A Multilevel Contemporary Apartment by WCH Design Studio

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This multilevel apartment by WCH Design Studio in Taiwan offers a contemporary urban space with clean, spare lines — yet manages its own unique warmth in the midst of neutral colors and minimalist décor. Entering the apartment you see the staircase, framed in steel, with a clever room-divider and shelving unit off to the side. Look beyond that shelving and you’ll find a sitting room, all cool white, pale wood grain, and low-slung seating — bathed in natural light from a tall window at one end. An entertainment center is built into one wall; a handy table with chairs and square ottomans fronts the window, with contemporary round white lights hanging over it for nighttime. Smoky glass serves as a delineator, both behind the seating and encasing the stairway.

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Upstairs, you’ll find living/dining space with a multi-use sofa and low, round coffee tables. Here, shelving units are white; another entertainment center graces the wall. Here also is a formal dining table, charcoal in color, with matching chairs. Through a glass wall behind the couch, you see sculpture hanging on the corridor wall; up the stairs further, you find a landing with delicate orchids and uplighting. More round lights illuminate the stairway as you ascend to the bedroom level. All rich chocolate and cream, the master bedroom is enhanced by curved, built-in cabinetry; the guest bedroom, in charcoal and white, boasts a built-in desk unit, and down a few steps is the bathroom, all pure white fixtures and warm wood. The overall effect is soothing and uncluttered — a cohesive, inviting whole that makes for easy living for its owners.

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Written by Janet Butler

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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).