Give your home the Midas touch by adding luxurious gold-hued accents to otherwise-subdued schemes. Place brass plating on the inside of a doorway, as in this hotel apartment in Stockholm designed by Koncept, or use it to coat cabinetry. Alternatively, opt for bespoke brass appliances, such as this sink by Jordens or use Superfront’s gold kickboard and handles to bring a glamorous edge to an Ikea kitchen.
An all-black kitchen might not be something you have considered before, but it can look ultra contemporary. For a super-sleek and seamless look, paint walls and cabinetry in the same shade. Not sure? Then use your worktops to provide contrast. Still worried that your space will feel flat? Use a mix of finishes and materials: slate is great for introducing texture, particularly on a splash back or island.
The trend in fashion and homeware for ombre – an effect where one color fades into another – has finally hit our walls, and it’s a relatively straightforward finish to achieve. Apply two coats of your lightest shade over the whole wall. Then, pick a darker hue and mix it with scumble glaze until you have a fluid solution. Starting at the bottom of the wall, use a large, soft brush to apply the darker color. At the point where…
Highlight sections of a wall to create the illusion of architectural features: for instance, simulate dado rails by painting the walls lower half in a different shade. Begin by coating the whole surface in your chosen base emulsion color and let it dry completely. Then, draw out the area that you want to highlight using a spirit level and a water-soluble pencil (so that you can wipe off your guidelines later). Mark the shape’s outer border with strips of low-tack…
Evoke the feel of a centuries-old Italian palazzo with this rough-luxe look. The effect suits walls that already have imperfections, making a virtue of them. Start by applying two base coats of non-absorbent acrylic eggshell using a roller and leave to dry overnight. Next, mix up a glaze that is a few shades deeper than the base color: for a translucent wash, combine the same paint used previously with a darker artists’ acrylic and scumble glaze. For a more opaque…
Shutters can be a brilliant solution for windows or French doors, but how do you achieve the right sense of scale and impact? The key is to consider the size of the slats: the larger the room, the bigger they should be. Many company makes shutters to order and you can have them custom-finished in a range of colors.
Social media addicts will love this innovative idea for storing and presenting collections of snapshots. This giant frame, propped casually against a wall, showcases 120 images in a way that’s reminiscent of an Instagram page. Perfect if you’ve run out of shelf space, the display is easy to take apart and change around as you find new favourites. You can order frames in different sizes, materials and finishes.
Maria Speake runs salvage company and design practice Retrouvius with partner Adam Hills. They skilfully blend reclaimed pieces into modern settings. Here are the top tips from this decorator: Do have plants in your home – not stiff flowers in vases, but living plants. Do try outrageous decor in your ground-floor loo. Lose your inhibitions and go for something really bold and fun. Do remember that small rooms can be wonderful, so opening up a space isn\’t always the best solution….
Do you have a plain, unused mirror that needs makeover? Turn it into a decorative wall piece by hanging it from one of these elegant waxed-cotton and wood harnesses. They come in two sizes and require minimal effort to install: just one small hook drilled into the wall.
Think a red boudoir is a decorating cliché? Think again! Recreate the sanctuary-like feel of this bedroom by layering muted tones such as dusty lilac, raspberry and coral – and add dashes of eggplant for extra sophistication. Take inspiration from the palette pictured below.