Averyl Dufour Dining Room, 2017-09-21 21:00:33. Create the perfect ambience for meal times with the right colour scheme for you - and your guests. The dining room is often one of the less-used rooms in the house nowadays, so if you still have a formal dining room, its worth embracing that sense of occasion and being a little more extravagant and daring with its decoration.
Averyl Dufour Dining Room, 2017-09-21 20:41:27. The owners moved into their four-bed semi in 2014 and, after a year of dreaming up their perfect kitchen, they hired a builder, who came highly recommended by friends, to extend 5m into the garden. ‘We hit a snag when we found out that the roots of a protected oak tree in our garden were threatening to damage the new foundations, so we had to have the extension underpinned,’ say the couple. ‘This really ate into our budget, so we had to prioritise. The granite worktops were our big splurge, but we shopped around for bargains for the rest of the room.
Averyl Dufour Dining Room, 2017-09-21 20:36:14. Take time to consider the size of the room and also the amount of natural light it receives, as it may take on a more practical use in the daytime, for homework or housekeeping, for example. A room flooded with light can hold its own during the day when decorated with dark colours, which in turn will be the ideal back drop for an intimate setting in the evening. However, a naturally darker room may benefit from a lighter touch of pale shades throughout the day, which can be warmed up with subtle lighting at nightfall.
Averyl Dufour Kitchen, 2017-09-19 19:54:55. Leave walls exposed, choose a colour scheme that will work for you – it doesn’t have to mean bright colours. This room has a lot of interesting elements, but it’s completely neutral. Exposed brickwork is very on-trend right now and adds warmth, with its earthy tones. Monochrome picture frames hung in a group on the wall are also an eye-catching part of the scheme.
Averyl Dufour Kitchen, 2017-09-19 19:54:47. Paint an island, make your kitchen island a focal point by painting it in a deep-blue hue. This shade tones beautifully with the chocolate-brown grain of walnut and other dark woods throughout the space. Pendants hung above the island provide much-needed task lighting, while emphasising the importance of the island at the same time.
Averyl Dufour Office, 2017-09-21 10:57:13. All-white home office, shelves of books are decorative in their own right and, against an all-white scheme, look particularly stunning. Add a rug to a wooden floor for a splash of colour. Dining room alcove office, find space in an alcove in your dining room for a smart home office area. Here, the paint on the desk matches the chimney breast, tying the look together.
Averyl Dufour Living Room, 2017-09-19 19:54:25. Get cosy, whether it’s a bijou country cottage or a studio flat, it can be tricky to create a relaxing bolt hole when your front door opens straight into your living room. Take the emphasis away from the entrance by creating a focal point with thoughtfully arranged seating. Here, a neat two-seater and comfy armchair have been placed at a 90-degree angle to a slim side table and lamp. A cool neutral palette works beautifully with the rustic plasterwork and the roller blind makes the most of a recessed window to add extra square inches to the room.
Averyl Dufour Kitchen, 2017-09-19 19:55:05. Brighten up, breathe life into a stark white kitchen with eye-popping colours and fluid shapes. Canary-yellow accessories complement the pink and red chairs, while accessories pick out these colours, too. The rest of the scheme is white, but the colourful touches lift it into adventurous territory.
Averyl Dufour Office, 2017-09-21 11:02:33. Find out how to make the most of the wall corners and alcoves in your home office – however big or small the space you have to play with is. We take a look at the best ways to use the wall storage space you have in your office room, whether you use the room for working from home, life admin or arts and crafts.
Averyl Dufour Living Room, 2017-09-19 19:54:38. Hand-paint a lampshade, the painterly trend is easy to achieve – a few brush strokes and no artistic skill required. Why not have a go at updating your lampshade? Mark out your pattern in pencil before you begin, but ensure your fabric paint is undiluted so the marks don’t show through. Use a good-quality flat brush to create strokes on the lampshade. Allow it to dry before switching on the light.
Averyl Dufour Office, 2017-09-21 10:55:29. Alcove home office with fold-down desk, creating a work area in a corner is a great way to make use of otherwise under-used space. An alcove is ideal for this as it does not encroach too much on the rest of the room. Create a comfortable feel by using soft colours such as taupe and dusky pink that are easy to live with and will co-ordinate with other tones. Look for a fold-down desk like this one; it provides surface space when needed and folds up out of the way when not.
Averyl Dufour Office, 2017-09-21 10:55:34. Craft space, if you have the luxury of having a designated craft room, make the most of it with wall-to-wall shelving and open storage under a wide desk, so your materials are easy to access. Colourful office space, keep walls white in your home office so you can display colourful swatches, photographs and pictures to inspire you. Continue the theme with co-ordinating stand-alone furniture and accessories, such as the desk lamp and shelf unit, for a cohesive feel.
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