There is a lot of debate surrounding the use of colours in tiny homes. Some worry that cramming too many colours will make one feel claustrophobic in the limited space, but if it's done right, your home can be a beautiful and comfortable environment.
As long as the colour palette and materials are appropriately matched, a small space can look bigger than it is. This 344 sq ft loft in Paris not only has a log structure across the house, but the ceiling is also slanted. Other than good lighting, this layout is actually not too friendly for decor. However, French design company Transition Interior Design used a variety of colours and textures to transform this small loft into a modern and novel home that is inviting to everyone.
1. CHANGING PERSPECTIVES
If you can't change something, why not take it as a point of inspiration? With the wood structure spanning across the loft seen as a feature piece, natural wood flooring, wood laminates and rattan cabinets are used in the surroundings to complement it. Even the tables and chairs are adorned with wooden tones. The eye-catching sliding door in the space has a semi-hollow design so that the area feels more open.
2. USE SOFT COLOURS
With warm wood tones as the foundation, soft and gentle colours can embellish the space with freshness and vitality. Examples here include the pink cabinet in the bedroom, and the living room sofa, the lake green wardrobe and kitchen cabinets, the sky blue heating panel and the goose yellow bed cover.
3. ECHOING THE COLOURS
Once the primary colour palette is finalised, it can be echoed in different areas with some variation. The pink paint of the bath test matches the pink the living room and bedroom, and the striking black and white printed wall complements the towel rack, ladder, and frosted glass window frame. This way, one can incorporate lots of vibrant colours without feeling that the space will become too random and crowded.
Photos：Transition Interior Design
Having a residence backed by majestic mountains with sea-facing views has always been the dream that most people seek - a place where they can escape from the busy city and enjoy a moment of tranquil happiness.
This three-story house at the foot of Mount Bukhansan in Seoul, South Korea, is a beautiful vision of home for a family of four. Initially, the left and right sides of the house were surrounded by buildings and stone walls, so it was challenging to obtain natural ventilation and good lighting. But the family hopes to utilise the advantage of living near Bukhansan National Park so that the children can be close to nature and at the same time have is own business space for informal meetings. To integrate the surrounding natural environment with everyday life, they sought BCHO Architects to create the perfect residence of their dreams.
The designer replaced the walls around the building with glass and used clear PVC panels from Lexan for the roof. The reinforced concrete structure of the house protrudes up to form a half wall that acts as a safety rail and a shelter from the sun and rain. A wide gap between the wall and the roof allows for unobstructed views of the city and the landscape beyond. The rooftop acts as an entertainment space for the whole family and brings them close to nature.
A single-walled room on the rooftop has raised platforms with day beds and features floor-to-ceiling glass and a sliding door.
The house is mainly composed of concrete walls topped with gables made of white perforated metal. The mesh structure has a heat insulation effect and adds visual interest to the minimalistic appearance. On the first floor is the garage and entrance staircase, and the second floor has a large open plan living area that opens on to an outdoor deck. The natural cement texture combined with wooden materials is illuminated with natural lighting from the outdoor courtyard, so that the entire living room, dining space and kitchen is filled with warmth.
On the second floor are three bedrooms, side by side and all facing south towards the mountain views. The walls of the two bedrooms for the family's children are non-load-bearing, so when they grow up, their parents have the option to remodel the space.
In a narrow urban area with densely populated urban life, building upwards has become a way to increase living space.
Decor, colour, and flow of movement will become important considerations when turning a narrow space into a more spacious and comfortable environment. Contrary to the typical layout of a duplex apartment, this residence in Sweden moves the living room to the upper level, keeping the kitchen and dining area on the first floor.
Pure white tones are used to magnify the visual effect. The wood grain floor and the refreshing mint green wall inject a light and warm atmosphere into the space. Combined with lots of natural light from the two large windows, the initially small loft looks bright and airy.
If you're looking to create a fresh and comfortable atmosphere for a home with a mezzanine, here are some tips you can take away from this apartment:
Other than using white for the overall space, a colour like mint green can inject fresh energy into any space. Here, it is used as a feature wall, paired with the earthy tones from various materials (such as logs, rattan, murals, ceramic utensils, carpets) and slabs of grey in the kitchen to balance the entire look.
2. SPACE PLANNING
What makes this different from other lofts is that the homeowner specifically chose to place the bedroom, bathroom and study on the ground floor. The mezzanine is set as the more public living room instead where there are no walls or pillars in the way. A three-sided glass structure makes the overall space allows the light to permeate every corner.
To bring the outdoors indoors, plants are placed on the platform above the kitchen. Greenery is also dotted around the house - on the dining table, kitchen, bathroom and window sill - so that the space feels connected to the environment outside the windows.