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How to Create a Family-Centric Home in Singapore

Focusing on the interior of a home occupied by one or two individuals is a fairly straightforward process. However, things can get a little tricky when you have an entire family involved as a variety of needs and preferences have to be met. Many families in Singapore resort to sacrificing good design for comfort and convenience but it doesn’t have to be that way.

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Creating an aesthetically pleasing yet functional family-friendly home can be simple. With careful planning and a clear understanding of how to go about setting up a well-designed interior, a great home can be designed to accommodate different members. 

Zoning of Vanities

A well-designed family home’s foundation can be achieved by properly planning the layout of the abode. By making full use of each and every corner of the home, categorise them accordingly to functional purposes to establish a sense of order.

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It is important to ensure that there is a good flow so that the overall design will be practical and efficient.

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Create partitions

Another tactic for establishing more organised spaces. Utilise partitions to separate boundaries so that activities of different family members in the same communal area don’t clash with each other.  This lets your family space become private and open at the same time. Different family members can enjoy personal activities and at the same time interact with one another.

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You can also consider using area rugs to act as partitions to create distinct spaces.

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Include a Quiet Corner

Everyone needs a little quiet time now and then right? Include a secluded and peaceful corner in your home such that members of the home can study, read, think or relax by themselves without any disturbances.

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This also relieves families of stress which, of course, can lead to a conducive, pleasant living environment for everybody. Find a place that is strategically positioned so as to conduct as little noise as possible and begin adding relaxing elements like a comfortable settee, ample storage (for work or study material) and good lighting.

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Consider having a secondary living room

You might agree that the living room is where a major portion of your time is spent but sometimes having just one living room isn’t enough for the entire family. Try creating a secondary one if your home has the luxury of space.

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Parents can watch a show in the main living room, while the kids can have friends over or hang out in the secondary one. This can either be done through the separation of one large space into two smaller divisions or through the replacement of one of the larger rooms in the home.

Spice up that balcony

Many families may just leave the balcony empty and underutilised. In such cases, you’d probably find it an overlooked section of the home with little thought put into it. A balcony can be turned into a lively space that’s used for communal activities and wonderful social moments. Try adding some greenery in the form of potted plants and some stylish furniture to create a conducive environment for social bonding.

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Add adaptive and functional elements

Flexibility can be an integral part of helping your interior further accommodate your family members. By relying on smart storage or multifunctional furniture pieces, you may be able to modify each space according to what you need at the moment.

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A study room or reading corner can also be transformed into an extra bedroom for guests who want to sleep over. The use of a wall bed that can be folded into the wall and allow for more space whenever it isn’t in use is the kind of idea that can turn this space into a fully functional one.

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Families in Singapore don’t have to look at interior design as a complicated and impossible concept. Humanise it and make it relevant to your personal spaces by making people (such as family members) a core part of the experience.


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