THE hottest trend for prestige homes is about leaving one thing out

first_img… regardless of the angle. 57 Castile Street, Indooroopilly Even ultra-contemporary homes aren’t immune from the influence of light and shade. 120 Adelaide St East, Clayfield telegraphs its colour scheme to the street. 15 Scott St Hawthorne rises high in black and white. It’s a contrast that frames the CBD view from Whynot St. Even the printed furniture at 15 Scott St adds to the look. 35 — 37 Whynot Street, West End Why not indeed!Located in arguably West End’s most desirable street, this beautifully renovated chamferboard cottage is yet another example of a colour-starved scheme that’s been appealing to the Brisbane property elite.Dark cabinetry, benchtops and small details are again adding to the look by abutting clean white and light grey walls. Even the furniture adds to the effect at Adelaide St East. 35 Neville Rd, Bridgeman Downs If you never tire of lying back on the couch, gazing towards the ceiling and enjoying the stark contrast of dark struts, then this Bridgeman Downs home is for you.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home3 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor3 hours agoWhile its polished timber floors, six-bedroom accommodation and 1.31 hectares of land are all worthy of mention, it’s the dark, weblike structural roof work that really attracts the eye. From the inside you see how the Whynot St home made clever use of heavy colours.Follow Kieran Clair on Twitter at @kieranclair Window and door frames in particular are used to add drama. 15 Scott St, Hawthorne Scott St, Hawthorne homes are known for pushing real estate design boundaries, and this house, which has been setting prestige property buffs heart’s aflutter, showed off the palette of heavy darks and ultra lights.Like the garage doors against the external walls, the inside of the home has covered both ends of the spectrum. The kitchen and study in particular make big statements. 57 Castile Street Indooroopilly mixes contemporary and classicThis Indooroopilly home’s decor enhances the stark contrast, but a stroll through it’s online picture gallery shows how door and window frames, as well as the massive stone kitchen benchtop, show off the black-on-white detailing of the design. It’s hard to miss the ceiling struts in 35 Neville Road, Bridgeman Downs …The timbers set against the white ceiling perfectly contrast the weave. There’s a big trend in prestige homes underway — and it’s all about leaving something specifically out of the design.It’s seemed every on-trend, high-end home that’s recently hit the market is lacking one big element — colour.Flipping through the prestige listings, you’d be forgiven for thinking we’d headed back to 1920s Hollywood with the likes of Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin.The black-and-white trend attracts those looking for a dramatic finish to their rooms, according to Darren James Interiors studio manager and designer, Elissa Greer.“It’s always been a classic palette that people really love — it’s a bold look but it’s classic.”Ms Greer said requests for heavy contrasting schemes had certainly ramped up of late.“I don’t think we’ve ever been asked for more black kitchens than we have in the last six-to-12 months. People are just wanting to do really dark cabinetry.”Ms Greer said an advantage to choosing a lack of colour is it worked in all types of homes.“It does adapt to different styles. We still use it a lot in those sort of mid-century retro styles, as well as with your Hamptons look,” she said.“Really great too to mix in little pops of colour, and metallics are really in at the moment obviously — you’ve got all your brasses and your bronze brass and your golds — and people love bringing in those sorts of accents as well and they work really well with your black-and-white schemes,” Ms Greer said.“It’s about balance. You need to be careful about the size of your room — the position, the location, make sure you’re balancing it out — not too dark, not too light — but I don’t think you can go too wrong with it.”Here are few examples of high-end Brisbane listings making use of their extremely uncolourful spaces. 120 Adelaide St East, Clayfield Sitting on a 1017sq m block a moments walk from the Sandgate Rd retail strip, this circa 1910 five-bedroom, chamferboard cottage has adopted the contrast colour scheme from outside to inside.last_img