Dare to be, well, daring with a vibrant shot of colour. Even if you have fabulous pieces of furniture and interesting accessories, it can sometimes take more to give a room colour and personality. Less risky than bold artwork, upholstery or flooring, a roll of wallpaper is relatively cheap, easy to hang (and change) and a quick way to give a scheme pattern, colour and style.
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Making a design statement can be as simple as painting a feature or piece of furniture in your room in an eye-popping shade. Give it visual balance by using it to add definition and energy to a neutral palette. Introduce one bold colour and pair with white for a look that's strong yet serene at the same time.
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An oversized pendant hung over a table anchors the space and, when connected to a dimmer switch, can provide the perfect mood lighting to set the scene. In this open-plan living-dining area, a boldly patterned wallpaper packs a punch, while an overscaled purple pendant light anchors the scheme.
How about using a pretty dressing table as a desk? Choose one with a drawer so you still have some storage. Then turn an upholstered dining chair into a charming office seat to complement the vintage look. Pretty pictures, checks, stripes and florals combine to create an informal, easy-going study area.
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A couple of metres of fabric in a statement print is all it takes to transform a room. Work it into a simple pair of curtains, a blind, upholstered sofas or - easiest of all - cushion covers. Tie the fabric's colours into your scheme or go for a complete contrast to highlight a focal point or to 'zone' a particular area of a room visually.
Why just go for one flooring option in your kitchen? Patterned ceramic floor tiles have been used to border the island unit in this classic kitchen. In a modern kitchen, the knots and rings in timber flooring can bring warmth and character to the scheme.
Create a pleasing sense of symmetry and space in your living room. Symmetry is aesthetically easy-on-the-eye and, when teamed with visually stunning furniture and accessories, can make a scheme look sophisticated. Striking antique objects make a statement in this large, neutral space. A cast-iron clock-face mirror draws attention to the bespoke travertine fireplace.
Pushed for space? This dining table and chair set would make a clever solution. It fits neatly into the corner with the chairs flush against it - perfect if you're short on space but still want an area to entertain friends and family.
When it comes to small bathrooms a lot can be achieved with the right flooring. If you use the same tiles on your floor as your bath it visually expands the space. Here, the same walnut planks used for the flooring of this bathroom cover the otherwise understated bath to create a seamless finish.
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If space is at a premium, consider installing bespoke storage on the walls. Floor-to-ceiling storage, with a mixture of shelves and cupboards, offers a practical way to organise office clutter. Kitsch accessories, such as the rocking horse, create a sense of nostalgia.