Retro Meets Industrial in this Stunning 5-Room BTO Flat

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By breaking out of safe colour palettes, Versaform engaged unique hue pairings to create the illusion of space and dimension in this truly charming HDB flat.

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Colour formed a tremendous criterion in the design brief of this HDB unit. “The homeowners are big on colours,” says the Versaform design team who helmed the overhaul, “and they were receptive to something bold and daring for their first home together.” To project a home that mirrored their design personalities, the team pulled no stops in incorporating colour into their custom designs.

The pièce de résistance is the island counter in the eat-in kitchen. With burgundy tones fused with light wood-effect textures, the laminate finishes of the cabinetry emit the feel-good vibes of a 50s diner. The team then matched these nostalgic hues with a gorgeous terrazzo countertop and Spanish-inspired flooring tiles to good effect. Complementing the eclectic-style setup are mild steel frames fashioned in fish scale patterns. With these brilliant industrial accents and outstanding colours, the team successfully mixed textures, tones and different time periods in this kitchen.

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Over to the combined living and dining zones, cement-effect flooring tiles set a clean-lined base for a curated colour palette to take precedence. The team balanced dusky hues in yellow, green and blue with grainy tones for the backings of the wall-hung cabinet. It sits well with the blue-painted feature wall. Rather than having the perpendicular wall coated in a uniformed tone, the designers clad it with chalkboard paint, giving it a diagonal treatment. This geometric visual effect is subtle but effective in pushing the room back further to conjure a spacious appearance.

Two of the bedrooms have been reshuffled and merged to form an enlarged boudoir complete with wardrobe and study amenities. For added privacy, the newly-designated bedroom is encased in glass within a mild steel structure. A host of facilities, such as an integrated study, a dresser and a walk-in wardrobe, has been installed outside of the sleeping quarters and is at the homeowners’ disposal. For a quirky yet practical touch, the custom-designed desk hides an adorably-shaped nook, which houses the fur kids in the family.

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Accessed via a beautiful emerald green door with an opaque glass opening, the master bathroom is awash in a familiar sense of whimsy. The door is complemented by a patchwork design of tiles, which define the shower stall. The design team adds: “These glazed porcelain tiles in honeycomb shapes were specially selected to match the green door.” The terrazzo sink counter further brings a touch of vibrancy with its organic details.

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Versaform’s dedication to the finer details pays off throughout the home, and yet the team humbly credits the homeowners for the success of the design: “We can only credit that to the homeowners’ confidence and open-minded attitude towards our work.” From the communal zones to often-overlooked areas such as the bathroom or shoe cabinet, every bit of their design and space planning counts towards making this regular HDB flat shine.

This post was adapted from an article originally published in the December 2020 issue of SquareRooms.