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A São Paulo Apartment Decked Out in Shades of Grey

DT estúdio took on renovations of an 1,130 square foot apartment in São Paulo, Brazil, which began as a disjointed, two bedroom residence. The layout wasn’t working for the owner, so the decision was to eliminate one bedroom adding much needed space to the rest of the rooms.

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The kitchen and living room were connected creating longer sight lines and bringing much needed light into the narrow kitchen.

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During demolition, they discovered concrete beams and columns which helped inspire the apartment’s new urban design. A long surface for the TV and other objects was made from concrete, helping to tie in the existing concrete details. They also gave the walls a concrete texture. Along with all of the grey concrete, they painted the walls in various shades of grey to create cohesion.

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To balance out all of the cold concrete, they installed warm wood floors and furnishings full of textured materials.

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In the kitchen, the lower cabinets and granite are a dark color. The backsplash is a grey glass tile which leads to the bright red upper cabinets.

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Open red shelves pop against a green wall, which also features a wooden bar with two chairs.

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Photos by Edu Castello.

Caroline Williamson is Editorial Director of Design Milk. She has a BFA in photography from SCAD and can usually be found searching for vintage wares, doing New York Times crossword puzzles in pen, or reworking playlists on Spotify.