Neoclassical decor first emerged in 18th-century Britain and France, drawing from classic Roman and Greek architecture and art. It originally highlighted ornamental columns and reliefs, gilted accessories, plush swags, and opulent furniture. As time moved on, the neoclassical interior style evolved to include chic modern pieces that gently meld with the classical influence. Now, the transitional neoclassical interiors that we feature here today have a bolder and sometimes more minimalist modernity driven through highly ornamental surroundings. The juxtaposition of uber contemporary against intricate classical detailing creates inspiring spaces that are firmly planted in the present, with a wistful glance over the shoulder to the elegant past.

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Whilst the soothing serenity of neutral decor has its place and peaceful function, there is also a time for colour, personality and the unexpected. Today, we’re taking a look at three wonderfully unique & colourful home interiors that communicate quirky creativity and fabulous fun. Our first featured home interior is a vibrant purple-based Ibizan pad with futuristic curves and fashionable terrazzo decor elements. We move next to Russia, where a riveting interior decor scheme incorporates the rainbow into a small studio layout. Finally we climb to new heights of colour incorporation in a home with a bespoke red spiral staircase and a green courtyard, and a host of modern furniture inspo to match.

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Located in a residential area of São Paulo, Brazil, the design concept for this luxury 1280 square metre home all started with the swimming pool. Designed by Matheus Farah + Manoel Maia Arquitetura, this luxurious home design centres around a huge pool that can be seen from the majority of rooms in the house, where the easy indoor-outdoor living style is bestowed. The architecture of Ibsen House was created to facilitate shared moments and connected living by way of impressively large sliding walls, whilst also providing intimate privacy. The home’s most private space is located underground, where special neon lighting and acoustic treatments shape the Redroom, the ultimate party hideaway.

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Smooth microcement decor moulds this interesting home concept with curvaceous walls and a calmly cohesive pale colour scheme. Visualised by Eugene Shkilnyuk, this unusual decor scheme is rooted in an ultra modern realm, although a moment of stone age styling chisels out a unique kitchen island design that straddles majesty and madness. Shaded with heavy black accents, this monochrome home interior holds high contrast living spaces that are emphasised under spectacular round skylights and a modern lighting system that snakes freely across microcement ceilings. The material palette and lighting scheme holds firm in the master bedroom, where we visit a minimalist workspace and an open plan ensuite bathroom.

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Sailing near to neutral but with a swell of uplifting blue hued accents, these two modern home interiors are serene and mood-boosting spaces. Featuring a range of complementary tones, from bright cobalt to pale pastel, blue decor details provide a modern palette that’s full of positive personality. Looking beyond the colour story, we explore room interiors that are styled with contemporary furnishings and balanced with a classic infusion of chic wall moulding. Grey, white and wood tone make calm companions for blue elements in our first home tour, whilst our second home design is injected with contrasting bolts of yellow that serve to exaggerate the dominant blue theme.

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