A São Paulo Apartment With Just the Right Amount of Style + Color

A young couple with a small child enlisted the help of architect Lívia Leite of Estúdio Maré to design their 70-square-meter (approx. 753 square feet) apartment in São Paulo, Brazil. The owners requested a stylish and comfortable design without it being too over the top, all while working for a small child. The project entailed removing all of the interior walls to reposition the layout, with a particular focus on the main living space. The apartment uses every square inch of space without it feeling cluttered, resulting in a cohesive design that’s fresh and timeless.

interior view of small modern apartment with view into kitchen

angled view of kitchen in modern apartment

A block storage wall and island separate the kitchen from the living room creating two, long spaces. Despite the narrowness of both sides, they feel open and filled with natural light. The cabinets have seafoam green fronts with wood detailing for a sleek yet lively look.

view of green galley kitchen in modern apartment

view of green cabinets with washer built in

view of open dining room in modern apartment with wood table and blue chairs

angle view of bathroom in modern apartment

side view of bedroom in modern apartment with peach bedding

The parent’s bedroom features custom storage cabinets with a small, built-in desk attached.

view of bedroom in modern apartment with peach bedding

A fabric headboard with built-in lighting spans beyond the width of the bed, which includes a bedside table that doubles as a vanity.

angled view of bedroom with peach bedding and vanity table opened beside bed

angled view of modern kid's room with graphic blue and peach walls and framed bed

The child’s room is playful with a colorful, graphic design on the walls. Estúdio Maré designed a custom desk with two heights that will grow with him. Once he’s big enough, the smaller table will move to the living room to become a side table.

angled view of modern kid's room with graphic blue and peach walls and built-in storage

angled view of modern kid's room with graphic blue and peach walls and built-in storage

view in kids bedroom of modern apartment with tall blue shelf

small modern bathroom with wood vanity and thick blue stripe on wall and round blue raised basin

The color palette continues into the boy’s bathroom which features blue and white tiles in the shower and a blue vessel sink that matches the half blue wall behind it.

view into modern shower with modern white and blue tile pattern

Photos by Felco.

Caroline Williamson is Editorial Director of Design Milk. She has a BFA in photography from SCAD and can usually be found searching for vintage wares, doing New York Times crossword puzzles in pen, or reworking playlists on Spotify.

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