House Tour: This five-room HDB flat in Clementi is a stylish, bright and modern abode

A complete overhaul turned this once-cluttered flat into a modern, practical space.

It helps when the client happens to be a friend who trusts you to design her home. “My friend left most of the design choices to me. That gave me plenty of room, literally, to play around with ideas. She co-owns the flat with her brother and sister-in-law, and the three wanted a modern space that suits their lifestyle – they enjoy having guests over and love entertaining,” says creative director Melvin Tan, a Singaporean who’s been running his own interior design agency, Hello Embryo based in Jakarta, for the past five years.

Wooden accents were incorporated in the living room to enhance the “natural” feel of the space. Solid pieces of teak wood form the wall panel, lending an earthy touch to the breezy interior. The wood panelling is framed in grids of Scandinavian blue laminate, giving it a vivid pop of colour and making it a standout wall feature in the living room.