Designed to be an Instagram-worthy backdrop, this BTO flat took inspiration from Japanese tea houses for its tranquil makeover.
How important is it for your home to be Instagram-worthy? For the couple who owns this 1,100 sq ft BTO flat in Geylang, Instagrammability is paramount.
As the couple operates an online shop that sells Japanese green tea—also known as matcha—from home, the interior of their home had to be transformed to serve as a worthy backdrop to market their products.
Tasked with this unique renovation brief was Ascend Design, the design team helmed by Managing Director Jasper Goh. “They wanted a cosy home that is Instagram-friendly because they have to take plenty of product shots in the house,” shares Goh.
Being a new unit, it came with standard HDB finishes like homogenous tiles and whitewashed walls—a relatively blank canvas for renovation.
The overall makeover concept was heavily influenced by the aesthetic of Japanese tea houses, very much in tune with the homeowners’ matcha shop.
The renovation minimised architectural alterations of the floor plan, the most major change being the conversion of one of the common bedrooms into a walk-in wardrobe. The rest of the work was instead focused heavily on surface treatments and building new carpentry.
The result is a tranquil home that exudes an unmistakably zen vibe, featuring warm wood vinyl surfaces, gentle curves, subtle textures and diffused light.
And it is indeed highly Instagrammable, thanks to a slew of vignettes created by the open shelves, soft furnishings and neutral surfaces ready to serve as an inviting backdrop for matcha-drinking culture.
“I made sure that every corner of the home has a nice backdrop that’s different from the others, yet they go well together with an overall theme,” rounds off the designer.
This post was adapted from an article originally published in the April 2023 issue of SquareRooms.