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BUILT-IN SEAT­ING

The built-in ban­quette in Suzanne and Jamie Jarvis’s kitchen turns what could be an awk­ward corner into a com­pact din­ing space. Ban­quette seat­ing is a built-in bench, sim­i­lar to those you find in restau­rant booths, and it is a great op­tion for tight spa­ces, be­cause you do not need room to walk be­hind the seat­ing or to push it out get in, so it takes up a smaller foot­print. Work the seat around the shape of the space – you could opt for a sim­ple bench along one side of the ta­ble, L-shaped, like the Jarvises, or go for a full U-shape to cre­ate a cosy nook. Add com­fort to the hard seats with up­hol­stery, or just top with a bench cush­ion. A pen­dant light above the ta­ble turns the area into a real fo­cal point, and re­mem­ber that a pedestal or tres­tle ta­ble will make it eas­ier to get in and out.

PAINTED LEGS

The red legs on the foot­stool in the Aw­berys’ sit­ting room add warmth and per­son­al­ity to the space, and it is a fun way to in­tro­duce a pop of bright colour in an un­ex­pected place. The strik­ing bright red picks up the other crim­son ac­cents used through the room, such as the stripe in the plaid on the foot­stool’s up­hol­stered seat, striped arm­chair and sofa be­yond. Paint­ing the legs of ta­bles or chairs is also a great way to give them a quick up­date if they have seen bet­ter days. When choos­ing a colour, ei­ther pick a tonal shade for a soft, sub­tle look, or go for a con­trast­ing colour that will stand out and make a state­ment. En­sure to go for a high-qual­ity, durable paint such as eggshell, which is hard­wear­ing and wi­peable, so that the legs can stand up to daily kicks and scuffs.

IN­TER­NAL GLAZ­ING

Is­abelle and Oliver Healy’s glazed half wall re­calls the glaz­ing in their lo­cal French bistros. These par­ti­tions are a good way to trans­form an area or carve out a new room as they take up min­i­mal floor space and will not sac­ri­fice any light. In­ter­nal glaz­ing of­fers myr­iad uses, from cre­at­ing a di­vide be­tween the kitchen and din­ing area in an open-plan space, as a shower enclosure, or to fit an en suite into an ex­ist­ing bed­room. Crit­tall frames are en­joy­ing a come­back af­ter their Art Deco hey­day, pro­vid­ing a mod­ern touch with a nod to in­dus­trial style. For some­thing more min­i­mal, go for a frame­less screen, which will di­vide a space phys­i­cally, but not vis­ually. If you are af­ter more pri­vacy, opt for frosted glass – com­bine it with sim­ple frames for the look of tra­di­tional Ja­panese pa­per screens.

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