Houzz Tour: The Details in this Flat Stand Tall
Customised and creative elements make all the difference in a newlywed couple's contemporary abode
So it was no surprise when a newlywed couple asked design firm The Inside Job for a “spacious, minimalist industrial [style] with screed finish” for their 4-room Housing Development Board (HDB) flat. The challenge the designers set for themselves was how to set this home apart. “This common design brief…may lead to another generic-looking home resembling a café or some cold, run-down factory, which is in vogue but hardly memorable,” says Cynthia Liau, studio director of the boutique interior design firm. She adds that the design team undertook the task of not only fulfilling the owners’ design brief but “to produce a space that is also unique.”
Who lives here: A young, newlywed couple
Location: 4-room HDB on Dawson Road
Size: 87 square metres (936 square feet)
The designers took a “holistic approach” towards creating a home that not only fulfilled the design brief, but was also a cosy and liveable, blank canvas on which the owners could make their own mark. The approach, says Liau, “creates visual clarity which allows the clients to easily fill their small home with personal items.”
This is best seen in the open-plan living and dining areas where cool neutral hues set a tranquil tone. In contrast, touches of bright colour, plush textures and natural greenery enliven the space.
Dark walnut laminate flooring also helps to ground the space. The strong lines of the frames are softened by the simple, rounded shapes of a Scandi-style, two-level coffee table and a circular rug.
A view of the living area shows the distinct black frames, which cut across the bare expanse of the concrete screed wall. The frames also create niches for artwork and other decorative accents.
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