Black and White Kiev Studio Apartment by Lugerin Architects

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Studio apartments are studies in making the most of very limited space (one room in most cases); that’s usually done by means of sleek, streamlined design that camouflages storage and keeps things as uncluttered as possible. All too often, though, the space can be sterile as a result — but it’s warm and welcoming here, in this design by Lugerin Architects of the Ukraine. As the architects explain: “The interior is made in the contemporary Scandinavian style, with elements of minimalism and loft. White color and wood texture dominate in the room and furniture decorating.” The neutrals go without saying: black, white, and wood. But add exposed brick and some clever tile, as well as splashes of color, and the effect is relaxed in its approach.

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The designers continue: “The idea of redeveloping a standard studio apartment with total area of 56 square meters (602 square feet) is to combine the kitchen and living room into one multifunctional space; the bedroom…is walled off by bookcase from one side and the glass sliding partition from other side.” It’s compact, for certain — but it’s cozy, as you can see here. There’s a deceptively large amount of storage space in that humble bookcase unit, and it’s a solid divider between sleeping and work areas in the kitchen/dining room. Nothing feels cramped here: witness the plump cushions on the sitting-room couch and spare seating/reading nooks tucked away near the entrance. Color and whimsy? Check: in the fun “chicken” tile in the kitchen and purple-toned abstract rug by the couch. It’s a small space, compact for sure — but completely livable with this design by Lugerin.

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Janet W. Butler is a freelance writer, editor, and editorial consultant by day and a “small soprano” by night. An RWA Golden Heart Winner, she is the author of the inspirational romance From the Ashes (“the best little book no one’s ever heard of”), published by SANDS Publishing in 2001; and a romantic suspense, Voice of Innocence, from Desert Breeze Publishing. She is a Chicago native transplanted to northeast Indiana, where she lives with her husband, daughter, and Cassandra “Trouble” Butler, S.R.C. (Spoiled Rotten Cat).