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How to make your HDB feel bigger with the right vinyl flooring.

How to Make Your HDB Feel Bigger with the Right Vinyl Flooring

16 February 2024

By: Floorrich Singapore

Use colours, lighting and flooring to make your HDB look more spacious.

Living in a Singaporean HDB apartment often means maximising space in a relatively compact environment. However, strategic choices, like selecting the right flooring, can create the illusion of spaciousness and transform your HDB into a haven of light and airiness. This guide explores how vinyl wood flooring specifically can contribute to achieving a bigger-looking HDB, while also considering Singapore’s unique climate and lifestyle needs.

Light colours

Light-reflecting colours

Ditch dark, heavy tones that visually shrink the space. Opt for light-coloured vinyl planks that reflect natural and artificial light, making your HDB feel brighter and airier. Think soft beiges, creamy whites, and light greys. 

Glossy finishes

Glossy vinyl planks reflect even more light, further amplifying the feeling of spaciousness. This is especially effective in areas with limited natural light.


Longitudinal stripes

Install your vinyl planks lengthwise, mimicking the flow of the room and creating a sense of visual expansion. This trick is particularly effective in narrow hallways or corridors. 

Plank width

Wider planks, especially those exceeding 6 inches, contribute to a more expansive feel compared to narrower ones. However, consider the room size – wider planks might overwhelm smaller spaces.


Flowing transitions

Maintain a consistent flooring material throughout open-concept areas like living, dining and kitchen. This creates a seamless visual connection, making the space feel larger than the sum of its parts.

Minimise transitions

Avoid using multiple flooring types within the same room, as transitions create visual breaks that can fragment the space.


Reflective surfaces

Strategically placed mirrors opposite windows or light sources bounce light around the room, further enhancing the feeling of spaciousness. Consider incorporating full-length mirrors or mirrored furniture.


Minimise clutter

Excessive furniture and decor can visually shrink a space. To maximise space utilisation, declutter regularly and opt for multifunctional furniture.


Sheer curtains

Let natural light flow freely by using sheer curtains instead of heavy drapes. This brightens the space and maintains a sense of openness.


Area rugs

Define specific zones within an open-plan area using area rugs. Opt for light-coloured rugs with subtle patterns to avoid visually closing in the space.
By incorporating these clever flooring tips, you can transform your HDB into a bright, airy, and seemingly spacious haven. With a little planning and the right vinyl wood flooring choices, you’ll be able to maximise the space of your HDB.