An apartment of only 49 square meters doesn’t seem like a lot, especially when you’re imagining it as a permanent home. The small apartment size, however, is not such a big problem if the place is just a temporary shelter. The owners of this apartment in Vilnius Old Town in Lithuania actually live in a different city and only occasionally spend time here. The apartment is their temporary city break home
The building which holds the apartment is pretty old, being erected in 1904. Initially, it was a residential building but it then became a police commissariat. A while after that it was restored to its original purpose which it continues to serve today. The apartment’s new interior design completed in 2016 by Interjero Architektura reflects the building’s history by featuring an eclectic style which blends modern, vintage and industrial.
An important characteristic of the apartment is the fact that it has high ceilings. This allowed the designers to employ various design strategies meant to put a focus on the ceilings and to highlight them in interesting ways. For instance, they built a sort of mezzanine level above the kitchen which offers extra storage facilities. In the living room, they decorated a section of the ceiling with patterned wallpaper, creating symmetry between the floor and the ceiling.
Other interior design strategies are meant to make the space feel extra cozy and inviting. For example, the beadboard paneling in the living space adds color and texture to the decor but also conceals the doors to the bedroom and its adjacent bathroom. Other quirky details include the brass chandelier and the matching light fixtures used throughout the apartment, including the bathroom.
For the bedroom, the designers chose to paint one of the walls using an ombre effect. The white and blue design mimics the clear sky that can be seen through the window. The bathroom, which is adjacent to the bedroom and accessible via one of the hidden doors in the living room, has a black and white design with brass accents.