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A Kyiv apartment elevated with a kaleidoscope of primary colors

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In the first few months of the invasion in Ukraine, when uncertainty dominated the daily life of the people, the Apartment 2BM in Kyiv became a symbol of creativity and resilience. Led by architects Volodymyr Petronok (left), Roman Savchuk (right), and Olexandra Aloishkina of Top LAB InteriorsThe project not only exceeded budgetary constraints, but also proved the power of trust and experimentation. The apartment, which measures 560 square feet, had been designed for rental purposes and so a careful use of resources was required. The team chose to experiment with color and unconventional materials, transforming the apartment into a vibrant space.

The client leaned on the team’s expertise regarding the kitchen’s color: “I don’t like this green, but I like to trust you! Therefore, I am ready to rely on you and take a risk.” This sentiment became the driving force behind the 2BM project, turning it into an exploration of diversity in color and materials.

closeup angled view of bright green kitchen cabinets

closeup angled view of bright green kitchen cabinets

Bright primary colors are used throughout the interior to create a vibrant and unconventional atmosphere. The vibrant green cabinets in the kitchen are contrasted with square tiles of white tile framed by blue grout. The open living area opposite the kitchen is complemented by contrasting curtains of a bright blue color. This adds depth and balance to this space.

looking through modern living space with bright green kitchen on right and white sofa on left. Person in blue walking in background

small modern dining room set with red pedestal table and three chairs

closeup view of modern dining set with red pedestal table and red art on wall

closeup of red square art on wall behind dinette set

vignette of modern living room with brown chair in front of bright blue curtain

closeup of chrome lamp in front of gathered bright blue curtain

partial view of bright blue modern shelf on white wall

view of bright blue modern shelf

closeup angled view of bright blue modern wall shelf

angled view of minimalist white bedroom with white bedding and white hanging curtain

The bedroom is calm and serene with warm-toned wall colors, cozy textiles and a Yves Klein shelf across from the bed. The bedside table was made from leftover tiles. When the white curtans that cover the entire closet are opened, a cherry-red color is revealed.

angled view of minimalist white bedroom with white bedding and curtain open to reveal bright red closet

view looking past bright blue modern shelf to hallway

angled interior shot of white hallway with bright blue glass window

The entrance is graced with a bold blue polycarbonate plastic sliding door, which is complemented with a similar shade grout.

interior shot of white hallway with bright blue glass window

interior shot of modern bathroom with white grid tile, red sink, yellow shelf, looking into hallway

Even the bathroom follows the project’s colorful concept, featuring yellow glass for the shower/tub, a red cabinet housing the sink, and the same blue grout seen throughout.

closeup angled shot of modern bathroom's red console with round mirror agove

closeup shot of modern bathroom's red console with round mirror agove

view in modern bathroom with white grid tile and blue grout with yellow glass partition

view in modern bathroom with white grid tile and blue grout with yellow glass partition

black and white floor plan of small apartment

Photographs by Uliana Vinichuk.

Caroline Williamson is the Editor-in Chief of Design Milk. She holds a BFA from SCAD in photography and is often found searching for vintage goods, doing New York Times puzzles with pen or reworking Spotify playlists.



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