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Contemporary Interior Architecture Elements That are Cool and Different

Sometimes interior architecture can be as interesting as the exterior one. Contemporary interior architecture elements, however, are all about adding function to the house or preserving the fashionable open layout. They can also look quite decorative and designing. Take a look at this variety of elements that make home extra special.

Glass Walls

Glass walls are still somehow refreshing after being a thing for years, and that’s why you should take advantage of them. Easy to install, glass walls leave rooms open to the rest of the layout, rendering space airy. Curtains can help increase privacy without boxing each room in.

Glass walls
Glass walls by Octopi Studio

Glass room dividers may even be easier to install, but they bring about the same element of openness to space.

Framed or frameless, glass walls look contemporary and stylish. They may not be as good when it comes to sound-proofing, but you would only need that for more private rooms.

Glass wall dividers
Glass wall dividers via Design Innova

In the public area of living, dining, and cooking function, you can make use of glass walls and dividers to allow the light from all windows converge in the main area or keep the room looking spacious.

Tinted glass can provide your rooms with a degree of decor, but they also can visually separate rooms.

Wooden Screens

Screens, like glass dividers, are very popular at the moment, and not only in exterior architecture. If regular walls have you bored, wooden slat screens can bring more dynamic and style into your life.

Slat walls
Slat walls via Marie Claire Maison

These contemporary interior architecture elements are trendy for a reason. They look incredibly stylish, and they are immensely versatile.

Take a look at the wall with a pocket door above. It looks unique and cool. Wall’s vertical slats play well with the door’s diagonal elements, and it looks just fresh compared to good old plaster walls.

Moving slat wall door
Moving slat wall door via Minimalissimo

The beauty of screens is that you can find them in such a variety of states. Here is a sliding wooden slat door the size of a wall. It separates the kitchen from the rest of the house, but it still allows the view of its contrasting black design.

Skyhaus by Aidlin Darling Design
Skyhaus by Aidlin Darling Design

A screen is plenty decorative and doesn’t have to necessarily be functional. It may simply add an eye-catchy design element to your interior.

Aidlin Darling Design put one into their Skyhaus project. The thing stretches from floor to the double-height ceiling, and with protruding sculptured relief it, looks like a beautiful architectural element – no more, no less.

Vivienda Ciudad de las Artes by Henandez Arquitectos
Vivienda Ciudad de las Artes by Hernandez Arquitectos

Wall slats can be more prominent than simple screens. The trend right now is to build walls with sections of wood or plaster that appear as those in screens.

The example above is a stylish way of introducing a screen into the interior without it looking flimsy or standing in the way.

Staircase Sculptures

Nothing can decorate one’s house quite like a staircase. Contemporary idea is to design it to be functional, but use all the immediate space for expressing unique ideas.

Warriewood House by Ergo Architecture + Interiors
Warriewood House by Ergo Architecture + Interiors

Here our theme of wooden screens continues with impressive double height slat walls surrounding a simple-looking staircase.

It not only provides safety but also allows visual communication between all zones affected by the presence of the staircase.

Sebah House by Pepe Gascón Arquitectura
Sebah House by Pepe Gascón Arquitectura

There are lots of ways to design a staircase, but, as it turns out, there are also many supplements to it.

Metal rod staircase railings look unconventional, but not particularly unsafe. They also look fitting opposite concrete stairs.

Contemporary staircase
Contemporary staircase via Home Improvings

Glass railings are very popular in contemporary architecture, because they contribute to the open layout. They also allow to show off the staircase design.

Staircase lighting may not be a part of architecture, but it definitely decorates and highlights its design.

Metallic staircase
Metallic staircase by esse elle associati

The shape of a staircase may not seem important or even anything that could be changed till you see how a simple curve can undo the mundanity of this magnificent architectural element.

Additional Angles

Additional angles may seem like a lot of fuss, but boy can they give your rooms an incredibly unique look. They don’t even have to be a part of the existing architecture.

Geometric ceiling by Assemble
Geometric ceiling by Assemble

Take a look at the geometric wooden origami ceiling by Assemble. It transforms space both physically and visually, but it’s merely an element of interior decor.

This is a perfect solution for the homes that were already planned to be straight as a cube. Adding such an element can give your interior architecture something to show off.

Joukowsky Institute by Anmahian Winton Architects
Contemporary interior architecture elements by Anmahian Winton Architects

Another great example of this interior ‘non-architecture’ is Joukowsky Institute by Anmahian Winton Architects.

Its interior wooden walls open up, twist and turn, and create an unusual look, prompting an idea of a completely unique interior architecture.

Stirling by Mac-Interactive Architects
Contemporary interior architecture elements by Mac-Interactive Architects

Sometimes angles come from the original building architecture, and that’s great too. You could really exploit those peculiarities in your interior design. Many prefer attic apartments and all kinds of former barns and industrial buildings just for that.

Interior Curvature

You won’t usually see curving lines in housing, but that doesn’t mean it’s impossible or unreasonable. Curves may not always be efficient, but at times they may even help you save space.

Seating nook
Seating nook via The Decoralist

Curving corners and ceilings are, of course, first and foremost decorative. And you will have to invest money and effort into shaping them.

Aren’t they worth it, though? Just look at the impressive arches of the ceiling below or a perfectly fitting shape of the seat in the nook above.

Curved ceiling
Curved ceiling via Archiexpo

There is something very special about curving ceilings. Arches go back far in history, but the modern designs can look even more unique.

If you aren’t a fan of vaulted ceilings, you may find curving arcs helpful in creating a focal point in the room.

LSD Residence by Davidov Partners Architects
LSD Residence by Davidov Partners Architects

Curving walls are more prevalent these days. It’s a great way to avoid awkward corners. In LSD Residence, the rounded walls are the result of a curvature that wraps around a shower.

Storage Walls

As function prevails over aesthetics more and more, storage walls become a bigger part of interior architecture.

Casa Bosques by Original Vision
Casa Bosques by Original Vision

Even decorative half walls like this one, separating the bedroom from bathroom, double as a storage solution.

Storage walls are great, though, because they may aid in creating hidden rooms and privacy nooks, if big open spaces leave you feeling agoraphobic.

Miller House in Berlin by Asdfg Architekten
Miller House in Berlin by Asdfg Architekten

Take this library wall, for instance. Its pocket door may continue as a white wall because there is no frame to indicate that it is a door.

Storage walls are great for dividing big spaces into rooms that are organized and neat.

Wall Frames

Wall frames are the latest trend in interior architecture, it seems. While frames don’t seem to have much function, they can do wonders in open layouts, separating as well as connecting various zones to each other.

That 60s House by Plasterlina
That 60s House by Plasterlina

In That 60s House, the idea was to simply create a framed space for the eating area separate from the kitchen island.

Contrasting with the white kitchen, the frame keeps working and leisurely zones apart, echoing the rest of the modern design.

Toh Yi House by Ming Architects
Contemporary interior architecture elements by Ming Architects

The similar idea was employed by Ming Architects, who instead of dividing the entire bathroom, opted for framed wall-sized mirrors to hold the vanity and sinks.

These create two different areas – the bath itself and a beauty vanity, where the residents can simply pamper up and get ready.

Loft apartment kitchen
Loft apartment kitchen via Coolective

A kitchen peninsula is one of the best contemporary interior architecture elements because it is so versatile. It can look dramatic as well, just supplement it with a wall frame like in the loft above.

Contemporary interior architecture elements may be all about function, but you can never have enough unique ideas that look beautiful.


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