Simple Does It In This Eclectic Three-Bedroom Apartment

For professionals with a hectic lifestyle, nothing beats the comfort of returning to a tranquil personal haven for some peace and quiet. For one working couple, this luxury is no pipe dream. Setting itself apart with an eclectic style that draws inspiration from various decor genres, the space is equipped with simple, but charming fixtures that lend their low-key surroundings a pleasant vibe.

“Through this design, we hope to redefine the stereotypical image of a ‘clinical’ modern home by weaving in subtle elements of movement, nature and light for an authentic present-day living experience,” explains the director of 0932 Design Consultants, Roystern Goh, who worked on this project with his team.

“To achieve this, we collaborated with the owners to create a home that is an expression of their personalities,” he says.

Indeed, a palpable character that conveys the owners’ sense of aesthetics is discernible throughout the home. For instance, the apartment features several expansive rooms, which were created by demolishing dividing walls that originally contained the master bedroom, kitchen and study.

The foyer is one space that benefitted from these modifications as it now features an expanded field of vision, which allows the homeowners to look directly into the adjoining living spaces. Similarly, the choice of mid-century style windows with thin hand wrought grilles and clear glass panels gives a clear view of the world outside, while maximising natural illumination by allowing sunlight to pour in.

Thanks to its selection of comfy furnishings, the living room emits a homely appeal that characterises much of the abode. A combination of wooden textures, concrete surfaces and cool colours come together here to create a subtle charm, which is reminiscent of the relaxing vibe commonly associated with Scandinavian-style living. Additionally, the apartment’s pitched ceiling was made visible by removing the original false ceiling panels, thus allowing it to reinforce the living room’s neat look with its clean architectural lines. Occupying the front of the living room, a vintage teak TV console adds a delightful yesteryear allure that goes well with the industrial feel of the floor’s concrete look-alike tiles.

On the other hand, the adjacent dining room is by and large a minimalist space. Consisting solely of a dining table dressed in a dark linoleum surface and several galvanised steel chairs, the room’s resulting appearance creates a distinct visual contrast when juxtaposed against the brighter hues of the living room.

Likewise, the apartment’s kitchen and its surrounding space feature a considerably muted tone with their delicate colours. Take for example, the barely-there green tint of the cabinet’s laminates as well as the off-white Caesarstone countertop and backsplash. The sole fitting that stands out in the vicinity is an adjustable chandelier that is reminiscent of a camera tripod with its exposed wires and thin black metal frame.

Meanwhile, a study corner installed between the bedroom entrances exudes a rough allure with its textured cement back wall. Created by hand, the rough strokes of the wall’s finish are made visible by the white glow of a tabletop study lamp, which in turn imbue the space with an edgy look. For added visual consistency, the desk surface also features the same walnut-coloured shade as the two bedroom doors that share the same corridor.

In similar fashion, the master bedroom employs freehand methods to create the blue-green geometric patterns that run across the wall located behind the bed’s headboard. Doubling as a bedside table, a chest of carpented drawers add a personal touch to the space with their vintage style handles that were added on at the request of the homeowners.

This was adapted from an article originally published in the February 2017 issue of SquareRooms. Photo credits: David Chan & Dennis Lim for 0932 Design Consultants.