8 Singapore homes with old-school and vintage twists

  • For an impressive entrance, this homeowner matched a shabby-chic wooden dining set with a gilded mirror. Its fade lends a casual, laid-back vibe.
  • This homeowner, who has been living in the same ground floor Tiong Bahru flat since he was born, wanted a nostalgic look for his new "weekend" home in Sin Ming.
  • To further enhance the nostalgic look, Mr Lim selected new pieces that look old, mainly from Retro Colony store, known for carrying vintage yet stylish furniture. His bed frame is from Born in Colour, which comes with built-in shelves, a style that was popular in the 1960s.
  • Capitalising on its historical cachet (this development was built in the 1960s), the designers conceptualised a modern interior infused with a warm, retro vibe for this two-storey home in Katong. The first storey, which houses the living and dining areas, the kitchen and a balcony, was spruced up with a vibrant orange brick wall running the length of the living space.
  • Heavily patterned concrete floor tiles liven up the look in the balcony, with lightbulbs in bird cages above adding a quirky touch.
  • The kitchen, although dressed in stark white, provides similar throwbacks to the past, with a kopitiam-style dining table and chairs, and slate grey concrete screed flooring.
  • The designers of this three-room flat achieved a classic contemporary European-style by decking the predominatly white interiors with gold accents.
  • Wanting a home that is “modern yet vintage in some way”, the family opted for wood furniture in the Mid-Century Modern style from vintage furniture shops such as Junkie’s Corner, Second Charm and Lorgan’s.
  • Apart from being a decorative feature, the vintage sewing machine, which belonged to the brothers’ late grandmother, and serves as a side table.
  • To the owners of this five-room flat, vintage style is not just an on-trend phase but also something they embrace wholeheartedly. Their collection of antique furniture and memorabilia has been waiting in the background for years before they bought and renovated this home.
  • The kitchen is true to the period style – from the colour of the wall tiles to the ceramic knobs and, of course, the concrete base.
  • This 20-year-old house was given a new lease of life after being bought over by new owners. Vibrant hues like red, orange, yellow, turquoise and mint and old-school styles such as retro and Mid-Century Modern sit happily alongside Peranakan and contemporary designs.
  • The master suite is one of the homeowner's favourite rooms. The sideboard has Chinese characters which symbolise marriage.
  • For her 1,360sqf apartment in Katong Gardens, the bachelorette-owner chose a mix of vintage and modern furnishings. A wooden ceiling adds to the rustic, cosy vibe of this apartment.
  • A vintage 1970s wallpaper brightens up the airy master bedroom.