Usually they say that successful interiors are a beneficial combination of environmentally friendly contemporary decorative materials, design furniture, sanitary equipment and home appliances. Nevertheless, the interior of an apartment located in the heart of Kiev’s historical district has a much more valuable treasure – an idea. A young creative couple had been looking for an architect, when their designer friend recommended them Alex Bykov. After a fruitful discussion of suggestions and proposals the concept of “constant motion” was born.
The concept of movement appears through the spacial design areas such as the bedroom, the lounge, the library and the bathroom are located surrounding the kitchen, the historical symbol of the “family’s heart”. So you can move from one room to another in an uninterrupted circle, since the spaces flows smoothly into each other. The interior has a cozy warm coloring due to the pastel brick walls, the natural texture of wood and soft furniture. The built-in library – a primary wish of the couple, was designed to house the family library. Alex also designed all the furniture and prepared individual work drawings. The woodwork was made from low cost materials.
Artificial lighting is dim, warm and comfortable. Decorative lamps are by Ukrainian designers Anna Popovych and Vasyliy Butenko; the ceiling lamp, which were presented to the newly-weds by close friends as a wedding gift, are by ‘Artemide’. Wrought-iron products also bespoke immediately grab attention: the legs for the coffee and dining tables, a mirror in the bedroom, a sleeve for the hood and a window . [Photos and information provided via e-mail by architect and photographer Alex Bykov]
If you believe that green does not work in a trendy and minimal contemporary bedroom, then think again! A green accent wall is easy to shape and it brings that much needed warmth to an otherwise cool and mundane interior. Just repeat the color in the room using vivacious bedding, accessories, nightstands or even a couple of lovely vases and you have an inviting bedroom that is both energetic and relaxing. Those who feel that an accent wall in green or décor are not your thing can still add the color by placing a couple of potted plants to fill up those empty corners. It is an easy, eco-friendly and healthy choice to turn to that will instantly alter the mood in the bedroom.
Contemporary bedrooms are all about a neutral color scheme that is accentuated by pops of color in an elegant fashion. These colorful additions can be often swapped out with ease to alter the appeal of the room and its color palette with changing trends and seasons. While blue is touted as the most popular hue in the bedroom irrespective of style and season, green is the ‘chosen one’ for those who want to bring a hint of natural goodness indoors. Relaxing, elegant, bright and refreshing, it is a pleasant hue that comes in diverse shades ranging from the brilliant jewel-toned emerald to more subtle and modest minty greens.