What draws many people to big cities is their energy, their diversity, their continuous drive for life. For those of you who have chosen to make your home in a metropolitan area, chances are you live in less square footage than those who live outside city limits. It’s worth the tradeoff for many, being close to things like shops and restaurants and the heart of the city, but living in a smaller apartment has its challenges as well. But less space doesn’t mean a sacrifice of great style.
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At the heart of any décor are the same simple elements and colors which, when combined, result in unique and spectacular designs. Black and white and the two most basic and simple colors but this doesn’t mean that they can’t create a stunning and interesting décor. It’s exactly what this apartment in Poland shows us, designed by Kasia Orwat.
This apartment has a very limited color palette. Black and white take the center stage but the occasional yellow and green details take it over the top.
But even though the contrasts are strong, pure white and black elements are quite rare here. If you look closer, it’s actually a dark shade of gray which is the main color in this case.
Finding that perfect balance when you’re decorating an apartment is very difficult, especially when you also want to mix two or more styles. But there’s always a way. Sometimes simplicity is the key. Other times you just have to find the right elements to combine. In the case of this apartment, the balance was created using a color palette based on lots of white and on glamorous gold accents.
Although size is important in the case of any apartment, there are ways to work around the lack of space. The layout can solve the problem and there are also numerous interior design solutions which facilitate comfortable living in a small space.
Take this studio apartment for example. It measures only 34 square meters which is barely enough to accommodate a living space and a bedroom. So where do all the functions fit in this space? Well, the sleeping area is on a whole different level. It’s a semi-private space suspended above the entrance. This leaves plenty of room on the ground floor for other things.
While Scandinavian style is one of the major home design trends of 2014, the style, for many, is much more than a trend. It’s an embracing of the simple, modern life. Of a lifestyle that doesn’t require quantity so much as it craves quality. Through the use of neutral color palettes (and lots of white) and careful attention to impactful details, Scandinavian styled homes are clean, bright, and inspiring.
To illustrate this, let’s check out a gorgeous Scandinavian style apartment located in Warsaw, Poland. The apartment was designed by Soma Architekci and is 1,400 square feet (large for urban standards, small for more suburban areas) and is simultaneously rustic and modern, bright and cozy.
Simple is not necessarily an antonym for sophisticated. In fact, the two terms can coexist beautifully when you’re talking about interior design. This bedroom in particular is a perfect example for that. Featuring a black and white interior, the bedroom was a project by Geometrix Design.
The simplicity of the color palette is complemented by the intricacy of the some of the other features. The décor is very straight forward but also a little mysterious.
Although very small compared to other apartments, this place has a very charming interior and it would be perfect as a temporary home for a student or even as a couple’s first home. What makes it so special is its perfectly-planned interior. Considering its size, the apartment should feel cramped and tiny but it doesn’t so let’s see why.
It has an open plan which includes a cozy living space with a comfy sofa and a coffee table and with an elevated box-like structure in the corner where the bed can be found.
Underneath the bed there’s plenty of storage space and, because it’s elevated, there’s enough privacy there without walls. A small shelf is enough for this portion of the apartment.