Painting your front door a bright colour is a quick and easy way of adding individuality to the front of your home.
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Here, a chartreuse front door contrasts with the hall recess painted in Off-Black by Farrow & Ball.
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The relaxed living room is perfect for family life around the fireplace. A backdrop of white walls and pale Dinesen wood floorboards highlight the furniture and accessories.
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The kitchen is simple yet functional with a couple of wow design features like the concrete work surfaces. The glass doors slide into a pocket so the space can be completely open.
4/12 Contemporary Victorian house
The yellow glass splashback means that the tone of the kitchen can be updated with minimal fuss and cost.
Sanderson's Mimosa Yellow is a similar paint colour to the splashback.
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A floor-to-ceiling bookcase provides decorative storage for books, toys and technology, injecting colour and personality into the dining area.
6/12 Contemporary Victorian house
Wasted hallway space is transformed into a cosy reading nook. Bright green cushions lift the space while built-in book shelves mean a favourite novel is always within easy reach.
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The bespoke headboard cleverly incorporates space for belongings at the back and gives this tranquil bedroom scheme serious design kudos.
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Not a fan of bay windows? Here, lengths of linen have been used to obscure them while still letting the light in.
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The luxuriously large freestanding bath is the focal point in this modern bathroom, while marble-effect tiling adds interest. The light from the large windows bounces off the mirrored cabinet, which is great for tidying away toiletries.
10/12 Contemporary Victorian house
White built-in shelves are ideal for displaying, as well as clearing away, children's special toys - another fabulous example of decorative storage.
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Space-saving stairs are a great solution in tight spots.
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A large window brings light to this family-friendly bathroom. The glossy green tiles are darker than usually seen in a small scheme, but are lifted with white furnishings. A glass shower door is a great way of giving the impression of more space.
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Heather Young has been Ideal Home’s Editor since late 2020, and Editor-In-Chief since 2023. She is an interiors journalist and editor who’s been working for some of the UK’s leading interiors magazines for over 20 years, both in-house and as a freelancer.
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