It wasn’t intentional, but it’s impossible to look at the photos of this apartment without thinking about ‘fifty shades of grey’ – not because of the film, but because of the variety of shades of color that appear in the property.
Architect Bibiana Menegaz ‘s challenge was to transform the 1980s property into a modern and contemporary apartment that would reflect the personality of the resident, a young single and successful man who spends little time at home, as he is a pilot.
The idea was to leave the property completely personalized. And space to unleash creativity wasn’t the problem, as it was 130 m² of a blank canvas. The client’s request was for a luxury and, at the same time, minimalist concept, with urban design, but without losing the cozy feeling of when we are at home.
With total freedom to integrate the environments, the first measure to be taken was to knock down some walls. The idea of a single and larger environment is perfect to facilitate the total vision of whoever is in any part of the room, as well as visual continuity. Check out more details of this project, captured by the lens of photographer Marcelo Donadussi:
With the removal of the wall that appeared right in the middle of the room initially, a new look could already be contemplated, with the integration of the dining and living rooms. In order to be able to divide the spaces in a smooth way, the plaster ceiling, together with the lighting and flooring, sectorize the parts. For a modern and striking effect, different types of ceiling were installed that, at first glance, seem to float below the ceiling.
50 shades of gray
The TV room is very comfortable, with upholstery that is a real invitation to a lazy afternoon. Monochromatic, the space plays with the gray color and its various shades, which appear in every corner of the room.
a little green corner
As much as the resident has a busy life and spends little time at home, it is still no excuse for not having a little piece of nature in the apartment. Therefore, the ideal, in these cases, is always to bet on plants that like shade and require little maintenance.
When at home, the resident likes to receive friends. That’s why the sure bet was on a gourmet kitchen, which has enough space for the owner of the property to cook while catching up with the guests. For better comfort of visitors, stools to accommodate those who drink a good wine while having a snack.
well equipped environment
A well-equipped kitchen is the dream of anyone who enjoys the art of cooking. In this environment, nothing is to be desired. Very sober, and still following the same color chart as the rest of the apartment, the kitchen has a design with straight and minimalist lines. High-end finishes are also seen from afar, such as the island top, in gray corian with a machined sink. To complete the space, stainless steel appliances, such as the double-door refrigerator, hood, dishwasher, oven and microwave.
Behind the island, tall cabinets with black melamine doors also help to camouflage the door leading to the laundry room. When closed, no one imagines that it is the entrance to another room. When opened, it becomes a long, spacious hallway.
As it is rectangular and narrow, the best option for the service area was to bet on planned joinery. With large windows that span the entire length of the room, the property is rich in natural lighting. To maintain clarity, the bet was on light gray cabinets and countertops, still in the same tone used in the rest of the property and with a modern and minimalist touch. The sink, carved out of granite, is at the back, next to the washing machine.
The main bedroom is mainly for comfort. With furniture in straight lines, and without many decorative objects – since the resident always bets on practicality. The large window is perfect for letting the sun’s rays invade the room every morning, and the headboard even hides an LED light, which gives a feeling of comfort when turning off the main lights.
Spacious room full of subtle details
On one side, the large window. On the other, a mirrored wardrobe with a sliding door. The painting next to the bed is the highlight of the decoration, and in the opposite corner, a single bedside table. In the background, the door that gives access to the bathroom, in a woody tone very close to the floor.
Once again, gray reigns, also in the bathroom. The gray porcelain tile contrasts with the white of the countertop. The floating mirror, with light behind, helps create the contemporary and intimate atmosphere. The coating also has a unified finish, both on the floor and on the walls, which contributes to the idea of amplitude.
Specific coating for wet area
On the right side of the bathroom counter is the spacious wet area, with a wood-like coating – which gives that pleasant feeling of comfort – and a shower directly from the ceiling, for a futuristic touch. The clear glass box is perfect to complement the bathroom corner.
On the left side of the white silestone countertop, the area is still dry, with the toilet also carefully chosen, as it has straight lines, continuing the idea of minimalism in the space.
Although he lives alone, as the apartment is spacious, the resident still has another room at his disposal, perfect for visits. Multifunctional room, on one side it receives the high and imposing bed, on the other, the desk, since the environment still acts as a home office. The frame with geometric shapes, and also in the same color chart, continues the minimalist atmosphere of the place.
The social bathroom maintains the straight lines in the furniture, and the accurate use of dark gray in the cabinet with the white silestone tub, which stands out in the environment, which also gained a mirrored cabinet with built-in LED light.
This beautiful project proves that a minimalist decor can also be intimate, as long as every detail is carefully thought out. The colors unify the entire apartment, which is completely sober and, without a doubt, very cozy, perfect and just right for a single young man.