What makes a perfectly good room truly great? It can be hard to pinpoint sometimes. Is it the cobalt-hued door or the crisp white walls? Is it the original wood-paneled walls or the striking Italian midcentury pendant hanging from the ceiling? Is it the marigold velvet built-in bench or the small handcrafted wood stool sitting next to it? While it's not always easy to identify exactly what makes a room stand above the rest, it's easy to know when you see one.
In the type of room you can instantly picture yourself spending hours on end in, there's an almost visceral reaction. Immediately, you feel compelled to study its every last detail: the shape of the headboard, the finishes of the handmade tiles, the composition of original art. We compiled some of our favorite rooms of 2018—from the front entrance to the living room, all the way to the kitchen and the bedroom. Get ready for some serious inspiration for your next decorating project. These were the rooms that left our editors speechless this year, and we hope you feel it too.
The Best Entryway
Between the bright cobalt door, the iconic Frank Gehry chair, and the classic Victorian architecture leading the way to a beautiful garden view, this Melbourne entryway takes the cake for the best first impression. Deisgned by Australian architecture firm Robson Rak, the bright and airy space invites you in with the perfect mix of traditional and modern styles.
The Best Kitchen
In an old schoolhouse in Williamsburg, this kitchen designed by Space Exploration in collaboration with The White Arrow features a stunning arched entrance, classic Shaker cabinets that extend to the ceiling, and glass paneled upper cabinets. The herringbone floors and French range and hood are just the right hint of classic, but the Bestlite pendants and Sawkille counter stools give it a modern feel.
The Best Living Room
Technically a library, this dramatic wall-paneled room in Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent's L.A. home won our hearts for its cozy mix of old and new. The traditional architecture gives the room a stately appearance, but every other object feels unique and eye-catching yet unpretentious at the same time. The large silky gray rug lightens up the whole room while the pink marble Gae Aulenti coffee table provides an unexpected pop of color in an otherwise neutral room.
The Best Dining Room
This dining room by London-based designer Sophie Ashby of Studio Ashby is proof that being fearless when decorating pays off. A crismon red bench of her own design is paired with bright purple pillows and a set of handcrafted colorful pendants hang from the ceiling. The art and other accessories in the room are no less colorful, but the whole space works well together and feels unique and personable.
The Best Hallway
In Mandy Moore's home, designer Sarah Sherman Samuel ingenuously used this wide hallway with a corner window and a generous skylight to create a cozy reading nook. By building in a bench upholstered in marigold velvet and bookcases to hold the actress' collection of books, the designer created a stunning space out of a previously seldom-used space.
The Best Bedroom
Mandy Moore's home makes it in our list of the best rooms of 2018 a second time with the actress's master bedroom. With floor-to-ceiling windows on two sides overlooking the pool and a breathtaking view of L.A., it's already a great space as is. But the genius of this space comes with the custom headboard which encapsulates the bedside tables and wraps around the room, creating a cozy ultra-custom look.
The Best Bathroom
At first glance, this bathroom by NYC-based design firm Studio DB may seem simple, but this room proves that beauty is in the details. The off-white handcrafted zellige tiles provide the perfect contrast to the dramatic almost cloudlike marble—both of which are complemented by beautiful antique brass fixtures. But beyond the finishes, the unexpected layout of having the tub sitting in front of the double shower makes us love this space even more.
Next up: All the best living rooms of 2018 had this in common—does yours?