Modern Apartment Interior Design

A comfortable, yet stylish space that’s a workspace by day and the perfect spot to host family gatherings by night

Modern Apartment Interior Design

This Boston, MA client moved into her apartment with a mish-mosh of furniture from previous homes. She is a busy IT professional who didn’t have the time to piece together her modern apartment interior design on her own. Since her dining room would serve as both a workspace during the workweek and a spot to host family gatherings on weekends, she needed furniture ASAP. Custom was not going to be a viable option because she was literally working and eating meals from a folding table and folding chair when I showed up for our initial consultation.

Other than the quick turnaround time, I had a couple additional challenges when creating this particular dining room design.

First things first, my client lives in a rental. Since she is renting her apartment, we couldn’t paint the walls, change out existing lighting, or update the window treatments. Plus, my client lives in a home that was built in 1940 and her personal tastes are more contemporary, making it challenging to incorporate modern apartment interior design into the architecture from an older historical period.

There’s also no real wall space. Normally, when working with a rental space where the walls can’t be touched, my quickest solution would be adding some bold artwork to the walls that can be easily taken down when my client moves. However, in this dining room, there really isn’t any real estate on the walls. The space is essentially a pass-through between the living room and the kitchen, so it really only has 2 walls. One of the walls has large windows and the other has beautiful board and batten about 85% up the wall. So, artwork is a no-go.

To address these design challenges, I focused on selecting furniture that had clean lines, but wasn’t too modern. I also added some warmth and interest in the space through a variety of different textures. This was achieved through the patterned area rug, the table linens, and the upholstery on the dining chairs. All of the items purchased for the space were through major retailers like World Market and Target, so my client did not have to wait long for her space to come to life.

Now that my client’s dining room is completed, she is able to comfortably work from home during the work week and have plenty of space and seating for her family – with her even hosting St. Patrick’s Day the day after our installation!

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Friar Tuck Home is based out of Merrimack, New Hampshire. We serve interior design clients located in: Southern NH, NH Seacoast Region, Merrimack Valley, Souhegan Valley, Monadnock Region, Hillsborough County, Middlesex County, North Shore, South Shore, MetroWest, and Worcester, MA area.

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