Well-versed in industrial-style renovations, the design team at Versaform was excited to foray into a new design frontier for this resale flat. The homeowner, a bachelorette, was especially attracted to the charm of the farmhouse look. Therefore, it became an executive decision to add on to the distressed beauty of the industrial style with her favourite barnyard-inspired accents.
To ensure both industrial and farmhouse styles enjoy a perfect balance, the team established a clean-cut colour palette as a blank canvas. A pristine white palette sets the stage in the communal zones. An 8-inch skirting runs across the entire landscape and instils a farmhouse-style accent. Black design outlines in the forms of track lighting and a mild steel bar rack factor in the industrial style characteristics. These farmhouse-industrial pairings look well-put-together and the designers decided to up the style stakes with colonial-style lighting from Verde Lights.
“It was an intricate balance working with the farmhouse and industrial looks which are two conflicting styles”, say the designers. “However, the real challenge was introducing the colonial-style lighting with the porcelain pendant lights and cage light. That we managed to accomplish with careful consideration of the placement and overall aesthetics.”
Their efforts are reflected in the dining area, which prominently displays a cluster of porcelain lights intermingling with the track lighting and overhead bar rack with flair. The designers then worked in a unique composition of design elements for the dining counter. Swathed in a blue-green laminated base, the counter’s bright tone creates a strong visual demarcation for the dining area amidst the other communal zones.
Adorning the blue-green base is a MDF panel which features beautiful cut-out patterns. These alluring textures are well-paired with the ceramic floor tiles which are laid around the perimeter of the dining counter. These textures also further affirm the visual demarcation of the dining zone.
Though enclosed by bi-fold doors in powder coated mild steel, the kitchen remains visually connected to the dining area through the green-blue accent colour. It appears as the inner backing of the custom-built dishrack. The rest of the kitchen is outfitted in a light colour scheme which includes white cabinetry, a backsplash of patterned tiles and quartz countertops. This clean-cut colour palette allows the understated textures and bright pop of colour to punctuate through and this resonates with the eclectic but tame industrial-farmhouse fusion.
Venturing into the private resting areas, the master bedroom showcases a unique configuration with the sink counter pushed out of the ensuite bathroom. “This frees up more space in the main bathroom,” explain the designers. It also integrates the sink and vanity functions as one which is fitting for the homeowner’s needs. They included a semi-recessed moulding feature within the cabinetry and wardrobe doors and the desired effect shows up well. They add: “This design feature presents a stronger layered effect.”
In the master bathroom, form and functionality converge with the designers erecting a wall to cover up the unsightly piping. This is possible because they have already moved the sink out of its confines. The team then created two functional recesses which are framed with mosaic tiles and mirrors.
By venturing out of their comfort zone, the designers from Versaform took a gamble and arrived at a brand new spin on the industrial style. It goes to show their design foresight and rich expertise have steered them in the right direction, for this industrial-farmhouse home emerges as a talking point out of the predictable Scandi and Scandi-industrial styles.
This was adapted from an article originally written by Disa Tan published in the March 2018 issue of SquareRooms. Photo credits: Versaform