Of all the architectural details I gravitate towards (and there are a lot—I sometimes worry that, given the opportunity to design my own home, it would end up looking like a postmodern funhouse), one of my favorites is the contrast interior. When a wall niche, the inside of an item of furniture, or any other structural cutaway reveals a fun material or color, it just sets my heart a-flutter.
- The contrast interior works well to elevate hidden storage, as in this space from Openstudio Architects in London. (For more, see the home's Small Cool entry.)
- For a more luxe, lacquered example, check out this glam California home featured in Architectural Digest.
- Contrasting finishes works perfectly in a kitchen, as in this timber-and-black space by Architektu Biuras via Arch Daily.
- Also found on Arch Daily, the reverse by Arhitektura doo works just as well!
- Designer Kelly Hoppen made the inner return of this staircase—found on Luxxu—a feature by cladding it in a matte black material.
- Here, an entire room is given the contrast treatment. The living room wrapped in slatted timber is by Susanna Cots Interior Design via One Kind Design.
- This property by Belgian architecture firm Minus features many examples of interior contrast, but I especially love the insides of the wardrobes.
- The look is sometimes as simple as painting a niche, as seen in this home in Nuevo Estilo via Domaine...
- Or in a slightly more modern iteration, in this home by Paris-based SWAN Architects via HomeDSGN.
- I love how the whole side section of a floor looks done in a contrast finish; the fascinating "Ant House" is by mA-style architects via Wookmark.