House Tour: Breezy, retro-inspired five-room HDB flat

Love large homes? You'll love this HDB resale flat. Designers from Space Matters gave this five-room flat a complete transformation by taking down walls, replacing tiles with concrete screed and painting the walls a soothing, muted blue hue. The owners also filled the home with plenty of soft furnishing and dark wood furniture, bringing a breezy, retro-like feel to the home:

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The dining and living area became one joined space, helping the home appear much larger than it actually is. The concrete screed floor also worked its magic, helpping to unify the space. The concrete screed is reminiscent of the floors of old homes from the 50s and 60s.

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The flat was kept breezy by turning communal spaces like the living, dining and kitchen space into one big open-concept area. 

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While the larger areas were given a light, soft palette, the corridor was painted a deeper shade of blue to bring a splash of colour into the home. 

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Plenty of soft furnishings like rugs, upholstered furniture, colourful paints and wood furniture fill the home, giving it a cosy atmosphere and softening the gritty look of the concrete floor.

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The blue and white palette carries on into the bedrooms, where brown fabrics and furnishings complement the colour scheme. Adding to the retro-look of the home are the white shuttered double doors that create larger entrances into each bedroom.

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The doors to the walk-in wardrobe were kept to the same theme of the home. Rather than the smooth, completely closed laminated cabinetry commonly seen in modern homes, these charming, country-like doors have translucent windows, and are made of textured white wood, decorated with moulding and adorned with small, black round door handles.

The renovation cost $90,000 (with an additional $30,000 for furniture and accessories).

More images of the home here.