Real Living (Australia) - - HOMES -

(i) Paint your floors, walls and ceil­ings, says Sarah – it cre­ates a sur­pris­ing depth and will make the space seem al­most dou­ble the size it ac­tu­ally is. (ii) Choose a low-sheen paint: the slight gloss will make for some re­ally pretty lights and high­lights around the house, and it feels lovely to the touch. (iii) In­tro­duce tex­ture via printed wall­pa­per and smooth var­nishes. (iv) Use can­dles, lights and lamps to break up the dark­ness. Hang lights rather than at­tach them to ceil­ings – this is the most beau­ti­ful way to light a small space.

DREAM ZONE The lounge area is a place for Sarah to sit by the fire, read by candlelight, write let­ters at her cap­tain’s desk or dream of what’s to come. When the orig­i­nal or­nate fire­place isn’t in use, it houses her pot­ted nat­u­ral bon­sai – a tree that...

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