Castlery | Nov 22, 2023
You might think that creating a luxurious and modern HDB flat is a challenge - given the limited space. But, gone are the days when luxury was confined to expansive mansions; today, it's about maximising style in every square foot.
In this comprehensive guide, our interior stylist, Adrika, will explore the nuances of styling a modern luxury HDB flat, encompassing everything from furniture choices to design elements that will transform your living space into your dream home.
With interior trends appearing left and right, it can be tempting to want the latest trendy furniture you see online. But, when it comes to modern luxury, quality surpasses quantity.
“Invest in furniture pieces as they are built to last - both in time and style,” says Adrika.
Investing in durable furniture ensures that your HDB interior maintains its elegance and sophistication over the years. Opt for furniture that is made from high-quality materials like leather, marble, and solid wood.
Additionally, Adrika mentions that pieces with enduring aesthetics contribute to the design continuity, creating a refined look that aligns with the modern luxe style. This is particularly important in a modern luxe setting where longevity, in terms of aesthetics and quality, is key.
“Over the years, choosing functional furniture doesn't mean you have to sacrifice quality or style. Many high-quality, well-designed pieces are crafted with both form and function in mind,” shares Adrika.
That said, keeping the modern luxe factor in mind, go for furniture that boasts clean lines and uncluttered aesthetics. You don’t want to pick furniture that has complicated embellishments.
Additionally, consider pieces that serve dual purposes, like a coffee table that can also be used as a desk or a sofa that transforms into a bed. Opt for beds with built-in storage, or ottomans that double as storage bins. This not only makes your space more versatile but also caters to the dynamic needs of modern living.
The Dawson Storage Bed is the perfect example of uncluttered aesthetics using an Ottoman storage system to keep clutter away.
Adrika mentions that lighting is an extremely important yet often overlooked factor when revamping your home. “Lighting can instantly elevate your space without even having to change your layout or furniture (yet).”
Instead of relying solely on a single light source, create layered lighting by combining ambient, task, and accent lighting, as well as natural sunlight. This adds depth and dimension to the space.
“Dimmer switches are a must-have,” Adrika adds, as this helps to control the intensity, allowing you to set the perfect mood for different occasions.
Recommended read: What’s The Best Lighting for Every Room in Your Home?
While neutral tones dominate modern luxury design, consider adopting a monochromatic colour palette with strategic pops of colour.
Choose a base colour and layer different shades of it throughout your space. Introduce vibrant hues like jewel tones or earthy palettes through accessories like throw pillows, artwork, or other small furniture pieces like side tables or small coffee tables. This creates visual interest and prevents the space from looking too monotonous.
“The right combination of different textures, materials, and finishes can elevate the aesthetic appeal of your HDB flat, making it more inviting and luxurious,” says Adrika.
Incorporate a variety of textures, such as velvet, marble, and polished wood, to create a visually rich environment. Choose luxurious fabrics for your upholstery and drapery, adding a tactile dimension to your living space.
Here are some combinations recommended by Adrika:
“Don’t forget to keep the space balanced. If you have a lot of hard surfaces like glass, metal, or stone, soften the space with plush fabrics. Conversely, if you have soft furnishings, consider incorporating some harder textures to maintain equilibrium.”
Establishing a focal point adds interest and drama to the space, which is a key characteristic of modern luxe design. That’s why Adrika recommends having at least one statement piece in the space.
Whether it's a glamorous chandelier, a striking armchair, or an art installation, it establishes the mood and style of the space. This cohesion is essential in achieving a modern luxe look that feels intentional and well-curated.
Other than the functional aspect, a statement piece also allows you to express your personal style and make the space uniquely yours.
Styling a modern luxury HDB flat isn’t about spending a fortune on the most expensive furniture pieces or buying the biggest flat. It involves a combination of timeless furniture (that doesn’t have to break the bank), thoughtful arrangements, and proper planning to create an elegant and functional space.
Follow these tips to create a space that not only reflects your style but also offers a sanctuary of sophistication within the confines of urban living. Elevate your space and redefine luxury in your HDB flat!
If you need more help creating a modern luxe home, book a styling consultation and enjoy personalised space planning and styling advice from our Interior Stylists!