A High-Rise Apartment Mixes Concrete With All Our Favorite Hues

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Out of all the places in the world we'd like to buy dream homes, Kiev, Ukraine isn't one we'd automatically jump to. But this apartment certainly ticks a lot of boxes on the dream house wish list: Indoor garden (why not?), a colorful interior (hello, Instagram opportunities), and a yoga room (namaste, friendos).

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All of this came to life thanks to Ukraine-based design firm Olha Wood Interiors, which was charged with overhauling an apartment in one of the capitol's high-rises. In a city that experiences a six-month cloudy season and brutal winters, the space is engineered to maximize light and cheerfulness. Olha Wood made thoughtful use of wood and concrete to give the flat intention and definition, while gratifying hues like millennial pink, sage, and non-offensive yellows create a color conversation that winds its way through the space. And of course, the long interior garden, filled with bright green Rhipsalis, and a wall of windows makes the home the type of place we'd happily move into to combat SAD.

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Living Room

For the interior design, the firm worked to combine unique items with well-known brands. The sofa is from Moroso, one of the more recognizable labels, and provides a pop of color in a room that prioritizes exposing raw materials.

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Living Room

By positioning the living room near the windows, the shared space receives the most natural light.

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Living Area

By utilizing natural materials throughout the concrete design, the apartment strikes a great balance between city life and a country feel.

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Kitchen

A rectangular kitchen island by Bulthaup mimics the blocky geometric shapes of the interior architectural elements.

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Wardrobe Partition

A glass Ego wardrobe, designed by Giuseppe Bavuso, offers an insanely chic way to house clothing. To maximize privacy, the wardrobe separates the bedroom from the bathroom area.

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Bedroom

In the bedroom, a B&B Italia bed is placed over a colorful Designers Guild rug, which matches other interior colors.

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Bedroom

A partition wall defines the bedroom area, echoing the similar dusty pink built-in bookcase in the living room.

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Bathroom

The bathroom makes creative use of different sized rectangular tiles to create a geometric scheme that mirrors some of the custom bookcases and cabinetry found in the bedrooms and living room.

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After interning at Dwell magazine in San Francisco, Kate began writing about arts, design and culture for other national publications. She is based in Los Angeles and San Francisco.