Visual Tricks in a Moscow Apartment

Visual Tricks in a Moscow Apartment

Aaron Able
Feb 28, 2011

Designer: Levicheva Olya of LE.O Designs
Client: Anna
Location: City Center — Moscow, Russia

Designer Levicheva Olya relied on many visual tricks with light, angles and bold-patterned wallpaper to make the most of this chopped up space in Moscow's City Center:

Sometimes when you get an apartment in a really old building it seems like there was one house, then they build another one inside it, then they destroyed some parts and all these without any master plan. This was the way that thia apartment looked like when I got the project.
The main problem was the very complicated living-room's shape. It looked basically like the engine problem light on a car's dashboard. None of the walls were removable, so I had to find a colour solution to bring the disconnected parts of the room together — to make the living-room space look "whole".
The first trick I used same floral wallpapers (with a white background) on the closest and on the farthest wall as seen from the entrance. This I believe makes the distance to the farthest wall appear shorter. When you enter the living-room and look backwards, you see 2 parallel walls instead of one whole. I decided to apply on those walls similar pattern wallpapers with a black background. Those wallpapers make the parallel walls work as one and also distract attention from this very strange room shape.
One of the external angles I hid behind a bookshelf, another one I separated with olive and white colours to make it invisible. Third external angle had one of its legs turned to the part of the room which had not enough lightning. This leg initially was perpendicular to the window and didn't reflect any light. I asked workers to apply more plaster on it and turn its surface 2 degrees towards the window. So now this angle coloured with white pearllescence paint reflects natural light and brings it to the dark appendix of the room.

Thanks Levicheva!

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