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8 Themed HDB Flats In Singapore To Put On Your BTO/Resale Moodboard

Themed HDB Renovations

Nobody ever said, “let’s make our HDB flat boring.”

Yet, when new homeowners set out to renovate their BTO or resale flat, the sheer number of designs can be overwhelming. So you settle for something safe – which ends up looking like the million other Scandinavian-style HDBs out there.

But really, there isn’t any ceiling when it comes to imagination, and these creatively themed HDB renovations prove it. Whether you like cats without-a-smile or prefer a black and white existence, there’s confirm a theme here that has your name all over it.

P.S. Even if you’re not ready for your house to be fully themed, you can still kope elements that’ll make your home distinctly “you”!

1. Comic Book

Image credit: Free Space Intent

This is for the folks who can easily recite the names of everyone in the Marvel/DC Universe.

With comic posters everywhere, and superhero HQ-worthy tables and sofas, this red-and-black design is bold enough for someone who saves the world on a regular basis. 

Image credit: Free Space Intent

The curved lines and dashes of red lend the renovation a modern Pop Art feel, and we especially dig the glitzy bar – imagine pouring yourself a well-deserved drink here after work, mmm

Image credit: Free Space Intent

Size: 3 Bedrooms (91m²)
Cost: S$55,000
Interior Designer:  Free Space Intent

2. Hello Kitty

Image credit: Fifth Avenue

Why hello there, Japanese cartoon character that’s actually not a cat but a *gasp* schoolgirl. I see you adorning the walls of this cosy 3-room flat, with your whiskers and non-existent mouth taking centerstage amidst baby pink walls.

Image credit: Fifth Avenue

But besides the Hello Kitty motifs all around the flat, this theme is brought out by shades of pink popping from a B&W base – think fuchsia, neon pink and light pink all in different textures and finishes. 

Image credit: Fifth Avenue

We especially love the attention to detail. Bar stools, glossy black kitchen panels and lighted beams add a grown up air so you’ll never mistake this pad for a child’s playroom. 

Size: 3 Bedrooms (93m²)
Cost: S$ 25,000
Interior Designer: Fifth Avenue Interior

3. Batman x Industrial

Image credit: Earth Interior Design

This is THE BAT CAVE, plain and simple. While there’s no Batmobile or Alfred in sight, this flat oozes Dark Knight vibes through generous amounts of black, and gritty industrial touches. Think exposed pipe lighting and concrete walls.

Image credit: Earth Interior Design

But of course, what really nails the whole vibe is the iconic symbol – projected not in the sky – but as an intricate mural near the dining area.

Size: 3 Bedrooms (93m²)
Cost: S$ 25,000
Interior Designer:  Earth Interior Design

4. Santorini

Image credit: Edge Interior

Singaporeans love travelling – ask anyone who has gone to the ends of the earth only to hear that familiar accent. But since wanderlust can only be unleashed on beautiful on-leave days, here’s another idea: bring the holiday right into your home.

And Santorini’s got our vote, the de facto honeymoon spot and paradise island packed with azure seas, whitewashed domes, and stunning cliffs. 

Image credit: Edge Interior

To get that iconic Greek look, this renovation uses loads of white, curved arches and light wood for an airy breezy feel. And don’t forget those pops of Santorini blue.

Image credit: Edge Interior

Size: 3 Bedrooms (102m²)
Cost: S$ 35,000
Interior Designer: Edge Interior

5. Muji

Image adapted from: Weiken

Maybe you remember that unfortunate couple who paid close to a million for their questionably minimalist Muji-inspired room. 

Image credit: Weiken

Well, at least this one doesn’t burn your entire life savings. You can still live that Muji life of very light wood and strategically placed objects with this humble abode, complete with a Japanese-style screen and glass doors. 

Size: 3 Bedrooms (93m²)
Cost: S$ 38,000
Interior Designer: Weiken

Bonus:

Here’s another Muji-inspired home to gush over if you’re an organisation maniac: 

Image credit: DB Studio

Invest in clean wooden shelves so you can line up all your books in perfect order and throw knick-knacks into tawny drawers for true clutter-free living. Marie Kondo would be proud.

Image credit: DB Studio

And the good thing about a Muji-inspired design? It matches everything. Pared down bedrooms and kitchen areas mean it’s easy to add other elements later on if your design style evolves.

Image credit: DB Studio

Size: 3 Bedrooms (114m²)
Cost: S$ 30,000
Interior Designer: DB Studio

6. Quirky Retro

Image credit: Voila

If you dig retro stylings, this renovation will have you in a state of rhapsody. Details like a barbershop lamp, brick walls and prints that look right at home in a Nyonya kueh shop make this design a charming tread down memory lane.

Image credit: Voila

Image credit: Voila

Despite the old-school inspiration, the effect is modern and fun. And we can thank the vivid primary colours all round for that.   

Size: 3 Bedrooms (93m²)
Cost: S$26,000
Interior Designer: Voila

7. Monochrome

Image credit: Icon Interior Design

There’s nothing like the sharp contrast of black and white to make your home look instantly chic. But lest it looks too harsh, use a few richly coloured pieces to punctuate the monotone. Like rose gold lamps. Or maroon leather chairs. Anything that stands out, aye.

Image credit: Icon Interior Design

We love how the whole design is softened by grey tones – that middle child of B&W. 

Size: 4 Bedrooms 
Interior Designer: Icon Interior Design

8. Vintage Luxury

Image credit: Fifth Avenue Interior

Living like royalty is not something reserved solely for the blue-blooded – just take inspiration from this luxe design in a 2-storey maisonette. Here, it’s all Victorian style. Chandelier? Check. Velvet? Check. Even faux fur makes an appearance.

Image credit: Fifth Avenue Interior

Similarly, the bedroom here is plush and framed by maroon curtains and tufted chairs.

Image credit: Fifth Avenue Interior

P.S. If you’re wary of black looking harsh, this design proves it can look welcoming instead – just soften the effect with tons of throws and pillows.

Cost: S$ 90,000
Interior Designer: Fifth Avenue Interior

Get inspired with these themed HDB homes

These cool HDB homes will undoubtedly draw awed looks from your housewarming guests – but they are just the tip of the iceberg. The sky’s really the limit when it comes to creatively zhng-ing up your abode, and you won’t even need to spend a bomb:

Or, if you’re still in the earlier stages of getting that new home, get yourself educated on how to get good deals when it comes to resale flats, or feast your eyes upon oh-so-pretty flats in upcoming neighbourhoods:

Jessica Lai

I’ve been called basic, but I hold an advanced degree in Disney songs, pop psychology and losing things. 

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