Contemporary interior design is blossoming in the Balkans. This bachelor pad in Budva, Montenegro, is a fine example of a striking modern residential apartment. Tall ceilings, strong shapes and open plan spaces are appealing and gracious, allowing this home to be both functional and minimal.
The apartment belongs to an IT specialist who wanted his home to be pared back, with a minimal aesthetic. The main space in the home is open plan, stretching from the kitchen and dining room right over to a space for meditation at the far end of the floor plan. The color palette is neutral with whites, grays and sandy tones.
Strong shapes are organized into blocks of color and it’s hard not to enjoy the feel of open space and curated zones.
The kitchen and dining area feel like they’re lifted right out of a designer’s dream. The island creates a solid space, while the chairs and lamps balance and orbit around the area to create a balance between heavy and light, soft and dark.
Tall ceilings are matched with long curtains either side of the cement pillar. The living room section is perfect for entertaining and relaxing, while the space to the rear of the room is for yoga and meditation. But seeing how simply decorated each room is, there is a lot of scope for different activities in each area. The curtains can be drawn closed to create some calm and coziness in the center area of the apartment.
Floor to ceiling windows make the most of the daylight, while the double sided sofa makes the room open concept, with no fixed direction.
The hidden doors and screens above the fireplace are intended to keep things tidy. The heating, air conditioning and audio systems are all quietly hidden well behind screens and partitions.
The additional room to the back of this living room area is mostly used as a space for meditation. But it was designed, as was much of the house, to be multi functional. The storage allows to stash away books and household items, but on the whole maintains a sparse and simple environment for the owner.
The master bedroom also contains the only bathroom, but in this single occupancy apartment that’s okay. The large marble walls were a first choice for the bathroom, as the designers were looking to use mostly natural materials and started with a white color palette.
Glass partitions ensure that the room doesn’t get too dark, while a curtain can also be pulled over for privacy between the bathroom and bedroom.
The bedroom lamp is from Artemide, and gives a warm glow perfect for the room.
When we’re thinking about bachelor apartments, we often see darker colors and moodier atmospheres, so it’s refreshing to see the earthy neutral colors here supported by the darker steel frame windows and strong geometric lines of the cabinets and panels. It’s a wonderful abode, with plenty of options to re-zone functionality of the main rooms with a scaled back calmness that puts you at ease.
Design: M3 Architectural Group
Photos: M3 Architectural Group