Space is tight in this one-bedroom flat but a multifunctional design, combining living, dining and study areas, makes the most of every metre. Designed as a whole, every piece in this room works beautifully together, but the space is also cleverly zoned. A rug anchors the living area containing a sofa big enough for family and friends. Both the dining area and study feature furniture with a delicate silhouette, to keep the space uncluttered, and each zone has dedicated lighting to create intimacy.
A colour scheme of off-whites and greys is on-trend, effortlessly beautiful and helps the room feel open and airy. Contrasting details add definition - the artwork, circular mirror, coffee table, console table and vintage-style radiator - and large scale pieces such as the armchair, rug and wide floorboards actually make the room feel bigger. ‘People often think, use small objects in a small space,’ says Olga, ‘but they can make a room appear mean.’
Multi-functional does not have to mean cramped. Furniture specifically selected for its style and proportions allows this room to work hard, but look beautifully uncluttered. The dining table is a fresh white and stands on a single pedestal, for a clean outline. The sofa is low, but super comfy, and the large rug extending from beneath it creates an illusion of even more room.
Smart storage is vital in a hard-working room. Shelves are mounted high up, providing display and storage but leaving walls free for artworks which look beautiful and also punctuate the pale wall. An elegant sideboard sits on legs so that the maximum floor area is visible - a great way to enhance the feeling of space. This sofa contains storage and converts to a guest bed, too - a brilliant marriage of style and practicality.
Where space is at a premium, finding furniture with just the right proportions is essential. Too big and it will dominate; too small and it will be impractical. This table is oval shaped, which allows for flexible seating - there are six chairs around it, yet the dining area still feels open. Its curved shape is echoed by the circular pendant lights above, for a harmonious feel.
The room works as one harmonious space, or as different zones, with the lighting key to its ability to move between functions. It can unify the space or create intimate corners. This cosy reading corner, for example, is lit by its own wall light. The dining table and desk are lit by pendant lights, while the living area is flanked by a standard lamp and a table lamp on the console.
In addition to the sofa area, there is a cosy corner with a big, generous armchair. Notice its slender legs, which beautifully complement the elegant dining chairs nearby and keep the look light. A vintage-style radiator behind makes a bold contrast. ‘I see it as a beautiful artwork,’ says Olga. It works beautifully with the other dark accents around the room - the coffee table, vases and artwork - to create contrast and movement in the pale scheme
Cleverly designing every square centimetre of this room means it can meet almost every lifestyle need, including paperwork! ‘Small desks are frustrating to use,’ says Olga. ‘So I included a good sized desk, which still looks light and unobtrusive.’ Again, it has its own light source - a slender pendant. Black upholstery and picture frames bring definition to this corner, while at the window, sheers filter harsh light and create privacy while rich curtains add a touch of luxe.