Small HDB flats – our design inspiration

Many of you were inspired by our previous article on “15 homes so beautiful you wouldn’t believe the’re HDB flats“. But at the same time, we received feedback saying these makeovers were only achievable with 4 or 5 room HDB flats. And therefore it is unrealistic for the majority of us living in HDB flats with significantly smaller floor area.

We’re here to prove you wrong.

In the second part of our inspirational design series, we’ve decided to put the spotlight on these smaller flats. Believe it or not, every picture of these HDB flats that you’re about to see are of 3-room flats.

Here comes Part 2 of our beautiful Singapore home series. Enjoy!

1. Old meets New

Source: Lookbox Living

At only 700 square feet, this flat doesn’t feel as constricted as it should have been. The home exudes an eclectic feel that takes its cues from the old and the new, and I am absolutely in love with it. 

Interior Design by: MOMO & Partners

2. Stylish Quirky

Source: Lookbox Living

When you first step into this apartment, you will immediately be greeted by a life-sized, black telephone booth. It is in fact a display shelf, which was the initial source of inspiration for the home’s interior design.

Source: Lookbox Living


White brick walls, concrete surfaces and hollow block partitions. There is really no end to designers’ beautiful creations.

Interior Design by: Space Sense Studio Pte Ltd

3. Earthy Tones

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This apartment was designed for a newly married couple. Nothing goes together better than black, white, and earthy colours.

Interior Design by: Meter Cube Interiors

4. Industrial Chic

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This design has brilliantly made use of a mirrored feature wall, which visually enlarges the living space. Also, the large island can be used as the dining table, a work station, as well as the dry kitchen.

Interior Design by: Voila Design Pte Ltd

5. Modern

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Another flat that makes use of a featured mirror in the living room. It really does make your place seem spacious!

Interior Design by: Life Art Reno Design

6. Cutesy and Woody



If you fancy warm wood colours with a cutesy tinge, you can model after this charming design.

Interior Design by: Space Define Interior

7. Sleek and Chic

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Honestly, I have this thing for white walls and classic toned-down colours. It exudes an air of tranquillity, and it’s the kind of simple sophistication that’s just right for me.

Interior Design by: Spacious Planners Pte Ltd

8. Vibrant Red

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This is a cozy flat washed in colours of red, white and black. The wall to the kitchen was hacked, and full height cabinets were installed as a way to maximise space.

Interior Design by: Darwin Interior Pte Ltd

9. Open Concept

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This open-concept flat is owned by a ‘yuppie’ couple, and the simple design creates spaciousness in a limited space.

Interior Design by: White Space Living

10. Intrepid Ways

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This is what happens when you dare to take risks – a young, edgy interior that boldly uses colour and material contrasts. Think out of the box – dare to be different!

Interior Design by: Linear Space Concepts

11. Ebony and Ivory

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The sleek and stylish vibe of this home was inspired by its owners’ love for design and travel, and is modelled after the hotels the couple has stayed in during their various holidays.

Interior Design by: Chew Interior

12. New Old-School

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This home infuses both retro and contemporary elements to produce a lovely cozy vibe, and is proof that the trend towards yesteryear is definitely in full swing.

Interior Design by: Three-D Conceptwerke

13. Big Ideas for Small Spaces


Source: Lookbox Living

To say that I’m mind-blown is an understatement.

Design firm Ciseern had wanted to stimulate the constraints and limitations that people might face with a 3-room flat, and I must say, they got what they intended.

Yes, this pristine home is indeed a 3-room flat, I’m not kidding.

Interior Design by: Ciseern

You can have your dream home too

The cookie-cutter government housing flats that 80% of Singaporeans live in can truly be beautified. In recent years, more and more Singaporeans are putting in the effort to do so. Today, we can choose to merge form and function, instead of prioritising function over form.

As Napoleon Hill put across, “Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve.

This list of beautiful HDB flats doesn’t end here – there are so much more out there. If you have come across a beautiful flat that’s not listed here, feel free to comment down below. And if someone has ever told you your HDB flat can’t be awesome to live in, share this article and they may think different next time.

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