Use paint as a way to update a traditional kitchen. If you have heavy wood units that you’re unsure of, there’s no need to rip them out and start again. A neutral paint will transform a kitchen scheme, making it far lighter and brighter than before. A sisal rug adds warmth to the stone floor...
Combine the best of both worlds. This open-plan living and dining room keep the focus firmly on the beautiful period features of the property, while enjoying an open-plan style that is so popular right now. Wooden flooring peeks out between the sisal rugs, which have been used to mark out each zone...
There’s a geographer, astronomer, scientist vibe to this living room corner. Vintage furniture has been given a new lease of life, from the vintage trunk to the flip-down seats. A print that casually sits on the floor adds interest below the dado rail, while the world map gives injects some colour...
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Turn a spare room into a versatile space that can be used as a home office and a guest room. A day bed is great for this, as it does double duty as a sofa and bed. The desk also has wheels and can be easily moved out of the way when extra space is required...
Add a statement piece – neutrals can become a little one-note without a few standout objects. Here, the bold patterned curtains and the artwork above the bed boost the style stakes in this bedroom. Stacked pillows are a great steal from hotels, and really do make the space look more inviting...
Opt for country classics when redesigning a rustic kitchen – Shaker-style cabinetry and butler sinks have timeless appeal and units in bright neutral shades will add to the sense of space if you have low ceilings. Go for simple metro tiles and add pops of colour with accessories such as the duck-egg blue enamelware in this pretty kitchen...
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Don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater when it comes to doing up your kitchen. Some original features can be kept and modernised – especially if they’re made from quality materials. Here the wooden table units have been updated with a cool grey paint job to the walls, drawers and cabinets and the new limewashed flooring and striped blind give it a light airy feel...
Combine plum, damson and blackberry shades for a gorgeous country bedroom scheme. Paint walls in a soft pink as a gentle backdrop to a bed layered with bold botanical printed cushions and throws. Pared-down bedlinen in pale pink and grey allows the bold florals to take centre stage...
Going for dark colours in the bedroom makes it feel luxurious, cosy and a little bit sexy. Be brave and try a dark navy blue or even black on the walls, and consider black accents such as bedside tables and bedding...
Don’t be afraid to change the rooms round. The owners agree that their best design decision was to extract the old kitchen from its position in a former coal hole under the pavement and reposition it in the dining room. The marble counter and splashback adds a modern feel in here...
Create a gleaming scheme in a traditional bathroom with white walls and white fittings, combined with a sheeny silver mirror and furniture. A his and hers basin is a stylish yet practical choice, allowing for speedy teeth cleaning after a long and tiring day...
Pick a few colours to continue throughout the house to pull the decor together. This kitchen has accents of dark blue, and antique brass is a recurring theme. The kitchen island’s deep tones, add a nice contrast in the light kitchen, and match touches in the blinds and curtains...
Create a luxurious hotel-style vibe in a large bedroom with a clever glazed partition that hides an en-suite (or in-suite) bathroom. Match the sharp lines of the wall panelling with a tailored carved wooden bed upholstered in grey linen, and soften the finish with floaty curtains featuring a damask pattern...
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Add depth to a room scheme by playing with scale. Here two different sized geometric prints have been used to upholster the divan and headboard for a sense of unity. Team this with soft washed linen with for an inviting finishing touch...
Introduce graphic shapes with a bold, statement wallpaper in the hallway. Here an oversized mirror with an interesting two-tone design in clear and mottled finishes echoes the wallpaper theme, while a beautiful oak table provides a place to display coordinating pastel accessories and a table lamp...
Create symmetry in a traditional living room by arranging key pieces around a focal point. Here the French windows are flanked by two half-moon console tables, with a pair of upholstered armchairs adding balance to the scheme. Two decorative Chinese panels, sourced from a Paris fleamarket, complement the garden view...
Devise a colour scheme to complement your favourite artwork. Here pieces by local artists have inspired the gentle colours chosen on furniture, tableware and accessories. This dining space has a glass roof that fills the room with light...