We live surrounded by colours, shades and light, all of which have a profound influence on a space and the people within it. And when the homeowners saw this three-bedroom apartment in Faber Walk, they immediately knew that they wanted to incorporate their love for the water into their home, in colour form. With the help of designer Christin Apriyanti from interior design firm Distinct Identity, the homeowners spent two months reconfiguring and modernising the 1,066-square foot apartment and ended up with a charming abode that oozes tonnes of personality.
To create the home’s bold and striking look, an abundance of blue and black tones were chosen as the main colour palette. In addition to that, the homeowners also wanted their communal living spaces to encompass an open plan layout. “The owners like to host a lot, so they wanted one big communal space that would be able to accommodate their frequent gatherings,” Christin explains. This led to the hacking of the full-height partition wall in the kitchen, allowing the cooking zone to open into the dining and living room. The resulting space offers an open perspective, which maximises the flow from one end of the apartment to the other.
On the opposite end of the communal zone, the living room abounds in monochromatic hues, with a bulk of it chalking up to the woodgrained laminates used on the television feature wall. “We chose to use wood laminates as the warm shade would be able to balance out the strong dark colours in the kitchen,” explains Christin. Instead of having all the laminates in a vertical layout – which would have been too monotonous and boring – some of the laminate strips were arranged in a slanted orientation that gives the overall structure a more interesting and playful quality.
Further back in the couple’s private chambers, there is an air of calm and serenity, which is a result of the navy blue hues that covers almost all of the room’s vertical surfaces. Then, to balance out of the cool tones, Christin introduced warmer shades through a customised headboard, bed frame and side tables that were all constructed out of dark wood laminates.
On one of the bedroom walls where the television set is mounted, it’s hard not to be taken by the pair of embedded cove light features that flank either side of the wall. “As the bedroom is quite a small area, by having this cove light feature extend from the floor all the way up to the ceiling, it helps to draw the eye upwards, which in turn makes the space feel like it’s longer and bigger,” says Christin.
Moving on, as there was a smaller bedroom right next to the master boudoir, it was decided to convert the room into a walk-in wardrobe, which now houses the homeowners’ extensive collection of clothes, shoes and bags. To help the new space better serve its purpose, the original swing door entrance was sealed off, while a section of the partition wall between the two rooms was demolished in favour of a glass sliding door. By doing so, the couple is offered a more seamless transition between the sleeping chamber and the walk-in wardrobe.
There’s no denying that colours play an important role in interior design, and through the clever design sensibilities of both Christin as well as the homeowners, the result is a home that is both functional and aesthetically pleasing. And at the end of the day, it proves that there is nothing arbitrary in this world. Instead, it’s all about harmony.
This was adapted from an article originally published in the November 2018 issue of SquareRooms. Photo credits: Distinct Identity