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A home makeover with a classic English touch

With its new makeover, this 3-bedder bears a timeless and contemporary design with a dose of classic English influences.

Home Type: 4-room HDB flat

Floor Area: 1,281sqft

Text by Vanitha Pavapathi

Most HDB flats lack vigor and interest on the outside. But it doesn’t have to be that way on the inside. It helps that the owners had a clear concept and are very attuned to their likes and dislikes. “They requested for wall trimmings, so we made sure to incorporate them in the bedrooms and living room,” says Ashley, the designer responsible for this project. She also made clever use of the trimmings on the door that hides the passageway to the bedrooms. This new addition created an illusion of space and symmetry in the living room.


The designer made a conscious decision to demolish the walls between the service yard and the kitchen for easier access between the two spaces, as well as to bring in more natural light and lend an airy feel. Design wise, the kitchen sports a modern classic look like the rest of the home with a farmhouse sink and Shaker style cabinets painted in a cool shade of grey. “To make full use of the space, a ledge is added beside the tall unit for cooking preparation or to have a quick breakfast,” Ashley says.


In the common bathroom, a pop of blue injects some colour into the space. The half tiles, half painted wall look is quintessentially English; while the owl painting and patterned floor tiles add further interest and whimsy to the space.


The master bedroom, on the other hand, is akin to a five-star hotel with crisp, white sheets, a tufted headboard flanked by traditional sconces, and black-out curtains. “In order not to compromise on the original size of the master bedroom, the wall that separated the adjacent bedroom is demolished to accommodate a large wardrobe,” Ashley explains.


To create a more capacious illusion, the master bathroom wall was taken down in favour of a glass enclosed en suite. But the designer made sure to install roller blinds for privacy. Here, homogeneous tiles reign supreme with black tiles outlining the perimeter of the en suite.


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