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The Cereal Magazine Guide to Building a Minimalist Home

July 11, 2019
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Cereal Magazine vibes, anyone?

Harkened as the “minimalist’s bible”, Cereal Magazine has plenty to teach about achieving that aesthetic — think understated yet clean furnishings, streamlined and round-edged accessories, subtle pattern mixing and more — which is why so many Singaporeans are loyal fans.

cereal magazine inspired minimalist homes
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cereal magazine inspired minimalist homes
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Source: Cereal

But how exactly do you achieve Cereal’s own brand of minimalist yet modernist flair? Here, we delve into 8 tranquil homes that puts the publication’s curated style into practice!


1. Cereal pays loads of attention to maintain its honest, pared-back aesthetic. And this home captures the entire essence well, cutting back on its ornamentation, keeping many of their decor items in storage compartments.

Anchorvale Crescent by D5 Studio Image
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Anchorvale Crescent by D5 Studio Image
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Anchorvale Crescent by D5 Studio Image
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Anchorvale Crescent by D5 Studio Image
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Anchorvale Crescent by D5 Studio Image
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Interior Firm: D5 Studio Image

2. Keeping things symmetrical is part of the Cereal identity and one of the easier design aspects to nail down. Think wood panels, a neutral colour scheme and streamlined furniture – all of which are present in this condominium.

The Shelford by Third Avenue Studio
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The Shelford by Third Avenue Studio
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The Shelford by Third Avenue Studio
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The Shelford by Third Avenue Studio
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Interior Firm: Third Avenue Studio

3. While the publication does feature chairs on a near constant basis (often as standalones), these separates can be put together for greater design impact, so don’t overlook your seating options! Take cues from this abode by keeping it sleek with clean but round-edged pieces, preferably with a twist (i.e. wicker, rattan for that woven look etc.).

Village @ Pasir Panjang by PROVOLK ARCHITECTS
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Village @ Pasir Panjang by PROVOLK ARCHITECTS
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Village @ Pasir Panjang by PROVOLK ARCHITECTS
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Village @ Pasir Panjang by PROVOLK ARCHITECTS
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Interior Firm: PROVOLK ARCHITECTS

4. Cereal’s Instagram feed proves that going minimalist doesn’t mean going plain. While various elements may be streamlined, you can still play around with subtle textures such as woodgrain, marble and terrazzo.

Bukit Panjang Ring Road by Authors • Interior & Styling
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Bukit Panjang Ring Road by Authors • Interior & Styling
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Bukit Panjang Ring Road by Authors • Interior & Styling
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Bukit Panjang Ring Road by Authors • Interior & Styling
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5. If Cereal’s photos are any indication, juxtaposition plays an important role in setting a soothing mood. Offset the warm wood with cooler whites and contrast with black displays or dark furnishings.

Rochester by EHKA Studio
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Rochester by EHKA Studio
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Rochester by EHKA Studio
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Rochester by EHKA Studio
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Interior Firm: EHKA Studio

6. Despite the focus on natural elements, it’s not just about them. You can change things up with cement screed and decorative tiles so as long as they don’t take away from the pared-down charm.

Woodlands Street 41 by HIFA Design Studio
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Woodlands Street 41 by HIFA Design Studio
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Woodlands Street 41 by HIFA Design Studio
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Woodlands Street 41 by HIFA Design Studio
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Woodlands Street 41 by HIFA Design Studio
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Interior Firm: HIFA Design Studio

7. Of course, every minimalist home would be incomplete without storage solutions. But instead of building them outwards, consider your spaces and check to see if you can use your nooks. This way, you can build them in or flush them to the sides to keep your space looking polished.

Edgedale Plains by Zenith Arc
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Edgedale Plains by Zenith Arc
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Edgedale Plains by Zenith Arc
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Edgedale Plains by Zenith Arc
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Edgedale Plains by Zenith Arc
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Interior Firm: Zenith Arc

8. Cereal is also commonly associated with calming interiors. To replicate that restful air and a Zen-like mood, this home employs cooler-looking wood tones set against a white backdrop. Any accessories or furniture used features smooth and clean edges to further amplify the soothing vibes.

Levenue by Habit
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Levenue by Habit
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Levenue by Habit
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Levenue by Habit
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Interior Firm: Habit

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Bukit Panjang Ring Road by Authors • Interior & Styling
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