Neoclassical decor first emerged in 18th-century Britain and France, drawing from classic Roman and Greek architecture and art. It originally highlighted ornamental columns and reliefs, gilted accessories, plush swags, and opulent furniture. As time moved on, the neoclassical interior style evolved to include chic modern pieces that gently meld with the classical influence. Now, the transitional neoclassical interiors that we feature here today have a bolder and sometimes more minimalist modernity driven through highly ornamental surroundings. The juxtaposition of uber contemporary against intricate classical detailing creates inspiring spaces that are firmly planted in the present, with a wistful glance over the shoulder to the elegant past.
In the first of our three featured home interiors, we visit an impressive, lofty ceilinged living room that is blessed with a parade of dramatic double doors. A
In the kitchen, a contemporary
The unique dining set backs directly onto the
A minimalist brass
The seating area sits in audience to a wonderful grand piano. A second, matching modern chandelier is hung in the piano room, where it waits to cast a spotlight on the talent.
In the master bedroom, a freestanding headboard wall moves the upholstered bed into the centre of the room. A
A third wall sconce lights up the corner of the bedroom, where a bedroom chair makes a comfortable spot for reading or dressing.
A working fireplace gives the bedroom a luxurious visual and physical warmth. A modern painting draws the eye up to appreciate the generous ceiling height of the room.
The shower enclosure pushes the freestanding
Classical door moulding and deep crown moulding give the bathroom an opulent finish.
Identical black bedside tables wing the upholstered headboard, and another bedroom fireplace flickers at the foot.
This time around, glass fronted closets add light storage to the room.
A gold coffee table harks back to the gilded trims of 18th-century neoclassical design. 3D wall art plays upon the idea of classical stucco relief.
Statement lounge chairs dash boldly contrasting black and white print into the arrangement.
A low sideboard divides the open plan living room between the lounge area and the dining space. A trio of graceful counterbalanced pendant lights illuminate the length of a white marble dining table.
Square-framed dining chairs create hard linear contrast with the smoothly curved racetrack outline of the stone tabletop.
The fabulous tree curves around the window reveal to merge with the view, which can be observed from a romantic window seat.
In our final home tour, futuristic tube lights strike parallel tracks of searingly bright illumination across an exquisitely decorative neoclassical ceiling treatment. Below, a cushiony tufted sofa fashions an L-shaped border around the lounge area.
A contemporary fireplace lays low across the marble clad TV wall.
Black window blinds darkly shade an impressive dual aspect window. Traditional panel moulding smartly trims fresh white painted walls.
A set of narrow shelves fill the sliver of wall space left over by the window to achieve a fully-fitted and customised look.
Behind the lounge, a large