Laurent Kitchen, 2017-09-15 20:10:26. If you’re going for an entirely black-and-white scheme, make one shade dominant rather than giving each equal prominence. A predominantly white scheme has fresh appeal, but don’t overlook the elegance of a dark scheme with hints of white. Alternatively stick to accessories for a softer finish. Monochrome works with all tones of timber, as well as greys and pure shades, such as emerald green.
Laurent Kitchen, 2017-09-15 20:13:02. Modern cream kitchen with metro tiles. If you want to create the perfect family kitchen, be inspired by this modern cream kitchen. This open-plan design has ample worktop space for food preparation, a stainless-steel range cooker and chic white metro tiles. Built in an extension, the units curve round to form a breakfast bar for a casual eating space, with stylish pale blue pendant lights above.
Laurent Kitchen, 2017-09-15 19:57:41. How to choose the right kitchen layout. The kitchen layout you choose will be dictated largely by space. A U-shaped kitchen is one of the most space-efficient designs, and is perfect for small kitchens. It packs maximum storage and worktop space into minimum square footage. Make sure you include corner cupboards with carousels so not an inch of storage space goes to waste.
Laurent Bathroom, 2017-08-29 20:10:30. Opt for a corner shower enclosure, if there’s no space for a bath, a shower enclosure will work perfectly. Corner designs take up very little room – the door on this shower slides around the frame, so it doesn’t need any more space than what you can see. Square versions can be designed in a similar way – just avoid swinging or pivot doors, which will need extra room.
Laurent Bathroom, 2017-08-29 20:09:59. Turn a problem into a feature, use every inch of an attic space by building a bath into the eaves. If you have an awkwardly shaped ceiling – like this loft bathroom – turn it into a decorative feature. Paint the ceiling white to contrast with the statement wallpaper behind. It’s a great way to add character in a confined space.
Laurent Bathroom, 2017-08-29 20:08:12. 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, 2017-08-29 20:10:58. Factor in a slipper bath, if you can’t squeeze a standard roll-top bath into the bathroom, consider a shapely slipper bath – many come in short versions and they’ll let you rest your back in style. And furnish to scale, Large items of furniture can dwarf a small room so always buy pieces that suit the scale of your space. In a small bathroom, stick to the basics of a vanity unit and storage rack that you can either hang on the wall or rest on the edge of a bath. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t pack on the personality. Paint a vanity unit in your favourite colour and opt for patterned tiles on the floor.
Laurent Bathroom, 2017-08-29 20:07:01. Trick the eye, the amount of space you have and what the eye perceives aren’t necessarily the same thing. Play with the boundaries of perception by tiling the side of your bath and the wall with the same design – it makes it hard to distinguish where each begins, thereby making your space feel larger. Marble is particularly effective here, as it looks almost like one huge sheet and the individual tiles aren’t very obvious.
Laurent Bathroom, 2017-08-29 20:09:07. 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, 2017-08-29 20:09:32. The owners couldn’t wait to get rid of the ugly shower curtain and replace it with a more solid-feeling glass panel. ‘Having a curtain flapping around was really annoying,’ they say. The pair also treated themselves to a fixed rainwater shower, which creates a spa-like experience and injects a bit of luxury into the space.
Laurent Bathroom, 2017-08-29 20:07:14. The taps were replaced. ‘It’s amazing how much difference such a small change has made,’ say the owners. With regards to storage, the couple found a tall mirrored cabinet at Ikea, which fits behind the door and is great for keeping everything neatly tidied away. The mirrored front also reflects light from the window on the opposite wall, making the room feel really bright.
Laurent Bathroom, 2017-08-29 20:08:39. Consider adding a skylight, if possible, to open up your bathroom and create a light and airy space. White furnishings will help to bounce light around the room, meaning you can inject personality with a few interesting accessories. Lighting is key. Include task lighting next to mirrors and dimmable options in alcoves or behind a bath to create drama and mood. Make sure all light fittings have the correct IP rating for safe use in wet areas.
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