Embarking upon the interior design of an extra small space can be a real challenge but sometimes it’s within strict constraints that creative teams concoct the most interesting solutions. To achieve a high level of comfort and style over a restricted floor area requires a little – or a lot – of thinking outside the box, and the shedding of preconceived ideas. This kind of free thinking is exactly what has occurred here in these three very compact homes. Tour one demonstrates clear zoning techniques in close quarters; home tour two brings new meaning to the term ‘sofa bed’; number three revolves its layout around an unusually centrally placed bathroom suite.
Visualizer: Sobo Studio
Home number one, located in Kyiv, Ukraine, contains an interior that was created for a young couple. The open space required clever and comfortable zoning; colour was used to distinguish the lounge from the bedroom by selecting a bold blue modern sofa.
A gold fruit bowl provides luxurious sheen on a small coffee table by the chaise style sofa.
A dark grey kitchen contrasts with the natural pigment of a siena wall.
Golden kitchen pendant lights glow over a breakfast bar, and underline a suspended shelf.
Bespoke cabinetry utilises every inch of limited space but is kept simple for a minimalist bathroom aesthetic.
Visualizer: Denis Svirid
Our second stop is at a modest unit in the historic center of Melbourne. Tucked in the South Yarra district where property prices soar, the home has a compact unit area of 25.7 metres square, and a ceiling height of just 245cm. The difficult design task of comfortably housing a young homeowner here was eased only by the presence of a large number of windows, plus one full-height window with access to a balcony.
A bespoke sofa bed design occupies one entire quarter of the square floor plan. A swing arm wall lamp marks the ‘lounge’ end of the bed…
… The bed base holds the mattress at its highest point, with a sofa fashioned upon a step leading down from the sleeping podium. There are storage areas underneath the entire volume and drawers in the end of the sofa section. In front of the ‘sofa’ there is a brass framed coffee table to help form the living room. An area rug assists in zoning the space too.
An eating area runs adjacent to the bespoke platform bed. The bench was placed at a height of 90cm like the countertop of the kitchen, so that it could also be comfortably utilised for food prep. An obscured glass wall separates the bedroom from the shower room.
A full height mirror flanks the end of the one wall kitchen to maximise the perception of space and bounce natural light further into the unit.
Visualizer: Roy Fredy
Our last stop is at a calming pale grey and white apartment, which has a ring layout around a centrally placed bathroom suite. The living room is a cosy yet light ensemble, with just a couple of darker notes like the black nesting coffee tables.
A modern floor lamp overlaps the view through glass patio doors that lead to a separate sitting space.
Behind a wood slatted wall off the lounge there is a formal eating area. Globe dining room pendant lights dangle over a wooden dining table.
To the other end of the dining room, through more glass patio doors, lies the reading nook.
A scandi style rocking chair bathes in natural light by the windows. Books line the window ledge.
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