Caribbean Chic @ Tessarina

With an upmarket finish, this Caribbean beach villa inspired design boosts subtle design features and plush furniture.

Design areas: Living and Dining Room, Kitchen, Master Bedroom with En-Suite bathroom and Walk-in Wardrobe, Kids Bedrooms, Common Bathroom, Utility area with bathroom |  Project completed: 2019  |  Renovation budget: SGD130,000 – Designer: Arjan Nijen Twilhaar

Inspiration can come from many ways; and for this apartment we referenced beach villa with a Caribbean vibe. While the architectural details are kept clean lined, layering is added by the contemporary perimeter border and custom designed skirting boards. All wood works are kept white, with shaker style doors mixed with louvred elements. Drift wood inspired furniture are mixed with more exotic pieces – some with wood carving detail and others mid century inspired.

In the living room, a foyer was created, which offers ample shoe storage as well as allowed us to expand the kitchen footprint. The living room is flooded with day light, which is softened by the linen sheer curtains. Structural beams are flushed to allow clean lined walls and add visual height. The original flooring was maintained for the living spaces as well as the bedrooms.

By extending the kitchen, ample counterspace was created and a narrow larder cabinet adds more storage space, while keeping the kitchen wide and spacious. Pocketed French doors can slide out of the way or close off the kitchen when it is in use. Some fretwork detail in the upper cabinet doors break the shaker pattern – all carpentry is finished in laminate for easy maintenance and good wear and tear. For the flooring we opted for a wood tile, as to contrast with the living room marble and add warmth to a simple colour scheme. The hand pressed subway tile give a nod to our nautical theme with its light blue hues.

For the master bedroom, walls were placed to create a walk-in wardrobe. The walls are plastered with a special effect to add some chic gloss and depth to the walls. The wardrobe is finished with louvred doors and raw brass handles. In the bathroom, one single tile was used for walls and floor. To create some visual interest, a feature wall was created by custom cutting the tiles to lay a herringbone pattern. Wood accents and feature wall lights add colour and interest.

The kid’s bedrooms are kept timeless with bold graphic print wallpapers that were indented from Europe. These set the colour scheme and add a visual punch. Key colours we integrated in reveal of the grips for the wardrobes, just to break the wood lined doors.

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