A Charming Japanese-Inspired Home Filled With Simple Luxuries


Characterised by a collection of unobtrusive furnishings and muted shades of brown, this 3-bedroom condominium apartment’s appeal clearly lies in its efficient design. Thought up by Joy Ouyang from interior design firm EightyTwo, the 1,600-square foot home’s design draws inspiration from modern-day Japanese interiors that are famous for their minimalism, clean visual profiles and unparalleled tidiness.

To give it an uncluttered appearance, clever solutions had to be employed. One such installation is the plywood cabinet installed at the entrance that conceals the apartment’s power distribution box. Further along, a set of drawers were built in to accommodate the homeowners’ footwear. Facing this is a preparation island, an existing feature that was refurbished with a plywood shelf and brand-new countertops for added functionality.

Keeping to a design centred on functionality and minimalism, the kitchen, located in an adjacent room, was outfitted with a series of counters clad in smooth Caesarstone quartz. A combination of wood-inspired and white laminates were used for the kitchen’s storage shelves and cabinets, the latter of which incorporate recessed handles for a sleek visual profile.

Outside in the dining area, a distinct country-style ambience can be discerned with its rustic elements, such as exposed brick walls and solid wood furniture. Close by, an open wall shelf lends a homely charm to the space with a collection of wrought-iron and earthen cookware.

The living room is a serene space with plenty of nature-inspired surfaces and furnishings. Adding to the living room’s warmth is the choice of wood-effect vinyl flooring that complements the zone’s timber furnishings. Examples include wall-mounted storage units, a free-standing open shelf and seats with wooden legs. A wash of pale blue was also chosen for the walls as a way of enhancing the warmth of assorted wooden fittings found in the space.

The relaxed vibe continues in the master bedroom with its soothing colour palette of blues and browns. Inspired by a Japanese hotel that the owners once visited, the bed frame incorporates a series of wraparound storage solutions that cocoon a comfy bed. Ceiling-high cabinetry aside, this cosy personal space also comes equipped with a pair of display niches as well as a trio of under-bed drawers, which provide additional storage.

This was adapted from an article originally published in Ideal Homes vol. 9. Photo credits: EightyTwo 

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