This 4-bedroom condo unit was initially bland until the homeowner approached R.Works, an interior design firm in Malaysia to give her home a makeover into an exquisitely designed modern abode.
The client is an independent woman who travels a lot and wanted her home to be a relaxing space that can be easily maintained. When she purchased the condo, it already had built-in cabinets in the kitchen, wardrobes in all bedrooms, air conditioning around the house, and the kitchen island.
After consultation, the designers created these incredible 3D visuals based on the client’s requests and lifestyle to be emulated in this home.
About the property
Developed by Brem Holding Berhad in 2019, Harmoni 2 Residence is a freehold, 54-storey condominium in Bukit Prima Pelangi near Mont Kiara, Kuala Lumpur. The land bank stretches to 60 acres and consists of 598 units across 3 tower blocks.
The wide range of facilities includes a swimming pool, BBQ area, sauna room, gymnasium, an open-air multipurpose area, a games room, and a kindergarten.
This unit is built up of 1,872 square feet, with 4+1 rooms and 4 bathrooms.
Contemporary yet practical
During the requirements gathering between the client and the design team, the client provided some images from Pinterest to conceptualise the design she had in mind. The main idea was for her home to be an industrial sleek concept, aesthetically pleasing and practical.
The client was interested in the grey colour tone of cement screed but didn’t want the inconsistent patterns that come with it. So, the designers went with grey industrial-textured laminates that resembled the colour, instead of using actual cement.
“I purposely chose some industrial-textured but subtle materials so as to avoid any inconsistencies”– Alexis, Interior Designer, R.Works
A purely industrial design would have been hard to maintain so they loosened up the concept by integrating some contemporary elements.
The colour scheme, sliding panels, and matte steel fixtures of the dining room added to the industrial aspects while some sleek touches include the grey mirrors and grey laminates.
The designers also interviewed the client on her lifestyle and living habits. Since she was constantly travelling, the client wanted an easily-maintainable home. Her relatives come to visit once in a while, which is why she also envisioned a relaxing space to spend the day indoors.
Some of the challenges faced by the designers were the unsightly beams and uneven walls in the dining area and master bedroom, which made it difficult to create a seamless design. Initially, the owner wanted to seal up the window and create a full-length bedhead feature.
However, residents aren’t allowed to without affecting the outer facade of the condo and it would block access to the window in future.
Instead, the designers found a better solution and built sliding panels around the window. This way, contractors can still access the window if any leakages occur.
The major changes made in the unit were the dining area cabinet, feature wall in the living room, the master bedroom’s dressing table and sliding panels, curtains, wall painting, and lighting fixtures.
The stunning results
Taking all details into consideration, the R.Works designers emulated the 3D visuals identically with strong modern contemporary elements and a streamlined interior layout.
The contemporary living room is now designed in a sleek industrial concept with tones of grey and minimal furnishing. It also allows plenty of floor space and accommodates a large L-shaped sofa. An artsy metal coffee table is placed in the middle, which plays a dual purpose of practicality and aesthetic.
Given that these were loose furniture pieces, the client had the freedom to pick her furniture but with the designers’ consultation to ensure they appropriately matched the built-ins of the house.
“For furniture pieces, I would recommend a few stores to the client. She would take pictures of some pieces and ask for my advice”– Alexis, Interior Designer, R.Works
The space also features a sleek concrete-inspired feature wall behind the TV console. To mimic the feel of real concrete, the designers modified it using industrial textured laminates.
The TV console is black marble inspired, using the same materials are the wall panels with a black stone texture. These materials used were of high quality yet affordable.
The floor to ceiling glass sliding doors allows natural sunlight to fill the living room. The window treatments chosen were heavy drapes lined with sheer ones for better light entry control.
The kitchen island in the dry kitchen area remained the same, enhanced with two pendant lights to contrast amidst the monotone of greys.
The huge sliding panel separating the dry kitchen and wet kitchen are one of the raw industrial elements the designer had featured, and it embodies classiness to the overall interior.
On the other side, the dining area also features a similar cement-like wall panel cupboard for ample storage, to conceal the existing beams behind. In its centre, a wide niche was created to display photographs, plants, and assorted decorative trinkets.
The grey mirror in the backdrop of the cabinet was added as a touch of sleekness and concealed LED strip emitting warm lighting gives it a cosy ambient feel to the display area.
In the master bedroom, the bedhead panelling was one genius way of concealing the uneven beams and fixing the leaky window issue. It also “flattens” the surface for the bed head to lean against. The panels are made of durable matte black aluminium frames, grey mirror, and quality laminate pieces.
“Mirrors are commonly used to enhance the space in an area. It makes the space seem bigger”– Alexis, Interior Designer, R.Works
Handily, this sliding wall panel also doubles as a feature wall. One clever feature of these sliding panels is how it can be moved from side to side to access the window and little wooden shelves fixed up for extra storage.
As a smart way of utilizing the dead space in the corner, this unique dressing table was designed with multiple niches for ample storage spaces. The custom made vanity mirror even emits soft white lighting, given that the corner is slightly dark.
Other parts of the house like the kitchen and bathrooms remained the same, as provided by the developer. Wardrobes, cabinets, the kitchen island, sanitaryware, and kitchenware were pre-installed.
A Graceful Abode
The owner was very happy with her new home makeover, convenient and reasonably priced. With the owner being a very busy woman, R.Works handled everything independently and customised their designs according to what the interior required.
Location: Harmoni 2 Residence, Bukit Prima Pelangi, Kuala Lumpur
Property size: 1,872 square feet
Purpose: Interior design makeover
Design: Contemporary industrial in shades of grey
Works done: Dining area cabinet and wall panelling, TV console feature wall, master bedroom bedhead/feature wall, curtains, wall painting, and lighting.
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