Nobody likes tight feeling rooms, free space makes it more comfortable to get around and function more easily in our homes. Even in limited spaces we still need storage and a proper place to eat, and sometimes even a dedicated area for work. These three small apartment designs, each under 50 square metres, are full of neat ideas for fitting in everything on the wish list. Bespoke fitted furniture has all of the solutions, without making rooms feel even remotely cluttered or over-packed. Different finishes and accent colours visually break up the layout, whilst hero furniture pieces puff up the style factor. Floor plans reveal exactly how its done, in clear black and white detail.
Designer: Bezmirno Architects Visualizer: Bezmirno Architects
The first apartment has a floor plan of less than 40 square metres. During its redesign, an adjoined lounge, kitchen, dining space was created by making the bedroom as small as is comfortablesince the least time would be spent here. A modern sofa is utilised as a dividing device to gently separate the kitchen diner from the lounge area. A chartreuse round coffee table adds a pop of colour to white, wood and grey decor, along with a matching accent cushion.
A large kitchen island runs the same line as the sofa, building a wall in front of the main kitchen run. The island includes a dining bar for four by the window, which can also be utilised as a working surface.
Smooth wood effect doors conceal generous storage space for the small apartment. The units match the finish of the kitchen cabinets to give the compact room one cohesive look. To the right of the cupboards is the entrance to the bedroom, made of satin glass to receive daylight from the large window opposite.
A dark living room wall makes a perfect mount for a TV screen, helping it to blend instead of dominate.
The original kitchen and balcony was combined to make an airy space for cooking and welcoming guests. An unusual fruit bowl rests on the prep counter beneath a simple linear suspension light.
Modern wall sconces shine a twinkly effect inside the cozy bedroom, and the soft glow of warm LEDs emit from behind panels and seams. Although the area of the bedroom is only around 5 square metres, it has all thats needed for a good nights sleep. The podium that holds the mattress serves as storage, and as a bedside table for books, electronics, and obligatory charging sockets.
Two blue coloured swing arm wall lamps extend over a built-in bed design beneath the window. By day, the bed serves as a couch next to the TV.
A bright orange accent chair serves as a visual stop between the bedroom/living room and the kitchen diner area. The hero piece injects a huge shock of style into the little apartment, giving it big personality.
Bright blue kitchen cabinets make a colourful statement along one wall, with white upper cabinets keeping the room looking open and spacious.
Designer: Tsai Design
Designers maximised every last centimetre of our last small home, a basic 1970s one bedroom apartment. The team began with one question in mind: How might we fit a big house into a small unit? The trick to designing small footprint homes is knowing where it pays to be generous say the creators, and at just 35 square metres the challenge was on.
Keeping within the constraints of the original floor plan, attention and budget was poured into multifunctional cabinetry and shelving systems. These bespoke pieces create an abundance of storage in every area. In the living room there is a floor to ceiling bookcase that works around the window, and forms a window seat. Geometric concrete planters hold an indoor plant garden here too, including a beautiful little Pilea peperomioides. The living greenery inspires the colour choice of the upholstered modern sofa.
In contrast to the white and green lounge/office side of the room, the remaining half is taken over by a wood and black kitchen design.
In the original apartment layout there was just a sink, now there stands a 4 metre long kitchen with ample bench space and storage. Watch the video at the end to see how a hidden dining table slides into place.
Open kitchen shelving makes maximum use of narrow space at the end of the kitchen run.
A cylindrical bedroom pendant light makes a modest statement over a built-in bedside shelf.
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