A Rustic Scandinavian-Inspired HDB Home Designed For Cosy Stay-Ins

Inspired by the owners’ previous home, this apartment was designed with a clean, rustic aesthetic in mind. Jeff Gan from Space Atelier was careful to incorporate vernacular features that speak to Nordic sensibilities, such as clean lines, natural light and a simple palette of neutrals. Industrial influences in the form of exposed surfaces and rough textures similarly add to the apartment’s homespun charm.

The first thing that the interior designer set out to do was to create a simple study corner near the living room for the home’s occupants. Rather than going the conventional route, however, a swing-inspired suspension table was installed. Supported by a pair of black powder-coated metal bars that are plugged into the ceiling, the table deliberately invokes the illusion of a floating structure for visual drama. Plywood layers that serve as the table’s surface are supported by an inner metal frame to ensure the structure’s sturdiness.

In the living area proper, the home’s cosy vibe is enhanced by woodgrained tones and textures. This can be seen in the TV feature wall, which combines black tinted glass and greyish wood laminates to create a bold, yet homely fixture. The same applies to the living room’s rear wall, which creates an interesting contrast between classical and industrial design styles by marrying rustic brick tiles with sleek cornice frames.

Next to this is the dining area, which is furnished simply with a sturdy dining table, industrial-style chairs and hanging pendant lights. The adjoining kitchen features a half wall, which was installed to allow plenty of natural light to flow into the utilitarian space.

Inside the kitchen, black subway tiles from Soon Bee Huat were used to construct a classic kitchen backsplash. This is complemented by wood-effect laminates from Lamitak to add to the zone’s cosy look. Cove lights installed under the cabinets help to accentuate the warm atmosphere as well. Efficient fittings can be found in the form of an acrylic solid surface kitchen counter as well as several suspended and underhung cabinets.

The master bedroom carries over the home’s overall theme with its warm wood tones and neutral palette. For efficient space-planning, a multi-functional platform bed was created to provide additional storage for the owners’ belongings. A customised headboard that integrates a pair of downlights provide additional functional lighting during the night. Finally, mirrors installed above the headboard help to open the space by bouncing natural light entering from the bedroom’s bay windows.

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