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How to play with patterns

How to play with patterns

Layer contrasting patterns or mix traditional and modern prints to make endless combinations. Instinct and impulse play big parts in pulling this off, but you can create order by using similar tones to link everything together. Larger spaces can be overwhelming, but they give you the freedom to play with scale. This can make it easier to incorporate bigger items of furniture and introduce bolder shades and patterns. Don’t be afraid to use color. Start by injecting it subtly in…

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Scrabble-style tiling

Scrabble-style tiling

This Scrabble-style tiling is an ingenious idea for a bathroom wall or kitchen splash back. Simply choose words that suit the mood of your space, then arrange them in a crossword pattern.  

Chalkboard ceiling

Chalkboard ceiling

In this Berlin apartment, the ceiling is coated in blackboard paint and used as a canvas for drawings and quotes. A chalkboard surface can be so much more than a foil for shopping lists: it’s a chance to be bold and artistic. 

Pallet wood ceiling

Pallet wood ceiling

The ceiling of this Copenhagen restaurant is made from repurposed wooden pallets. \”Normally, you have a rendered ceiling and wooden floors: we wanted to turn this idea upside down,\” says Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen of Norm Architects, the studio behind the design. The timber was treated with a fireproofing fluid to preserve its original patina. If you plan to use reclaimed wood to clad the ceiling in your own home, don’t forget about your acoustics. Here, the boards have been mounted with…

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The houndstooth-style ceiling

The houndstooth-style ceiling

The houndstooth-style ceiling in this unique New Zealand home was designed to evoke a traditional Maori cloak. It’s a warm, woven canopy that shelters the house and family. Chevrons of red cedarwood are complemented by paler kauri-wood wall cladding. For the ceiling were used an incredible carpenter who cut the cedar by \”feeling”, not measuring. If you want to create a similar effect in your home, you’ll need to commission a skilled woodworker to cut and install the design.

Illusion of extra space – Expand your horizons

Illusion of extra space – Expand your horizons

Create the illusion of extra space in a narrow hallway by placing a mirror opposite a window or exterior door to maximize the available sunlight. To compound the effect, use a tall looking glass with a frame that’s painted in the same color as the wall so that it blends into its surroundings, giving the impression that it is a doorway to another room.

Can you pour concrete over concrete?

Can you pour concrete over concrete?

Over time, concrete hardens and becomes less porous. Hardening can cause imperfections. Additionally, concrete can sink into the underlying ground. Hardening or sinking can make a concrete slab unlevel, in which case water may puddle on concrete. A common method of resolving this issue is to pour concrete over concrete over the top of the current surface. If you are experiencing an unlevel concrete patio, driveway, or sidewalk, you may wonder how to add concrete to existing concrete. For a…

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Poured floor

Poured floor

One of the most luxurious ways to achieve a slick, modern look is to install a poured resin or concrete floor. Here, we explain how it’s done.  What is a poured floor? It\’s a surface that is installed in situ using a material in its liquid state, such as resin or concrete. The solution sets to form a smooth, solid and hard-wearing finish. Why choose one? It\’ll help you to achieve a unified look in your home. Poured floors connect…

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Decorate with plants

Decorate with plants

Decorate with greenery to give your interior a contemporary finishing touch. Take inspiration from The Loft – an Amsterdam- based apartment and design store – by suspending plants from a hanging rail or from the ceiling. Display in pots of different sizes and colors, or mix and match on tables and floors for a conservatory-style aesthetic.

Design your wallpaper

Design your wallpaper

Use your favorite Instagram image to create a bespoke pattern for your home wallpaper. Designer Suzanne Shade configured this modern, geometric collage on her computer. She used photographs of driftwood, a traditional toile de jouy print and blocks of soft grey and white. Plenty of companies offer similar services. JW Walls can customize any design to fit your space and put it on to paper – the team also prints on fabric, which is handy if you want curtains to match….

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