Starting a new family comes with many challenges, not the least of which is finding a suitable place to live. When making that important life transition from young married couple to new parents, it can be difficult to figure out how to incorporate your old sense of style with your new needs. This apartment, from visualizer Natalia Tsetsulina, uses playful colors, open spaces, and plenty of natural light to create an apartment that is efficient in its use of its 50 square meters (538 square feet) but still comfortable enough for a fresh, easy start to this new phase of life.
To make the most out of this somewhat small urban space, it is necessary to make sure every piece is carefully chosen, and so much the better if it can have more than one use. In this bright and airy living room, we have a comfortable gray sofa with pieces that can easily shift around to make a comfortable spot for an overnight guest, or just a nap for the new mother. The coffee table is also a convertible in its own right, with the different colorful layers lifting off to reveal storage and serving trays.
The color scheme throughout the living room is important as well. With big pieces like the sofa and walls using neutrals, it will be easy to change things up and give the area a refresh by just changing out a few pillows or an area rug.
The kitchen is also compact, but the countertop plays double duty beautifully with its butcher block construction. Even the walls become a multipurpose space with the use of chalkboard paint, making it easy to create a shopping list and impossible to forget the milk. A cozy dining table with whimsically mismatched chairs is a great place to grab a cup of coffee and have a quick catch up at the beginning – or end – of a long day.