Tasked with transforming a conventional resale flat into a dreamy space filled with natural light and wooden elements, Andre Tan from Fifth Avenue Interior had his work cut out for him. Using versatile materials and skilful space modifications, he turned this 4-room flat into a restful and magical home that the young couple can relax and wind down in at the end of a long day.
Space: 4-room resale HDB flat
Size: 1,001 sq ft
Designer: Fifth Avenue Interior
Reno period: 12 weeks
While most homeowners request colour schemes and extra storage space, the couple in this resale flat was set on one particular feature: the wood-look tiles gracing the floors of almost every room of the house. Laid out in a herringbone pattern, these tiles from Soon Bee Huat evoke the rustic vibe of real wood while providing all of the practicality of sturdy porcelain. Applying it to various rooms gives the illusion of a more spacious abode with less defined zones, resulting in an airy and open feeling. The woodsy effect isn’t just limited to the floors, either; wooden beams were attached to a false ceiling with much care, this process turning out to be the greatest challenge of the entire design. Rounding off the cosy-cabin theme is a curved mirror feature above the dining table, which creates the romantic illusion of a rounded window.
Fitted out with a customised kitchen from IKEA, this space is dominated by shaker-style cabinets, requested by the homeowners to match the overall country-inspired interiors while keeping the design on the minimalist side. A cool grey hue was picked out for the bottom doors, the colour camouflaging dirt and imperfections easily. The kitchen even comes with a hard-wearing quartz countertop, making maintenance and clean-up swift and easy. The highlight of this kitchen, however, has got to be the bi-fold doors, which replaced a standard entrance and now let in an abundance of light without allowing cooking and baking smells to escape.
Once more we find the homeowners’ love of shaker-style cabinets reflected in the design, this time in the form of a floating plywood vanity with a dark, laminated finish. The shower cabin matches the cabinet’s bold shade with a black rim, the build keeping water out of the dry areas of the bathroom. A large mirror from overseas and a series of gold elements lift the monochromatic tones of this space with a pop of warmth.
The master bedroom keeps the overall design cohesive with the same continuous herringbone flooring and shaker-style wardrobe doors, which mirror the customised IKEA kitchen. Another element that carries over from the cooking zone is the shade of grey coating the bedroom wall, this one a tad darker to make for a dimmer and more restful space. A custom-made cushioned reading nook takes the bedroom’s cosy ambience up another notch.
About Fifth Avenue Interior
The word ‘avenue’ is another term for solution, which is what Fifth Avenue does for their clients—provide innovative and artistic solutions while building a dream home. They provide comprehensive interior detailing, space planning and consultation, from concept to completion.
This post was adapted from an article originally published in Key to Your Home 2021.