Marlena Bedroom, September 24th , 2017. Sleek storage, well-planned storage helps establish a peaceful bedroom scheme. In this room, simple built-in storage incorporating a window seat makes the most of limited space while providing a focal point. Maximise storage by using clever multi-functional furniture where suitable, using the walls and height of the room as well as the floor space. Here, form and function dovetail perfectly with the graphic tones and angular shapes of the wall-mounted light, headboard and side table providing both style and practicality.
Marlena Bedroom, September 24th , 2017. 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.
Marlena Kitchen, September 24th , 2017. Pared-back aubergine, for a pretty kitchen with bags of country charm, turn to feminine shades such as soft aubergines and vintage rose. Don’t overdo it – a standout island unit will suffice. Pinks are from the warm side of the colour spectrum, so you can afford to introduce plenty of creamy background shades that will keep the décor on the sophisticated side of ‘girly’, and the overall look fresh.
Marlena Kitchen, September 24th , 2017. 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.
Marlena Kitchen, September 24th , 2017. Cream kitchen with wooden worktop and painted blackboard wall. For a café-style kitchen combine cream walls and cabinetry with an area decorated with blackboard paint - and never forget anything on your shopping list ever again! Keep the look light and cheerful with cream painted base units and a practical wooden worktop. Continue the warm wood tones with dining furniture, then add black and copper accessories as a finish touch.
Marlena Kitchen, September 24th , 2017. 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.
Marlena Kitchen, September 24th , 2017. 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.
Marlena Bedroom, September 24th , 2017. Boudoir musts to help make for bedtime bliss. It’s the place where you spend your most peaceful hours – hopefully! – where you catch up on reading and relaxation and well-earned rest. But if yours is more of a crazy, muddled mess, make this the year you turn your bedroom into your special retreat, where you actually want to spend quality time. These buys will make your bedroom the stuff of dreams.
Marlena Kitchen, September 24th , 2017. The kitchen is the heart of the home and your table works hard to fulfill many functions – as a place for evening meals, family gatherings, somewhere children can do their homework, or a spot to sit with a cuppa and your laptop. Consider the space available, an extending kitchen table could be the best choice if you entertain occasionally. Choose from farmhouse tables with exposed wood tops, in raw oak or painted finishes to add classic style, and if you have space, a refectory table that can be paired with benches is perfect for families. Get a mid-century modern look with the curves and tapered legs of an Ercol table, or go for a contemporary style with a white steel frame kitchen table.
Marlena Bedroom, September 24th , 2017. As the Sleep Foundation say, a good mattress is paramount to a good night sleep. Caring for your mattress is important too – vacuum it, flip it every so often and you are recommended to buy a new one every eight years.This marbled grey scheme could have us floating in the clouds in no time, but equally honey tones and heavenly white will send you off to the land of nod.
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