It is not uncommon for homeowners to make an about-face in their interior design tastes. This tendency is usually most noticeable in brand-new spaces, so it was not surprising that Regina Ng and her husband Goh decided to try a completely different look for their new place in Tampines.
While their former home was colourful and vintage-inspired, their new one sports a monochromatic palette filled with classically inspired features. So different were these styles that “even the tableware we brought over from our old home did not match the decor in our current space”, Regina quips.
One element did remain the same, however, and that was the interior firm they hired to renovate both their previous and current homes. When asked about the rehire, Regina had only praise for Sponge: “[The interior firm] comes up with unique designs and is skilled in space planning.”
Apart from relaying their desire for bright and mostly white interiors with a creative twist and ample storage space, they gave interior designer JT carte blanche to interpret the brief as he saw fit. The renovation of their five-room resale flat, which took three months to complete, cost $100,000 without furnishings.
(Left) The ceiling is a definite design feature. The bespoke vinyl film’s geometric design alludes to a long, angular ceiling.
(Right) House-proud Regina Ng with her 13-year-old son Tristan.
WHO LIVES HERE
A married couple in their 40s and their 13-year-old HOME A five-room HDB apartment in Tampines SIZE 1,200 sq ft
FLEXIBLE ROOM DESIGN
The bedroom adjacent to the living room was converted into a study-cum-guest room. Designed to be conducive to work, glass half-walls and a glass door allow natural light to illuminate the predominantly white space.
Even the main door, clad in a marble-looking decal to match the floor tiles, didn’t escape interior designer JT’s eye. It makes the foyer appear grander.
KITCHEN & DINING
(Above) To create a bigger service balcony, hidden behind the wall of ventilation blocks, the kitchen took over the original dining space.
(Left) The family now dines comfortably beside the semi-open kitchen.
Plenty of storage cabinets have been built into the master bathroom. Monochromatic graphic tiles add visual interest.
The son’s bedroom also sports a monochromatic palette that is aligned with the rest of the house.
The master bedroom door, which used to open onto the living room was reoriented to the side for greater privacy. Classically inspired panelling on the wall and ceiling add elegance.
“THE KEY CHALLENGE IN THIS PROJECT WAS TRANSFORMING A CONVENTIONAL HDB FLAT INTO A UNIQUE HOME. WE DID IT BY USING GLASS PANELS THAT ALLOW NATURAL LIGHT TO FILTER THROUGH FROM ROOM TO ROOM.” – JT, INTERIOR DESIGNER AT SPONGE
photography VEE CHIN art direction NONIE CHEN