A Small Paris Apartment Embraces Bold Colors

A Small Paris Apartment Embraces Bold Colors

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Nancy Mitchell
Feb 20, 2015
(Image credit: Element-S)

When working with small spaces, the conventional wisdom is to use light colors to make the space seem as big as possible. But this Paris apartment is anything but conventional.

(Image credit: Element-S)

The two-bedroom space, designed by French studio Element-S, is a mere 50 square meters, or 538 square feet. (Not particularly small for Europe, where little apartments are de rigueur, but small to Americans.) Some beautiful, unexpected design choices ensure that this space feels much larger than its footprint would indicate — and is anything but boring.

Although the main color in the public spaces is white, the designers have layered rich, deep jewel tones on top of it, resulting in a space that's both airy and dynamic. I especially love the dark blue (or is it purple?) on the walls, ceiling, and floor of the little vestibule/hallway that connects the living space with the bedrooms and bathrooms. This little no-man's-land, completely necessary but lacking any character of its own, suddenly becomes a design feature.

(Image credit: Element-S)

Clever built-ins abound... in the kitchen, the countertop extends to form a breakfast bar, obviating the need for a dining table, and in the bedrooms, built-in shelves, desks, and storage eliminate the clutter created by lots of furniture.

(Image credit: Element-S)

Here is the floor plan, because I know you guys love floor plans. The bathroom is split between a smaller room with a toilet and a larger one which contains the sink/shower, a fairly common arrangement in Paris.

You can see more of this home — and maybe get a little inspiration for using color in your own small space — at Element-S.

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