A Study in Black and White: Bergovaya by Geometrix Design

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There’s a sophistication to black and white that’s undeniably modern, as you’ll see in Bergovaya, by the Russian firm Geometrix Design. Another key element is the bold use of a swirling paisley on the floor between the dining area and living area. Not only does it function as virtual carpet, but it holds a polished sheen that in turn bounces off storage units in black, and a dining table in glass. Then, the designers ingeniously soften the black-and-white edges — with vivid color. An exuberant purple loveseat holds pride of place; blue lighting casts the entire living room in that hue. A paisley-“carpeted” hallway bears a white-and-glass hall table and black wall — plus a subtle violet lampshade. And what is that color bouncing off a sleek dining room chair…but pink?

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Violet, blue, and pink — the barest pastel in the last case — serve to soften the apartment’s starkness and make it appear brighter, more welcoming and warm. And that effect is only heightened with the pleasant glow of a roaring fire in the almost-invisibly-framed fireplace. Throughout, as befits a contemporary setting, the look is uncluttered: the kitchen sink is the sole appliance visible in an eating area. Yet the apartment manages to avoid the sterile look so common — and so unfortunate — in contemporary settings; whether it’s the gilt-edged old-fashioned mirrors or the plump little ottomans here and there, there’s just enough “playful” in this space to feel “lived-in” — and a success as both a contemporary design and an inviting home.

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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).

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