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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These two 100 square metre home designs are the epitome of elegant modernity, depicted in light and airy palettes of soft white, whispers of pale grey and moments of natural wood tone. We will tour one contemporary home that comes alive with neat Scandinavian chic and a hint of warm boho vibes, designed as an escape from the homeowner couple’s demanding business trips. Next we’ll fall into a comfortably curvaceous decor scheme with sleek styling, unique silhouettes and intriguing glass partitions, which include a pocket door kitchen and a master bedroom closet/ensuite combo. Floor plans are included at the end of each home tour for layout inspiration.

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