Combining good design sensibilities with a thoughtful palette, this unpretentious HDB apartment is the epitome of monochrome chic done right.
Space: 4-room HDB flat
Size: 1,000 square feet
Location: Ang Mo Kio
Designer: Chisa Lim from Jialux Interior
Reno period: 7 weeks
Simplicity meets practicality in this well-planned four-room unit, which draws upon a monochromatic scheme to craft a minimalist design concept according to the homeowners’ wishes. Keeping things clean and uncluttered, designer Chisa Lim from local firm Jialux Interior outfitted the living area with minimal furnishings and decked the floor with concrete effect tiles from Hafary – giving the space a streamlined look without losing its industrial edge.
While a predominantly monochrome scheme may come off as mundane, this stunning home is anything but. A black and white dining set occupied the space here, but the designer managed to inject a punch of colour into the overall design with a customised neon sign from local boutique Confetti Dreams, which instantly brightens up the corner.
Due to the lack of space and natural light, an existing stretch of wall was hacked away to accommodate an open-concept layout that makes the kitchen look intended more spacious. Quartz worktops were paired with solid plywood cabinetry in dark laminate finishing, which makes for a striking contrast against the white subway tiles that overlaid the backsplash. A trio of chic pendant lights were lined over the bar counter that comes integrated with a wine chiller, as both occupants are wine lovers.
To cater for the homeowners’ entertainment needs, a full-height concrete wall was demolished to make way for a leisure zone where guests can come over for casual mahjong sessions. Sleek black aluminium-framed partitions serve to define the space from the communal zones while visually enlarging the area, and it complements the industrial-styled aesthetic of the home perfectly.
Instead of converting a spare room into a full-fledged closet, the designer made use of clear tempered glass panels to form a partially enclosed space that works just like a walk-in wardrobe – all within the confines of the master bedroom. Clothes are neatly displayed on the steel hanging bar, with ample open shelving and storage compartments for shoes, accessories and other knick-knacks. To complete the whole look, the homeowners also added a lighted vanity mirror for a touch of old-school Hollywood glamour. Voila!
About Jialux Interior
Committed to delivering the best design solutions for everyone, Jialux Interior is a humble interior design and renovation firm that specialises in both residential and commercial projects. Comprising an adventurous and fun-loving team of professional consultants, Jialux Interior encourages boundless creativity and design innovation in order to create a unique identity for their clients.
1 Tampines North Drive 1, #02-14/15, T-Space, Singapore 529559
Tel: 6282 7288
Email: [email protected]
This post was adapted from an article originally published in the January 2020 issue of SquareRooms.