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Trailblazing Women in Architecture Who Have Changed Life for the Better

Architecture has not been an easy profession for women, but from the very start, a talented and courageous cadre of female architects has pushed the boundaries and fought for recognition.  Some worked in the shadow of a mentor or spouse, making groundbreaking achievements, only to receive no credit. Throughout the decades, these bold professionals laid the groundwork for today’s talent, allowing their work to be front and center. Moreover, many of these women waged a battle not to be recognized as women in architecture, but simply as talented and innovative architects. Period. Here’s a list of some trailblazers you should know about.

Zaha Hadid

Dame Zaha Hadid
Dame Zaha Hadid

Dame Zaha Mohammad Hadid (1950-2016) was the grand dame of architecture. Called the “Queen of the curve,” Hadid was the first female recipient of the famous Pritzker Prize. Her distinctive designs were futuristic and geometric — spectacular on a visual level as well as architecturally. Her work has quite literally changed the face of cities around the world. Hadid’s accolades are too numerous to list and her distinctive designs have become icons in cities across the globe. When the Iraqi-British architect died unexpectedly, many of her designs were still under construction.

Port House in the port of Antwerp, Belgium
Port House in the port of Antwerp, Belgium

It’s nearly impossible to pick one design that is most prominent among Hadid’s work but a favorite is the Port House in the port of Antwerp, Belgium. An old derelict fire station was restored and topped with dramatic glass extension that is cantilevered over the water. It is a magnificent counterpoint to the massive structures that form the surrounding port.

Jeanne Gang

American architect Jeanne Gang
American architect Jeanne Gang

With a keen eye for environmental sustainability and expert creativity in using techniques in sustainable design, American architect Jeanne Gang leads Studio Gang in Chicago. Known for her projects that move toward reducing urban sprawl and increasing biodiversity, Gang has forged a career of international renown that is marked by designs that push the boundaries of architecture. The MacArthur fellow has pursued diverse work that includes a range of interests form developing stronger materials to following a design process that also builds relationships with communities and environments. Her distinguished career has already garnered numerous major awards, including being named to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Chevalier de l’Ordre national de la Légion d’honneur.

Chicago’s Aqua Tower
Chicago’s Aqua Tower

While Gang has undertaken recognized projects across the globe, she is perhaps most celebrated for Chicago’s Aqua Tower, an 82-story building with unique curved concrete balcony overhangs. The feature is not only design forward, but also a functional element that mitigates strong winds and allows for balconies to be placed on each floor and on all four sides of the building. When finished in 2010, the Aqua Tower was one of the tallest buildings in the world designed by a female architect. At the time, it also had the city’s largest green roof.

Maya Linn

Maya Linn
Maya Linn

Perhaps the youngest architect to find major success on this list, American Maya Linn won the design competition for the Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial in Washington DC while still a student at Yale. Although it was a groundbreaking style for a memorial, it was also quite controversial at the time. Linn is the daughter of Chinese intellectuals who emigrated in 1948 just before the Communists took over in 1949. Using her early fame as a launchpad, Linn has gone on to create other innovative memorials as well as architectural projects such as Langston Hughes Library (1999) and the Museum of Chinese in America in New York City. In 2016 President Barak Obama awarded her the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Vietnam Veterans Memorial
Vietnam Veterans Memorial

As already noted, Linn is most recognized for her first project –  the Vietnam War Memorial. Her vision for the monument is a testament to the power of simplicity, which immediately became a flashpoint for controversy. Veterans termed in the “black gash of shame” but the design prevailed, although a secondary monument with three realistic soldiers was located nearby to pacify opponents.  Since then, the granite wall inscribed with the names of 58,000 soldiers killed or missing in action has become a major draw for visitors, its sleek, abstract profile evoking powerful emotions. Finally, in 2005, the monument was recognized by the American Institute of Architects with its 25-Year Award, which celebrates structures that have proven their value.

Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk

Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk
Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk

As one of the founders of Miami firm Arquitectonica in the late seventies, Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk is a leader in New Urbanism. Plater-Zyberk and her firm earned an international reputation for a style that was dramatic, high-tech and modern while simultaneously working to design towns and communities that are livable and environmentally friendly. In 1979, she moved into academia, teaching at the University of Miami – where she also served as dean — and developing groundbreaking programs like Suburb and Town Design. Now, she and husband Andres Duany run DPZ, a firm that creates urban spaces that “encourage walking, diversity and complexity.”  Plater-Zyberk and DPZ has garnered numerous accolades, including the Richard H. Driehaus Prize for Classical Architecture and the APA National Planning Excellence Award for Best Practice for Miami 21.

Atlantis Condominium, Miami
Atlantis Condominium, Miami

The architectural project that has gained the most public notoriety for Plater-Zyberk is the Atlantis Condominium, a luxury building in Miami. Designed by Arquitectonica and built in the early1980’s the spectacular glass facade with its cut-out center — the 5-story palm court — became a Miami icon, featured in the opening credits “Miami Vice”, television series. The 21-story building is located in the Brickell section of Miami.

Manuelle Gautrand

Manuelle Gautrand
Manuelle Gautrand

As the first female laureate of the European Prize for Architecture, French architect Manuelle Gautrand is recognized for her “boldness and non-conformity.” She runs her own firm, Manuelle Gautrand Architecture, in Paris and has designed projects ranging from homes to cultural buildings and other sites such as a car showroom in Egypt. All of her work aims to highlight the relationship between the building and the site where it is located.

Citroën showroom
Citroën showroom

While numerous works by Gautrand are well recognized, her design for the Citroën showroom located on the Champs-Élysées really propelled her to popular fame on an international level. Made of large glass panels that form the Citroen logo on the façade, the contemporary design caused a stir when it was built in 2007 because not all were fans. Since that time, it has grown in popularity and is not one of the iconic buildings on the famous street.

Anna Heringer

Anna Heringer
Anna Heringer

German architect Anna Heringer is best known for her interest and expertise in sustainable architecture, which she has nurtured since she spent a year volunteering in Bangladesh in 1997. The experience there was the spark fueling her career path, as she aims to focus on what already exists instead of depending on external systems, making the best of the resources that are already available. Heringer, who is involved in a number of projects in Bangladesh, has received numerous awards for her work including the Aga Khan Award and the Global Award for Sustainable Architecture. In addition to her design projects, she teaches at various institutions, such as Harvard’s Graduate School of Design, ETH Zurich, and the Technical University in Vienna.

METI Handmade School in Rudrapur in Rudrapur in the Dinajpur district of Bangladesh
METI Handmade School in Rudrapur in Rudrapur in the Dinajpur district of Bangladesh

The project that has defined the direction of Heringer’s work is the METI Handmade School in Rudrapur in Rudrapur in the Dinajpur district of Bangladesh. She made the school a reality, using traditional building materials like mud and bamboo, typical materials used in construction in the area. The school was finished in 2006. Her other projects include the DESI (Dipshikha Electrical Skill Improvement), a vocational training school for electricians, not far from the school.

Denise Scott Brown

Denise Scott Brown
Denise Scott Brown

American architect Denise Scott Brown, principal of the Philadelphia firm Venturi, Scott Brown and Associates, as worked alongside her husband Robert Venturi for decades but is herself one of 20th Century’s most influential architects. She fought against gender discrimination in the industry, struggling for recognition of her individual work in the field of urban design,  and published a famous essay entitled “Room at the top? Sexism and the Star System in Architecture” in 1989. Scott Brown was driving force behind the studio class and book “Learning from Las Vegas.” The work was “a joint creativity.” that hinged on the concepts that eschewed modernism, reconnecting architecture with older traditions. Her husband’s receipt of the Pritzker award in 1991 was controversial in that the prize committee would not award the pair, only Venturi, who in the end accepted it with a speech extolling Scott Brown’s work. In 2018, she received the 2018 Soane Medal, which honors “architects who have made a major contribution to their field, through their built work, through education, history and theory.” Scott Brown also received the Jane Drew Prize for raising the profile of women in architecture.

The Vanna Venturi House
The Vanna Venturi House

It is difficult to identify just one project to highlight Scott Brown’s work, however, The Vanna Venturi House is definitely on the list of top groundbreaking endeavors. Built in 1964 for her mother-in-law, the house is considered among the prime examples of postmodern architecture. The Chestnut Hill, Pennsylvania home’s includes classic forms but also plays on aspects of scale and symmetry. The house also makes real a number of the concepts and ideas that were included in Complexity and Contradiction in Architecture published by Venturi.

Neri Oxman

Neri Oxman
Neri Oxman

Often called a visionary, Neri Oxman is an architect perhaps like no other.  Rather than designing buildings with building materials, Israeli-born Oxman builds with biological forms, using them as part of the construction to create a living building. Her work is “a shift from consuming nature as a geological resource to editing it as a biological one.” In her Mediated Matter research group at MIT she creates art and architecture that is an innovative melding of biology, math, engineering, computing and, of course, design. She is known for the phrase “material ecology” to define her work. The trademarks of her style brightly colored and textured surfaces, structure at many scales, and composite materials whose hardness, color, and shape vary over an object.

 Silk Pavilion
Silk Pavilion

Due to the innovative nature of her work, it’s not possible to walk down the street and point to a building that she has created – at least not yet. One of the more dramatic projects Oxman has created is the Silk Pavilion which is made of an unconventional material using an equally unconventional production process for the design and construction. She and her team programmed a robotic arm to weave a structure from silk threads that mimic the movements that silkworms use to create their cocoons. Then they released 6,500 live caterpillars onto the structure for them to complete the building process with their own silk.

Julia Morgan

Julia Morgan
Julia Morgan

American architect Julia Morgan (1872 – 1957) was ahead of her time as a groundbreaker for women in architecture as well as a prolific and successful professional in her own right. Among her many “firsts: were being the first woman to get an architecture license in California, to be admitted to the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris, and to receive the AIA Gold Medal, posthumously in 2014. In California, Morgan designed more than 700 buildings, embracing the Arts and Crafts Movement but working in a variety of styles with meticulous craftsmanship. Having set up her own practice in San Francisco in 1904, the tragedy of the 1906 earthquake yielded a great deal of work for Morgan, who designed countless houses, educational and office buildings, as well as churches.

Hearst castle
Hearst castle

One of California’s greatest architectural landmarks is Morgan’s best known architectural work: The famous Hearst castle. Hired by William Randolph Hearst in 1919, she spent the next 28 years overseeing the construction at Hearst Castle and personally designed most of the structures, the grounds “down to the minutest detail.” While Morgan also worked on other Hearst properties, The Hearst Castle at San Simeon was a collaboration like no other.

Eileen Gray

Eileen Gray
Eileen Gray

Eileen Gray (1878-1976) may be most celebrated for architecture, but she was equally a trailblazer in furniture design as well as in women’s roles in the industry. The Irish-born Gray was a pioneer in the modern movement in architecture, and her development was encouraged by her love interest, Romanian architect Jean Badovici. Her work on a shared home with Badovici in Monaco led to a dispute with Le Corbusier, on whose principals the house was built, who famously drew murals on the walls of the house without having Gray’s permission to do so. In the furniture realm, Gray worked with different geometries to create furniture in steel and leather, which in turn were said to inspire designers and architects in the Art Deco and Bauhaus styles.

Monaco House or E-1027
Monaco House or E-1027

The Monaco house she built for Badovici is arguably her masterpiece. Called E-1027, the name is a code for the couple’s names: E for Eileen, 10 for the J in Jean, 2 for the B in Badovici and the 7 for the G in Gray. The cubed-shaped house was built on pillars atop a rocky terrain and was said to be designed along Le Corbusier’s “Five Points of the New Architecture” thanks to its open plan,  horizontal windows, open facade and staircase leading to the roof. Gray also designed a variety of furnishings to complement the space. According to reports, Le Corbusier admired the house and often stayed there. In 1938/1939, however, he drew cubist murals on the walls without her permission, giving rise to a scandal.

Amanda Levete

Amanda Levete
Amanda Levete

Prize-winning architect Amanda Levete is founder and principal of AL_A, an international design and architecture studio that aims to “balance the intuitive with strategic, restless research, innovation, collaboration and attention to detail.” Welsh-born Levete’s practice is recognized as one of the most innovative in the UK. In 2011 the firm won an international competition to design a new entrance, courtyard and gallery for London’s Victoria and Albert Museum. Before opening her own firm, Levete ran Future Systems with her husband Czech-born architect Jan Kaplický, and together they created an iconic blob structure in 2003, recognizable from an old edition of Microsoft Windows. In 2018, Levete won the Jane Drew Prize, awarded by the Architects’ Journal and her firm was one of four teams shortlisted for a competition to reimagine the Eiffel Tower’s visitor experience.

The Victoria and Albert Museum in London
The Victoria and Albert Museum in London

Although a number of buildings around the globe could be called an iconic project for Levete, her design for the courtyard and entrance of the Victoria and Albert Museum in London likely tops the list. Named among the most influential buildings by Architectural Digest in 2017, the addition, adds 6,400 square meters of space and is the largest expansion at the museum in over a century. The larges feature of the project is the courtyard, which has been paved with porcelain — 11,000 hand-made tiles covering the 1,200-square-meter Courtyard.

Elizabeth Diller

Elizabeth Diller
Elizabeth Diller

Liz Diller is known for her wealth of ideas – some outrageous and some not so much. But she is also known and celebrated for her visionary work which has landed her as the only architect on Time magazine’s list of 100 most influential people of 2018 – her second time on the list. Diller founded the firm Diller Scofidio + Renfro in New York with partner and husband Ricardo Scofidio. Proud of their self-described rebelliousness, Diller’s firm has transformed buildings of all kinds and has recently worked on a long list of public arts buildings, which combine architecture and art, and blur the lines between media, medium, and structure. One of their newest projects is the Centre for Music, London’s new £250m  concert hall.

Mahnattan High Line
Manhattan High Line

While the list of Diller’s building projects is quite long, the firm is most famous for something a little bit different: Their conversion of an abandoned railway line in Manhattan into the High Line, a park that now attracts more than 8 million visitors each year. The transformation has been viewed as a model potential revitalization concept for cities around the globe and has improved the desirability and property values of the area around New York’s High Line.

Annabelle Selldorf

Annabelle Selldorf
Annabelle Selldorf

German-born architect Annabelle Selldorf has been called many things: a modernist of “interesting plainness”, “a kind of anti-Daniel Libeskind” and “the queen of stealthy architecture.” Regardless, one thing is for sure: Selldorf is one of the most sought-after residential architects in New York City. She is not big on having a wow factor and prefers designs that “exude quiet confidence.” This is likely why she has become the design darling of the art world, creating museums across the globe. Selldorf won a competition for the expansion of the San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art and was commissioned by a billionaire pharmaceutical heiress to transform dilapidated warehouses in Arles, France into exhibition spaces. She is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects (FAIA) and the recipient of the 2016 AIANY Medal of Honor.

 John Hay Library at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island
John Hay Library at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island

Among the many lovely buildings Selldorf’s firm has created, one the favorites is the John Hay Library at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. The amazing space had lost its luster thanks to many decades and many renovations. She devised a design that restored many features of the room, such as oak shelving, and incorporated replicas of the lighting fixtures that were originally used.  It was finished off with comfortable furniture. that blends well with the historic space.

Norma Merrick Sklarek

Norma Merrick Sklarek
Norma Merrick Sklarek

A true pioneer, Norma Sklarek (1926–2012)  was one of the first African American women to be licensed as an architect in the United States. She was called the “Rosa Parks of architecture,” thanks to her intelligence, talent, and tenacity. These qualities led her to transcend racism and sexism, and be a role model in architecture. Sklarek was the first woman of color honored by a Fellowship in the AIA. Her career included a stint at Welton Becket Associates where she directed the construction for Terminal One at the Los Angeles International Airport, which was ready prior to the 1984 summer Olympics. In 1985 she co-founded Siegel, Sklarek, and Diamond with Margot Siegel and Katherine Diamond, which at the time was the largest woman-owned firm.

The Pacific Design Center
The Pacific Design Center

Among the projects Sklarek designed is The Pacific Design Center, a  multi-use collection of buildings for the design community in West Hollywood. Sometimes the Blue Whale, one of the buildings is outsized compared to the surrounding buildings and has brilliant blue glass cladding. The PDC houses the West Coast’s top and furniture market, a branch of the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) and two restaurants. It also famously hosts The annual post -Oscar Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Award Party.

Odile Decq

Odile Decq
Odile Decq

Another winner of the Jane Drew Prize, Odile Decq has been recognized as “a creative powerhouse, spirited breaker of rules and advocate of equality. From her early days as part of a team with her husband Benoît Cornette, the duo spiced up a rather bland architecture scene in France. The pair’s first big project — Banque Populaire de l’Ouest in Rennes – garnered them eight awards. After Cornette’s tragic death in a car accident, her work was still being attributed to him, which spurred her to change the firm’s name to Studio Odile. From there, Decq went on to start her own school — Confluence Institute for Innovation and Creative Strategies in Architecture —  in Lyon, France.

angshan Tangshan National Geopark Museum
Fangshan Tangshan National Geopark Museum

Among her projects, one of the latest is the Fangshan Tangshan National Geopark Museum one of the finest global geoparks. “The shape of the museum originates from the slope of the site, which becomes the form of the building. The continuity between the landscape and the museum creates a sequential museology space that runs through the many layers of the project,” the architects wrote.

Marion Mahony Griffin

Marion Mahony Griffin
Marion Mahony Griffin

Groundbreaker Marion Mahony Griffin (1871-1961) was the world’s first female licensed architect and Frank Lloyd Wright’s first employee. One would think this would boost her career, but as was generally the case with women in that era, her accomplishments were minimized. As Wright’s personal life became more complex, Mahoney Griffin took over many of his projects. She is considered an original member of the Prairie School and she produced what was considered some of the best architectural drawing in America. She later married collaborator Walter Burley Griffin and then spent most of her professional married life in Australia. Her watercolor renderings of his design for Australia’s new capital, Canberra, helped win the competition for the city’s plan and once in Australia, she managed the Sydney office of their firm.

Rock Crest-Rock Glen
Rock Crest-Rock Glen

Among the countless designs Mahoney Griffin created, one that she did in cooperation with her husband is considered one of their most dramatic. Rock Crest-Rock Glen, located in Mason City Iowa, is a collection of Prairie School dwellings, in fact, is the largest collection of this style of homes in a natural setting. These buildings usually have horizontal lines, wide eaves that overhang the sides, broad groups of windows and restrained use of ornamentation.

Anne Griswold Tyng

Anne Griswold Tyng
Anne Griswold Tyng

Anne Griswold Tyng (1920-2011) was known for her mathematical skill and pioneering accomplishments in the use of interlocking geometric patterns to create spaces that are full of light. Beginning early in her career, Tyng collaborated with the great Louis I. Kahn in Philadelphia and taught at the University of Pennsylvania. Tyng was very interested in hierarchical symmetry and organic form, which earned her a grant from the Graham Foundation – the first woman to do so. She was also the first architect to use triangulated three-dimensional trusses for framing a house that has a traditional peaked-roof.

Trenton Bath House
Trenton Bath House

Much of Tyng’s work was overshadowed by Kahn and his reputation. The only surviving project she did on her own is the Trenton Bath House, even though it was attributed to Kahn at the time of its development. It is generally called the birthplace of the aesthetic approach, which Kahn was known for. Posthumously, it was recognized that she created the unique roof design, which consists of “four symmetrically arranged squares with hipped roofs.” Tyng had explained that the inspiration was bathhouses of China that she recalled from spending her childhood there.

Florence Knoll

Florence Knoll
Florence Knoll

Florence Knoll, architect and furniture designer of the iconic furniture company, made a name for herself during the mid-century modern era. Having studied with Mies van der Rohe and Eliel Saarinen, Knoll was well prepared when she met her husband Hans Knoll. Together, they built Knoll Furniture, where she was Director of the Planning Unit. The furniture designs she created have become as well known as those of her former teachers. After her husband Hans died in 1955, she led the company until 1960 when she resigned to focus on design and development, continuing to fuel the popularity of modernism.

 Florence Knoll Sofa
Florence Knoll Sofa

Knoll is best known for her furniture designs than for the construction of any buildings. While she designed countless pieces for the company, the most iconic is the Florence Knoll Sofa. Designed in 1956 the piece is minimalist, durable and a perfect complement to her pioneering concept of an open plan living space. It also addresses the question Knoll asked before she designed it: “How can a piece of furniture support luxurious upholstery, yet take up as little space as possible?”

Anna Keichline

Anna Keichline
Anna Keichline

Definitely ahead of her time, Pennsylvania architect Anna Wagner Keichline (1889–1943) was also a suffragist and Special Agent during World War. Identified as the “first woman to actually practice architecture professionally,” her design work led to seven different patents for kitchens and interiors. She was well known for her efforts to create interiors that saved time and motion, including a combined sink and washtub, as well as the precursor to the Murphy bed. In addition, Keichline designed many homes, but unfortunately, they have been renovated or destroyed.

The fireproof "K Bric"
The fireproof “K Brick”

While none of Keichline’s buildings survive intact, her best-known invention does the hollow, fireproof “K Brick,” an early relative of today’s ubiquitous concrete block. This design earned her accolades in 1931 from the American Ceramic Society. The brick was popular not only for its fireproof quality but because it was lightweight, inexpensive and insulating, useful for creating walls that weigh half as much as solid brick walls.

Carme Pigem

Carme Pigem
Carme Pigem

Little known outside of Spain, architect Carme Pigem was propelled to international fame when she and her partners were awarded the Pritzker prize in 2017. RCR Arquitectes was honored for their collaboration “in which neither a part nor whole of a project can be attributed to one partner.” Their design work is distinguished for its ability to highlight the local but also be universal and globally significant at the same time. The creations are beautiful, functional and highly crafted.

Lighthouse in Punta Aldea
Lighthouse in Punta Aldea

Among their creations, one of their early works was the result of winning a prize sponsored by the Spanish Ministry of Public Works and Urbanism. They answered the call to create a lighthouse in Punta Aldea that is “the essence of the typology.” The design is considered groundbreaking because it goes against many core principles of architecture today. It also uses materials and ideas that are in concert with the area’s natural topography.

Lina Bo Bardi

Lina Bo Bardi
Lina Bo Bardi

Italian-born Brazilian architect Lina Bo Bardi, (1914 –1992) was a prolific architect known for being a proponent of architecture’s social and cultural potential. Throughout her career, she worked to promote a new collective way of life and felt that architecture should be considered “a possible means to be and to face different situations. Bardi was also an early proponent of sustainable architecture. She was also a prolific design and In 1948, founded the Studio de Arte e Arquitetura Palma. This joint effort with Giancarlo Palanti (1906–77) was focused on designing affordable furniture of plastic or pressed wood.

Centro de Lazer Fábrica da Pompéia
Centro de Lazer Fábrica da Pompéia

One of Bardi’s best-known buildings is the SESC Pompeia (Centro de Lazer Fábrica da Pompéia), built in 1982, in Sao Paolo. Originally a drum factory, the building features three enormous concrete towers, aerial walkways and portholes instead of windows. The design combines these unconventional elements into what was at the time a controversial construction. Bardi called it a “socialist experiment.”

Momoyo Kaijima

Momoyo Kaijima
Momoyo Kaijima

As a founder of one of Japan’s leading architecture firms, Momoyo Kaijima experiments with new design theories that engender new concepts for public spaces and urban studies. Having developed ideas like architectural behaviorology and micro-public-space, Kajima and her team at Atelier Bow Wow coined the term “Pet Architecture” to describe the buildings squeezed into leftover urban spaces. These microspaces are a focus of the firm’s work in Japan as well as across the US and Europe.

Atelier Bow-Wow House
Atelier Bow-Wow House

One of their most remarkable works is the Atelier Bow-Wow House. A flag-shaped lot is flanked all the way around by buildings that are connected to the street by the narrow section of the property. Located in the Shinjuki-ku area of Tokyo. The building that was once the home and atelier, while at the same time have the opportunity to exploit its vast experience in converting challenging conditions in positive features for the houses

Alison Brooks

Alison Brooks
Alison Brooks

London-based Alison Brooks is best known for designing intelligent, stylish houses but also cultural buildings. Her belief that single-use buildings are obsolete has driven her goal of addressing problems such as the quality of housing and public space. She worked with designer Ron Arad and then started her own firm. Her work has been described as “a late flowering of the most elegant and sensuous modernism. Brooks is the only architect to have won all three of the UK’s most prestigious awards for architecture.

The Smile
The Smile

Among her projects, The Smile is so far the most popular as well as awarded. In a commission from the American Hardwood Export Council, she was tasked with creating an interactive installation for London Design Week. Her design is a 3.5-metre high and 4.5-metre wide rectangular tube that curves upward like a smile. Situated in the middle of the Chelsea College of Art (UAL) Parade ground, it highlights the versatility of wood construction and is a fusion of art and architecture.

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Some Of The Coolest Shipping Container Hotels Around The World

It’s been a few years since the shipping container home trend started and since then architects and designers found new ways to taking advantage of this concept and of using reclaimed containers in a variety of projects. One particularly interesting branch is that of shipping container hotels. Such hotels offer the perfect opportunity to experience how living in a container home would be like before you actually go looking for container for sale. There are a few notable hotels of this kind around the world and we’ll have a look at some right now.

The Flophouze hotel is located in Texas and was created specifically so guests can experience for themselves how it’s like to actually live in a house made out of repurposed shipping containers before they buy one. The hotel offers guests the opportunity to stay in one of six shipping containers, each consisting of a living room, a kitchen, a bedroom and a bathroom with access to common fire pits, hammocks and charging stations for electrical vehicles. Those interested in buying a shipping container home afterwards can then choose to use the hotel’s turn key service which lets them design and build one.

The ContainHotel, named this way because it’s made out of shipping containers, was designed by Artikul Architects and is meant to be easily movable and seasonal. Its first location was on a site alongside the Elbe riverbank in Treboutice, Czech Republic. This boutique hotel is made from three shipping containers and can accommodate up to 13 guests. It was completed in only four months and its suites are simple and cozy, with walls and ceilings finished in birch plywood and furnished entirely with custom pieces.

The Quadrum Ski and Yoga Resort is yet another hotel made entirely out of repurposed shipping containers. You can find it in the Caucasus mountains in Gudauri, Georgia, being designed to complement the landscape and to have as little impact on the environment as possible, hence the pyramid-like structure and the fact that the containers are raised on steel posts. The containers are organized on five levels, the first one consisting of common spaces such as the reception and the dining area. The guests suites occupy the four upper levels and offer panoramic views of the surrounding landscape. Each suite is a separate container.

The fact that this structure incorporates three shipping containers is almost irrelevant since the truly interesting and unusual thing about it is the crane. That’s right, this is a luxury rental apartment which used to be an old crane. You can find it in Amsterdam overlooking the IJ river. When the area started to transform into a residential neighborhood back in 1975, the Figee crane 2868 was kept on the site as a reminder of the industrial heritage of this region. Recently the crane was repurposed into a holiday retreat and the process was overseen by designer Edward van Vliet.

Ccasa Hostel is located in Nha Trang, Vietnam and is the first one to be built out of shipping containers in this particular region. It’s a hostel designed for backpackers inspired by the belief that we should all be connected even if we live in different parts of the world, like a big family. The project was completed by TAK Architects and the hostel was designed to function like a sort of family house. Separate containers serve as bedrooms and there are common spaces such as the kitchen, the living room, the play room and the roof terrace.

Another interesting project is the Sleeping Around pop-up hotel which consists of four suites,  a breakfast and lounge volume and a sauna, all made out of repurposed shipping containers. Each suit is a 20 square meter container space with a bed, a shower and minimal furniture. The project was developed by three partners: Geoffrey Stampaert, Didier Opdebeeck and Ellen Wezenbeek and is relocated from place to place. You can suggest the next location on the hotel’s website.

The colorful and funky exterior of the Winebox hotel makes it hard to miss but that’s not the only interesting thing about it. The hotel is located in Valparaíso, Chile and is built out of shipping containers, each unit contrasting with its neighbors. The container suite have terraces as well as large windows and sliding glass doors and some enjoy ocean views. Also, all suites include private bathrooms.

Have you ever went to a gorgeous location with great views and a wonderful atmosphere and you wished there was a hotel there? Well, others had this experience too, including directors Anatoly Mezhov and Irene Polo from Contained and they decided to do something about it. They came up with the idea to transform shipping containers into portable hotel rooms which can be transported to almost any location. The rooms are are made out of 20 ft containers which open up to the surrounding landscape and offer modern and stylish accommodations.

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DIY Bookshelf Ideas For Every Space, Style And Budget

Looking for new ways of improving your home and making it more practical and better equipped to suit your needs? How about building a bookshelf or two and adding more storage to the rooms that need it? Bookshelves can take an infinity of different forms and can suit many purposes. They can hold a lot more than just books and they can be integrated into units or can be displayed in all sorts of interesting manners. The whole point of a DIY shelf is to design it exactly the way you want it so let’s have a look at a few options which might inspire you.

A combination of shelves can possibly function as a complex storage unit or even as a media unit for the living room. It’s a nice and affordable option which simplifies the interior decor and is especially practical in small rooms where there’s not enough space for a large console or wall unit. If you like this design, check out almostmakesperfect for instructions on how to build your own version.

This is more than just a simple DIY bookshelf. It’s a compact and very practical accent table made out of a discarded cable reel. It’s the perfect accessory for a cozy reading nook and it even rotates so you can easily grab the book you’re looking for. You can install casters on the bottom so you can also easily move it around.

It’s usually the books that stand on the shelf, not the other way around so this upside down shelf is a pretty cool and unusual accent piece. It’s not magic that keeps the books attached to the. underside of the shelf but elastic loops stapled to the shelf and precisely measured for each individual book.

Sometimes a bookcase can be more than that and all it takes is a little bit of creativity and some spare time. You can turn a simple bookcase into a comfortable bench with storage underneath. It’s a great combo, especially for reading nooks. You can place the bench in front of a window or in a corner and you can add pillows for an even cozier look.

A bookcase which expands and gets bigger as your book collection grows…that’s not as unusual or difficult to design as it may seem. The secret of this stylish bookcase, for example, is that it’s made out of individual wooden crates which means you can always add more if you need more storage space.

Speaking of wooden crates and DIY bookshelf ideas, check out this cute side table which you can build out of a single crate. Take a piece of wood and make a divider at the center, install casters and stain the wood. You can then add it to your living room, by the sofa or next to a comfortable armchair. This wooden crate side table is one of the easiest and most inspiring projects on our list.

Of course, not every DIY bookshelf must double also double as something else. Sometimes a single function is enough. Of course, shelves usually come in pairs or larger groups so it’s more accurate to talk about bookcases rather than bookshelves. In any case, check out this simple unit built out of a single sheet of plywood. You can find out everything about it on instructables.

Another stylish DIY bookcase design comes from ohohdeco. It combines black shelves and light, natural wood partitions, featuring compartments of various different dimensions. You can add as many layers of shelves you want to. We really like this low, console-like structure.

Give your DIY bookcase a chic, industrial vibe by incorporating metal pipes into its design. The pipes can serve a practical role if they’re a part of the bookshelf structure but they also play a decorative role. Check out rogueengineer for some great plans and instructions on how to build this industrial bookcase from scratch.

Perhaps you’d like to add a rustic vibe to your home’s decor and you’d like to do it with DIY bookshelves. One idea can be to build a simple and open bookcase similar to the one featured on ana-white. It’s versatile enough to look great and to be useful in spaces like the living room, the dining area, even the kitchen, the bedroom or a hallway.

Speaking of rustic bookshelf ideas, check out this ladder bookcase that we found on shanty-2-chic. It’s a very charming piece with a lot of character and a simple, pure and nostalgic design. You can fill the shelves with books (obviously) but also with potted plants to create a tiered indoor garden. Also, you could paint or stain the wood but then this wouldn’t look the same.

If the idea is to build a ladder bookcase, then you might as well use an actual ladder in your design. You can just add a few wooden plank shelves which can be fully supported by the double ladder. The shelves could get shorter towards the top if you want the bookcase to have a pyramid-shaped design. Anyway, check out casahaus for more inspiration.

A lot of the ideas we showed you so far had to do with bookcases and not so much with individual DIY bookshelves so let’s have a quick look at the project featured on extraordinareality. These little wall-mounted bookshelves are perfect for children’s books. They’re small, cute and colorful and you can make as many as you want.

Earlier we mentioned that you can transform a simple bookcase into a comfortable bench with storage under it and at that moment the idea was to repurpose an existing bookcase unit. But what if you don’t have one? The natural solution would be to build one and you can follow the tutorial featured on instructables to make sure you’re not missing anything.

In addition to all sorts of cool ways to mix and match shelves of different shapes and sizes, another area where you can be creative has to do with mounting system and hardware. A cool idea is to build hanging shelves and to use rope and metal anchors to put them whenever you want, such as by a window, in a corner, above a table or wherever there’s some free space. You can hang them from the wall or from the ceiling. You can find more details on lemonthistle.

One of the greatest things about a bookshelf besides the fact that it adds more storage to a space is the fact that it doesn’t take up a lot of room and it doesn’t make it seem small or cluttered. This is true for a lot of different DIY bookshelf designs, including this one from shadesofblueinteriors. It’s a slender spine bookshelf which can fit in tight nooks and corners.

How cool is this shelf? Yes, that’s right, this is a bookshelf made out of a repurposed skateboard. You can make one for your own home if you just remove the wheels and you drill four holes in the skateboard so you can hang it with rope. This is a great way to upcycle an old skateboard and to give it a second chance. It’s also a great way to decorate your home with meaningful pieces. You can find instructions for this project on babble.

When we mentioned industrial shelves we talked about how pipes can be used to build a frame for a shelving unit. Now you can see exactly how that would look like. On tarynwhiteaker you can find a detailed tutorial explaining how you can make industrial shelves out of metal pipes and fittings and wood boards.

Tree bookshelves are pretty popular and not exactly difficult to build which means you can even do it yourself. It’s one of the most detailed DIY bookshelf projects on our list so be sure to follow the instructions and to always measure twice before making any cuts. You can find all the details on instructables.

This mid-century modern DIY bookshelf table is a perfect piece for the living room. You can keep it next to the sofa and fill it with all your favorite books so you can always have them close at hand when you want to relax. The table has two compartments and an open section on which you can display decorations or use as a surface for your phone and other personal belongings. You can find out more about this project and the design of the side table on jenwoodhouse.

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Furniture Styles that Express Your Taste and Make a Beautiful Home

It’s time to redecorate but what style of furniture do you want? Are traditional pieces more your style or do you prefer rustic? Maybe cottage style is perfect for what you have in mind? There are so many furniture styles available it can be hard to decide, and besides, what distinguishes each one? Here’s a handy guide to all the main furniture styles to help make your decorating project go smoothly.

Contemporary

Contemporary furniture is a fluid style, reflective of current trends.
Contemporary furniture is a fluid style, reflective of current trends.

One of the most popular, but perhaps hardest to define, furniture styles is contemporary —  and for good reason. Contemporary furniture changes with times because it is meant to reflect elements that are popular at the current moment. Sometimes, the term “contemporary” is used interchangeably with “modern” but that isn’t necessarily accurate. A contemporary piece of furniture may include features from a number of other design styles. This is different from other categories because it is a fluid and shifting style. The look of contemporary furniture today may be completely different a number of years down the road. It also means that contemporary furniture styles can easily fit in rooms that are predominantly decorated in another style.

Today, contemporary furniture usually features simple silhouettes that can be curvy or linear. The color palette is typically neutral, especially incorporating trendy hues such as shades of gray. While the materials used in this furniture style are variable, the pieces are generally clean-lined without a lot of ornamentation.

Transitional

Transitional furniture, like this chair from Post and Gleam, combines traditional lines with contemporary materials.
Transitional furniture, like this chair from Post and Gleam, combines traditional lines with contemporary materials.

Transitional style – now also called classic contemporary — is really a mélange of contemporary and traditional. The pieces may have the classic lines of traditional furniture, but the colors, textiles and finishes are modern. Many people love this style for its decorating flexibility, especially with regard to redecorating down the road. It’s also a natural choice for those who don’t think they fit one specific style, or who like more variety in their interiors.

Transitional furniture styles create a room that is relaxed and inviting, predominantly with neutral tones, but not necessarily devoid of colors and patterns. The silhouettes can be varied: Maybe classic lines and a rich walnut finish combine with edgier stainless steel accents or stone elements. Warm, textural fabrics, such as velvet, linen or leather add another dimension to these pieces.

Modern

Martha Sturdy's pieces have the clean lines and sleek look characteristic of modern furniture.
Martha Sturdy’s pieces have the clean lines and sleek look characteristic of modern furniture.

Clean, crisp lines and streamlined silhouettes are hallmarks of modern furniture, as are basic color palettes that are not contrived. The look is about as different from traditional as it can be. While some people find the overall sleek look, with its metal and glass accents, to be “cold” others appreciate the simplicity and uncluttered appearance. The color palette in a modern interior tends to be neutral, often black and white, perhaps with a bold pop of color. The finishes in this furniture style often include plenty of high-shine elements. Leather is a common upholstery choice and all the pieces have very little ornamental detailing.

Traditional

This sofa by Epoca is traditional.
This sofa by Epoca is traditional.

Classic shapes, lots of dark wood and rich colors are typical of traditional furniture styles. These pieces have a good deal of detailing and a sumptuous, if conservative, feeling. Reminiscent of European styles, traditional furniture has a classic silhouette and curved lines, often incorporating wing backs, claw feet, and Queen Anne style detailing. The textiles used for upholstery are rich velvets and brocades, as well as damask or cotton. Overall, traditional furnishings have a refined and dignified feel that some people consider to be a little “uptight.” The style, however, is ultimately comfortable and the rich colors and elaborate floral and striped prints often used in traditional home styles’ furniture appeal to many fans of classic style.

Rustic

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This live-edge table by Martin Vendryes is a rustic piece.

Inspired by nature and the beauty of raw elements, this is one of the furniture styles that takes its cues from the great outdoors. Old-style, even pioneer-like designs are common, with logs, planks and natural-state wood being prominent features. Part of the appeal of the rustic style is the warmth and casual vibe it gives off. This has also lead to a rise in popularity of live edge furniture that spotlights the natural look of wood pieces, as well as furnishings made from reclaimed wood and naturally downed trees. In many cases, the flaws in the wood are transformed into desirable features by talented artisans. Those who appreciate nature and prefer a casual interior will likely be drawn to rustic furniture styles.

Cottage

Palecek's slip-covered sofa is ideal for a cottage style space.
Palecek’s slip-covered sofa is ideal for a cottage style space.

Cottage style furniture is the epitome of relaxed and casual décor. Often, it’s a marvelous mix of colors, patterns and textures that come together in a room that is, above all else, comfortable. This furniture style incorporates wicker items with painted pieces, and items like farmhouse kitchen tables are key. These can be brand new furnishings or distressed used items.

Upholstery choices in this style tend to be cottons, linens and other casual fabrics in florals and stripes. The textiles generally stick to a light and airy color palette. Cottage is one of the furniture styles where it is easy to express your personality because of the mix-and-match vibe, especially if you’re on a budget because it’s perfect for mixing in bargain used pieces.

Shabby Chic

Peacock Park's daybed sofa has the vintage feel that is shabby chic.
Peacock Park’s daybed sofa has the vintage feel that is shabby chic.

One of the furniture styles relates to the cottage trend is shabby chic. Inspired by vintage style, budget-minded and driven by the repurposing trend, shabby chic can be eclectic or even bohemian in flair. This style also leans to the feminine side of the spectrum, as cottage style also tends to do. The pieces in this furniture style are also generally painted, and more often than not are distressed. The color palette of the furniture is heavily neutral with white and light cream colors being the predominant hues. Accent colors are confined to the pastel range. Décor of this type makes great use of upcycled pieces like crates, bottles and glass items, which complement the feel of the furniture. This too is a great furniture style for the budget-conscious because of the upcycled look.

Tuscan

The inspiration behind this style needs little explanation: The Tuscany region of Italy has a warm romanticism that is expressed in furniture that sports plenty of scrollwork, straight-line silhouettes and aged finishes. The types of wood used are generally dark in color. Natural, earthy colors are the hallmark hues of Tuscan style, particularly terra cotta, golden yellows and earthy greens. Patterns are intricate not only in the woodwork on these furnishings, but also on the upholstery: Scrollwork, and lively accent patterns are common. Although the detailing may be ornate, this is one of the furniture styles that is very comfortable and definitely not prim and stuffy.

Cabinets and armoires are trademark piece in this style and can be incorporated in any room. If your kitchen is Tuscan style, then you can’t do without a long, rough-hewn wooden table for your family dinners!

Art Deco

Sunbursts are a common motif in art deco furniture. The bed is by Christopher Guy.
Sunbursts are a common motif in art deco furniture. The bed is by Christopher Guy.

Highly glamorous and chic, the art deco furniture style came about in the early 20th Century. It has distinctive lines and silhouettes that are just as popular today as when it first emerged. Art deco style furniture makes great use of repetition and incorporates geometric shapes and patterns, including zigzags and chevrons. Motifs like sunbursts fans, vines and flowers are common in these furnishings, which are often highly polished and shiny. Materials used in the pieces can include chrome, enamel and glass. Even wood pieces will incorporate metal accents, mirrored tops, or inset crystal accents. With regard to the color palette, the hues used will be bold and rich, not pastel. Emerald green and red are frequent colors in this style of furniture.

Minimalist

Minimalist sofas are often modular.
Minimalist sofas are often modular.

Pared-down modern design is a good way to describe the minimalist furniture style. Clean lines and a major emphasis on functionality define this type of furniture. It is also devoid of ornamentation or complex patterns. Logically, the color palette for minimalist furniture is neutral and understated. Despite being pegged as furniture style that is cold and uncomfortable, today’s minimalist pieces have a softer edge and incorporate more touches of texture and nature. In fact, the growing popularity of minimalist furniture styles has led to a growth in Asian-inspired pieces that also highlight clean lines and an emphasis on functionality.

Mid-Century Modern

Cabinet's credenza has the lines typical of a mid-century modern piece.
Cabinet’s credenza has the lines typical of a mid-century modern piece.

Mid-century-modern furniture styles are still popular today for many reasons. The characteristics of this style make it a perfect fit for today’s contemporary, modern and eclectic home interiors. A connection to Scandinavian minimalism and the incorporation of natural materials are a core feature. These pieces have clean lines, curves, and smooth surfaces. There is no excess. The materials used in these furnishings are often a combination of different or even contrasting materials. Plywood, metal, glass, vinyl, Plexiglass and Lucite all made their appearance in furnishings of this style. The color palette is known for bold pops of bright, sugary colors, even in the furniture and most of the upholstery was in solid colors, save for a few graphic prints for accent pieces. Finally, with mid-century modern furniture styles, form definitely follows function: A lot of the furniture was built with the aim of being stackable, foldable and interchangeable.

Eclectic

Dovetail's living room is done in an eclectic style.
Dovetail’s living room is done in an eclectic style.

The rule for this furniture style is that there are no rules. It’s a freewheeling style that mixes and matches with abandon. It’s ultimately casual and budget conscious because varied pieces of furniture can be mixed together. Often, disparate furniture pieces can be creatively paired up. It’s easy to mix globally inspired furnishings with a glam piece and flea market bargains. This is a furniture style that is highly creative and expressive, perfect for those who really want to have an interior express all their diverse personal favorites.

Coastal

Coastal style furniture has a free, easy and relaxed vibe.
Coastal style furniture has a free, easy and relaxed vibe.

Definitely an all-American style, Coastal style is inspired by life in the beach. While it is predominantly associated with the East Coast, it is a furniture style that is more about a feeling than a particular theme – no need for fish and seashells. Mainly, coastal furniture styles feature a casual, airy neutral color palette where any hues are cool greens and blues. The wood used is usually left in a natural state or painted in white or cream. Sea-inspired patterns like stripes — particularly blue and white – are most common. The main idea behind this furniture style is to evoke a vacation vibe that is relaxing and casual

Glam

This glam chair has sumptuous velvet upholstery and a gleaming metal accent.
This glam chair has sumptuous velvet upholstery and a gleaming metal accent.

Ultra-luxe and over-the-top, this furniture style is a definite statement maker. Sometimes called Hollywood Glam or Hollywood Regency, it’s full of bold color and opulent textiles. Glam furniture pieces feature plenty of shiny finishes like mirrors and metallics. Upholstery fabrics are animal prints and jewel-toned velvets, brocades or silks, which might have plentiful tufting. Their lines may be curvy but also include clean lines, like those found on a tuxedo sofa. These furniture styles are ideal for a boudoir-like bedroom or a dramatic living room.

Country

Country style furniture looks like it came out of a farmhouse.
Country style furniture looks like it came out of a farmhouse.

Hand-crafted and sturdy, country furniture styles are homey and comfortable. Today, these pieces may also be labeled as farmhouse style. With country furniture, ornamentation on the wood is limited to turned elements, such as legs and spindles. This style has not glitz, glam or metallic elements. The shapes are basic and the finishes simple, such as natural wood or whitewashes. That doesn’t mean that country pieces can’t become iconic: The Windsor chair is an example as this style of chair is among the more widely recognized silhouettes for wooden chairs. Upholstery in country furniture styles is not opulent or fussy and textiles are usually small florals, checkerboards and modest stripes. The overall color palette for these pieces is white or off-white.

French Country

A large dining table is <em>de rigeur</em> for a French Country dining room.
A large dining table is de rigeur for a French Country dining room.

Another twist on farmhouse style is French Country style furniture, which obviously has its roots in the European country of its name. Earthier than its American counterpart, French country style uses a palette reminiscent of the Tuscan one: soft hues like brick red and golden yellow pair with natural materials like wood, stone and brick. The individual furniture pieces are more ornamental than American country furniture styles and usually have a well-worn look. Textiles are cottons and linens, some with ornate French country prints. It’s a warm yet sophisticated choice for a casual interior.

French Provincial

French provincial pieces combine rustic wood with ornate shaping.
French provincial pieces combine rustic wood with ornate shaping.

Very popular among furniture styles, French Provincial is inspired by French provinces in 17th and 18th century France, especially Bordeaux, Brittany, Normandy and Provence. The draw of these pieces is that they are somehow lavish and laid-back at the same time. This type of furniture is usually distressed and painted or stained in a palette of colors that includes white and muted shades of deep red, gray and blue. The wooden furniture often includes ornate carvings and curved legs. Other materials used include wrought iron, marble and natural stone. Textiles are damask or linen, embellished with floral motifs or intricate designs. French provincial furniture styles make for a casual, distinctive and ultimate very comfortable interior.

Industrial

Industrial pieces like this console from Mercana can be new reproductions or upcycled factory items.
Industrial pieces like this console from Mercana can be new reproductions or upcycled factory items.

Inspired by the lofts that urbanites started calling home decades ago, industrial style furniture styles have a number of defining characteristics. Each piece conveys a sense of being slightly unfinished. Not only do industrial interiors feature raw elements such as exposed brick and pipes, industrial furnishings often do as well. Many are made from repurposed industrial elements combined with reclaimed wood pieces. Industrial furniture has a factory vibe that is masculine and rough yet chic. Silhouettes are clean-lined and functional. Ornamentation comes from the industrial elements that might be incorporated into a piece: old cogs, table bases from factory parts or stools made from machinery sections are typical. New industrial furnishings will be distressed to look old. Moreover, industrial pieces can be mixed with modern or minimalist elements for a unique interior.

Scandinavian 

Simplicity and durability are key in Scandinavian designs like these from TON.
Simplicity and durability are key in Scandinavian designs like these from TON.

Inspired by simplicity, Scandinavian design focuses on minimalism, functionality and quality, all hallmarks of furniture designed in the Nordic countries. Understated and lasting, these pieces are designed for durability, meant to be handed down through the generations. Made from materials like solid wood, form pressed wood, steel, aluminum and plastics, each piece is designed to be used. These pieces have no frilly ornamentation and the function is just as important as the clean lines. The woods used are light in color and the textiles used for upholstery are natural or embellished with graphic designs – think Marimekko. Scandinavian furniture styles are very versatile and can be mixed into many existing décor styles.

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A Simple Concrete House With Three Staggered Volumes

Located in a consolidated forest region from La Costa, in Argentina, this concrete house was designed by Besonias Almeida Arquitectos to serve as a home and studio and to take advantage of the landscape, the views and the topography. As always, there were numerous challenges which the architects had to overcome. One of them was related to the fact that the site has a 2 meter slope. The architects came up with the idea to build three staggered volumes with a different of around 45 centimeters in height between them. This organization of the spaces allows the house to respond to the topography in a practical and at the same time beautiful manner.

The three volumes sit on platforms which allow the interior spaces to be extended outdoors
The three volumes sit on platforms which allow the interior spaces to be extended outdoors
The staggered volumes feature a different of 45 centimeters between then and come as a response to the sloping terrain
The staggered volumes feature a different of 45 centimeters between then and come as a response to the sloping terrain problem
A circulation hallway connects the internal spaces on a longitudinal axis
A circulation hallway connects the internal spaces on a longitudinal axis

The eastern side of the house is exposed to the street and has few and controlled openings while the northern side allows the living spaces to extend outdoors, featuring a large covered terrace. The entrance is placed at the center of the floor plan. The interior spaces are delineated through hollow brick partitions while the main materials used throughout the house are concrete and glass. The polished concrete floor ensures a fluid and continuous interior design and elements such as the concrete kitchen counters maintain a simple aesthetic throughout the spaces.

The living area seamlessly extends outdoors, featuring a sliding glass door to a large, covered deck
The living area seamlessly extends outdoors, featuring a sliding glass door to a large, covered deck
The owners wanted the house to measure no more than 150 square meters across and to be simple and low-maintenance
The owners wanted the house to measure no more than 150 square meters across and to be simple and low-maintenance
Polished concrete floors visually connect the spaces and also help to maintain simplicity throughout the house
Polished concrete floors visually connect the spaces and also help to maintain simplicity throughout the house
The aesthetic of the house is similar to the other houses in this area designed by the same studio
The aesthetic of the house is similar to the other houses in this area designed by the same studio
The internal volumes are interconnected, featuring partitions and openings between them
The internal volumes are interconnected, featuring partitions and openings between them
The house contains a large living area, an open kitchen, two bedrooms and a multifunctional studio/ guest room
The house contains a large living area, an open kitchen, two bedrooms and a multifunctional studio/ guest room
The site is partially populated with trees and was designed to take advantage of the landscape
The site is partially populated with trees and was designed to take advantage of the landscape
The overall simplicity of the architecture, design and materials involved help the house to better blend in with the surroundings
The overall simplicity of the architecture, design and materials involved help the house to better blend in with the surroundings
A covered deck overlooks the valley, bringing light and a panoramic view into the living area
A covered deck overlooks the valley, bringing light and a panoramic view into the living area
The kitchen is big and spacious, incorporating a dining table perpendicular to the island and parallel to the window
The kitchen is big and spacious, incorporating a dining table perpendicular to the island and parallel to the window
The staggered floor plan gives the house a lot of character and takes the attention away from the fact that it's a single-story structure
The staggered floor plan gives the house a lot of character and takes the attention away from the fact that it’s a single-story structure
The palette of colors, materials and finishes is limited to only a few inspired by nature and the surroundings
The palette of colors, materials and finishes is limited to only a few inspired by nature and the surroundings

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How To Identify Modern Style Homes

When modern is your style, you can’t help but seek the neutral colors in life. Your wardrobe is probably mostly black and white. Creams, beiges and inky shades rule your home’s decor. Simplicity seeps into every aspect of living. But how much is this affected by the actual home you live in? A farmhouse is so easy to fill with knick knacks and antiques that modern simplicity is almost impossible to attain in that element. So for ultimate modern living, living in a modern style house is the goal. Clean lines, neutral colors, the outside of your home will reflect the inside. Here’s what you need to know about identifying modern style homes as you prepare to create your own modern paradise.

History

The modern styled made it’s entrance at the end toward the end of the 19th century. With materials like glass, steel and concrete more readily available, people were ready to achew the older styles in favor of new and modern ones. Austrian architect Rudolph Schindler designed a home in 1922 that was named the first modern house in existence. His later creation of the Newport Beach house, Lovell, was a major cornerstone in modern architecture in the U.S. After the second world war, architects like Frank Lloyd Wright and Richard Neutra made modern design a common sight among the wealthy neighborhoods.

Modern homes are very boxy in nature. With flat roofs, grid windows and industrial features, it’s no wonder that they are the modern stylist’s dream. Often, the exterior will be made up of elements like concrete or stone paired with wood siding. You’ll find windows with black sashes, linear stair rails and fences and absolutely no shutters. Yet somehow, modern homes manage to be warm and inviting to the eye.

Exterior

So many modern homes you see consist of black and white. However it doesn’t have to be two tone to be modern. If your house is in a rustic area, covering the exterior with warm wood siding can help your modern home blend into the neighborhood but still fit your modern style.

Pining for a bit of color in your life? Use the exterior of your home to achieve it. Pops of bright shades like turquoise, red and yellow make the exterior of your home a fun sight to see. You’ll easily prove that modern living can be minimal and family friendly at the same time.{found on mcinturffarchitects}.

Living in a city home can be tricky for modern style lovers. Properties are smaller which makes your house options limited. However, to keep part of the traditional home and just add a modern piece, like a second story or a backyard greenhouse, can make your entire house feel modern and fresh even if it is technically a Queen Anne.{found on chanarchitecture}.

Challenged on horizontal space to build your modern home? Think tall instead. Rather than having your modern home splayed long across your property, stack all the areas on top of each other. Garage and storage on the bottom, living layers next and private areas on top.{found on duketarchitects}.

Modern homes can be anything but one big square if you like. They could be all kinds of squares and rectangles, stacked on top of each other in different ways to create one big work of art. Anyone would be lucky to call that home.

Modern living is quite a common style for tiny houses. When there isn’t much room for quaint and chic, it’s just best to go simple and clean, leaving you with a modern feel. Modern tiny houses can be small and vertical or so small that they are portable. It’s up to you how much space you need to function.{found on design-milk}.

Whether your modern house is made up of stone and wood or wood and iron, you’re sure to find some concrete somewhere in the exterior design. It’s a common element for entertaining spaces since it’s cheap and relatively simple. The easier the material, the bigger your outdoor entertaining space can be.

Just like the exterior of your home is modern, any outdoor living space is going to reflect this style. Sleek outdoor furniture will look wonderful on your modern patio. Black countertops would make a find outdoor kitchen choice. As you make these outdoor decisions, think of how they will look against the exterior of your home as well as how they work with your interior decor.

One reigning element of any outdoor space is the fire pit. There’s nothing like settling down with your friends, hot cider in hand, and watching the flames together. There are tons of DIYs for modern fire pits if you have the itch to do a project or you can purchase on of the many sleek examples.

Some modern homes have the space for outdoor entertaining but maybe not the resources to add all the fancy patios and pools. No worries. Spend your time and money making your indoor living areas easily accessible from the outdoor space. Then all you have to do is throw open the doors and let the party flow in and out themselves.{found on fearns}.

No outdoor space to speak of? Get creative and consider vertical gardening. You can make your pattern face outward for the world to see or face inward for your own pleasure. Either way, use the walls of your home to bring some greenery into your life.

Interior

When you walk into a modern home, one of the first things you may notice is the open concept layout. Living areas are usually one large room, the living room flowing seamless into the dining room flowing into the kitchen. It’s certainly a popular layout for families with children and hosts of large parties.

Reflecting the outside architecture, most of the indoor elements will also be boxy in design. You won’t find rounded doorways or gently curved fireplaces here. Everything will have four lines and four corners, creating a clean and modern look.

You might think that a fireplace has no business in a modern home, but actually it’s just the opposite. Amidst cold colors and sleek textures, fireplaces can offer that much needed warmth and comfort to a room. Find a modern one in black or white, maybe with burning stones or white faux wood.

Speaking of color, most modern homes limit the indoor palette as much as the exterior. Black and white comprise most everything with shades of gray and very light browns coming in to soften things up. Though like any other home, you’ll probably find a pop of green from a houseplant in the corner.{found on AD}.

This black and white palette holds true all the way into the kitchen. White cabinets paired black countertops are a popular combination in the modern kitchen. It certainly encourages you to keep things clean and minimal in your kitchen styling. No pumpkin tea towels here.

If you’d rather go for a statement kitchen, consider just the opposite. Black cabinets with white countertops is going to bring the eyes immediately to what you have on the counter instead of the drawer pulls. It will also be that surprising combination that your home needs.{found on AD}.

If there was ever a time to opt for black tile, it would be in your modern bathroom. As long as you have some natural light to keep your space from going full on cave-like, you’ll achieve the sleekest bathroom known to man, worthy of all the fluffy white towels you can muster.

So you don’t want all black and you don’t want all white, what’s the in between? Marble obviously. With all its various gray tones, it will fit right into your two tone palette as well as bringing pattern to an otherwise flat view. It’s especially effective to swath your modern kitchen in marble countertops and backsplash.

When your home is mostly colorless, it’s extremely important that you have plenty of natural light to warm things up. Thankfully modern homes usually don’t have any lack of that. Window walls let the sunlight in all day long while giving you the most amazing view.{found on AD}.

Things feeling a little dark in some corner of your home? Consider adding a skylight. It should be relatively simple in a modern home and it will light up all the dark corners that you have concerns about. Not to mention that stargazing is so much more fun.

Since most modern homes lean towards the minimal side, it’s up to the literal structure of your house to provide interest. Wall panels, painted the same color as the wall, can add lovely texture without overwhelming a room.

When your stairs need a railing, it’s only the best choice to make it pretty. Modern homes with a second story usually have simple steps and a linear railing design. Black is popular for the frame and sometimes, the “spokes” will be this silver chord or even the same matte black as the frame itself.

Open shelving in a modern kitchen is a great way to add interest to your space in a practical way. Since everything is displayed, it will also help you thrift through what you need and what isn’t necessary, keeping in mind the style of your home.

Ahh lighting. Modern lighting might be the most fun to shop for. As another practical purchase, it makes sense to choose something that’s fun to look at while it does it’s job. Sparkly or matte, choose the lighting that best suits your space and makes your modern room happy.

Minimal is the Emerald City of the modern home which means more large statement pieces and no knick knacks. Large art is a great way to bring a little color into your space without cluttering things up. And don’t forget your wonderful modern lighting.

Looking for a big bold statement in your modern home? Get some bright acrylic cabinets. Yes, they aren’t black or white, but with their sleek fronts and modern finishes, they’ll give you a kitchen that looks like it’s from a movie.{found on AD}.

Maybe you’d prefer houseplants to make the biggest statement in your home? You need an indoor garden. Whether it’s a full fledged terrarium room, a wall of herbs in the kitchen or just a few pots sprinkled throughout the house, that lively green will make your house into a home.

What do you do when your home is in the mountains but you despise all the bear and moose decor? Take a page from the 70’s decor book. Paneled walls in honeyed wood tones, pops of harvest colors, all sleek lines, you’ll have a modern cabin to be proud of.

At this point you’re probably thinking “What about the kids’ rooms?” Our suggestion is to give them the basics to start with. Simple modern bedroom furniture, maybe some two tone wall art and a bedspread in their favorite color. After that, let their imagination run wild and create their own space. Most likely they’ll take note of your own modern style and model their room after it.

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How To Design The Most Charming Rustic Bathroom

In the world of interior design, a rustic style is defined and dominated by natural materials and nature-inspired textures as well as simple and earthy colors, with an overall emphasis on rugged, natural beauty. The style suits certain spaces better than others. For example, a rustic mountain retreat looks and feels natural but if you transport this style into an apartment in the middle of a big city, it looks out of place and strange. This also happens in the case of specific areas of a home. For example, a rustic bathroom can look really charming, no matter where the home is located. Not convinced yet? Check out the images below.

Wood is the signature material of pretty much any rustic interior design and although it’s not the most practical option for humid environments such as the bathrooms, there are treatments which can applied to solve this issue.

You can design your whole bathroom in wood and you can even go as far as to encase the tub in a wooden frame. That would actually look super charming. Add one of those retro accent rugs instead of a typical bathroom mat for extra charm.

Stone is another signature material associated with rustic design and that’s actually great because it’s perfect for the shower. Of course, you don’t have to encase your entire shower stall in stone but an accent wall like this one would definitely have a big impact on the decor and the ambiance of the space.

Perhaps the most desirable advantage of designing a rustic bathroom is the fact that the space looks and feels extremely welcoming, cozy and comfortable. At the same time, a rustic bathroom also has a certain dose of elegance. Admit it, all you want now is to take a bath in that clawfoot tub.

The natural materials and rugged and pure textures specific to rustic bathrooms can be incorporated in the decor in a lot of different ways. For example, the sink can be made out of stone or even out of wood, as strange as that may sound.

Speaking of strange design features, check out this unique sink. It has an organic and unusual shape which takes advantage of the rustic style in an awesome way. The window shelf has an irregular flow as well. Imperfections add character to everything in this case.

A farmhouse sink with an apron would look natural in a rustic bathroom. It can be integrated into a a vanity unit with plenty of storage below if the space allows it. A simple granite counter can complete the design.

Not all rustic bathroom designs are based on irregular forms, live-edge surfaces and rugged finishes. This style can also be updated with simple, more modern lines. It would maintain a lot of its original charm but it would also be better-suited for a modern home.

The focus in a rustic bathroom is on the materials and finishes used, their textures and natural beauty and not so much on the details or the ornamental features. Of course, these matter too so look for some nice cabinet pulls, a cute light fixture or a nice-looking faucet to personalize your bathroom with.

Of course, not everything in a rustic bathroom has to be made out of wood. You can mix looks and functionality and install tiles on the floor for easy maintenance. Balance them with wood-paneled accent walls and rustic furniture.

Tree stumps are often popular features in rustic interior design and there’s no reason why you couldn’t include some in the design of a bathroom. Actually, you can base the entire design on this, literally.

You can give a bathroom a rustic feel without actually basing the entire design on this style. A few wooden accents could be enough to set the desired mood. This can even done as part of a makeover.

You know what else would give a bathroom a wonderfully rustic feel? A fireplace. Imaging taking a bath and listening to the crackling of the wood and feeling the warmth. Of course, installing a working a fireplace in the bathroom takes a bit of planning.

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New Hotel Features Modern Parisian Style With a Twist of Nature

In the heart of Paris, a stylish new hotel offers a comfortable and relaxing refuge amid the activity and bustle of the city. Hotel Le Belleval is a new property that aims to be a breath of fresh air for its guests in many ways —  from the interior to the guestrooms and the food.

Le Belleval is in a renovated Haussmann building.
Le Belleval is in a renovated Haussmann building.

Created by well-known hotel architect Jean-Philippe Nuel, the 54-room Le Belleval is a visual melange of nature, modern comforts and sophisticated style. It sits in a most convenient location in the center of Paris, in the 8th arrondissement, near attractions such as the Saint-Lazare train station, Paris Opera, department stores and countless restaurants, including its own bar-restaurant.

The Saint-Lazare district building that houses Le Bellecal is an architectural gem on its own, being a Haussman building. Georges-Eugène Haussman was the architect of the renovation of Paris and his homogeneous apartment buildings line many boulevards in Paris.

The carriage entrance is now a grand lobby.
The carriage entrance is now a grand lobby.
Rustic wood doorways contrast with the other elements.
Rustic wood doorways contrast with the other elements.
The decor highlights the older, historic elements of the space.
The decor highlights the older, historic elements of the space.
The public spaces surround the main lobby area.
The public spaces surround the main lobby area.

“The ground floor areas are charged with a real energy and are designed to be a place for meetings and interaction,” explained Jean-Philippe Nuel. “The decoration is also designed to express this energy, generated by the variety of different functions. It combines references and trends to create a contemporary communal space, as opposed to a frozen backdrop.”

The courtyard is a breath of fresh air in the bustling city.
The courtyard is a breath of fresh air in the bustling city.

Sitting in the rue de la Pépinière, Nuel’s hotel is an urban oasis, offering guests everything they would expect, and then some: Touches of nature and a secret courtyard patio. Climbing up the length of the wall in the courtyard, a mural created by famous street artist Gola Hundun lends a bright and cheerful backdrop to the private and relaxing space. The bright and airy patio is wonderful — day or night – to enjoy a beverage and conversation with your fellow travelers or work colleagues.

The dining area is casual and relaxed.
The dining area is casual and relaxed.

The restaurant at Le Belleval reflects the same touches of nature that accent the hotel, including in the menu. Serving mostly organic and natural food, chef Edgard Prince (formerly of My Free Kitchen) strives to present a healthy menu featuring local, seasonal and organic food. Everything served is made in-house. Vegan and gluten- intolerant guests will rejoice as the hotel offers specific dishes just for them.

One of the signature items on the menu is the Pokebowl, which comes as a starter or a main course and can include meat, fish or only vegetables. For those not interested in poke, the menu  has grilled cheese sandwiches, vegetable crumble and poached.

Numerous sitting areas offer a relaxing respite.
Numerous sitting areas offer a relaxing respite.

The different seating areas around the hotel are very welcoming thanks to the eclectic mix of furnishings. Comfortable and not at all matchy-matchy, it makes you feel as if you are staying in a Parisian home instead of a hotel, filled with nondescript mass-produced furniture. The different colors, styles and patterns create a lively backdrop for the rooms and encourage you to linger there.

An eclectic mix of furnishings keeps the vibe comfortable.
An eclectic mix of furnishings keeps the vibe comfortable.
The area is ideal for enjoying some tea and a Madeline.
The area is ideal for enjoying some tea and a Madeline.

For those guests who, like Proust, are in search of a “memorable” experience via the famous Madeleine, can enjoy these French treats at the hotel.

The hotel bar is a delight with all the products coming from local sources: Parisian Winery selections, Gallia beers, Bap Bap and Parisienne, Caron coffee Hauts-de-Seine, cider and organic apple juice made in Normandy. Both the bar and the hotel restaurant open out to the street and bring in those who want a snack or just a drink.

The vibrant bar area serves locally made products.
The vibrant bar area serves locally made products.
A library space has the perfect conversational corner.
A library space has the perfect conversational corner.
The hallways carry through the edgy botanical theme.
The hallways carry through the edgy botanical theme.

The guest rooms occupy the upper floors and are designed with a relaxed, yet modern Parisian style, evocative of today’s homes in the city. The “green theme” carries through each room, where a bold a teal wall and ceiling create a vivid backdrop for the space. Furniture is expertly combined in a style that is a little bit upcycled, yet quite sophisticated and natural.

In the guestrooms, the botanical accents are present in the upholstery and the carpeting. Unique accessories highlight each room and add a touch of quirkiness and fun to the decor. The lighting design in the rooms uses a variety of indirect light sources to create a relaxed and restful atmosphere. Most of the furniture has clean lines, which makes the accent pieces even more memorable. Combining a modernist sofa with a chair that has a traditional shape and brightly printed upholstery makes the space  interesting.

Large windows provide a good deal of ambient light.
Large windows provide a good deal of ambient light.
Strategically placed light fixtures give off a cozy light.
Strategically placed light fixtures give off a cozy light.
Printed upholstery and rugs add vibrancy to the rooms without overpowering the calm atmosphere.
Printed upholstery and rugs add vibrancy to the rooms without overpowering the calm atmosphere.
Funky pieces like the swing nightstand are unlike other standard hotel decor items.
Funky pieces like the swing nightstand are unlike other standard hotel decor items.
In a smaller guest room, a stump takes the place of a basic nightstand.
In a smaller guest room, a stump takes the place of a basic nightstand.
Single guest rooms have the same style of decor.
Single guest rooms have the same style of decor.
Bathrooms have a tranquil color scheme and stylish elements.
Bathrooms have a tranquil color scheme and stylish elements.
The full shower is very spacious.
The full shower is very spacious.
A deep, narrow tub and ladder towel rack are convenient features.
A deep, narrow tub and ladder towel rack are convenient features.

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Simple Accessories That Make Small Kitchen Organization A Piece Of Cake

Not many of us get to say they have a big a spacious kitchen and that doesn’t really come as a surprise since most apartments have small kitchens and unless you design or build your home from scratch you have to make the most of what others have decided should be the layout of the place. So what can you do in that case? Well, you could focus on organization. There are a lot of great tips and ideas which can help with small kitchen organization tasks. We’re not only talking about cabinet organizers but also about practical furniture designs and user-friendly accessories. Be sure to also check out these clever kitchen storage ideas for your next makeover.

With a small kitchen you can’t really afford to not be organized because then you waste what little space you actually have. Focus on storing the large items in a way that makes sense and lets you save space. A good example is the Rev-A-Shelf cabinet cookware organizer which lets you line up your pots and pans vertically and also includes a slot for a lid organizer. 

Great for storing jars, canned goods and other kitchen items, this Pull-Out Wood Wall Cabinet from Rev-A-Shelf is a must-have , featuring four shelves and a simple and classy design with a durable frame and a nice combination of wood and chrome rails. It includes brackets for easy installation and it features a soft-close slide system. 

Even an organized person would have trouble keeping all the food containers in check without having a proper storage system for them. Luckily such a system exists and you can add it to your kitchen. We’re talking about the Rev-A-Shelf Food Storage Container Organizer which has a large module for all the containers and a separate shelf with dividers for all the lids so you can organize them by type or size. Available on Amazon.

You might probably already be familiar with some of these kitchen organization systems, like this Base Cabinet Pull-Out Kitchen Organizer which is super convenient, easy to use and highly practical. Use it to store and organize canned goods, packed products like pasta or cereal and jars. You could also use this as an organizer for spices. 

There are a few parts of the kitchen which we don’t really use to their full potential storage-wise. One example is the space under the kitchen sink. To maximize the storage capacity of this module, use a corner cupboard pivot system like the one you can find on eshop-wuerth. It lets you store things inside the cabinet as well as on the shelves attached to the inside of the door.

Every little detail matters in the kitchen and that includes the waste containers. My personal favorite is a combination of two trash cans kept inside a deep pull-out drawer, much like the Rev-A-Shelf which you can find on Amazon. It’s a very practical system with lots of advantages. 

Another accessory which can help with kitchen organization is this system of stackable shelves from DecoBros. It’s useful for pantries and large kitchen cabinet modules and it lets you maximize storage by using up all the space inside without making a mess. Actually, this may be useful in other spaces as well, not just the kitchen.

We should also talk about the kitchen drawers which are usually messy and full of lots of items that get tangled up and pushed around every time someone digs through the pile to find a particular object. You can put an end to this madness with these drawer organizers from Amazon. They divide the drawer space into small compartments so you can keep all the items separate and grouped up based on criteria you can decide for yourself. These drawer organizers can also be useful in other contexts too.

Vertical storage modules and deep drawers can be very practical as long as you organize the contents in a functional manner. This pull-out utility cabinet from WoodMode offers an organized system for kitchen utensils and accessories, including knives, cutting boards and other things. This can free up lots of space on your kitchen counter which is always a good thing, especially when you have a small kitchen.

WoodMode also offers a very practical and convenient organizer for cleaning supplies. These are usually kept under the sink so that’s where you can install this storage system. It slides out for convenience and it includes a special compartment at the top for gloves, sponges and other accessories. Everything else is organized in the two trays at the bottom. You can use this in combination with other organizers, based on how much space is available as well as your own storage needs. If you need more than one organizer, install as many as you find necessary.

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15 Bedroom Colors That Can Be The Catalyst To Its Transformation

If you’re looking to transform your personal space, you may want to start with a new bout of color. And there are so many to choose from and sift through, we decided to create a list that will gauge your favorites and stir some inspiration. These 15 bedroom colors have the ability to be the catalyst to its transformation. Do any of them strike your fancy?

1. Lavender

We’ve gushed about this bedroom on Homedit before, and today we’re paying specific attention to the lavender walls. They’re soothing, they’re welcoming, and the bout of femininity they place in the room is charming. You can dress the space around it with bohemian vibes or even cottage feelings if you prefer.

2. Mint

Some shades of mint can act as cool neutrals inside of a room. And that’s exactly what we see here from this youthful bedroom we found on Pinterest. Keep it contemporary by adding geo prints and contrasting tones like black and gray.

3. Gunmetal

Over at HGTV, you’ll find a stunning example of how gunmetal walls can transform your personal space. This rich, charcoal-blue tone is such a stunner for contemporary room. Whether you want something more industrial or edgy, this is a great color to dip into.

4. Shell

A shelled white is light, bright, and versatile. Whether you want to go monochromatic like you see here, or you want to mix it up with some brighter tones like royal blue or lime gree, it’s a beautiful and lively way to do it!

5. Buttercup

Buttercup is a smooth and creamy tone that provides a bit of happiness as a foundation to the room. This space from BHG seems more traditional in style but it also serves to prove the versatility of this tone. Beautiful for farmhouse visions or even vintage goals.

6. Cobalt

Cobalt is a rich and trendy tone as well. Blue is a fan-favorite among the masses and this one in particular is alive and well. Even in a traditional like this guest room we found on Pinterest, it thrives.

7. Moss

The best example of what a deep, moss colored wall looks like. It’s enveloping and warm. It’s versatile and can made drab decor a lot more interesting. And it will completely transform the vibe of your space – in the best of ways.

8. Maple

A syrup-inspired maple color on the walls feels like the right choice for those wanting an easy space. Contemporary example of what you can create in an afternoon. Adding a brighter surge of color may be to your benefit though, like a light blush or powder blue.

9. Grenadine


Grenadine is a bit more orange in tone than cherry red, but it’s just as passionate. And we knew it was the best way to show how cool and fashion-forward this tone can be, especially when contrasted with a crisp ivory.

10. Ebony

Black is always a fabulous choice, especially when it’s a matte-finished ebone tone. We love the walls in this room and how they shine with the natural lighting coming in from the windows. Add in a few lighter neutrals and you have a timelessly styled bedroom.

11. Tiffany

Tiffany blue evokes a sense of richness and spring-time tunes. We love this space featuerd on Homedit previously and how it adds a contemporary and equally vintage antique vibe into one space.

12. Hazelnut

Hazelnut is just a tiny bit darker than its maple sister. If you’re looking to provide an even warmer finish, think about going with this creamy foundation.

13. Peach

This funky space sparked a lot of modern, girlishly charming ideas. It has a killer 80’s vibe and those peach walls really set off a unique appeal. For something feminine but not so traditionally, think about pink’s overshadowed sister, peach!

14. Violet

Violet is a really, really popular color among the fashions right now – and it should be in interior design as well. It’s rich, it’s sexy, and it plays well with other neutral tones as well. This contemporary and versatile space is killer, don’t you think?

15. Sky

Sky blue has always been a fan-favorite as well. The lightness connects will all kinds of other tones, especially richer shades of blue. Even this youthful space sings of welcoming vibes and style.

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