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A Modern Apartment With Classical Features

Located in the heart of Kiev, this modern apartment by YØ DEZEEN uses a strong contemporary interior design theme accented with classical ornamentation. This sense of contrast heightens the effect of both influences and helps to underscore the attractive greyscale contrast used throughout. Artwork, vivid accent colors, and intricate details bring this otherwise streamlined interior to life. It’s a luxurious home designed with a young family in mind, easy to adapt to changing tastes and space requirements – the designers knew more than just what it needed, but also considered what it may need to become. Continue reading A Modern Apartment With Classical Features

A Sleek And Surprising Interior Inspired By Scandinavian Modernism

The streamlined and modern side of Scandinavian-inspired decor is a wonderful choice for designers who want a calm and cohesive style that remains open to future alterations. Perhaps that’s why ZROBYM Architects used this fresh feeling theme for this adorable two-story residence created with a young couple in mind – it’s easy to maintain a stylish and up-to-date home when you’re starting with such a versatile style. The floor plan stretches over 292 square meters, all illuminated by tall windows, serving as the perfect foundation for Nordic themes.

Beginning the tour with the living room, visitors are immediately greeted by bright yellow accents against a backdrop of neutral grey and light-toned wood cladding. The wood floors are certainly a hallmark of Scandinavian design, but other features break the mold and enter into unique territory – like the plaster manta ray hanging on the wall.

Tinted concrete gives the television wall a touch of industrial flair without diminishing the warm aesthetic of the room. Nordic essentials like the fireplace and stack of firewood ground the theme.

Don’t miss the cozy gathering space in the corner of the living room! Plush beanbag chairs and a low table offer a relaxing atmosphere for reading or catching up with friends.

Just around the corner, separated only by a weightless glass wall, the dining room and kitchen share the rest of the L-shaped open plan space.

Simple sculpted wood sets an effective backdrop by a Scandinavian table setting. The chairs are from London-based designer Sebastian Wrong for Danish furniture company Hay.

The kitchen is separated from the dining area only by the edge of its island, which conveniently doubles as a stylish wine rack easily within reach of dinner guests.

Inside, eclectic tiles mark a dramatic transition from homey simplicity to daring charisma.

This dining and kitchen combination is actually the first thing the residents see when entering through the creative entryway at the rear of the home.

And here’s that entryway visible from the dining room. Geometric tiles make a bold impression, continued by the large white panels tessellated across the wall.

A dash of yellow serves as a playful focal point.

Gorgeous artwork unites the greyscale scale palette. The stairs, however, reintroduce wood into the equation – the combination of concrete and lumber combines urban sensibilities with Scandinavian style.

A trip up the winding staircase brings visitors to the private areas of the home, like the office and bedrooms.

High contrast paint continues beyond the stairwell to stretch the perceived length and height of the room. It’s a neat optical illusion – and a handsome choice for a modern home.

Adorable! Small home libraries are always so inspiring and fun to see. This one enjoys its comfortable niche at the end of the hallway, soaking up the sunlight that filters down from the angled window above.

While the main length of the hallway enjoys the openness of the gabled ceiling, the smaller passages drop back down to a standard height.

Even some of the doorways continue the half-and-half paint theme.

The office is sleek and professional, with just a few decorative features to make it feel like home.

A media center can lighten the mood during breaks from work or entertain business guests while they’re waiting.

Although it has minimalist lines, this chair combines so much functionality it stands out as an interesting and playful feature on its own.

The tour includes a look at two calm and collected bedrooms. This one continues with the light wood theme found in the social areas on the first floor of the home, for a continuous feeling of calm from morning to night.

Vanity and desk share a niche in the shelving to conserve floor space.

Seating, television, and adorable planters occupy the other side of the room.

A single armchair stands by ready for early morning contemplation or light reading before bed.

The master bedroom is a little more intricate. It makes the most of its ample visual real estate with bold and adventurous patterns.

By limiting bold patterns to the textiles used throughout the room, the residents can easily change the style or color of the space any time they want.

Each bathroom uses a different layout and tile theme but all share the same black and white color combination.

Two of the bathrooms are exceptionally bright thanks to skylights. This one must be the master bath – the large hot tub looks like a fine place to relax at the end of a hard day.

Wooden floor mats are always an interesting and comfortable addition to any bathroom, and serve as a more attractive choice for transparent shower enclosures compared to the standard fare.

Indirect lighting brightens the side of the room unaffected by the angled window.

The other sky-lit bathroom dazzles with a classic arrangement of small mosaic tiles.

Even when limited to black and white, patterns like these can energize a room instantaneously.

Tall ceilings like these give designers the freedom to explore adventurous decor styles that might overwhelm a more constricted area.

And finally, here’s an alternative entryway to close out the tour. The coatrack would make a fun and inexpensive DIY project for an empty weekend.

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A Pair Of Dark Themed Homes With Sophisticated Accent Colors

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.

The oversized floor lamps also feel like a modern interpretation of a beloved classic, thanks to the recognizable shape and proportion.

While one side of the room made use of dark walls and sultry styling, the other bounces light back into the interior.

Some of the decor almost seems influenced by the Art Deco style. The curtains, sparkling carpet, and organic curves contribute to the look.

A surprising dash of blue breaks up the medley of wine-like hues. These ornamental cabinets have a presence and gravity that draw the eye immediately.

Projecting from the end of the marble wall, tropical plants lend their decorative appeal to both the living room and the dining area.

And thanks to its olive green color theme, the plants have an even greater effect here.

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 spectacular pendants are from the Prop Light series by Bertjan Pot, and the chairs are from the Owens collection by Rodolfo Dordoni.

A slim and streamlined breakfast bar overlooks the yard to make every morning more inspiring.

Just like in the living room, the side of the kitchen facing the windows reflects the light back into the room with pristine white surfaces.

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.

The rug shimmers with every color of the rainbow. Its pattern falls somewhere between peacock feathers and alligator scales, unifying the other diverse prints found throughout.

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.

The whimsical pig table is from Sofia Lagerkvist, Charlotte von der Lancken and Anna Lindgren of the Swedish design group Front.

From the bed, the room looks simple and relaxing. But from every other angle, it’s an exciting space sure to energize and motivate the occupant.

And finally, here’s a shot of the modern vanity and its incredible accent wall. The human form will never fail to captivate.

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.

The living room borrows light from the bedroom as well, thanks to the slatted glass wall. Each room is separated from the others with this ethereal boundary.

An artistic Lindsey Adelman chandelier stretches the decorative appeal to the ceiling. This is also a good view of the stylish marble coffee table below.

The kitchen shares a line of sight with the bedroom, but a folding wall can pull out to obscure it.

Glossy cabinetry extends the length of the far wall. Tableware, books, and decor all share the storage space easily.

Layered textures make each perspective special and worth admiring. This home doesn’t hold back when it comes to tantalizing materials.

In the bedroom, a subtle dark teal accent wall sets the bright yellow bed ablaze. It’s hard to ignore such a spectacular color palette, especially in a space as traditionally subdued as the bedroom.

Orange textiles reinforce the summery theme and a strong black-and-white striped rug sets down a striking foundation. The sense of contrast makes this space extraordinary.

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.

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Nordic Decor Inspiration In Two Colorful Homes

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.

Designer: Nordico  

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.

Almost every color of the rainbow makes an appearance. In colder climates, where the winters are long and dark, these cheerful tones help to ease the burden.

Designer: Nordico  

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.

While the living room is exceptionally vibrant, color blocking still plays an important role in the design. The living room relies primarily on blues – the dining and kitchen, red.

Looking for a statement chair? This lovely teal lounge is a design by Hee Welling, from his About A Lounge series.

Irregular geometric tiles draw attention to the kitchen floor, a feature often overlooked in open layout homes.

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.

Don’t you love this distinctive platter? It imitates the distinctive curves of the famous Savoy Vase by renowned Finnish architect Alvar Aalto.

The print on the wall also pays homage to Alvar Aalto with a minimalist depiction of his popular Beehive lamp design.

Sebastian Herkner’s smoky Oda table lamp offers soft illumination near the entrance.

And a bench makes it easy for the residents to slip off their shoes after coming home from a hard day at work.

Overlooking the living room, this office makes the work-from-home lifestyle look exceptionally comfortable.

Expansive storage holds all of the reference materials the resident could need.

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.

At the entrance, eclectic tiles provide an overview of the colors and playful decor to be found within.

This comfortable bedroom catches the eye with rich patterns against a wooden headboard. Blue, green, and yellow accents continue the palette that began in the living room.

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.

Creative faux taxidermy offers a comfortable alternative to the trophies found in Nordic hunting cabins.

Here’s a look at the second bedroom. Typography naturally meshes well with streamlined Scandinavian styles. Words draw the eye naturally without the need for superficial ornament.

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.

While the curves play a prominent role in the aesthetic, the room avoids looking overly retro thanks to contrast created by linear elements like the rug, shelves, and blinds.

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.

Built-in shelves serve as a decorative catchall near the entryway, while this simple credenza extends storage to unused space behind the sofa.

This is incredibly adorable! Young residents get to enjoy their own tiny living room thanks to miniature versions of iconic designer chairs.

Varied dividers add playful appeal to the bookshelf. Kids can reach up and enjoy their favorite books or play with the colorful Dala horses.

A small kitchen and dining area take advantage of the darker and more intimate part of the open plan living room, positioned just right to overlook all the activity.

Eclectic tiles brighten the backsplash, uniting the pastel color palette of the dining area with the bright tones in the living room.

Light is so important to nay dining room arrangement. This one uses three overhead pendants the brighten the tabletop and charming green runner.

What a charming bedroom! The overall theme is simple and comfortable, with a few modern geometric motifs thrown in for effect.

Another room, pretty as can be, pairs bright child-friendly furniture with pastel walls and a whimsical canopy.

This bedroom is fresher and simpler, likely decorated for an older child that has an interest in gardening. Just look at all those rustic-tin potted plants.

It’s nice for the kids to have sleek and distraction-free bedrooms, but they do need somewhere to do their homework. This cozy office is perfect for projects and after-school reading.

And finally, the tour ends back at the entrance of the home.

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An Atmospheric Approach To Modernist Architecture In Mexico

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.

Exterior courtyards facilitate indoor-outdoor living – like this dining table situated conveniently outside the kitchen.

Light floods the atrium, a catalyst to reflect the warmth of the wood floors onto the grey concrete walls.

Bedrooms, too, have their own personal patios and gardens. This one overlooks the cool waters across the yard.

Shallow water conditions the air as it flows into the home, an effective cooling solution for the Mexican dry season.

It also provides a unique way to appreciate the provocative sculpture that greets visitors at the entrance.

Jet-black pool lining creates the illusion of infinite depth and erases the transition from the water to the sculpture’s pedestal.

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.

A private front yard allows for complete openness to the outdoors, with thin pillars (a most defining feature of the International Style) barely obstructing the view at all.

In the open plan living room, sliding doors completely erase the boundary between indoors and out, taking full advantage of the clever landscaping that surrounds.

Decor primarily falls into a spectrum of deep red and orange. Wood floors follow the horizontal arrangement of the living area, sometimes continuing up the wall in vertical panels.

Between the open living room and the bedrooms at the rear of the home, hallways feel more like independent bridges that link one space to the next.

Traversing these stairwells and hallways will feel different at every time of day thanks to the changing quality of the light as it filters through the distinctive slatted ceiling.

Bedrooms closely echo the interior decor style of the living room, but enjoy a greater sense of intimacy thanks to the lower ceilings.

A slatted skylight and natural materials deepen the bathroom’s impressive connection with the outdoors, while half-walls and outdoor landscaping secure the privacy of the residents.

Textural contrast enhances the effect of each material independently: the concrete wall, smooth stone, and the untamed foliage.

Vines cascade down surrounding privacy walls, disguising the utilitarian nature of their design.

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.

Tall vine-covered walls shield the open interior from other nearby properties, creating an ideal private retreat where the family can gather.

Social spaces like the living room and kitchen face outward toward the private garden, with bedrooms occupying upper floor.

Like the other homes in this post, many of the social areas take advantage of sliding doors for indoor-outdoor living – but the effect is more subtle here.

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.

Cantilever stair treads protrude from concrete walls, the simple construction allowing material to take precedence over form alone.

On the upper levels, skylights cast intricate shadows over the main corridors of the home.

Slatted ceilings certainly contribute an interesting aesthetic to these homes. No matter how many times the technique is repeated, each residence will experience a unique effect.

From the substantial concrete cladding of the primary entrance, few would ever be able to predict the spacious and open nature of the interior.

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:

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