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Tour a new Melbourne Home that Dares to go Dark

masculine living room in metricon hampshire display

It’s so refreshing to see some masculine interior design ideas hitting the blog. In a decorating landscape that tends to favour a white-on-white approach, it’s a welcome change to see a home that dares to go dark.

And not only does the property in today’s post embrace a deep and moody colour palette, but it also evokes high-end hotel vibes These are the sorta vibes you’ll want to steal for your own home, I’m sure. And if you’re a fan of a luxe interior design scheme, you’re going to lose your mind.

The home I’m taking you through is a brand new build from my friends at Metricon. It’s their Hampshire 54 and it’s just landed in Essendon. A wander through the rooms in this home and you’re going to convert to the dark side. This is masculine interior design with a refined and sophisticated twist, and I’m loving it all.

I hosted an event for the team at Metricon in this home this week gone by. And good Lord was I gasping and gagging endlessly throughout the entire experience. It’s that good!

brown timber kitchen metricon hampshire display home

Masculine Interior Design with Feminine Touches

There’s no doubt about it; this is a moodier colour palette that embraces brown. In years gone by, darker palettes were very black with metallic touches (classic luxe). Or you got a James Bond-style den (with leather man cave moments). But the tones here are warmer and more inviting. And it results in a home that feels like a whole new style of chic.

Yes, you feel like you’re entering a high-end hotel, but there’s something wonderfully welcoming about the design here. It’s not stuffy, it’s not over the top. It’s a really well considered colour palette. And it makes the wide open spaces in this home feel intimate and inviting.

On top of the brown, black and white base palette, jewel tones and charcoal shades are introduced. This adds to the sense of approachable elegance, and it feels wonderfully on-trend. Jewel tones, as you well know, are everywhere right now. So having smaller, finishing touches in these tones make the home feel exciting to be in.

luxe master bedroom with grey feature wall and floral wall art

Spacious takes on a Whole New Meaning

It’s fair to say that this home is a whopper. If you check out the master bedroom photos above and below you’ll see that sense of spaciousness in play.

This room alone features a massive ensuite and two walk-in robes. That’s right, two robes! One even has a desk built into it – complete with mirror – that you can sit at and admire your fine self in. The opulence here is astounding, and the design of this zone has been executed perfectly.

The master bedroom sits on the first floor and spans the entire width of the home. And boy does it showcase a tonne of stunning design moments. My fave is the dark feature wall behind the bed, complete with moulding and a stunning artwork that draws the eye.

What also makes this room so amazing is that it’s more than a bedroom; it’s a true master retreat you can escape to and spend time in.

masculine master bedroom with wall moulding and velvet armchairs

“Dark is the new white! There is most definitely a trend towards darker, high-end finishes and fixtures. It oozes sophistication and grandeur”.

giant walk in robe with brown cabinetry and gold pendant light

Unique Decorative Moments

Metriconโ€™s Design Manager, Ricky D’Alesio, had a few tricks up his sleeve when putting the bedroom design together. And of course, I got the scoop for you!

“We’ve used moulded timber wall panels in the main bedroom space to provide a textural, yet classic, point of difference for a feature wall behind the bed,” he tells me. “It forms a fabulous backdrop for the vivid art that is hung within one panel, creating a dramatic focal point in a large space. We saw a lot of this in recent trips to Europe and used this as our inspiration”.

I also can’t get enough of the luxe bedding on display in this master – packed with velvet and faux fur moments. Bed styling can make such a difference in how a room feels, don’t you think?

metricon outdoor area with timber decking and glass pool fence

Can we Talk about the Outdoor Zones?

While there’s loads of masculine interior design ideas inside, the outside zones feel more casual.

What makes the alfresco area of this home so special (besides the pool you see above) is that there’s two distinct entertaining zones. One outdoor room is a fantastic kitchen and dining zone, while the second is a lounge area. It gives the space fantastic scope for entertaining year-round. Because as I explained in this post, you can entertain outdoors in the colder months!

In classic Metricon style, the outdoor zones come right off the internal dining and family rooms. It creates a gorgeous indoor-meets-out feel; blurring the lines between internal and external living.

“Natural light is so important to the liveability of a home and we’ve ensured that the living and dining spaces are flooded with light,” Ricky explains. “It also means the connection to outdoors is really seamless from both living zones”.

metricon hampshire display home with empire facade

Wanna See More of this Display?

Have the masculine interior design ideas you’re seeing in this post have peaked your interest? It sure is a nice change from all of the white, Scandi-style homes we’re seeing sprawled across the magazines of late.

If you’re keen to see more of this home online, click here to hit the Metricon website and explore it further.

You’ll find the address details and opening hours of the display home there as well. So you can hop into the display and steal some masculine interior design ideas for your own space.

Velvet, jewel tones and brown timber here I come! Are you feeling me?

Chris Sig

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