Flicking through magazines, it's often the dark and moody interiors that capture our interest. It used to be the bright and white rooms, with light flooding in and oodles of sunshine. But as designers like Abigail Ahern began showing us the beauty of a more masculine colour palette a few years back, we've all started to crave them in our homes.
African design has been popular on and off for years now, but most incarnations of it have featured a colour story of blacks, beiges, whites and the occasional pop of burnt orange. Mix in a few animal prints, some leather and a splash of brass and you have a gorgeous - albeit subdued - African interior scheme (take a look at an example here).
Dark interiors go against many of the supposed design rules. For example, the suggestion that a space will feel smaller if the walls and furniture within it are dark. I think the legendary Abigail Ahern said it best when she wrote "A small room is a small room. Painting it pale is not going to double its size or even make it look marginally bigger!".
Juliet Morris' colourful kitchen diner space caught my attention for a few reasons. Yes, the fully stocked bar was one of them, but the punches of colour were also a drawcard. Having lived in this Curtin home with her husband Clive and two children for ten years, Juliet is a clear lover of high voltage hue, allowing her pieces to pop by pairing them with a black and white base.