Apartments up to 45 sq.m.

How to equip an apartment in which everything is very small


Small apartment, tiny kitchen, minusculebathroom - if all this is about you, read our article. Designer Marina Sargsyan, designing this baby, solved all the pressing problems of those who live in small apartments at once. The owners of this small apartment are middle-aged musicians. The apartment is located in a very old building, built in 1928, in a quiet area of ​​the city center. In the hope of making their apartment more comfortable and realizing old dreams, the couple turned to the designer Marina Sargsyan, who already has a whole collection of reincarnated small apartments. Marina Sargsyan, designer-decorator Has been in the profession since 2005. She was born into the family of an artist who taught Marina to plunge into art with her head, to see beauty in the most primitive objects. She graduated from a technical university, a design school, specialized courses at the Career training center, attended design master classes in Finland.


The apartment was originally a one-room apartment.Its area is 39 square meters. It has a rather modest kitchen, a very small bathroom - less than two square meters. The owners of the apartment have always dreamed of having a separate isolated bedroom. The presence of two windows in the room made it possible to realize their desire. The space was divided into a small bedroom and living room. The result is a two-room apartment in the project. Our opinion:- One of the most "painful" issues of small apartments is the organization of a sufficient number of places to store all things. And in many families, especially where there are children, there are so many of them that apartments often resemble storage rooms. Since this couple no longer lives with children, they only needed space to store their belongings. In addition to the zones organized in the apartment, many houses in Finland have separate utility rooms in the basements of the houses. They have a small area for each tenant. The owners were satisfied with the project, and now the apartment is being renovated. Let's take a closer look at how the apartment will look in a few months. Storage systems in the apartment are organized as follows: at the entrance - a built-in wardrobe for seasonal items. The small bedroom has storage systems built into either side of the headboard. The living room has a display cabinet, a spacious TV stand and a bookcase. The kitchen has a pantry with an area of ​​1.23 sq. m, in which you can store household items needed in the house quite often.


All furniture will be purchased from well-knownmanufacturers offering a wide range for small spaces. Some will be brought from furniture stores in St. Petersburg by car. Italian cuisines will be bought in Finland in an Italian cuisine store. Some pieces of furniture - analogs of Russian ones, are sold in Finland in Vepsalainen, ASKO stores, vintage furniture stores in Helsinki. Hallway:

  • Built-in wardrobe - to order,
  • Bra - Visual Comfort & Co,
  • Console and stool - Gramercy Home,
  • Chandelier - Le Home.


  • Kitchen furniture - Cesar Etoile (Italy),
  • Textiles - Sanderson, Colefax and Fowler, Eaton collection (England),
  • Dining room - Gramercy Home,
  • Chandelier - Bellon Alfareros,
  • Sconce - Bianchini Capone.


  • Bed - Gramercy Home,
  • Built-in wardrobes - to order,
  • Table and armchair - "Interior shop", Chateau,
  • Fireplace - Orac Luxxus,
  • Textiles - Simta, Designers Guild,
  • Chandelier and sconce - Arte Lamp Vilaggio.

Living room:

  • Furniture - Gramercy Home, Restoration Hardware;
  • Chandelier - Lucide Robin.


  • Toilet bowl - Roca Gap,
  • Locker with mirror - Laufen,
  • Sconce - Citilux,
  • Shower stall and overhead shower - Hansgrohe Raindance,
  • Top light - built-in bathroom fixtures.

Our opinion: - Pay attention to how cool in the living room there is an open cupboard. It is located in the zone of a narrow passage, and this is an excellent answer to the question: what to do with narrow corridors.

Color and light

Basically, the apartment uses a centrallighting combined with local, featured wall lamps and table lamps. Everything is thought out based on the needs of customers. Decor plays a significant role. A copy of the painting by the artist Robert William Vonnoh, meeting at the entrance to the apartment, builds and in some way "holds" the interior. And the presence of ancient engravings with notes as a decor, an original modern figurine "Violin" - a reminder of the preferences of customers, of their world. After all, they are musicians, creative people. Stylistically the interior is eclectic, it hasA little "breath" of the French village: the classic stucco molding, vintage furniture - all this makes the interior harmonious and very cozy. Simultaneously it is easy. Probably thanks to the beautiful color scheme that unites all the rooms. The greenish-olive-lilac shades and floral prints look very nice and do not irritate.


Separately, we want to note the bathroom.It is very small, literally tiny, albeit combined. Its area is less than two square meters. A familiar problem for those who live in small-sized and Khrushchev buildings. In such rooms, there is often nowhere to put a washing machine. Yes, it is bad and inconvenient when there are such tiny bathrooms in the apartments, but if this is the case and there is no way to improve living conditions, we suggest not to despair and equip beautifully what is. Small bathrooms are quite common in old houses in Finland. In order to properly distribute the space in this apartment, it was decided to install an overhead shower and a shower rack. Marina Sargsyan, designer: - We chose the sink shallow in depth, but with a cabinet. The shower tray takes up a lot of space, so the drain is the optimal solution. It is also a very common option in Finland, even in new homes with larger bathrooms. There was no need to install a washing machine in the bathroom, since there is a laundry room in the house, and the terminals for the typewriter were in the closet. They were left just in case. Laundry rooms are very common in Finland - even if there are washing machines in the apartment, residents use them very actively (this service is included in the rent and allows you to save on electricity bills). Approximate budget: 1 000 000 - 1 200 000 rubles.

Tips for the arrangement of small apartments:

  • No matter how ridiculous this may sound, the first thingYou need to calm down and get ready for the spirit when it seems to you that you live in a cage, few of which simply do not happen. Believe me, there are, and people somehow manage and live there. This apartment is a perfect example of how you can beautifully and comfortably equip any apartment. It is clear that arrange bowling lanes 30-40 squares is impossible, but to choose some of the most needed areas and beautifully appointed them - is quite real. Whether it's a children's room, a separate bedroom, a closet, a tiny bathroom - you choose.
  • Do not clutter the apartment with furniture. From this, cabinets will seem even bigger and angry you every time you go into the door. Often enough two or three carefully thought-out places for storing all things. Prefer prefabricated cabinets, custom-made furniture or narrow "cases".
  • If you have a small bathroom and there are no old people,Which are hard to stand, give preference to the shower. And it is better not to store (they are as huge as baths), and made to order. And even if there are old people, you can buy for them a small wooden chair.
  • Hang the big mirrors. They will visually expand the boundaries of your rooms. In narrow hallways, this is particularly appropriate.
  • If you want to have an isolated bedroom, do it. This is quite possible, as our example shows.
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