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A flat designed for entertaining and baking nails industrial chic

Ethereall pulls out all the stops to give this industrial looking flat a large, open kitchen that’s fit for hosting and whipping up master-chef worthy treats.

Home Type: 4-room HDB BTO flat

Floor Area: 969sqft

Text by Janice Seow

The owner of this 4-room BTO flat is an accountant who lives with his father and younger sister. “He enjoys hosting family and friends on special occasions, and entertaining them with his master-chef level baking skills. As such, his brief called for a spacious kitchen with plenty of preparation counters,” says designer Deonna Koh from Ethereall.

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The designer has created a raw, industrial and largely masculine space where shades of grey are layered one upon another so the overall look doesn’t overwhelm. Pops of colour and graphic artwork lend vibrancy and a sense of playfulness, and ensure balance.

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Textures abound and bring in the raw touches that are essential to the industrial theme. For example, the TV feature wall in the living area uses Dulux Ambience Paint to replicate the textural patterns of cement.

Instead of a large dining area, the owner desired a bar counter with an extended and generous kitchen island countertop to accommodate his baking hobby. “To create a larger space for this, we had to remove the existing wall between the original kitchen and dining area,” shares Deonna.

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In keeping with the industrial theme, the extended kitchen (made possible by removing the wall separating the service yard), was laid with cement screed. A wood-look surface from the EDL Compact series was selected for the tabletop to complement the industrial look, while a backsplash of white subway tiles brighten up the space. Practicalities were also considered, with black tempered glass doors installed on the tall larder to ensure easy maintenance after cooking.

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The industrial theme continues in the bedroom, albeit in a lighter scheme. Here, a wall clad in an off-white brick design wallpaper adds character to the space. Cleverly addressing the need for storage and a side table at one go, the designer has given the owner a custom-built wardrobe with a ‘cubby hole’ inserted to serve as a table space.

With a consistent industrial theme running throughout, careful thought given to practical needs, and a large kitchen with plenty of room for hosting and baking, this is a home that the owner and his family can enjoy for years to come.


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