Here, we look at a unit at Bukit Batok designed by the professionals at Exqsite. The owner was looking to fuse modern elements with a touch of culture. However, they do not want something sterile-looking that some home designs in magazines look like. The homeowners wanted the home interior to reflect their lifestyle. When they come home, they long to kick back, relax and enjoy what they have accumulated from their previous home, but still have a coordinated space that spells style.
Of course, Exqsite took up the challenge!
Upon entry, you’ll be greeted by the living room. Instead of curtains, blinds are used as it offers more ways to control light. It takes advantage of the amount of natural light that can come in because of the size (and number) of windows in the room. If curtains are used, they block all light.
The brick elements provide a raw edge to the room while the hue blends with the wooden furniture used in the area.
The most unexpected colour used is the blueish grey panel next to the television console. Because of the natural light and the neutral shades around the home, using a dark colour as a contrast for the feature wall works well.
From this angle, you see that the ceiling fan is also a source of light. This is useful when there are not enough wiring points in the room. For additional lighting, a standing lamp is always a stylish choice.
Adjacent to the living room is the dining area. You will notice that the whole atmosphere changes to a design that is a little rustic and artistic. The hexagonal pendant frame for yellow lights complements its surroundings that possess honey-coloured furnishings. From the barn-like sliding door to the matte brown table and jute-hued chairs, it is the epitome of homey.
In the kitchen, the theme changes yet again. From rustic to modern, the colours are dimmed down with black stone kitchen tops, jet black matte cupboard fittings and astonishing honey-coloured upper cabinets. Track lights in the kitchen? Why not! It will make anyone feel like a celebrity chef!
What we love most about this home is the glass panel that separates the kitchen from the dining.
These days we are torn between having a closed or open kitchen. There are pros and cons to both. But here, we see the fusion of the two ideas that makes it more practical for the homeowners.
With glass, you still can see what is happening in the dining and living area. At the same time, the smells of what you are frying in your wok won’t be wafting out to where your guests or family are. Plus, the aromas from the kitchen won’t linger on your furniture for those who visit to play a game of “What was cooking last night.”
Further back is where the laundry area is located.
If you noticed, the colour of the walls in this room is identical to the feature wall in the living room. This is a way for you to fuse details into one room to the next so you can make your home flow together.
Another element that contributes to the flow is the motives of the cupboards. It carries the muted tones of the room. However, the designs are also “borrowed” from the panel that separates the kitchen from the dining area.
Blinds are also used in this room to make the most of the natural lighting. For additional illumination, track lights are also installed and can easily be turned on to introduce romance into the room.
There are three takeaways from this beautiful home designed by Exqsite. Firstly, it is to make full use of natural lighting. Second, reimagine concepts that work for you (like advancing the open and close kitchen layout). Lastly, fuse the home together with similar patterns and colours. With these, a home with modern elements is achievable!
If you are looking to elevate your space to one that has modern elements with a homey and stylish design like this, check out Exqsite’s portfolio at Renodots. You can read the comments from their happy customers on this site too!
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