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25 Beautiful Homes - - PERIOD DETACHED - nicky Do­bree, IN­TE­RIOR DE­SIGNER, NICKYDOBREE.COM

‘Dec­o­rat­ing a nook in a city apart­ment re­quires a dif­fer­ent ap­proach to a guest room in a larger house, but they both share the same ethos, which is that of a warm, wel­com­ing space com­bin­ing the fa­cil­i­ties of a ho­tel with the in­ti­macy and charm of a home.

Invit­ing schemes rely on calm­ing, rest­ful in­te­ri­ors, which are of­ten achieved through sym­me­try and scale. The most sat­is­fy­ing lay­outs are usu­ally the sim­plest, but pat­tern, colour and tex­ture all play a part.

The bed is the most im­por­tant item in the room, so be sure to have a good mat­tress. Freshly laun­dered and pressed sheets are a must, as are down pil­lows and du­vets. Use high thread count fine linens when­ever pos­si­ble to en­hance the feel­ing of well-be­ing. Fin­ish the bed with a throw in cotton, wool or cash­mere, de­pend­ing on the sea­son.

Good lay­ered light­ing is cru­cial. If the bed­side light is also the read­ing light, then en­sure that the bot­tom of the shade is at shoul­der height so that the light will fall onto the book. When in­stalling switches by the bed, con­sider a USB port, too, which is a prac­ti­cal touch.

If there is space, in­cor­po­rate a com­fort­able arm­chair, ide­ally next to a win­dow, with a small ta­ble be­side it on which to place a cup, book or lap­top. Make sure that there is some­where to un­pack a suit­case, too.’

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