Darwin Interior | Feeling Zen | Ang Mo Kio

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Clean-lined designs and natural textures helped to create the soothing Japanese-style home this couple was after.

FACT FILE
Space: 4-room resale HDB flat
Size: 950 square feet
Location: Ang Mo Kio
Designer: Vincent Wong from Darwin Interior
Reno period: Eight weeks

Entry

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Japanese homes and businesses often have open shelving by the door for shoes, an idea that’s replicated here. Under-cabinetry lighting helps elevate its appearance, while a settee and tinted mirror panel installed above makes it easy for the homeowners to slip on shoes and check their appearance before setting out.

Main bedroom and closet

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A spare bedroom was turned into a walk-in closet, connected to the minimally furnished main bedroom with a custom sliding door reminiscent of a Japanese fusuma. A mid-tone wood-effect vinyl flooring visually connects both rooms for a spacious appearance.

Dining and living space

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The owners wanted to mimic a contemporary Japanese restaurant setting while enjoying their 65-inch TV. The designer thus created a long feature wall, integrating stone-textured panels and uplights in the dining zone while hiding a structural ceiling beam and cables behind the floor-to-ceiling entertainment unit.

Kitchen

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The kitchen was kept as streamlined as possible, keeping in line with the couple’s wishes for a calming abode. As both homeowners are rather tall, it was also important to keep the layout spacious. That said, the owners are lucky enough to have gorgeous views of Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park, so a simple set-up comprising a fold-down table and chair was placed at the far end for them to take in the scenery.

Bathroom

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Deep grey tiles create a calm and comforting environment while wood-look surfaces on the vanity and in the shower area promote further relaxation by evoking the feel of a cedar-panelled onsen. Adding further interest here is a swathe of tiles in a Japanese inspired pattern that strengthens the theme of the home.

About Darwin Interior
Whether you’re looking for a simple design update or a complete home makeover, Darwin Interior has the expertise to meet your needs. Their designs are always “human-oriented,” emphasising innovative ways of catering creative designs to fit your lifestyle. From conceptualisation to conclusion, the Darwin Interior team believes that customers are always the top priority.

Contact
23 Ubi Road 4 #02-06
Tel: 6396 8558
[email protected]
darwininterior.com.sg

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