Multi-colored Home within Romania Revives Traditional Style


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Merging rustic-inspired interiors with contemporary details, this colorful abode inspires a homey feel throughout.  Located not far from Bucharest, Romania, The Small House in the Countryside is a project initiated by designer Alina Alexe of Studio Decoraktiva.

The starting point for the project was a decrepit traditional village house with only 2 rooms and a detached kitchen. Owner and designer Alina Alexe transformed the existing rooms into bedrooms, tore down the old kitchen and extended the construction towards the rear of the property. The addition consists of a large living room, new kitchen and bathroom.

The main facade was kept, together with its traditional balcony and green patterns flanking the main entrance. All doors were restored and painted turquoise, which brings a serene and refreshing touch to the entire scheme. 

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Step inside, and you will find a welcoming home, filled with artifacts gathered by the owners during their life journey. Traditional masks and various inserts from the Romanian village’s folklore mark the identity of this colorful crib. As you look closer, you will notice a series of furniture and lighting units that were either recycled, or ingeniously “adjusted.” Take the Ikea sofa, pictured above, which was coated with a new cover to better reflect the traditional style of the interiors.

One of the living room walls was personalized with a special pattern, while the others were painted in “museum-like white”. A traditional fireplace, 2 colorfully tiled stoves and exposed wooden beams add to the cozy atmosphere. Information provided by Platferma; photos courtesy of Studio Decoraktiva

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