From atmospheric all-black abodes to lofty open-concept apartments, these Singapore homes prove that with careful planning and a bit of imagination, you too can achieve the home of your dreams.
Room with a view
Homes without a TV are uncommon in Singapore. In this private apartment, the full-height windows overlook lush greenery. Capitalising on this stunning view to create a restful atmosphere for the homeowner, design studio Atelier Here used a neutral palette of white marble and grey tones on the interiors.
All-black interiors are hard to pull off, but one interior firm that seems to always do it so perfectly is Habit. In this 657-square-foot private apartment, designers Denise Chng and Li Yanling once again prove that a satisfying all-black interior is the careful balance of all its elements and details. Just look at the dramatic statement ceiling in this home that gives this all-black home its unique personality.
Epitome of luxury
Located in Sentosa Cove, this four-bedroom condominium unit distinguishes itself from other luxury apartments with its intentional use of wood surfaces and Japanese Zen-like atmosphere. The design firm, akiHAUS, re-laid the floors and even wrapped the walls and ceiling with long strips of Burmese teak. The effect is a gorgeous framing of the scenic view.
Designers nowadays give HDB flats such a transformational makeover that it is getting difficult to tell at first glance if an apartment is in Singapore. Joey Khu, whose signature style continues to impress both homeowners and designers, did up this 4-room HDB flat in Chai Chee. The stylish mix of materials and furnishings make this home extremely outstanding.
Space wide open
Have you seen a HDB flat that is completely open concept? Now you have. This 4-room HDB flat designed by Linear Space Concepts had us floored with its boldness to bare it all. Interspersed with art and colour, this flat’s bright, open spaces exude the creative vibes of an artist’s loft.
House in a flat
Designers Lee Liting and Chow Khoon Toong of nitton architects created a “mini house” out of their 5-room HDB flat in Sengkang. All non-structural walls were hacked away and the entire layout was reconfigured to achieve fluid living spaces. Sliding panels and hidden beds allow space to be partitioned and used as a bedroom whenever needed.
Flexibility in space
This 1-room HDB flat in an old estate was given a new lease of life by Wincy Tang from Rhiss Interior. The unique design of this home is in the large swivel door that stands in the middle of the flat, separating the bedroom from the communal area. Its dry erase surface allows the homeowner to use the door as a whiteboard to conduct classes in her tiny apartment.
Pink is the new black
While pink used to be relegated to a nursery or a girl’s bedroom, this colour is now gaining much street cred as the one that unabashedly defies convention. Perhaps you still aren’t sold on using pink in your home, but you might after seeing this 4-room HDB flat designed by The Scientist.
Blocks of colour
We love the way colour blocking is used by Wynk Collaborative to transform this simple apartment into something that holds our gaze just a little longer. The living room has a pastel blue wall, the kitchen is a pop of fresh mint green, while the adjacent wall is clad in woodgrained laminates. These colour blocks create visual layering of a space, adding depth and sophistication to a humble home.
Coastal-themed homes are a favourite in Singapore but it usually runs the risk of looking dated or even tacky. This private apartment along East Coast is a beautiful modern reinterpretation of the coastal theme, proof that a good designer and stylist is key to achieving a unique look for your home.
This was adapted from an article originally written by Jasmine Goh published in IdealHomes vol. 11