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Month: March 2016

How to lay wood look porcelain tile

How to lay wood look porcelain tile

Wood-effect porcelain tiles can be installed in exactly the same way as any tiled floor. The substrate must be level and dust-free, with no visible cracks, before the tiles are adhered to the surface or fitted as a floating system. To emulate a realistic wood floor, lay the tiles in either a herringbone, chevron or plank formation. Unlike timber, they don\’t need to be sealed. You\’ll find shades that are true to every type of wood from beech to wenge,…

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Wood look porcelain tile

Wood look porcelain tile

Why wood-look porcelain tiles are a stylish, practical alternative to real timber. Thanks to advances in technology, porcelain can now be coated with a pattern that convincingly replicates the look and feel of natural wood. So why go for wood-effect flooring or panelling, rather than the real thing? Firstly, porcelain tiles are a more sustainable choice than timber as no trees are felled to make them. Porcelain is also robust, non-porous, frostproof, colour- fast and compatible with underfloor heating. It…

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Shelf under mirror

Shelf under mirror

Wherever there is a mirror, storage is essential – especially for beauty products – which is why we’re always on the lookout for attractive multipurpose designs. This mirror and shelf  both feature integrated compartments to stow away your stuff. Place them in a hallway or bathroom, or use as a slimline alternative to a dressing table in the bedroom.

Industrial taps kitchen

Industrial taps kitchen

For those who take washing-up super seriously, industrial taps with multiple faucets and sprays are a must-have. American brand Waterworks sells a range of highly engineered multitasking designs, including the ‘Regulator’ double-spout gooseneck tap with spray and wall-mounted pot filler. Modelled on turn-of-the-century industrial parts, from nuts and bolts to boiler-room stopcocks, the designs come in 13 luxe finishes.

Affordable kitchen update by replacing the cabinet fronts

Affordable kitchen update by replacing the cabinet fronts

Give your kitchen an instant, affordable update by replacing the cabinet fronts of your units with new designs or even different colourways. Ikea’s ‘Marsta’ range includes drawer fronts and door fronts that are each delivered with a pack of four coloured stickers, so you don’t have to commit to pink, white, black or natural oak handles until you have finished fitting your new kitchen. Here the pop of fuschia injects bright colour into an otherwise sleek and minimal room.

Abstract floral wallpaper

Abstract floral wallpaper

Be inspired by abstract floral art printed on fabric and wallpaper. The new ‘Niumi’ digitally printed design by Black Edition by Romo is awash with subtle petals and comes in three different colourways on both fabric and paper, so you can mix and match your sofa and your walls.

High Street History

High Street History

Consumer expert Harry Wallop explains why the British high street has become a shopping paradise for interiors fans. Not since the glory days of Habitat launching in the 1960s has the high street offered such a range of exciting and well-priced stuff to fill our homes with. The recent financial crisis and the resulting recession has fundamentally changed the way we shop. Yes, many companies suffered, but it also encouraged new players to open up, and forced the survivors to…

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Egyptian blue – Exploring the history of a colour

Egyptian blue – Exploring the history of a colour

It is said that necessity is the mother of invention, but so too is desire. The Ancient Egyptians loved the colour blue. It was the shade associated with Amun-Ra, the king of their gods. It symbolised the waters of the Nile, life, rebirth and creation. The tombs of the pharaohs were filled with carved hunks of turquoise and lapis lazuli, and everything from scarab-beetle statues to papyrus scrolls were dyed to match the sky and sea. For this dyeing process,…

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Electric blue bathroom

Electric blue bathroom

Fashion designer Matthew Williamson’s ‘Eden’ wallpaper collection for Osborne & Little is shown off to magnificent advantage in the new bridal suite at Aynhoe Park, a 17th-century Palladian mansion in Oxfordshire. In the bedroom, Williamson has used a bold gold-and-turquoise ‘Sunbird’ pattern, while the bathroom features the electric-blue ‘Peacock’ design. ‘It’s a little unexpected for a bathroom but it’s made me reconsider my own all-white scheme! I wanted this space to feel magical and be somewhere that you would remember…

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Houseboat design

Houseboat design

British firm Bert & May is best known for its collections of beautiful reclaimed tiles and wooden flooring, but its latest project is on a rather larger scale. ‘Bert’s Barges’ are innovative, ready-made modern homes designed for life on the water. The concept was dreamed up by Lee Thornley, founder and creative director of Bert & May, who collaborated with stylist Laura Fulmine and RaT Architecture to create a chic, contemporary version of the humble houseboat. There are two versions…

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