We love designing new homes where the homeowners give us freehand to add our own experimental twist. This 4-room BTO design has tons of examples showcasing what happens when form and function meet.

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A feeler of what lies ahead

Who livs here: Shankie and his wife Debbie

Location: 102A Bidadri Park Drive

Type of home: 4-room HDB BTO

Livspace team: Interior Designer Johan Ng and Project Manager Jamal Ali

Livspace service: Design, demolition, masonry, carpentry, electrical, plumbing, glass, painting

Budget: $$$$$


Any new homeowner’s guilty pleasure is saving photos of aesthetic homes on Pinterest. That is exactly why Shankie and Debbie had tons of requests for their home’s design when they met Livspace designer John Ng. John took them into his careful consideration and decided to give this BTO 4-room design an eclectic touch. 
Let’s check out what features this 4-room BTO offers!

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#1: Steal the Statement Colour Scheme of This 4-Room BTO Design

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Use dark blues to make a statement in your BTO interior design
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Two bolds make a right in this striking kitchen

The first thing to admire in this 4-room BTO flat design layout is it’s striking colour scheme. John picked dark navys to adorn the 4-room BTO design. The foyer wall and the kitchen cabinet are painted in deep blues while the yellow contrasts it beautifully. We love how this fits the eclectic theme of this couple’s 4-room BTO ideas. 

The dining room has a lighter blue wash to it. This helps it to fit in as a transitional shade and is a great way to create a soothing environment in this 4-room BTO. On that note, the couple had not noticed the kitchen backsplash until the last day and it took them by surprise. It was, of course, love at first sight!

The kitchen cabinets are finished in EDL’s Fenix laminate which has nanotechnology that is fingerprint resistant, anti-bacterial and also has “healing” effects. (Yes you read that!)

#2: This 4-Room BTO Floor Plan has a Quirky Surprise!

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Can you guess what is behind those doors?
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The 4-room BTO floor plan was changed to accommodate a dining room

Here is a little secret for you. John actually changed the 4-room BTO design layout of this flat to accommodate that unique dining table. The dining area, behind the sliding wooden panels you see, to be a bedroom before. This 4-room BTO floor plan is now where we see this beautiful blue-washed dining table there in an open layout.

This BTO 4-room design table is indeed unique. It was bought at a local store in the city (a very millennial move, might we say?). The couple will happily recount how there is no other dining table design like theirs in the whole of Singapore!

In the words of the couple

“In terms of envisioning our design and executing it, I would say it is almost 10/10. We were impressed with Johan’s experience & professionalism in our house designs. He was also able to optimize our space for storage & also provide ideas on our furniture, fixtures & accessory selection to match our eclectic theme. Livspace’s carpentry carries quality and good workmanship, all rectifications were also done swiftly with limited hassle.”

Shankie & Debbie

Livspace Homeowners

#3: Get a Semi-open Kitchen Like This 4-Room BTO Design

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Get a sneak peek into this 4-room BTO kitchen
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Foldable glass windows separate the kitchen from the rest of the home.

Both Debbie and Shankie are passionate about cooking.. They wanted an open kitchen but were afraid that it would become harder to maintain. John craftily added collapsible glass windows to the kitchen, effectively making it a semi-open space that can be enclosed when necessary. The kitchen also has two countertops, which means that homeowners can have access to the kitchen without feeling cramped.

Glass shutters give this 4-room BTO design layout a boost by giving the option to convert it into a closed space as per requirement.

#4: Ode to This 4-Room BTO Design’s Stylish Master Bedroom

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Use neutral colours to amplify the calming vibes in your BTO interior design
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Add a quirky wallpaper to define the style of your space

One of the 4-room BTO ideas, suggested by the designer, was to have a fuss-free bedroom and John delivered just that. Since the couple was open for experimentation, he added a quirky wallpaper to give this soothing bedroom a focal point. The nightstands on either side of the bed have oodles of storage while a dresser stands on the same wall.

#5: Get Inspired By Walk-in Wardrobe In This 4-Room BTO Design 

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Add maximum storage with a floor-to-ceiling wardrobe
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Optimise the space with a sofa-cum-bed

This BTO interior design has gone through some heavy transformations. This walk-in wardrobe is an addition that we all admire. This 4-room BTO design’s second room was converted into a walk-in wardrobe. With floor-to-ceiling dimensions and several accessories, this walk-in wardrobe can house storage like no other room. Save this one in your 4-room BTO design ideas inspiration.

#6: Here are 4-Room BTO Ideas to Perfect That Bathroom

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Brush your bathroom with tropical pattern with a strip of tiles
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Make sure to separate wet and dry areas in your bathroom

One of the other hits of this 4-room BTO design is the master bathroom. The overlay of tiles creates a tropical vibe, instantly making this a soothing space. We also notice how the space is cleverly used with a lot of hanging shelves for storage. The shower is separated with glass partitions which makes it super low maintenance. In the words of Shankie and Debbie, “The master bathroom is so “us”, reflecting our style perfectly.”

“Being a designer for so many years, this has been one of the most memorable projects since it happened during Covid-19, which resulted in unexpected situations. But luckily the couple was very understanding throughout the renovation journey. They also pushed my boundaries as a designer which allowed me to explore certain approaches that I normally wouldn’t have proposed.”

Johan Ng

Interior Designer, Livspace

If you loved reading the journey of this couple, check out another young couple’s renovation journey with us: What is the Best Way to Design a 4-room HDB for a Young Couple.

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