Meet Zigmas, the retired man who lives in a small studio apartment and introduces himself as an artist, a fisherman and a sculptor carving wood. Sadly, his home does not reflect his personality at all. This is why he decided to say goodbye to outdated furniture and faded colours. Take a look at what he did with a helping hand of IKEA interior designer Mantvydas Breivė.
Before
Although Zigmas' apartment seemed to lack space and order, in very truth, it only had a single interior mistake, in other words - the wrong solutions for the small space. His wardrobe was too low to fit all the clothes, most items were kept on open shelves and inside storage boxes on the floor, which made them difficult to find, while the bulky appliances occupied the entire space in the kitchen. Zigmas admitted that he would have to remove the microwave from his self-made bar table every time he wanted to eat.
After
Interior designer Mantvydas decided to prove that even a one-room apartment can be furnished in a way that leaves enough space for everything from cooking to sleeping to storage. After the makeover, Zigmas' home is filled with light, natural earthy tones and traditional style furniture that let divide the apartment into four separate rooms: a living room, a home office, a bedroom and a kitchen.

“There was no functional lighting in the apartment, so I planned extra bedside lamps that would be useful for reading, as well as a desk lamp, a lamp near the TV and additional lighting in the kitchen, above the countertop for safe and convenient cooking.”

Mantvydas Breivė, IKEA interior designer
Living room
The new living room is positioned on the VONSBÄK low pile rug. The latter helps separate this area from the other ones in the same room and provides coziness as well. To create a unified style, Mantvydas chose curtains and cushions that fit the rug by colour, and matched the comfortable EKENÄSET armchair from IKEA's 75th anniversary collection to the retro coffee table by style. Now it's a great place to spend an evening with a book or a cup of tea.
Home office
The space by the window, in front of the living area, was assigned to a comfortable workspace for Zigmas. Besides the desk with functional lighting, it also features some closed storage cabinets that help keep home uncluttered. While the open shelves below can be used for a quicker access of any items that Zigmas does not want to hide.
“It is important to have space at home not only for basic needs but also for hobbies. So I put a desk next to the window where Zigmas will be able to engage into his favorite activities, like carving and sketching his new art projects.”
Mantvydas Breivė, IKEA interior designer
Bedroom
The sofa-bed is a number one piece of furniture for those wanting to have both a living room and a bedroom in a tiny space. The HOLMSUND three-seat sofa converts into a spacious bed really quickly and easily, when you pull the underframe upwards and fold down the backrest. While the storage space under the seat has room for bedlinen or other things.
Kitchen
Mantvydas changed the old kitchen unrecognizably. Now, it features the appliances more suitable for small space living, such as a two-burner hob, a narrower sink, an integrated fridge and a microvawe combi oven. The wall cabinets use all the space up to the ceiling for storage of dishes, food products and other items, leaving more empty space on the worktop. The bar table was replaced with the kitchen island that suits for cooking, eating or storing pots and pans behind the closed doors.

“Since the same space here is used for everything, I decided to match the kitchen fronts to the colour of the wardrobe doors. Zigmas wanted to have a roomier wardrobe, so I chose a high one. The interior of the wardrobe is also much more functional: in addition to the usual shelves and racks, there is a separate trouser hanger, a dedicated space for ties and backpacks, a shelf for shoes, a drawer for belts, and top shelves for seasonal, rarely used clothes.”

Mantvydas Breivė, IKEA interior designer


 


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