IKEA. Just hearing the name of this Swedish furniture mega-store brings to mind images of deftly put spaces featuring a multitude of different small spaces, all using the more Scandinavian inspired furnitures and soft furnishings. Many of us however rarely equate furniture and fittings from IKEA with more elaborately designed homes with most generally opting for more upmarket (and pricier) stores for our needs.
For this condominium unit located at the Mirage-by-the-Lake development in tech hub of Cyberjaya in Malaysia, cost played a vital role in its design and furnishing as the owner purchased this home with the intention of creating rental income. Most rental units often come with the bare minimum in furnishing and fittings but the owner wanted his unit to stand apart from the other available units and to do so he engaged the services of Paperspace (formerly Mindgame Design).
Considering that the goal was to create a unit that appeals to the rental market, cost naturally played a vital role in the choice made to use IKEA furniture and soft furnishings. But in order to create an interior designed to create a more contemporary yet minimalist feel, the use of colour played an equally vital role in creating a look that while subtle evokes a desirable sense of space.
From the soft and brighter hues in the living and dining combined with more timeless timber elements to the darker themed grey bedroom showcasing a contrast against its dark grey walls with the striking orange wardrobe. Each space is beautifully composed to create specific ambiances within each space, creating a vision which would definitely appeal to the rental market with its more distinct yet suave look. Which brings us to the simple yet truthful point that anything can be made to look exceptional with a little creativity.