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7 Homes That Made Us Stop and Stare... and Drool

June 2, 2016
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7 Homes That Made Us Stop and Stare... and Drool

Finding it hard to find décor inspirations these days? These overseas homes that are off the style charts can surely fix that! From small quirky spaces to grand architectural homes, we scoured the web to bring you seven best home projects that are designed with both practicality and aesthetics in mind.

1. Small and Kooky

At 90sqm, this apartment could possibly pass off as a BTO flat right here in Singapore! It proves that size is not an issue when it comes to style, and the unfinished look of the exposed brick wall in the living room creates a lovely contrast to the crisp, graphical nature of the illustrated artworks.

7 Homes That Made Us Stop and Stare... and Drool
7 Homes That Made Us Stop and Stare... and Drool

Arresting graphic lines also take the main stage in the bedroom, where an unconventional upholstered headboard is extended across the entire side of one wall. By adding an armchair, this simple bedroom is transformed into a semi-formal space that not only scores high on style, but functionality as well (the chair can double as a bedside table!).

7 Homes That Made Us Stop and Stare... and Drool
7 Homes That Made Us Stop and Stare... and Drool

Image credit: HomeDSGN

2. Geometric Pizzazz

This stunning property’s interior is made up of strong linear aesthetics that echo its architectural exterior. Raw concrete and natural wood surfaces set a contemporary yet cosy scene for the décor, which features many bold design ideas that can easily be adopted into smaller spaces.

7 Homes That Made Us Stop and Stare... and Drool
7 Homes That Made Us Stop and Stare... and Drool

The couple of kitchen countertops, for example, have a faceted side profile that adds edginess to the utilitarian piece – a space-efficient idea that can bring life to any compact kitchen! Having the kitchen island covered in mosaic tiles also makes it so much more appealing than a typical counter! And if you’re bold enough, cover the kitchen floors with graphic tiles to jazz it up.

7 Homes That Made Us Stop and Stare... and Drool
7 Homes That Made Us Stop and Stare... and Drool

Image credit: HomeDSGN

3. A Little Piece of Heaven

This is possibly the smallest, dreamiest, and most heavenly home ever! From the steel framed glass panels to the customised storage cabinets, everything in this space is brilliantly thought-out so as to maximise all of its 50sqm.

7 Homes That Made Us Stop and Stare... and Drool
7 Homes That Made Us Stop and Stare... and Drool

In order to zone up the compact common area, the designers created a low L-shaped cabinet design that also extends out into a dining table. Together with the sofa leaning on this hybrid design, a snug island-like feel is achieved in the living space

7 Homes That Made Us Stop and Stare... and Drool

Privacy for the bedroom hasn’t been forsaken either, in spite of the tight space – soft white curtains offer a simple and classy option of sealing the space off.

7 Homes That Made Us Stop and Stare... and Drool

Image credit: HomeDSGN

4. Clever Built-in Cabinets

A foolproof way to integrate as much storage compartments as possible into a home while still retaining a minimal outlook is by customising full-height cabinets. For the cupboards to fade into the background, clad it in a veneer or laminate that comes in the same colour scheme as the ceiling, walls, and floors. The cream shades bathe this home with a cosy feel that’s further enhanced with well-placed ambient lighting.

7 Homes That Made Us Stop and Stare... and Drool
7 Homes That Made Us Stop and Stare... and Drool

Another trick that local homeowners can adopt from this apartment is how to prevent the numerous cabinets from looking too blocky. The designers ingeniously does so here by breaking up the monotony with gaps that serve as display shelves, and having the feature wall “float” rather than built from the floor up.

7 Homes That Made Us Stop and Stare... and Drool
7 Homes That Made Us Stop and Stare... and Drool

Image credit: HomeDSGN

5. Young at Heart

Fun and functional, cheerful and chic, this family home is designed with longevity in mind.

7 Homes That Made Us Stop and Stare... and Drool

On one hand, it has child-friendly and free-flowing spaces that encourage play, on the other, it also houses a dark and sensuous dressing room – both of which address the couple’s family and personal necessities.

7 Homes That Made Us Stop and Stare... and Drool

The couple’s keen sense of style is also manifested in their choice of unusual furniture, lighting design, and accessories, all of which come together to imbue a friendly and welcoming feel to the entire home.

7 Homes That Made Us Stop and Stare... and Drool
7 Homes That Made Us Stop and Stare... and Drool

Image credit: Home Designing

6. Classic Colours

Crisp white walls and solid wood furniture are truly a match made in heaven. A timeless combination, these elements are often what many local homeowners start with, and then build upon for the rest of the space’s design.

7 Homes That Made Us Stop and Stare... and Drool
7 Homes That Made Us Stop and Stare... and Drool

While you can’t go wrong with white and wood, it can appear one-dimensional if applied throughout the entire home. By throwing in shades of grey, this combination takes an interesting turn, creating a look that’s not only refreshing but snug as well. The dark grey walls in this home’s bedroom work especially well, as it brings the room’s energy down a notch, putting one in a restful mode.

7 Homes That Made Us Stop and Stare... and Drool
7 Homes That Made Us Stop and Stare... and Drool

Image credit: Nordic Design

7. Dark & Light

Contrasts always have a way of making a space more interesting. The most stylish homes are often a well-orchestrated mix of rough and refined textures, designer furniture pieces and quirky knick-knacks, or glossy and matte surfaces. But for this home, it’s all about dark versus light.

7 Homes That Made Us Stop and Stare... and Drool
7 Homes That Made Us Stop and Stare... and Drool

The opposing forces come into play in each room, where deep navy, charcoal, and forest green walls are contrasted with light-coloured furniture, soft furnishings, and accessories. And in the dining room, we see a switch, with soft white curtains beautifully juxtaposed with the grey table cloth.

7 Homes That Made Us Stop and Stare... and Drool
7 Homes That Made Us Stop and Stare... and Drool

Image credit: Nordic Design


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