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Naturally, we all prefer big spaces with lots of storage room for all the rooms in the house. But what happens when you have to make do with a limited amount? This article is all about showing you how you can get the most out of the space available whilst achieving an amazing clean contemporary design to enjoy everyday.
The artists behind this brilliant and simple design located in the suburb of Epping, Sydney are the people at Minosa Design. The project is in fact a renovation of a 70’s kitchen so they didn’t even have the luxury of creating their own boundaries. This is a very good example for anyone looking to make the most put of their space available so pay attention to details. In this type of projects, everything matters. First of all, lets take the look at the design as a whole. The first thing you notice is that it is very clean and simple, incorporating no more than three colours. The immaculate white of the walls is dominant of course and acts as a background along with the grey of the metal, whilst rich reddish timber veneer surfaces comes as accents meant to create a powerful visual impact. Use this type of color choice for small spaces and they’ll feel much larger and roomy than if you would have painted the walls say blue, or even used a set of brown tiles, especially because white simply reflects light much better. In the same line of thought, the designers chose clear and simple shapes for all the furniture and features in the kitchen and used a big amount of lights, hidden behind counter tops to avoid overcrowding, keeping the design as simple as possible. Remember, every extra line, corner color will only make everything look crammed. And when you do try to achieve a simple and spacious feeling design like this, apply the same rules for every piece of it. I bet that the thin, white window frame was especially chosen to match the rest of the design. And that goes for the handrail and handles as well.
But the brilliance of this design stands of course in the fact that its makers managed to fit a kitchen, laundry room and small office in the same room. So you might ask yourselves why did they hide them behind large bi-folding doors? Is there a reason for it? Why hide them? Well, its for the same purpose of keeping the design as clean as possible and obtaining the biggest space possible. A simple timber wall is in fact nothing but a background which doesn’t draw attention to itself. So you almost don’t even notice it. But if the washing machine and office wouldn’t have been covered, their presence would have been noticed, drawing attention and visually crowding the place. Anyway, for the laundry at least is a very good choice as you don’t use it everyday so sliding a door from time to time is no big deal. The office? Can’t say. If the owner doesn’t use it very often than it’s the right way to do it but if he does, perhaps he should have opted for another choice. I do love the way the folding doors slide into the thickness of the wall, not interrupting the circulation. In any case, it is a wonderful clean contemporary design in which I’ve found a lot of inspiration. Hope you will too!