At first glance, a laconic materials palette of cold grey concrete may not appear to lend itself greatly to fluctuations in character and atmosphere between the different rooms and functional spaces of a family home interior. However, it turns out that the cool concrete slab makes an excellent candidate for flexible functionality and an ideal canvas on which to create mixed moods. In these two inspirational home designs, the use and play of atmospheric light takes the role of a writer or artist, scripting and sculpting new scenes for life. Considered lighting schemes shape warmly welcoming lounge areas, sacred family dining spots, invigorating home workspaces, and preciously detailed connective spaces.

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Whatever feelings or belief system you may have around the colour red, whether it be passion, strength, energy, or even good luck, red is undoubtedly a powerhouse when it comes to interior design. Due to its intensity, red is more manageable in smaller quantities, as room elements that accentuate rather than dominate. Using too much of this strong hue can easily swamp a scheme but with more focussed bursts, this colour can be used to zone and intensify areas within a room or open plan layout. With that said, here are three inspirational home interiors that employ bold red accents to create hotspots within white modern home interiors.

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You may only have 50 square metres, or less, to play with but you want a stylishly chilled modern vibe. No problem. These two spatially challenged contemporary home interiors offer just the perfect spark of inspiration to get you started on your quest of quality over quantity. Take a look at how these two layouts overcome their limits by use of stylish furniture choices, cosy accents, and accessories that truly add a certain something to the compact space rather than just take away from it. We’ll also see a selection of lightly muted colour palettes that still have a good dose of oomph, because who said that small spaces have to be boring, right?

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When there’s not a lot of space to work with, putting the creative polish on interior design becomes all the more essential. Each square metre of space must be considered for storage and for style. It becomes imperative to pair back to what is relevant, and what negatively disrupts the sense of space. As we tour these four modern home designs under 40 square metres, it becomes clear that a sleek minimalist aesthetic is useful though not limiting in colour palette. We discover how the neoclassical style translates into compact living spaces and how even the tiniest living quarters can feel like a fresh summer holiday.

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If orange is your colour, then we certainly have a juicy treat for you. These four bright home designs feature tangerine, pumpkin and apricot accents in no small measures. Bold murals, textured feature walls and hero furniture pieces combine to make orange decor schemes that are characterful and energised. To go alongside the eye-catching colour scheme, a stylish circle theme runs on through too. Rounded motifs are painted onto walls and modern artwork, and feature within furniture silhouettes, lighting designs and decorative mirrors. The colour and shape themes build interiors that strike a light of inspiration that will burn on in memory and imagination for a long while to come.

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