IN­TE­RI­ORS

Woman & Home - - Know-how -

MYTH: ALL-WHITE KITCHENS ARE COLD

WE SAY White gloss units are easy to clean and re­flec­tive of light. they don’t have to be cold though – you can add warmth through de­sign de­tails, tex­tures such as wood and high-shine sur­faces.

MYTH: SYM­ME­TRY IS THE KEY FOR BAL­ANCE

WE SAY Match­ing bed­side ac­ces­sories was once the key to a gor­geous, bou­tique ho­tel-style look. Now, we say it’s fine to be more ca­sual and mix things up. so this might mean one lamp on one side of the bed, with a trio of pic­tures on the other bed­side ta­ble – it will still be bal­anced vis­ually.

MYTH: CEIL­INGS SHOULD BE KEPT WHITE

WE SAY there’s re­newed pop­u­lar­ity for colour on ceil­ings, which can make a room warm and invit­ing. Char­coal greys, dark greens and inky blues used on all four walls and the ceil­ing cre­ate mood, and you can still de­fine the space by paint­ing any ar­chi­trave and wood­work in a paler shade of your hero colour.

MYTH: DIS­PLAYS WORK BEST IN THREES

WE SAY It’s not al­ways about odd num­bers, rather a dif­fer­ence in height of ob­jects when cu­rat­ing a col­lec­tion. this vari­ance of height al­lows the eye to jump around the ob­jects, tak­ing each in and ad­mir­ing them.

MYTH: DARK COLOURS MAKE A SMALL ROOM FEEL SMALLER

WE SAY While pale tones can make a space feel lighter and brighter, dark hues of­ten bring depth to a small room. this can make the space look big­ger. Moody shades bring drama and glam­our.

MYTH: PUT FUR­NI­TURE AGAINST THE WALLS

WE SAY Mov­ing it into the mid­dle of the room al­lows more space for stor­age so­lu­tions (ie book­cases be­hind your sofa), and can also help zone a large space to cre­ate a cor­ner for read­ing, watch­ing TV or even a home of­fice.

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