Small Interiors

How to Turn 40 sq. Metres of Pokiness into a Cozy Beach Pad con Estilo (with Style)

We are back in Barcelona and with the superb architectural and design team of EGUE Y SETA.

This is another example of their’s of a job perfectly done.

40 sq. meters in anyone’s language is a very small space to live in. But it can be done and EGUE Y SETA did it again in this beach side apartment in the heart of the traditional fisherman´s neighborhood of La Barceloneta.

small open concept kitchen with blue accent wall.

Kitchen exposed brick back splash.

Kitchen table in middle of room.

White kitchen cupboards.

kitchen blue accent wall.

Contemporary small kitchen design exposed brick wall

How they did it:

  • They tore down the interior walls of the old bedroom, kitchen, and bathroom.
  • They turned it into three demarcated zones which were all visually connected.
  • They turned the dining room area into the focal center flanked by a linear kitchen and a small lounge area.
  • A glass partition was installed between the bedroom and kitchen area and a clever double sided storage unit was built.
  • This unit was lacquered in bright white to reflect the light coming in through the interior windows.
  • This allowed for air and light to flow through the small space.
  • Clever use of indoor plants created a garden effect.
  • The installation of a long headboard allowed for multi purpose usage – decorative shelving, nightstand tables book stand.
  • Venetian blinds were installed instead of dry walling to close off or open areas allowing light and air to flow.
  • Traditional mosaic tiles and oak parquet floors were installed and flow freely underneath the partition – again a clever illusion of space was created.
  • The ceilings replicate the typical Catalan vault type of structure and showcase the naked clay bricks. This all adds depth and interest and is a testament to the geography of the place.
  • A blue marine theme runs throughout – but it does not override in a kitschy way.
  • Superb lighting was installed throughout – cleverly adding a comfortable yet glamorous feel to the apartment.


Open living room dining room layout.

Small bedroom modern light fixures

Small bedroom blue accent wall.

Small bedroom stand alone closet

Small bedroom with exposed brick wall.

Small bedroom with exposed brick focal wall.

Small bedroom modern window shades.

small bathroom with hanging light fixtures.

Slam bathroom vanity.


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