Laurent Kitchen, 2017-09-15 20:10:26. Deep purples, colour blocking is a great technique for replicating the relaxed feel of freestanding furniture within the more practical, easy-to-clean reality of a fitted kitchen. In this colourful kitchen, Farrow & Ball’s rich Brinjal makes the fitted corner dresser appear like a separate piece – boosting its presence in the room. ‘Keeping the walls and ceiling pale will provide a blank canvas for the cabinetry and really lets the colours sing,’ adds Gillian McCollum, Director, Murray & Murray.
Laurent Kitchen, 2017-09-15 19:57:41. Geometric kitchen splashback, if you love the tradtional black-and-white floor tiles, but you want something a little different, try the monochrome look with wall tiles instead. Here, the splashback is made of ceramic tiles in a zig-zag pattern, which follows the shape of the shelf, too. Industrial-chic kitchen, if you’re designing a monochrome kitchen, but are worried the effect will be too harsh, try a few black accessories teamed with bright primary colours; it really works in a utility-style kitchen like this one.
Laurent Kitchen, 2017-09-15 20:13:02. Geometric kitchen splashback, if you love the tradtional black-and-white floor tiles, but you want something a little different, try the monochrome look with wall tiles instead. Here, the splashback is made of ceramic tiles in a zig-zag pattern, which follows the shape of the shelf, too. Industrial-chic kitchen, if you’re designing a monochrome kitchen, but are worried the effect will be too harsh, try a few black accessories teamed with bright primary colours; it really works in a utility-style kitchen like this one.
Laurent Bathroom, 2017-09-15 19:42:10. Choose furniture and accessories wisely, bring a nostalgic touch to the bathroom by upcycling a narrow console table to incorporate a small basin. Space-saving wall-mounted taps provide a neat solution. The more of the floor you can see, the more spacious your bathroom will feel, so go for a freestanding basin unit. Plus, you can pop a few baskets underneath if you’re short on storage space.
Laurent Bathroom, 2017-09-15 19:42:16. Decorate with a fresh white scheme, make a compact bathroom feel more spacious by sticking to a simple all-white scheme. Team a white suite with glossy wall tiles and plenty of plush textured towels to ensure the space feels welcoming rather than cold.
Laurent Bedroom, 2017-09-15 19:54:15. A damn good mattress, if you have to choose between a fancy frame and a decent mattress, go for the latter. There’s no doubt they’re pricy, but a good-quality mattress will last more than ten years, so the cost-per-sleep ratio will definitely be in your favour. Be sure to buy a well-padded mattress that offers the correct support and one that’s crafted from natural materials.
Laurent Bedroom, 2017-09-15 19:54:56. Feminine florals, finding a bedlinen design that works in tandem with country furnishings is key to the design of a relaxing room. Distressed paint finishes, weatheredwood and limed floorboards can benefit from a change of pace. ‘This is a really striking floral that works well in a rustic setting,’ says Lucy Ackroyd, Bedlinen Design Manager, Christy. ‘The sharpness of the pink flowerscontrasts beautifully with the calming green tones and simplicity of the surroundings, creating a homely and inviting feel.
Laurent Bathroom, 2017-09-15 19:43:21. Stack them up, tiered wire storage keeps luxuriously packaged lotions and practical wash bags on show and easy to grab. If space is limited, you can tote the stand from bedroom to bathroom when needed.
Laurent Bedroom, 2017-09-15 19:54:26. 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 Bathroom, 2017-09-15 19:41:49. Invest in made-to-measure fittings and fixtures, a well-thought-out design can fit all the essentials into as little as two square metres for a bathroom and even less for a shower room. The key is not to squeeze too much in. If you only have a small space, it’s much better to make a focal point of a walk-in shower or a beautiful bath, rather than ending up with a cramped bathroom.
Laurent Bathroom, 2017-09-15 19:38:44. Work in wall-hung units, floating fittings visually max the space, as more of the floor can be seen, and make cleaning a breeze. You can always use the area underneath to store toiletries in pretty wicker baskets. A palette of off-whites and tonal greys will make your bathroom feel large and airy, while wall integrated taps keep the look minimal and well-finished.
Laurent Bathroom, 2017-09-15 19:38:46. Go for mobile and multifunctional furniture, a limited footprint shouldn’t impact on your creative flair. If your bathroom is verging on the small side, consider using freestanding furniture that you can move around at a moment’s notice. Going for freestanding storage and seating allows you to move your scheme around whenever you like and, unlike fitted bathroom units, you can take freestanding pieces with you when it’s time to move out.
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