THE SOURCE

Fol­low our tips and bring the ideas seen in some of this month’s prop­er­ties into your own home

25 Beautiful Homes - - CONTENTS -

wall mu­ral

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.

dis­play shelves

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.

room di­vider

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.

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