Let’s continue our journey around a small apartment interior, which proves that classical style is absolutely fit for limited spaces, when used competently and wise. Now we’re moving on to the kitchen and bathroom interiors…
Read Part 1
Kitchen & Dining Room
The doorway between the kitchen and hallway was left open, which preserves the sense of lightness and airiness. To keep the open public space (including the mudroom, kitchen and recessed balcony) integral and harmonious, it was finished with the same floor covering material – ceramic tiles with a delicate classical pattern. On the walls of the kitchen you may find a monochrome wall covering of a deep brown shade, so beloved by the owner of the flat.
Baseboards and door frames compose a single finished pattern with projecting slim-pilaster-looking casings of the doors serving as transitions between vertical and horizontal elements. Such a holistic designer approach gives this limited space the sense of integrity and value.
The backsplash is finished with white wall tiles and adorned with elegant friezes. It’s supported with a thin strip of a classical wall covering on the top part of the walls, and finally the same print is found on an air conditioner. This is one more trick, which helps to bring all the parts of the limited space together.
To win a bigger worktop, the kitchen was equipped with a double hot plate. Both the kitchen worktop and the bathroom countertop are made from the same laminated chipboard. A round dining table is transformable and its 1.1-meter-wide-top may be turned into a 1.5-m-long oval. The sofa is also folding – the size of the prep area was intentionally sacrificed for the sake of this comfy piece of furniture, since in this home the kitchen literally plays the role of the living room. And of course, an essential element of coziness, which the hostess of the apartment so much strives for, is home textile. The author of the project got both the sofa and the dining chairs in a common IKEA store and dressed them into elegant monochrome slip covers, which are both aesthetical thanks to their pleasant textures and extremely wear-resistant. In the corner of this room there’s an air-conditioner, which is powerful enough to embrace the entire plat, including the 2 bedrooms.
The bathroom is the only room that preserved its original borders during the renovation, but it also couldn’t escape a vital change – the bathtub was shifted to the longer wall. Thanks to this, the author managed to fit here a full-fledged 55-cm-wide countertop for a wash basin and put a narrow (45-cm-wide) washing machine beneath along with a cabinet for keeping bathroom stuff. Besides, such a solution won a spot for a 50-liter water boiler (it’s hidden in a cabinet next to the wash basin) and allowed for putting a WC behind a vanity unit, which is also more aesthetical. And pay attention to the way the problem of low ceilings was solved here – 2 different types of ceramic tiles seem to have lifted the ceiling high above.