Olga Fradina uses dark colours and natural textures to create cosy Kyiv apartment - architecture and design

Olga Fradina uses dark colours and natural textures to create cosy Kyiv apartment



Interior designer Olga Fradina has reorganised the plan of this small apartment in Kyiv, Ukraine, to incorporate a dark-hued, open-plan living area where the owner can host meditation and tea ceremonies.
The 45 square-metre flat is located on the top floor of a five-storey Soviet apartment building and belongs to a young fashion designer.
The open-plan living space includes a home office and dining area
Its floor plan had to be completely redesigned in order to accommodate all of the client's requirements and make enough room for her various mindfulness practices.
"It was obvious that there had to be a replanning to make enough space for all the expected functional zones," said Fradina. "It was jigsawed together like a puzzle until every part was in its due place." Brickwork throughout the apartment is painted a deep blue
The location of the bedroom and kitchen were switched to create a large, open-plan living space complete with a dining area, home office, wardrobe and tea lounge.
The wall that divided the bathroom, entrance hall and living room was moved to fit in a full-sized shower unit and create room in the hallway to install a built-in storage system.
A low coffee table is used for tea ceremonies
Fradina balanced dark colours with natural textures to keep the multifunctional space from looking "overweight", with the brick walls painted a deep blue and the pinewood ceilings stained chocolate brown.
To create a more open, spacious feeling,...
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