Averyl Dufour Bathroom, 2017-10-12 18:18:29. Have recessed shelving built in: Recessed shelves are a great space saver, both practically and visually, keeping toiletries neat and off the surfaces. Building the shelves into false walls that hide pipework is a clever use of a necessary feature. Also consider recessed light fittings – either spot or linear. A wet room can make the most of a small space and add value to your property. If you’re converting an attic, consider a wet room instead of a bathroom. It’s a great way to make the most out of a small space and when it’s beautifully finished like this designer-style one, it’s stunning. Ventilation is key as a build-up of moisture could lead to condensation and damp problems, so install a good extractor fan. Underfloor heating doesn’t take up any space but will add warmth and help to dry surfaces quickly.
Averyl Dufour Bathroom, 2017-10-12 18:18:18. Turn a problem into a feature: Use every inch of an attic space by building a bath into the eaves. If you have an awkwardly shaped ceiling – like this loft bathroom – turn it into a decorative feature. Paint the ceiling white to contrast with the statement wallpaper behind. It’s a great way to add character in a confined space.
Averyl Dufour Bathroom, 2017-10-09 20:08:10. Stick to a monochromatic palette: Keep to a monochrome scheme and add colour, texture and pattern with out-there accessories. White will open up a bathroom like no other colour, making it feel as spacious as possible. White tiles and black grouting can be a winning combination in a small bathroom.
Averyl Dufour Kitchen, 2017-07-12 11:07:20. Make a splash, satisfy your colour cravings with a vivid splashback – it’s an especially good approach if you’re daunted by the thought of colourful units. It’s also relatively simple to change your scheme in future if you fancy a change. Pink and red highlights help to make the blue splashback stand out even more than it would on its own, but again are confined to easily modified bits and bobs.
Averyl Dufour Office, 2017-07-08 04:03:33. Vintage desk, decked out in pale yellow tones, this home office corner is a harmonious space to work or practise your painting skills. The vintage metal table and chair are a little rough around the edges but that just adds to the charm. To add softness, hang full-length curtains featuring flowers in bloom at the French windows and top bare floorboards with a textured rug.
Averyl Dufour Kitchen, 2017-06-30 21:10:01. Use lemons for limescale, to get rid of limescale in your kettle, simply fill it with water and lots of lemon juice. Let it soak for an hour, boil the kettle, empty and rinse, and don’t forget the bins, bins can harbour odours long after you’ve changed the bag. To avoid this, wash and dry the bin, and sprinkle a few spoonfuls of baking powder in the bottom. It really works.
Averyl Dufour Kitchen, 2017-07-09 11:07:04. 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 Bedroom, 2017-06-28 05:14:31. Dare to go dramatic with furnishings, whether you’ve got a bedroom up in the eaves of a barn conversion or in an old country manor, this traditional space is an appealing option. The sheer scale of the original beams means that your furniture can be more dramatic, and still not look OTT; a brass bedstead, crystal chandelier and carved baroque-style armchair look right at home in this attic bedroom. The natural wood floor just adds to the timeless elegance.
Averyl Dufour Bedroom, 2017-07-03 11:09:48. 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 Kitchen, 2017-07-07 11:10:02. In the past, there may have been more of an all-or-nothing approach to colour in the kitchen – remember avocado green and burnt orange in the 1970s? The new palette is a bit more restrained, with pale blues, greys and darker, inky shades proving a big hit – though that doesn’t mean you can’t have fun with kitchen colour, as you will see in the schemes below. Tone is important too – even within the grey family, warmer greys create a different feel from blue-based shades of slate.
Averyl Dufour Kitchen, 2017-07-01 11:09:39. The white worktop is a simple contrast to the pine boards. For a lived-in look, the builder sourced the floorboards from a demolished Victorian house. ‘They give great character to the room,’ say the couple. The owners chose a feature wallpaper for the dining area to give the space depth and detail. ‘Wallpaper can work well in a kitchen,’ they say. ‘We went for a dramatic design and we love the feeling it gives you of walking into a woodland scene. Although the pattern is bold, the colour is a subtle grey, which brings a feeling of tranquillity to a large open-plan room like this.
Averyl Dufour Living Room, 2017-07-05 11:09:55. 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.
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