Design Interior Design Monochromatic 430 Sq. Ft. Apartment Comes Alive With Bursts of Color By Kimberley Mok Kimberley Mok Twitter Writer McGill University Cornell University Kimberley Mok is a former architect who has been covering architecture and the arts for Treehugger since 2007. Learn about our editorial process Updated April 8, 2019 ©. Denis Krasikov Share Twitter Pinterest Email Design Tiny Homes Architecture Interior Design Green Design Urban Design There are a whole lot of possible ways to make a small space feel bigger: some might add a bit of colour, others might use multifunctional furniture or knock down the walls and rearrange the layout completely. In Moscow, Cartelle Design chose to accentuate this redo of a young woman's 430-square-foot (40 square metres) apartment with bright accents of canary yellow, in addition to using lots of built-in furniture and cabinetry. There's also a large glass-paned wall between the bed and the office, meaning that sunlight and visual perception of space extends further into the small apartment. © Denis KrasikovDone with a monochromatic palette of grey, black and the neutral tones of wood and brick, the Bolshevik apartment includes some features that were most important to the client. The first is a place to store books -- found under the custom-built, cushioned window seats. © Denis Krasikov The kitchen is deliberately compact and doesn't have too many fancy appliances, as the client doesn't cook much. However, the cabinetry is nicely done, as the black cupboards contrasts well with the wooden cabinets and the wooden dining table. © Denis Krasikov The main visual anchor here is the vibrant, four-poster bed, which seems to sit in its own delineated space and on its own platform. It has its own overhead lighting, hammock and sits against a grey-painted brick wall. © Denis Krasikov © Denis Krasikov Behind the bedroom is the office, which has a floating desk set into a niche; thanks to the windows here, the view out of the office helps to expand the space. On the other side of the room, there is ample storage space for hanging up clothes and storing other accessories. © Denis Krasikov © Denis Krasikov The bathroom has the same modus operandi: lots of darker colours, offset with a punch of orange tiling in the shower. © Denis Krasikov As we can see here, the idea of carefully using of colour, interior openings and windows to light up a small space can be easily translated to similar projects; to see more, visit Cartelle Design and Instagram.