Blending Contemporary With Tradition in a Small Apartment in Seoul

by Simplify

Living in a small apartment requires a lot of creativity when it comes to maximizing space and creating comfort. In this tour of a small apartment in Seoul, the designer, Pil Jung, says that he created this particular home for his client with privacy, lighting, and storage in mind.

The designer was inspired by traditional Korean wooden doors

Plus, the main concept behind this tiny apartment in Seoul was to create urban small luxury using wood, metal, and concrete. These small apartment decor pieces create the calm aesthetic he was going for.

Pil works as a senior spatial designer and some of the small apartment ideas he came up with, which you can also use in your own home, include installing floor-to-ceiling storage cabinets, placing louder appliances away from the bedrooms, and using decorative sliding doors to hide the TV and other electronic devices.

Pil came up with other small apartment decorating ideas like using brightly-colored ergonomic chairs instead of a couch, plywood paneling stained in walnut, and chic pendant lighting that brightens up the entire kitchen.

To keep the kitchen feeling spacious, there are no overhead cabinets hanging there. But there is a stainless steel countertop on both the island and the wall-mounted countertop. There are also big slab tiles on the kitchen walls to zone out the kitchen and keep it clean.

The bedroom and living room areas are divided by a walnut wood partition which partially blocks the view of the bed from the entrance but allows light and air to flow through. Moreover, it acts as a bedside table.

There is even an office in this small apartment which is integrated into the corner of the bedroom. The desk and shelves located here are mounted to the wall to give it a seamless look and there is plenty of room for a desktop computer, books, and office supplies.

Small apartment in Seoul

For more small apartment designs, take a tour of this renovated 1950s apartment in Turn Italy, or this Paris studio apartment, which uses Japanese shoji to maximize space.

To see more videos, check out the NEVER TOO SMALL YouTube channel.

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