Painting in Primary Colors: Stark & Simple Interior Design


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As this unusual residence by Pedro Gadanho (images by Fernando Guerra) reveals, complexity does not have to mean using unusual colors or complex color schemes – highlighting already-unusual architectural elements in primary colors calls out the function of each place and the connections between internal spaces.

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Inspired by Pop Art and the Transformers, Gadanho gives an incredibly life to the various geometries that come together to form this interior living-and-dining set of spaces. Red, the color of passion, takes residents to the master bedroom. A mellower blue connects the living area to the kitchen.

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So what drove this angular and offbeat design? The family within is not quite nuclear: it consists, instead, of a father and his children. And what does that mean for the home’s design? That it must double as a kind of bachelor pad and a playful set of spaces for the kids – a combination of single adult and child aesthetics and functions.

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Once one moves beyond the common areas, too, the colors dwindle in favor of a more light and bright white for personal spaces (such as bedrooms) that are more designed for rest and relaxation

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