Laurent Bedroom, August 23rd , 2017. A damn good mattress, if you have to choose between a fancy frame and a decent mattress, go for the latter. There’s no doubt they’re pricy, but a good-quality mattress will last more than ten years, so the cost-per-sleep ratio will definitely be in your favour. Be sure to buy a well-padded mattress that offers the correct support and one that’s crafted from natural materials.
Laurent Bathroom, August 23rd , 2017. Add a hint of colour to a white suite, while a white bathroom suite is the best choice for opening up a small space, it can sometimes feel a little stark if the whole room is white. That’s why a hint of colour on the walls is the perfect compromise: light enough to create an airy feel, but with bags more character. Here, the storage alcoves were built from tongue-and-groove panelling, then painted in white to contrast with the raspberry walls and striking cobalt-blue tiles.
Laurent Dining room, August 23rd , 2017. Classic blue dining room with floral curtains. A large dining space is given a classic Georgian look with antique mahogany furniture set against rich blue paint. Long floral curtains in earthy tones hang over French doors to create warmth and intimacy during cold winter months.
Laurent Dining room, August 23rd , 2017. Think about the mood you want to create in your dining room - simply choosing an uplifting or flattering paint colour can transform a dining room. While deep, rich colours are best if the room is being used mainly for evening meals, a bright and cheerful yellow or apple green could make the room an inviting space during the daytime.
Laurent Bathroom, August 23rd , 2017. Invest in made-to-measure fittings and fixtures, a well-thought-out design can fit all the essentials into as little as two square metres for a bathroom and even less for a shower room. The key is not to squeeze too much in. If you only have a small space, it’s much better to make a focal point of a walk-in shower or a beautiful bath, rather than ending up with a cramped bathroom.
Laurent Living Room, August 23rd , 2017. Plantation-chic living room. This colonial-style rattan chair works equally well indoors and out. Casual in its construction, the colour makes it more adaptable and it works equally well in a contemporary, traditional or country living room. Accents of blue reflect the seaside views, while a colourful rug and sofa liven up the predominantly white look.
Laurent Dining room, August 23rd , 2017. Clean white space, a clean white space creates a low-key look onto which an assortment of moods can be created through decoration and lighting, all according to occasion and time of year. Decorative details such as a foliage chandelier and antique mirror enhance the simple scheme, while deep purple dahlias add a dramatic hit of colour.
Laurent Bathroom, August 23rd , 2017. Use the same tiles on the floor and walls, a clever trick to making a small bathroom look bigger is to use the same tiles on the walls and the floor. Not only does the natural stone in this family bathroom add a spa-style touch, but the continuous run of tiles creates a spacious feel, along with the wall-hung fixtures that save on floor area. If natural stone feels too neutral, you can easily pep it up with strong colour pops with your towels, storage and accessories – an on-budget way to add personality to your bathroom.
Laurent Bedroom, August 23rd , 2017. Make a statement, a statement bed will do the talking in both compact and large bedrooms. If space is limited, either use a bed that offers plenty of in-built hidden storage, or space underneath to store boxes and vacuum bags. Debra McQuin at McQuin Partnership suggests choosing bedside tables or ergonomic wall-mounted lights. ‘Try to think creatively,’ she says. ‘If there is no space for a headboard, then paint one on the wall. And in all bedrooms, small or large, a sense of real luxury comes from a good mattress, high thread-count sheets, and a soft rug to step out of bed onto. These are the things that make the most difference to a sense of well-being.’ In this scheme, a vibrant wallpaper and full-length curtains create a sense of cosseting luxury.
Laurent Bedroom, August 23rd , 2017. Sleek storage, well-planned storage helps establish a peaceful bedroom scheme. In this room, simple built-in storage incorporating a window seat makes the most of limited space while providing a focal point. Maximise storage by using clever multi-functional furniture where suitable, using the walls and height of the room as well as the floor space. Here, form and function dovetail perfectly with the graphic tones and angular shapes of the wall-mounted light, headboard and side table providing both style and practicality.
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