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.
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.
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.
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.
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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/