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It is entirely common for homeowners, especially first-timers, to want to decorate on a shoestring budget. Coming home to a space that looks like you won the jackpot, yet is easy on the wallet, can be within reach. Anyone can have a stylish space for $35,000 or below with some careful consideration. If you’re still sceptical, here’s our curation of dapper dwellings you can draw inspiration from.

By Christa Yeo


1) $10,000 to $20,000

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Vincent Chiam from Palmwood says, “For this budget category, I would advise clients to take care of basic carpentry and basic fittings first. Keep the look simple and refrain from incorporating mirrors or glass into the interior design, those can be added in future.”

Keep it airy and light, like in this home that maximises the most of its space by keeping it uncluttered. Strategic splashes of colour and having the seating options in different textures adds visual interest.
Interior designer: Urban Design House

Not one but two feature walls, heavy luxurious looking curtains and pale colours make for a very relaxing apartment. For curtains, get the best quality for your budget and avoid flimsy ones. Once you have them, hang them as close to the ceiling as you can to create the illusion of fullness.
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2) $20,000 to $30,000

Thomas Poon from Thom Signature recom033_Renozonemends focusing on the living room and building more smart storage options. “New homes tend to be smaller, so storage is important to avoid a cluttered space. I would also suggest building false ceilings or cove lighting, they can greatly improve the ambience. Soft furnishings such as curtains and the sofa are important too.”

Feel like you’re in a Balinese resort without stepping out of this house. The darker colours are balanced out by the use of natural materials such as wood, and with strategic lighting, this place might relax you more than some spas.
Interior designer: Renozone Interior Design House

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Make a HDB flat feel like your very own Victorian manor with this design. The flat was given a modern take on what could be a heavy and old-fashioned style with its soothing cream colours. The mouldings on the walls also add a sense of richness and elegance to the home.
Interior designer: D5 Studio



3) $30,000 to $35,000



Jayden Cheong from GSID explained that homeowners in this budget range have some leeway to play with materials such as mirrors, which can help visually enlarge a space.

Open the door and step into a science-fiction movie set in this condominium unit. Neon-coloured cove lighting and feature walls go a long way in conveying the desired mood.
Interior designer: Absolook Design


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A visual feast for eyes that love rich details and textures, this flat has got us bedazzled. Acting asan “anchor”, the large black kitchen cabinet pulls the look together by being the plainest object in the room. It also happens to be a perfect vantage point where you can savour all the details.
Interior designer: DC Vision



Article and images contributed by HomeRenoGuru and Nippon Paint.

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