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Zen-Inspired Living: A Tranquil Apartment Transformation by Radmila Gaiduk

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In the realm of interior design, the concept of Zen – a philosophy steeped in simplicity, balance, and serenity – is a powerful muse. A recent apartment project brought this ethos to life, providing a haven of peace, elegance, and comfort for a family of four. This design also catered to the family’s specific needs. In adherence to their health requirements, only hypoallergenic materials earned their place in this home.

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The color scheme was inspired by the most natural combination: green mirroring the tranquility of grass and foliage, blue reflecting the vast expanse of sky and water, and hints of orange and brown reminiscent of earth and tree bark. The quest to diminish visual noise led to a deliberate choice of serene, neutral wall tones, discreet cabinet doors and handles, doors that gracefully slide sideways, each choice contributing to an uncluttered canvas.

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To maximize the potential of a standard apartment featuring three bedrooms, two bath- rooms, and a kitchen, the designer ventured into a profound rearrangement. A living room was merged with the kitchen, and the room for the younger kid was demarcated by a transparent partition adorned with a thick curtain. This smartly designed, four-square-meter alcove now thrives as a versatile space for rest, study, storage, play and more. The other two bedrooms followed suit, undergoing a size reduction, which, in turn, paved the way for built-in furniture and window-seat shelving, proving that efficiency in design was the key to unlocking the apartment’s full potential.

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In the kitchen arena, the culinary heart of the apartment, an array of cabinetry was thought- fully nestled against one wall, concealing kitchenware storage and integrated appliances. Here, a welcoming blue sofa faced a TV, skillfully counterpoised by a wooden dining set crafted from beech. The objective was clear: to ensure an organized space and create a sun-soaked, snug kitchen-living room, a sanctuary for family togetherness.

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A harmonious blend of natural wall tones and textiles was gracefully augmented by the introduction of wood elements, from veneered baffles to kitchen cabinets, bathroom storage, a TV shelf, and strategically placed shelves. In the spirit of natural authenticity, tile surfaces mimicking natural stone and porcelain stoneware were elegantly integrated, adding a touch of tactile richness and solidity to the ambiance.

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The living room’s thoughtfully installed magnetic track lighting system by Arlight casts a soothing luminescence that augmented the room’s tranquil aura. In the kitchen area, handmade pendant lights took center stage, delivering an inviting glow that cocooned the space in warmth and comfort.In its entirety, this project manifested as a serene and cozy interior, embracing Zen aesthetics while seamlessly accommodating the needs of a family in search of simplicity and harmony without fully embracing the rigors of minimalism.

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