The love for design often and willingly leads to a style of furniture that is nothing short of extravagant: there is often the belief that a design house must necessarily be full of colors, precious materials and museum furnishings. In reality, there are styles, especially when applied to their homes, which prove to be modern and in step with the times, without sacrificing simplicity like the splendid project created by Atelier Lígia Casanova for a house in the Portuguese town of Alcácer do Sal.
An house decorated with the colors of the sea
Lígia Casanova in furnishing this house in the land of Portugal was inspired by the trends of the 70s when it was not so much the furniture or furnishings that was striking in the houses, but the use of color. This mood has been revisited creating a minimal style, where the superfluous is left outside the door together with rich decorations, to leave room for a few essential pieces.
From the photos of the apartment you will notice two things: the use of turquoise as the predominant color and the natural materials in their neutral shades also in the ornaments, upholstery and containers.
This house decorated with the colors of the sea appears as a coastal landscape of the Alentejo region crystallized, with the soft sand, the sea and the foam of the waves: sitting on those wooden chairs or on the swing suspended from the ceiling in the living area, you it will feel like you are actually lying on a bed. The relaxation effect is boosted by the use of turquoise, which is practically everywhere in this project, even in the crockery, window shutters and bathroom towels.
The only exception to the turquoise color is the white with which the wooden ceilings have been painted with lots of exposed beams, as well as the old dark wooden floor which has been replaced by shiny concrete always white, covered by large hemp-colored carpets .
One more idea for the kitchen
The wood in this house decorated with the colors of the sea is present in the benches placed on the wall in the dining area, in the table top and in the stairs, whose handrail is however always turquoise. The same chandeliers made from a wooden weave capture the attention, in their rounded shape that is repeated in every single room, except in the bathroom where there is a metallic light point.
Photography by Bruno Barbosa
The thing that most struck you about this beautiful and bright living solution is certainly the kitchen, which is also rigorously turquoise: its peculiarity is that it is a sort of boiserie, being built into the wall and hidden by ingenious sliding doors. You will understand the usefulness of this kitchen model that saves from the embarrassment of unexpected visits in the midst of a somewhat messy culinary preparation. If you particularly like this type of kitchen, consider it if your home is small and you want to make the most of your open-space, just like this project.
The bedroom and the bathroom
This house redesigned by Lígia Casanova also includes a small bedroom where there is a bed, two bedside tables, a wooden cabinet painted in blue, just like the doors of the wardrobe also built into the wall.
The minimalism of the house can also be felt in the bathroom: look at the clean and essential lines of the square support of the two small washbasins, with two baskets in natural materials with blue towels underneath: the shower is a transparent glass that does not interrupt the continuity of the bathroom .