The visually warming effect of wood tone can make for a very inviting interior. Most popularly lately, we have seen expanses of wood tone working beautifully alongside shades of grey and white. Monochrome always looks chic but what if you fancy a splash of something a little more playful? The colourful elements of this wood covered interior, designed by Olha Wood, come in cheerful tones of coral pink, sunny yellow, muted red, pale turquoise and azure blue. The 1940’s inspired palette is juxtaposed with industrial styling, such as raw concrete accent walls and minimalist lighting fixtures, plus a selection of much heavier looking black pieces that appear throughout.
Starting in the living room we get a flavour of the 1940s colour clash right off the bat. A coral pink upholstered sofa sits in the same space as two cheerful yellow chairs and a roof red bookcase. The scene is set against a wooden backdrop that looks onto concrete columns, between which a flat screen television nestles. Matching the grey of the concrete columns is a stout grey coffee table by the sofa.
Have an exposed brick wall, but not sure what to do with it? These three inspirational homes – sized as smaller apartments or more luxurious two-storey dwellers – use exposed brick, wooden paneling and shades of grey to create modern spaces. Long lines of wood construct kitchens with grey benches ending in exposed brick walls. Wooden doors shake off their natural grooves to reveal bookcases. Exposed brick tiling holds a faucet, and wooden shelving a sink top in a stone bathroom clothed in grey. Get inspiration and design ideas for your exposed brick facades, with these three homes combining brick, wood and grey.
Our first home uses grey, brick and wood in a loft for an IT specialist, a home designed to repel negative thinking and clutter. Opening to the living room, spaced wooden rafters cling to the ceiling, while a relaxed grey couch offers a seat beneath. A base in grey – spreading from two different paint shades in the walls, to a floor rug, coffee table vases and extractor fan high shelving – keeps the mood calm, refreshed and not too busy.
As we zoom further out, the Menu Willmann vases on the coffee table find friends in other small, grey-hued things. A row of aluminium camera lights draw squares around the ceiling; door handles shine bright in silver; a grey abstract houses smaller...
Dark grey just looks so sophisticated with a white and wood home decor scheme doesn’t it? The depth of hue works sharply against an icy white edge, and is effectively warmed by smooth natural tone. The quantity of dark accent colour used can affect the mood of a place. Large swathes make a room feel dramatic, a smaller expanse appears smart and crisp. This collection of three home design tours use dark grey, white and wood tone in all different ways. Our first house feels homey and warm, the second is slightly more suited and booted in a city slicker style, and the last sits somewhere comfortably in the middle.
Visualizer: Mirela Świerc
Flying in the face of any critic who ever unfairly deemed grey as always being a dull or cold neutral, this home design is an incredibly cosy and cheerfully bright affair. A wide spanning arrangement of wall cabinets frame a warm wooden centrepiece that lays home to the flat screen television, a small gallery of prints and a mini book collection. The vista is lifted further by a modern accent chair upholstered in ivory coloured fabric. The chair used here is the Husk by Patricia Urquiola.
Every table needs a lamp – but where do you find the best of the best? Forget night-time jaunts to IKEA – we’ve uncovered some of the lighting world’s best-kept secrets in our top 50 list. Enjoy an intelligent table lamp on your late night in, with a rounded wooden plinth clamped to your desk. Take Victorian style into the 21st Century, with a brass fuse propping up a bulb in crystal. Find out why the Piccola lamp has a base in lambskin leather. Make your home glow with beautiful, well-designed table lamps for your office, living room or bedroom, with our top 50.
Cocotte Table Lamp: Serge Mouille’s famed lamp can sit at the exact height you’d like to read at. Buy the original – with its accompanying authenticity certificate – or get a more-cost efficient version here.
Serge Mouille Tripod Desk Lamp: Another creation by designer Mouille, this insect-like light from 1954 uses its original molds, proportions, materials and techniques. Buy its French-made, steel-tubed form complete with its own individual stamp and number.
Never let the modest size of your home restrict your sense of style–someone somewhere must once have said. If they didn’t, then we’ve just said it, right then. So let’s get serious. Serious about the brave punch of style that each of these four little interior designs have whacked into their truly restricted dimensions. From big bright colour pops and large kitsch art prints to oversized statement lighting and expanses of bold patterned tiling, these little gems have got it all and more to boot. Modest room proportions don’t mean that everything in them has to be modestly proportioned! In fact, the designers of these four homes would probably argue quite to the contrary.
Visualizer: Fotis Kazantzidis
Kicking off the small home style scene is this 31 square metre studio apartment in Stockholm, Sweden. Hanging right in the centre like a chic sleek disco ball is a copper orb style pendant shade. The metallic surface reflects the room, creating a smaller skewed version of the furniture, artwork and indoor plants.
Check out this neat, rechargeable multi-purpose light shaped in the form of a pair of magpies with eggs. Included within are optical sensors that know when you are close by so that the light can turn itself on.
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If you love the look of beautifully smooth grey and white interiors as we do, then this is a great set of inspirational home designs for you. Ranging from a dark moody grey apartment, moving through a couple of more balanced schemes and finishing off with a much lighter and brighter example of a space. This spectrum really has something to suit everybody’s grey loving tastes. Each of these four contemporary interiors also follow a minimalist style that fits with a modern lifestyle. Open plan living rooms where a sociable kitchen and dining space overlook a lounge area; serious home offices for working around the clock, large bedrooms and spacious bathrooms.
House interior number one holds an all star grey composition. A cosy yet modern sofa, a soft area rug, curtains and wall paintwork are all smooth shades of grey. The single hued composition could fall flat if not for the purity of white elements that pepper the scene. White decorative vases, scatter cushions and a coffee table tray are all presented as unpatterned accents that lift the scheme by their very simplicity.
If the rolling hills of a large country estate has always been your dream, you might not like what you find here. More and more urban dwellers are finding that you simply do not need an overwhelm of area to create a stylish and comfortable home. The four apartments featured in this post measure less than 50 square meters (538 square feet) and yet, each includes beautiful furnishings and stunning modern design. With the right eye and more importantly, a careful selection of what you are able to live with and without, it is possible to create a home you love, and one you love to look at, without a lot of space at all.
Visualizer: Andrey Kabanov
The first apartment featured uses a floor-to-ceiling window as its focal point in the main living area.
Black, white, and gray work well together to expand the space visually, as seen here in every detail including the kitchen clock
We all like the idea of luxury. But while there may be a certain style of interior design that evokes the word, isn’t true luxury just being able to create the space you want? Just because you can afford those trappings of generic luxury like gold accessories and expansive kitchens does not mean that such a design will feel like luxury to you. For the two homes featured here, there are certainly common indicators of a sumptuous design, including lush fabrics and of course, the stunning reflective warmth of copper accents, but there is also a clear focus on the importance of comfort, which is what makes any home a truly luxurious experience.
Visualizer: IQOSA Architect
While this post exists to call attention to copper accents, in this first home it is virtually impossible to ignore the metal’s impact .
Nestled between pieces of a plush sectional, a Swiss cheese plant makes for an ideal
Coral and green are the fresh and friendly colours of choice in this compact modern apartment in Nõmme, Estonia, designed by Ace Of Space. Set against a pure crisp white backdrop, the more colourful home style elements are reminiscent of a summer garden. Muted grass green rugs and brighter leafy greens give the home a natural feel despite the somewhat limited appearance of natural textured materials and potted house plants. The cheerful coral hued pieces work beautifully alongside furnishings and accessories that are picked out in shining metallic gold and copper. The three harmonious tones meld warmly and lift the scheme by introducing joyously unexpected shining moments.
The apartment walls and floor treatments are completely stark. White paint covers each and every internal wall. Bookcases and cabinets are coated in a white finish. Floors are a clean light-reflecting gloss white. The largest pieces of furniture in the room are also free of colour, with the sofa upholstered in soft grey fabric and two comfortable chairs in contrasting ivory.
The first blast of colour hits us from the wall space above the sofa where a series of three pieces of artwork by Anu Samarüütel take pride of place. The small gallery sets the tone and palette for the entire apartment.
Traditionally, pastels evoke the colours of nurseries – baby pinks, blues and creamy lemon yellows that hush the children in your family. But pastels have another side. Full of light, soft and oh-so-sophisticated, pastel greys can turn the longest of curved walls into a dreamscape. The most delicate shades of mauve can colour block couches; the faintest of baby blues partition your space. Pastels can ever-so-subtly direct your eye to teal bathroom cabinets, or drench your kitchen splashback in light blue. Whatever the size or scale of your apartment or interior, take a peek at these designs by visualizers Dezest for some pastel inspiration.
Sitting at a modest 105sqm, this apartment in Dnepr, Ukraine, uses shades of mauve and grey to create a dreamy yet elegant space. Welcoming us into the sitting room, two white modern coffee tables are surrounded by a mauve L-sofa and lightly-chequered one-seater. Wall heaters hidden in white and a tall sprig of a house plant add interest.
Separating from the lounge, a large white plinth creates a simple corridor. Camera lights peer down from the ceiling, while a Scandinavian standing mirror draws a white frame. A statement bench in teal provides a place for tired visitors.
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The marriage of minimalism and eco-friendly design choices is a match made in heaven in this ecostyle apartment in Lviv, Ukraine. Realized by the visualizers at Fog Architecture, the house takes the clean lines and neutral color palettes of minimalism and combines them with luscious natural materials — especially wood — for a sunny, cozy feel throughout. From the open floor plan living area to the pops of color and light in the bedroom to the relaxing sea-colored chaise on the balcony, this home is exceptionally liveable and beautiful. Take a step inside and get inspired for your own eco-makeover.
Exposed brick walls, metal beams and banisters, unboxed ducting, surface mounted electrical wiring, utilitarian lighting design; these are all things that have come to equate an industrial style home decor. The accumulative result is a no frills strong style that is often paired with a neutral furniture palette, particularly shades of grey and tan. But hold the phone: This collection of five industrial style homes introduce a much meatier scheme. Jewel colour accent furniture and flourishes, traditional silhouettes and inviting wall art, warm area rugs and even a splash of pattern all come together to create a rich industrial look that could even be described as cosy.
Visualizer: Fathy Ibrahim
Industrial home decor is a cool trend but can appear a little cold. By introducing jewel tones into the scheme, like this garnet red accent chair, the room takes on a new personality. One solitary piece of colourfully upholstered furniture can bring a visual warmth to the whole room. In this space, the sumptuous red chair contrasts with the emerald green plants that have been dotted around the place, which gives the piece even more pop.
Scandinavian design can be a very good choice for families looking for a way to unify their home. Not only does Scandinavian design encourage minimalism, it also has a playfulness about it with pops of color and fun objects that add personality to any room. The two homes featured here take full advantage of the mix-and-match Scandinavian look. Neither home is too buttoned up or so minimalist that you can’t imagine living there. Rather, they take the elements of the design style and make them liveable, meaning the houses will be sanctuaries for both the parents and the children.
The first home featured is a townhouse located in Odessa.
The main living area is located on the first floor and is quite spacious, featuring furnishings such as Scandinavian style chairs.
In the kitchen, simple dark cabinetry and indoor herb...
Three bedrooms and 99 square meters provide the canvas for this chilled out interior design, visualised by Lera Brumina. Located in Minsk, Belarus, this open plan home might be at the cutting edge of home decor with its geometric furniture and accessories but the atmosphere is of a relaxed vibe. There is no garish use of colour to achieve modernity here; smooth walnut and shades of grey work alongside pure white but the scheme is not devoid of colour either. Muted tones of dusky purple, sky blue and bottle green are used over large areas, with the occasional controlled accent splash of red for added interest.
Beginning in the open plan living room that leads through to a kitchen dining area, we’re met with what appears to be a largely colour free scheme. The sofa, armchair and large geometric rug move through a spectrum of grey. The walls are white and the most colourful shade in the room is provided by the smooth walnut wood tone of a wall mounted entertainment unit that matches the arms and legs of the comfortable chair.
Through a set of interior glass doors we’re able to see a slight hint of some colour. The internal glass wall feature allows natural daylight to shine through from the living room windows into the back rooms.
This office-like home interior, by The November Design is a vision of pure white: White painted walls and ceilings, crisp white veneer and powder coated metal, white kitchen and lights. Each icy detail just showing subtle variation in tone. Elements of furniture and flooring provide accents of lightly warming woodgrain. Soft furnishings and the bathroom tiling bring hints of beige into the mix too. Because the palette throughout the apartment is kept so simple, all visual interest must come in the form of great design and layout. Dominating the layout is a large work desk, placed right in the centre, where a bold black desk chair waits.
The sitting room of this apartment looks very similar to a client waiting area in an office or design studio. The neat wooden arm settee does not provide a lot of lounging space or cosy comfort, which might tell us a lot about the hardworking nature of this homeowner. The surrounding storage furniture is also of a chic modern office style, typically found to be holding reference books, files and stationery supplies.
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A chic vibe runs through this Scandinavian style home, located in Minsk, Belarus. Much of the furniture is of a classic clean-lined Scandi design that we have all come to know and love but we also find a couple of little surprises along the way. The decor that sits as backdrop to these pieces offers up inviting pitstops of cool colour and bold pattern jostled amongst relaxed white-washed walls. The 120 square meter modern apartment, visualised by Gennady Shmidt, is set over a sophisticated herringbone floor, and accessorised with a menagerie of eye-catching oversized pendant lights and unique floor lamps, along with a selection of attention grabbing artwork.
Kicking things off in the living room, a bright teal sofa is the hero piece of furniture. Beneath it, an area rug has subtle splashes of matching colour. The rest of the chilled room is a monochromatic scheme except for a piece of modern artwork propped up at floor level for that nonchalant look.
Above the colourful sofa is a Mention the unique wall sconce, which is the dual headed Serge Mouille. Further along the wall is a another large piece of art; a portrait piece where the subject’s red lips match with a red stop sign in the background.
Living in a tiny amount of space can be limiting in many ways but living small certainly does not mean that you have to compromise on style. Not convinced? Well, take a look at these three small apartment interiors, all under 50 square metres, that are creative in using stylish furniture and decor to set a high-end scene. Large light fittings over sociably sized dining areas, practical kitchens that do not feel cramped, chic bathrooms and bedrooms brimming with storage are all present in these limited living quarters. Plentiful storage solutions keep these compact homes free from clutter overwhelm so that they appear spacious and the interior design can shine.
The IT_H_1 Apartment, located in Lviv, Ukraine has an area of just 47 square metres but still manages to have dining seating for a party of four in the open plan reception room. A comfortable modern sofa shares the same space as the dining area. Behind the sofa a long planter full of indoor plants acts as a low level room divider.