When it comes to planning your dream home, you might be full of big ideas on how you’d want it to look. While your ideas might be big, you also want to make sure you’re implementing them the right way, as per the size of your space. This can especially be a concern when it comes to optimising an open-concept interior design to the best of its abilities. So, if you’re someone that likes to question the inevitable and experiment with design, this home’s open-concept interior design featuring IKEA furniture is something you don’t want to miss! 

Along with our friends at IKEA, we designed this 5-room HDB flat for a family of four to optimise the open-layout in all the right ways. With these simple tips on compact home interior design, you too can practise clever design and make the most of your open-layout.  

Who Livs here: A family of four – John and Annie, with their teenage kids Jude and Anastasia 
Location: Clementi Peaks 
Size of the home: 5-room HDB spanning 113 sqm  
Design style: Minimal Scandinavian studded with IKEA furniture

#1: A Cheery Open-Concept Living Space With Distinct Living and Dining Areas

This home’s open-concept interior design is nothing short of functional

There’s nothing more heartening than walking into a warm and cheerful looking space after a long day. To create a room that uplifts spirits upon entry, this open-concept interior design uses colourful pastel shades to build an inviting ambience for the living room. The pastel pink walls and curtains elegantly complement the white floor tiles, BILLY bookcase, and the light grey Äpplaryd sofa from IKEA.

An open-grid room divider is a great way to separate zones for compact home interior design

Besides the colour scheme, another design tip we can borrow from this open-concept interior design is the clever demarcation of the living and dining area. The use of a ceiling-high wall partition helps keep both spaces in the open layout separate, without obstructing the view from either side. Another tip for interior design for small spaces is to go for a grid room divider, with or without glass, to ensure the passage of light across the room. 

How Can You Style Your Living Room Using IKEA Furniture for Small Spaces?

Wondering how to style your compact home interior design the same way as this family? Here are some of the IKEA furniture for small spaces that make an appearance in this living room: 

  • Add storage to your compact home interior design with the BILLY bookcase and Bestå TV Bench.
  • The Äpplaryd sofa can comfortably seat the members of this family, but if you’d like to add a bit of extra seating space, consider using the Ulriksberg armchair or a floor pouffe. 
  • Go for the Ekedalen dining table with Odger dining chairs as they do not take up much space in an open floor layout. 
  • You can also accessorise your space with the Nävlinge pendant light and the Buddinge rug to add some flair to your living room. 

#2: A Customised Ceiling-High Storage Cabinet Helps Draw a Boundary Between the Rooms in an Open-Layout

In need of interior design ideas for small houses? Use a storage cabinet as a boundary between rooms

With open-concept interior design you might run the risk of having each room merge into the other without the right planning. And if you live in a compact home, carving out a detailed design for each room without making the space look cramped can be quite the task. Instead, it might be better to explore simple interior design ideas for small houses when it comes to drawing boundaries between rooms. 

In this open-concept interior design plan, we’ve used a customised ceiling-high storage cabinet to separate the space between the living room and kitchen. What’s more, this storage unit can also double as a display case depending on how you choose to use it. Also, be sure to explore lighting options within the cabinet to highlight this space better, especially if you use it as a display cabinet.

#3: Light Wooden-Grain Textures Add Just the Right Amount of Warmth to This Open-Concept Kitchen

If the wooden notes of Scandinavian design have your heart, this kitchen design is for you

If you have a keen eye, you might have noticed the shift in floor tile colours between the living room and kitchen area. The floor tiles shift from white to an off-white shade of taupe that cleverly depicts the demarcation between both spaces in the home’s open-concept interior design. This is also a useful tip to explore when it comes to interior design ideas for a small house.

Add extra counter space to your kitchen with an extended countertop

The homeowners, John and Annie, enjoy cooking during the weekends with friends and family, which further highlights the need for a kitchen that can accommodate this. Since the counter space of the kitchen is limited to one wall, we extended the kitchen wall on the opposite side with the combination of a half-height base cabinet and a tall unit. 

By doing so, you can add both storage and function to your interior design for small spaces. This also helps draw a small boundary between the kitchen and common areas in an open-concept interior design.

Also Read: How to Make an Open Kitchen Work in the Best Possible Way

How Can You Style Your Kitchen With Furniture From IKEA?

If you’d like a kitchen that’s as charming as John and Annie’s, here are some furniture items that can help: 

  • For that lovely wooden finish, use Vedhamn drawer fronts for your cabinetry. 
  • You can anchor your kitchen area in an open layout home with a Nävlinge pendant light.
  • Bagganäs cabinet handles are a great way to add a modern edge to your wooden cabinets. 

Add some storage to your space with an Enhet wall shelf between cabinets. This can also double as open storage options for easy-to-access items.

#4: Muted Colours Work Best for Modern Master Bedrooms

Notice how the floors, curtains, and walls match in terms of colour to create continuity in the design

John and Annie’s bedroom is a true reflection of the modern style they wanted for their space. The use of muted colours further opens up the room, giving it an airy and welcoming feel. Staying in theme with the open-concept interior design of the rest of the house, the master bedroom too takes on a minimalist approach. 

Colours such as white, beige, brown, and grey come together to create a simple minimalist look for the master bedroom. To improve traffic flow, all sides of the Gladstad bed are kept open and unobstructed, while also maintaining separate functional zones in each area of the room. 

How Can You Create Different Functional Zones With IKEA Furniture? 

  • The Sekken sliding door wardrobe to the left corner of the room helps create a dressing area. Since the doors are not hinged, they do not open outwards and take up less space. Sleek Bäve track lights help focus light into the wardrobe and make it easier to find items while getting ready. 
  • The Gladstad bed and Grimsås pendant light help centre the room, establishing this space as the sleeping zone. You can also add an air purifier like the Starkvind to ensure your room air stays filtered and clean. 
  • To the right corner of the room we have a natural light source as well as the reading area that go hand in hand. You can limit the need for using electricity during daylight hours by placing the Omtänksam armchair by the window. 
  • Consider making use of day curtains along with black-out curtains so you have the option of keeping the room bright during the day, even when the blinds are closed. Besides this, opt for a Flugbo floor lamp to help illuminate the space after hours. 

Here’s a Sneak Peak at the Couple’s Master Bathroom 

Low on bathroom space? Opt for a wall-mounted cabinet to clear your floor space

Taking on a simple approach to design, the couple’s small bathroom interior design is warm and inviting. The gentle glow you see here comes from the Floalt LED light panel in the ceiling, offering just the right amount of ambient light. 

In the case of small bathroom interior design, it’s easy to overcrowd your floor space with bulky fittings and furniture. To prevent this, go for a wall-mounted washbasin like the Godmorgon to keep your floor space open. 

The use of light-coloured tiles and mirrors like the Lindbyn are a few other good examples of how to create the illusion of space in a small room. 

#5: The Daughter’s Bedroom – Use Curtains to Demarcate Space in Small Rooms Without Downsizing 

This small bedroom is a great example of how to use clever interior design ideas for a small house

Nothing is more frustrating than trying to maximise a small room in an open-concept interior design, without making it look overcrowded and cramped. And with a room as compact as Anastasia’s, the risk of compromising functionality for style is high. Luckily, we have some interior design ideas for small houses that can help.  

Similar to the master bedroom, you want to try using the least bulky furniture when it comes to segmenting your room into different zones. Here, you can use the Majrid curtain as a room divider to create separate sleep and work zones. This is especially useful for students like Anastasia who are currently preparing for their national exams as it gives them a niche to focus in.

We love how IKEA furniture works so well in small spaces

How Can You Style Your Compact Bedroom Like Anastasia’s? 

  • Go for a simple single bed like the Gladstad that offers concealed storage below it. You can also add to the room’s storage capabilities with a Baggebo cabinet or an Eket bedside table.
  • The Skådis pegboard is a must-have for kids who need a designated area for their schedules and trinkets. It also helps add function to empty wall space.  
  • Other accessories you can use for a similar look include the Möjlighet duvet cover and pillowcase set. To add a pop of colour to the space, opt for the Kransborre pillow and Gurli pillow cover. The Knardrup floor rug is another colourful option for teenage bedrooms. 
  • For additional seating space, the Fröset easy chair along with the Hattefjäll office chair are sturdy options to consider. 
  • You can also amplify your lighting game with the Jakobsbyn pendant light shade and a cosy Tärnaby bedside lamp. 

#6: The Son’s Bedroom – A Functional Space With Plenty of Light 

The interplay of blue and white colours for the opposing walls creates two different zones: work and sleep

You might have already noticed how each room in this open-concept interior design has an abundance of natural light flooding into it. Jude’s bedroom is no different when it comes to this, as he has a wide window occupying nearly the entirety of one wall. 

Also, notice how the Floalt LED light panels on the ceiling take on the appearance of a skylight, adding visual interest. What’s more, the use of white for the majority of the room further helps reflect light, creating a clean and bright space. 

How Can You Style Your Bedroom Like Jude’s?

  • If gaming is just as important to you as it is to Jude, you’re going to want a good set up in your room. Here, you can use the Utespelare gaming desk along with the Matchspel gaming chair for a comfortable set up. 
  • Add storage to your compact room with the Helmer drawer unit (it comes with the bonus of storing it below your desk to save floor space!). A few other great options for storage are the Eket wall cabinets, the Skådis pegboard, and the handy Fredvang underbed storage unit. 
  • For single room occupants, a simple single bed helps prevent cramming the room with bulky furniture. Here’s where the Blåkullen bed frame comes in handy as it takes up less space. 
  • You can also improve the overall functionality of your bed area by throwing in a Björkåsen laptop stand and a Virrmo floor lamp. This way, you can choose to either work from your bed or the desk. 
  • In need of more light around your desk area? No problem! Use the Strömlinje LED lights under your wall cabinets to focus some light on your workstation. 

#7: A Minimalist Take on the Common Bathroom

This minimalist common bathroom embodies the simplicity of compact home interior design

In line with keeping things simple for a small bathroom interior design, the family’s common bathroom is just as elegant as the master bathroom. Both bathrooms are similar in design with the Floalt LED light panels occupying the ceiling and the Godmorgon wash stand in a white-stained oak effect. 

If you’re considering styling your bathroom the same way, bear in mind that it’s important to segment wet and dry zones. If your bathroom is small, use a glass shower partition to separate the two areas without adding to the visual clutter of the space. 

How Can Livspace Help You?

If you love the look of John and Annie’s open-concept interior design, here’s another IKEA-inspired home you might like: This Waterway Sunrise Home Shows the Best Way to Use IKEA Furniture

Wondering how you can make your home look just as beautiful? We’ve got you covered. Book an online consultation with Livspace today. Have some comments and suggestions you’d like to share with us? We’re all ears! Feel free to write to us at editor.sg@livspace.com.