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8 Unique-Looking Homes That Are (Very) Far From Basic

November 5, 2021

Follow the crowd, they do not.

Everyone’s unique in their own way, and that includes the way they want their homes to look. But scroll through any compilation of past renovation projects, and you’ll see tons of homes that are 'safe' in terms of design. You know, the ones that are pleasing to the eyes, but don’t necessarily have that ‘wow’ factor.

So if you want your home to stand out from the crowd, how can you go about doing so? These 8 homes might just give you the inspiration you need:

1. A nature-inspired 4-room flat in Tanglin

Tanglin Halt Road by Fifth Avenue Interior
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Sometimes, all you need is a spot of colour, and this home is proof. The sage green walls don't just draw your attention, it also complements the dark wood accents to create a soothing, nature-inspired home.

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The inspiration from nature doesn’t just stop there, though. Other than wood, you’ll also find details like ceramic dishware, stone tiles, and rattan baskets. Even the built-in wardrobe is painted in a muted pink colour that’s reminiscent of sand!

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2. An edgy, cat-friendly 5-room flat in Lakeside

Corporation Drive by Notion of W
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A dark-coloured home may be unappealing to some, but this homeowner has skilfully found ways to incorporate spots of colour. Things like an exposed brick wall and a walkway with a dark wood design all serve to break up the monotony of a dark colour palette home and add visual points of interest.

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As far as renovation works go, this home has done quite a fair bit. To create more space for the pool table, the kitchen walls were completely hacked away, and the kitchen area itself was shifted to the service balcony. Even the bedroom and bathroom walls were reshaped to accommodate the ‘wooden’ walkway that diagonally spans across the house.

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3. An inviting 4-room flat in Chai Chee Road

Chai Chee Road by A Blue Cube Design
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Many homeowners inject a few curves here and there to soften up their home, but rarely do they go all out like this. From an open kitchen with rounded counters to arched windows and entryways, this home in Chai Chee Road is the epitome of unique, yet inviting.

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But apart from that, what makes this home stand out even more is the retro-tiled backsplash and antique door that add a rustic, vintage touch to the home.

4. A sophisticated 3-room flat in Dawson

Dawson by Happe Design Atelier
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You usually wouldn’t associate the word ‘sleek’ with colourful, eclectic homes, but this home’s one exception. Rather than overwhelming the look, the deep red and yellow accents pair well with the white walls and matte grey floors to create a sophisticated home with a spark of personality.

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Another unique thing about this home? The doors. Instead of going with a typical interior door, this homeowner customised her doors with rounded cutouts and reeded glass inserts – a far cry from basic.

5. A BTS-inspired 4-room flat in Tiong Bahru

Kim Tian Road by Free Space Intent
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Why hide away what you love? Take a leaf out of this home in Tiong Bahru, where the homeowner’s love for K-pop megagroup BTS takes centre stage. There’s no way you’ll miss it, since you’ll be greeted by swaths of pastel hues that define the group’s Dynamite era.

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From striped ceilings to terrazzo pattern laminates, it’s clear that this adorable-looking home is way more colourful than your average home. Even the bathroom and bedrooms are treated with the same quirky treatment, with colourful and geometrical shapes accentuating the bright, cheery vibe even more.

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6. A vintage 3-room flat in Ang Mo Kio

Ang Mo Kio Avenue 10 by Authors • Interior & Styling
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You don’t always need to change your home’s layout for a unique look. Like this flat shows, the purposefully-chosen furniture and fittings - in this case, the teak wood furniture, plants, and macrame accents - are the main contributors to the retro vibe.

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Plus, the wispy, sheer curtains sectioning off the entry area from the rest of the house further adds a nostalgic feel while also giving the homeowner extra privacy.

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That doesn’t mean the renovation works don’t contribute anything, though, because things like the polished wooden floors and mint green Shaker-style cabinets really bring the look together!

7. A bright, colourful flat in Ang Mo Kio

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After years of neutral colours dominating the interior design scene, bright colours are on their way back. This home in Ang Mo Kio features a vibrant mix of candy pink, royal blue, and sage green – and while these colours may be overwhelming by themselves, they’re anchored by the wooden floors and furniture to create an oh-so-cosy home.

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But what makes this home stand out even more are the arched entryways, gold accents, and wainscoting that adds a grandiose touch to the space.

8. A dark-themed 5-room flat in Tampines

Tampines GreenVerge by MET Interior
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To go with its simple, clean look, the walls of this dark-themed 5-room flat are kept bare. But rather than looking plain or empty, the wainscoting details add visual interest by creating texture within the space.

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The sleek, modern look is further emphasised by gold accents in the kitchen and bedroom, while rounded features like the coffee table and rounded cut-outs from the TV console introduces some curves that prevent the home from looking overly clinical.

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