Laurent Dining room, 2017-10-11 17:47:53. Double function room, for those without a separate room, a small dining area can sit neatly behind a sofa as part of a larger living space. When the table is not in use, it can be used like a mantelpiece, or sidetable, and dressed with flowers and attractive accessories. Alternatively, put it to use as a desk, somewhere for the children to do their homework or indulge in some arts and crafts.
Laurent Dining room, 2017-10-11 17:47:39. Bearing in mind your dining room is going to be primarily used for entertaining, it should be one of the most inviting areas of the home. All it takes are a few little tweaks to get your dining room up to scratch, whether it’s freshening it up with new upholstery or injecting some personality with a feature wall of framed photographs or prints.
Laurent Dining room, 2017-10-11 17:45:31. Cool white and blue, dashes of navy blue invigorate a clean white background in this nautical scheme while the open-fronted doors of the built-in bookcase allow its contents to add character to the room and provide a talking point for guests.
Laurent Bedroom, 2017-10-12 17:25:07. Make a statement, a statement bed will do the talking in both compact and large bedrooms. If space is limited, either use a bed that offers plenty of in-built hidden storage, or space underneath to store boxes and vacuum bags. Debra McQuin at McQuin Partnership suggests choosing bedside tables or ergonomic wall-mounted lights. ‘Try to think creatively,’ she says. ‘If there is no space for a headboard, then paint one on the wall. And in all bedrooms, small or large, a sense of real luxury comes from a good mattress, high thread-count sheets, and a soft rug to step out of bed onto. These are the things that make the most difference to a sense of well-being.’ In this scheme, a vibrant wallpaper and full-length curtains create a sense of cosseting luxury.
Laurent Bedroom, 2017-10-12 17:25:27. A functional bedside table, your nightstand should be a hard-working multitasker with space for everything you need to make the night go smoothly – think a good book, notepad and glass of water. And as many clocks as it takes to get you out of bed in the morning! Who wants to be jumping out of bed every five minutes because there isn’t space for everything you need?
Laurent Bedroom, 2017-10-12 17:24:21. Explore the dark side, don’t shy away from using a dark wall colour in a bedroom; it can instantly make a space feel more intimate and cosy. Dark walls are also great for showing off a display of favourite objects – try a deep shade of blue as a backdrop to vintage lighting, antique prints and bric-a-brac.
Laurent Bedroom, 2017-10-12 17:24:58. Light it up. Swap table lamps for hanging pendants to free up valuable bedside space. Opt for fabric shades to minimize glare and choose a lively accent colour that ties in with your bedding. Make pattern a feature, break away from safe neutrals and upholster the bed in a bright, playful fabric that will make it the star attraction. For added impact, paint the wall behind in a bold co-ordinating shade.
Laurent Bedroom, 2017-10-12 17:25:38. Mixed doubles, layering an eclectic mix of heritage prints and bold floral textiles effortlessly creates a fresh, Spring-like feel in the bedroom,’ says Sue Roberts, Design Director for Home, House of Fraser. ‘Bedlinen is something you can really have fun with. It’s a way of adding interest and a seasonal element to your room with the option of buying into the whole look for a real statement or just selecting a couple of pieces to update your bed.
Laurent Bedroom, 2017-10-12 17:25:51. Lovely linen (changed often!), invest in the best you can afford, so you can sleep easy – you may prefer cotton, you might go for linen, you might lust after silk. Whichever you choose, it’s the quality that counts. If your colour scheme is pure white, this is your chance to add a bit of personality into your space, be it with patterns, mismatching colours or geometric shapes. And if you can stretch to an epic headboard, even better!
Laurent Bedroom, 2017-10-12 17:24:25. Easy living, if space allows, introduce a living room feel into your bedroom for the ultimate in hotel boudoir chic. Chairs, upholstered ottomans, artwork, books and treasured collections in a zoned area will create a mini sitting area and add a touch of cosiness. In this scheme an antique dresser painted in a dramatic black provides a natural focus. ‘No matter how small your bedroom is, a chair is always practical,’ says Nicola Holden of Nicola Holden Designs. ‘If it causes too much clutter, consider plumping for something like the unobtrusive Ghost chair by Philippe Starck. Choose hard-working furniture such as ottomans and chests of drawers, and don’t neglect forgotten areas such as those above a door, where built-in shelving can look effective.
Laurent Dining room, 2017-10-11 17:47:53. ake time to consider the size of the room and also the amount of natural light it receives, as it may take on a more practical use in the daytime, for homework or housekeeping, for example. A room flooded with light can hold its own during the day when decorated with dark colours, which in turn will be the ideal back drop for an intimate setting in the evening. However, a naturally darker room may benefit from a lighter touch of pale shades throughout the day, which can be warmed up with subtle lighting at nightfall.
Laurent Bedroom, 2017-10-12 17:25:18. A snuggly rug, good idea as it is to have all-wood floors to make things easier to clean, in winter, your feet won’t take too kindly to stepping on to a hard, cold floor (or a splinter!). Make the getting-out-of-bed experience a whole lot more forgiving by treating yourself to a plush rug – there’s nothing like swinging out of bed and twiddling your toes in those fluffy fibres.
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