An ode to the arch

When faced with a structural challenge in this HDB flat, Ethereall decided to turn its flaws into statement-making features.

  • An ode to the arch

Home Type: 5-room HDB flat

Floor Area: 1,800sqft

Text by Angela Low

One of the bedrooms in this five-room flat has been knocked down to create an open dining space, separated from the living area by a wall with two arched ‘windows’. An architectural highlight, it actually hides a structural beam that the designer wanted to remove. Not being able to do so inspired this creative workaround. To match the arches, the designer also curved the corners of the dropdown beam at the end of the wall.

hygge flat with arch

Neutral hues, soft furnishings and a hammock chair in the living room make for a cosy, hygge-inspired space. The arched open shelving and vintage-style lamp above add to the magic.

pastel kitchen

As dinner parties are a common occurrence in this household, having a large kitchen was essential. Glass doors separate the wet and dry areas without visually diminishing their size, and a breakfast bar doubles as a workstation. Along with dusty green cabinets, sintered stone countertops have also been installed to withstand the frequent cooking.

monochrome bathroom

The common bathroom features a monochrome theme with white square tiles and black fixtures. While it doesn’t follow the flat’s pastel colour scheme, the bathroom shares a similar retro sensibility. Going beyond the aesthetics, some of the tiles serve a practical purpose of concealing unsightly pipes as well.

arch mirror and walk-in wardrobe in bedroom

In the master bedroom, an arched standing mirror echoes the home’s abundance of soft curves. Next to it is a walk-in wardrobe, enclosed by partially see-through panels that offer a sense of privacy while preventing the bedroom from looking too cramped. A surprising pop of colour lies in the wardrobe, which is equipped with pastel yellow hanging racks.


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