The design of this chic family home might have been inspired by the glamorous New York penthouses seen on TV series Gossip Girl, as homeowner Tiana Tay shares, but it stands out in its own distinctive way.

The apartment, designed by Wendy Smith of Design Intervention, has a canvas of neutral tones such as whites and creams, punctuated with bright, refreshing colours in the form of patterned material finishes on the soft furnishings, as well as art pieces.

Colourful printed cushions allow the homeowners to change the appearance of the space whenever they want. These cushions gave them the courage to go ahead with her wild design choices, says Wendy.

The green hue selected for the cushions, chairs, walls and rug helped bring in the foliage and tropical feel of the outdoor landscaping.

Using the same print – in this case, an ikat pattern – in two colours gives neutral-hued spaces such as this room much-needed colour and detail without appearing too busy and cluttered.

Hints of gold in the textured wallpaper give the room an intimate feel. Touches of claret and rose were added for visual contrast, and crystal chandeliers brought glamour into the space.

After combining two bathrooms to create a larger master suite with a walk-in wardrobe, Wendy had space to accommodate a free-standing clawfoot tub.

See more of this home and its play on prints and patterns.


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