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Our expert Celia Rufey an­swers your in­te­rior de­sign ques­tions and dec­o­rat­ing dilem­mas

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Celia Rufey an­swers your queries.

PRO­FILE Celia Rufey has been the Homes & Gar­dens dec­o­rat­ing expert for more than 30 years. She has a wealth of in­te­ri­ors knowl­edge and has also de­signed her own range of fab­rics. CAN RADIATORS BE OR­DERED IN ANY COLOUR? I’m plan­ning to up­date the radiators through­out my house. Do you know of any com­pa­nies that will fin­ish them in a colour to match my walls? IS, Read­ing, Berk­shire.

Sev­eral com­pa­nies can sup­ply radiators in be­spoke colours. Many of the radiators at Bisque, 020 7328 2225, bisque.co.uk, can be or­dered in RAL (Re­ich­sauss­chuss für Lieferbe­din­gun­gen – find the chart at

ral­col­or­chart.com) and NCS (Nat­u­ral Colour Sys­tem – nc­s­colour.co.uk) colours, which to­gether num­ber 20,000 and in­clude tints that match well-known paint ranges. As an ex­am­ple, its Clas­sic ra­di­a­tor, H67.5xw67.5cm, in a be­spoke colour would cost £850.80.

Also con­tact The Ra­di­a­tor Com­pany, 01342 302250, thera­di­a­tor­com­pany.co.uk, where the Carmino dou­ble hor­i­zon­tal ra­di­a­tor, H64.5xw101cm, costs £1,362, with a choice of 25 RAL colours. De­sign Ra­di­a­tor, 023

9216 0700, de­sign-ra­di­a­tor.co.uk, can also or­der some radiators in a se­lec­tion of RAL colours. For each of th­ese com­pa­nies, the ad­vice is to choose a ra­di­a­tor style from the web­site, and then to call to find out which colours are of­fered for that model.

“We are see­ing a trend for strik­ing sur­face ef­fects for walls, such as hes­sian or millinery mesh im­printed into tex­tured paint.”

HOW CAN WE JUDGE THE BEST SIZE FOR A NEW RUG? We need a rug to put be­tween two match­ing so­fas that face each other. Should a por­tion of each sofa be on the rug or should we choose a size to fit be­tween them? JS, Lon­don, SW10.

It’s im­por­tant to de­cide whether the pur­pose of the rug is to unify the room or to de­fine the space, says Christo­pher Sharp of The Rug Com­pany, 020 7908 9999, therug­com­pany.com.

A large rug is uni­fy­ing and will al­low you to place the so­fas half on the rug. To de­fine the space, a smaller rug should sit be­tween the so­fas with a sliver of floor still vis­i­ble. Rug de­signer Jen­nifer Man­ners, 020 3648 6865, jen­nifer­man­ners.co.uk, whose Gate rug is shown above, agrees, adding that a large room needs a large rug on which part of both so­fas can sit in or­der to es­tab­lish a co­he­sive zone within the over­all space.

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