INT2 architecture have recently completed the Interior TR project, consisting of a cozy studio apartment that maximizes living spaces, located in Moscow, Russia. We have presented to you many inspiring ideas on decorating small apartments here on 1 Kindesign, here is one more that will hopefully give you some great DIYs! This tiny space is comprised of just 430 square feet (40 square meters), designed for a young couple to live for a few years until they can save money to move to a larger space. A lot of us can identify with this, so why not embrace it and make your small apartment a home, not a temporary space, give it some personality. This is just what was done in this contemporary project, with the main principle to create a comfortable atmosphere, by zoning spaces into the needs of the inhabitants. The main functional areas were isolated, the bedroom and a working area, living room, dining room, kitchen and even a bar area on the balcony. There is a walk-in closet situated in the hallway, bathroom and even a small laundry space. That is a lot to fit into just 40 square meters! This project was an impressive division of space and came across very successfully.
Although small, the interiors feel spacious and cozy, what do you think? Could you live here?
Clever storage ideas are everywhere you look in this great studio design. Well appointed interiors are soothing on the eyes with a very clean color palette. Small furnishings help to make the space feel bigger while at the same time create divisional spaces with the separate arrangements.
A magnetic chalkboard wall is the perfect solution to housing a wall of spices. These magnetic spice containers can be found at places such as World Market and IKEA.
Tip: To help create more space for your washing machine, take out the door and install a curtain. You can purchase either a tension rod from a hardware store or a piece of cable from IKEA or West Elm to install the drapery curtain.
Photos: Courtesy of INT2 architecture
Your apartment interiors should be designed to support you and your living needs, helping you to decompress and unwind at the end of a long day. If this is your first apartment, creating a space that is functional, organized and cozy can be a major challenge. If you have a look at a helpful website such as Apartment Therapy in New York, there are all sorts of ideas on how to dramatically change the way your apartment looks and feels, all with some easy to follow steps. No matter what your budget, it is possible to implement any type of style inside of these different apartment interiors, whether it be contemporary, modern, traditional, transitional, eclectic, beach style, industrial, you name it.
Living Room Add Ons
There are some great additions you can make to your living room to make it feel more unique. Unfortunately most apartments are not very spacious, but if you like to entertain guests, this may not allow you enough room to have ample seating for everyone. That is why you should consider floor pillows for extra seating. These oversized pillows can be placed next to a coffee table or sofa and are great for instant seating or for lying on the floor while watching the TV. Taller side tables are a great addition as well. Most people go for tables that are smaller or on the level with their seating. However, taller tables provide more room underneath for added storage, plus it can increase the dramatic appearance in the living room. Adding in a tall cabinet works the same way. Tall cabinets use a lift, which can increase the amount of storage room available in the apartment.
Add Accents to a Room
There are some excellent ways to add some pizzaz to any plain room in the apartment. A statement area rug is a really great way to tie the room together. Maybe the rug has a bold color pattern or it is just unique in some way. Regardless, having this kind of a rug is a great addition. Adding some type of foilage to your apartment can make excellent accent pieces, not to mention it helps improve the air quality in the room by absorbing pollutants. A fiddle leaf fig tree or even some citrus trees are great indoors, can add color and also help improve the smell as well.
For someone on an extreme budget, adding an accent wall is a nice way to start. This accent wall is designed to stand out from the rest, such as a red wall, with the surrounding walls in a neutral color. This makes a great addition to any apartment and can truly help take the apartment to the next level. You can also try adding decals or a chalkboard wall. If your apartment is a rental and you are not allowed to paint, you can used chalkboards decals, which are removable and do wonders at livening up large expanses of boring white walls. If you are really wanting to use chalkboard paint, you don’t necessarily have to use a wall. Just about anything can be transformed into a chalkboard surface, such as an old mirror with a unique frame (pick it up at a salvage yard or yard sale). If you are not allowed to hang anything on your walls, you can prop it on a table that is pressed against a wall, a great focal point!
Transform an Extra Closet
It is possible to transform an extra closet so it not only holds more, but looks great doing it. Try painting the inside of the closet, leaving the trim white (or a different color) just makes it feel more like a house. Plus, setting up a desk with shelving can help separate the different items that are to be found inside of the closet, and even wall boards make it possible to hang small odds and ends, without getting cluttered, so it is far easier for anyone to find what it is they need from inside the closet. If you have an upper shelf, try storing small items in baskets to keep organized. An extra closet can also be transformed into a small office space which can be closed off when you are not working.
With color contrasts and surprising design details, this fully renovated old apartment is located in Madrid, Spain, showcasing a welcoming floor plan distribution. Impeccable aesthetics and unique decor are the foundation for this fun and inviting apartment. However this house can be found to be much more than just a pretty face. This small apartment of only 968 square feet (90 square meters) is situated in a building that was build in the twenties. It had a very compartentalized distribution to the spaces within the building footprint. However it had amazing high ceilings and an excellent location being in the central district of Madrid. The owners purchased this home and commissioned interiors studio Dimensi-on to complete the project. They designed a novel and practical layout and finishing up with beautiful new decor.
One key element to the project was to create a separate common area by a wall. Now the living area has access to the master bedroom, walk-in closet and integrated bathroom. On the other side of the wall is an open plan dining room and kitchen with a beautiful design aesthetic that breaks the image of a traditional kitchen.
In the dining room there is a surprising optical effect that has been created with mirrors, a circular neon wall mixed with retro accents.
The bedroom decor showcases some surprises such as wallpaper that focuses attention with its sharp contrasts. The bathroom offers luxury sinks that bring a high level of decorative detail to this amazing apartment.
Photos: Courtesy of Mi Casa
Garçonnière Marais is a contemporary bachelor pad showcasing bright and airy interiors, designed by interior architect Tatiana Nicol, located in Paris, France. Situated in the heart of Paris, this friendly apartment home features 538 square feet (50 square meters) of living space where practicality marries originality and beauty.
Description from the designer: The private rooms are ultra cozy and functional with storage optimized, taking advantage of the high ceilings. As for the living room, volumes have been optimized by painting the wood ceiling beams a clay green. A custom open plan kitchen was beautifully crafted, as well as a library and realizing that it creates a passage to access the room.
An area rug is used in the living room over the hardwood flooring to delineate the space from the rest of the home and to create a welcoming and cozy living room environment.
Photos: Courtesy of Tatiana Nicol
HT Apartment is a playful flat of 893 square feet located on the 11th floor of an old condominium building, designed by Landmak Architecture, located in Me Tri, a ward in the district of Tu Liem South, the city of Hanoi, Vietnam. The building belongs to the resettlement housing group (low income) with the old status and has divided the site due to poor lighting and ventilation and arrangement diagrams of the rooms are messy. The landlord was very confused: Should I move into a place like this?
Question, the suspense pursued them until they met architect. We said: “They should live in” (because price of house is very expensive in Hanoi where the position of apartment is relatively center, convenient for moving in the city), with the condition is to renovate and repair space of furniture and the work is started.
The apartment is designed and modified to give a young couple + 1 small child + grandparents. Status site includes 3 bedrooms with an area almost equal, the kitchen is arranged independently. Space of living room is small and it is almost no light, poor ventilation.
In this apartment, we have pressed tiles to television cabinet block together (it’s inside the bedroom), large are of living room, in the main bedroom is a little in the kitchen. By this way, the landlord can feel the “Art” feeling to be just enough and in everywhere.
We have destroyed one-bedroom in the center of apartment to create a public space (living room + dining room + kitchen + Terrace), four spaces can “borrow” traffic area to create the continuity of different functions of rooms into a large space with ventilation and good lighting.
Patterned ceramic tiles is used as a decorative material (tile appeared in Vietnam in the 90s of last century, is used to pave the floor popularly). It goes on the minds of the Vietnamese people to remember a difficult time in the economy. But, at the present, this material is re-produced with role to beautify decoration for artistic interior spaces.
Small bedroom is set in the position of old kitchen, positions of walls could also be adjusted to be small to ensure to be able to put the standard sleeper (small bedroom). At the position in main bedroom, wall area is adjacent to the living room to be cut away a part (40cm) at the top of the forehead before meeting ceiling of house. By this way, it helps the living room to have more light, the wall area of main bedroom is tiles block of television becomes gentle and happy like a puzzle.
Photos: Le Anh Duc
The art apartment is a bright and colorfully decorated small apartment design, which was the creative vision of Arent&Pyke, located in Sydney, Australia. Central to the design approach was the understanding of working with young families which we the designer’s do often in their practice. They responded with a palette and design that created a fresh, bold and brave stylistic and practical harmony. A carefully balanced palette of materials starting with a solid neutral base for major furnishing items which was layered with decorative objects to nurture a sense of intimacy and well-lived-in connection with the space. Finally a significant installation of Australian artworks from Artbank celebrates the legacy of treasured objects which we accrue over our lifetimes and the much-loved tradition of passing art through family generations.
As a multi-disciplinary and award-winning interior design practice, Arent&Pyke honor a simple yet clear vision – to enrich people’s lives by creating beautiful and cohesive spaces to which they feel emotionally connected. With a focus on residential interiors, Arent&Pyke’s body of work is testament to our ability to clearly articulate our vision. A palette of natural materials and a sensitive and sophisticated use of color and lighting typify our practice’s work that draws upon the combined experience of not just the team, but the artisans and suppliers with whom we collaborate. We are influenced by realms such as travel and literature, and have an unwavering appreciation for design in all its guises, a respect of architecture and acute attention to detail.
This bold graphic print wallpaper is by Anna Spiro, from Porters Paints.
Photos: Scott Hawkins
This Loft Apartment renovation centered on a built-in library was designed by architect Alex Bykov, situated in the heart of Kiev, Ukraine’s historical district. The apartment only has two doors separating rooms, as each space flows into the next in a looping arrangement. “The concept of movement appears through the spatial design areas such as the bedroom, the lounge, the library and the bathroom surrounding the kitchen – the historical symbol of the family’s heart,” states the architect.
From the architect: Usually they say that the successful interior is a beneficial combination of environmentally friendly contemporary decorative materials, design furniture, sanitary equipment and home appliances. Nevertheless, the interior of an apartment located in the heart of Kiev’s historical district has a much more valuable treasure – an idea.
A young creative couple had been looking for an architect, when their designer friend recommended them Alex Bykov. The couple was preparing for a wedding and decided to spend their honeymoon in the renewed apartment.
After a fruitful discussion of suggestions and proposals the concept of “constant motion” was born. Furthermore the concept became the main vector of planning design and stylistic solutions of the interior.
The concept of movement appears through spacial design areas such as the bedroom, the lounge, the library and the bathroom surrounding the kitchen, the historical symbol of the “family’s heart”. So you can move from one room to another in an uninterrupted circle, since the spaces flow smoothly into each other.
The windows face to the south-east side ,which is why the living room and the bedroom are filled with an early morning’s golden shine. The interior has a cosy warm colouring due to the pastel brick walls, the natural texture of wood and soft furniture.
During the process of dismantling it was discovered that the doorways had previously been blocked. Alex decided to shift the doorways by using the original bricks with an authentic early 20th century mark. The brick was bought from junkmen and carefully laid into the living room wall.
The built-in library – a primary wish of the couple, was designed to house the family library. The library has a podium, which was designed to provide more space for storage. It was decided to make two types of shelves for the library; thus this flexible solution gives an opportunity to change the geometric pattern of shelves in the future.
Alex also designed all the furniture and prepared individual work drawings. The woodwork was made from low cost materials. Artificial lighting is dim, warm and comfortable.
Decorative lamps are by Ukrainian designers Anna Popovych and Vasyliy Butenko; the ceiling lamps, which were presented to the newly-weds by close friends as a wedding gift, are by ‘Artemide’.
Bespoke wrought-iron products also immediately grab attention: the legs for the coffee and dining tables, a mirror in the bedroom, a sleeve for the kitchen hood and a window.
Photos: Courtesy of Alex Bykov
Micro Apartment is a 340 square foot studio apartment that has been designed by Allen+Killcoyne Architects, located in Manhattan, New York. The client is a Dallas-based retiree who wanted something close to his daughter and grandchildren, this studio is located in their building. He wanted a home that looked “clean, simple, elegant and timeless,” states the architect. Instead of creating one open room to make the space feel bigger, the architect established separate interconnected zones for living, eating, working and sleeping. The space also has large storage requirements with cabinetry that wraps throughout the space. All of this is accomplished in a tiny space without the need for multi-functional pieces. “The place feels bigger,” the architect says, “because you get three major rooms out of it. You don’t feel like you’re trapped in one box.”
“I really wanted to create rooms that flowed together, but at the same time, you had separate areas that defined different living spaces,” says the architect. It’s not the space that proves limiting, Killcoyne concludes. It’s the stuff you’re trying to cram into it. “If you can control the amount of things you own,” he says, “you can live in small spaces very nicely.” This is speaking from experience, as the architect has raised two children in a 650 square foot apartment.
To maximize storage in the kitchen, Killcoyne set the counters at 41 inches (instead of the normal 36), allowing him to tuck an additional row of drawers under the top. A row of open shelves makes access to everyday items easy and keeps the cabinet faces from looking too closed off.
A discreet shadow line divides the cabinets from the ceiling, in lieu of space-hogging moldings.
The bed is tucked behind a custom louvered partition, which shields the sleeping area from view unless you’re seated at the desk. The storage wall includes ample space for hiding clutter and holding electronics, while still offering room for displaying art and collectibles — the personal touches that keep the apartment’s precision from feeling too antiseptic.
The sleeping area accommodates a queen-size bed, several storage closets and 10 linear feet of hanging space.When the owner said he wanted to include a large flat-panel TV here, too, Killcoyne realized the only place to put it was in the ceiling. If you look up, you’ll notice the outline of a trap door that flips down to reveal the screen.
The louvered wall makes the bedroom feel less claustrophobic, Killcoyne explains, while screening it from most angles of the apartment. The painting above the bed is by Thomas Hubben.
To ensure that spaces flowed smoothly, Killcoyne limited the palette to rift-cut oak floors, quartersawn maple cabinets and Benjamin Moore’s aptly named White paint. He lowered the ceiling around the perimeter to accommodate recessed LED fixtures, but left the center full height to help define the living area and maximize the vertical space.
While the kitchen is open to the rest of the space, it’s tucked away in the corner, “so you don’t feel like you’re cooking in your living space,” Killcoyne says. The homeowner doesn’t do a lot of cooking when he’s in residence, so appliances were limited to a microwave oven with a dishwasher drawer below, and a two-burner induction cooktop with a vent concealed in the bottom of the cabinet above.
This space also doubles as the entry hall; the front door is to the left of the oven.
The refrigerator and ice maker are hidden behind the wood doors underneath the counter, which is fashioned from a 1¼-inch slab of commercial white glass called Glassos. “Glass is fabulous, because it doesn’t stain,” says Killcoyne, who also used the material to cover the walls in the bathroom.
Thinner (¾-inch) sheets of Glassos cover the walls of the bathroom, reflecting light and making the space feel bigger. There’s an integrated Corian sink and a fully enclosed shower. (While it’s not a steam shower, it comes close when the transom windows are closed.) The floors are flame-finished granite.
The far-left mirror panel swings open to reveal a medicine cabinet. Even the toilet paper is tucked out of the way to preserve the room’s clean lines.
Photos: Courtesy of Allen+Killcoyne Architects
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