Pick up tips and bring the ideas seen in some of this issue’s properties into your own home
The Finches have created a bright and relaxing space in their small bathroom. A simple but highly effective design trick – a large mirror and glazed wall tiles – creates the illusion of space and helps bounce light around the room. Mirrors not only brighten a scheme, but the reflection fools the eye into believing that the room is larger, too. If possible, position a large mirror opposite a window to reflect natural light. Alternatively, use bevelled-glass wall tiles to enhance and open up the space. Here, all-white tiles and sanitaryware create a tranquil scheme. The lack of colour means the eye isn’t drawn to a particular point, making the room feel spacious with a sense of calm.
In Pippa and James Connolly’s elegant sitting room, a variety of patterns enliven the space and give it depth. However, using them successfully depends on how well the colours blend or contrast with each other. Here, block-print fabrics in different shades but from the same collection have been used on the sofa cushions, plus the armchairs and curtains. Stripes have been mixed in for contrast, while a large-scale print on the rug helps anchor the overall look. The key to mixing pattern is to stick to a limited palette and use a variety of scales. Remember the rule of three: pick one large, one medium and one small motif. Plain painted walls, as shown here, enhance the whole look.
As space is at a premium in some homes, the trick is to find clever solutions. To save valuable floor space, Di Zock has installed a stylish sliding door between her bedroom and en suite. To add drama, it has been painted a vibrant green, linking perfectly with the Moorish tiles beyond. Another option that allows access between tight spaces is to install a pocket door, which slides neatly into a compartment in the adjacent wall. These doors usually run on rollers suspended from an overhead track or on tracks along the floor. Space-saving ideas are becoming more necessary as house prices rise and you are less likely to move. Adding an en-suite bathroom is still one of the better ways to add value to your home.