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A HDB BTO flat with vibrant hues and modern-luxe elements

With the help of Joey Khu ID, the owners of this 4-room flat have ventured away from a neutral palette and are now enjoying stylish, colourful interiors.

Home Type: 4-room HDB BTO flat

Floor Area: 950sqft

Text by Lookbox Living

When the owners of this 950sqft 4-room HDB BTO flat first met with interior designer Joey Khu, they asked for a design that wouldn’t go out of style, and were also open to daring ideas and the use of strong colours in various spaces.


“They wanted something timeless, comfortable and not too dark,” Joey recalls. Joey began conceptualising a modern-luxe space using elements that would stand the test of time, such as timber-framed windows, farmhouse-style chairs, wood-look flooring, and customised furniture and structures with clean lined forms.


With an expert eye for colour, Joey selected dynamic colours of rich blue and purple for the living area. While the colours may be striking, their soft tones give mood and bring in an elegant vibe.

“The colours were carefully coordinated right down to the artworks that I had specially sourced. Before the owners bought the sofa, they consulted me on its colour as well,” Joey shares. These bold shades were also balanced off with brown and grey accents, such at the customised television console in grey tones.


The living area leads into the dining area and from here, a passageway brings one to the bedrooms. To enhance the space, Joey used wall sconces to add controlled washes of light to the walls. He also gave attention to line work, creating dark outlines on doorframes, artworks and the full-height storage units.


While the owners wanted an open-concept home, they were concerned that cooking fumes from the kitchen would permeate the flat. To address this, Joey created timber-framed windows in place of solid walls. He also played with three colours – dark wood tones, light grey and off-white, and added more texture to the overall vignette with patterned tiles as the backsplash.


Two rooms have been combined to form a master suite. One serves as a wardrobe and vanity area. Unlike the subdued tone in the sleeping quarters, this dressing zone features punches of chilli red in the form of metal wardrobe handles, which look particularly striking against the wardrobe’s matt black laminated doors. Along with the natural oak-look flooring (which is also used in the living and dining area), a modern-luxe look is achieved.


In this master bedroom, Joey also strove for harmony in an asymmetrical concept that works well with the atypical windows. Among the design features he customised are an L-shaped bedframe with ‘floating’ drawers on one side, and a slim ledge on the other. To enhance the abstractedness of the space, but also to tie everything together, he selected a bold contemporary painting in black and white. In this room, and throughout the house, Joey has ensured that the proportions of the space, framed by lines and shapes, are deftly balanced.







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