#32 - Hakarl and Jili's Bold Bright Moves

Name: Hakarl + Jili
Location: Brooklyn, New York
Size: 450 sqf 1 Bedroom

Favorite resource:

Flea market 39th street, Housing Works Thrift Stores on 17th street, The Future Perfect (Williamsburg)

What inspired you?

We love bright places – a challenge here in New York City. Different wall colors for each area of the apartment help structure the space and make it feel larger. The red entrance, orange kitchen and yellow living room give the place a sunny appearance. In contrast, the bedroom is purely black, white and dark brown, creating a nocturnal feeling.

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...When furnishing on a budget, you’re on a constant hunt for great pieces and you have to be innovative. A lack of closet space in the bedroom was solved by connecting discarded mirrored doors (found on the street) through hinges and mounting them in a zigzag formation to the wall, keeping 4 segments on wheels for easy access. This leaves enough room for most of our clothes while visually expanding the small room.

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In the dining area, we prepared the wall with masking tape for painted stripes. When we realized that the tape color matches our series of egg prints (another find off the street), we decided to leave the tape as instant wallpaper.

With our windowsills as additional seating, we hold dinner parties for up to 16 friends and manage to create a relaxed atmosphere in our warm and cozy space.

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Design Tip:

Give every room its very own color scheme! Don’t shy away from vibrant colors – just don’t use the whole rainbow. In excluding the primary contrast (the color opposite of the color wheel -- in our case blue) we created an energetic feel without the drama.

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