Colors in an interior – part II

Colors in an interior – part II

While searching for amazingly designed colorful apartments (and you wouldn’t believe how many of them are out there) we started to wonder: is monochrome trend really just a line of least resistance? Almost a foolproof method for good apartment design?

It may be so, but we believe that before monochrome became a thing – and we’re not talking about all black and white, we’re talking about white and warm shades of grey combined with natural finish materials – everyone was going nuts painting their walls peach*, that such drastic move needed to be done.

*You see, we try to be objective in our posts, which isn’t really a problem (nor true for that matter), because we only write about interiors we adore, but we have to say we hate peach – love the fruit hate the color. Continue reading “Colors in an interior – part II”

Colors in an interior

Colors in an interior

Our college professor once told: ”I suggested my client to paint her walls gray. She said purple was her favorite color. So I suggested her to buy a purple scarf.”

One of the most common comments we receive when we say “I’m an architect.” is something like: “Oh, I would really love if you’d tell me how to paint my walls, I’m terrible at choosing colors!” Well, it is hard to choose a right color for your interior since there is no such thing as the right color.

Colors are something that should be on your mind from the beginning of the design process. Every material and piece of furniture should be chosen in relation to those colors. Simply put, the color of the walls (or floors) is not the same thing as curtains or carpets, it’s not an accessory. Color has almost the same role as interior lighting  – it even affects interior lighting. Continue reading “Colors in an interior”

i.s.m.architecten designed amazingly warm and cozy concrete house

i.s.m.architecten designed amazingly warm and cozy concrete house

It’s no secret architects love concrete. We love to see concrete.

Since it is structural material (and not a decorative one), left visible, it has that certain honesty we are always talking about. Plus, you can’t just decide ‘this will be visible concrete’. It can be made in situ (which means poured on site into the formwork) or prefabricated, depending on the concept of your design. You should also decide if you want it to be perfectly smooth, or it’s important to have an imprinted texture of formwork. What kind of texture? Maybe just a few joints here and there. Do you want to use special aggregate or pigment to affect its color or roughness? We love that endless list of possibilities. Continue reading “i.s.m.architecten designed amazingly warm and cozy concrete house”

RÄS studio keeps beautiful old floor tiles in La Carme apartment remodel

RÄS studio keeps beautiful old floor tiles in La Carme apartment remodel

A good approach to interior design is to put emphasis on apartment’s strengths, fix its weaknesses, and seize its opportunities.

That’s exactly what RÄS did in this project.  Continue reading “RÄS studio keeps beautiful old floor tiles in La Carme apartment remodel”

EO arquitectura transforms dark apartment into a beautiful and bright home

EO arquitectura transforms dark apartment into a beautiful and bright home

We shared details of lovely apartments and houses through previous blog posts. You should know that context is the beginning of architecture and one of the reasons we always put the link at the bottom of every photograph is to invite you to take a look at the whole project, to read the architect’s description, to find out the location of the designed interior.

The design of a renovated old house in Tuscany probably can’t be successfully applied to an apartment in a high-rise building, and it shouldn’t be. In our post ‘Floor lamps we love‘ we talked about how honesty is an important component of the design. It really is. The idea is to learn from a good project, to figure out its logic. The logic, the way a problem is solved, the way an old material is used in an inspired, new way, the way mass-production furniture is brought to the next level simply by being put in a uniquely designed space – that is something worth ”copying”.

This post is dedicated to one truly honest design. Kitchen from this apartment was one of the functional kitchens we shared on the blog. The project presents the renovation of an apartment located in a building on the ‘Eixample’ neighborhood, Barcelona. Continue reading “EO arquitectura transforms dark apartment into a beautiful and bright home”