Pops of vibrant colour are a popular companion for plain white decor schemes, but how about switching to the other end of the spectrum? Replacing a crisp white background with a jet black canvas creates a whole new vibe around bright accent pieces. The aesthetic morphs from light-hearted and lively to slick and bold. These two inspirationally dark and colourful decor examples demonstrate sleek style that leaves a lasting impression. With the help of sharp, linear furniture silhouettes, these layouts look pulled together and brave. Modern wall art pierces midnight paintwork, vivid hero pieces burst from the shadows, saturated statement walls bring new depth, and startling ceiling treatments turn up the intensity.

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High-end hotel style opulence brings luxury to this 117 square metre bachelor pad, located in Moscow, Russian Federation. Visualised by Cartelle Design, the project reinvents typical brutal bachelor styling with warm and cosy minimalism. Beamed concrete ceilings and arched windows build a feeling of grandeur in the living space, which is kept open with minimal partitions and doors to instill a sense of freedom. Illuminated perimeter panels accentuate the home’s architectural features, and bring warmth to the simple neutral aesthetic. Suave modern furniture adds character through complexity of shape and tonal contrast. Warm parquet floors counteract the cool industrial loft elements, whilst sparingly placed lamps set up cosy vistas.

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Come with us to the United Arab Emirates, as we fly around the exteriors of five spectacular modern luxury villa visualisations by Ruslan Latypov. These are ultra contemporary creations with sharp angular architecture, huge expanses of glass that showcase luxurious interior living spaces, and massive pool terraces filled with outdoor living spaces. It’s the grand exterior of these homes that pulls our focus, worship and envy for today. We’re going to tour stunning facades with chamfered overhangs under atmospheric perimeter lighting, palatial home entryways with towering front doors, and all of the glory that unfolds in the rear of these properties over exterior zoning for family, fun and entertaining.

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