Revived Contemporary Simplicity
There’s no need to have a large house to obtain a living space that is as nice as those in magazines. This flat proves exactly so, with its clever use of space and delightful decor.
The heart of this apartment lies in the living room area, which is casually integrated into the kitchen. By using white for practically all pieces of furniture, this living room manages to have its own couch, television set, and window without cramping up the kitchen space. With curtain-less windows and unobstructed walls, the main focus are the clean white furniture and counters, and abundant use of small plant pots and flowers. An air of modern luxury is nestled in the lighting—a chandelier and small, warm lights brighten all corners of the house. It is in the living room that we find an especially unique and clever way to save space: the bed is nestled in a small extension of the living room. Though there are no doors or separators here, the sleeping area is still very much a separate room, as the walls are decorated with a rich blue pattern and the bed fits snugly with its own lamps and well-padded cushions.
This “built-in” take on interior design is also found in the adorable desk area right on the other side of the bed “room”. The desk itself is of glass and the legs are thin to not obstruct the coherence of the living room. A mirror is placed here as a useful decor, and a shelf that is fully built into the white wall next to the desk is a subtle touch. This space is kept modest with the minimalistic metallic lamp and candles placed on the shelf—nothing is out of place here.
Of course, near the doorway we find a wooden closet with a sliding door, with built in cabinets above it. By keeping one panel of the door as a mirror, this apartment optimizes its space and maintains that simple charm. The inside of this closet is playful with its floral print, yet the discreetness of it is its best quality.
As for the bathroom, here we also find that space is maximized as much as possible as the bulky shower box has been replaced with a thick, separating glass. The use of metallic greys and whites helps reflect the light from wall to wall, further adding to the impression of a bigger washroom. Small nooks have been transformed into the perfect place to keep towels and toiletries, and a thin shelf along one of the walls allows for some simple bathroom decoration.
And of course, with a balcony like this that overlooks a simple patio, there’s really no reason to not be in a good mood every time you look outside. This apartment can fool anyone with its modest and almost old-fashioned facade, but wins each and every heart that enters with its delightfully modern simplicity.
Images: Alvhem Makleri