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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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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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Geometric floor tiling

Geometric floor tiling

Italian designer Alessandro Mendini, creator of the \”Proust\” armchair, is an icon of Postmodernism. He runs Milan studio Atelier Mendini with his brother, Francesco, and together they have produced these geometric ceramic floor tiles for Ceramiche Refin. The \”Filo\” range comes in a choice of four colors, including \”Filo 01\”, pictured right, and \”Filo 03\”, pictured far right. Each design should \”create an electrical optical result, drawing attention to the floor as you walk on it,\” says Mendini.

Laminate that creates an illusion of a hardwood floor

Laminate that creates an illusion of a hardwood floor

Quick Step\’s \”Sandblasted Oak\” flooring is a durable laminate that creates a convincing illusion of a hardwood floor with a natural grain. The affordable design is easy to fit and cheap to maintain, with a water-repellent coating that provides added protection.

Wood texture wallpaper design

Wood texture wallpaper design

  Trompe-l\’oeil wallpapers are one of the ultimate easy updates. In a single afternoon, you can transform the look of a tired wall completely, giving it the appearance of exposed brick, marble or even metal. And, if you tire of the new design, it’s far less hassle to tear down wallpaper than it is to take apart riad-inspired tiling or wooden panelling.

Rough metal texture wallpaper design

Rough metal texture wallpaper design

Ella Doran is the queen of photo-print homewares, and she has impressed us with her new \”Rekki\” collection, inspired by a recent trip to Reykjavik. Cushions, tea towels, place mats, coasters and wallpaper show the metal façades and bright paintwork that are typical of Icelandic houses.

Fine flooring and wall finishes at up to a third off

Fine flooring and wall finishes at up to a third off

Take flooring, for instance. New advances – from developing materials and techniques to understanding how to get the most from existing ones – mean that, when it comes to design options, we’ve never had more choice. To improve the flow from your kitchen to your patio using rustic ceramic floor tiles; or build the wet room of your dreams, at Topps Tiles you’ll find all you need. In search of a realistic-looking natural finish without the maintenance and cost of…

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PLAY WITH WALLPAPER PATTERN

PLAY WITH WALLPAPER PATTERN

Wallpaper does not have to be uniform. Be creative with your decorating scheme by mixing graphic patterns for a look that is individual. No need to invest in multiple designs, though. We’ve discovered three exciting companies that offer papers which include a mixture of complementary patterns on every roll. ‘Cut and paste sections, apply them landscape or portrait. It’s fun and spontaneous,’ says Ghundoo.