Living room Small Space Ideas

Modern Small Apartment Living Room Paris By Philippe HardenParis architect Philippe Harden likes to work on a human scale. Paying close attention to “materials, proportions, and colors that let you feel good, ” he creates rooms that are minimalist but also intimate and tailored for living. Case in point: this one-bedroom apartment in an Art Deco building close to the Eiffel Tower that Harden remodeled for a man who works in publishing.

Borrowing from Peter to pay Paul, the architect reorganized the 592-square-foot space: The former kitchen was turned into a TV room, a closet became the kitchen, and the bedroom fireplace got replaced by a wardrobe—all of which now revolve around a central living area with a new hearth. Join us for a look at the many ways Harden artfully makes the most of every inch.

1. Paint a recessed area a darker shade to create depth.

Above: The living room’s new feature wall has a gas fireplace and shelf tucked into a niche.Modern Small Apartment Living Room Paris By Philippe Harden Harden painted it a space-enhancing green-black that references the 1930s heritage of the building (and was also inspired, he says, by the bold tones of Adolph Loos’s Villa Müller in Prague, which he visited last year).
Framed by Farrow & Ball Wimborne White walls, the niche, painted in Farrow & Ball Green Smoke, gives the room added depth and visual interest. “Green is complementary with the brown wood of the floor, ” notes Harden. “Dark colors are interesting because they change color according to the different moments of the day.”

2. Choose versatile furniture pieces.

Above: For the furnishings, the owner requested modernist icons, including a Noguchi coffee table, Eames Walnut Stool, and Eames Lounge. To make these pieces work well together—with maneuvering space—Harden pulled apart the Eames lounge chair and ottoman to create two seating opportunities. The standing lamp in the foreground is the Ella from Caravane.
Harden’s advice for arranging a room is to do it by instinct: “Forget about the rules; think with your feelings.”

Marquina Marble Tiles And Counter Alape Glazed Enamel Sink Tiny Bathroom Paris Philippe Harden DesignAnother graceful detail worth noting: The living room’s built-in bookshelves turn the corner and continue in the bedroom. The shelves, which are painted a Farrow & Ball taupe, are evenly spaced and sized to fit the owner’s literature collection; his art books go in the living room niche.

9. Splurge on luxe materials in the tiniest space.

Above: Square footage gained for the living room meant the bathroom had to be tiny—but not uncelebrated. In a small space, you can splash out on materials because not a lot are required. Harden lined the walls and shower with natural marquina marble tiles and the sink top with marquina marble. The sink is glazed steel—”which allows for a very thin contour”—and is from Alape. The overhead light is a DIY, made “from spare parts: a glass globe and brass tube mounted by our work crew; it’s inexpensive bespoke.” Above: The floor plan details the allocation of space—and the way Harden was able to carve out the addition of a TV room by relocating the kitchen. The compact bathroom is situated on one side of the fireplace, which is flanked on the other by a WC.

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