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2 Homes With Similar Hues

Di, 26.07.2016 - 17:54

What do white, cream, natural wood, and grey all have in common? They are all color hues included in these two homes from M3 Architectural & Construction Group and Mihail Vasin. In this article you can see both seem similar in their style. Breezy, airy, and open, you’ll want to lounge all day on the couch in the first home from M3. The large windows invite the sun in and make the space feel even bigger than it is! The second space from Mihail Vasin has punches of bright colors and a kids room that any child would love to call home. Learn how to incorporate a pop of contrasting color and add life to a neutral home.

Architect: M3 Architectural & Construction Group  

This neutral couch fits perfectly in this home designed by M3 Architectural & Construction Group. The side table is able to nest, which gives you extra space to place items.

Extra large windows allow natural light in which makes the room appear larger. A flatscreen T.V. mounted on the wall instead of sitting on a table creates more space.

Very high ceilings give the room a bigger feel. Unique lighting above the doorways also adds drama.

There’s no reason you can’t add living things even in a sleek space like this! Instead of going overboard, keep greens to one or two per room like in this image.

Even when embracing greys and whites you can add a pop of color for interest. The bottom of the side table is dipped in a orange color.

Woodwork throughout the home is painted white. This gives a sleek and modern feel.

With such neutral hues in this home, anything adds vibrancy against it. This breakfast beside the bed looks delicious.

No need for a headboard when you have custom built-ins. The white furniture piece in the back serves as a head board and a night stand.

Even though the room has plenty of natural light, added light at the top of the ceiling gives the room dimension. A large natural wood closet also allows clutter to be hidden.

Greenery adds a natural vibe to the room and gives some contrasting color. Keep with the theme and choose clear, airy glasses to place greens in.

Large curtains make the ceilings look even bigger! Take linens to the top of the ceiling instead of making them fit the window.

Keep with the natural feel of the space by placing bamboo cutting boards on display. Avoid too many items out on the counters to keep with the simple lines.

A master bath feels luxurious and clean when you utilize whites and grays.

Even though there are only two black items in this room, they make a statement! The black shower curtain and black tray which holds the toiletries are enough to add contrast to this bath.

This bathroom is designed so that ugly shampoo bottles and unnecessary bathroom items have a place to hide. The end result? A bathroom that looks clean 24/7.

The dining room is an extension of the kitchen. By keeping the counter top color the same as the table top, the space seems to go on and on.

Concrete isn’t too cold when you’re dealing with a space that embraces neutrals. Just a few pillars add an industrial feel.

Architect: Mihail Vasin  

The second home, which shares the same hues is designed by Mihali Vasin. It’s hard to tell the two living spaces apart unless you’re looking very closely!

Even though both homes share color hues, they also share design inspirations. In this home, the window treatments are raised to the ceiling like the first home by M3. This draws attention to the tall ceilings.

A media wall holding a flat screen T.V. is the perfect way to lay out a color scheme for a home. If you look closely, you’ll notice all the colors on this wall are carried out throughout the home.

Large built-in storage solutions customize the space and keep ugly clutter out of the way. The point is to enjoy the simplicity and airy-ness of the room.

Different pendents hanging in the kitchen and dining room give the space contrast. The colors are different on the countertops and table top, but the hues are all similar. A backsplash is perfect in this setting because it isn’t too visually busy.

Looking back into the living room, you’ll notice the same lights are mimicked in there as the kitchen. These warm up the white walls and neutral colors.

A child’s room can be modern while still being playful. This room embraces neutrals but also adds a bright bed and a statement wallpapered wall. The best part about only using a few colors to make the room stand out is the fact the space will mature with the child. As they get older, you can switch different things out, like the floral wallpaper.

A unique set of shelves make this child’s room the perfect place to play. Instead of keeping every bird house closed, two have open shelves. This gives the child a chance to display their favorite trophies, stuffed animals, and toys. The other closed closets can house clothing and other items.

Along with adding color through furniture, Vasin added color by adding a rug and ceiling decor. Even though the room is narrow, the designer added a bed that fits in the room while making it feel roomy.

It’s easy to forget the hallway when designing a space. In this “room,” Mihali Vasin choose to paint a wall a fun color. This is subtle enough not to overpower the home, but is bold enough to add character.

Who wouldn’t want to relax at the end of a long day in this master? Although it uses similar colors as the M3 space, it has a new color: orange! The orange chairs and pillow make this room stand out from the other. You can create this style too by using a neutral color palette then adding one bright color as an accent.

When in doubt, add mirrored accents! Above this bed is a blue painted wall. The color is carried out though the throw pillows. Another way to add a simple decor element is to create a free-form art piece with mirrors! The honeycomb shape is modern and still inviting.

There are a few design elements taken from the master bedroom into this bathroom. To begin, the teal on the wall connects the two aesthetically. Another way the bathroom is connected is through the honeycomb tile.

Although this master bath has teal walls, it is still similar in hue with the master bath in the design created by M3 Architectural & Construction Group. Natural wood, white, and silver hardware connect the two designs.

When looking at the room from this angle, you may not realize the teal accent wall behind you. From here, the space is simple and under-stated. If you turn around you get the unexpected punch of color. Hidden storage and the use of rectangular shapes bring this bathroom together with the one from M3.

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A Beautiful 3 Bedroom 2 Bath House [With Floor Plan]

Mo, 25.07.2016 - 16:50

Sometimes when you have children it can be difficult to design a stylish home that’s accommodating. This beautiful three bedroom and two bathroom house doesn’t skimp on chic! Designed by Iryna Sotnikava from Minsk, Belarus, this home utilizes grays, whites, and yellows. After you look through these exciting images of the home, you’ll learn that you only need one bright accent color to bring excitement to a space. Why not make that color a vibrant yellow? From the living room with a yellow banana throw pillow, to the master bedroom which has a yellow painted closet door, you’ll find sunny surprises at the turn of every corner!

Throughout this gorgeous home the main colors used are gray, yellow, white, and black. Occasionally in the children’s rooms other colors will be utilized. In this photo, you can see the wall art in the kitchen. Potted plants hang in lines and give the space another color, green!

This living room is open to the kitchen and allows the whole family to be in one space. The more serious use of colors, like grey, and black, is lightened up by the yellow accents. The bright yellow armchair compliments the gray couch well. Also, the banana throw pillow adds even more charm!

The low-back couch makes it easy to see into the kitchen and keeps the space from feeling stuffy. The design of the couch allows for several people to be sitting or two sleeping on it. Using throw pillows which are a darker hue than the color of the couch adds depth to the space.

The built-in window seat is a fun way to get the kids involved in the home decor (or yourself!) Wooden bars allow you to climb to the top and cuddle up with your favorite book. It also adds extra seating if you’re planning a big event or movie night. Keeping the window seat the same as the couch in terms of color make the room cohesive.

There’s not a lot of fluff above the flat screen T.V. A simple art piece in black and white and a few trinkets laid out on the media console is all you need. When in doubt, think less is more.

How do you design around a yellow armchair? Very simply. This living room feels bright because the colors are balanced. Instead of using busy prints or colored artwork, the designer has chosen to embrace the monochromatic look. By limiting the artwork, the yellow armchair is able to steal the show.

There isn’t too much need for additional lighting during the day when you have stunning windows like in this living room! Make the most of them by covering them with large curtains. This light brown shade is the perfect way to keep out too much light. It doesn’t overpower the space like a colored curtain may.

Simple text artwork is a trend that isn’t going away any time soon! Use a black frame to house one of your favorite quotes or a family motto. This home takes a fun approach and has hung an art piece that says “Home is where your WIFI connects automatically.” Two small cushion ottomans add texture and extra space in the room.

Get rid of boring shelves! Instead, opt for a fun interpretation of a shelf. This ladder holds different accents and looks like it belongs in an art gallery. Keep items hidden that you need by the door in white storage boxes. It’s extra helpful if you label them for easy finding!

One of the coolest aspects of this home is the staircase. Wrapped in glass, you can see through it and it makes a statement. To play up its transparency in the design, a table with art can be seen behind it. When using art in a space like this, it’s important that it doesn’t compete with the architectural piece.

Three tiered pendents hanging from the ceiling illuminate the glass staircase. This makes the feature feel like it’s in a gallery and is lit up for viewers. The pendents are simple, but since they are grouped together they make more of an aesthetic impact.

The children’s rooms in this home coordinate with the overall color scheme of grays, whites, blacks, and yellows, but add a little bit more. Your eye immediately goes toward the bright yellow trunk which houses toys. Other items in the room that catch your attention are the multi-colored button rug. This gives the room a sense of whimsy.

Black isn’t too dark of a color in a kid’s room if you balance it with lighter shades. Above this black wall, which could be a chalkboard wall, is a fun gray plaid wallpaper. Since it’s only on one wall, it fits in perfectly and doesn’t make the space feel small.

With kids, every bit of storage helps. This room utilizes storage every inch you look. From under the bed to the built-in cabinets, there are plenty of places to hide art supplies and baby dolls. When using a brightly colored rug like this, you can use many more colors throughout the room as long as they match the rug.

There’s another yellow accent hidden in this child’s room! Once inside you may be pleasantly surprised to see a yellow painted door. This adds even more fun to the room and keeps it light.

Another child’s room appears to be for a pre-teen. This impactful constellation heart art brings a sense of fun. A black and white rug is lightened up by splashes of color.

A wall of closets keep all the loose articles of clothing hidden and organized. When white is taking up this much space in a room, any other color used will dominate. The light bounces off the closets and gives the room a bright and airy feel.

A fun bed allows this pre-teen the space underneath to hide her diary and socks. White shelves allow for storage while not looking too dark and dreary. The darkest accent in the room is the black pendent, which draws the eye to the unique wallpaper.

Just like the other child’s room, this older child’s room has used wallpaper to accent the walls. Above the built-in desk is a fun polka-dot paper. A black pendent stands out against the print and helps illuminate the desk for late-night reading. As with the rest of the home, the bedroom has a yellow accent, the chair!

Don’t be afraid of color! This shelving unit in the pre-teen room is filled with all different colors that make a rainbow. Try to keep like-shaped books together and arrange them to be varied in color. White boxes in the bottom of the shelf allow for some items to be hidden out of sight.

Hanging animal heads is all the rage right now. For a child’s room, instead of mounting a brightly colored deer head, add a panda bear instead! This panda, which may be made out of folded paper, adds a silly feel to the room. It works really well paired with other printed art pieces. Keep art simple and child-like. Even better, allow your little one to create their own art and frame it!

The master bedroom in this home is exactly as we expected it to be. Using the main colors throughout the home, this space is a refuge for relaxation and down-time. Instead of teetering on the edge of boring, this bedroom has added interesting accents, like the hanging spotlights, to keep it causal.

Another lofted window seat is added to the master bedroom. This can be accessed through the sliding glass doors. A space like this is perfect for star gazing or drinking your cup of coffee in the morning. Rounded hooks keep robes off the floor and also add color to the walls.

I bet you thought the only yellow accent in this room was the nightstand! Nope! From the other angle you can see the closet door is painted yellow! This is a fun way to brighten up the room without going overboard on color.

The walkway here is kept simple and sleek. The neutral elements work together to create a cohesive space that has clean lines.

The hanging matching lights above the bed can be moved to illuminate different parts of the room. These dark lights give the room a sculptural element. A black striped rug, pillows, a black headboard, and black alarm clock all make the room feel masculine.

With this convenient kitchen you can watch the kids and the T.V. while preparing dinner. The simple kitchen is open to the living room and the cabinets are low enough that you can see the T.V. perfectly.

White cabinets without hardware look sleek and modern in this home’s kitchen. The wood offsets the whit and the stainless steel sink faucet adds another shade to the mix.

The designer made sure to set out only accents that coordinate with the style and color theme. Different shaded wooden cutting boards look perfect beside a green plant.

The glass staircase in this home is surely one of it’s most impressive features. This view from the kitchen is inspiring. Two different colors on top of the stairs marry in the middle and still match the colors throughout the home perfectly.

This image shows into the entryway and the kitchen. You can see there is a bar running alongside under the window. Yellow barstools make the perfect color statement.

A white bathroom is anything but boring! The textures and finishes in this luxurious bathroom make it special. The tiled tub is deep enough for soaking.

A wooden shelf situated within the shower adds an architectural feature. You always have a place to put shampoo and the color breaks up the white of the room.

A long towel warmer blends into the wall because it is white. Once you jump out of the shower you can grab a perfectly warm towel and feel as if you’re in a spa.

The other bathroom in this home is smaller, but still just as trendy. The small sink is all you need when guests come over to freshen up. Under-the-shelf lighting makes this smaller space feel modern.

The first floor plan of the home highlights the staircase and openness of the kitchen and living room.

The second story floor plan shows that only one bathroom is used between the three bedrooms but there is plenty of space. A lofted window seat is added instead.

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50 Unique Tea Light Holders To Light Up Your Occasion

Fr, 22.07.2016 - 18:25

Tea light holders occupy the elusive intersection between ornament and function. These versatile objects often look lovely on their own, but really come to life with the warm glow of a candle. This post brings together 50 of our favorites spanning a variety of styles: modern, classic, simple, ornate, quirky, luxurious, and everything in between. If you’re looking for an affordable housewarming gift or just want to decorate your nightstand or mantle, you’re sure to find something that fits your style right here. Looking for more decor inspiration? Check out our mega-post on stylish vases and our compilation of oversized wall clocks.

Buy It: $11   

Modern Low Poly Tea Light Holder: Let’s start with a style that suits almost any modern interior: cool geometric polygons. This beautiful little candle holder comes straight from the 3D printer so even its production method is ultra-contemporary.

Buy It: $8   

Heart Shape Tea Light Holder: Cement and sand give this geometric candleholder a lovely subtle texture that really captures the light on each of its sharply faceted sides.

Buy It: $7 each  

Geometric Concrete Tea Light Holder:Here’s another concrete tea light holder, this time shaped like a hexagon. The precise symmetry makes it easy to mix-and-match for a modular arrangement. And for such an inexpensive price, why not explore with creative color combinations?

Buy It: $37   

Amethyst Tea Light Holder: Few materials create a more magical interaction with light than natural crystal. Each tea light holder in this series is part an amethyst geode, each one unique. Amethyst is February’s birthstone, so it might make a nice birthday gift too.

Buy It: $24  

Agate Purple Tea Light Holder: Agate stone reveals its stunning complexity thanks to the addition of vibrant magenta dye. This piece is sure to catch the eye of guests.

Buy It: $9 for 3   

Minimalist Wood Tea Light Holder: Are you looking for a wood tea light holder to work with a minimalist or Scandinavian-inspired interior? This inexpensive set just might work. Or, if you’re looking for a weekend craft project, the unfinished surface is just waiting for your own creative embellishments.

Buy It: $4 for 1   

Minimalist Concrete Tea Light Holder: It’s made of concrete, but the natural pocked surface almost makes it look like a smooth stone.

Buy It: $118 for 2   

Tealight Totems in Concrete: These totems have artistic value with or without the dancing flames of a candle. These sculptural candle holders are weighty, impressive, and easy to light.

Buy It: $20   

Reclaimed Wood Candleholder: Eco-friendly design has never looked so sleek and modern. Diverse blocks of reclaimed wood create a collage of texture, grain, and color.

Buy It: $17   

Handmade Wooden Tea Light Holder: Crafted by hand and finished with natural linseed oil and beeswax, this minimalist candle holder is sure to catch the eye.

Buy It: $48   

Piper Tea Light Holder: This glass tea light holder collection includes 24 pieces, each standing just over 6 inches tall. Consider this set if you need coordinated candleholders for a wedding reception, dinner party, or other special occasion.

Buy It: $20   

Tangled Motif Ceramic Tea Light Holder: Classic, sweet, and homey – these charming ceramic candleholders fully embrace the warmth of the flame they contain, allowing the light to dance through their “tangled” cutout windows.

Buy It: $16.77 for 2   

Perforated White Ceramic Tea Light Holders: Available in both spherical and cylindrical styles, these ceramic candleholders have a distinctive crafty vibe suitable for artistic spaces and interiors of every style.

Buy It: $26   

Ceramic Tea Light Holder: Matte surfaces always seem to bring out the true color and character of candlelight. Each perforation is punched and smoothed by hand with unparalleled attention to detail.

Buy It: $26   

Porcelain Tea Light Candle Holder:Tiny pinholes diffuse the candle’s light, which washes over the scalloped edge to create rich valleys of shadow. The texture and shape were inspired by red sea corral.

Buy It: $22   

Personalised Porcelain Tea Light Holder: Are you looking for a handmade gift, but don’t have time to learn ceramics before the big day? These personalized candle holders can feature any text you choose.

Buy It: From $40   

Kahler Urbania Ceramic Tea Light Houses: What a charming little city! These ceramic buildings model after modern residential architecture, with a few based on iconic historical structures like the Pantheon and Basilica.

Buy It: $160 for set of 6   

Classic European Architectural Houses Shaped Tea Light Holder: Standing around 7 inches tall, this set of six glass and metal tea light holders interprets classical European architecture through a whimsical lens. This set would be an incredible addition to any traditionally styled interior.

Buy It: $57   

Cast Iron Eiffel Tower Tea Light Holder: Crafted from sturdy cast iron, this Eiffel Tower candleholder is the perfect gift for a well-traveled friend. It stands at 15 inches in height for a dramatic presentation.

Buy It: $106   

Suspension Bridge Tea Light Holder: Architects and engineers would surely be able to find a place for this magnificent metal tea light holder in their own home. Every detail of the suspension bridge springs to life with a gorgeous vintage finish. At more than 30 inches long, this candle holder is a true statement piece.

Buy It: $10 each   

By the Sea Lighthouse Tea Light Holder: It’s hard not to love the mystery and personality of the world’s great lighthouses. These small candleholders would make a lovely decoration for an ocean-themed party or coastal interior.

Buy It: $16  

Glass Sailboat Tea Light Holder: Need more inspiration for your nautical interior decor theme? These frosted glass tea light holders feature the instantly recognizable profile of a sailboat as it glides along at full speed. This collection is sold in sets of four.

Buy It: $12   

Sailboat in Blue: Here’s a similar concept, this time available in blue.

Buy It: $20   

Mermaid Tea Light Holder: Hanging tea light holders are hard to find. This wall-mounted mermaid is cast from lightweight resin, sure to look lovely anywhere – even without a candle.

Buy It: From $52  

Figure Tea Light Holders: Gorgeous! These enchanting figures combine the elegance of African sculpture with the glamor and glitz of the Art Deco style.

Buy It: $45   

Decorative Tea Light Holder Made From Branches: Rustic designs like this work well in any type of interior, from natural Nordic styles to traditional to cottage chic. This would make a lovely gift for gardeners and nature enthusiasts.

Buy It: $45   

Bird Nest Tea Light Holder: From the same collection as the one above (just select Bird Nest instead of Branch), this wooden tea light holder pays homage to nature’s favorite architects. This would make a neat gift for a birdwatcher.

Buy It: $18   

Swan Tea Light Holder: This ceramic swan looks just as lovely with a candle as it would with a small potted plant or filled with favorite jewelry. It’s a versatile piece to suit many purposes.

Buy It: $18   

Bird Tea Light Holder: Available in aqua, tan, and ivory, this elaborate little bird packs a ton of charm into a small and delightful form.

Buy It: $22   

Happiness Bird Tea Light Holder: Painted by hand and shipped in a beautiful gift box, this glass tea light holder would make a lovely gift for a wedding, housewarming, birthday, or to commemorate a special moment.

Buy It: $30   

Owl Shaped Tea Light Holder: This set comes with the charming ceramic owl you see here, plus a set of four Yankee Candle tea lights in the popular Harvest Welcome fragrance.

Buy It: $15   

Llama Baby Tea Light Holder: Who could resist a sweet little baby llama? This just might be the cutest candle holder possible.

Buy It: $44   

Elk Tea Light Holder: Are you looking for a Christmas tea light holder to go with your winter village? These elks come in a set of two, standing 8 inches and 10 inches tall.

Buy It: $25  

Elephant Tea Light Holder: Tambo the Elephant features a glossy finish to bring out the incredible detail of his design. Each elephant tea light holder is made of cast resin and stands 5 inches tall.

Buy It: $49 for 3   

Octopus Tea Light Holder: These octopi are playful, textural, and most of all unique. They’re an easy choice for a nautical interior, but even minimalist modern homes will benefit from this distinctive combination of simplicity and quirk.

Buy It: $14   

Dragonfly Tea Light Holder: Dragonflies are colorful and full of energy – but these wire sculptures take on a more minimalist form.

Buy It: $23   

Lotus Shaped Wooden Tea Light Holder: The lotus flower is symbolic of peace and unaltered beauty, rising fresh and clean from the muddy waters in which they grow. This candle holder is 100% handmade from unfinished wood.

Buy It: $14   

Lotus Shaped Tea Light Holder (Pink): Crafted from dyed capiz shell, these semi-translucent tea light holders appear weightless and ethereal.

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Lotus Shaped Purple Tea Light Holder: Here is another version of the previous candle holder, this time in rich purple.

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Tulip Shaped Tea Light Holder: Bring the colors of spring into your home with one or more of these delightful ceramic votives. Each ceramic flower bulb is crafted and glazed by hand, so each one is unique.

Buy It: $18   

Porcelain Rose Tealight Holder: Porcelain is a versatile material. This hand=formed rose uses sleek glaze on the candle-facing side of the petals, but retains its soft matte characteristic on the opposite side.

Buy It: $14   

Moroccan Hanging Tea Light Holder: Intricate pressed glass changes the character of the candlelight that shines through it, changing the color tone and scattering the rays for a subdued and decorative effect.

Buy It: $13  

Moroccan Rainbow Colored Tea Light Holder: Here’s another Moroccan lantern, this time with differently colored glass in each pane.

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More Moroccan Candleholders: Of course, there are an infinite number of shapes and combinations for a Moroccan theme. This diversity makes it possible to find a style to suit any color palette or design theme.

Buy It: $29   

Marble & Copper Tea Light Holder: It’s hard to ignore the understated luxury of marble. This sophisticated candleholder pairs marble with copper-plated brass – a tasteful combination to be sure.

Buy It: $11 for set of 4   

Kate Aspen Glass Tealight Holder: Clear glass sparkles with gold filigree, a wonderful tea light holder for a mantle arrangement or table setting that needs just a dash of baroque opulence. Because of the inexpensive price and good looks, these would make a wonderful place setting or party favor – perhaps for a wedding.

Buy It: $19   

Pavilion Pink and Lavender Mini Tea Light Holders: This collection provides all the style of clever coordination without the stress. Each set comes with tea light holders with matching candles included.

Buy It: $22   

Frux Home and Yard Flameless Tea Light Set: Flameless candles make it easy to get that comfortable flickering glow without the worry. This set includes 24 battery-powered candles and decorative laser-cut wraps, a flameless and shatterproof option for outdoors or indoors.

Buy It: $31   

Rechargeable Tea Light Candles With Holders: If you don’t like the idea of replacing batteries but still want the convenience of flameless, these rechargeable candles might be the answer. Each set includes 12 flameless candles, 12 frosted votive cups, and an attractive docking base for charging.

Buy It: $106   

Luminara Flameless Candles with Antique Bronze Recharging Base: Premium flameless candles are worth the price for those who need them. This set includes a stylish recharging base worthy of inclusion within your home decor, and the candles themselves last up to 15 hours on a single charge. An included remote makes it easy to set an automatic timer or turn all the candles on or off with the press of a button.

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Dining Room Roundup: 30 Elegant Designs For Any Style

Do, 21.07.2016 - 19:05

For many, the dining room serves as the very heart of the home – it’s where families gather to share the stories of the day, where old friends can make new memories, where doodles and work documents can stretch their legs. This post features 25 gorgeous dining rooms that remain simple without feeling minimalistic, using smart materials and furniture choices that underscore a sense of elegance without dominating the landscape. Each has a distinct personality despite the similarities, each catering to different tastes and space constraints. Which dining room design suits you best? Comment to let us know!

Visualizer: Fuel 3D   

Let’s start with a light and wonderful dining room that balances Danish simplicity with luxurious undertones. The pendant lamp above the table (Vertigo by Constance Guisset) is the standout piece that makes a simple interior like this one so effective.

Visualizer: Arc Media   

Marble makes a prominent statement in this dining room as well, its high-end appeal enhanced with designer brass lighting. The olive chairs are the work of Rodolfo Dordoni.

Visualizer: Svitlana Petelko   

Modern and dark, this dining room goes big with dramatic appeal. The indirect lighting seems almost theatrical.


Another dark color theme takes a softer approach with matte materials. The chairs are from the Ventura collection (2011) by Jean-Mari Massaud.

Photographer: Nasser Malek   

Colorful! This dining room is a library for both books and music – allowing the residents to eat surrounded by the things they love. The creative floor tiles help bring the eclectic media-based interior together.

Geometry is the prevailing theme of this colorful space. Dandelion yellow sets a sunny theme, while the single teal vessel draws the eye as an understated but irresistible focal point.

Visualizer: Pressrender  

Modern minimalism meets rustic charm. Wood furniture and tin cups underline the homey appeal, with concrete floors and crisp white walls acting as a sort of neutral gallery in which to appreciate the composition.

Visualizer: Metro Cúbico Digital   

Hans Wegner’s famous Wishbone chairs reappear in this laidback dining room. The oversized Random Light by Bertjan Pot is another immediately recognizable piece.

Visualizer: Kateryna Senko   

An emphasis on low-profile furniture and horizontal lines ensures the gorgeous mountainous surroundings take center stage in this kitchen and dining combination.

Photographer: Annie Schlechter   Source: NY Mag   

This incredible garden view is everything. It informs not only the colors and materials used throughout the dining room, but also influences the structure of the table and chairs as well – the structural variation is natural, rebellious, and carefree. The table is the work of Jonathan Adler and the chairs are antiques.

Visualizer: Emanuela Berardi  

Cute! Eclectic chairs unify the white, black, and wood color theme used throughout this cozy kitchen and dining combination. It’s interesting to see how the chair arrangement actually shifts the visual weight of the area, the warm wood on the right balancing the darker area near the breakfast bar to the left.

Visualizer: Emanuela Berardi  

Octo pendants (by Secto Design) and classic Eames chairs could serve as a strong foundation for any dining room. It’s hard to go wrong with beloved selections like these.

Visualizer: Amin Paseban   

Located beneath a dramatic vaulted ceiling, this kitchen and dining combination embraces its cozy circumstances with dark colors and rich texture.

Stone block walls can look monolithic and imposing at times. But here weighty materials actually draw out the lightness of the refined furniture and cabinetry selections.


Modernism and classical details meet within this subdued space, crowned by the elegant chandelier that sparkles above.

Maroon is an attractive complement to any greyscale theme – its subdued tone doesn’t pop out, but subtly bleeds warmth into the environment instead.

Visualizer: AR Studio   

Textural variation allows this greyscale dining room to rise above its restricted color palette. The ultra-plush chairs are from the Serpentine collection by Eléonore Nalet and the lights are from the AIM series by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec.

Visualizer: AR Studio   

Black chairs blend into the black accent wall at the far end of this open living space. The one thing that stands out are the distinctive profiles of three Beat pendant lights by Tom Dixon.

Visualizer: Visumetrie   

If a black-and-white color theme seems too spare for your tastes, but you still like the idea of adopting a modernist style, a cheerful dash of color is an easy way to make your interior truly your own.

Architect: Hillam Architects    Photographer: Dion Photography   

Futuristic and luxurious, this dining room uses dramatic sweeping angles to guide the eye from each functional area to the next. Richly-veined marble and slate floors stick out as the few natural materials used within – their contribution to the aesthetic cannot be overlooked.

Visualizer: Perfect Design   

Here’s another interior where warm accents seem to affect even the deepest colors in the room.

Visualizer: Ilkin Gurbanov   

Daring color! Pistachio green isn’t a common choice for dining rooms but this interior shows that anything is possible with the right accent materials. Warm wood creates striking contrast, an evolution from its usual role where it dominates every flat surface.

Visualizer: Denis Melnik   

High contrast palettes can make an especially dramatic impression in a home with classical details like this one. Any shift in perspective will completely alter the effect of the white elements against their matte black background.

Visualizer: yanis lachat  

Industrial yet cheerful – tall concrete walls might otherwise feel imposing, but these spectacular yellow chairs lighten the mood and provide an irresistible focal point. Even within the urban interior, it’s hard not to think of floral themes with the combination of dandelion yellow chairs and the blooming chandelier above.

Visualizer: HDR Designer   

And finally, a simple white dining room colored only by the hues of nature: the warm legs of the molded chairs and the plants’ verdant foliage. A single Beat pendant ties into the black fittings scattered throughout.

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A Modern Apartment With Classical Features

Mi, 20.07.2016 - 17:01

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.

The interior is spacious and open but makes good use of partial walls and hefty pillars to create a sense of division between functional spaces. Greyscale dominates the interior color theme, allowing the oxidized red accents to appear even richer. Intricate wall panel boiserie introduces the most historically relatable feature.

In the kitchen, dark and moody cabinetry offers a sophisticated backdrop. The cladding’s distressed texture ties into the classical ornamentation throughout the home, including the paneling to the right. Creative features make this space special – including the vibrant greenery planted in the combination stove hood / island light.

A formal dining room occupies a bright space just around the corner from the kitchen. The living room is right on the other side of the concrete wall to the left. To the right, a mirrored wall reflects all the natural lighting back into the room and makes the entire home feel connected to this important space.

Whereas the floorboards run diagonally in the social areas, they flawlessly guide the eye in a straight line down the hallway. This passage leads to the private areas of the home. Intricate boiserie steps aside and lets the ornamentation of natural wood take center stage.

Classical influence takes its strongest form in the master bedroom. Woodcut style artwork spans the length of the headboard wall – rather than hanging artwork, the wall itself becomes a piece to admire. The bed’s frame helps further emphasize the artwork behind it: not obscured in any way.

Each of the two bathrooms adopts a different style. This bath, attached to the master bedroom, continues the dark grey-and-black theme present throughout the main space. Rich stone, dark wood, and reflected ambiance bring this bathroom to the next level.

A children’s bedroom – shared by two siblings – combines sleek modernism with classic Art Deco influence. This space is lighter than the rest of the home, boosting the mood of the young occupants and reducing distraction during study time.

The lights are from the Prop series by Bertjan Pot.

Classic elements include dark boards and ornate wall paneling on the dry side of the bathroom, with rich marble in the shower enclosure. The marble sink vessel is carved from the corner for an interesting aged effect.

And finally, a look at the more public bathroom. It feels immediately welcoming and brght upon entry thanks to the extensive use of translucent marble. Classical elements still form a distinctive impression of this bathroom – one large panel borders the back of the toilet, reflected through the tall mirror just opposite.

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30 Unique Toothpick Holders & Dispensers You Can Buy Right Now

Di, 19.07.2016 - 17:23

Toothpick dispensers are an underappreciated kitchen accessory – often liked for their utility but rarely their aesthetic. But cool toothpick dispensers are definitely out there! This post highlights some of our favorites from every price point, ranging from convenient pocket dispensers to vintage designs and clever novelties. It’s part of our series on kitchen accessories, like this creative spice shaker list and this collection of designer fruit bowls. And if you’re looking for a useful or inexpensive housewarming gift, you might just find what you need right here.

Buy It: $38   

Cactus Toothpick Holder: Novelty toothpick holders are a fun addition to any themed kitchen or dining room, but they also work well as a surprising feature within minimalist tableware spreads.

Buy It: $9  

Lotus Toothpick Holder: Shaped like a fresh lotus sitting on a smooth white rock, this holder actually makes the toothpicks part of its artful design. A clear dome fits over the top of the toothpicks to keep them fresh.

Buy It: $30   

Kipik the Hedgehog: Designed by architect Erwan Péron, Kipik is a charming hedgehog and the toothpicks are his quills. It might take time to refill this adorable novelty dispenser but it would make an unforgettable accent for a playful snack display. Each one holds 22 toothpicks.

Buy It: $10   

Elephant Toothpick Holder: A classic! Carved wooden elephants are a classic collectible, and this specific toothpick holder design was common to many midcentury households.

Buy It: $11   

Moby Pick: Sleek and stylish, but still brimming with personality – this whale toothpick holder even comes with 32 picks that look like water spouts, although the shape itself is a cute idea on its own.

Buy It: $34   

Magic Bunny Toothpick Dispenser: Pull a rabbit out of the hat, and surprise guests with the toothpicks that come with him. It’s quite the conversation-starter for a toothpick holder and helps keep your toothpicks free of dust as well.

Buy It: $18   

Bird Toothpick Holder: This cheerful wooden bird offers a contemporary take on midcentury design. Don’t forget to check out our big list of bird figurines for more like this.

Buy It: $8   

Penguin Toothpick Dispenser: Woodpecker toothpick dispensers are a classic midcentury kitsch item, so this clever penguin based on the same mechanic might inspire some smiles. Just press the penguin down, and he picks up a toothpick from the hidden compartment – great for entertaining guests. And you can press the bird with the pack of your hand to keep the dispenser clean if you’re working with messy hands.

Buy It: $11   

Cute Panda Dispenser: Just push a button, and up-pops a toothpick! Automatic dispensers are great for anyone who wants to protect picks from dust or debris.

Buy It: $8   

Picky Boy: Here’s another novelty toothpick dispenser for modern but playful homes. Lift the hat to reveal a spiky toothpick hairdo and fall in love with Picky Boy’s quirky design.

Buy It: $13   

Novelty Cow Toothpick Dispenser: Look at the cute face! Press the button and see a toothpick pop out… wait… from the other end? Guests are sure to get a laugh from this unexpected design.

Buy It: $15   

Auto-Dispenser with Barrel Shape: The rustic barrel design is perfect for country-themed kitchens, but the automatic dispenser button is a modern twist on the old favorite.

Buy It: $13   

Ouch from Fred and Friends: Do you need a housewarming gift for a friend with a dark sense of humor? This clever toothpick holder looks just like a voodoo doll, so make sure not offend the recipient.

Buy It: $30   

Metal Toothpick Holder Skull: Lead free pewter makes this skull look cool on its own. Just add toothpicks to give him a cool wooden mohawk and embrace your inner punk.

Buy It: $3   

Weight Lifter Dispenser: This little weight lifter will pick up a fresh toothpick every time you lift and drop the cover.

Buy It: $12   

Guru Toothpick Holder: Calm and charming: this meditating figure seems to sit independently on top of the toothpicks, but the bunch conceals a hidden stand. This model comes with a plastic cover to keep your toothpicks fresh and clean.

Buy It: $28   

Fork & Spoon Toothpick Holder: Folk-style sculpture goes well in a rustic or country-themed kitchen. This figure holds a small glass for the toothpicks, but catches attention with a body made of stainless steel forks and spoons.

Buy It: $8   

Emoji Toothpick Holder: An understated smiley face welcomes guests to the table. This wooden toothpick holder isn’t fussy or complicated – it’s just does its job with a smile.

Buy It: $6   

Travel Toothpick Holder: Keep your toothpicks clean and safe with this pocket toothpick holder. It’s ideal for travel and more, but maybe look twice before pulling it out in no-smoking areas.

Buy It: $35   

Metal Toothpick Holder: Sleek and stylish. This smooth metal toothpick holder is perfect for a minimalist kitchen or dining room. It even looks good enough for the office if you tend to at lunch at the desk.

Buy It: $70   

Minimalist Wood Dispenser: Carved from an impenetrable-looking block of wood, this dispenser releases a single toothpick with a simple shake.

Buy It: $26   

Stainless Steel Toothpick Dispenser: Do you love a retro look in the kitchen? This old-style toothpick dispenser brings to mind memories of classic family diners.

Buy It: $17   

Coca-Cola Toothpick Vending Machine: Coke collectors are sure to love this. It’s a pocket sized Coca Cola machine that holds more than 200 toothpicks. It looks just as good on the shelf as it does on the table.

Buy It: $14   

UV Piano Toothpick Dispenser: Press a piano key and receive a fresh toothpick. Add two AAA batteries to enable UV sterilization.

Buy It: $50  

Mushroom Spice Shaker and Toothpick Set: Build a whimsical little forest of amanitas with this modular spice shaker and toothpick holder set. They’re made from wheel thrown ceramic, artfully glazed and painted by hand.

Buy It: $20   

Decorative Metal Toothpick Dispenser: Embossed zinc-alloy gives this dispenser an antique appearance. A retractable lid and compact size makes it easy to pack along for picnics or travel.

Buy It: $20  

Faberge Egg Pick Holder: This toothpick holder sparkles with handcrafted detail and intricate enamel patterns. It’s a little taste of Russia with every meal.

Buy It: $18   

Traditional Chinese Toothpick Holders: Available in a variety of colors and patterns, there’s sure to be one that fits your dining room theme.

Buy It: $12   

Cute Forest Toothpick Dispenser: It’s bright, playful, and dispenses one toothpick at a time. The pine forest shape makes the toothpicks look like a dense thicket of tree trunks.

Buy It: $25   

Texting Frog: Okay, so this might be the most silly toothpick holder yet. If you know somebody who spends too much with their phone, no matter where they are, this gag gift might get the point across.

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This Gallery-Like Home Reflects A Different Art Style In Every Room

Mo, 18.07.2016 - 17:00

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

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A Sleek And Surprising Interior Inspired By Scandinavian Modernism

Do, 14.07.2016 - 18:53

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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Bedroom Inspiration Roundup: Cool Unconventional Themes

Mi, 13.07.2016 - 18:45

Bedrooms offer the privacy that allows residents to decorate creatively and without fear of being too bold. They’re a fun and judgement-free place to explore new interior styles, and the ideal candidate for self-expression. This modern bedroom design roundup doesn’t stick to just one style – these spaces are just as varied and interesting as their occupants. Each one seems to tell a different story. If you’re planning to redecorate but don’t know which direction you want to take, one of these daring bedrooms just might inspire fresh ideas you can apply within your own home.

Visualizer: Thanh Minh   

Cute and simple, this bedroom captures the imagination with a neat house-shaped headboard wall filled with charismatic animal illustrations. It’s a neat idea for a resident of any age.

The best part about the house idea is the fact that almost anyone with a saw and some screws could build one. It’s large for a DIY project but the result is bigger-than-life too.

On the other side of the room, diamond-checkered wallpaper keeps things interesting. The built-in shelves are a nice touch and really extend the functionality of the office.

Visualizer: Artyom Bezfamilniy   

What a bright and creative bedroom! This spacious retreat has unique geometric floors, sculptural wall decorations, and the perfect dash of color. The sheer curtain is especially easy to love – bright flowers and butterflies lend their charm and beauty with ease.

The heavier curtains provide privacy at night. This set has ruffled bottoms almost like flower petals. Very fitting for the garden theme.

This fabulous geometric dog sculpture is likely the work of industrial artist Ben Foster. He’s also known for making life-size horses and wolves in the same style.

Ample storage space is a must-have for any bedroom that aspires to be as neat and tidy as this one.

Clean white cabinetry and decor erases any distraction. Potted plants continue the garden theme that began with the curtain.

Little magical details like this one would be so fun to choose. Between the leaf-like lights, the headboard wall is alive with adorable snails.

Visualizer: Koj Design   

Modern geometric themes make a high-energy impact, but the calm blue palette ensures a relaxing atmosphere. It’s important to have that sense of balance in a bedroom – soothing themes help massage away the day’s worries, but energetic accents can make all of the difference in the groggy early morning hours.

The view is terrific! Although the windows are relatively small, they do use height to their advantage to capture full effect of the skyline.

The spiral staircase print and the collage of furniture details on the wall might hint that this bedroom was completed for a design enthusiast.

At the opposite end of the room, varied shelves lend an artistic quality to the room in addition to its very functional purpose.

Rarely does a chair serve as a focal point in itself, but this bold striped pattern definitely stands out from the rest of the room. It’s an effective statement piece.

Modern lighting illuminates the bed for peaceful reading or app time. Together, the pieces allude to a subtle Art Deco influence underlying the room’s decor theme.

The basic building blocks of the room are versatile, easy to adapt to any style. It’s difficult to go wrong with dark hardwood floors and large windows, and walls that take well to unconventional colors.

Visualizer: Denis Bespalov   

Here’s a bedroom that embraces the adventurous side of industrial style rather than the minimalistic side. On-theme furniture and creative material choices make the room feel playful and spirited, almost as if it personifies the creative energy of city life.

A tall lumber headboard extends up to the ceiling. It lends a natural touch in contrast to the colder grey walls that surround, but its rough surface still implies industrial influence.

Classic damask isn’t a common pattern in industrial decor themes but it makes a nice quirky addition here.

The chandelier is from the Modo collection by Jason Miller. The collection includes dozens of configurations ranging from simple to intricate, and this is one of the more intricate models.

White walls ensure the other side of the bedroom remains mostly subtle – the yellow draws definitely steal the show.

Every detail demonstrates thoughtful design. The lamp’s careful engineering fits into the industrial theme quite well, and the chromed radiator was a bold and inspiring choice.

Visualizer: BURO' 82   

Dark, moody, and modern – this bedroom has a strong ambiance woven from smooth materials and soft yellow-tinted lights. It shows how warm and welcoming minimalism can be when it’s approached with extra attention paid to intangible qualities like atmosphere.

Perhaps most striking is the cantilever bed design, making it appear to float unsupported. Within a streamlined interior like this one, bold features like these can prove to be more memorable than any decorative theme.

Nature-inspired artwork and sculpture fits well within this sophisticated retreat.

Visualizer: viet do xuan   

Incredible! Overlooking a stunning garden, this bedroom has the effect of an indoor-outdoor living space. Tiled floors and textural walls reinforce the natural theme.

The vintage fan and stool are open to interpretation: to some they may seem like a subtle nod to the steampunk genre, to others they may feel more Art Deco, and to still others, they are a simple throwback to the elegance of classic design.

Things always get interesting when gardening and interior design come together. Tending to plants is an act of expression just as much as any other art form.

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A Pair Of Dark Themed Homes With Sophisticated Accent Colors

Di, 12.07.2016 - 17:13

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

Mo, 11.07.2016 - 17:00

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

Fr, 08.07.2016 - 17:51

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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Dark and Dreamy Bedrooms

Do, 07.07.2016 - 17:25

These dark bedrooms pull you into a dream-like state with black accent walls, and stunningly deep furniture and accents. So much design is about light and bright spaces, but you can achieve the same stylish and luxurious look by being bold and letting black take center stage in your bedroom space. Although some of the spaces highlighted here are gothic and baroque inspired, there’s also modern and minimalistic spaces that ooze with class, and will leave you desiring some deep, darkness in your own bedroom retreat.

Visualizer: Sergey Kondratev  

With black walls, sleek leather, and peaked ceilings – this bedroom is a modern take on gothic architecture. Instead of intricate designs, this room plays with texture and harsh straight lines. We love how the giant windows let in a lot of light that turns the black wood walls an almost charcoal color, and how that corner with the tufted chair stays dark and cozy.

Visualizer: M.I Group  

This gothic-baroque-modern room is deliciously dark and decadent. The chandelier is a work of art itself – black and bubbly, surrounded by a white molding on the ceiling. The mirrored wall art mimics the side table, and is a great juxtaposition to the sleek and modern desk. Opposites attract in this dark room – and we love it.

Visualizer: M.I Group  

Besides boasting black walls and furnishings, this modern master bedroom has a lofty feel. We love that the elements like the hanging side table lamps, and that steam-punk looking fireplace in the corner make this bedroom also look like a living space. Just because it’s dark doesn’t mean it can’t be inviting.

Visualizer: Olga Podgornaja  

Talk about a statement wall – this black textured wall just pops agains the crust white walls around it. We love the silver mirror in the middle and how it contrasts against the glowing, golden bedside lamps. The black draws your eye into this amazing focal point, and even though it’s dark it highlights some of the best elements of the space.

Visualizer: Archivizer  

These black walls shine thanks to beautiful golden undercounted lighting. This wonderful trick makes these walls pop, and adds a beautiful and unique design element.

Visualizer: Archivizer  

This dark bedroom is fresh, quirky, and modern. We love how that bright olive color pops against the very dark matte black, and how the warm honey wood warms up the space. Using black as a way to hide the work space behind the bedroom area is a great trick – because it draws your eye away and back towards the bed and those big windows.

Architect: PLASTE[R]LINA   Visualizer: Jan Wadim  

Cushioned walls, luxe fabrics, and soft muted lighting makes this the perfect space to pull the curtains and retreat from the world around you. Windows are usually a focal point in a room because they let in beautiful light – but we love how they’ve been almost totally hidden here so that the focus stays on the texture and patterns throughout the space.

Visualizer: Anton Siriak  

When you have a room that gets tons of amazing light – like this one here – don’t be afraid to go dark. We love how the black wall shines against the windows and that big shiny closet. The contrast is incredible and really makes this otherwise ordinary space special.

Visualizer: CG Wisdom  

Black is the new gold. This luxurious room oozes with class: from the black paneled walls, to that plush black carpet. The headboard and side tables really shine against the black walls, and we love how the trunk dresses the space down a little. This room really feels like a 5 star hotel.

Visualizer: Alvaro Cappa  

This is another great example of how to use black in a nice bright space. The black accent wall doesn’t take any of that incredible natural light out of the room, instead it makes the rest of the white pieces pop.

Architect: D.V- Yaroslav Kovalchuk  

Who said it can’t be just black and white? We love the monotone color scheme here because it’s paired with super modern furnishings.

This minimalistic space is the perfect place to kick back, and clear your head.

We love the white washed wood walls which bring a country flare to this very modern space.

There’s nothing quite like climbing into a big white bed that looks like a cloud. Best, yet – you might just feel like you’re floating in the night sky against those charcoal black walls.

Visualizer: Pavel Alekseev  

The black textured walls add an element of surprise to this space. The furnishings are quite modern, but the room really plays on texture with the walls.

Those plush linens, and the shiny cabinets against the almost matte ash flooring is just stunning. Plus, that pop of red looks phenomenal against all the gray and black.

What’s great about this space is the contrast. That giant window lets in tons of natural light which has allowed the visualizer to really play with all these dark elements.

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Two Modern Interiors Inspired By Traditional Chinese Decor

Mi, 06.07.2016 - 20:47

Chinese decor and architecture is many things: sometimes humble and sometimes opulent, exciting or subdued, colorful and textural, and always thoughtful. This region’s trends have changed throughout history but there’s always room to re-explore the aesthetics of times past. This post looks at two modern Chinese home designs that take cues from traditional styles, blending old and new in a beautiful and refreshing way. Both homes are the work of designers based in China for new projects in the area. If you’re looking to introduce Asian decor in your own home, this pair of lovely interiors is sure to inspire.

Visualizer: Big nose  

This home offers a modern interpretation of traditional Chinese decor, created by Shenzhen-based designer “Big Nose”. Warm neutral colors and artwork inspired by nature certainly take cues from classic Chinese design theory, while the modern textiles and contemporary furniture feel fresh and new.

Classic influences find their way into the very heart of the home. This includes the paneled walls, reminiscent of the decorative screens popularly used in Chinese homes since antiquity.

The open living room and kitchen maintains a unified theme of textural white furniture, beige walls, and wood trim. It’s sophisticated but still approachable.

Mudras are gestures said to facilitate the flow of energy through the body, often used to reinforce and communicate symbolic meanings in Hinduism and Buddhism. This lamp features the Karana mudra, intended to expel negative energy.

Orchids are perfect for an elegant home like this one. Later in this post, we’ll explore some of the reasons this flower is so popular in Chinese-inspired interiors.

If you’re looking for the five elements of the Chinese zodiac (Wu Xing), you’ll have to look for subtle abstract representations. Wood, fire, earth, metal, and water all shine through the patterns used throughout.

The master bedroom is warm and inviting, boasting a subdued sense of luxury thanks to the addition of gold textiles and artistic details. Each of the patterns have deep historical roots.

Orchids have a long and colorful history in Chinese culture: as an herbal medicine, as valuable gifts, as a booming international industry, and as a source of pride for competitive growers.

Although feng shui isn’t widely practiced anymore, practitioners often warned against hanging a mirror facing the bed. These mirrors reside on either side – a more acceptable placement.

Do you remember the mudra lamp from the living room? These symbols are a recurring and auspicious theme. This one represents the Vitarka Mudra.

Visualizer: Xiang Chen  

Here’s a home with an even more modernized style. This delightful space is the work of Hangzhou-based designer Xiang Chen for a new project in Nanjing. This home feels bright and spacious despite its modest floor plan – it’s more minimalist than the previous home, but the magic is in the details.

In 1944, iconic Danish furniture designer Hans Wegner created a series of chairs inspired by Ming dynasty. The chair on the left is an example from this famous collection and a great demonstration of how this home combines modern and traditional influences.

Panoramic visualizations are difficult to parse at times, but this image does help give an idea of the home’s layout. It’s kind of neat how the flowing effect of the walls matches the textural backdrop behind the sofa.

Although the interior material theme feels cohesive throughout, this side-by-side view shows that each room emphasizes a different element. The bedroom uses wood boldly, the living room is light and airy, and the bathroom embraces stone details.

Here’s a clearer view of the dining room, separated from its neighboring rooms by sliding doors where appropriate. In terms of furniture selection, these choices would look wonderful in any modern home regardless of region.

A cozy office resides in a private nook off the kitchen. It’s beautifully appointed with subtle gold details. The horns, lotus flowers, and small pots are all auspicious symbols in Chinese decor.

In the bedroom, neutral tones stand out against vibrant wood floors. The lighting is soft and warm to facilitate a relaxing atmosphere in the day and night alike.

In context, the bedroom appears to have a darker theme than the adjoining dining room – but both spaces are pleasant and bright thanks to smart layering and color choices.

How cute! Here’s a look at a bedroom for the child. You’ll notice that it shares a door with the home office so parents can keep an eye on play and homework while finishing up the business of the day.

The tour ends with a look at the smooth stone bathroom, decorated with a singular watercolor painting with a subtle floral theme.

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Color Combo Inspiration: Wood Interiors With Grey Accents

Di, 05.07.2016 - 20:15

When you think of neutrals in an interior design context, which colors do you imagine? Beige and wood typically make a lovely duo, as do white and grey – but the homes in this post break up these archetypal pairings by demonstrating the beauty of wood cladding and grey together. If you’re looking for a neutral color combination that takes some risks but doesn’t feel over-the-top, these homes provide a nice baseline to consider. Wood elements and grey-based palettes definitely offer a flexible base to start with, allowing endless experimentation opportunities for those who want to introduce a third or even fourth accent color.

Visualizer: Nicolas JOUSLIN   

Warm yellow toned wood, neutral grey furniture, and colorful artwork set the stage for this beautifully adaptable style. Its wide-open layout works well to accommodate the range of organic shades used throughout.

Although all of the walls are white, the kitchen cabinetry still exerts tremendous influence over the rest of the interior.

But check out this immense amount of storage – all of the kitchen, except for the backsplash, is framed with storage space. Even the island has open shelves and closed cabinetry.

In terms of material, marble and wood are always an interesting combination. It’s the clash between luxury and humility – always a fascinating juxtaposition.

Imagine dining before such an incredible view! The table arrangement keeps things simple, emphasizing the world outside.

Brass, white, and blue – this nautical combination can look extremely luxurious in the right context. This breathtaking social area ensures every guest will leave with fantastic memories.

Neutral pinstripes and warm colors contribute to the sense of rich texture that makes this bedroom special. Loose artwork draws the eye toward the grey concrete accent wall.

The table lamp is from the IC Collection by Michael Anastassiades.

Visualizer: le hanh   

Dark and moody, this interior uses a deep grey to de-emphasize the furniture in context of the gorgeous interior material theme. The deep plum accents are an interesting touch – a subtle nod to the natural colors that draw the eye throughout the home.

The living room is otherwise minimal. Can you imagine decorating around that central beam? This arrangement doesn’t fully avoid it, but the aesthetic effect is dramatic.

On the other hand, the kitchen is beautifully utilitarian. Work surfaces progress logically, leaving plenty of workspace free for invention.

Wood floors, white cabinetry, stainless steel, and concrete pendants embrace the full spectrum of industrial materials adapted for modern interior design.

Visualizer: K BAND   

So simple and comfortable! This interior centers on an overstuffed grey sofa that sits low to the floor, warmed by an area rug and surrounded by rich wood grain. All of the furniture sits low with the exception of the blue painting to the left – a sure and effective focal point.

Even the media wall continues the grey and wood theme. Unique storage supports introduce a touch of industrial influence.

The kitchen looks effortless: bright and airy. The only grey accent in this area is the tiled floor, while the work surfaces and walls remain white for easy clean-up.

Graphic prints, geometric decor, and simple furniture are all this dining room needs to make an incredible impression.

White and wood tea service completes the theme. It’s hard not to love a perfectly coordinated kitchen.

Brown and brick red join the color palette in the bedroom for warm and stylish appeal.

Light blue offers a comfortable counterbalance to the warm tones. Creative curtain arrangements are an oft-overlooked way to introduce color blocking to an interior.

Red lamp cord echoes the exposed brick that leads down the hallway. Extra storage ensures the bedroom remains neat and tidy in every circumstance.

Brick again becomes a major focal point in this clean and minimalistic bathroom. Typography offers the only other overt source of decoration.

Gorgeous design becomes even more important in a space as compact as this one.

The mirror is a famous design by Jacques Adnet. Leather straps hold the looking glass in place.

In this bathroom, eclectic blue tiles energize the space. Varied patterns make the limited color scheme feel endless.

An entryway offers the first and last impression a guest will gather. Colorful architectural and decor details capture the eye in a memorable way.

Visualizer: Anh Noi   

Grey floors, curtains, and sofa set the decor theme against a backdrop of rich wood grain. A leather chair and marble countertop contribute to a luxurious aesthetic, while starburst pendant lights invoke magical modern inspiration. This open layout is certainly inspiring – especially for those who have an eye for detail.

Splashes of pale yellow offer a cheerful accent, serving as a modern contrast to the neutral tones and a perfect complement to the warm lumber cladding throughout.

A bold painting at the far left ties all of the color accents together.

The brass chandelier is the work of Lindsey Adelman – a master of fixtures that blur the line between industrial influence and luxury.

Lumber overwhelms the subtle grey accents in the kitchen. Brightness rules this space.

A formal dining space takes the wood emphasis to the next level. Just look at the rich grain on the edges of this table! The chairs are an iconic style by Nordic designer Hans J. Wegner.

If you’re ever looking for a way to make your neutral color theme more lively, natural wood is always an actionable solution.

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Bright Homes In Three Styles: Pop Art, Scandinavian, And Modern

Mo, 04.07.2016 - 18:10

Are you having trouble figuring out where to begin in the redecorating process? For adventurous types, it can be difficult to decide which style to pursue in the first place. That’s when you know it’s time to hit the Internet to look for decor inspiration. This post looks at three bright and cheerful homes, each one sporting a radically different theme. The first home delights with quirky Adventure Time characters, the second home calms the soul with chic Scandinavian influences, and the last space might inspire those who prefer a more conventionally modern style.

Designer: Lada Kamyshanska & Alexander Milovanov   

Welcome to the Land of Ooo! Adventure Time fans are sure to recognize Finn and Jake, and later, Lady Rainicorn. Its bright pink and yellow color theme energizes the room, an atmosphere guests can appreciate even if they’ve never watched the cartoon.

Decorating an open layout home with such a bold theme takes restraint – while the rest of the home enjoys a variety of playful decor, the media wall remains unadorned as a crisp backdrop.

Lemon yellow brightens the dining room, and even the fridge gets into the theme. Colorful fridges can become any character with a simple decal.

Yellow shelves bring color to the kitchen too. The arched window floods the room with light, which the vibrant plants surely appreciate. You’ll also notice that the unique living room pendants reach all the way over to the dining table.

Strong space-saving techniques make compact homes like these feel less cluttered – essential for an apartment with such a vibrant theme.

Cute and cool, this icy bedroom nook uses a more relaxing color theme than the rest of the home. The bed platform is all self-contained with a headboard, side table, and under-mattress drawers.

Bright cabinetry extends the amount of storage for a tidier home. Thanks to this strong accent, the otherwise dark pathway feels like it has its own source of sunshine.

Like the bedroom, the bathroom also enjoys the comfort of a light blue color palette. The wood wall features laser-drawn characters from the show.

Visualizer: Koj Design  

Completely departing from the style of the previous home, this welcoming Scandinavian interior embraces traditional decor with subtle modern undertones. Eclectic furniture and rustic details reflect the classic side of Nordic design. It’s approachable, flexible, and homey.

Geometric prints are one of the reoccurring modern elements, like these pillows and the complementary rug. Gem-cut herb planters on the leftmost windowsill continue the theme, along with the tessellated tiles in the kitchen.

Fireplaces and stoves are practically a necessity in cold Northern climates. But they’re not just a utilitarian staple – they’re often works of art in their own right. This one was inspired by traditional Scandinavian tiled stoves.

Typography and numbers are always well suited to an eclectic interior thanks to their flexibility and wide range of themes. Did you notice the a-frame computer table and stenciled chest of drawers? Very cool ideas.

The kitchen is easy to love, especially with its traditional wood countertops and mosaic tile backsplash. The wall to the left has a distressed concrete finish for a more modern look.

Gorgeous prints and classic furniture make every meal feel like a garden party. Collections of colorful glass line the windows to pull the theme together.

Visualizer: Roy Fredy  

Industrial-inspired interiors can feel just as bright as any other style! Black elements don’t overwhelm the emphasis on bright white surfaces, and help hide shadows on walls that aren’t exposed to sunlight. The furniture remains simple, the layout feels practical, and it’s hard to ignore the unique architectural features.

Calming blue accents make for a fresh and comfortable decor theme. White furniture seems even more prominent against the dark wood floors and black wall accents.

The living room arrangement remains exceptionally casual, consisting of just two sofas and a coffee table. Exceptional built-in storage reduces the need for extra furniture.

Striking black and white cabinetry and the mirrored backsplash all hint toward subtle Art Deco influence, sharp and effective.

It’s a spacious apartment but space conservation is an important part of the wide and spacious aesthetic. This handy home office makes good use of the extra floor space beneath the stairs.

Metal rods enclose the stairs for safety and help distinguish the office from the rest of the room. Thanks to their cantilever design, the stair treads appear to float weightlessly.

What an inviting room! The master suite includes a casual area for socializing. The purple sofa really stands out – a fun touch in an otherwise serious space.

A matching ottoman provides residents with a convenient place to kick off their shoes before relaxing in front of the television.

Tailored simplicity – the bedroom portion of the master suite adopts a neutral color theme enhanced by dark floors, warm and comfortable.

High quality construction and fine design turns even the most utilitarian objects into sources of decoration. This room uses its visual capital wisely.

A reading nook and media center share the shelves at the end of the room. The living room portion of the suite is for high-energy activities, while the bedroom invites relaxation.

The wing chair and adjustable-height reading lamp complete the reading area. And that view? Exhilarating!

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Small Apartments That Go Big With Bold Decor Themes

Do, 30.06.2016 - 22:06

Compact spaces are a satisfying source of challenge for interior designers. When you can practically see every room from any location in the home, it immediately becomes obvious why many small apartment residents opt for safe and neutral decor. The homes featured in this post take a daring approach – embracing bold color themes and creative decor despite their limited floor plans. Whether you need inspiration for your efficient apartment or just want ideas for a single room, these interiors offer unique ideas to consider.

Architect: KDVA Architects   

This small apartment definitely doesn’t shy away from the adventure of a bold decor theme. Violet, lavender, and bright fire engine red define the interior – thanks to careful decorating techniques. Bright colors are difficult to work into a constricted space. So even if you don’t personally love the colors, the composition techniques are still worth studying.

Risky design decisions really paid off. Textured walls, bright furniture, and extensive contrast all command admiration.

The gem tone inspiration isn’t understated – the central rug says it all.

Purple-tinted acrylic panels separate the kitchen and dining areas from the living room proper. Decals featuring a cherry tomato and a silver fork embrace pop art influence.

The black divider in the open living space helps to conceal the bedroom. A purple cushion serves as the perfect backrest, making this space just as comfortable in the daytime as it is at night.

Architect: Stanislav Kaminskyi   

This open layout living room works around a unique arrangement: the dining table sits directly between the sofa and the television. Low-profile furniture makes it possible to enjoy the television from anywhere in the living area.

Some may find the table’s arrangement too distracting, but it might be a nice choice for residents that entertain dinner guests more often than they watch television.

Plush but also sculptural, the incredibly unique dining chairs are from the Serpentine Collection by Éléonore Nalet.

A sliding door conceals the bedroom for privacy and to reduce the appearance of visual clutter in the small living room.

The kitchen also enjoys the privacy of a sliding door. Its charmingly imperfect tile walls are a wonderful complement for the smooth wood panels.

As far as compact kitchen layouts go, this design is especially functional and totally worth of emulating.

Low-profile design ensures the bedroom furniture doesn’t look too “out of place” next to the living room selection.

It’s the definition of coziness with a wall-to-wall mattress. The accompanying padded platform extends its function as a seat, a table, or just a step up to the bed.

Do you remember the unique grout work in the kitchen? The same purposefully imperfect wall tiles transform the bathroom into an interesting crossover between modernism and urban industrial.

Varied textures enliven an otherwise very straightforward bathroom design. Wood cabinetry jumps out from the greyscale decor to anchor the design.

Designer: Alexander Yukhimets  

Warm interior lighting and comfortable furniture plays a defining role in this modern urban apartment design. While a concrete cladding might otherwise feel too severe in an apartment as small as this one, glass walls allow each area to interact with the others for a more spacious and carefree aesthetic. Curtains accommodate privacy when needed.

Smooth wood floors make the interior feel more welcoming. The office skips the wood floor in favor of a fully greyscale theme.

Decorated with glass and concrete, wire and wood – perfectly industrial but surprisingly cozy.

Visualizer: Viktor Kuznetsov   

With a floor plan of just 39 square meters, this apartment interior has to accomplish a lot of functionality with very little space. Even with a compact floor plan, the designer didn’t back down from an interesting decor theme – striking textures and dramatic lighting makes the interior feel flashy but approachable.

Lighting bathes the concrete walls and smooth cabinetry from all sides. Paired with linear architecture, the light becomes an organic decor staple in its own right.

Designer: Roy Fredy  

This interior fits the living room, dining room, and kitchen into a floor plan the size of a medium bedroom. A lovely variety of smooth wood tones makes the apartment feel warm and welcoming – a natural decor theme that remains easy on the eyes.

In such a small space, every decor object carries an even greater weight. This home uses simple colorful prints to great effect.

Many designers naturally shy away from large artwork in a compact apartment, but this apartment’s chalk-art style mural was too fun to pass up.

The kitchen layout is especially inspiring. The dining nook doubles as extra workspace while preparing meals, extending the functionality of existing prep surfaces.

It could easily transform into a handy work desk too, especially if the resident isn’t the type to get distracted by the presence of a television.

Light wood, white countertops, and a matte black backsplash make up the surprisingly bold kitchen palette.

You could practically reach any surface from the center of the room. For small living enthusiasts, this space makes perfect sense.

Personal spaces like the bathroom and bedroom all reside down the hallway.

With a partial headboard wall, the bed enjoys a touch of comforting privacy even while the door is open.

It’s small, compact, efficient, and still remains stylish.

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3 Light Interiors With Creative Pops Of Color

Mi, 29.06.2016 - 17:01

These simple interiors are a nice palate cleanser after a long day of looking for more complicated design ideas. Each one is unique but they all share a common theme: a fresh and light atmosphere bursting with the energy of a few colorful accents. If you’re lucky enough to have a neutral interior, you’ll find this strategy easy to use – especially if you have an eye for placement, contrast, and color theory. But what if you don’t have the well-honed intuition of the designers featured in this post? Worry not, because these bright homes offer plenty of flexible ideas to help you get started.

Visualizer: Anton Sukharev   

Pale yellow and deep blue are a great choice for decorators who want to incorporate nature-inspired colors without giving up a refined sense of modernity. Sunshine and soulful skies rule this interior, and the result is well worth emulating.

A calming background of varied wood tones keeps things soft and light, helping the more energetic elements stand out with emphasis.

Because the open living area occupies a relatively small footprint, the designer worked to keep furniture simple and streamlined in form.

The intricate Heracleum Pendant Light by Bertjan Pot is one of the flashiest pieces of decor in the home, and even it remains subtle compared to possible alternatives.

Outside of the playful color accents, the rest of the decor remains minimal and mostly emphasizes texture and composition.

Partial dividers help break the line of sight without making any area feel too closed off from the rest. This thin wall proves to be the perfect place for an oversized clock.

The other side serves as a mounting point for the television. Because the kitchen and dining areas share this space, residents can continue their movie will preparing a meal or catch up on the news during dinner.

Color becomes even more rare on this side of the open layout. A blue-grey chair punctuates each end of the dining set while beautiful flowers bring their own accent colors to the table.

Simple forms and materials play an important role in a space as compact as this one. Even the pendants above the dining table play their part without becoming an immediate focal point.

Glossy worktops and modern stools ensure the kitchen remains bright and looks clean. Warm stone-tiled walls break away from the greyscale theme, an inviting and comfortable backdrop in an otherwise minimalist space.

Varied textures make up for the lack of ornament. Smooth wood cabinetry, concrete-effect drawers, mottled stone tile, and reflective cabinetry are just a few of the major players.

Architect: Nott Design  

Light-colored lumber and forest green upholstery infuse this urban home with organic charm. The concrete floors, routed wires, and scaffold-like shelves hint at industrial design influence but the overall atmosphere says “home” loud and clear.

The tessellated rug directs the eye toward the seating arrangement, its lovely middle tones bridging the gaps between the color palette choices.

These tall shelves are especially interesting – thin framing and unfinished wood give it a rough and rugged look, perfect for an industrial theme.

Texture reduces the severity of the concrete floors, giving them a softer and more approachable aesthetic suitable for a comfortable home environment.

Anywhere you look, linear forms are so important in this interior. Each angle directs the eye to another functional space, making movement just as crucial to the design as the colors are.

A sliding door glides open to reveal a spacious and sophisticated office.

Industrial elements remain tame, but the same emphasis on sharp lines continues. The swivel wall lamp is from designer Daniel Rybakken.

Kitchen shelving peeks out from around the corner.

Blending flawlessly with the worktop, the sink and range serve their function without distracting from the home’s efforts toward minimalism.

In fact, the impressive shelving seems to work as the anchor of the design. Careful dish coordination is the most important skill for anyone who wants to adopt this striking style.

Did you notice that this lovely kitchen doesn’t have its own window? This mirror helps reflect some of the light from the living room.

Of course, smart sources of indirect lighting do a great job of banishing harsh shadows on their own.

Architect: Nott Design  

Finally, a look at the last home – this one has the most reserved color strategy of them all. The living room basks in its relaxing greyscale color palette, with the only dash of color coming from an unassuming side table near the sofa. This interior proves that even the most utilitarian object can fill an important aesthetic role.

It’s a compact space – not much room for a bolder color theme, really. The wooden media wall serves as a central axis with functional areas on either side.

Through the wide doorway, a small office and library enjoy their prized spot overlooking the world outside.

The living room also shares its floorplan with a combined kitchen and dining area.

Layered and functional, the work area revolves around a long central island that reverses the form of a more traditional kitchen. Patricia Urquiola’s stylish Nub chairs surround a built-in breakfast table on the right.

Natural lighting can transform a dark hallway. The dining arrangement, pendant light, and even the entryway bench all feature airy structures to let the line shine right through.

The master bedroom hides behind a sliding wall to the left of the media center.

Voracious readers take note: this bedroom not only includes its own personal library but also accommodates late-night reading with adjustable pendants on either side of the bed.

Parchment-like lampshades continue the literary theme quite well.

Extra storage finds storage within the wood unit for a clean and cohesive look.

This guest bedroom doubles as a multi-purpose space thanks to the foldout sofa. It also reintroduces the single-red-accent strategy from the living room.

Sweet and simple.

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An Industrial Home With Warm Hues

Mo, 27.06.2016 - 19:22

Designed by Dmitry Sheleg and ZROBYM Architects, this 280 square meter interior in Minsk attempts to shatter the stereotypes associated with industrial-influenced interiors while still embracing the features that make the style so popular with modern design fans. It maintains the mainstays of industrial decor such as the extensive use of unfinished concrete and exposed ductwork but makes a more comfortable impression thanks to its warm color theme and comfortable furniture choices. If you’ve been looking for a way to combine urban sensibilities and traditional accents, this interior is definitely work a look.

Texture rules this home design. Concrete cladding captures the eye with a mottled finish, while the distressed wood floors imitate the effects of age. Unfinished wood offers up organic warmth and soft textiles comfort the resident without sacrificing an ounce of contemporary style.

While many industrial inspired interiors stick to greyscale themes, this one embraces warm tones with a rich and layered oxidized finish. It’s a nice way to bring classic style to an otherwise ultra-modern theme.

The occasional spot of greenery also helps make this space more comfortable than the typical minimalist-modern industrial loft. Houseplants don’t overwhelm the original intent but rather soften it.

Chalkboard cabinetry looks so great here! Even without the writing and illustrations, the textural matte black surface looks right at home.

Tall ceilings are difficult to decorate. This space makes good use of exposed ductwork, smartly routed conduit, and creative lighting fixtures.

Wheels aren’t just a convenient choice for the dining table – they definitely contribute to the utilitarian industrial vibe as well. Midcentury chairs from Eames and Pauchard add just a touch of vintage charm.

Even the staircase gets on board with the theme thanks to stylish yet sturdy support cables.

Upstairs, the bedroom makes a strong first impression with chain link fence over exposed brick. A vertical garden reinforces the urban aesthetic.

The opposite side of the room remains simple to minimize distraction. The eye naturally rests on the soothing flicker of the fireplace, sure to lull the resident into a comfortable slumber.

Chain link even wraps around to the ceiling, providing a brilliant scaffold for moody Edison bulb pendants.

Overall, the bedroom remains surprisingly calm and versatile despite its bold industrial influence.

The office absolutely takes a few risks to achieve its technical aesthetic – the result is creative and engaging, but doesn’t overwhelm the eye or distract the resident from the important work to be done.

Geometric chairs clad in wood provide a comfortable meeting point for family or business guests, set against a dramatic backdrop of chain link over exposed concrete.

Colorful accents and artwork draw attention to the work area where a rivet-effect desk almost brings to mind an aeronautic aesthetic.

Storage begins on one side of the desk and wraps around top. The high areas might not be easy for just anyone to access, but it makes a nice out-of-the-way space to store rarely used materials.

The tour winds down with an extensive look at the innovative bathroom areas. The tub luxuriates between wraparound windows, seeming to float above the raised platform thanks to LED strips below.

Exposed brick, an oxidized barrel trash bin, and cinderblock-influenced shelving drive the theme home in a big way.

Despite the lack of artwork or obvious ornamentation, it would be difficult to call this bathroom minimalistic.

Do you remember the oxidized panels in the living room? The warm tone returns to smooth the transition from concrete to brick.

Although the interior architecture is impressive throughout the entire home, these spaces where the ceiling pulls away from the wall are especially inspiring.

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11 Ways To Make A Statement With Wood Walls In The Bedroom

Fr, 24.06.2016 - 17:01

Wood is such a classic material, it might seem like there aren’t many ways to innovate anymore – at least not without embracing something completely outside the comfort zone of most decorators. This post hopes to challenge that concept by introducing eleven bedrooms that use creative wood walls to their advantage while remaining perfectly approachable at the same time. Whether you’re interested in textural wall panels, sleek contemporary designs, or something with a more traditional influence, this post should have something to inspire your next big renovation.

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