Haven’t most art enthusiasts dreamed of having a gallery of their own? This home makes those desires a reality. Every room represents a specific artistic movement by emulating the colors and forms, each one unique. Many of the styles adopted here are relatively modern, ranging from the Romanticism of the early 1800s to the Pop Art craze of the 1960s – can you guess which ones are which without reading the descriptions? This exceptionally creative interior is the work of designer Alina Puzhak, completed for a young family’s apartment in St. Petersburg, Russia.
The tour begins with an open plan living and dining room based on the colors and forms of the Suprematism art movement, founded by Russian painter and theoretician Kazimir Malevich in the early 1900s. Basic geometric shapes and raw colors are the hallmark of Suprematism aesthetic – the name itself references the supremacy of artistic feeling over pure form or style. In this room, the colors are a little more vivid than those usually found in this artistic style, but the artwork on the walls tells the full story.
The corridor is a neutral area, not based on any overarching artistic movement. Instead, the decor reaffirms the general art gallery influence – wallpaper printed with black frames decorates select accent walls, echoed by smartly placed mirrors throughout. The views out of and in to the individual rooms offer all of the color the hallway really needs.
This bedroom for a little girl mimics the lively yet delicate style of the Impressionist movement as developed by painters like Monet and Renoir during the 1870s and 1880s. Impressionist paintings often relied on petite brush strokes to demonstrate a strong sense of time and movement, ideal for an interior as whimsical and ornate as this one.
Pop Art is the predominant style in this bedroom for a little boy. This art movement was born in the 1950s, sweeping quickly from Britain to the United States and beyond. It’s an art style based on popular culture ranging from advertising to comic books and everyday objects – a style perfect for an energetic bedroom like this one. Stars, shapes, fun prints, and bright colors mimic the playful style of Pop Art icons like Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein.
The enclosed balcony has a bit of pop art flair as well. This charming space is accessible from the pop art bedroom and shares its brilliant color theme, but the patterns are more relaxed and refined to make it suitable for gathering with guests.
Romanticism rules the bathroom. Romanticism was more than just a movement in the visual arts – it was chiefly an intellectual movement, branching into the world of literature and politics and the natural sciences as well. Paintings in this era were often dramatic, atmospheric, and poetic, but this room adopts the more subtle side of the movement more akin to the tender motifs of Philipp Otto Runge or the whimsical landscapes of Samuel Palmer.
Informed by the creativity of the Surrealist era that preceded it, Abstract Expressionism interprets the emotional Expressionist style through the lens of Futurism, Cubism, and other abstract artistic practices. The color theme especially seems influenced by the vivid paintings of Wassily Kandinsky, while the emphasis on strong vertical lines may pay homage to Barnett Newman.
Recommended Reading: Cubism In Interior Design
Coordinating accents within a dark-themed interior can challenge even the most creative decorator. While everything seems to go with white, black and dark grey are a little trickier especially for those who crave a more subdued design. This post looks at two wonderfully luxurious homes that bring their moody and mysterious interiors to life with smart accent color choices – the colors themselves are subtle and muted but feel larger than life against their neutral backgrounds. If you’ve been looking for color theme inspiration for your dark home design, this post might offer workable ideas to help you get started.
Visualizer: Iryna Dzhemesiuk & Vitaly Yurov
Lush greenery and luxurious materials demonstrate the sophisticated side of dark decor. Black walls and furniture step into the background so that showy pieces – like the marble media wall and the dazzling dining room chandeliers – can take center stage. The designers used rich color and unexpected patterns to express the personality of the owner so that every room tells a unique story.
An open layout living room prevents the predominantly dark color theme from seeming too overwhelming. The marble wall serves as both an artistic statement and a divider to separate the kitchen and living areas.
Contrast is another important theme, and it doesn’t stop at color. Thematic contrasts make a big impression, like the contemporary furniture against a classically inspired backdrop of decorative panels.
Because the kitchen cabinetry is a subtle matte back with elegant lighting, it doesn’t detract from the formality of the dining arrangement. If anything, this lovely kitchen emphasizes the seriousness of the space.
The home’s colorful theme really ramps up in the bedroom. Its otherwise high contrast black-and-white interior comes alive with the addition of a technicolor rug and a handful of bright accent pieces.
Layers of texture reveal something new around every corner. Grates line the window, grey carpeting covers the floor, the brilliant rainbow rug centers the room, and smooth linens calm the eye at bedtime.
Visualizer: Maksym Iuriichuk
With an even darker palette, this home design makes great use of features that seem to maximize the potential of the natural lighting. Slatted glass walls give the interior the freedom of an open plan while preserving privacy when needed – Orange accents bring out the spice hidden within the mauve furniture, balanced by green plants all around.
Upon waking, residents are surely energized and excited by the vibrant colors that surround. But the palette is far from distracting: all of the brightness is limited to the bed, whereas the rest of the room takes on a more relaxing aesthetic.
Nordic design has profoundly influenced the aesthetics of the modern world – from typography to art and architecture and, of course, the objects inside our homes. This post tours two bright and colorful interiors decorated by Taiwanese design firm Nordico, whose creatives developed their signature look to reflect a fresh and contemporary interpretation of Nordic styling. And if you’re looking for Nordic furniture inspiration for your own interior, you’ll be glad to find the names of select designers beneath many of the images so you can infuse your own home with sunny appeal.
This lovely interior stays true to the fundamentals of Nordic design with simple forms, bright surfaces, and a casual yet coordinated feel. But it also challenges many preconceived notions found in the magazines, forgoing minimalism in favor of curated ornament and bright colors – it’s a more realistic reflection of everyday decor in the north, and the result really feels like home.
Not only does the open layout bring sunlight deep into the home, it also allows residents to stay in communication with guests as they watch television or keep an eye on the children as they complete homework in the office.
This substantial brick wall provides visual warmth and helps to separate the entryway from the rest of the living area. The double-sided railway clock allows residents to check the time as they enter or leave the home.
Eclectic chairs always make a dining room look so fun and carefree. This collection spans from classic to contemporary, from Danish designers like Poul M. Volther and Jorgen Baekmark along with a newer design from London-based Sebastian Wrong.
The oversized pendant lamps definitely embody the smooth and functional shapes associated with Nordic design. They’re from the Bell Lamp collection by Copenhagen-based designers Andreas Lund and Jacob Rudbeck.
Dalecarlian horses, or Dala horses, are known around the world as one of the most beloved and popular Swedish crafts. They originated in the Dalarna province and quickly became a cottage industry with its own rich traditions that vary by region.
While many bedrooms today hang a television at the foot of the bed, this room keeps things simple with expansive storage. But it’s not boring – we love the decorative niche with its illuminated birdcage.
While the previous home cultivated a relaxed aesthetic, this interior takes a more adventurous approach with vivid colors and exceptional bold patterns. White walls are a hallmark of Nordic design, but they play an especially important role in this home: superficial decoration would have distracted from the brilliant furniture and textile compositions that define each functional area. The spaces between remain free and open, uncluttered, and perfectly representative of streamlined Nordic style ideals.
The palette brings to mind the colorful rows of homes found in coastal Nordic cities – a tradition brings life to dark northern winters. These colors seem to speak to the welcome sunshine and wildflowers of summer, reinforced by the lively floral arrangements scattered throughout.
Nearly all of the furniture in the living room enjoys the soft effect of rounded edges. Sweeping curves are a popular feature in Nordic furniture design, especially since the height of the Mid Century Modern era.
Both tables are from Danish designer Thomas Bentzen. The yellow is from his Don’t Leave Me series, and the green table is called Around. The super-useful basket/table combination is from Scandinavian design brand Ferm Living.
Modernist architecture (also known as International Style) is defined by thin linear forms, exposed metal frames, concrete cladding, and little ornamentation – characteristics often met with hesitation due to the perception that strict functionalism leads to overly minimalistic spaces. But these beautiful homes by José Juan Rivera Río demonstrate a more vibrant side of this iconic architectural genre: organic, atmospheric, and endlessly adaptable. Located in the prestigious Mexico City neighborhood of Lomas de Chapultepec, all three homes reject the monolithic mansions that surround and instead opt for clarity and organic appeal.
Photographer: Nasser Malek
Thanks to its slim and refined construction, Sierra Fría cuts a sharp profile against the steep cascades of colorful vegetation that surround the property on either side. Nature generously provides the privacy so the architects could fully embrace the glass elements that serve as one of the most important defining features of international style architecture.
Volcanic stones pave the walking path and portions of the exterior, enhancing the exterior’s connection with the earth. Over time, natural weathering effects will color the stone and concrete for a more integrated aesthetic.
Natural elements continue to play just as important of a role inside the home. This time, clean lines of wood grain stand in contrast to the untamed foliage and grey textiles replace the rough texture of stone cladding.
Exhibiting the same horizontal emphasis of the previous home, Monte Cáucaso differentiates itself with a stronger and more defined outline of concrete cladding. But it too embraces greenery and natural materials at every opportunity. The home consists of a main living volume suspended over a spacious garage, surely to the delight of automotive enthusiasts.
Finally, Sierra Leona – this lovely residence offers the perfect architectural compromise between the streamlined forms of the first home and the boldness of the second. The construction builds up from the center of the plot, surrounded by a paved courtyard (featured here) and a spacious garden in the back.
At the back of the house, a hefty wall of stone makes a distinct impression as it intersects the concrete facade. But unlike the previous home, it doesn’t continue into the building but rather terminates at a fixed point.
Layered planes bring interest to the bedroom ceilings and facilitate interesting lighting effects. When the recessed lighting feels too overwhelming, residents can relax to the toned-down ambiance of a warm and indirect glow.
Of course, the images themselves are worth admiration on their own merit. Photographer Nasser Malek captures the moody ambiance and dynamic inner life of these buildings as the wandering gaze of a resident would experience them, highlighting personality through perspective and context. See more of his expressive architectural photography at his website: http://nssr.com.mx/