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Ebony and Ivory

House Type 5-Room HDB
Design Concept Modern Victorian
Area Size 1,200 sq.ft.
Renovation Cost S$55,000
Renovation Duration 6 Weeks


The combination of black and white is arguably one of the most sought-after colour schemes among Singapore homeowners. Falsely perceived to be dull and monotonous, a black-and-white motif can actually be elegantly interesting – if the right balance is used.

This sophisticated home, which strikes a definitive balance between old-world charm and modern functionality, successfully uses black and white to its advantage.

The fine wall and ceiling decals in the living and dining area add a pinch of drama and charm as it emphasizes the ceiling lights and darkly-tinted windows. Smoky-grey mirrors add an optical illusion, practically doubling the space without taking away the air of intrigue. Of course, the absence of a rigid partition helps in maximising space.

A bolder wall pattern is used in the bedrooms, with a more subtle lighting, creating a restful ambience. To keep the spaces clutter-free, pristine floor-to-ceiling cabinets are utilised. The study is made immaculate and a lot more interesting with the addition of a floor-to-ceiling book shelf.


  • Large decals create the illusion of wider walls, while mirrors immensely magnify the room.
  • A traditional chandelier sets the tone for the dining area's old-world motif.
  • Adequate shelf space allows the homeowners to tastefully display their wine collection.
  • A comforting, uncluttered master bedroom is the perfect solace after a long day at work.
  • A floating desk does not cut the room's vertical space, while ample cabinets keep the area clutter-free.
  • Dullness is shunned away from the study with these wall patterns and large ceiling mirror.