These 6 Sophisticated Interiors Are Deliciously Dark
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Bold and beautiful.
The white-on-white interior trend has been popular for a long time now, but if you'd rather do something different from your new home, like go dark instead, then here are 6 homes you’d want to check out for interior design inspiration.
So say goodbye to bright and airy homes and hello to elegant, sophisticated dark spaces!
1. A Victorian-inspired condo in Perak
Taking cues from the artistic styles of Tim Burton and Wes Anderson films, Red Land Design has transformed a 1200 sqft condominium in Perak into a captivating modern classic residence.
Each room possesses a unique character, adorned with Victorian-style furniture in rich, deep tones, creating a mysterious atmosphere throughout the space. For instance, in the dining area, the designer incorporated a bespoke solid wood trunk dining table crafted from a centuries-old rain tree by Chai Joywood. Antique-style pendant lights and custom-ordered vintage dining chairs further enhance the ambiance, evoking the sensation of dining in an old European home.
The walls are adorned in rich, dark shades, including glossy black, textured emerald green, and designer wallpaper featuring intricate patterns. Meanwhile, an array of wall art, including movie posters from Wes Anderson and Tim Burton's films, are strategically placed throughout the home to further enhance the almost-surreal feel of the space. This is complemented by luxurious elements such as leather, gold accents, and velvet to impart a regal and opulent feel to the surroundings.
2. A condo designed with a good and evil theme in Kuala Lumpur
Designed by Dot Works, this spacious 3000 sqft condominium draws inspiration from the fictional character Two-Face, known for his split personality and perpetual struggle between good and evil in Batman films.
The designer has taken this concept and applied it to create a unique, striking, and immersive home that represents the essence of this complex character. The house is artfully crafted to embody both The Good Side and The Dark Side. While The Good Side of the house is designed to emulate the calm and serene ambience, The Dark Side of the house embodies a darker, more chaotic aspect of the character, expressed in the living room, dining room, and kitchen. This is accomplished using a palette of black, white, and grey that creates sharp visual distinctions, resulting in a dramatic and high-impact aesthetic.
The chosen materials include dark, lustrous surfaces, black finishes, and polished metal, creating a distinct, sharp, and industrial ambiance. The lighting on The Dark Side is also more intense and direct, with spotlights and industrial-style fixtures that cast dramatic shadows, enhancing the feeling of unease and chaos.
3. A monochromatic modern condominium in Kuala Lumpur
This 1016 sqft condominium is proof that black can work, provided you give it some texture.
Doubble Interior Associates skillfully integrated wooden elements to add warmth, especially when combined with sleek curves of built-in cabinets, mirrors, and the door entrance.
Meanwhile, the stark contrasts between black and white, though simple, creates a visually dynamic and captivating setting, providing depth and interest to the overall aesthetic. The subtlety of this design also imparts an air of elegance to the home.
4. A bachelor pad with an industrial feel in Penang
This 1140 sqft condominium has been completely transformed by Vuemont Signature Interior Design into a captivating industrial-style home characterised by a bold and sophisticated use of dark hues.
The interiors are adorned with a palette of deep greys, rich charcoals, and muted blacks, exuding a contemporary and urban vibe.
Meanwhile, rough-textured walls, exposed pipes, and raw, weathered materials, such as steel, offer a harmonious blend of rugged elegance and modern functionality. To prevent the abode from feeling gloomy, bold red accents and LED lighting have been incorporated, striking the perfect balance between dramatic and inviting.
5. A luxe resort-like condo in Penang
This 2540 sqft condominium, designed by Dare Solution draws inspiration from the opulent design concept of a luxury resort, sparing no expense to deliver the utmost in splendour and pleasure through the use of dark tones.
The incorporation of various materials and textures, including natural stones, leather, wood, and fabric in rich, dark shades, imparts an exquisite ambiance to the space.
Aside from that, the combination of modern furnishings with wooden wall panelling throughout enhances its sophisticated charm and introduces a touch of luxury. To alleviate the moody ambiance, some furniture pieces such as the living room’s sofa and the dining table, are adorned in light neutral hues, adding a cosy feel to this residence.
6. A sophisticated modern condo in Kuala Lumpur
This 2000sqft modern condo by Klaasmen perfectly demonstrates that a black colour scheme can be used to create an inviting and welcoming environment.
For instance, the matte black built-in cabinetry, coffee table, and throw pillows in the open-plan living room make the space appear modern, elegant, and ultra-sophisticated.
The designer also used black textured wallpaper as a feature wall in the living room to create a dramatic effect and make the space look exquisite. To fully appreciate this cool textural addition, the designer keeps the walls bare, with no artwork or decor on display. Meanwhile, white tile flooring and the ceiling lighten the space without detracting from the cocoon-like atmosphere of the room.
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