Located in Kiev, this 110 square metre apartment was designed by 33BY for a young professional woman. The aim was to concoct a layout that would suit a vibrant personality that loves to partake in travel and spiritual development, enjoys music, studying literature and business. The modern home is sectioned into two separate areas, which is the entertaining/guest zone and a private/bedroom zone. The open plan entertaining/guest space has a kitchen diner, lounge and guest bathroom. The private zone consists of two bedrooms and a master bathroom. The photography by Oleg Stelmah shows how playful color and pattern fill every space as one cohesive, cheerful and energised theme.
The view from the kitchen out over a breakfast bar sees directly into the lounge on the left and a dining room on the right. Each area offers up a multitude of eye-popping coloured accent pieces. Every piece is of a different hue but because of a common vibrancy of shade coupled with a generous amount of ‘breathing space’ around each piece, the whole scheme pulls together as one.
Dark wood tone decorates much of the walls, floors and furniture in this home yet the space appears anything but dark. The deep grain simply forms a balance along with cleverly placed colours. Pale pastel painted walls also help the scheme along, ensuring the strong scheme maintains an airy and spacious look.
Above a green sofa, a large piece of multicoloured wall art is on display, which ties in the shade of nearby bright blue bar stools. On the living room floor, a geometric patterned area rug defines the sitting zone. The rug almost butts up against floor tiles in the kitchen that have a different design; the combination should appear overly busy but doesn’t thanks to smooth wooden surrounds.
Behind the sofa, a breakfast bar is crowned with a line of pendant lights in an array of colours, set at different heights.
The dining room is a sophisticated scene. Although a strong combo of plum and teal has been applied to the upholstered dining chairs and curtains respectively, the light fittings are finished in copper. There is a monochrome art print here too, hung on a powdery pink wall. Pale grey trims and neighboring wall prevent the playful shade from appearing too sweet.
The pastel pink wall gives way to white in order to display projected images. Beneath the projection screen a bright yellow top brightens up a long entertainment console. A set of grey storage cabinets and drawers are built into the far wall, running the entire length.
The images on the projector screen can also be enjoyed from the kitchen, allowing the chef to join in with what is being watched and chatted about too, even whilst they are still busy preparing and cooking food. The entire layout is geared toward being a social space, designed for maximum interaction.
A hallway has been created by the implementation of a dividing wall behind the sofa. The flooring here is a continuation of that found in the kitchen, which is a tile that can be easily washed. This makes it perfect for both a food prep zone and in an area prone to the most muddy footfall.
A wall mounted plant stand extends all the way up to the ceiling, allowing for a huge collection of interesting house plants to be lovingly displayed and easily cared for. It’s a quick watering and plant feeding job when they are all in one place.
The dividing wall between the hall and living room has a shelving unit built into it as part of its structure. This holds a multitude of books and treasured items on display. It is also a convenient cubby storage spot to keep a shopping bag in a handy position next to the door.
The kitchen itself is a simple flat fronted, handle free design in beautiful walnut. The oven is integrated into the tall units. Beside this, a small amount of counter space provides a safe place to set down hot items. A couple of wall units finish off the design with some added overhead storage space.
A set of small display shelves fill the gap between the ceiling and kitchen wall cabinets. The kitchen sink is set against the back wall rather than on the central breakfast bar – this avoids a splash hazard over the nearby sofa. A colourful planter and a rustic planting trough decorate the bar countertop.
The master bedroom is a vision of pink and purple with a hint of green in the bed throw to complement a vibrant green house plant. The indoor plant is potted in a sunshine coloured planter which picks up yellow tones from the wall art. Leafy decoration continues over on a bedside drum table, which has been stenciled with a tropical design.
Things grow more purple over toward the walk-in closet, which has transparent walls that put a large selection of garments on display to the bedroom. An upholstered headboard, cushion, console unit and exit door are all shades of purple, but pastel pink, white and walnut intervene to stop the colour from becoming overpowering.
The guest bathroom has the same tiles as the kitchen, teamed with turquoise walls.
The master bathroom is a much calmer affair.