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Month: February 2016

Coat of armor

Coat of armor

London designer Giles Miller’s bespoke metallic surface panels make a unique decorative addition to a home. Comprised of thousands of bent metal flaps that have been arranged in striking geometric patterns, they can be used externally in large panels. Alternatively, if you like the look but adjusting the facade of your home is not an option, Miller also makes striking interior wallcoverings. The designs can be tailored to suit your needs, or you can request an entirely bespoke look.

Tricks of the light

Tricks of the light

Sally Storey, design director for John Cullen Lighting, explains how to master hidden lighting effects. Cleverly concealed lighting can accentuate key architectural features in your home and save space. ‘The trick is to build layers of hidden lighting in combination with your other light sources,’ explains Storey. ‘Bookshelves, staircases and alcoves look more dramatic when back- or front-lit.’ You can have specialist lights fitted to achieve this effect, but for a simple fix, we suggest using slim, flexible strip lights,…

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Sky ceiling – optical illusion

Sky ceiling – optical illusion

Do not be fooled, this is not a skylight. In fact, it is an incredible, high-tech optical illusion. Perfect if you have a room that lacks natural light, Coelux’s artificial skylight panels can be fitted to ceilings to mimic the look of natural sunlight and constantly sunny skies (an improvement on reality). There are three versions: ‘Coelux 60’ (pictured), which creates the appearance of a tropical summer’s day, with the sun high in the sky; ‘Coelux 45’, which provides the…

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Parquet furniture

Parquet furniture

Parquetry is an ancient decorative technique, normally found gracing the floors of palaces and stately homes, but today we’re seeing it in a whole new light. It’s being used by furniture designers to decorate everything from sideboards to table lamps. Here’s our pick of the best parquet products.      

Wall hanging rugs

Wall hanging rugs

A beautiful rug is a piece of art. As such, it can make a stunning addition to your wall. Before you grab the nearest dhurrie, however, there are a few rules to follow. To perfect the look, your chosen rug needs to be luxurious (no flimsy floorcoverings), but the pile cannot be too heavy either. Then, of course, there are the practicalities to consider. Framing expert John Jones warns that it is important to provide proper support for your rug…

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Connected living space

Connected living space

We’re about to enter the age of the high-tech home. Soon, your sofa will know more about the state of your health than your doctor, and your fridge will be monitoring your diet. Technology expert Tom Bailey explains how ‘the internet of things’ is set to simplify our lives. It was late 2013 when the email arrived. The subject line – ‘You will love this!’ – immediately aroused my suspicions. As a technology editor, I’ve spent the last decade chasing…

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Concrete furniture design

Concrete furniture design

From poured floors to striking, industrial-style storage and even the kitchen sink, the homeowners of this West London property have been experimental with concrete. Here, architect Luke McLaren of McLaren Excell talks about the interior and how you could mimic its contemporary look. Concrete is hard wearing, economical, creates a beautiful textural finish and absorbs heat extremely well. Once warmed, it effectively becomes one enormous radiator, meaning it’s ideal to use on top of underfloor heating or near a window,…

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Japanese soaking bath

Japanese soaking bath

Love soaking in a luxuriously deep bath but don\’t have the space for a full-size tub in your home? Use Japanese-style wooden models for small bathrooms, they maybe shorter than the average bath but they are no less stylish. Team with space-saving wall-mounted taps in classic, minimalist styles to make even the most compact bathing area look fabulous.

Yellow house design

Yellow house design

Use this vibrant color as an accent hue to add a splash of sunshine in any room. Indian yellow color is a spicy, exotic shade that is best partnered with more neutral colors, such as white or grey. For extra impact, use it as a statement accent in unexpected places to create zingy curtain drapes, bright internal doors and window sills, or as a striking floor covering – a mustard-hued rug creates a luxurious golden glow. Alternatively, for an effect…

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