Marlena Bedroom, September 01st , 2017. Bedroom blues, blue and white lends itself to sophisticated designs. ‘We were inspired by Persia and the intricate detailed floral and paisley patterns found in tiles and ancient tapestries, hence the name Kashan which means land of tiles,’ says Julie Hall, Head of Design for the Fable brand from Bedeck. ‘Printed on a luxurious 300 count cotton percale, the soft blues and linen shades create a harmonious colour palette. Layer with a throw and embroidered cushion to create a timeless look.
Marlena Kitchen, September 01st , 2017. Make sure you include enough kitchen storage. It’s easy to underestimate how much kitchen storage you will need. Make a list of all your kitchen equipment – pots, pans, crockery, cutlery, appliances, linen, cleaning products – as well as anything else you may need to store in your kitchen, from food and drink to the ironing board and vacuum cleaner. Once you have your list, you can design storage solutions around it.
Marlena Bedroom, September 01st , 2017. 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.
Marlena Kitchen, September 01st , 2017. If you don’t have a separate utility room, you may also need to factor in a washing zone for your washing machine and tumble dryer. A combined washer-dryer will save space and can be tucked away behind kitchen unit doors when not in use. In an open-plan kitchen, you will also need a separate dining and/or living area, placed as far away from the work zone as possible so as not to disturb anyone eating or relaxing in those areas. A breakfast bar is a smart way to squeeze in informal seating in a small kitchen.
Marlena Kitchen, September 01st , 2017. Pigeon perfect, varying the colour on kitchen cabinetry is a clever way to distort perspective and give the impression of more space,’ says Jasper Middleton, Design Director, Middleton Bespoke. ‘In this galley-style kitchen we used pale paint on the taller, more dominant cabinetry, making it appear to fade into the background a little. Painting the base units in a different, much darker shade helps draw the eyes away and distracts attention from the room’s narrow shape.
Marlena Kitchen, September 01st , 2017. Matching shades of white across different surfaces can be tricky. For example, a wallpaper with a white background may look more like cream next to a white table, so try to keep them apart, using black accessories as punctuation. A monochrome scheme can be bold and will usually benefit from some texture and a mix of surface finishes. Gloss and matt, opaque and dense - build up layers to add extra interest and soften any harshness.
Marlena Kitchen, September 01st , 2017. Vintage-style cream kitchen with red tiles. Go for cheery retro style! Cream is the perfect backdrop to a vintage-style decorating scheme. This country kitchen has a range cooker set into the chimneybreast, framed with a tiled splashback and painted wood overmantel shelf. Add a playful look with printed textiles in fun designs such as teacups, or classic red-and-white checks, and use shelves to display enamel kitchen signs and quirky memorabilia.
Marlena Kitchen, September 01st , 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 01st , 2017. Begin by separating your kitchen into different zones for cooking and work (food prep and washing). Your cooking zone includes your oven, hob or range cooker, an extractor fan and a microwave if you have one. Make sure this area is not in the pathway to a door or blocking the main thoroughfare through the room – handling hot cookware while people are trying to walk past you is a recipe for disaster.
Marlena Bedroom, September 01st , 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.
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