Discover the different types of window blinds available for your home.
Not sure about the different style of window blinds available? Or confused about what type of blind would be better suited to a particular room of your home? Follow this essential guide which provides you with all the advice you need to help make your decision easier.
Before you measure up, decide which fitting option you’d prefer: inside or outside the recess. Inside the recess is a good option for windows in small rooms without much wall space around them. It’s also ideal if you are teaming your blind with curtains. For larger rooms, choose a blind that sits outside the recess and blocks out more light.
For a blind that’s going inside the window recess, measure the width of the recess at its narrowest point and the height of the recess.
For a blind that’s going to hang outside the recess, measure the width of the recess and add 4cm to each side, then measure the height of the recess and add 15cm.
Decide which side the pulley and catch should be in case accessing them will be an issue.
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Roller blinds roll up or down by means of a cord. To add interest when they’re open, they can have a different fabric on either side. They are an affordable option for informal settings, such as a home office. Take a look at John Lewis’ ready-made roller blinds which can be cut to size to fit your space.
BLIND ILLUSTRATION: DANNY LUCKETT
Roman blinds give a formal look. They are made from fabric and operate by a pulley. When raised, the blind concertinas into large horizontal pleats, leaving a good segment of fabric on show. You can make Roman blinds yourself, buy them ready-made or have them custom made. There’s a wide choice of linings.
BLIND ILLUSTRATION: DANNY LUCKETT
Venetian blinds are slatted blinds made from wood, metal or plastic. They often feature in sleek kitchens or bathrooms, and metal or plastic blinds are a practical choice for rooms with high levels of moisture. As you can filter the light, they are also great for a home office.
BLIND ILLUSTRATION: DANNY LUCKETT
Vertical blinds are ideal for floor-to-ceiling windows and, as a consequence, tend to be used in summerhouses and conservatories. The vertical blind sections hang from a track and slide to the side when open.
BLIND ILLUSTRATION: DANNY LUCKETT
For made-to-measure blinds, and curtains, take a look at the House Beautiful collection with Hillarys. And follow this advice on how best to clean venetian, Roman, vertical and wooden blinds in your home.
Working from home is kind of the ultimate dream. You can wear your pajamas all day if you want, you never have to pack a lunch and the commute couldn’t be better. The only issue is whether you have a solid workspace or not, because I think productivity does depend somewhat on your surroundings. The good news is that even if you don’t have a full room to dedicate to an office, there are plenty of smart ways to sneak a hidden workspace into your home.
Above: This unfolding apartment by Michael K Chen Architecture has made its rounds on the web, but I feel like it’s worth taking a look at. It’s a hidden bedroom, closet, nightstand and desk all in one, which is pretty remarkable. Oh, the things you can do (and clutter you can conceal) when you start from scratch and commission an insane built-in.
The murphy desk might be my favorite solution, especially when it looks as chic as this wooden drop-down style from Architectural Digest. Who knew these came outfitted with wall-mounted shelving inside? A more practical person might stash office supplies here, but I’m okay with these tasteful vases and sculptural objects, too. Lighting is key for any work area, so it was a smart idea to add a sconce above. It can provide task light when you’re working and illuminate your pretty cabinet when not. My guess is the occupant pulls a chair from a nearby dining table, which is totally acceptable. Saves you from having to buy a special office chair.
I’m not totally sure how “hidden” a built-in actually is (okay, it’s not at all), but this little desk area from the home of the Schoolhouse Electric owners (via Emily Henderson) sure is an efficient use of space. Even though the back wall is covered in dark shiplap, the white cabinetry keeps the look visually light. Props again for thinking about the lighting situation and adding in those sconces, but a table lamp would also do the trick.
Full disclosure: the hiding your desk area behind a set of huge doors idea comes from a super swanky industrial Tribeca home designed by Dirk Denison Architects. But imagine replacing what appears to be heavy-duty steel sliding doors with a barn door, and you have a relatively inexpensive way to DIY a super private, quiet workspace. From the looks of it, your home probably needs some kind of a niche, corner or half wall to pull this off.
One idea that practically anyone can steal is the closet-turned-home-office. It’s amazing because you already have the door that’ll be hiding your workspace. So it’s just a matter of removing the clothes bar and setting things up to your liking by adding shelves and a surface for a desk. You could do this with a bigger closet, but from the looks of this cheery set up from Bourbon Daisy, even a small linen or hall closet would work if you MacGuyver a drop-down desk.
Remember appliance garages? This workspace from Kropat Interior Design has taken that concept and really run with it. The perforated door may even be a real garage door brought inside—very industrial but also very creative.
When in doubt, you could always build a faux wall and hide your desk behind that if you’re super committed to fitting in a home office (and own your home). The Hong Kong-based Clifton Leung Design Workshop did a nice job in this small space apartment, where the living room TV wall reverses to a desk. Talk about a wow factor, even if the wall isn’t motorized.
Time to stop working from your couch. Trust me—any of these offices would be an upgrade. Here’s to hoping I can practice what I preach.
2017 might have officially already begun, but you can never be too late when it comes to finding out about all the interior design trends that are set to be huge news in the coming months! Interior designers always have the inside scoop as to the must-have colors, textiles and schemes and we think we’ve figured out they key trends that they are going to be pushing this year and we’re going to tell you all of them! Think of it as a belated Christmas present from homify, as we don’t want you lifting a paintbrush or choosing furniture until you’re sure you are bang on trend and selecting pieces that will really work in your home for years to come! If you’re ready to get inspired, come with us now as we see what’s hot for 2017!
Stainless steel will always be popular, especially in kitchens, but for the time being, it is being dramatically overshadowed by some of the warmer metal tones out there! Copper and rose gold look set to be the metals to have in your home this year and we think they make wonderful light fixtures, as the warmth just radiates out!
Pantone might be heralding Kale as their color for 2017, but in interior design circles there is only one hue that you need to be including in your home and that is… drum roll please… GRAY! Perfect for walls, furniture and anything else you can think of, gray is the new neutral!
We don’t just mean a little bit of natural wood here, we are talking about lashings of it, all over your home! Wooden-clad interior and exterior walls, rich flooring and even statement dining tables all look set to have an organic feel to them this year so what are you waiting for?
Has marble ever really gone out of fashion? We don’t think so, thanks to the natural opulence that it adds to any room, but this year, we are expecting to see a lot of it in bathrooms, especially darker varieties with pale marbling. Come to the dark side guys, as it looks amazing from where we’re standing!
Industrial styling really got into a groove in 2016 and it looks set to continue, at least in the form of polished concrete interior walls. Plaster was so 2015, so if you want to make more of a statement with your walls, think about this modern and pared back alternative to more standard finishes.
We’ll never tire of statement wallpaper and that’s a good thing, considering the fact that the brighter and more daring it is, the better as far as 2017 is concerned! Tropical and geometric prints look set to be incredibly popular and we think you’ll see them spilling over into bed linen too!
Rugged wool, felt and cotton are all going to be huge news in 2017, as a result of Hygge being so trendy last year. Cozy fabrics that encourage you to hunker down are the way to go and keep the colors natural too, to really tap into the trend. Remember that you can’t have too many wool blankets in your home, or cable-knit cushions!
Luxurious, dramatic and just a little over the top, velvet is one of our all-time favorite materials and we are delighted to see it enjoying a massive comeback! Some of the best uses are as vintage chair upholstery and heavy, luxe curtains that simply fall to the floor and block all that pesky sunlight out!
Those Nordic styles are staying firmly put, so if you embraced a little Hygge or Scandinavian influence last year, you are going to stay on trend in 2017. Think stylish yet simple storage solutions, timeless furniture and geometric rugs and you’ll be on the right track and don’t forget to include a lot of white!
This one had us a little surprised, but not in a bad way! Splatter effects are going to be really popular this year and there are so many ways to get involved! From bed linen to curtains, upholstery and even crockery, splatter techniques are going to be on everything, so how will you incorporate them?
We get it. Your bedroom is tiny, and you’ve probably already thought of storing things in boxes under the bed. So what if you still don’t have enough space? Here are seven solutions that are a little off the beaten path, things you may not have thought of, but that will still help you make the most of a very small space.
Above: You’ve thought about the space under your bed, but what about the space under your dresser? If yours is lifted above the ground, you could re-capture the space underneath from the dust bunnies, as seen in this Brooklyn home from Design*Sponge.
Have you thought of putting a bookcase behind the bed? This may seem like an unusual choice, but it’s actually a great way to add extra storage in a bedroom where space is at a premium. The bookcase provides a lot of extra storage, and only requires an extra 10 or 12 inches of space. The lower tiers, of course, will be a bit harder to get to, but these are good for seasonal storage. (A bed on casters, like most bed frames have, can be rolled forward to access the lower layers.) And, as seen in Ashley’s San Francisco apartment, it’s a great way to add a focal point to the bedroom, and a bit of a cozy feel as well.
If a bookcase behind the bed seems like a bit much, you could also go for storage at the opposite end, by positioning bookcases (or crates) at the foot of the bed. Dave and Hopie use theirs for books, but you could just as easily fill your bookcase with baskets or boxes and use them to store pretty much anything. The low height of these crates means that you can still kick off the covers if you get a bit warm during the night.
Replacing your nightstand with a tall, narrow bookcase will add a lot of extra storage within the footprint of your existing nightstand, and also make your bed feel just a little bit more cozy. You could even mount a reading lamp to the bed-facing side of the shelf. This example is from Gripsholms, via Homedit.
If you have space available underneath your nightstand or desk, trying adding a basket catchall, like decorator Sarah Sherman Samuel did in this project from her blog Stories. Having a place to stash things that don’t really go anywhere else is a great way to control clutter in any space, and particularly welcome in a small room.
From Planete Deco, a solution that will work for even the smallest bedroom: wall mounted shelves above the bed. (Not recommended for earthquake country, however, as you may wake up to an unpleasant surprise.)
From My Scandinavian Home comes this solution for a small bedroom with insufficient closet space (which is pretty much every small bedroom, right?). Hang a clothing rod above your dresser and you’ll have an extra few feet of hanging space—like suddenly discovering a second closet you didn’t know you had.
Coffee tables can have several purposes in your living room. The top surface is good for giving a home to your current read or displaying your tray of cheese or putting together a jigsaw puzzle. Sometimes it has a bottom shelf to store your laptop and that stack of magazines. Sometimes there is a drawer for remotes and coasters.
While all these things are necessary for a living room, have you thought about how handy it would be if your coffee table had wheels? Suddenly, you can roll it over to your favorite chair across the room or push it out to eat pizza in front of your Friday night flick. Thankfully there are some simple ways to make such a thing without spending a fortune. Take a look at these 10 coffee tables on wheels to DIY for your living room.
You’ve probably seen it floating around the Internet. Attaching some wheels to a pallet is the easiest way to create a coffee table on wheels. Pallets come in pretty standard sizes which are perfect for filling the coffee table void in your living room. (via Delikatissen)
While pallets are basically pre-assembled coffee tables, you can use whatever scrap wood you have laying around from past projects to DIY your coffee table. Just lay a piece of glass on top for a classier feel. (via Plan B)
Maybe you have a living room full of kids that require storage for toys and extra movie night pillows. Make your coffee table on wheels a little deeper so you can store all those movie night essentials and wheel it out of the way come show time. (via Shanty 2 Chic)
Don’t have the time or energy for a big long DIY project? That’s okay. On your next thrifting trip, keep your eyes out for a large antique trunk. Just attach wheels to the bottom and you have a fun and unique coffee table ready to roll. (via The Epoch Times)
Countertops can be found very affordably, especially at places like IKEA. Choose your favorite in a size that will fit in your living room and just put the wheels on the bottom. It’s a great option when you need something a little heavier that the dog can’t throw around. (via IKEA)
Some living rooms aren’t made for large coffee tables. In fact, some don’t even have sufficient storage space. Here’s a coffee table that will give you the surface space you want as well as additional storage on the bottom. Perfect for stashing your little one’s toys and books. (via Mon Makes Things)
Let’s not poo poo the classic coffee table on wheels. With a stained wooden top and large chunky wheels on the bottom, it’s the perfect industrial piece to keep your farmhouse living room updated yet rustic. (via Shanty 2 Chic)
Using stumps as side tables has been a popular rustic trend for a while. But have you ever thought about using them as coffee tables? With wheels on the bottom, they’ll be easy to move around if necessary and the wooden tones will bring some warmth to your space. (via schwartzandarchitecture)
Wheels don’t have to be only for square or rectangular coffee tables. You can use them on round ones too! Build your own or go the easy route and use one side of a giant wooden spool for your round piece of coffee table mastery. (via Twelve on Main)
Concrete is an element that lots of modern decorators look to when styling their homes. Make your own concrete coffee table on wheels, complete with fireplace. Just think about all the cold nights roasting marshmallows from your very own couch. (via Homemade Modern)
I’m always searching for storage products and other organizational tools for my clients. Although I don’t think that bins, baskets and shelves alone can solve someone’s organizational problems, they are helpful in providing a designated place for belongings. Clutter tends to pile up when people don’t know where to put things. As the saying goes, a place for everything and everything in its place.
The Now You See It Acrylic Shelf Bookcase from Land of Nod ($249, landofnod.com) can be used in a variety of rooms. (Land of Nod)
Crate & Barrel’s Wine-Stem Rack ($50, crateandbarrel.com) is perfect for kitchens that lack storage. (Crate & Barrel)
The Now You See It Acrylic Shelf Bookcase from Land of Nod ($249, landofnod.com) isn’t just for kids’ books and toys. Its simple design makes it perfect for bathrooms, offices and family rooms, too. I’ve recently used these in a basement playroom, hung horizontally, to display Lego projects on the inside and top surfaces, but they can also be hung vertically on a narrow bathroom wall or in an office.
Crate & Barrel’s Wine-Stem Rack ($50, crateandbarrel.com) is perfect for small kitchens with little storage, but its use doesn’t have to be limited to tight spaces. Most people have at least a dozen wine glasses — and usually more — but rarely use more than four at a time. This rack makes the wine and the glasses easy to access and frees up cabinet space for other items that you don’t want to display.
Crate and Barrel’s Brabantia Stackable Laundry Sorter ($35, crateandbarrel.com) has an opening in the front that makes it easy to toss in laundry. (Crate & Barrel)
The Kvissle lidded box from Ikea ( $10, ikea.com) can be used as a desktop charging station. (Bjorn Dahlgren/Ikea)
The Brabantia Stackable Laundry Sorter from Crate & Barrel ($35, crateandbarrel.com) is appealing not so much because it’s stackable (although that can be useful when space is at a premium) but because it’s easy to use. It has a lid, which I prefer, but you don’t have to remove the lid each time you want to put clothes inside. The opening in the front makes it simple to toss in your laundry (especially for kids), and the handles make it easy to pick up and take to the laundry room. And if you want to hide it or put it away, it folds up.
I dislike seeing cords, even when they’re organized with ties, clips and labels. The Kvissle lidded box from Ikea ($10, ikea.com) can be used under a desk to conceal cords or on top of a desk as a charging station.
The dividers in the Container Store’s Clear Linus Divided Lazy Susan ( $17-$25, containerstore.com) stop items from toppling over. (The Container Store)
The Folding Wire Storage Basket from the Container Store ($20, containerstore.com) folds into at least five shapes and sizes. (The Container Store)
I have a Lazy Susan in my spice cabinet, and it works pretty well. However, the bottles occasionally topple over, which can be frustrating. With the Container Store’s Clear Linus Divided Lazy Susan ($17-$25, containerstore.com), the contents will stay upright and can be divided into categories. It’s useful not only for spices and other kitchen supplies but also for makeup, office supplies and more.
The versatile Folding Wire Storage Basket from the Container Store ($20, containerstore.com), which folds into at least five shapes and sizes, is perfect for storing all kinds of things, but it also doubles as a piece of art. It can be used as a fruit basket, a container for things such as cloth napkins, a trivet or even a wastebasket. It’s fun and functional. And because it folds flat, it’s easy to store.
The Over the Door Mirror With Storage from PBteen ($79, pbteen.com) can be hung on a closet door or attached to a wall. (PBteen)
PBteen’s No Nails Fabric Wall Organizer ( $49, pbteen.com) can add storage to a desk that lacks it. (Marili Forastieri/PBteen)
The Over the Door Mirror With Storage from PBteen ($79, pbteen.com) works well on either side of a closet door. The shelf and hooks provide easy-to-access storage for things such as jewelry and scarves in a bedroom and for perfume, hair products and towels in a bathroom. Despite its name, it doesn’t have to be hung on a door. It can also be attached to the wall in a front or back hallway and hold things such as keys, umbrellas, coats and sunglasses. The height is adjustable, making it easy to adapt to your needs.
Desk-organizing products are great as long as your desk is large enough that you still have enough room to do work. But if you have a smaller desk without a drawer, the No Nails Fabric Wall Organizer from PBteen ($49, pbteen.com) will come in handy. Not only can it hold notebooks, pens, pencils, scissors and more, but it can also serve as a display space for photos and keepsakes. And the best part: You don’t need any nails to hang it. All it requires are double-sided adhesive strips, and they come with the shelving. Easy.
Anzia is a freelance writer and owner of Neatnik. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Intelligent Design and Modern Interiors Combine in Private Latvian Residence
The Guaja river in Latvia is one of nature’s own large-scale designers, having carved its own picturesque valley out of the dramatic terrain through which it runs. And, because birds of a feather flock together, the similarly ambitious Latvian team at lolot design settled to build VILLA A, the innovative private holiday house located along the river valley.
From the outside, the home is partially embedded in the valley hill, so it appears smaller on the approach than its 280 m2 floor plan spread across three floors. Inside, the house is rigged with an advanced network of smart-home systems and minimalist contemporary design.
It was decided from the outset that the house would focus thematically on exposed concrete, wood, and plants. “These three materials were the base of the comfortable and cosy feel of the space,” lolot interior designer Santa Meikulāne tells THE PLUS, a cosiness that they’ve pulled off in spite of the dramatic open space left between the first and second floors, creating a spacious atrium, and the gravity-defyingly minimalist staircase.
The furniture and internal doors were planned from the get-go to be of a single material: oak, finished variously in wood oil and wood wax. The 25cm wide oak triple-layered parquet flooring was produced in a small Latvian factory – all the furniture, in fact, was designed by the studio, and apart from the upholstered pieces all were produced on site in Latvia.
The private clients’ tech-savvy exploitation of smart devices takes care of the dynamic elements of the design: smart home systems monitor heating and solar power collectors, outdoor blinds, musical ambience, lighting atmosphere scenarios using the many in-built lighting features, and can even turn the taps on and off. The modern approach is mirrored in the furniture design, with a dramatic black, grey, and wooden colour scheme running throughout the house, punctuated by plant life.
With two first-floor guest bedrooms, a master bedroom on the second floor, outdoors pool, and an open fire, it’s a house were comfort and style meet.
THE PLUS: The river valley seems to have proven a useful tool for creating a private space for the residents. Take us through how!
Santa Meikulāne: The use of the terrain and the small forest and ravine located on the property means that the internal glazed façade of the building is completely hidden from the neighbours’ view. The pool and yard area along with the glazed façade create a closed courtyard, providing a great view of the valley and the treetops.
TP: What attracted you to the use of oak throughout the house?
SM: Historically we have a very ancient and strong tradition of producing wooden furniture, with vast numbers of excellent carpenters and small factories. Oak as a material is historically very typical for this region, and massive local oaks are still used in manufacturing today.
TP: You’ve got some great interior touches – we particularly love the elliptical suspension light. What did you want it to bring to the space?
SM: From different angles, and also from the outside, this lamp along with the light lines of the 2nd floor and the metal tie lines of the glazed façade creates a graphic modernist drawing. The client and the guests sometimes joke that it is a halo.
TP: As a designer: is smart house technology the future?
SM: Artificial intelligence is our future, and it exists in parallel with us. Artificial intelligence develops, and grows in intelligence along with its users. There may come a time when your house might remember precisely where you put your keys, or even prepare a cup of coffee without your input.
TP: What would be your ideal smart house function?
SM: My ideal smart house would know exactly what music I would like to hear the moment I wake up. Music is extremely important to me, both in my creative and everyday life. The house would know when to open the curtains to let the sunshine in – we live in the North and we could really use a bit more sun.
TP: What is the most important thing you’d like to teach artificial intelligence about?
SM: Music, sun, nature and working in a field you love.
When you spend all day, every day, looking at pictures of interiors, you pick up a few tricks. Here’s one of my favorites—something I’ve spotted in a few different interiors, and that always looks great. As an added bonus, it’s cheaper than buying new furniture—and a super easy DIY.
The styling secret I’m referring to? A single long, low shelf. (You can also double or triple these up, as suits your needs and the architecture of the space.) The single shelf, floating a few inches above the floor, has the effect of a console, but with an added visual lightness. Above, you can prop (or hang) paintings and objets d’art. Below the shelf is a good spot for stacks of books (or shoes, or what have you), so you’re getting added storage, too.
This particular example, which doubles the number of shelves, is from the Paris apartment of designer Vanessa Bruno seen on Interiors Magasinet a space that, although I discovered it many years ago, continues to be a favorite. The bottom shelf looks to be resting right on the floor, and in this way the two shelves form a sort of un-console, a cabinet without any doors. Besides adding welcome definition to a blank wall, the two shelves provide storage for books on the bottom, and a base for a rotating collection of art on the top.
This room from Stadshem, via Inspirera Mera, incorporates three shelves, but the idea is the same — the console-that-isn’t. The particularly nice thing about displaying art on a shelf like this is that you don’t need to commit to any particular combination, and can change things at will as you see fit.
This instance of the long, low shelf, from Charlotte Minty via Interior Junkie, takes advantage of a short wall in an attic bedroom, where traditional furniture just wouldn’t fit. Although the bottom shelf floats only a few inches above the floor, this helps to contribute to an overall feeling of lightness.
This interior from Char and the City is proof that this doesn’t just work in the living room. It’s also quite nice in a small entryway, where the shelf creates a spot for shoes below and bags above. One thing to keep in mind, especially if you’re only going with one or two shelves, is that this look will have the most impact if you pick a shelf with a thicker profile, and one with a concealed mounting bracket, so it almost seems like an extension of the wall. (IKEA’s Lack wall shelves are a good example of this.)
From Poppytalk, here’s another example of the style, although you’ll notice, if you look closely, that the shelf has a support on one side, and is probably just a low bench. This is a great way to get the look if you’re not allowed to make holes in the wall.
One further no-holes-in-the-wall solution, from Lily, is to pair together a few 1x Kallax shelves. Without hanging anything on the wall, you can still do the movable art display above, and, as a bonus, the Kallax makes a great spot for storing records (or even books).
From DIY desks to hidden wardrobes, these easy updates will transform your pad. Plus, five jobs for the bank holiday
Get to work
If you don’t have room for an office, but need somewhere to put a slim desk, scour your home for “dead” space like this, by a bedroom window. Attach a piece of white plywood – cut to fit your space – to a pair of trestle legs (try Ikea’s Oddwald). Then splash out on an Eames DAW armchair.
Houseplants are making a comeback. Cacti and succulents, with their architectural shapes and low maintenance, are hugely popular, but for more drama and scale, it’s time to revisit some 1970s favourites. Evergreens such as ferns, spider plants and swiss cheese plants, with their striking silhouettes, are seriously back in vogue, say the authors of At Home With Plants, published this month by Mitchell Beazley. As are woven hanging baskets: Ondine Ash makes wonderfully retro woven designs. Create a display in an empty corner, close to natural light. Pictured left, from left: maidenhair fern, Pachira money plant and a Cereus cactus.
A lick of dark paint behind open, white kitchen shelves brings their contents to life; Farrow & Ball’s classic Down Pipe is a good match. Find similar chopping boards at Heal’s; and try Toast (toa.st) and French Connection for hand-thrown artisanal ceramics.
Hang it all
Create a wardrobe from an unused alcove or nook: screen it off with a curtain, add a hanging rail and paint the same colour as the surrounding walls. Team it with a stool; Etsy stocks Moroccan Ben Ourain cushions. (Taken from Space Works, a book of design and decorating ideas, published by Ryland Peters & Small; rylandpeters.com).
Fallen in love with some rustic shutters, but don’t know what to do with them now they’re home? Fix them to a bedroom wall and add instant character. Find similar at salvage company Lassco. A section of tree trunk adds a further rustic touch, its rough texture contrasting with the floaty curtains and crisp bedlinen. Find offcuts at woodnet.org.uk. Taken from (as before).
A closet with character
Wallpaper is best avoided in bathrooms because of the effects of humidity, but a small cloakroom is the perfect spot for a quirky feature wall. Here, pages from a secondhand novel have been pasted on the wall, with a sheet of glass used as a splashback above the sink. Habitat’s glossy Aimee mirror is a good match for this. Taken from Space Works (as before).
Revamp stairs by painting them, runner-style. Here, the floor is painted in Dove Tale and the stripes are Babouche, Mahogany and Arsenic – all by Farrow & Ball.
Running out of storage space, but can’t bear to throw books away? If you’re lucky enough to have high ceilings, build over-the-top shelves above door frames to use the whole space between floor and ceiling. Taken from Space Works (as before).
Five quick bank holiday jobs
1 Deep clean No excuses: spring is the time to go a bit further than dusting and vacuuming, and tackle winter wear and tear. Pressure-hose the patio, beat your rugs outside, wash the windows, and clean scuff marks made by bikes and prams off the hallway walls. For stubborn wall marks, touch up with paint.
2 Go minimal Take your spring cleaning to the next level and get rid of your possessions. Japanese minimalist Fumio Sasaki, author of Goodbye, Things, advises throwing away anything you have in multiples (scissors, salad servers, flip-flops); anything you haven’t used in a year; and your storage containers – when your things no longer have a home, you will get rid of them faster.
3 Kitchen clear-out Stale biscuits, mouldy, pre-referendum pesto, pasta dregs in six open packets: begone! Throw out anything that’s out of date or unlikely to be eaten, then decant foods such as pasta, rice and flour into labelled containers. Cooking will be so much more fun.
4 Get gardening Now is the time to plant out summer bulbs such as alliums and agapanthus, either in a warm, sunny position in the garden, or in window boxes to prettify your sills. Place broken pieces of terracotta at the bottom of each box to help drainage, before adding soil and bulbs.
5 Tackle your wardrobe Store your clothes properly, Marie Kondo-style. Fill your drawers with shoe boxes to use as dividers, then fold T-shirts, tops and socks lengthways: make a long rectangle, and fold into a little package. Store them vertically in neat rows; this way, you can see everything at a glance
Hayden Panettiere knows a thing or two about creating a super cozy abode. The Nashville star gave us a peek at her Tennessee digs in a home tour for People, where you can see a striking aquarium that she and her daughter call their “happy place,” and a wall of firewood in the living room that serves as a rustic art installation. Check out the full tour on People.com, then scroll down to see how to imitate her country-chic style in your space.
Panettiere wanted a rustic vibe in her living room, so she and her designer came up with the uber creative idea of filling the shelves with firewood. The rest of the living room aims for comfort with a monochromatic palette, earth-toned accessories, and a few odes to her Heroesdays.
You might not have a massive bookshelf to fill with logs, but you can still nail that cozy cabin vibe with a coffee table made of sticks. Keep the rest of the room light and bright with a white sofa and pale green accents. If you’re looking for a low-maintenance pet, copy the star’s love of aquariums and pick up a stylish fishbowl.
A perfectly balanced mix of pink, purple, and white make two-year-old Kaya’s nursery sweet and trendy. Her favorite parts about the space are the snuggly rocking chair and the closetful of hand-me-down clothes from Hayden’s own childhood. Oh, and the fact she can fit into the toddler bed for cuddle sessions — too cute!
Create the ultimate upscale nursery with bright pink accents, a mod crib, and some enormous stuffed animals. Then bring the warmth with a comfy rocker, an adorable elephant side table, and teal storage bins to keep the little one’s toys organized.