Contemporary Bachelor Pad
Hoa Pham's boring living room becomes an adequate living space, office area and dining space with a contemporary design.
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Fish fan Hoa Pham is looking to splash some excitement into his bachelor pad while creating a multifunctional living space. He's hoping the team will be able to give him an adequate living space, office area and dining space — all in the one large room. He also wants to incorporate his many fish tanks into the new design.
Lee Snijders meets with his design team, Charles Burbridge and Summer Baltzer, to work out a plan for a unified living, dining and work space. They plan to add a counter for dining, a desk for work and seating for friends. Among these important components, they intend to incorporate Pham's fish and create an open living space for him and his buddies.
Here's how the lackluster apartment is turned around with a contemporary design:
- The walls are painted a soft beige to set the tone for a pared-down design.
- Snijders creates a 3-D art piece to add interest above the entertainment center. He centers the design around a wall storage piece and shelf. The wood pieces are cut to fit the storage unit and shelf, then painted and sealed with a clear acrylic spray. Aluminum rods held in place with cotter pins are used to outline the wood pieces, adding dimension to the sculpture.
- For less than $100, Burbridge constructs an industrial style desk and riser out of 3/4" plywood, screw-on legs and vinyl flooring material. He paints the two wood pieces black and tops both with sheets of the vinyl flooring material. The desk is finished with the four pre-packaged metal screw-on legs.
- Baltzer puts his large aquarium to use by purchasing a large console for the tank to sit on.
- Linoleum tiles in blue, gray and beige are put together in black frames to create modern artwork, which helps unify the multifunctional space.
- Accessories that help bring the look together include two cushions for seating, a counter and barstools for dining and a custom grommet-top fabric panel for a splash of color. Leftover floor vinyl is cut up and used for place mats on the bar counter.
Furniture — $423
- bar counter: IKEA — Lack, #67298707
- legs for riser:IKEA — Tullsta, #18481
- table legs: IKEA — Curry, #18273
- rolled vinyl for table: Linoleum City — Lg. Coin
- credenza: Nick Metropolis — 1960s cabinet
Fabrics and rugs — $167
- area rug: IKEA — Faske, #17933
Accessories and lighting — $166
- colored tiles used as wall art: Linoleum City
- CD holder: IKEA — Kaxas, #1418
Paint and supplies — $122
- paint: Behr — custom color
Hardware and incidentals — $113
- shelf brackets for bar / counter: Lowe's — 54455 white
Project Total — $991
A new furniture arrangement and a swanky color scheme turn these two rooms around.