Make first impressions count with a fresh take on the traditional stained-glass front door. Australian studio B.e Architecture was pioneered a new technique, using slivers of colourful agate set into a steel framework. The natural properties of the stone add character and texture; for a similar effect, try Rainbow Glass, which creates decorative glass to commission.
Create a thoroughly modern, geometric mosaic effect on walls and floors using hexagonal design. Perfect patterns. Combine block colour and patterned hexagonal tiles to create entirely unique and imaginative displays on your walls and floors. A selection of intricately detailed tiles guaranteed to fuel your creativity. Another dimension. Want to add even more interest to your walls and floors? These flat ‘Twill’ tiles by Heath Ceramics trick your eyes into perceiving depth, creating an optical illusion on this kitchen splashback….
Bunk beds are a practical and fun space-saving solution for kids’ bedrooms. The cabin style is particularly conducive to helping little ones feel secure as they sleep, and there are plenty of design options out there, from freestanding to fitted with integrated storage. Here, expert joiner Paul McCormack shares his top five tips on constructing the bed of your children’s dreams. Choose a versatile design that can be adapted as your children grow, either by separating the beds or taking…
Concealed behind the walls of virtually every home, copper pipes are a hidden gem. Now, as the trend for industrial pieces continues, exposed pipes are an easy way to get the look. Cheap, accessible (you can buy pipes from any builders merchant) and versatile, copper pipes can be fashioned into virtually anything, from taps to dish racks, curtain poles to clothes rails. Here, we explain how to make a mixer tap. Jamie Blake of Blakes London describes the trend for…
The qualities that make copper a good choice in the kitchen also make it a practical option for bathroom fixtures. But John Rutter, managing director of Metal Sheets, warns that due to the damp atmosphere in this room, the colour of the copper can change dramatically. To slow down the tarnishing process, he advises avoiding chemical cleaning products.
Copper can be polished to a high sheen, making it a great alternative to a traditional glass mirror. Take inspiration from this large antique bronze looking glass. Not only does it look striking and reflect the light in the room, producing a gentle warm glow, the soft copper tones also provide a very flattering reflection. To make your own, fold a thin sheet of copper around an MDF core and then apply it directly to a wall or frame it.
Your splash-back is such a critical element of your kitchen to get right so spending some time on choosing what you like and what works for your style of home is really important.
Due to its antimicrobial and durable properties, copper makes a great surface for use in the kitchen. It can take a splattering of oil and withstand exposure to heat, so it can even be used above the hob. Lucy Bathurst of Nest Design has used copper sheeting to create her splashback (pictured). In much the same way as the antique French copper pots and pans that inspired her, a copper splashback will stand the test of time. To maintain it,…
Matching bathroom suites are having a renaissance. The ‘Stand\’ collection by Norm Architects, created for Italian brand Ex.t, is a stylish example of why. A lesson in pared-back elegance, the range, designed by Danes Kasper Ronn and Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen, combines cast-iron details, inspired by 1920s and ’30s fittings, with a 21st-century material, Living Tec – a mixture of aluminium oxide and polyester acrylic resin.
If you want to make an impact, particularly in spaces with high ceilings, these substantial enamel pendant lights, which measure almost one-metre tall, are a fantastic find. Reclaimed from Communist-era factories in the Czech Republic, these lamps can be bought, fully refurbished, in their original black or grey enamel from Enamel Shades. Alternatively, Trainspotters sells versions that are powder-coated in bright colours.