Cover The light scheme that dominates the common areas of the home is enlivened by an interesting mix of shapes, textures and accent colours

Designed by ArchLuxe, this contemporary apartment’s classic palette highlights its playful decor touches

A neutral colour scheme is ideal for establishing a relaxed mood in any space, and versatile enough to match a range of design styles. Colours such as off-whites, light greys and beige also act as an appropriate backdrop for statement pieces and warm textures, allowing them to shine amid a timeless palette that never gets old.

Sean Hafiz, principal designer at local studio ArchLuxe opted for a neutral yet stylish base when tasked to give this 2,023sqft home in District 10 a makeover. Of their requirements, “the owners had specifically requested that the space be bright during the day”, he says. The designer worked to give the home a modern, contemporary look with the liberal use of earthy shades, punctuated by accent fixtures and colours that bring character and depth to the home.

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The team gave the living area in this four-bedroom apartment a generous splash of greige: a shade between grey and beige. Often dubbed the perfect neutral, being neither too warm nor too cool, the hue is used in varying intensities and applications in the home. This includes a TV feature wall, which catches the eye with wave-like veining on the marble tiles, flanked by display shelves in taupe that house books and other ornaments.

The shades of this TV feature wall are echoed by those of the round rug in the living room, which also complements the contours of the curved sofa beautifully. A pair of coffee tables with metallic bases continues this design language and adds a shimmery touch to the tableau. The use of rounded furnishings adds a sense of cosiness and breaks up the rigid lines of the display cabinets.

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Accent cushions in the living area draw the eye with their rich colours and textures; shades of burnt orange form a visually interesting interplay. The pale flooring underfoot reflects the abundance of natural light that streams in via the generous full-height windows.

Seamlessly connected to the living room is the dining area, which sports beige chairs with champagne gold-hued metal legs. The chandeliers in this open-plan living and dining area feature identical globes and frames, arranged in different compositions for a refreshing contrast. The adjoining kitchen features cabinetry in greige, bringing a unified look to the common areas of the home.

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Unique individual touches are applied to some of the more private areas of the home. Chief among these is the study, which boasts a stunning, richly patterned stone feature wall in shades of blue. This imposing structure matches the metallic accents, dark tones and ebony wood joinery in this space perfectly; the latter also tie in with the luxurious walk-in wardrobe. Both spaces stand in stark contrast to the rest of the apartment, yet serve as compelling counterpoints to the lighter palette in the other parts of the home.

Darker hues dominate in the master bedroom. Wallpaper in a chevron pattern flanks the headboard; this treatment is mirrored and matched with fluted wall panels at the opposite end of the room near the TV. Additionally, a black-and-white TV cabinet and nightstands lend a modern touch, while subtle curves on the bedhead and cabinet mitigate the patterns and lines in this space.

In the bathrooms, limestone tiles are used to mimic their sandstone counterparts and add a rugged edge to the otherwise minimalist, clean-lined aesthetic. A combination of potted plants and natural sunlight channels a spa-like vibe, which suits the mood flawlessly as the owners love to soak in the tub after a hard day at work.

The four-month turnkey project was completed in May 2021. The designer is especially proud of the fact that the assignment came to fruition despite the owner being overseas during the entire renovation and design process.

“Materials had to be viewed via images and videos, and samples shipped over,” he says. “Precise coordination was also required as the client was moving in and quarantining in the home, so the timeline had to be followed strictly.” Regardless, ArchLuxe bested these challenges to craft a cosy abode its owners settled into quickly and comfortably.


An extension of interior design firm Mr Shopper Studio, ArchLuxe is a boutique firm that specialises in spatial planning, interior design, home styling, as well as furniture curation and technology integration services. Led by principal designer Sean Hafiz, the practice aims to create contemporary homes with personality and elegance.

ArchLuxe is located at 33 Ubi Avenue 3, #05-72 Tower A Vertex |

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