Moscow apartment in Spanish style in Barcelona
We visited an apartment for sale with finishing works, and imagined how we would furnish it if we lived in it.
Kvartblog is famous for its love of visiting. This time we have decided on an unusual experiment: our editorial team set out to imagine how we would furnish our dream apartment with existing furniture. For this we went to the showrooms of the developer A101.
The show rooms are real apartments in which you can visit and fantasize about your future life in such a space. We have been able to visit three apartments of different styles, each bearing the name of a Spanish city. Today we will take a trip to Barcelona.
The designer Khatuntseva Alexandra, who designed the apartments in the Spanish Quarter A101, told us where she got the inspiration for the interior.
When developing the interior solution for the demo apartments in the Spanish style I was guided not only by the general color palette of the city, but also by the impression it gives. The mood of Barcelona is light, summery and fresh, so the interior is filled with bright spots of color and lots of different textures. The walls are decorated with aged brick and tiles reminiscent of Gaudi mosaics. Many color accents are present: turquoise, cobalt, ochre, but the overall background of the interior is quite neutral – white walls, smoky floor and doors.
The white base, as a blank canvas, allows you to mix any colors – in such an apartment you can not be afraid of bright accents, because it is in the details that the character of the house is shown. The first thing we saw when we went into the apartment was a wall of white brick. We have written many times about how you can decorate a large white wall, and our favorite option is posters with movie posters. This wall could well be used for decor, as there is a walk-in closet hidden behind the door in the hallway for outerwear – we would arrange shelves up to the ceiling there and store shoes, bags, and sports equipment.
And, of course, we’d put a full-length mirror next to the door. Not for nothing do interior designers use this method to create a stylish atmosphere.
Let’s find out what is included in an apartment with finishing, the cost of which is quite low – 13,000 rubles per square meter, and what needs to be added. So, included in the price: floor (laminate and tile in the bathroom and kitchen), walls (wallpaper to paint and paint, decorative white and turquoise brick), suspended ceiling, interior doors, outlets, switches. In the bathroom: bathtub, toilet, two faucets.
What’s not included: a panel of colored tiles (which is a pity! – it reminded us of a visit to a mosaic workshop in Barcelona), fixtures, kitchen, furniture (which is good – you can choose what you like!), a sink and a mirror.
To the right of the entrance is the bathroom. It seems that the accent walls, so popular now, appeared first in the bathroom. In our opinion, there is a significant lack of storage space. We would definitely put a cabinet across from the bathroom that would hold towels and dozens of jars. Then we would change the mirror to a model in a teak frame – we really liked the idea of a mirror to the ceiling, which we came across in a one-room apartment in Dubrovka! This method visually expands the space and looks cool.
We go further along the corridor. On the right you notice a walk-in closet with shelves reaching to the ceiling – which is great: here you can keep your ironing board, vacuum cleaner and other bulky things, for which it is always difficult to find a corner in small apartments. One of our heroines, Stella, whom we went to visit in an apartment at Rechnoy Vokzal, also made a cabinet to the ceiling, but did not consider the size of household appliances and placed the shelves wrong, due to which the vacuum cleaner does not fit there. Our advice: Plan the filling of cabinets wisely.
Moving on. Ahead of us is the kitchen-dining area. Without chairs it looks rather sad, but it is worth adding them – and the interior will play with new colors! We think blue chairs with high backs would work here (you can see them on the collage at the end of the article). We would also have chosen a different table, made of light wood, without a steel base. After all, Barcelona is not associated with gloss and metal: it evokes associations with handmade things, in which you can feel the personality and handwriting of the master.
On the white wall between the kitchen and the bedroom we would place a bright clock or a TV on a mount that would allow you to turn it in either direction: both to the kitchen so you can watch something while cooking and to the living room area, which we will talk about next.
There is no living room area in the showroom, and for good reason: there is enough free space to arrange it. Large windows give the room a lot of sunlight, and the low window sills can be enlarged and equip there a place to rest with soft cushions. We would place here a small sofa in a neutral sand color (yet there are enough color accents here because of the bright wall) and lay a rug that would visually mark this area. Perhaps we would have added a coffee table (we like the rattan version), so that we could put a cup of tea on it and lay out some game when friends come to visit.
That leaves a big empty wall of rich hue, on which you should definitely hang something, but do it carefully: not all the decor will look good on the bright blue color. We would set up a library there. Once we visited some guys who make amazing shelves-transformers of different shapes and colors: for example, for this apartment we chose a shelf TIME made of light wood, it perfectly matches the floor and the dining table.
The last zone is the bedroom. Opposite the bed there is a dressing room, which is why there is a mirror next to it. We think that the bed could either be left where it is or turned around to “face the window”. On the white wall to which the mirror is leaned we would put up posters or make a gallery of photographs. It also lacks nightstands on each side (even the narrowest) so you can put the phone, set the alarm clock or put a book away before going to bed. Additional lighting in the form of table lamps with warm lighting would add to the coziness of this place. In case guests came over, we would keep a white screen at home with which to cover the bedroom from other people’s eyes.
Decorating a home is a fascinating, enjoyable process and not as stressful as renovating. From the obvious advantages of such an apartment: you can move in quicker, you do not have to wake up to the sound of drills in the morning early – the whole building in the “Spanish quarters A101” is sold with finishing; most importantly, you know in advance how much it will cost you to repair – an impossible thing if you do it yourself, because there are always force majeure.
At the end of our visit, we put together a collage of things that we think would fit perfectly in this apartment. We focused on a color scheme where the main colors are white, blue, green and the color of light wood.
6 Spanish apartments in Barcelona
Most of the apartments in Barcelona in the loft style. But the loft is a loft in Africa. These interiors look the same and bored, so this time I decided to create a vishlist of apartments in Barcelona in Spanish style.
Spanish and Catalan interiors use parquet or ceramic tiles, stone or brick walls, simple wooden furniture, decorative elements of wrought iron, antique items and many interesting details. Coziness is also created by the wood and pleasant warm colors.
It is not easy to find a completely Spanish style house – often the owners mix it with modern or classic, add ethnic motifs. It turns out the original, see for yourself.
Where have I looked for apartments? On Airbnb. You can find both standard and original accommodations, such as castles, mills, or boats. Read our review of the service.
Spanish apartments in Born
Brickwork, terracotta tiles, carved furniture, ochre walls and wooden beams on high ceilings. In such an apartment you feel you are not in the center of modern Barcelona, but in provincial Spain. The apartment is located in the Borne district, next to the Picasso Museum, and can accommodate 4 guests. Price from €135 per night.
Bohemian duplex apartment with fireplace in elegant Eixample for 4 guests. Vibrant colors, ethnic patterns and Moroccan fixtures are my kind of thing. The wood and mosaic bathroom is especially impressive. The price is from 150€ per night.
Our selection of lodgings:
A cozy apartment in the Old Town
The ochre and terracotta walls, the bright rug, the wooden beams and the subtle lighting create a warm atmosphere. There’s a work desk! The studio is located right in the Old Town and is designed for two people. The price starts from 120€ per night.
If you want to stay in an old building, you’ll have to remember that there are narrow staircases, no elevators, sometimes no air conditioning (but fans) and sometimes there are no hot water.
Modern and Rustic
A beautiful combination of modern and rustic. Original natural wood furniture and colorful handmade tiles, typical Spanish ceilings. Cool sink made of solid stone. There is a balcony. Designed for four people. Price from 120 € per night.
Apartment in 16th century building
Unique apartment in the Old Town in a building half a thousand years old. The hosts have tried to preserve the details of the original interior and convey the atmosphere of the 16th century. Suitable for two people. Price from 120 euros per night.
Charming apartment for two in the Old Town. Brick walls, tiled floor, small balcony and nice details in the interior. Price from 160€ per night.