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Inspired Renovation Turns Old Shanghai Apartment Into A Chic Urban Retreat

Most of the renovations and design inspirations that we stumble upon come from Europe and the US. We do look at several stunning homes from the big Aussie cities as well, but it is not very often that we have a chance to take a closer look at a renovation from the Far East. Located in the busy neighborhood of Shanghai’s Huaihai Road, this elegant and serene retreat was designed to serves as a beautiful hub that allows the homeowners to escape the rush outside. With Shanghai being one of busiest and most polluted cities on the planet, it makes complete sense to create an urban oasis such as this, detached from its immediate surroundings.

Goregous living room in white with orange LED lighting and a tropical touch

Once an ordinary apartment with cramped spaces, this home was transformed into a sparkling modern abode by the design team of Enrico Taranta, Ilaria Bellini, Paulo Guacchione and Nicolle Wen Li from Taranta Creations. The living room is the heart of the transformed home with its white walls, gorgeous floor-to-ceiling drapes and smart orange LED lighting that sets the mood. Textural and geometric contrast were brought into the apartment using 3D textured walls and custom-crafted bookshelves that also create additional storage space.

Iconic decor and a neutral color palette in the living room of the Shanghai apartment

Textured 3D boards with a wave pattern at the entrance add contrast to the sleek home

Bright orange lighting and accents give the home vibrant energy

Smart placement of mirrors in the living room helps create additional visual space

Unique accessories and wall art enliven the room

Eco fireplace and the Platner table in the living room

Iconic Midcentury Modern decor and a hint of tropical charm with natural greenery give the living room an identity of its own. The bedroom also adopts a similar tranquil aura, as the entire home closes itself off to the bright lights and chaos outside. Beautiful orange accents, mirrored walls that bring in a sense of visual airiness and elegantly placed wall art complete this cosmopolitan apartment.

Custom crafted bookshelf in the studio steals the show

Fabulous home studio with a custom designed bookshelf that adds geometric pattern

Cozy bedroom inside the Shanghai apartment in trendy white

Long, white drapes turn the bedroom into a serene sanctuary

Here’s a look at the apartment before the renovation, along with a few shots from the renovation phase itself.

Interior of the Shanghai home before the trendy modern makeover

Small Shanghai apartment before renovation

Team of Enrico Taranta overlook the renovation work of the apartment

Walls of the house get a trendy, modern makeover with smart additions

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