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Simple projects and quick tricks to refresh your home over the long weekend
A large-scale pattern brings instant drama to a modest scheme. Roman blinds show off statement prints to great effect, and can be a more purse-friendly option than curtains, as they require less fabric.
Blind made up in Toco, £45/m; Barletta bobble trim, £35/m; chair in Arata, £56/m; all Harlequin
1 ZONE IN
Paint a corner of a multifunctional living room to partition and define a work area in a way that feels smart and contemporary. Consider your choice of colour carefully – it should complement your existing scheme, but also be conducive to the way you’ll use the space. Warm ochre is a shade that feels cosy, yet uplifting, which is just perfect for a home office.
Wall painted in Cherished Gold matt emulsion,
2 SOFT EDGES
Large sliding doors offer a sense of space and help to flood a room with light, but they can sometimes feel cold and cause a lack of privacy. The solution is soft, flowing drapes in semi-sheer patterned fabrics – and as there’s no need to line them, voiles are simple to make. For a modern twist, choose two matching fabrics and hang them next to each other in separate drops for a relaxed look. Curtains made up in Vasari in Brass, £90/m; Pelli in Nimbus, £60/m; both Villa Nova
3 FINE LINES
Adding accents of bold colour to unexpected places will instantly revamp a room and bring depth to your decorating schemes. Choose contrasting shades for impact or complementary hues to achieve a subtle effect. Pick out architectural details such as door frames or skirting boards. This is a particularly effective way to add a touch of character to contemporary, boxy spaces. Revamp woodwork with Annie Sloan’s chalk paint. Morphing console with washbasin, from £3,800, Zucchetti Kos >
1 TOTALLY FLOORED
A rug goes a long way to help define a seating area in an open-plan space, and will reinvigorate a room. Treat it as a piece of furniture with due consideration – think about which of your existing furniture the rug will connect with to determine the size you need, and gauge the feel of your room to dictate colour and design. Bold patterns in deep shades will anchor your scheme, while lighter, more delicate styles can really open up a room. Akina rug in Carbon by Louis de Poortere, £425, Villa Nova
2 GALLERY STYLE
Simply rearranging and updating your artwork is a great way to shake things up. A regimented display suits a traditional interior, while a more eclectic grouping of different-sized paintings and typographical prints creates a modern feel, especially when combined with a piece of 3D wall art. Try mapping out your arrangement on the floor prior to hanging it on the wall to get a sense of what works well.
Artwork, from a selection; consultations available from £250; both Blank White Space
3 LIGHT LEVELS
Revamp your space by adding more interest at eye level with some statement lighting. A contemporary pendant hung extra low over a dining table will feel intimate and cosy, setting the tone for a comfortable meal with loved ones. Choose sculptural shapes in sumptuous shades for maximum style credentials. Low socket pendant light in black, £75; Dome shade in black, £159; both Ferm Living >
1 SOFTLY DOES IT
If you prefer to keep your interior neutral and timeless, adding in a mixture of new, on-trend textures will really freshen it up. Be inspired by the wilds of nature and include cosy sheepskins, woven rattan accessories and unfinished wooden furniture along with linen and stone shades for a tactile feel that has real depth. Brocklesby side table, £455; Tibetan sheepskin rug,
£225; Jute pouffe, £145; all The White Company
2 PLACE TO PERCH
A bench with storage baskets underneath and a Shaker-style peg rail above are all you need to turn your hallway into a more practical space. Adding a seat pad and cushions not only introduces comfort and softness, but is also a simple way to bring new-season colour into what can often be a dull and neglected area of the home.
Bench seat made up in Momo, £32.99/m; front cushion in Hanna, £32.99/m; rear cushion in Sorano, £43.99/m; all from the Sakura collection at Prestigious Textiles
3 IN THE SPOTLIGHT
A new source of lighting – whether it’s on the floor, a table or hanging from the ceiling – is sure to have a huge impact on a room’s atmosphere. Freestanding table and floor lamps can be repositioned easily to dramatically alter how you experience a space. You could try creating a cosy new reading corner or highlighting a collection of ceramics on your sideboard display. Hatton 4 Wall light, £669, Original BTCB
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