by Helder Moura
This 19th Century apartment in Vilnius got renovated with brass features and contemporary details but never forgetting the exposed frescos and the original arched doorways paired with grey cabinetry.
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The entire project was lead by the amazing interior designer Kristina Lastauskaitè-Pundè. This apartment belongs to a family with two kids, that approached the creator to give their home a new look, a contemporary update but with the original and historical features of the place.
Located in the Lithuanian capital’s old town, this home is situated in a 19th-century residential building was in need of extensive reconstruction works. The builders were told to forget about the series of arched openings that run throughout the entire space.
“When working on the interior, it was important to preserve the apartment’s beautiful old heritage and adapt it to modern, comfortable living,” said Lastauskaitė-Pundė to Dezeen.
The apartment old ceiling had some frescos, that the designer chose to keep some fragments. These marvelous details are able to see in the living area and the master bedroom, areas that have been painted in white. The rest of the apartment follows a simple color scheme. All of the walls have been completed in shades of grey with pale furnishings to match, as well as smoked-oak parquet floors that complete the look.
The designer applied gold-hued sheets of brass to offer an extra touch of color to this space. This features can be found in the entrance doorway and on a singular kitchen cupboard. The material has then been used to create a decorative arch on one of the lounge’s walls, echoing the shape of the openings. Also to give an extra fun touch, the entire apartment features patterned rugs to give character to the rooms.
“The interior is built on the principle of contrast, the mix of old and modern styles,” Lastauskaitė-Pundė explained. “The color and material palette echo this old-new contrast – there are time-tested materials such as oak, and gold elements that represent nowadays and slightly refresh [the apartment].”
A large storage unit has also been inserted into the lounge to give the family extra room for their belongings as well as another wooden cabinet that wraps around an adjacent wall, topped by a planter overflowing with greenery.
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