The Blue Apartment Tour

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There is something so alluring about living in a small apartment – if it’s done right, like this one. Imagine all of the conveniences and comforts of modern living, in 42 sq.m. harnessing a unique nautical vibe… I’m talking about the Blue Apartment; a project with a witty, “out-of-the-box” interior design sensibility.

A smally, stylish living room with a single window door. Image: Elton Rocha for Culto.
Image: Elton Rocha for Culto. A small but stylish living room.

About the Blue Apartment

The Blue Apartment, located in Barcelona, was designed by interior designer Daniel Rotmensch. And judging from my own experience, the refurbishment of such a compact and elongated space must have been quite a challenge. Yet, it all appears perfectly formed with the least bit of effort.

A surf board, a stool and a tribal like mask hanging pose as the entryway decor in a small apartment in Barcelona. Image: Elton Rocha for Culto.
Image: Elton Rocha for Culto. Decor pieces with a nautical vibe anchoring the entryway.

The initial design intention was to maximize light for the habitable spaces. As such, the layout was organized in such a manner, as to combine the sitting-dining-kitchen spaces close to the natural light source: a single window door. Although, this may appear as the obvious choice, I’m sure it was not as simple during the design process.

View of a living room - dining and kitchen in a small apartment. Image: Elton Rocha for Culto.
Image: Elton Rocha for Culto. Looking from the kitchen…
View of a contemporary navy blue kitchen with a marble counter and backsplash. Image: Elton Rocha for Culto.
Image: Elton Rocha for Culto. The Culto kitchen.
A close look at a brassy pendant light. Image: Elton Rocha for Culto.
Image: Elton Rocha for Culto. What a beautiful pendant light.
A peak view of the blue contemporary kitchen. Image: Elton Rocha for Culto.
Image: Elton Rocha for Culto. A closer peak view at the kitchen.

Without a doubt, the off-white exposed brick wall that runs along the entire length of this small apartment acts as the backbone axis. Its rugged finish adds depth and texture to the entire apartment – the perfect backdrop. Instantly, this backdrop is complimented over and above by the structural navy blue ceiling that constitutes that cool factor.

View of a bold corridor of a small apartment in Barcelona, with a navy blue ceiling and wall. Image: Elton Rocha for Culto.
Image: Elton Rocha for Culto. Looking from the bedroom into the living room with the central volume on the left, including the bathroom’s flash door, the entryway decor on the right.
A fully equipped bathroom in a small apartment in Barcelona with a walk in shower. Image: Elton Rocha for CULTO.
Image: Elton Rocha for Culto. A fully equipped bathroom.

Moreover, I love the fact that a central volume, enclosed by its distinctive and grounding navy blue color, features a focal sculptural insert on the one end, a fitted CULTO kitchen. Its white veined marble look finish is a superb juxtaposition to the volume’s painterly manner. Also, part of this central volume includes a fully equipped bathroom, hidden from plain view thanks to its flush door.

A curvy mustard sofa against that white washed exposed brick wall in perfect harmony. Image: Elton Rocha for CULTO.
Image: Elton Rocha for Culto. Organic – curvy forms vs geometric patterns.
Detail view of an open window door with a bench besides on stacked with art prints and books. Image: Elton Rocha for Culto.
Image: Elton Rocha for Culto. That casual and relaxed vibe that comes from an open window…

Likewise, the continuous flooring and limited, but bold color palette farther enhance the apartment’s design flow. This allows the eye to travel across the entire space. Clearly, in all small spaces every single piece counts. And this Blue Apartment is no exception. It has a few eclectic furniture pieces, starting with that perfectly scaled curvy mustard sofa; all carefully curated to create a livable space with a strong punch.

A small but stylish minimal bedroom. Image: Elton Rocha for Culto.
Image: Elton Rocha for Culto.
View of a small off white minimal bedroom. Image: Elton Rocha for Culto.
Image: Elton Rocha for Culto. Note both the window treatments and bedding are linen, adding a softness to the room.
A closer look at the linen textiles used in a small bedroom somewhere in Barcelona. Image: Elton Rocha for Culto.
Image: Elton Rocha for Culto. All linen.
View of the vanity sideboard with a luxurious looking table lamp. Image: Elton Rocha for Culto.
Image: Elton Rocha for Culto. A peak view of the vanity sideboard…

Takeaway thoughts

So what makes this home tour special? Well, one of the things I really like about this small apartment’s interior design is that it feels like it has been approached via a restorative lens. It is minimal, not Scandi minimal by any means; yet, with a singular warmth and attitude. It has poise and character. No easy decorating hacks to trick the eye, i.e. use of mirrors as I discussed in a previous article on Living Big in a Small Space. Rotmensch has not followed the almost typical all-white concept either. In fact, it doesn’t feel like it’s been done by the book. As such, it stirs beguiling emotions that appeal to my soft spot for eclectic and/or out-of-the-box interiors. And for all these reasons, I think it would be most definitely worth the stay!

Yours,

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5 comments
  • Wow! So colourful but elegant. What a great tour 🙂 x

    • Couldn’t agree more, it is elegant indeed and with that nautical vibe that makes it distinct! I’m delighted you like it! xx

  • single light color concept has worked out well and as all tables and furniture are of same color it made the small house look big

  • Valentina Goryun June 24, 2021 at 10:51 pm

    That sofa!!! I really love the decor pieces that are used, they stand out and blend in at the same time.
    I wish the bathroom had a little bit more color
    What a great tour, thanks!

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