Follow our tips and bring the ideas seen in some of this month’s properties into your own home
Jennyfer Stanley has added a dramatic feature to her bedroom with a striking tree mural. Inspired by the natural world, this tasteful arboreal wallcovering creates a serene, restful feel. This idea suits a large room that is simply furnished and benefits from high ceilings and plenty of natural light. A great way to add character to your home, murals are an opportunity to let your imagination run wild and to add a sense of theatre and depth, so think about the mood you want to create and how you plan to use the room. A wealth of modern and traditional digitally printed wall murals are available to buy online. Many designs can be bought off-the-peg, or have your own design printed onto wallpaper.
Nothing personalises a home more than an art collection. In their bedroom, Catherine and Matthew Williams have displayed a set of framed black-and-white photos on simple retro-style shelves. To turn your wall into a focal point, group together art with a similar theme. Try a theme that reflects your location – for example, if you live in a city, images of skylines may draw your attention. If you live by the coast, boats or sea birds may work. Floating shelves with no visible brackets suit this kind of display, and here the white shelves are set against a white wall, allowing the artwork to stand out. To finish, add in a few decorative items that fit in with the look.
Steve Bird has used a tall freestanding shelf unit to create a stylish room divider in his sitting room. An effective way to demarcate one part of a room from another, this is also a great way to retain a sense of airiness and openness throughout. This idea is much neater and cleaner than a solid wall, which would not allow the light to flow through the area. To recreate this idea successfully, be sure not to over-clutter the shelves. The trick for any kind of screen or room divider is to make it look as though it is an integral part of the room. To create a movable partition wall, consider putting bookshelves on castors so they are easier to move around if you decide to change the layout of the room.