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12 Eye-Catching HDB Renovation Ideas That Will Make Your Home Stand Out

CEO Khai Intela
We’ve all been there - you walk into a hawker center wanting to try something new, but the onslaught of options make you settle for chicken rice yet again. Trying to brainstorm HDB renovation ideas...

We’ve all been there - you walk into a hawker center wanting to try something new, but the onslaught of options make you settle for chicken rice yet again. Trying to brainstorm HDB renovation ideas for your new flat is a lot like that, but with a higher stress level. Instead of chicken rice, the last thing you want is the same minimalist Scandinavian-styled home as everyone else.

But fear not! You’re not doomed to a fate of conformity. Get inspired with these 12 HDB renovation designs that include pastel tones, Japanese-influenced inspirations, and even a ship cabin theme. Let's dive in!

1. Rustic Open Concept - Earthy Tones with a Bedroom for Stargazing

This Woodlands flat is as charming as it gets. The shades of blue add a simple touch of color while small details like hanging pots on a metal mesh beautifully recreate a vintage ranch house kitchen. Just imagine making an aesthetic açai bowl or smoothie here - it’s like a Pinterest dream come to life.

The raw cement floor and walls complement the dark wooden furnishing for a rustic-chic vibe. Glass walls also let you look into the office space from the living room, widening the room visually. HDBs are not known to be the most generous when it comes to space, so any tricks to give the illusion of a bigger home are worth taking note of.

Travelling overseas just to watch a sky full of stars isn’t a practical idea. But the next best thing starry-eyed dreamers can do is incorporate a constellation feature wall into the bedroom just like this one, by using tiny embedded lights for a galaxy effect.

Rustic HDB Renovation Image credit: Free Space Intent

2. Club Lounge HDB Renovation Idea - Mini-Bar and Velvet Furniture

This house was made for the bold and adventurous in mind, with its striking red and black ensemble. The black feature wall with hot red strip lights adds some layers to an otherwise plain black wall.

Simple details like getting an AC in black instead of the typical white make sure that bulky appliances don’t ruin the aesthetics. But the main highlight of this house is its in-house bar with a window into the kitchen.

The bedroom takes a turn at boujee lane with an ornate chandelier hanging over a velvet bedspread. Even the feature wall behind the bed is velvet!

Club Lounge HDB Renovation Image credit: Free Space Intent

3. Cabin Boat-Inspired Renovation Idea - Sea Decor and Portholes

This homeowner wanted to feel like she was living on a boat, and that’s exactly what she got - curved walls and window frames help recreate elements of a cruise cabin.

The house decor also follows a nautical theme with ornate wooden furniture and accents like round portholes to complete the illusion of being at sea.

Cabin Boat-Inspired HDB Renovation Image credit: D5 Studio

4. Luxe Woody Home - Wooden Walls, Floors, and Accent Furnishing

This HDB renovation idea looks like it could belong on MTV cribs as a lounge or entertainment room. From the dark smokey wooden walls to the wood-panelled speakers, everything about the interior is bound to impress guests the moment they step in.

A highlight is the walk-in closet, with a full-length mirror and dresser that add to the feeling of luxury.

Luxe Woody HDB Renovation Image credit: Rezt n Relax

5. Modern Industrial Vibes - Metal Mesh Board for Photos

Tag your edgy, hipster friend who loves to go against the grain because this might be inspiration for their forever home. This industrial-chic home is decked out in black track lights, black beams, exposed pipes, and even a metal mesh decorative wall feature for more rugged vibes.

The kitchen resembles a rugged hipster cafe with its cement-like vinyl wrap on the carpentry. There’s even a black statement chalk wall for the homeowners to add their own personalized touch to the cooking space. Plus, it's convenient if you need to remind your S/O to clean up after a meal or even just to leave fun doodles for each other.

Modern Industrial HDB Renovation Image credit: Edge Interior

6. Japanese-Style Abode - Tatami Table and Japanese Art

Minimalist Muji-themed houses are all the rage now, but this house takes the Japanese inspiration a step further by adding a tatami table set instead of a dining table. The installation of bamboo blinds as the room divider creates a truly oriental feel.

The kitchen is spacious with a lot of counter space, considering it’s only a 2-room flat. Opting for a glass partition for the kitchen also helps to create an open space that isn’t claustrophobic while still separating the rooms.

Japanese-Style HDB Renovation Image credit: Le Bleu Art

7. Book Lover’s Paradise - Practical Storage for Thousands of Books

If you grew up reading lots of books and have long run out of space to store them, this might be inspiration for your dream home. This aspirational home for bookworms is filled with thousands of books from floor to ceiling. The muted colors also create a cozy environment for you to curl up with a novel.

The study is a wonder to behold - countless shelved books you’d rarely find outside of a library or a bookstore. They also incorporated rolling shelves as a means for practical storage that maximizes the wall space available. Well-thought-out storage like this for your HDB renovation plans is crucial since carpentry is one of the most expensive components.

Book Lover's HDB Renovation Image credit: Qanvast

8. Friends-Inspired Home - Exposed Brick Walls and Central Perk Color Schemes

If Friends is your default Netflix show and you feel more at home in Monica’s apartment than your own house, here’s an idea you’ll love. Elements of the iconic Friends apartment, like Monica’s kitchen brick walls and pops of color, are artistically adapted here to give off an uncannily similar look.

Other elements of the show are subtly incorporated into the house like the bold green of the Central Perk logo being used as the color for the walls. Decor pieces such as a shelf in the style of a telephone booth and frames with inspirational quotes further make this abode perfect to chill at with your very own inner circle.

Friends-Inspired HDB Renovation Image credit: Ace Space Design

9. Cat-Friendly Apartment - Overhead Beams and Climbing Platforms

If you’re a self-proclaimed “crazy cat lady,” this renovation will give you ideas on how to give those furry felines a paradise home. The house is fitted with beams, platforms, and other furniture that make it the perfect playground for your pets.

Cats in this household will feel like royalty with a whole room specially dedicated to feeding and grooming, almost like an in-house cat hotel. The quirky pops of blue and yellow combined with cute cat paintings throughout the house also give it an overall fun and cheery look.

Cat-Friendly HDB Renovation Image credit: Free Space Intent

10. Elegant Pastel-Themed Home - Pink and Blue Hues with Marble Bathroom

Once upon a time, pastel shades used to be considered colors only liked by girly preteens. But now, they’re a wildly popular way to brighten up a space without compromising on a clean, sleek look. This gorgeous house incorporates pastel pink and blue, giving the house a modern retro vibe.

The bedroom is absolutely pristine, looking like it could double as a hotel suite. The light-colored wood flooring adds a touch of homeliness, while the hanging rose gold pendant lights on either side of the bed give off a touch of glamour. Softer elements like the wall-to-wall cushioned headboard also work to give the room a pop of color.

We never imagined that a bathroom like this could exist in an HDB flat - an epitome of elegance with black and white marble complemented by rose gold furnishings. The backlit mirror is also a blessing for ladies who need on-point lighting to get ready.

Elegant Pastel-Themed HDB Renovation Image credit: Mr Shopper Studio

11. Casual and Cosy Monochrome - Simple Greys to Balance Out B&W

The wood flooring and minimalist decor of this home make it similar to typical Scandi ones. But the monochrome twist of different shades of grey and black elevates the overall look and gives it a classier edge.

A touch of practicality lies in the convenient placement of plugs right by the bed, as well as the personal lights on each side - so there’s no need to keep your partner up in the middle of the night.

Casual and Cosy Monochrome HDB Renovation Image credit: Qanvast

12. Hipster Pop Art Theme - Comics Mural and Neon Lights

This home looks more like Harley Quinn’s secret hideout than an HDB flat. The exposed cement walls and floor, alongside the exposed electrical conduits on the ceiling, create a rugged, deliberately unfinished look that true-blue hipsters will love.

The unusual choices don’t end there either. This house is installed with a widescreen projector as opposed to the typical television set - a practical choice for millennials who’ve given up cable TV in favor of streaming services. Other noteworthy items are the cylinders of cement for shoe storage and comic-themed murals.

Hipster Pop Art HDB Renovation Image credit: erstudio

Next-Level HDB Renovation Ideas

You don’t always have to go with the flow to get a beautifully designed home. You’d want to make your first home special, and with features from an in-house bar to a Japanese tatami table, these 12 HDB renovation ideas will come in handy as your reference to help you create a home that’s uniquely you.

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