White interior with color accents

In any season and in any weather, the interiors will feel the morning freshness and mountain coolness: the apartment permeated with light is located on the top floor of a new building. Minimalism softened with elements of eco-style, creates an excellent backdrop for a relaxing holiday.

A married couple with a child wanted to decorate the interiors of the apartment in a style of minimalism. Initially, the owners were going to limit the color scheme to white but then agreed with the architects’ proposal to use soft color accents. In addition to the studio, a nursery, a bedroom, and an office were required, it was necessary to equip a pantry and a large number of storage places, but without allocating a separate dressing room.

Furniture mimicry   

In large-sized storage furniture, the ability to look as discreet as possible, to mimic, is valued. In this case, the layout helped: a closet in the hallway, two wardrobes in the bedroom, kitchen furniture, bookcases in the office fit exactly into the niches of the corresponding dimensions. A massive island with a bar counter is adjacent to the partition from the passage area next to the bathroom. Between the small bathroom and the pantry, the partition is made in the form of a step, which made it possible to half-drown the washing machine into the niche and flush-fit a rack with shelves for household supplies. 


Prior to the start of the repair, there were no internal walls in the apartment, with the exception of one load-bearing section in the window area. Three windows of the apartment are located on the same facade, and two of them occupy almost the entire surface of the wall, one more is turned to the opposite side. The outer outlines of the walls resemble the letter R. A studio was set up near the central window – there is a living room area near the light opening, and a kitchen in the depths; at the window on the left is a nursery, on the right is an office, and in a separate sleeve at the far window is a bedroom. To the right of the hallway, there is a bathroom and storage room. Between the private rooms, connected by a passage, there is a bathroom. 

With the help of planning and design techniques in the apartment, it was possible to create a harmonious environment similar to nature, which gives a feeling of security and peace.


In the apartment, a screed was completed and the floor was tiled with a massive board of bleached oak, and in the kitchen, dining room, and both bathrooms – with porcelain tiles. The walls were painted with plaster. They tried to keep the height of the ceilings as much as possible, their level was lowered only in certain areas in order to give proportionality to the interiors and to build in ceiling lights. Air conditioners were installed in the living room, bedroom, and office. The audio speakers of the music center located in the living room were built into the ceiling of the bathroom.

Convenient trajectories 

In a large apartment, wide trajectories of movement, the variability of movement between zones are important, and this advantage should be emphasized. And for the children (now the spouses already have two of them) they also needed space. The main axes of movement are well located: from the entrance hall they made a through passage through the studio up to the bathroom wall, refusing to install doors between these zones, and now the eye is pleased with a deep perspective. Another axis connects the entrance doors of both bedrooms, and instead of a solid wall, the kitchen is separated from the passage between the rooms by a curtain wall. Wardrobes in the bedroom are placed in niches along the walls, between the seating areas (by the window) and sleeping, taking up a minimum of space.  


The original spirit of minimalism as a whole was preserved thanks to the well-proportioned spaces of each room, complementing the ascetic image with dosed decorative accents. So, in addition to white, the studio uses natural woody shades, gray, and muted lilac, corresponding to the mood of early spring or the mountain landscape. Most of the furnishings were created according to the sketches of the authors of the project – thus, it was possible to maintain the required dimensions and choose an organic interior finish. 

The developer has marked wet areas tied to the risers and a place for the kitchen, and we did not go beyond them. Each design technique is consistent not only with the overall concept of the interior, but also with the features of a particular room. So, for example, a profiled portal framing a niche behind the head of the bed is designed not only to decorate the bedroom, but also to veil the stepped protrusion of the bearing section of the wall (and thereby do without the banal sewing up of irregularities with drywall). In the bedroom, taking into account the requirements of ergonomics not to place mirrors in the visibility zone from the bed, wardrobes (one of them has mirrored doors) were placed not opposite the bed, but along the walls – each spouse got his own wardrobe. The owner’s office was supplemented with a folding sofa, since this room also serves as a guest room. The tabletop of the desk, installed “by surprise”, was combined with a window sill, special holes were made in it for the convection of warm air from the radiator.

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