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Before & After – A Remodeled Apartment Interior Uses Bold Colors In Its Design

The transformation of an apartment from the 'before', to the concept stage, renderings, and final photos.

Multidisciplinary studio chromastudio has transformed an apartment in Milan, Italy, and they have shared the design process with us.

Before we look at the illustrations, renderings, and finished apartment, let’s view the empty ‘before’ apartment.

The Apartment ‘Before’

Measuring 968 square feet (90sqm), the apartment’s main living area was void of color, with one large main room, two bedrooms, and a bathroom. Tall windows provide natural light, however, the apartment was run down and in need of updating.

The before photo of an apartment.
The before photo of an apartment.
The before photo of an apartment.
Before photo of a purple-tiled bathroom.
Before photo of a purple-tiled bathroom.
Before photo of a purple-tiled bathroom.

The Concept For The Apartment

The designers mentioned that the apartment would be, “A retro-style house, elegant and exclusive, where design plays a big role and the taste for beauty leaves no room for interpretation”.

The complete renovation focused on redistributing the areas to make them more usable, where color and geometry, in contrast with neutral tones, shape new scenarios, in a continuous play between what’s horizontal and vertical, curved and linear.

The floor plan of an apartment.
The illustrations of an apartment living room and kitchen design.
The illustrations of an apartment bedroom design.
The illustrations of an apartment bedroom design for a child.

Seeing A Preview Of The Apartment

The renderings enabled the clients to see the apartment before any work was done, showing the designer’s vision coming to life.

The rendering of an apartment interior with a blue kitchen.
The rendering of a modern living room with an accent wall.
The rendering of a modern bedroom with a built-out wall that includes two bedside tables.
A modern kid's bedroom that uses color to define the sleeping area.
The rendering of a bathroom that uses color to define areas.
The rendering of a bathroom that uses color to define areas.

The Finished Apartment

After the work was done, the apartment became a fun and vibrant space, with the main room dedicated to the kitchen, dining, and living room.

The kitchen has been defined in the open-plan room by using blue, which matches the entrance corridor. The Iroko wood floor was removed and replaced with a cement material in the same shade of blue.

This kitchen has been defined in the open-plan room by using blue, which matches the entrance corridor. The Iroko wood floor was removed and replaced with a cement material in the same shade of blue.

The kitchen walls feature 3D tiles with a triangular section, and in keeping with the retro style of the project, a light blue Smeg refrigerator was also included.

This kitchen wall features 3D tiles with a triangular section, and in keeping with the retro style of the project, a light blue Smeg refrigerator was also included.

The dining area separates the kitchen from the living room and includes a wall-mounted light fixture.

The dining area separates the kitchen from the living room and includes a wall-mounted light fixture.

In the living room, the long, brighter walls, pierced by windows and the two doors leading to the sleeping area, are painted in a light ash color, contrasting with the light Celadon green on the short walls and its darker version on the ceiling.

In this modern living room, the long, brighter walls, pierced by windows and the two doors leading to the sleeping area, are painted in a light ash color, contrasting with the light Celadon green on the short walls and its darker version on the ceiling.
A modern living room with two different color walls.

The main bedroom received a new entryway, painted in a red clay tone, that hides two storage closets. The room has its long sides finished in a light ash tone, while an inverted U with the short walls and the ceiling, is painted in cornflower blue.

A section of the wall in this bedroom has been brought forward to include two built-in bedside tables.

The headboard has been enriched with a 47-inch (120cm) high wall section containing two bedside tables. On the opposite wall, the wardrobe has 6 flush-to-wall doors matching its surroundings.

A section of the wall in this bedroom has been brought forward to include two built-in bedside tables.

In the kid’s bedroom, simple geometric shapes and primary colors were used. The high wainscoting in Savoy blue creates a chromatic corner, which is also used in the decorative arch of the walk-in closet.

In this modern kid's bedroom, simple geometric shapes and primary colors were used. The high wainscoting in Savoy blue creates a chromatic corner, which is also used in the decorative arch of the walk-in closet.

Ocher yellow descends slightly from the ceiling to the walls to convey the sense of a safe and protected area.

Ocher yellow descends slightly from the ceiling to the walls to convey the sense of a safe and protected area in this kid's bedroom.

The bathroom has been completely customized to fit the client’s needs and includes a double vanity, a spacious walk-in shower, a bathtub, and a laundry area built into a custom wardrobe.

A modern bathroom with a double vanity, a spacious walk-in shower, a bathtub, and a laundry area built into a custom wardrobe.
A modern bathroom with a double vanity and blue accent walls.

For the shower/tub wall, the designers chose a fiberglass wallpaper, where the two main colors fade from dark to light.

A modern bathroom with a freestanding bathtub.
A modern bathroom with a freestanding bathtub.
Photography by Riccardo Gasperoni | Styling by Elga Ancona

Source: Contemporist

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