Welcome to our gallery featuring the inimitably contemporary Lva Tolstogo Apartment project, a home by Olga Akulova Design.
Completed in 2014, this home redesign was built on Lva Tolstogo street, in the heart of Kiev, the capital of Ukraine.
The work began on a typical one bedroom flat in a postwar structure one year prior.
With two balconies planted on opposite sides of the building, one facing the street and the other facing an inner courtyard, the extra space was used for the extension of a guest room and kitchen area.
Because the maximization of space was a primary concern, the designers utilized and incorporated every millimeter they could while crafting the home.
With the entire structure begun afresh, they were set loose to conceive a new floor plan. The design included one bedroom, a bathroom, and a dressing room, with the remainder of the interior sharing a single large open space.
With a very modern approach to space and layout, the design details followed suit. Sharp edges and clean lines match with minimalist surfaces and a restrained color palette.
In a refreshing turn of style, the designers chose mostly natural materials for surfaces throughout the house. You’ll see rich hardwood flooring, complemented by natural wood cabinetry, shelving, and wall details in every area of the home.
With the open-plan design, the cozy interior is allowed to really breathe, curating the impression of a far larger space. Along with subtle details like built-in shelving and a tall ceiling, the home was really expanded by the designers.
Look for innovative lighting solutions, a deep attention to textural detail, and spaces that take acute advantage of the large windows for plentiful natural lighting and a generally bright atmosphere.
We hope you enjoy this refreshing modern Ukrainian home design as much as we do.
Photography: Andrey Avdeenko
The open plan centers on this living room space, filled with bespoke design flourishes. The natural wood wall at right features built-in shelving that mirrors the beige grid parked across the doorway. A light colored sofa adds brightness and matches the remaining walls.
Seen at dusk, the innovative lighting solution takes a moment to shine, with discreet points scattered across the ceiling. The sleek dark wood table and modern chairs further the contemporary look.
Viewing the other side of the open-plan space, we see the kitchen tucked against the far wall. Warm natural wood cabinetry pairs with large format beige tile backsplash, defining the space.
Above the dining table, we see a set of modern barrel lights in white, matching the ceiling tone and full height cabinetry at right. Recessed lighting above the backsplash illuminates the kitchen.
Moving down the hall to the private half of the home, we come to the primary bedroom. This large space is illuminated with sunlight through the glass French balcony doors. The light hardwood flooring from the living room continues uninterrupted here.
The bedroom features direct balcony access and a minimalist sense of style, with simple light toned walls and a bed set spiked with a periwinkle comforter. A unique hanging lamp floats above the bedside dresser near the balcony.
With modern doors framed in black, the balcony is updated and fully accessible. with the bed providing the lone appearance of color in the room, the remainder is unified in neutral tones.
The bathroom is granted an ultra-modern touch via stone vessel sink and wall-mounted faucet, as well as chromed drying rack mounted on the wall above. The flooring here is dark large format tile.
With an intricate white tile backsplash and hardware-less white drawers, the kitchen adds a bold sense of modern style. A massive frameless mirror covers the wall, while the soaking tub and shower features a glass enclosure.
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