Striking geometric motifs and shades of grey give this otherwise simple home an edgy twist.
Photography TAN WEI TE art direction KAFFY TAN
The home's design is based on a monochrome colour palette, and enhanced with geometric shapes and patterns.
A striking design feature made out of plaster gypsum board visually connects the TV console to the ceiling and the entrance area.
Faux bricks from Craftstone were installed along one wall of the living and dining area, and painted white to keep its rough texture but play the feature down.
Next to the main entrance, the shoe cabinet – which also conceals the electrical circuit box of the home – was painted with black chalkboard paint to allow the homeowners to get creative.
Wood tone laminates help to cosy up the kitchen, which has a cool colour scheme.
Patterned geometric tiles from Hafary, used for the backsplash, keep the design of the kitchen consistent with that of the rest of the home, and add a playful touch.
The asymmetrical edges of the panel behind the TV break the regularity of the storage compartments' linear forms.
The master bedroom is given a splash of vibrant blue, seen in the nightstand shaped like a trunk and bed sheets. However, everything else is kept in neutral tones for a restful environment.
Featuring masculine shades and structured design features, this flat looks as if it belongs to a bachelor, rather than a young couple who have just had a baby. Homeowners Alif Rashid and Ida Wahab were very particular about the colours for their new home. “Our favourite colour is grey, and we wanted a monochrome scheme,” says Ida, who is a graphic designer.
Their interior designer, Haikel Washi of M3 Studio, used white and various shades of grey to create a sense of depth to the surfaces of the understated space. He also imbued the home with a quirky and fun vibe, through the use of eye-catching details.
“A monochrome scheme could look boring, so I added design features in different materials,” he explains. Upon entering the home, one stand-out feature immediately demands attention. A lightning bolt-shaped panel zigzags its way from behind the TV set, across the ceiling, and right up to the opposite corner of the room where the main door is. The plaster gypsum panel is painted in two shades of grey for a more 3-D effect.
Faux bricks from Craftstone on one wall, which are painted white, add another textural dimension to the room.
Geometric shapes and patterns can also be seen in the other spaces of the flat, “to ensure the theme is consistent across the different rooms,” says Haikel. In the kitchen, monochrome patterned tiles from Hafary are used as the backsplash, complementing the mid-grey tone of the cabinetry. In the master bedroom, a simple yet striking design of hexagons was painted on the wall behind the bed. Ida also had Sufi calligraphy prints framed and displayed on a wall in the main living space. Pops of red in the artworks, contrasting with black and white, enhance the graphic appeal of the pieces. The couple spent about $30,000 on the renovation, excluding furnishings.
WHERE TO GO
M3 Studio, TEL: 6443-7001