The Chic Home: Blast from the past, inspired by black-and-white colonial house

Inspired by black-and-white colonial houses, this semi-detached house sports a similar palette and features

(From far left) Velvet blue chairs add colour to the monochromatic palette; sliding doors and windows let plenty of natural light into the kitchen; and windows above the entrance allow heat to dissipate from the interior of the home. (Above) As the h
Full-height shelves let the home owners display their book collection and mementoes.PHOTO: SPH MAGAZINE; ART DIRECTION: KAFFY TAN
(From far left) Velvet blue chairs add colour to the monochromatic palette; sliding doors and windows let plenty of natural light into the kitchen; and windows above the entrance allow heat to dissipate from the interior of the home. (Above) As the h
Velvet blue chairs add colour to the monochromatic palette.PHOTO: SPH MAGAZINE; ART DIRECTION: KAFFY TAN
(From far left) Velvet blue chairs add colour to the monochromatic palette; sliding doors and windows let plenty of natural light into the kitchen; and windows above the entrance allow heat to dissipate from the interior of the home. (Above) As the h
Sliding doors and windows let plenty of natural light into the kitchen.PHOTO: SPH MAGAZINE; ART DIRECTION: KAFFY TAN
(From far left) Velvet blue chairs add colour to the monochromatic palette; sliding doors and windows let plenty of natural light into the kitchen; and windows above the entrance allow heat to dissipate from the interior of the home. (Above) As the h
As the house is naturally ventilated, thanks to clever designs, private areas such as bedrooms are kept cool even when there is plenty of natural light entering the spaces.PHOTO: SPH MAGAZINE; ART DIRECTION: KAFFY TAN

Inspired by black-and white colonial houses, home owners Ong Yu-en and Celine Ong wanted architect Wu Yen Yen of interior design firm GAD to incorporate elements such as a monochromatic colour scheme, pitched roof, high ceilings and louvre windows into this interior fit-out to an existing semi-detached house.

The couple, who are in their 40s and are lawyers, say of their two-storey, five-bedroom home in Yio Chu Kang: "We wanted to preserve the traditional architectural features of Singapore, which are slowly being eroded with time."

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 30, 2019, with the headline 'Blast from the past'. Subscribe