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THIS APARTMENT REDEFINES THE INTENSE WARMTH OF BROWN-ORANGE SHADES THROUGH CLEVER DESIGNS.
With the fast-paced nature of our modern world, the home has become even more of a safe haven for our accelerated lifestyles. Bringing that ideology to the forefront is the project dubbed as the Terracotta Apartment, tastefully designed by Brazil- based Diego Revollo. In this abode, warm red-orange hues of terracotta emanate a sort of grounding energy that soothes the heart. As the name of this interior architecture and decoration project suggests, this apartment utilises that earthy brick tone to draw out a unique ambience of the contemporary as well as the natural. The design team was diligent to note down that the social area was already quite wide, and the main feature was that the space was very tall at 6 meters. However, the actual space dedicated for the living quarters was relatively small. The solution the design firm landed upon was to attach part of the balcony, which originally took up half the entire social area, to the living, creating a dining room that is integrated with the main rectangle of the room. The kitchen was also renovated to become integrated with the social area through the use of a kitchen island.
The main challenge of the project was to bring warmth to the huge area with double height. In a bold move, warm, terracotta-toned wood was starred as the protagonist of the space, thus directing all other design choices in the apartment. This natural wood brought a sense of comfort as well as a touch of personality to this project. By adding the wooden wall panels, intrigue is added to the space, breaking up the tall but originally bland white walls.
Revello and his team takes the boldness of this design further by implementing even more warm earthiness through fabrics and copper details. However, there is a reach for moderation through the use of intense blue shades that is cleverly diluted by the white walls. Light and breezy whites are also added through furniture pieces like the lamp and the seating.
Balancing out the bold reddish brown shades featured all through the living room, the design team implements intense blue shades, cleverly diluted by white walls. Light, breezy shades of white are also added through various furniture pieces. This lightness continues in the kitchen where the metallic copper detailing is juxtaposed by white, brightening up the are and making the kitchen much more practical.
The bedroom and study also highlights this sense of functionality, while still tying in the continuing trend of warm browns. These spaces are considerably more simple, but they fulfil the purpose while still being aesthetically appealing. The nursery is also artfully designed, with blue-grey tones mixed in with the signature terracotta-coloured wood. The ceiling is decorated with cute graphics, perfectly symbolising what the space is meant for. The bathroom of the home is gorgeous and exudes a relaxing airiness, what with ample sunlight to stream through the windows. It’s obvious that the design team has cleverly created an iconic and bold aesthetic as well as a home’s much-needed comfort and functionality.
Outside on the balcony, brighter tones are implemented to give a breath of fresh air. There’s a more Scandinavian design concept here with the light grey sofa, rattan and glass features and lighter woods.
Some may worry that an abundance of warm-toned wood makes for an old-fashioned style, but this apartment clearly shows that when done right, that is not a concern at all. The played-up warmth in the living room and the contrasting lightness in the other spaces showcases this design team’s versatility and intellect. Plus, with the contemporary decor, modern furniture and playful colour choices, this apartment is perfect for the young couple that will be calling it home.
“ THE ARCHITECTURE I DO IS TRANSFORMATIVE, BRINGING BEAUTY INTO PEOPLE’S LIVES AND MAKING THE SPACE AROUND ME BEAUTIFUL. THIS IS WHAT I LIKE. IT DOES ME GOOD AND I BELIEVE THAT MANY OF MY CLIENTS SEE MY WORK THE VERY SAME WAY.”
Founder of Diego Revollo Arquitetura