The pots, pans, and utensils of a colorful Los Angeles home are hung up when they aren't needed as kitchenware. Photo by Bryce Duffy.
A snug office below the stairs of a duplex just outside Sydeny, Australia, doubles as a storage area; dark wooden shelves showcase books and food items that might otherwise be stowed out of view. Photo by Nick Bowers.
One might expect the competing colors, textures, and patterns of this brightly furnished Belgium home to clash unpleasantly, but instead they play off of one another to provide multiple layers of visual interest. Photo by Chris Tubbs.
An eco-friendly London home rendered in clean white lines is up to the challenge of keeping two young boys in check. Built-in shelves and cabinets turn piles stray books and toys into artful exhibitions of household items. Photo by Charlie Crane.
When he renovated his Bratislava flat, Lukáš Kordík juxtaposed modern appliances—a flat screen TV and a metal fridge—with the old-world charm of original materials—whitewashed brick walls and an exposed ceiling. In harnessing the disparity between his home and his belongings, Kordik made contrast his aesthetic.
Any home can be considered a backdrop for its contents, but the Town House takes that principle to the extreme. With white walls, a white counter, and an off-white floor, this Swedish abode makes the colors of fruit, photos, and book covers pop, providing a new focal point at every turn. Photo by Mark Seelen.
Weight machines mingle with modern art and well-worn couches in the lofted, open-plan living-and-gym area of a converted stable in London. A subtle balance emerges from the seemingly random mixture of equipment, art, and furniture; every item seems perfectly at home despite the lack of obvious organization. Photo by Andrea Bakacs.
The crowded shelves of designer Omer Arbel's Vancouver home are a far cry from the minimalist furnishings that define so many contemporary homes. Arbel prefers to show off possessions that he's "collected along the way," like the salvaged wooden counter in the middle of his kitchen. Photo by José Mandojana.