Couple adds modern touch to English-inspired 4-room flat with use of eye-catching colours

Couple adds modern touch to English-inspired 4-room flat with use of eye-catching colours

Who: A couple in their early 30s

Home: Four-room HDB flat in Simei

Size: 1,110sqf

The eye-catching chartreuse yellow wall in Alvin Chua and his wife Yuhan's spacious four-room flat is bold and unexpected - you can see it from the common corridor through the window - and that's the way the couple likes it. "We want a home that is eclectic and filled with colour," quips Yuhan.

The former visual merchandiser also has a penchant for traditional English homes and vintage styles, so she sought to bring elements of those into her matrimonial flat. To achieve the look, traditional architectural details, such as cornices, wall skirtings, and panelled doors, were incorporated by their designer, Arjan Twilhaar of interior firm Aiden T. However, these elements - which were part of the $70,000 renovation - were given a modern update. "We chose cleaner lines, and trimmed the ornate details so they don't look too dated," says Arjan.

The designer also introduced a contemporary colour palette that is not commonly used in traditional English interiors, such as the chartreuse (a colour halfway between a green and yellow) wall in the dining room, and a deep teal for the master wardrobe. A soothing jade grey paint and white was used for the rest of the home, to neutralise the strong hues.

Arjan also added colour in the form of fabric and prints; the kitchen's unique 70s-esque backsplash is an enlarged stock image that was printed on sticker paper and placed behind a pane of crystal glass. In the bedroom, a floral-printed fabric is grommet-pleated behind the tufted headboard, creating the homely feel of a bedand- breakfast, which Alvin appreciates.

"We wake up every day, and feel like we are on vacation," he laughs.

Where to go: Aiden T, Tel: 6408-9691

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