A Plant-Filled, Resort-Inspired HDB Flat for an Eclectic, Cosy Couple

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Getting creative with design challenges led to the creation of this colourful and cosy space.

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When taking on this project, designer Ronnie Goh of Swiss Interior faced some unique challenges. To begin, both homeowners had different design preferences for their home—the wife wanted more decorative features while the husband leaned towards something more minimal. However, they were both on the same page with wanting a home that would be relaxing and enjoyable to spend time in, much like a Balinese resort. Additionally, as plant and music lovers, the pair wanted their flat to cater to their hobbies as well.

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Clashing design preferences aren’t uncommon, but this home also presented an unusual layout with odd-shaped corners throughout. While designing such spaces can be tricky, Ronnie saw this as an opportunity. Since initial discussions with the owners revolved around their need for storage and practicality, Ronnie felt that with some tweaks, this could be achieved. Further, the kooky floor plan could also be manipulated so that each part of the home could have a distinct function.

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To improve the flow of the house and make it seem more spacious, Ronnie proposed an open-concept layout for the flat. To this end, the kitchen wall was removed, making the cooking zone appear larger and airier. This also allowed cabinetry to extend into the living area, providing way more storage for the couple. Ronnie also expanded the main suite by combining two bedrooms, creating a grander feel while ensuring no room in the house gets neglected.

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Deciding on the colour scheme for a tasteful home with personality took some trial and error. “Many different unconventional colours were meticulously paired, resulting in the final design you see today,” Ronnie shares. This attention to all details big and small applied to other spaces in the home as well, even down to the choice of statement-making mosaic tiles on the bathroom floors which Ronnie chose to add flair to the space.

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Having worked so closely with the couple to build their dream home over two months, the designer shares that one of the most memorable aspects of this project was the relationship he built with the pair, adding that they still keep in “close contact.” Another boon? Being able to work on an unconventional layout and get creative with the eclectic and resort-inspired design. We say it’s a win-win for all!

This post was adapted from an article originally published in the October 2021 issue of SquareRooms.