You’ll Love these Creative Curve Ideas for your HDB Renovation

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Curves are possibly the biggest trend to hit the home renovation and interior design scene in Singapore in recent years. At Yang’s Inspiration Design, we were one of the earliest adopters, introducing curves in a myriad of ways in our clients’ homes. They are particularly effective in an HDB renovation. As you know, HDBs and BTOs are typically pretty stock and standard, so curves, particularly if you’re using it as an architectural element, can really help your home stand out from the crowd.

 An HDB Renovation at Clementi Ave 6 by Steven. Adding curves to an un-hackable structural beam turns a sight for sore eyes into an architectural feature instead.
An HDB Renovation at Woodlands Drive by Ken. This archway adds an unconventional architectural detail to the entrance of this laundry room.

The trend really began at the height of the pandemic and took off exponentially from then. People were staying at home a lot more, so they were seeking out ways to turn their spaces into homey, welcoming nests that they’d never want to leave. 

An HDB Renovation at Towner Road by Randall. We created a curved ceiling feature here, which resulted in a cosier living room, perfect for nesting.

Curves did just that for us. By smoothening out the edges and easing the lines, they add a more natural and organic feel to our home, making our space more inviting and comforting—almost like you’re getting a great big hug. 

An HDB Renovation at Compassvale Bow by Ken. A bespoke moon-shaped vanity mirror juxtaposed against the sharp edges of the chevron patterns on the wall.
An HDB renovation at Woodlands Ave 9 by Abby. The shoe storage comes with an arched indent to serve as a shoe bench. Concealed lighting adds to the dose of cosy near the entrance.

From subtle contours to more overt arches, we’ve sought to incorporate curves in unique ways as you can see below. Which is your favourite? 

An HDB renovation at Clementi Ave 1 by Kenneth. The shoe cabinet features a gentle rounded edge, in contrast with the straight lines of the fluted panelling.
An HDB Renovation at Northshore Drive by Ken. An indented arched display niche offering some interest at the end of a hallway.
An HDB Renovation at Eunos Road by Jing Yi. If you’re looking for a more inconspicuous curved addition, consider semi-circle closet knobs.
An HDB Renovation at Woodlands Ave 9 by Abby. Curves are great for a bedroom space, allowing for a more restful ambience. Here, rounded open shelves provide room for display and storage.
An HDB Renovation at Compassvale Bow by Ken. A kitchen peninsula with a curved shape at one end. 

Another advantage of curves is easing the transition from one space to the next. To do this, consider rounding up the edges of your carpentry. 

An HDB renovation at Edgefield Plains by Caren. With the edges of the kitchen cabinets smoothened out, the shift from kitchen to the rest of the home feels less visually jarring.
An HDB renovation at Jurong East St 22 by Steven. Adding a contoured edge enhances the visual appeal when transitioning from counter height to table height.

On the practical side of things, contours and rounded edges can actually be a safety measure as sharp edges can be dangerous.

An HDB renovation at Upper Serangoon Road by Jason. With the built-in wardrobe so close to the bed, having soft corners makes the close proximity less of a hazard.
An HDB Renovation at Segar Road by Jason. With the desk and sofa so close together, there isn’t much space to move around. The curved edge of the desk allows for a smoother and safer flow of traffic in and out of the living room.

If you’re looking to create an entertaining-friendly home, adding curves will make your guests feel extra welcome. Our designer, Ivan did up an oval-shaped kitchen island that he combined together with the dining table:

An HDB renovation at Serangoon Ave 2 by Ivan. 

The bathroom, it turns out, is also a popular place to include curves:

An HDB renovation at Woodlands Ave 9 by Abby. Rounding the edges of the bathroom vanity.
An HDB renovation at Tampines St 21 by David. A curved shower enclosure.
An HDB renovation at Segar Road by Jason. Repurposing leftover tiles into curved shelves to use as shower niches. 

As a caveat, curves do add to your renovation costs because of the additional work that goes into creating them. But the result is usually worth the extra penny. If you’re on a tighter budget though, we also offer simpler solutions like creating a simple arch display shelf like what our designer Steven did: 

An HDB renovation at Upper Serangoon Crescent by Steven.

And to round things up (heh), if you want to include curves into your own HDB renovation, get in touch with us via our Facebook/Instagram/TikTok, send us an enquiry here or Whatsapp us at 8855 7575

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