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Bold choices and big thinking will add drama to transform your home
1 Opt for oversized pieces
The bones of this room are quite classic but thanks to the statement art and imposing chandelier it takes on an air of drama. ‘I knew this room needed some wow features and am pleased with the way it has come to life now,’ says the owner. She had the fire surround made by a stone mason and the fireplace runs on gas but looks completely real.
2 Don’t be shy with storage
‘I am a bit of a neat freak, so I built in lots of storage,’ says the owner. But rather than opting for boring cupboards she designed mirror-fronted doors with a circular pattern created in wood. ‘It helps reflect light and brightens up this internal portion of the basement floor,’ she says.
3 Luxe out in the loo
I took the ‘it’s a small room, might as well go for it’ approach to decorating the downstairs loo,’ says the owner. ‘The designer wallpaper was a bit extravagant, but I thought “why not” as it’s a small amount. The end result makes visitors smile and brightens up the dullest day.
4 Boldly go in the bedroom
‘This was three rooms originally,’ says the owner who knocked it all through to create ‘a proper master suite’. The Chesterfield sofa has been with the family for around 20 years and recovered numerous times. A large, fabric covered, headboard and fake fur throws add an air of opulence.
5 Mix up styles in the bathroom
The owner chose a classic roll-top bath for the master ensuite, but teamed it with a contemporary tap. ‘I like the combination of old, traditional style bath with a modern spout tap,’ she says. The flooring looks like wood, but is actually porcelain.