Modern Meets Victorian

This home pares down the maximalist Victorian aesthetic for a clean-lined space. ISABELLE TOW takes a look.

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This home pares down the maximalist Victorian aesthetic for a clean-lined space. ISABELLE TOW takes a look.

The 5m-tall illuminated onyx panel in the living area is an instant head-turner.

Any visitor to this terrace home in Bukit Batok will note the quiet sophistication of its interior design. The homeowners had approached principal designer Yen Lau Zeng Bin of Carpenters for a modern interpretation of the Victorian aesthetic. Instead of the full-blown Victorian look – typified by dark, heavily ornamented spaces filled with intricate brocade – the decor was distilled down to specific elements such as wainscoting,  in order to maintain a clean-lined modern space.


Three adults and three children

HOME Five-room, four-storey landed cluster terrace

SIZE 3,000 sq ft

My Reading Room

The design studio carefully balanced the white theme with wooden accents, in order to make the spaces feel warm and inviting.

High ceilings in the dining area give the first floor an airy atmosphere. To enhance the effect, the designer created a 5m-tall onyx stone feature wall illuminated with LED backlights to give an ethereal vibe to the space. Natural stone is also used in furnishings that include a marble dining table and marble kitchen counter, both from Hafary. 

My Reading Room

This bathroom (one of five) feels spacious and airy with the use of a basic black and white palette.

While the home is predominantly in white, the bathrooms showcase a little more colour and adventure. As the home comes with many bathrooms – five, to be exact – the owners decided that each would have its own theme. From a brick feature wall in one to a striking black-and-gold theme featuring a granite slab by Bellus in another, the bathrooms brim with character. 

My Reading Room

In another bathroom, the designer created an opulent look with black tiles and a stunning marble panel.

Wanting to give the young ones in the family a designated space to play, they got Zeng Bin to design a cosy playhouse where the children can amuse themselves and display their toys. Platform flooring that doubles as storage compartments is a genius way to hide clutter and maintain a tidy space. 

The renovation, excluding furnishings, cost $200,000, of which the bulk was spent on extensive tiling works.