Laurent Kitchen, 2017-09-15 19:57:41. Jewel tones, if your inner creative self is longing for rich tones but your more practical head is saying choose something timeless, consider using a brighter hue inside cabinetry for a stylish colour fix,’ suggests Kiran Noonan, Marketing Director, John Lewis of Hungerford. ‘Try exotic jewel tones – like this fabulous Persian Green – and create a striking backdrop for pure white china along the way. Install internal LEDs to bring the colour to life by night.
Laurent Kitchen, 2017-09-15 20:10:26. A pantry or pull-out larder is the most practical way to store food, while a built-in wine rack, or even a wine fridge or wine cooler, can also come in handy. Kitchen cupboards with built-in spice racks or kitchen drawers with built-in dividers for cutlery are a great help when it comes to keeping things organised. A pull-out bin with an integrated recycling compartment makes it easier to do your bit for the environment.
Laurent Kitchen, 2017-09-15 20:13:02. How to create your kitchen style. Once you have devised the perfect layout for your kitchen, you can start to inject some of your own taste and personality into it with the cabinets and finishes you choose. Finishing touches such as kitchen worktops, kitchen splashbacks, kitchen doors, kitchen flooring and kitchen handles will all have a huge impact on the overall look and feel of your kitchen.
Laurent Bathroom, 2017-09-21 10:53:39. Think in twos, where space is tight, opt for an over-shower bath that delivers the best of both worlds. Rather than positioning your shower against the short side of the bath, try placing it along the longer side for a more luxe feel. Use a bold tile design around the bath to contrast with the rest of the room.
Laurent Bathroom, 2017-09-19 18:33:41. Be clever with tiles, when decorating a small bathroom, such as an en suite in a loft conversion, introduce a horizontal line around the width of the space, either with tiles or paint. This trick will visually widen the space, creating the illusion of a bigger room.
Laurent Bedroom, 2017-09-21 10:53:52. Something to make you laugh, a supersized inspiring quote, or funny word to start and end the day is a winner. A little optimism goes a long, long way. Divine artwork, blown-up snaps of lovely landscapes – think dreamy white-sand beaches or swaying palm trees – will help you drift off to the Land of Nod with ease. Flowers are also very calming – we love the orchid mural in this bijou dressing corner.
Laurent Bedroom, 2017-09-21 10:53:11. 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.
Laurent Bedroom, 2017-09-21 10:54:10. 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, 2017-09-21 10:54:03. 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 Bathroom, 2017-09-19 18:33:31. When the time came to redecorate their bathroom, the owners turned to social media to inspire their fabulous new scheme. ‘When we moved in, we weren’t keen on the bathroom, but it had some nice features,’ say the owners. ‘We liked the shape of the basin, the bath was comfy and the big window kept the room bright.’
Laurent Bathroom, 2017-09-19 18:33:36. 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.
Laurent Bedroom, 2017-09-21 10:53:58. 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!
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