Averyl Dufour Kitchen, 2017-10-07 20:50:55. After hiring an architect, the pair made a start on the renovations. The biggest challenge was how to reconfigure the middle of the house. ‘The wall between the front living room and the dining room had been removed by the previous owners, so we reinstated it to create a “grown-up” lounge,’ say the couple. ‘We then allocated the darkest space for a downstairs cloakroom and storage.
Averyl Dufour Kitchen, 2017-10-07 06:22:55. When it came to the kitchen layout, the owners moved the cooking zone against the wall. They also decided to start with high units, moving lower with the peninsula, dining table and sofa, for a pleasing sight line. Building a small side return extension has added width to the space and four Velux windows in this newer part of the building, plus sliding glass doors, allow the light to flood in.
Averyl Dufour Kitchen, 2017-10-07 20:51:03. The accent colour is as popular as ever and here yellow comes into its own, particularly against darker greys. A great approach is to go for a base colour then use an accent shade to highlight areas or to add a vibrant splash. When choosing an accent colour or a mixed palette, you can’t go wrong by following colour theory. Complementary colours are opposite each other on the colour wheel and will create a strong contrast with a vibrant feel, while colours that are near each other on the wheel will give your scheme a more relaxed vibe.
Averyl Dufour Living Room, 2017-10-11 18:34:13. Update inexpensive photo frames, painted in a colour that matches or contrasts with a key piece, plain wooden frames take on a designer look. Paint your frames with two coats of high-gloss paint, and complete the look by creating new mounts in dramatic marbled paper.
Averyl Dufour Bedroom, 2017-10-11 18:36:22. Factor in the fun, make the height of an attic room work in your favour, and maximise floor space in a children’s room, with a set of smart bunk beds. In this playful room, the neutral grey walls recede allowing the patterned soft furnishings, ceiling map and (of course) those sunshine yellow bunks to take centre stage.
Averyl Dufour Bedroom, 2017-10-11 18:36:28. In terms of the look and feel of the space, Scandi influences were the starting point for much of the decor in the bedroom – muted tones and natural materials are prominent throughout. ‘We used magnetic plaster, which is a type of plaster that allows you to turn any wall into a magnetic surface. It’s great because you can hang anything, from pictures to shelves, on it by adding a magnetic strip to the back.
Averyl Dufour Bathroom, 2017-10-12 18:18:18. Consider adding a skylight, if possible, to open up your bathroom and create a light and airy space. White furnishings will help to bounce light around the room, meaning you can inject personality with a few interesting accessories. Lighting is key. Include task lighting next to mirrors and dimmable options in alcoves or behind a bath to create drama and mood. Make sure all light fittings have the correct IP rating for safe use in wet areas.
Averyl Dufour Bedroom, 2017-10-11 18:36:44. Embrace Scandi style, get into the Nordic way of life with relaxed, uncomplicated style. Keep the walls mostly bare with an all-white scheme for a fresh and uplifting backdrop. You only need a few pieces of mismatched furniture to continue this simple scheme. Then add character with colourful fabrics, easy artwork, a fun garland that steals the show and warming velvet curtains.
Averyl Dufour Bedroom, 2017-10-11 18:36:36. Stack it up, use a crate as a quirky box shelf to display personal objects and trinkets. Wooden crates don’t have to be expensive and even less than perfect ones are easy to make pretty and practical. You don’t even need to fix to a wall, just stack a couple up for the ultimate budget storage unit. If you like, give yours an instant update with a set of stencils, a tester pot of paint, a stencil brush and a steady hand.
Averyl Dufour Bathroom, 2017-10-12 18:18:29. Make space beneath the eaves, Compact fittings are a big help in awkward-shaped loft spaces. Don’t worry about trying to fit a bath – go for a luxurious glass shower enclosure instead. It’s common with loft conversions and attics to box in parts of the room that have a reduced ceiling height for storage. But instead, why not look at ways to work around the reduced heights? A toilet or basin is a smart idea.
Averyl Dufour Office, 2017-10-12 18:18:51. 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, 2017-10-12 18:17:55. Whether it’s working from home, doing a few admin tasks or the kid’s homework, more and more of us are looking to incorporate a study area in our home. However, very rarely do most homeowners have a dedicated room that they can simply turn into a study, so a clever use of space is key. With thoughtful planning and creativity, almost any space in the home can be turned into a useful home office.
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