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Pick up tips and bring the ideas seen in some of this is­sue’s prop­er­ties into your own home

in­tro­duce light

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.

mix­ing pat­terns

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.

slid­ing door

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.

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