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Light, Space and Delightful Use of Color: Renovated Home in Portugal

Aging homes that are in the need of a makeover do not always end up being better with just a rear extension that ventures into the backyard. You need careful planning and proper execution where understanding the needs of the homeowner and what the original house can handle is an essential part of it all. Nestled in a busy neighborhood filled with houses from the 70’s and the 80s’ in Coimbra, Portugal is the AA8 Small House that was renovated by Branco-DelRio Arquitectos with smart, space-savvy features and a touch of quirkiness. The 112-square meter home has a new interior that is fresh, colorful and filled with ample natural light.

Bright purple rug in the living room and yellow accents in the dining room add color to the interior

The makeover focused on three main goals which included the creation of a new bedroom and full bathroom on the upper floor and a home with a better indoor-outdoor interplay. This saw extensive use of wood in every room of the house with walls, shelves and cabinets being draped in the material. This presents a contrast to the lovely concrete finishes that already existed and glass walls and sliding glass doors that connect it with the backyard.

Balance between neutral backdrop and bold colors inside the house
Dining area and workspace rolled into one inside the house
Modular, flexible systems bring new space and ventilation into AA8 small home in Portugal
Small stairway leading to the upper level of the house
Walls and ceiling bring wood to the lovely interior where space is cleverly maximized
Wood, light and spacious interior revamped AA8 Small House in Portugal

An easily noticeable feature of the house is the delightful pops of yellow in every room of the house that bring vibrant charm to an otherwise neutral setting. Elegant, efficient and functional, this revamp is as much about economy as it is about aesthetics. [Photography: do mal o menos]

Wooden ceiling and headboard wall in the bedroom balance the elegant use of white
Yellow doors and window frames bring color to the exterior of the house in white
Backyard of the house is connected with the interior using sliding glass doors that have a bright yellow frame
Little yellow accents bring brightness to the revamped Portuguese home

Sherry Nothingam

Sherry is a blogger who loves to live her life to the fullest. She enjoys everything associated with design, décor and stylish modern trends. Born in California, Sherry has grown up on open ranches and in a wild setting, which has defined her taste for design and developed her interest in examining how structures and homes interact with the beauti[...]

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