal and yellow colours of the sofa cushions reflect the hues on the abstract painting on the wall brilliantly. The colours are found again throughout the home, visually tying the overall apartment together.​

Design: Fatema Design Studio,
Location: Tampines

13. A cheery watermelon pink is prevented from being overly saccharine thanks to the dark wainscoting panels through this modern Victorian space. Dripping in opulence with gilded finishes and plush materials, the home is a picture of luxe elegance.​

Design: The Scientist
Location: Telok Blangah

14. One of the bedrooms in this resale HDB flat is in full view from the entrance of the home, thanks to a large glass panel in place of a concrete wall. Basking in a warm glow, the bedroom lends a hotel-like ambience to the space that also features an open kitchen containing a luxurious marble counter and dining table. The master bedroom leads to a walk-in wardrobe and provides the doorway into the living room, effectively creating a private enclave of the communal zone.​

Design: The Local Inn.terior,
Location: Serangoon Central

15. Wall panels and a stylish black-and-white interior convey images of a chic Parisian boutique suite. The homeowners opted for a hodgepodge of statement pieces alongside timeless classics for more visual interest and to create a variety of seating options for their guests.​

Design: Distinct Identity,
Location: Tanjong Pagar

This article was first published on Renonation.sg.