Everything You Need to Know About Saturated Colors, the New Year’s Trend

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Get ready to see saturated colors popping up everywhere. Image: Kati Curtis Design

If you’ve been following our reporting on 2018 interior design trends, you know that stark, minimalist spaces are a thing of the past. We’ve been seeing more and more saturated colors recently — and, boy, do they look good!

One thing’s for sure, though — when you’re dealing with bold hues, you need a deft hand. So, if you’re thinking of jumping on the bandwagon, let us guide the way. Below is a list of some of the most common applications for how to use saturated colors in your interiors and tips on how to pull them off like a pro. Trust us, you won’t want to miss out on this one.

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Consider an accent wall. Image: Garrison Hullinger Interior Design Inc.

Tackling the walls

When thinking about adding color to a room, the obvious choice for many is to look to the walls. In the scheme of things, color is cheap. You can buy paint for pennies on the dollar compared to most design elements, and it will have a huge impact on the overall look of the room.

However, before covering all four walls in the bold hue of your choice, consider the following: Is the room the right size to stand up to such a strong color? Since saturated colors are so bold, they need a room that’s large enough that added color won’t make it feel closed in, but small enough that the visual impact won’t be too overwhelming. Usually dining rooms, office spaces, and formal living areas fit the bill nicely.

If you’re worried painting all four walls may not be the best idea, consider adding an accent wall. To do this, you’ll just want to put your pop of color on one wall — ideally, the one that catches your eye when you enter the room — and then paint your other walls a lighter, more neutral shade.

statement furniture

Think about using a statement piece of furniture. Image: Marion Alberge Décoration

Incorporating furniture

For those who want to think beyond the walls, adding a piece of color-forward, statement furniture is always a solid choice. Remember, if you choose to go this route, you’ll want this piece of furniture to be the first thing that catches viewer’s eyes, so it should stand out. It’s also crucial to make sure that your design elements stand out in a good way.

Here are a few tips to keep in mind:

  • Placement: Statement furniture works best in a grouping, and should visually play off of contrasting pieces. For this reason, composed seating areas often work best, but a statement dresser in a bedroom or dining table would also suffice.
  • Color: Whichever saturated color you choose, you should still make sure that it mixes well with the other colors in the room. Neutrals or opposite colors on the color wheel often match best.
  • Size: A statement piece of furniture needs to be sizable enough that it can carry a room and command attention. Make sure that it is in scale with, or larger than, the rest of the pieces in the room.

Add pops of color with accessories. Image: Tara Seawright Interior Design

All about the accessories

Let’s face it: Furniture can get expensive and paint, though affordable, does take some effort to redo if you’re unhappy with the results. What if you want to take a subtle, noncommittal approach to the saturated color trend? Then it’s all about the accessories.

As always, accessories are the small details that really drive the room’s aesthetic. They are throw pillows, area rugs, blankets, bedding, décor pieces and plants that round out your space and make it look intentionally designed, rather than purely functional. Plus, these items have a relatively low price point, so they can often be switched out much more easily than other design elements.

Our advice is not to limit yourself too much by only searching for solid color accessories in the hue of your choice. Mixing and matching patterns is often one of the best ways to make accessories pop and, even if your chosen hue is only one of the colors in a particular pattern, it can still make a strong impact.

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Make the most of your wall art. Image: Kimberly Demmy Design

Don’t forget wall art

Great wall art is a must-have element for many, and thanks to the freedom of expression that this medium allows, it becomes a natural choice for those looking to sneak a bold pop of color into their home. However, if you find yourself struggling to commit to a piece of art that’s fairly loud, don’t worry. Here’s how to do it the right way.

If possible, make sure to purchase the wall art first. Since art is such a subjective thing, there are no firm rules on what to buy, but we do know that it will be much easier to match the rest of the room to the color palette provided by the art than the other way around. Ideally, like the furniture, it will be large enough to be a focal point for the room and your hue will be prominently featured.

After choosing your piece, mirror the shades found in the artwork throughout the room. In this case, the saturated shade will become your accent color. Use it in bold pops throughout your accessories, like the ones listed earlier.

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Consider this your how-to on using saturated colors. Image: J NORD WOLFE General Contracting Inc.

If you’ve been following any of our trend reporting for the new year, you know that interior design is about to take a turn for the ostentatious. Chief among the changes that we’re seeing is a propensity toward saturated colors. If you’re ready to get in on the trend, this guide contains everything you need to know about going bold the right way. Keep it close at hand for your next project.

What do you think of the saturated color trend? Will you be jumping on the bandwagon? Tell us in the comments below.

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friday finds.

dining room art gallery wall. / sfgirlbybay

welcome to the weekend, everyone. it’s been very hectic around the house this week — i had my countertops installed and for some reason that compelled me to clean every-single-drawer and pantry and rid them of things i just never use. it’s a good feeling, mind you, and i’m excited to share the new kitchen look with you soon — i just need to paint and we’re getting close to a reveal. here are a few things inspiring me this week and giving me relaxed vibes all around. enjoy some r&r if you can!

xo, victoria

  1. i love the look of this dining room gallery. but i also quite like the idea of displaying art books when the table’s not in use. what about you? too impractical or who cares cuz it looks great?!
  2. this is paper calls this ‘a landscape dialogue between Brussels and Athens’ by Athanasios Gatos. it may in fact just be a weed making its way through a crack in the concrete (but aren’t we all?) and it’s beautiful.
  3. i have a thing for great argyle or diamond patterns and i’ve been crushing on this beautiful tile pattern and color palette from Palais El Badi in Marrakesh, Morocco.
  4. what a simple but fantastic abstract portrait this is, hung over a very lovely tub. and again some pretty spiffy tile work here, too.
  5. do you read cereal magazine? they have the loveliest photography and some great features, including travel — i love this particular story about a bit of santa barbara’s more notorious history.
  6. these are such a great pair of cane lounge chairs from worn. they only ship within australia but i’m going to be on the hunt for some vintage beauties similar to these for the shop.
  7. french country houses were filled with beautiful bamboo pieces like this popular bucket chair in the 1950s and 60s and we did discover this double circle bamboo chair in a flea market in lyon. she’s in super marché now.
  8. this is such a pretty desert print. and this time of year? it’s my very favorite season to visit because it’s not too hot, and the crowds have yet to descend upon it.

weed coming up through concrete art print. / sfgirlbybay

argyle moroccan tile in teal, black and white. / sfgirlbybay

simple abstract portrait painting over free-standing tub. / sfgirlbybay

inspiring travel photography. / sfgirlbybay

cane lounge chairs from worn. / sfgirlbybay

super marché double circle bamboo chair. / sfgirlbybay

gorgeous desert art print. / sfgirlbybay

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Make a toddler swing from a high chair. A reversible hack.

Which kid doesn’t love a good swing? Here’s how Tom Builder hacked the ANTILOP high chair into a toddler swing. The best thing is, the ropes can be wound up behind it and the chair returned to its primary function as a high chair. Is that cool or what?

Take a look at this video:

How to convert the ANTILOP high chair into a toddler swing


  • IKEA ANTILOP high chair
  • Rope
  • LOSJÖN hanger
  • Washers
  • Ceiling Hook x 2
  • Appropriate fittings to attach ceiling hooks to beam (eg. wood / drywall / concrete)


  • Drill
  • Drill bits – 2mm and 8mm
  • Screwdriver


Remove the tray and legs from your ANTILOP chair, if already assembled.

Drill holes at the four corners of the ANTILOP chair. Start with a 2mm drill bit to create a pilot hole and then enlarge it with a 8mm drill bit.

Thread the rope through the hole, from the top. Slide in a washer and knot it securely. Repeat on the other side. Then set the swing aside.

Make a toddler swing from a high chair. A reversible hack.

Next, you’ll need to attach ceiling hooks to beam.

Hang the ropes on the hook and adjust the levels to prevent tip behind.

Make a toddler swing from a high chair. A reversible hack.

When level, tie a knot at the top of the loops.

Make a toddler swing from a high chair. A reversible hack.

Lastly, attach the LOSJÖN hanger to the back of the chair.

Then comes the most exciting bit. Place toddler in and wheee!

Make a toddler swing from a high chair. A reversible hack.

When your kid has had his or her fill of the toddler swing, take it down and wind the ropes round the LOSJÖN hanger.

Make a toddler swing from a high chair. A reversible hack.

Replace the tray and reattach the legs. And you’ve turned the ANTILOP back to its original function.

Make a toddler swing from a high chair. A reversible hack.

~ by Tom Builder

You may like these DIY swings too

#1 From stool to swing

Turn over the FROSTA stool, attach only 2 legs of the 4 legs and voilà! A FROSTA swing.

Frosta swing

#2 A swinging armchair

Fancy a swinging armchair? It can be done! Bronson successfully hung up the KARLSTAD armchair and yes, it rocks.

swing armchair


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Open Plan Home Decor With Interesting Layers

Open plan home layouts can appear boxy and lacking in structural design features, so how can visual interest be added? In this home tour, created by designer Guan Pin from Asia, we take a walk through an apartment decked out in a palette of white, grey and woodtone decor. Different areas of the home have been defined with the dependable tricks of using furniture at right angles and laying down area rugs; it’s around the perimeter of these pieces where we find added features that work to break up what would otherwise be an expansive flat wall or a run of repetitive windows, features which keep the eye moving.

Beginning in the lounge area, we can instantly see that although the amount of furniture in the contemporary room is quite minimal, there is still plenty going on. The sofa design itself has its very own layering, with an integrated side table. A tall floor lamp with a large drum shade overhangs the modular sofa, bringing elegant height and structure. A richly stained wooden coffee table takes centre stage against a pale grey area rug.

An entire wall of regimented windows have been given a very unique treatment. Panels of grey window blinds float at random heights and depths, where each one is set in a different position to its neighbour. The effect is an architectural look that provides a level of privacy and light control.

Opposite the run of windows, a wide-spaced slatted wall has been constructed to partially screen the kitchen from the living room. The slatted design is echoed by a wooden end table over by the sofa, and more subtly by the ridged surface of a large charcoal coloured planter.

Varying materials have been selected for the furniture in the lounge. The pale grey softly upholstered sofa has been teamed with a pair of simple wooden Scandinavian style chairs, which are of a different hue to the wooden coffee table. The varying tones help prevent the scheme from falling flat.

To the side of the living room, a home study area has been created with a wooden desk that has a single chair at either side. A matching wooden tray acts as a spot for keeping refreshments within arms reach. Above the desk, a trio of white pendant shades elevate the area.

A selection of house plants have been dotted around the place to add a flash of colour and life.

Beyond the partial slatted wall, the kitchen also holds a dining area, defined by copper dining room pendant lights arranged on one fixture.

The dining set has levels, with a low profile bench placed at one side of the table and four chairs arranged at the other.

The slatted wall plays with light and shadow over the kitchen-dining room. Gloss fronted grey cabinets and glossy white fridge-freezer reflect the vertical linear pattern.

Wooden and copper interior elements add a large amount of visual warmth to a cool neutral decor scheme.

Behind the eating area, the kitchen is a collection of grey and white volumes arranged at differing heights.

The view from the dining chairs is another selection of contrasting storage units. Cutting through the centre of the end units is a large built-in fishtank. The illuminated aquarium landscaping matches with the greenery of the house plants.

The dining table is flanked with a white kitchen island.

The boundaries of where the kitchen begins and ends are blurred due to multitude of storage units that cover every solid wall of this home, in an array of finishes. Only the central island is clearly defined, with a generously sized modern fruit bowl.

Concrete slabs cover the walls of the entryway, giving it a weighty industrial ambiance in contrast to the airy white walls within.

Behind the home office, a large metal framed shelving unit holds a multitude of wooden shelves and cupboards.

The shelves are peppered with a collection of decorative vases, ornaments, pictures and house plants.

The lower cabinets hide away all of the paperwork so that the home interior is comprised of carefully considered layering rather than being carelessly cluttered.

Placing low hanging desk lighting in front of the tall chunky shelving unit creates great depth at this end of the open plan room.

The large display unit overhangs the window but the open ended design allows daylight to filter through unobstructed.

Built-in storage space is backed with charcoal grey paint, which makes it appear deeper than its actual proportions, and helps the lighter coloured cabinet construction materials to crisply stand out.

Textured wooden flooring runs throughout the entire space.

In the master bedroom, a deep divan bed has a floor lamp at its side, situated as a reading light. Wooden panels run the full width of the headboard wall, creating a feature on the plain wall.

Display cubbies are integrated into the bedroom closets.

A second bedroom holds an unusual platform bed design that extends beyond the end of the mattress, almost like a stage. Beneath the platform there is a selection of hidden storage. A bedside unit is also integrated onto the ‘stage’, as a buffer between the bed and the window. A separate bedside stool holds the bedside table lamp.

In this room there is also a layering of monochrome pattern, in the artwork, the decorative scatter cushions and the bed runner.

If you like this relaxing interior, brought to us from the Asian side of the web, then take a look at: 4 Asian-Influenced Interiors That Exude the East

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wear this there: budapest cafe.

arched doorway inside budapest cafe. / sfgirlbybay

what’s seafoam green, perfectly symmetrical, and wes anderson all over? china’s budapest cafe of course! all our cinematic daydreams now have a place to sit and grab a coffee. this beautiful space was designed by the australian design studio biasol, and set out to recreate all our favorite elements of this infamous movie director’s quirks. for such an occasion one must go all out on the outfit, as this could possibly be your life’s greatest instagram shot. a bubblegum pink sweatshirt layered over a vintage-inspired mini dress, and faux fur bag are fit for a leading indie lady. slip into character and onto a bar stool, hang by the pink ball pool (because when else will you have the chance?), or just occupy the insanely cute bathroom taking selfies — there are endless corners to admire here.

~ michaela d’artois, vérité woman.

colorful cocktails at the budapest cafe. / sfgirlbybaywear this there: budapest cafe. / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: zara floral printed dress; nordstrom bb dakota McCoy Faux Fur Coat; intentionally blank shoe in intimate pink; free people silky sheer tights; vérité woman marta beret; the ordinary lactic acid; mejuri star signet ring; the wes anderson collection: the grand budapest hotel by Matt Zoller Seitz; Urban Outfitters Faux Fur Mini Tote Bag; front row shop printed sweatshirt.

pink terrazzo bathroom at budapest cafe. / sfgirlbybay

pink and mint decor at budapest cafe. / sfgirlbybay

the budapest cafe in china. / sfgirlbybay

green dining room at china's budapest cafe. / sfgirlbybay

pink and green palette inside budapest cafe. / sfgirlbybay

pastel green and pink terrazzo bathroom. / sfgirlbybay

pink and mint green decor inside china's budapest cafe. / sfgirlbybay

pastel pink and green business cards for budapest cafe. / sfgirlbybay

exterior of budapest cafe in china. / sfgirlbybay

inspiring green palette inside the budapest cafe in china. / sfgirlbybay

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How to Put Together the Perfect Kid’s Room (That Your Little Ones Will Love)

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Kid’s rooms need to meet both the parent’s and child’s needs. Image: Fastighetsbyrån

Designing a kid’s room can seem like a daunting task at first glance. After all, there are so many factors to take into account. On the one hand, the room needs to be a space where the child feels comfortable and believes his or her personality is reflected. On the other hand, the space needs to be functional and have elements that will stand the test of time.

That said, checking off all of these boxes is far from impossible. With a little planning, you can absolutely put together a room that feels appropriate for today, yet still has the potential to grow with your child. Keep reading to learn how can find the ultimate middle ground.


A theme can be excellent design inspiration. Image: Studio Peck LLC

Consider a theme

When you’re not sure where to start designing a kid’s room, choosing a theme can be a great first step. First, it will help you cater the room to the child by connecting to his or her individual interests. Then, it will provide a ready-made template for you to follow as you make your aesthetic choices.

If you decide to go this route, keep the theme fairly general. Zeroing in too much on specifics — for example, catering to a favorite team, TV show or toy — runs the risk of shortening the room’s relevance. Broader topics like animals, sports or even fairies have a better chance of keeping the child’s favor over the years.

Once you’ve decided on a topic, build the room around it. Let that dictate your color palette, your choices for wall coverings and your bedding. Then, add specific nods to the theme throughout your accessories.

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Keep the furniture neutral. Image: Sand Bar Contractors

Keep furniture neutral

Whether you’ve decided to go with a theme or are just looking for some design inspiration, one rule of thumb holds true: Keep your furniture as neutral as possible. In the grand scheme of things, furniture is your big-ticket item. Since it’s an investment, you want to make sure it can be reincorporated if you redo the room as your child ages.

Your best bet is to choose pieces that come in either a plain white or wood finish. Stay away from any extreme colors or detailed finishing that may lend itself to a particular design style. Look for pieces that can be easily matched, if need be, at a later date.


Make sure there’s plenty of storage. Image: Finch London

Don’t forget storage

If there’s one truth about kids of all ages, it’s that they come with a lot of stuff (and “a lot’ might be an understatement). Parents should make sure children have plenty of room to store their belongings. Plus, ideally, those storage solutions will continue to be useful to them as they grow and their interests change.

Every room setup is different, so we hesitate to give hard-and-fast rules here. As you determine which storage solutions will be appropriate for your space, we encourage you to err on the side of more-is-more. Take the photo above, for example. In that single frame you can see an armoire, a set of drawers, a desk, shelving and a bookcase — plenty of opportunities for your child’s things to find a home other than on the floor.

For practicality’s sake, we also suggest that you steer clear of using too many open storage options, where the items are not concealed. Open storage only works if the display is consistently kept neat, and sometimes parents may want to have the ability to hide a mess from plain view.


With kid’s rooms, accessories matter most. Image: Christopher Burns Interiors

Accessories, accessories, accessories

In truth, kid’s rooms are all about the accessories. They are the great equalizer. These items pack a huge punch of visual interest and infuse a sense of your child’s personality into the space. They’re also pretty cost-effective; it won’t be too much of a hardship to replace them out as your child’s tastes mature.

As for what counts toward this category, textiles are a natural choice. Bedding, extra blankets, throw pillows and area rugs play a big part in pulling the room together, yet can be swapped out in seconds. Wall art, smaller lighting elements like table lamps and desk lamps, as well as any strict décor items also fit the bill.

Selecting accessories together is also a nice way to involve your child in the design process. If your child is old enough, letting him or her choose the items that will decorate the room helps foster a sense of independence and ownership over the space.

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Keep these tips in mind as you design your kid’s room. Image: Workshop Design + Architecture

Believe it or not, creating the perfect kid’s room can be harder than it looks. The challenge is that these spaces need to please both the kids and the parents, who more than likely have two different sets of priorities. That doesn’t mean it can’t be done. Keep these tips in mind the next time one of these rooms is on your design to-do list. We’re sure they’ll help you find some common ground.

Have you ever decorated a kid’s room? What helpful hints can you share from your experience? Leave them in the comments below.

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Narrow Apartment in Tel Aviv Designed in White

This narrow, 42 square-meter (462 square-foot) apartment in Tel Aviv, Israel, was envisioned and designed for a family who enjoys entertaining. Recently renovated by interior designer Yael Perry, it features a practical layout and plenty of natural light.

The designer opted for a minimalist scheme and monochromatic finishes in order to optimize the feeling of space. The parquet flooring, walls, and furniture were all imagined in white. 
Step inside and you’ll find an entryway with functional storage units hidden in the lateral walls. The open space living room flows into the kitchen.

According to the designers, the apartment is too narrow to accommodate furniture for both the small living room and dining zone. The solution? Finding creative furniture that can be used in both spaces. Eero Aarnio’s Parabel table and four Kite chairs designed by Karim Rashid add function and visual appeal to the common areas.

Another smart feature for an apartment this size is the wall that separates the living room from the bedroom. This element has an integrated closet on one side and the TV unit on the other. Any other ideas you find provoking?

Be sure to check out the apartment plans at the end of the post for a better understanding of the project! Photography by Itay Benit.

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in the kitchen with rachel khoo.

in the kitchen with rachel khoo. / sfgirlbybay

this is such a cheerful, almost kitschy kitchen, isn’t it? it definitely has those retro vibes with the pea-green backsplash tiles by Milagros, a Mexican tile shop on London’s fabulous Columbia Road and deVOL cabinets, peppered with vintage-inspired cooking accouterment adorning simple shaker shelving. the folks at UK-based deVOL who make this lovely bespoke kitchen cabinetry sent it over to me and i thought it would be fun to share. it’s the new kitchen belonging to celebrity chef, Rachel Khoo, who chose to work with deVOL on the new kitchen for her Khoollect lifestyle magazine headquarters. This darling pea-green kitchen is full of personality and charm and the perfect place for Rachel to rustle up her delicious dinners both on and off screen. for more beautiful kitchen inspiration visit deVOL.

celebrity chef rachel khoo's green kitchen. / sfgirlbybay pea green vintage inspired kitchen. / sfgirlbybay celebrity chef rachel khoo in a kitchen designed by deVOL kitchens. / sfgirlbybay retro green kitchen at Khoollect lifestyle magazine headquarters. / sfgirlbybay retro green tile backsplash in Khoollect lifestyle magazine headquarter's kitchen. / sfgirlbybay



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Cat chair hammock: So cushy your cat will love it

My cats love “levitating”, so I made this cat chair hammock hack for them. It’s super simple and so effective. My cats love it.

The MALINDA cushion is ridiculously cheap and you can actually use any chair with the side bars for resting the feet to hang the cushion. Just a few stitches and you can make a budget friendly cat hammock.

The hardest part was sewing the Velcro on. It takes a few stabs in the fingers, so I’d maybe use a thimble if I ever do this again.

IKEA items used:

  • MALINDA chair cushion
  • NORRÅKER chair

MALINDA chair cushion, IKEA



Other materials and tools:

How to make a cushy hangout for your cat:

It could not be any simpler.

Cushy cat chair hammock

Cushy cat chair hammock

aaah … perfect for a nap

Just sew two more Velcro strips to the opposite corners of the cushion. Follow the way the original strips are placed.

Then just fasten the MALINDA chair cushion to the four chair legs, above the leg rest.

Go to the original post for my cat chair hammock (in Czech).

~ by lentilki

Other ways to make a cat chair hammock

Want to make a hammock for your cat but rather not have it hanging beneath your dining chair? Adapt these ideas instead.

#1 Try a coffee table

This cat hammock is made from the VITTSJÖ Table and a MÄRIT table runner. Fasten the two ends to the frame with staples. Forget about decorating your coffee table with books. Cute kitty is all you need.

cat hammock

#2 Or kit out the kitchen cart

Did it wink? Wait. I think it did. Because this double decker cat hammock is spot on. Better yet, it has not one, but two hammocks! This gets my vote for the best use of the BEKVÄM kitchen cart.

double decker cat hammock

#3 Or turn a step stool into a cat perch and hammock

A two-in-one hack your cat will love. It has a seat for when the cat wants to sit up high and look out, probably with disdain at the neighbour’s dog chasing its tail. And a hammock when it needs its human-don’t-bother-me chill time.

cat tree hammock



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Dark Grey Home Decor With Warm LED Lighting

After a hectic day of being out and about in the big bad world, it’s nice to have a cosy nest in which to hide away and snuggle up. Cosiness can be achieved through home decor in many different ways. Warming decor colours, sumptuous textures and luxurious furniture are just a few of them. Here, we have two shining examples of how warm LED lighting can make a dark grey home decor scheme appear welcoming and warm. The mood lighting gives each of the interiors a feeling of safe seclusion and warm hazy harmony. Crisp modern features and furniture give a simple minimalist vibe, adding to the feeling of uninterrupted relaxation.

Visualizer: Z.Design architecture  

The first warm ambient apartment tour begins in an open plan living room, where a lounge and kitchen-diner space is combined. A selection of recessed spotlights are situated around the perimeter of the open room but its the under-cabinet lighting in the kitchen that really sets the lighting scene. Sandwiched beneath a row of wall cabinets and above the kitchen countertop, the glow from the concealed strip of LEDs creates a large letterbox of light.

A contemporary dining table light beams puddles of illumination over the eating surface, from an arrangement of long thin aluminium tubes.

The minimalist kitchen has a cool dish-draining feature that is set back from the kitchen counter, existing as a separate entity that runs the entire length of the work area. Numerous dish and food draining options are situated along a frame, allowing the countertop to stay dry and free from water stains.

LED lighting makes solid grey walls and kitchen units appear warm and glowing.

Beyond the dining room and into the lounge, a little natural daylight diffuses through window blinds onto a tall indoor plant.

Glazed walls surround a walk-in closet that doubles as a laundry room, thanks to a conveniently situated clothes washer and separate dryer.

Each hanging rail is lit from above by an LED strip.

The golden illumination makes the clothing garments look as though they are hanging inside an exclusive boutique. The stripes of bright light are practical as well as attractive too, as they allow clothing to be seen clearly for quick and easy selection.

The transparent lightbox closet flanks a hallway, where a long uplighter subtly blends in with the length of the wall.

In the bathroom we find the mirror above a vanity unit is backlit, emitting warm illumination from above and below the glass.

Recessed spotlights light the rest of the grey and white space.

Behind a screen lies a wet room area complete with a Japanese style soaking bath and a separate shower zone.

Soft pools of light make this a relaxing space.

A kids room adds a little fun Lego texture over grey decor.

Orange has been added into the mix to make the palette more kid friendly. Two chunky knit bean bags in orange and white make a great place to read, hang out or game beneath a small floor reading lamp.

Shared kids’ rooms often present a problem when it comes to deciding a layout for beds that doesn’t entirely eat up precious play and study space. In this layout, a cool bespoke bunk bed design has been built right into the end of the room. It incorporates a seat, kids’ night lights and more zesty orange.

Bedroom pendant lights don’t have to be large flashy designs. This subtle design quietly does its job over the bedside whilst incorporating an interesting wire feature up one wall.

Visualizer: Igor Sirotov  

Our second dark grey home interior is warmly lit in the lounge area by a minimalist floor lamp.

White flatware sings out on a dark table arrangement.

Above the television the ceiling border drops golden light over the feature wall.

The generous dining area is illuminated by a chic black dining pendant light with a shallow profile.

A small amount of natural light weaves through voiles at a heavily curtained window.

The grey kitchen has a textured effect.

At the end of the dining room a glass fronted storage cupboard has been lit invitingly from within.

The home entryway holds a huge backlit mirror and a side lit staircase, giving the hallway a nightclub vibe.

The hard marble stair treads reflect the light, giving them a wet look.

The golden perimeter of the bedroom shines like the first beam of sunshine on a horizon…

…or the last stripe of sunlight at night.

A unique floor lamp lights the bedside.

In the bathroom a circular mirror is lit like an eclipse.

The whole of the small bathroom is decorated in dark grey, including the floor, the vanity unit and an anthracite vertical radiator.

The children’s room clears the grey air with a much lighter and brighter look. The walls are still grey, but this time in a softer pale putty hue. Many elements of furniture and accessories have been selected in a solid white colourway to lift the scheme, including a novelty rack, desk chair and a swing arm wall lamp.

The stylish ergonomic chair is pushed up to a desk that fits perfectly into a window recess.

A small sofa provides a comfortable place to sit with friends.

We find another stylish ergonomic chair at a study area in a second kid’s room, along with two bean bags creating a chill out space.

This time we find purple and blue-green accent colours in a woven circular rug.

The kids bed is tucked away from the play area.

Like cracking open a treasure chest, shimmering golden light spills out over this bathroom.

Bold monochrome tiling dominates the scheme.

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