How to Rejuvenate a Small Condominium–Angled Lines and Undulating Surfaces
This interesting small apartment, in Hougang Street, Singapore was designed by KNQ Associates. These guys specialize in the art of reinventing living spaces; a service they refer to as Home Rejuvenation.
Their forte is taking old tired looking spaces and turning them into functional, yet stylish ones through creative solutions.
Clean cut aesthetics
The objective of the angled lines and undulating surfaces was to create a visual contrast against flat and straight elements normally found in a small spaced apartment. Get away from the inevitable 4 walls and door look.
Note the montage of black and white photos on the walls – they are arranged in an atypical collage all to tie in with the overall asymmetrical design.
Colour for happiness
Light and monochromatic; this ensures the small space stays airy and feels ‘light’. Blue was introduced to add interest in what could have been a fairly sterile colour scheme. (Good for Feng Shui- if you are into that.)
Creating a boundary and commanding attention
The asymmetrical theme is continued in the main bedroom. A monolithic TV panel breaks the breaks the regularity of the boundary in a rectangular room and serves as part of the false ceiling to encapsulate the clever lighting.
The commanding bold red wallpaper acts as a headboard to the bed and gives a sense of dignity to the space, yet it does not distract from a sense of serenity which bedrooms should have.
Geometry and visual interest
In the guest room/study, the central theme is continued with graphical lines and geometric patterns on the doors and walls adding visual impact. Neon orange on the desk wall demarcates the area and is a brave choice of colour. But it works.
If you are in the process of getting your apartment rejuvenated-then look at how this was done. I hope it gives you some tips in design, what to do with straight walls and small spaces.