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Month: February 2016

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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Gold interior design

Gold interior design

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.  

All black kitchen

All black 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.  

Ombre wall paint

Ombre wall paint

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…

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Highlight sections of a wall

Highlight sections of a wall

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…

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Color washing

Color washing

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…

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French door shutters

French door shutters

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.

Wall of photos

Wall of photos

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.