Marlena Bathroom, September 02nd , 2017. 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.
Marlena Bedroom, September 02nd , 2017. Light it right, your bedroom needs to be perfectly functional too. Install more than one lighting circuit so that you can switch out the lights at the bedside without the need to cross the room. A dimmer will help create a serene evening ambience while dimmable downlighters work well when task lighting is needed. If space is limited, opt for a wall mounted lamp with an elegant shade like this one, freeing up space on the bedside table. Opt for a warm yellow quality of light, rather than a cool, blue light. ‘Make sure lighting helps to visually maximise the space too,’ advises Mary Barber-Fray of Mary Barber-Fray Interior Design. ‘For example, try lighting the narrower sides of the space to provide a sense of width, whether with wall lights or tiltable recessed spotlights. Choose lampshades that allow light to reflect upwards if you need to give some height to a low ceiling too.
Marlena Kitchen, September 02nd , 2017. Trying to find a home for all your pots, pans and other cooking paraphernalia? The kitchen is the heart of any home, but that means it can get cluttered, busy and in need of some serious organisation. Find the most practical storage ideas with our pick of the best cupboards, shelves and trolleys. Got no wall space? What about a hanging rack from the ceiling. Need to have a dedicated food cupboard? Try a freestanding larder. Whatever your dilema, make we’ve got plenty of ideas to help organise your kitchen and turn that cluttered space into a thing of beauty!
Marlena Bathroom, September 02nd , 2017. Have recessed shelving built in, recessed shelves are a great space saver, both practically and visually, keeping toiletries neat and off the surfaces. Building the shelves into false walls that hide pipework is a clever use of a necessary feature. Also consider recessed light fittings – either spot or linear.
Marlena Kitchen, September 02nd , 2017. How to design your dream kitchen. People use their kitchen in different ways depending on the amount of space they have to play with and their individual lifestyle. However, there are a few basic guidelines that apply to any kitchen design and will provide the groundwork for designing the perfect kitchen.
Marlena Bathroom, September 02nd , 2017. Fit a sunken bath, f you’re renovating your bathroom or en suite, consider installing a sunken bath. Provided you have the space for it below your floorboards, a sunken bath will streamline your bathroom, giving it a luxurious, hotel-style feel.
Marlena Bathroom, September 02nd , 2017. There’s no need to keep a small bathroom plain and minimalist. If you love vintage style, then go for it. Clever storage will stop everything from feeling cluttered and maintain a feeling of space and sophistication. On the other end of the decorating spectrum are hotel-style bathrooms. Choose a chic black and white bathroom peppered with soft grey for a fresh and modern take on monochrome. Alternatively, a wet room could really open up a small bathroom and create a feeling of luxury and spa-like Zen in your home.
Marlena Kitchen, September 02nd , 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 Bathroom, September 02nd , 2017. 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.
Marlena Kitchen, September 02nd , 2017. Rustic cream kitchen with Aga and freestanding furniture. This rustic farmhouse kitchen is the perfect mix of old and new. Fitted cupboards flank a traditional range cooker, which is tucked into an alcove. Wooden beams and walls are painted ivory to keep the look as light as possible and a freestanding sideboard is a great storage alternative to wall cabinets. A butcher’s block-style table makes a great centerpiece and is practical for everyday use.
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