The renovation and design of BTO flats can be challenging for first time home buyers. In most cases, the challenge lies in jazzing up a boring HDB apartment into a warm and welcoming space. Doing this usually takes time, effort and money. But it is entirely doable. It’s actually easier than most people think.

Below are some proven and easy interior design techniques to brighten up your BTO flat:

Narrow Your List Of Styles Quickly

There are endless options to choose from when it comes to designing BTO flats. Avoid choosing from an album with 1,000+ designs. This only contributes to the overwhelm and will not help in the long run. Try to come up with a narrower list of styles that you could possibly go for. Discuss it with your interior designer to help you zero in on a final design concept.

Avoid Designs That Require Too Many Structural Changes

You may have seen a style on Pinterest that features an open floor concept. However, your HDB flat doesn’t have an open floor plan. In many cases it is better to move on to other styles. It’s because making major structural changes, such as demolishing walls, requires approval from HDB

The HDB will check if your proposed structural changes will affect the integrity of the building. This might present a roadblock and delay your efforts to design your place. So it’s a good idea to simply go with styles that you can implement instantly without making major structural changes. It would present less headaches for you and the HDB.

Be Clever In Planning Your Space

The main challenge in decorating BTO flats is maximizing the use of space. A 3-bedroom apartment, on the average, only has around 110 square meters of floor space. This space is quite limited, especially if you take the living room and dining room areas into consideration. Each space should then be maximized and be well thought out in advance. 

Furniture sizes and proportion of decor should contribute to the welcoming appearance of the home. Aside from looking visually good, the space should be comfortable to move in. Overdesigning doesn’t necessarily mean good design, and can actually lead to physical and mental clutter.