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A Concrete and Wood Townhouse in Belarus

Sometimes a beautiful interior starts with just a single idea. Such was the case with this 72 square meter townhouse in Minsk, Belarus from Visualizer Form’8 Studio. The home, designed for a successful photographer, started with only the elements of wood and concrete. The concrete walls and ceilings are original to the building, while wood flooring, shelving, and cabinetry have been added to create a much warmer feel. A mix of higher-end items, like luxury dining chairs and more DIY elements like pallet furniture ultimately make for a creative, beautiful space that feels welcoming to its owner as well as to guests that may stop by.

While an open floorplan may not be uncommon in well-designed home, the layout of this space clearly makes it feel expansive and sunny throughout the main living area.

The designers for this apartment left the industrial concrete walls in place and added pallet furniture, which pulls the industrial elements into the living space.

Because the homeowner is a photographer, visual elements like a projector screen are important parts of the design.

Though minimalism is certainly en vogue, this design has a surprising amount of storage.

Using curtains to close off a closet area keeps things a bit cleaner without completely closing off one area.

A sheaf of corn, flax and straw adds a particularly interesting decorative element.

The pallet seating area at the entryway perfectly matches the sectional sofa created in the living room.

In the dining room, Hans Wegner modern dining chairs are an exceptionally stylish choice.

The kitchen makes use of the wood motif with parquet flooring and wood paneled cabinetry.

Underneath the custom seating areas is the perfect place for storage of an extensive book collection.

Track lighting was chosen to create an appealing light distribution over the different surfaces and objects around the home.

Green is the perfect pop to mesh with the natural color scheme.

Tall shelving serves two practical purposes — as a room divider as well as, of course, shelving.

Carefully chosen tchotchkes make the shelving here a lovely artistic display.

In the bathroom, concrete walls work beautiful with a circular mirror and lovely indoor plantings.

The industrial vibe in the dining room still manages to be welcoming to visitors.

A bed being up on pallets is a solution that is both stylish and affordable.

A simple kitchen design is all that’s necessary in this bachelor pad.

Original elements to the industrial space like the EXIT sign on the door were kept.

The track lighting is also adjustable when different lighting might be necessary for this photographer.

Concrete walls offer a simply imperfect design in the kitchen while industrial style lighting carries through into the dining area.

A splash of greenery is always a welcome sight in a bathroom.

The porcelain bowl sink in the bathroom is a shot of modern luxury in the otherwise industrial home.

And out in the main living area, a Fiddle Leaf Fig plant adds to a charming collection of indoor house plants.

Planters also dot the bedroom shelving and windowsills.

Space for sitting, storage, entertainment, and comfort is all present and accounted for in this cozy townhouse.

A black shower with wood slat floor perfect mimics the pallet furniture in the main area.

And with the right shelving design, there is even space for a tucked away home office.

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Industrial Russian Interior With Quirky Colour Twists (Including Floor Plans)

Industrial interiors are known for concrete floors and wooden walls. What happens if you invert the structure, and throw a few specific Pantones in? This Penza, Russia interior, designed and visualised by Andrey Barinov, throws all your design preconceptions on their head. Using concrete ceilings and wooden floors, this almost 52sqm apartment makes a feature of external wiring and colourful borders. As pendant lighting dangles messily from its factory ceilings, large slabs of roughshod wood form tables met by white wire chairs. Open its closets with red dot handles; see rooms clad in fire truck red and teal green; bathe amidst baby blue and electric yellow bathroom tiles. See its surprising features and colours for yourself.

Opening onto an open, muted-colour space, the view from the lounge is broken by two colour ways: a striking teal wall complemented by red and black coloured wiring. An unusual feature guiding visitors, coloured wire forms snake through rooms and across ceilings, creating an easy-to-follow sequence of space. As light wooden walls match a simple TV cabinet, creativity shows itself in the little details – a diamond-legged plant stand, ceramic coral flower beside the TV, white dining pendant lights and a soft pair of abstract paintings. As cupboards and water heaters pale into the walls, red and black wire lines keep us moving – and guessing – into adjacent rooms.

Looking down from the ceiling, an array of messy pendants hang loose, creating a relaxed and casual vibe throughout the home. Against the backdrop of pale wooden flooring and white brick kitchen walls, the pendants provide a simple backdrop for a rough-shod wooden table and modern dining chairs in stencilled, white metal frames.

Complemented by a trio of oddly-sized marble planters, the dining room’s pendant cords thread into black and red wires, creating a web. Reflected in stencil-like dining chairs, a teal green door frame and fire engine outlines of cubby holes, the wiring provides design cues throughout the home. The wires work their way down the corridor, into the kitchen and through the wooden grooves of the floor, allowing a feeling of calm by lying flat on the ceiling.

As red and black wires thread through the interior, we meet a minimalist example for modern white kitchens. Headlined by a chrome extractor fan leading to an oven, stove and sink, the relatively-tight space creates room for thought in white. A row of tiled inlets mirrors the wall opposite, an industrial choice in white-painted exposed brick. Topped by six Japanese windows, the adjoining wall integrates the wires above and the grey-and-white patterned lino.

A peek through the kitchen’s Japanese windows offers a haven drenched in green. Using its space wisely, the bed expands over the floor with a grey woollen rug and matching cotton headboard. A row of camera lights make the space glow by night; two open balcony windows sunlit by day. Not to be lost from the grid of red and black, white pendants hang from red wiring to a table of similarly-coloured legs. A power socket pokes out in white, adding the final touch to a room decidedly tuned to an industrial style.

A tribute to the bedroom’s feature wall, the entrance corridor makes a statement of its own with a wall of green. Using the bedroom’s sliding doors with red dot handles, the space connects the linoleum of the kitchen with the grey of the lounge in a quilted seat. Two ceramic jars in the interior’s red have the final say in this storage-friendly corridor.

Unexpected bursts of colour announce themselves in the apartment’s two bathrooms. The smaller bathroom of the two stripes four tiles in sunshine yellow, marking the path to the main amenity. White tiles from the kitchen provide contrast with black tiles on the floor, an eye-catching detail in a mostly-white room. Laden with coral sculptures from the lounge, light wood forms a bench holding a sink and shelving. A space-saving cabinet in the same hue provides room above the porcelain.

Looking down into the master bathroom, its smaller cousin’s black and white tiles and light wood survive. Striking notes with baby blue and a burst of sunshine yellow, a sink space for two is divided by way of colour. Illuminating the space, LED mirror lights provide an unobtrusive design feature, while coral ornaments from the lounge offer another segue. Fitted with a stunning granite benchtop, marble soap dispenser, slatted shower mat and mint-painted towel rail, the space surprises again with a baby blue tiled wall housing an inbuilt bathtub.

Back in the corridor, the palette turns light again. Hiding the washing machine, iron and a plethora of towels, the cabinet’s light-wooden panels hide away the everyday. As grey and white tiles greet the kitchen, a row of simple ceiling lights illuminate their patterns and red dot handles on the doors. A white door and walls to the left provide room for contemplation.

Take a look at the full floor plan for a bird’s eye view of this apartment’s flow.

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A Cozy Pair Of Apartments With Subtle Pastel Accents

Pastel palettes are a great way to maintain the clarity of a minimalist interior without sacrificing the energy and expressiveness that color can provide. These two apartments both explore pastel color schemes in very different ways. The first home limits pastels to the living room and uses soft neutrals elsewhere, but the initial impression is huge. The second home uses pastels throughout, but in subtle ways that might be easy to overlook in the occasional presence of brighter tones. If you’re looking for interior color inspiration with a lighter touch, these two apartments just might offer up some ideas you can use for your next redesign.

Visualizer: Imade pastel  

Let’s start with an adorable 68 square meter apartment that creates a cool nautical feeling with ocean inspired pastel tones and cloud-gray neutrals, surfaces dotted with minimalist ceramic sculptures of sea life. Other decorative motifs include typography and travel-related prints – a style that expresses a snapshot of the resident’s varied interests.

Extensive windows reveal a sprawling city skyline. It’s an interesting contrast to the natural material theme used throughout the interior.

To keep things looking organized and clean without crossing over into minimalism, this home makes good use of built-in storage solutions that include plenty of shelves for display.

Cabinets near the entrance serve as a catch-all for decorative items, shoe storage, and presumably, cabinets for coats and other outerwear.

Without much room for extra furniture, the designer chose to make every piece count. This creative dining arrangement includes an iconic Hans Wegner Wishbone surrounded by Tom Kelley’s Salt Chair in white.

What a cozy little corner kitchen! While the lack of workspace might serve as a limitation, compact appliances and ample storage help to make the most of what surface area it does have.

Handle-free cabinets and drawers keep the aesthetic as simple as possible, an important distinction for such a compact kitchen design.

Now let’s check out one of the bedrooms, small but packed with functionality – complete with ample built-in cabinets and a cool little writing desk! Even the bed platform hides its own set of drawers.

The cabinets near the window double as a bench seat, a comfy place to read a book or enjoy a cup of tea. The side table near the bed is positioned just perfectly to serve both areas.

Small spaces like these can’t always accommodate bold decor without beginning to look a little cluttered. Thankfully, typography often serves as a reliable option. Inspirational messages are a great way to start the day.

The second bedroom relies on many of the same built-in techniques but with a different arrangement and with a mirrored vanity instead of a writing desk. There’s still tons of storage!

An extended platform makes the bed arrangement quite unique. More than three levels of storage keep things tidy and always within reach.

The window cabinets can double up as a bench seat in this bedroom, too! A nice touch considering the convenient bookshelf positioned next to the television.

Surprisingly spacious compared to the scale of the home, this bathroom maintains an open and bright atmosphere thanks to bright materials and shadow-eliminating lighting features.

Visualizer: Thao Uyen  

The second apartment in our tour takes a more subtle approach to the pastel theme, with touches of color hiding in the most unexpected places (like the interior of the sideboard cabinet shelves). Bold patterns and creative materials grab up more of the spotlight but the effect of the pastels shouldn’t be overlooked, especially as they relate to the important role of the houseplants.

Other sources of color come from the abundant plants and adorable planters that take full advantage of the sunlight that pours through the generous wall of windows at the end of the room.

Mixing and matching dining chairs is always a great way to transform ordinary furniture into a cool talking point. A unique dining pendant centers the arrangement.

The kitchen is enviably spacious and bursting with functionality. A central volume includes a neat breakfast nook, a wine rack, and plenty of storage for servingware and miscellanea.

A pair of geometric kitchen pendant lights adds a little extra illumination over the marble dining bar.

Rather than using ordinary wall hooks, things like aprons and hats instead hang from smooth circular pegs. It’s always nice to find utilitarian staples transformed into sources of decoration.

Before moving on to the private areas of the home, here’s another look at some of the indoor house plants that breathe life into the interior.

What a fabulous bedroom for the youngest resident! Playful animal decor adds tons of charisma. Unique kids night lights are so much fun – the rabbit night light is an especially clever addition.

The colors and patterns are so exciting. Pastel teal meets with shocking lemon yellow for energetic contrast. The way the wall paint angles toward the corner seems to make the room look larger.

And now for a look at the master bedroom. Convenient shelves stand near the doorway, separated from the rest of the space by a partial wall. Here, the decor is more eclectic to reflect the personal side of the resident.

Interestingly enough, this room uses the same color scheme as the child’s room. This time, muted blue tones and a calmer yellow demonstrate a more subdued attitude.

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4 Studios That Make Beautiful Use of Natural Light

There are plenty of advantages to living in a studio apartment. often, this type of cozy setup means that you get to live in the center of everything, with easy access to all the comforts of urban life, from the hottest restaurants and nightlife to the best and most stylish shops. When a studio is well-designed, it won’t even feel cramped. But one key to a good studio design is the use of natural light. In this post, we’ll explore four different studios that make sure windows and sunlight are maximized so that the homes feel spacious, clean, and beautiful.

Visualizer: Nikolai Pyatov  

One of the easiest ways to create more space in a studio like this one is through the use of a lofted bed.

As sunlight streams in from a recessed window, it makes this reading nook/living area exceptionally welcoming.

While the staircase up to the lofted bed takes up a bit of room, it considerably safer and more stylish than a ladder.

The bed in this studio is far enough from the ceiling that it is comfortable for sleeping but not so claustrophobic as some designs.

Storage is always a question to address in a studio like this one, which measures just 22 square meters, but this lofted storage area is a creative and stylish solution.

A small kitchen with white brick backsplash gives just enough space to cook for one or brew a teapot of tea for a friend. A compact block of knives is useful enough to warrant its counter space.

Looking out from the kitchen the studio really does feel just as big as it needs to be.

Wood accents and specific lighting keeps the lofted bedroom feeling cozy instead of cramped.

A white tile bathroom is the epitome of clean.

An indoor planter gives the natural light that filters in a job to do.

Visualizer: DayProjectON  

In the second studio, we see a lot more color and some elements that are a bit more bold, like these unique dining pendants.

A hunter green sofa with red ottomans complement each other and feel creative and playful.

Even a studio apartment can have room to entertain with a sparse dining area like this one.

The concrete planters that house a large desert plant are a industrial addition to the design.

The kitchen is very open and welcoming of the light streaming in from outside.

In the small bedroom, the bed is snuggled up against the window, making a sunrise awakening that much easier.

To contrast with the bright and playful colors in the main living area, the designer has chosen a much darker palette for the bathroom.

Black and red are a little bit mysterious but work together here.

Visualizer: Alexander Kuzmenko  

This next studio is understandably dubbed Green Space, and is in Warsaw, Poland.

The green glass wall takes center stage in the design, filtering sea green light throughout the apartment.

A white kitchen design with funky barstools is a perfect perch for morning nosh.

In the bedroom the green glass and brass accents look supernatural and beautiful.

This studio is one that does not skimp on bedroom space or sweeping views from a high floor.

An overhead shot really gives a sense of how much the design is done with a careful layout.

Visualizer: Martin Architects  

The final studio also makes use of glass walls, albeit not as colorfully.

Black brick accent walls are super chic with a hipster lean.

The use of indoor house plants can be very helpful in a small space, to keep the air clean and design vibrant. Here, the bedroom makes use of a funSwiss Cheese Plant.

A natural wood headboard against a blue-green accent wall is rustic and pretty.

A mirror in the dining room opens up a small space while curtains over the glass bedroom walls maintain privacy.

Cut glass light fixtures are timeliness in the cozy dining area.

Finally, the bathroom design skews towards the traditional with which and wood in use.

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