Using Color to Define a Space: Case Study of a Modern Home in Russia

Using Color to Define a Space: Case Study of a Modern Home in Russia

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Carrie McBride
Jul 6, 2015
(Image credit: INT2 Architecture)

There are many ways to put color to use at home: bold colors, unexpected color combinations, stylish mixes of neutrals, and many more. Color can also play a role in defining rooms or areas of a home in a way that is clever and visually functional. This open floor plan home in Moscow is a perfect case study.

This modern home is the work of INT2 Architects. Their game plan was to "work with large planes of color, but not in details" (translated from Russian by Google so perhaps not perfect).

(Image credit: INT2 Architecture)

The kitchen is framed by dark blue paint, repeated on the interior to give the small room a jewel box feel. Blue paint is carried over to the exterior wall in the patio area (shown below) which is visible from inside the home, reinforcing the geometric box shape.

(Image credit: INT2 Architecture)
(Image credit: INT2 Architecture)

This box approach is used again to define the sleeping area of the bedroom and evokes feelings of floating in the sky or sea.

(Image credit: INT2 Architecture)

In a children's room, a swath of green on the wall, floor and ceiling helps separate the bed from the rest of the playroom.

(Image credit: INT2 Architecture)

A similar green swath is repeated in a grown-up bedroom.

(Image credit: INT2 Architecture)

And again in blue in a home office.

(Image credit: INT2 Architecture)

This landing is all angles and a corner workspace is delineated with blue paint.

If you'd like to see more of this project, visit INT2 Architects.

What do you think of using color in this way?

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