There’s just something so alluring about industrial-style homes. Perhaps it’s the way materials look raw yet polished or the fact that it brings out the rebellious side in some of us with the use of non-traditional colours and textures.
Either way, industrial-style homes are an absolute hit so with that in mind, we’ve compiled several homes in Singapore that take on the industrial home trends and have gorgeous-looking kitchens to boot. These kitchens all incorporate industrial elements without compromising on functionality and of course, style.
What we love most is how every home has something unique about it that reflects the needs and style of their owners. Scroll through the gallery for inspiration:
Impressive to say the least, this industrial-style kitchen designed by Space Sense is both practical and stylish. What sets this space apart from other industrial home interior designs, however, is its ability blend contrasting materials to create an edgy yet inviting kitchen and dining area.
Although kitchen’s floors are treated with concrete screed, the entire space is far from cold as it has white walls, wooden accents, and a contemporary black and white art work to help brighten it up.
Instead of using a singular shade of brown throughout the kitchen, use a variety of shades to add depth and interest to the design of kitchen and island cabinets.
The easiest way to prevent your gorgeous kitchen from looking like a showflat? Make good use of it! Bring lively colours in with the help of condiments, mittens, and other kitchen gadgets. If that’s not enough, mount a vibrant poster to put together a more styled appeal for the space.
Step into the home of this 30 year-old owner by Hao Design and the following keywords immediately pop to mind – Hero, Avengers, Captain America, Hulk, Marvel, Aviation, Travel, Industrial, Raw, Sexy. The light-coloured flooring complements the cement walls perfectly, allowing interesting elements such as the signature brick wall and steel shelving design to stand out prominently.
A folding screen helps to separate the study from the living area when necessary, but when unfolded the space becomes a wide and stunning den with a lounge-like feel.
Along the brick wall, one finds a dining counter designed to take the form of an aeroplane wing. The look was inspired by the homeowner’s love of flying and travelling.
The interior design team even created a passenger cabin window frame where the homeowner can hang his favourite picture.
The dining counter faces the open kitchen, allowing for a seamless integration between the two functional spaces.
The steel pendant shade is in keeping with the edgy nature of the home’s style.
Next to the kitchen counter is a small balcony, which the homeowner can open up to allow fresh air to enter the apartment in the evenings. The wall next to the main entrance has been coated with blackboard paint, turning it into a large chalk canvas where the homeowner can unleash his artistic creativity.
Open shelving in an unfinished wood texture adds to the raw and industrial sexiness of the space, while the leather accents are evocative of vintage travel trunks.
For Irwan Bin Abu Satamin, the raw, “cold” vibe of an industrial interior was something he’d always wanted in his home. His wife Noraini Binte Misnawi preferred a less sterile look with colours for a calming, cosy ambience.
With these requests in mind, Landren Lim, founder and creative director of Mesh Werk Studio, designed a home with industrial-style elements, as well as light blue and mint-hued walls, and some wood-tone finishes.
“We wanted our home to feel spacious,” shares the couple. Many walls, including the one separating the kitchen from the dining room, and that between the living room and what is now the cats’ room, were hacked to achieve a bright and airy feel in the home.
With six cats, Landren also needed to factor in sufficient space and pet-friendly features such as overhead climbing platforms lined with scratching mats to ensure they had various spots for exploration and rest.
To keep within the $50,000 budget, the couple purchased many of their unique furniture and furnishings from Taobao via Ezbuy.
Despite its concrete-look finishes, this four-room flat is warm and inviting. The ambient lighting and statement decor pieces, like an antique gramophone from India and a “shine bright” neon sign, have infused it with the homeowners’ fun personality. The tinted mirror doors and contemporary sofa also add a modernist touch.
The homeowners, hedge fund manager Raphael Foo and writer-director Annette Lee, love to play host. (You might recognise her as Sue-Ann in social media website Sgag’s humorous videos). They also wanted a space they could work in and be creative. One minor challenge they had to overcome, though, was their different design preferences.
“While Raphael is into clean lines, metallic finishes and contemporary design, I like an industrial and vintage look with pops of colour,” says Annette. They engaged Studio Zync to bring the styles together. They spent a $100,000 on both renovation and furnishings. It includes the total reconfiguration of the home and creating a concealed effect with the bedroom doors.
“Raphael likes “secret” doors, not only for the surprise element but also to create a space that looks neater. The seamless effect was complemented by handleless kitchen cabinetry and hidden storage; there is storage under the built-in dining bench, below the breakfast counter, and in the platform bed,” shares Annette.
Annette wanted a pop of colour in the kitchen, so they looked for interesting tiles from shops in Balestier. On her collection collection of knick-knacks, she says: “It is mash- up of things we like; the quirky, handmade items are mine, whereas the more posh and sleek pieces are his.”
The grey hexagonal tiles are a good match with the concrete screed floors in the living room and kitchen. And, can you spot the pop of yellow here?
The interiors of this 1,600sqf HDB resale executive apartment in Serangoon showcases many locally-inspired elements, and is truly a character-filled space.
Home to a family of five and their dog, the homeowners approached interior designer Jade Cham of The Local Inn.terior with the intention to create a home that is unlike typical cookie cutter apartments.
They didn’t want too many built-in cabinetry and instead wanted an eclectic look with industrial elements (which the husband likes). The wife loves unique furniture and decor items and wanted to incorporate these into the home too.
As a result, the walls in the living room were kept white to allow room for splashes of colours such as with the Just Anthony TV console and cushy L-shaped sofa in deep blue. A natural wood-look vinyl flooring here adds warmth and complements the decor accessories, which range from pieces in the oriental-, vintage- and even Peranakan-inspired styles.
The homeowners like an open-concept kitchen. As such, non-structural walls separating the kitchen from the dining and living rooms were demolished to incorporate an island. This strategy makes the living space look larger and livelier. Moreover, the homeowners enjoy entertaining and prefer a space comfortable for 10 or more people.
The island counter serves as additional dining area or simply a space for guests to chill out at. A second-hand Oriental screen from Hock Siong is repurposed to become a showcase for artworks to be presented in a fun, informal manner.
Tiles are a great way to “zone” an open-concept space. Part of the approximately $100,000 renovation, Jade chose retro-style patterned tiles to frame the kitchen counter area.
Part of the wife’s quirky furnishing collection is this hand-me-down Singer sewing machine, which was from their mother in-law. Sitting next to the dining table, it has now been repurposed to become a sidetable for knick knacks.
The first thing that strikes you when you enter this 990sqf four-room HDB apartment in Bukit Panjang is its three rows of exposed light bulbs hanging from black electrical tracks.
“The theme we wanted is that of a modern and industrial loft,” says homeowner AJ Fong, explaining the no-frills illumination fixture. The bulbs are divided into sections – dining space, sofa, TV console, and bedroom corridor – each with its own switch control.
The monochromatic canvas of the interiors is the perfect foil to the riot of colour from the bold red sofa, accessories and arwork. Polaroid pictures of the couple’s wedding day are hung up on the white “brick” wall. The wall is actually painted with epoxy, and given a special texture for the resultant effect.
But it was the kitchen that underwent the biggest change. The top half of the wall hacked open out the space, and the floor was laid over with new tiles. A long breakfast counter was created in the galley-style space with a blackboard above it for the couple’s creative scribbles.
Text: Young Lim, Domenica Tan, Eliza Yusof/ Home & Decor