Bright and green tiny space

Fur­ni­ture in vi­brant hues and green nooks give a fresh, cheery vibe to this one-bed­room home.

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - Spaces - Ng on a cus­tom-made bench that dou­bles as a stor­age com­part­ment. — Pho­tos: ST By SABINE CHEN

WHEN Wee Ng first moved into his one-bed­room con­do­minium apart­ment in Sin­ga­pore, his main con­sid­er­a­tion was to make the most of the 38sq m space.

“As the space is small, I need lots of com­part­ments for stor­age,” says the 37-year-old bach­e­lor. “A lot of my fur­ni­ture is multi-pur­pose.”

For in­stance, in the liv­ing room stands a ply­wood bar ta­ble, where Ng, an in­ter­nal au­di­tor, has his break­fast. It comes with a match­ing bench fit­ted with a slid­ing door, which opens to re­veal a roomy stor­age com­part­ment.

The ta­ble and bench were de­signed by Sin­ga­porean in­te­rior de­sign firm Cre­ate. Ng’s ren­o­va­tion – which cost S$30,000 (RM92,000), in­clu­sive of fur­nish­ings, and took a month to com­plete – was helmed by Cre­ate’s Rick Tay.

The pieces are made of ply­wood – light enough for Ng to move them to the bed­room when he has guests. “The bench also pro­vides ex­tra seat­ing,” he says.

He also has a white ta­ble, pur­chased from Sin­ga­pore fur­ni­ture com­pany Space­man, that is height-ad­justable and can serve as a cof­fee ta­ble or for din­ing.

To make the home look big­ger, he opted for mar­ble floor­ing and walls in white. Pops of colour come in the form of fur­nish­ings, such as an or­ange sofa and a lime-green Smeg fridge.

The kitchen cab­i­nets are lam­i­nated with colours such as blue, or­ange, and yel­low to com­ple­ment the bright colour of the fridge.

Tay, who helped Ng shop for fur­ni­ture, says: “We didn’t know what colours we wanted for the kitchen cab­i­nets un­til we bought the fridge. It was a last-minute de­ci­sion that worked out well.”

In the liv­ing room, a cus­tom-made shelf de­signed by Cre­ate houses Ng’s books and mag­a­zines, as well as his toys and minia­ture snow­globe col­lec­tion.

“I used to travel about 70% of the time for work,” says Ng. “Snow­globes are one of the things I col­lect from cities I’ve trav­elled to.”

Next to the shelf is a panel of false ferns and grass, where he mounts his com­puter. Tay ex­plains that as Ng lives in the city, he wanted to in­tro­duce a botan­i­cal el­e­ment to freshen up the home.

Green­ery can also be found on the bal­cony, tucked away in a cor­ner of the bed­room and par­ti­tioned from the sleep­ing area by a glass door. Here, the floor is car­peted with fake lawn grass and the space dec­o­rated with pot­ted plants. The wash­ing ma­chine and dryer are placed there.

“I get good views of the sun­rise from the bal­cony,” says Ng. “I would like to have a cup of cof­fee here more of­ten.”

In the bed­room, a made-to-mea­sure head­board fea­tur­ing yel­low, brown, blue, and pink cush­ioned pan­els oc­cu­pies an en­tire wall. Com­pared with the brighter hues in the liv­ing room, the pas­tel shades here of­fer a more sooth­ing am­bi­ence.

A darker colour scheme is found in the mas­ter bath­room, where the walls and floor are lined with three types of mo­saic tiles. To mimic the hues of the ocean, Tay sourced tiles in black and shades of blue.

Ng likes to hang out in the liv­ing room, where he watches TV and as­sem­bles jig­saw puz­zles.

“It’s a place for ‘me’ time, where I stop think­ing about work and just re­lax.” – The Straits Times/Asia News Net­work

(Left) The loud colours of the kitchen cab­i­nets com­ple­ment the lime-green Smeg fridge. (Right) Fake lawn grass and pot­ted plants dec­o­rate the bal­cony where the wash­ing ma­chine and dryer are.

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