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Is your “minimalist” interior design too boring? This 5-room resale flat keeps it simple yet stunning

Design firm ted iD turns this resale flat into a Scandinavian-inspired love nest that’s minimalistic yet chic.

Home Type: 5-bedroom HBD resale flat

Floor Area: 1238 sqft

The idea of having a minimalist interior design – bare walls, minimal furniture, and barely any built-in carpentry – continues to grow in popularity in Singaporean homes. But this particular design runs the risk of looking too simple, cold or just empty. This is what differentiates a good interior designer from a decent one. The best design firms can achieve the minimalist look and still infuse the home with style and character. The ideal result is a home that bears all the trappings of a minimalism but never comes across as boring or dull.

When Ted – the creative director of ted iD – was called upon to design the home of these newlyweds, he felt that simplicity was the best way to approach the project. He discussed the design brief with his clients and conceptualised a Scandinavian-inspired live nest that’s clean and minimalistic yet stylishly on trend.

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Instead of installing built-in furniture that can be costly and take away from the clarity requested by the homeowners, Ted decorated the home with loose furniture. This gives the married couple the flexibility to shift things around when they are feeling experimental. Choosing only a few functional pieces of furniture also helps to create the desired sense of spaciousness.

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To compensate for the minimal use of custom carpentry, Ted opted for natural wood as a decorative element. From the bedroom that showcases a laminated wall-to-wall wardrobe, to the kitchen that makes up for the lack of top cabinets with stylish lamination, natural wood became the predominant theme gelling all the different elements of the home together.

Ted also took creative liberties with the flooring. While most of the home featured wood floor lamination, the kitchen floor boasts hexagon-shaped tiles. The balcony, on the other hand, has been laid with a synthetic grass carpet that adds a refreshing touch of greenery.

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The homeowners allowed Ted to hack a wall and combining two spare bedrooms into pseudo jamming studio. Equipped with a Pearl brand drum set, it complements the homeowners’ passion for music. A glass panel was also installed to let more light enter, creating a brighter and seemingly bigger living space. The clean aesthetic extends to the bathroom, which is covered from wall to floor with homogeneous tiles that are less prone to moisture and stain absorption. The vanity unit was also laminated to preserve the natural wood element that’s prevalent in the rest of the house.

The result is a home that stands true to its Scandinavian-inspired, minimalist ethos. But thanks to the designer’s expertise in injecting life to an interior, the home is exciting and full of personality.


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