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Inviting, Neutral-Toned Nest For Newly Weds

A fresh and contemporary, 4 room, HDB resale home was redesigned for a newly married couple, in Bendemeer road. Using a neutral palette, with timber and textural finishes, the apartment was transformed into a bright, spacious home with a visually inspiring interior design scheme. While built in furniture was limited, a focus was placed on storage to ensure a clean, practical space in each room.

Home Guide conceptualised the HDB apartment, to be a bright and welcoming home for the new couple to start their family. By keeping the palette neutral, emphasis could be placed on the textures introduced in the various chosen finishes including, natural timbers, marble and ceramic tiling. The benefits of a HDB residential apartment interior design by Singapore professionals really came through in this situation, where the resale of an existing apartment allowed for certain elements to be retained and incorporated into the new design. In this instance, inspiration was taken from some existing tiles that were carefully retained during the renovation. By curating the mix of finishes in each space, rooms feel unique, yet the same design language flows through the home and the apartment emits a regal yet understated fresh energy.

While the amount of built-in furniture was to be limited, there was a requirement for ample built-in storage in each space. Storage was custom designed to suit the uses of the rooms, thus ensuring easy flow without clutter.

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The living room was to be the central gathering space of the home, so it needed to be comfortable and versatile. By keeping the palette neutral and bright, with an off white room colour, the Home Guide interior design team was able to create a truly eye catching focal wall. A natural-timber storage area in Lamitak Carla Tivoli Elm was gently washed with warm lighting, while the marble finish on the wall - also Lamitak, in Marmo Classico - draws out the greys used in the furniture and adds and almost artistic visual texture.

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While the living areas of the home were open plan, different textures were used in each space to create visual boundaries, and indicate use. In the entrance foyer, Wood Alike tiles from Hafary were used to functionally separate the space from the kitchen, yet the palette used in the cabinetry was echoed in the kitchen cabinetry to maintain the design flow. The same Lamitak Carla Tivoli Elm from the TV unit, was used to create a display nook in the storage unit.

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A soft grey and off-white colour palette brings out the washed hues in the timber of the cabinets in the kitchen. This space creates a sense of ease, contrasting the harsh, clinical feel of modern kitchens, yet offering a clean, functional workspace. The EDL Cotton Fluff, Wooden finishes in Lamitak Riviera Viola Noce, and Floor tiles by Hafary are echoed in design elements throughout the house, creating a cohesive design language for the home.

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The study was created as a simple space, allowing for flexibility depending on the needs of the user. By designing a floating timber desk to run along the one wall, in Lamitak Carla Tivoli Elm, the rest of the floorspace was left free for use in any way. Cubbys of the same timber were incorporated into the EDL Grey Slate storage units, providing the opportunity to display items of interest and to create a more personal feel.

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The common bathroom was designed as a functional room, with simple furnishings and fittings. The three different tiles by Hafary were used to incorporate the textural interior design theme used throughout the home, yet they are easy to clean and create a hygienic space.

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The master bathroom has a more sophisticated feel than the common bathroom, thanks to the additional of the luxury of marble. While the textural mix was once again introduced in this space to ensure design harmony, by selecting more chic finishes the space was elevated to something special.

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