In the heart of Moscow, an apartment in the Barrikadnaya area takes the visitor on a design journey around the world. Each room is different, influenced by the culture of the country that inspired it. The owners are a couple in their 40s, with two children – a boy and a girl – eight and four years old. The parents are business people and seasoned globetrotters.
“Their passion for travel was reflected in the interior design of this apartment which they recently purchased,” says interior designer Anna Kovalchenko. “The colour schemes were the key design element inspired by the travel.”
Each room is dedicated to their favourite destinations – Africa for the living room, Greece for the kitchen and balcony, tropical islands in the Indian Ocean for the kids’ room and the bathroom, and an urban hotel style for the bedroom. Located on the 12th floor, all rooms in the apartment presented a challenge in terms of size, with relatively low ceilings and small dimensions.
“Every centimetre of space needed to be carefully thought about to make sure that all rooms are ergonomically friendly,” says Anna. “Since all the rooms are either east or north-facing, we decided to ‘warm them up’ with a strong, rich and bright colour palette.” It suited the clients’ taste, as they perceived pale tones as wishy-washy, gloomy and lifeless.