A va­ri­ety of dif­fer­ent tex­tures and sur­fac­ing ma­te­ri­als meet to cre­ate eye- catch­ing de­tails, while ac­cen­tu­at­ing the beauty of the home’s high ceil­ings.

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De­void of styles and trends, this apart­ment’s con­tem­po­rary de­sign plays up its beau­ti­fully sim­ple and func­tional in­te­ri­ors.

WHO A cou­ple in their late 30s HOME Two plus one bed­room condominiu­m unit SIZE 915sqf

When do­ing up his own home, Stan Tham saw it as an “experiment­al space”, for cer­tain de­sign con­cepts and ideas to ma­te­ri­alise.

As an in­te­rior de­signer, he ap­pre­ci­ates dif­fer­ent styles and has var­ied tastes, so it isn’t sur­pris­ing that the home he shares with his wife, Se­lene Wee, has an eclec­tic look: “Ev­ery­thing within is a bit dif­fer­ent,” he says, yet it all comes to­gether ef­fort­lessly.

The idea was sim­ply to be sur­rounded by the things the cou­ple like, from con­tem­po­rary fur­ni­ture and in­ter­est­ing tex­tured ma­te­ri­als to street art-style framed prints and state­ment decor pieces. “The things in the house are not nec­es­sar­ily ex­pen­sive – the key is to pick out things and mix and match them,” he says.

The ren­o­va­tion cost them around RM90,000, with a clean de­sign that is played up by the fur­nish­ings and ac­cent fea­tures. But the main thing Stan did was to cre­atively in­cor­po­rate sur­fac­ing ma­te­ri­als into the built-in car­pen­try, as well as ex­ist­ing struc­tures.

Also, as the apart­ment fea­tures a high ceiling of 3.35m, he made the most of it by “build­ing ev­ery­thing up, as high as pos­si­ble”, to draw the eye up­wards. Here’s what he used:

The walls and ceiling of the sec­ond bed­room, now used as a read­ing room, was painted a bold, deep shade of blue.


To achieve an in­dus­trial-in­spired touch in the entrance foyer, Stan used a spe­cial­ef­fects paint from Porter’s Paint to cre­ate a rusted metal wall. He ap­plied a clear rust coat­ing on a base coat of black iron paint. This was a trial-and-er­ror job, the de­signer ex­plains, as he had no idea how the fi­nal re­sult would look, and it would vary ac­cord­ing to in­di­vid­ual ap­pli­ca­tion.

The walls and ceiling of the sec­ond bed­room, now used as a read­ing room, was painted a bold, deep shade of blue. For a small room, this seems coun­ter­in­tu­itive, but the out­come is a cosy and in­ti­mate space.


In Stan’s home of­fice and “man cave”, which has a mez­za­nine, white weath­ered brick wall­pa­per adds di­men­sion and char­ac­ter. The de­signer’s love for art is also seen here; hung up on the wall all the way to the ceiling are framed prints from the likes of Ger­man sten­cil artist Kun­strasen. He also chose tex­tured wall­cov­er­ings – an acous­tic foam tex­tured one from Arte for the liv­ing room TV fea­ture wall, and a paintable one from Kelly Hop­pen for the bed­room.

Pat­terned tiles

The kitchen was ex­tended and has an open con­cept, with a can­tilevered penin­sula counter zon­ing the area. Stan got tiles with a geo­met­ric op­ti­cal il­lu­sion de­sign in­stalled, as a coun­ter­top, fin­ished with clear glass.

Glossy sur­faces

The home­owner used mir­ror pan­els to clad cer­tain walls – in the entrance foyer and in the liv­ing room – to vis­ually en­large space. This treat­ment is es­pe­cially ef­fec­tive when done on the en­tire ver­ti­cal sur­face, to bal­ance the high ceil­ings of the apart­ment. He also mounted on each mir­rored wall an at­trac­tive art print, for added in­ter­est.

B E LOW As an in­te­rior de­signer, Stan of­ten works from home and has a ded­i­cated study and “man cave”, with sep­a­rate zones de­fined by the mez­za­nine.

RIGHT & FA R R I G H T The foot­print of the kitchen was ex­tended a lit­tle, and it now fea­tures an open con­cept with a can­tilevered penin­sula counter that’s topped with geo­met­ric tiles (be­low a piece of glass).

LEFT A geo­met­ric theme, seen in the choice of soft fur­nish­ings and ma­te­ri­als in the liv­ing area, gives the home a trendy and fun look.

photograph­y DAR­REN CHANG por­trait JASPER YU art di­rec­tion KAFFY TAN

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