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This home fea­tures a well­bal­anced pal­ette of tones and tex­tures stylish in ev­ery way.

With a splash of eye-catch­ing hues and a touch of Scan­di­navia, this home fea­tures a well-bal­anced pal­ette of tones and tex­tures that are stylishly cosy in ev­ery way.

Strik­ing colours and a touch of Scan­di­na­vian charm take cen­tre stage in this 980sqf apart­ment in Kuala Lumpur, el­e­gantly de­signed for a young cou­ple who wanted a vi­brant home that re­flects their per­son­al­ity and life­style.

To achieve this, de­sign­ers Pauline Ng and Priscilla Ng from Paul+Pris went for a bright and colour­ful in­te­rior brim­ming with eye-catch­ing de­tails. While they were given cre­ative li­cence to work with bold colours, they re­mained care­ful with their choices.

“For this home, we cre­ated a pre­dom­i­nantly Scan­di­na­vian look en­hanced by a har­mo­nious pal­ette of bold and pas­tel hues to bal­ance the home­own­ers’ con­trast­ing colour pref­er­ences – one of them likes stronger tones, while the other likes more sooth­ing hues,” say the de­sign­ers.

Against a clean and clut­ter-free back­drop, the home fea­tures a few key pieces of fur­ni­ture to ac­com­pany an en­er­getic pal­ette of bright blues and soft pinks. Paul+Pris also im­proved the flow of the boxy lay­out via clearly de­fined open spa­ces in the main liv­ing ar­eas. This adds to the feel­ing of a mod­ern and min­i­mal­ist abode, while open­ing up the space.

“Our ‘min­i­mal­ism’ is an ex­pres­sion of us­ing what’s es­sen­tial,” say the de­sign­ers. “To us, in­te­rior de­sign means more than just its aes­thetic value; it is about cre­at­ing spa­ces that are mean­ing­ful and func­tional.”

In the liv­ing room, a bold blue wall that stretches from the liv­ing area to the din­ing space is adorned with cus­tom-made shelv­ing for the own­ers to dis­play their ac­ces­sories. Through­out the small apart­ment, strong colours were ap­plied strate­gi­cally yet sub­tly in the form of in­te­rior de­tails.

“To make things in­ter­est­ing, we painted the door frames the same lively shade of blue,” the de­sign­ers ex­plain. “We also in­cor­po­rated cus­tom-made fur­ni­ture and chic ac­ces­sories in the same colour fam­ily to bring out that bold and quirky look the own­ers love.”

In the kitchen, the walls are clad en­tirely in white tiles. The sleek white coun­ter­top fur­ther adds to the pol­ished look of the space. As a way to brighten things up with­out be­ing too loud, the de­sign­ers painted the ceil­ing as well as the tile grouts in pink, giv­ing the cook­ing space a wow fac­tor.

“With an all-white, glossy kitchen, there’s a risk of it look­ing stark and clin­i­cal. How­ever, we didn’t want to put too many colours in a small cookspace, so we ap­plied just enough pink to spruce up the space,” say the de­sign­ers. “As one of the own­ers loves cook­ing and adores the colour pink, this was the per­fect place to in­fuse this fem­i­nine colour.”

The colour­ful ap­proach con­tin­ues in the mas­ter bed­room, but only tran­quil shades were used. Here, woody tones and soft tex­tures work to­gether har­mo­niously, con­jur­ing an at­mos­phere of seren­ity.

“Al­though we wanted this home to re­ally stand out us­ing colours, we didn’t want strong tones to over­whelm the in­te­ri­ors,” say Pauline and Priscilla. “For ex­am­ple, the colour tem­per­a­ture sim­mers down in the bed­room – we used serene hues to en­sure it’s con­ducive to rest­ing and sleep­ing. We in­cluded a head­board in a lighter shade of blue, as well as tai­lor-made shelv­ing with grey sur­faces, to pro­vide the room with a cooler touch.”

LEFT Pink grout­ing against pol­ished white tiles brighten up the cook­ing area with­out over­whelm­ing the small kitchen space. BE­LOW To im­bue the liv­ing room with a vi­brant at­mos­phere, the fea­ture wall is painted a strik­ing blue tone that com­ple­ments the neu­tral-toned fur­nish­ings.

ABOVE In the din­ing area, cus­tom-made wall-shelves fea­tur­ing an in­ter­est­ing mix of dec­o­ra­tive ac­ces­sories add a fash­ion­able touch to the over­all space.

There’s an eye­catch­ing in­ter­play of geo­met­ric shapes in the liv­ing room, which show­cases cre­ative flair with­out go­ing over­board with de­tails. ABOVE

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