BANK HOL­I­DAY UP­DATES

Sim­ple projects and quick tricks to re­fresh your home over the long week­end

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SUNNY SPOT

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,

£25.72/2.5L, Du­lux

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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