Monochrome Magic
SquareRooms|April 2019
Monochrome Magic

Clean lines and carefully curated details account for this black and white home’s sleek and edgy profile

Germaine Cheah

A monochromatic theme is one of the easiest interior design palettes to execute, but it can also be one of the most difficult styles to get right. Done properly, these homes use shades of black and white to great effect while mixing in textures to keep things interesting. But if done wrong, they can easily become monotonous, boring and rigid.

Luckily for the husband-and-wife duo staying in this four-room flat, their monochromatic home – designed by Wilson Teng and Vandra Png of local interior design firm Studio FortyFour – belongs to the former category. Recounting how the chosen design theme came about, Wilson says, “The husband loves black, while the wife loves white. As such, a monochromatic theme was only natural.” However, to inject some warmness into the space, wood-effect tiles were used on the floor throughout the home.

Entering the home, one is immediately greeted by an open free-flowing space that serves the living, dining and kitchen areas. This was achieved by knocking down the original partition wall that closed off the kitchen from the rest of the home. Then, to allow for better space utilisation, a white marble quartz-topped island unit was installed adjacent to the front door. Functioning primarily as a dining table over which the couple indulges in steamboat sessions – the hollow slit down the middle helps conceal the pot’s wire, in turn allowing plates of food to be placed all over the table without having to accommodate the bulky wire.

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April 2019