Before & after: Living big & bright in 30m²

Alissa Ugolini—homify UK Alissa Ugolini—homify UK
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What are the first adjectives that come to mind when you think of a 30 square metre apartment? Cramped? Narrow? Perhaps even dark? Decorating an apartment of this size is no easy feat, with each and every millimetre needing to be well resolved and thoughtfully planned. An exception to the rule, this petite apartment in Italy shows the dramatic transformation that an unwelcoming and small home has undergone to be reborn as a light filled, spacious and enticing space. Take a look…

Before: The studio

As mentioned, before work begun, the studio apartment was neglected, tired and worn. A scene of decay was evident to the architects who needed to find a way to bring the kitchen, living room and bedroom seamlessly together. Working with only 30 square metres; this task would always present itself as a challenge, and we can assure you that you'll be amazed by the finished result…

After: Kitchen & dining area

It's hard to think that this room is located in the same home as above! The architects have carefully figured out how to bring all the available light into the space, giving it a bright and ethereal glow. The choice of colour palette and furnishings complements the scheme wonderfully, allowing the home to feel modern and comfortable. The language of the space has been completely changed, with simpler, more refined elements visible.

After: Living area

  by Lella Badano Homestager
Lella Badano Homestager

divano letto matrimoniale, lampada Led sottomensola comoda per leggere e per creare atmosfera

Lella Badano Homestager

One of the biggest challenges faced in a studio flat is creating a distinction between zones, more specifically, separating the sleeping area from the main living space. The best solution found by the designers was to implement a sofa bed. This meant that by day, the room would appear as a large open plan living space, and as a cosy bedroom by night. Above the bed is a versatile book shelf come LED reading light, providing the occupants with the flexibility to store and read a book both in bed or on the couch.

Before: The bathroom

The bathroom in its prior state was nothing short of a disaster. Ugly salmon coloured tiles donned the walls, as did a misfit of poorly arranged bathroom furniture and fixtures. The water heater was unpleasantly placed above the head of the shower, looming precariously over the occupants as they showered. It was definitely in urgent need of a rework…  

After: The bathroom

Wow! What a transformation indeed! The bathroom (thankfully) as it was before, is no longer recognisable and is now a sea of light and contemporary furnishings. To amplify the available light source, a large mirror has been installed, as have pale coloured stone veneer wall panellings to bring this bathroom from drab to fab!

The finished result of this apartment is truly impressive, and little would you know, it was actually completed for a rather small cost. To see another dramatic home renovation project, check out the following ideabook: Revival of a 16th century farmhouse

What is your favourite aspect of this renovation project? Let us know in the comments section below.
Whitton Drive:  Terrace house by GK Architects Ltd

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