Open-concept 5-room BTO home boasts stylish nautical theme

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Clean lines, contemporary furniture and a mix of strong and subtle tones define this open-concept home.


A couple in their 30s


Five-room HDB BTO flat in Sengkang



The use of sea and sky shades, as well as a play on geometry, give this home a nautical-inspired look with a stylish modern twist.

Colour dramatically enhances a space, and in the home of Si Jian Wen and Sharon Teo, the calming cool shades of blues and greens define the interiors.

As Sharon’s favourite colour is mint, it was a starting point for the flat’s colour palette, the couple say. But apart from uplifting colours, designer Si Jian Xin also incorporated geometrical accents, in the form of furnishings and materials, to enhance the home’s clean, contemporary look.

Couple opts for open-concept 5-room BTO home

  • Clean lines, contemporary furniture and a mix of strong and subtle tones define this openconcept home.
  • The home has an open layout, with the option to close up various spaces — the master bedroom, study and kitchen — using fl ush doors and slide-and-fold doors.
  • The colours in the apartment reflect homeowners Si Jian Wen and Sharon Teo’s vibrant personalities.
  • The ventilation fragmentation plate of the bomb shelter was painted a bronze tone and, together with a wall lamp with a linear design, it becomes a design feature in the dining area. The dining table is from Foundry, and the dining chairs are from Fritz Hansen (from W. Atelier).
  • In the living area, discreet storage space is integrated with built-in benches in front of the windows.
  • Colour blocking can be seen in the kitchen, which features vibrant colours and textured floor and wall surfaces.
  • The bathrooms are jazzed up with contrasting mosaic tiles from Unlimited. The back-lit frameless mirror’s fl oating effect gives it a weightless look.
  • Round windows with wire-mesh glass, for the bathroom doors, are a contemporarystyle interpretation of portholes — inspired by a nautical theme.
  • As there was no need for three bedrooms, the homeowners decided to combine two for a bigger master bedroom.
  • Dusty shades give the room a calming feel, and the sleeping area is separated from the dressing and grooming area by a low built-in console.

“The idea was to have a nautical theme, but one that isn’t so literal,” he says, on the abstract way he translated and infused the elements of the theme into the spaces.

Apart from the colours that bring to mind the sky and sea, round wire-mesh glass windows — a modern interpretation of porthole windows — can be found on the bathroom doors, while the front gate features a graphical fish scale-inspired design.

Taking the use of geometric shapes further, there are also curved oblong mirrors, linear furniture and structures, and tessellated material surfaces such as hexagonal mosaic tiles laid in a chevron pattern.

A creative way of disguising the bomb shelter’s ventilation fragmentation plate was to turn what is usually regarded as an eyesore into an “art piece”.

Jian Xin had it painted a metallic bronze tone and, coupled with a black wall-mounted lamp with a minimalist linear design installed below it, the wall that backdrops the dining area is likened to an abstract geometric installation.

Customised loose furniture pieces also add to the home’s interiors.

Jian Xin designed a long sideboard, for the open living area, using panels of pegboard for the doors.

“Not only does it make the piece look interesting and unique, it allows for ventilation,” he explains.

Positioned near the entrance, it gives the space character and also serves as storage for shoes.

More storage space is integrated in the bay window seats that “outline” the living room, helping to zone the open layout.

For the $75,000 renovation, mostly humble materials of paint, laminates and tiles were used, but applied imaginatively and tastefully, they bring out a simple beauty.

This article was first published in Home & Decor.