Darwin Interior | Contemporary Simplicity | Fernvale

Inspired by natural elements and contemporary interiors, this young couple crafted a down-to-earth abode that brings them simple pleasure.

Embarking on this new chapter of their lives with their beloved poodle, these two homeowners didn’t ask for much—a simple, understated home filled with natural materials and pared-back tones. Their contemporary, nature-inspired dream home was skilfully executed by Paul Lau from Darwin Interior.

By incorporating wood, concrete, plants and a series of comforting artworks, the design team delivered an inviting and serene abode for years to come.

Space: 4-room HDB flat
Size: 980 square feet
Location: Fernvale
Designer: Paul Lau from Darwin Interior
Reno period: 12 weeks
Budget: $48K

Entryway and living area

The first feature to greet one upon entering the home is the fluted cabinet, the textured finish concealing both a handy shoe cabinet and the household shelter. The built-in settee gives the homeowners a little nook to rest while putting on their shoes, adding plenty of functionality to the entryway without taking up extra space.

In the living area, a sofa from Cellini with bonus storage space keeps the couple comfortable during Netflix marathons.


Galley kitchens are known for being small and dark, but this one proves that it doesn’t have to be that way. Thanks to a large window overlooking the living area, the kitchen is bright and appears much more expansive. The natural theme is continued in this area with wood-look countertops from KompacPlus.


Instead of opting for classic bedside tables, the design team chose to go down the built-in route, constructing floating nightstands that blend in with the headboard and flooring for a cohesive, seamless look. The strip lighting lends the room a soft glow that isn’t harsh on the eyes during late nights and early mornings.

Walk-in wardrobe

The wall between the primary and second bedroom was torn down to incorporate a walk-in wardrobe. While the clothes are kept neatly behind tinted doors, a luxurious bag display divides the wardrobe into his and hers and lightens the look of the otherwise bulky structure.

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.

23 Ubi Road 4 #01-06
Singapore 408620
Tel: 6396 8558
[email protected]

This post was adapted from an article originally published in IdealHomes 2022.