A duplex with porch and garden

A duplex with porch and garden

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One of the advantages of acquiring a new home is that it is not usually necessary to embark on annoying reforms. However, in the case of this Barcelona duplex that advantage became an inconvenience, since the owners did not like some of the finishes chosen by the construction company. For example, they would have preferred a wooden floor instead of the ceramic tiles installed.

But they were clear that the replacement of the pavement of the whole house was a work of great importance and a cost too high. That's why they went to the interior designer Mónica Pérez Santana, from Estudio Cometalledo, to give a different air to the house only with decorative resources. The soil problem was solved with carpets that hid the tiles and, in addition, they visually delimited each environment. The latter was an essential function, since the decoration of the common areas was based on creating a single diaphanous space that gave a feeling of spaciousness. From the hall you pass, through a bay without a door, to the living room, and next to it is the dining room. To further enhance continuity, a very effective solution was used: use a color - in this case, orange - as a link between the three environments. The hall lamp, the upholstery in the living area and the orange-painted chairs in the dining room visually delimit this shared space. What's more, this color is also used in porch pads. Here, the interior designer organized a pleasant seating area with a sofa, an armchair and a couple of coffee tables that allow you to enjoy the garden. Monica Pérez Santana also focused on the kitchen. As it was very spacious, in the center a daily dining room was created with two joined tables and several folding chairs. In addition, the construction company had covered the kitchen with a white tile base and tone paint. Although it was very bright, it was somewhat cold, especially considering that it was going to make much of family life.

To make it more cozy, the wall was painted in a soft taupe, and the dining room was delimited with a mat. The loft - without a doubt, the great attraction of the house - was reserved to mount bedroom suite, with bathroom and terrace. Again, the color was used to enhance the feeling of unity: in the rest area a carpet of gray coconut fiber was placed, the same tone in which the walls of the bathroom were painted. Regarding furniture, the idea was not to recharge the space with a profusion of objects. Nor did they want to create monotonous environments with designs of the same style. That is why selected pieces of different materials were chosen. Like the bench that acts as a console in the hall, the iron coffee table or the Banana seats in the lounge. A suggestive combination of shapes and finishes with which original environments were achieved.

Advertising - Read on below The living room was decorated with furniture of different styles,

With the color orange as a link. Sofa model Habana, by Pepe Peñalver. Cushions, from Sleeping Company. Cometalledo Studio: banana chair, iron table and side table. BSB carpet.

Two warm tones

the orange and the red star the decoration as a link in all the rooms of this house.

In the hall,

instead of a console, an old bank was placed. On top of this, modern style accessories were placed that produce an attractive contrast with aged wood. Cometalledo Studio: bench, lamp stand and red screen. The upholstered bench is a family heritage.

The idea was to create open spaces

without partitions or doors that visually compartmentalized the environments. Therefore, from the hall you enter the living room through a bay.

The kitchen was furnished with high and low modules in wood finish.

The extractor hood was chosen exempt to lighten the composition and that the environment is not so recharged. In the cooking zone, the wall was tiled to the ceiling to protect it from stains.

The kitchen

Its large dimensions allowed to organize a daily dining room with two old pine tables and several folding chairs.

Cooking zone

It has a spotlight that illuminates the plate and the work surface for cooking without risk of burns or accidents. It is a fluorescent that is fixed under the high cabinets and that is operated with a switch located on the wall. Accessories, by Habitat.

In the bathroom

the sink was embedded on a marble countertop. When it is flown, there is room underneath to place the laundry basket and a stool.

Outside, an outdoor seating area was organized.

In good weather, the windows are kept open so that the living room visually extends to the garden. The cantilever roof keeps the furniture safe from the rain. Kettal furniture. Cushions, from Sleeping Company.

In the master bedroom,

the headboard was upholstered with a neutral fabric, and the bedside tables were pickled in beige. To take better advantage of the support surface, instead of table lamps wall sconces were fixed. Headboard fabric, by Pepe Peñalver. Bedside tables in Cometalledo Studio. Quilt, from Sleeping Company.

The master bedroom was located in the attic.

Built-in closets with lacquered DM doors and very simple handles were made on one of the walls. The white finish, in tune with the wall paint, makes it easier for the fronts to integrate better and go unnoticed.


A very successful combination for modern kitchens: stainless steel, wood and accessories in intense tones. From Bruguer Mix: FN.02.67, E4.30.75 and C8.45.55.