This page contains a Flash digital edition of a book.
Interiors


Concentrate on


something personal or sentimental to make the space a


reflection of who you are as a person, a couple or a family


what you already have rather than simply chucking out your stuff and totally reinventing your space. What do you want from


each room – and what do you like and dislike about it? Do you find the current colours warm or cold? Are the sofas comfortable? Does


the furniture work together or have you accumulated odds and ends over the years? Are you looking to entertain more or do you want to sit admiring the view of the garden? Do you work from home? Do you have children? Are you planning on a family? Do you have pets? If you start by asking yourself a series


of questions you will begin to have a greater understanding of the best way to approach the space. Look at the styles that you like and (hopefully!) share with your partner, then work out the elements of the current room that compliment this style. The inspiration for a room can come


from many sources. Look around you and see what your eye is drawn to. It might be a painting that brings back great memories, a group of ornaments that make a striking centrepiece, or simply a cushion that has an unusual design. Rugs are a great way of drawing the eye to one central area, bringing


20 PS February/March 2012


everything into unison. By concentrating on something that is sentimental you are making the space a reflection of who you are as a person, a couple or a family.


Go for comfort After years of the minimalist look, comfort is now the theme that we have carried over from 2011 – it’s all about making our home a haven, a place to escape, to entertain and above all, to enjoy. The key is for all your living spaces – be it a bedroom or bathroom, a kitchen or sitting area – to work in harmony and be inviting for you and your guests. Try to keep your rooms uncluttered and carefully map out your furniture layout. For example, having a coffee table too high or hanging pictures too low can completely throw off the balance of a room.


Get inspired: Pick one item that you love – a painting, or simply a cushion with a striking design – and use it as the central inspiration to build your room around


Colour and texture matter! It’s amazing how optical illusions can really make a difference. If you have a small room, look at using a bold colour or wallpaper on the end wall as it will give the perception that it is further away. Indeed, wallpaper is becoming more popular as it adds depth to decoration, and a wide variety of finishes allows you to give a room a new feel without starting from scratch. You can play on designs by picking out accent colours and


Page 1  |  Page 2  |  Page 3  |  Page 4  |  Page 5  |  Page 6  |  Page 7  |  Page 8  |  Page 9  |  Page 10  |  Page 11  |  Page 12  |  Page 13  |  Page 14  |  Page 15  |  Page 16  |  Page 17  |  Page 18  |  Page 19  |  Page 20  |  Page 21  |  Page 22  |  Page 23  |  Page 24  |  Page 25  |  Page 26  |  Page 27  |  Page 28  |  Page 29  |  Page 30  |  Page 31  |  Page 32  |  Page 33  |  Page 34  |  Page 35  |  Page 36  |  Page 37  |  Page 38  |  Page 39  |  Page 40  |  Page 41  |  Page 42  |  Page 43  |  Page 44  |  Page 45  |  Page 46  |  Page 47  |  Page 48  |  Page 49  |  Page 50  |  Page 51  |  Page 52  |  Page 53  |  Page 54  |  Page 55  |  Page 56  |  Page 57  |  Page 58  |  Page 59  |  Page 60  |  Page 61  |  Page 62  |  Page 63  |  Page 64  |  Page 65  |  Page 66  |  Page 67  |  Page 68  |  Page 69  |  Page 70  |  Page 71  |  Page 72  |  Page 73  |  Page 74  |  Page 75  |  Page 76  |  Page 77  |  Page 78  |  Page 79  |  Page 80  |  Page 81  |  Page 82  |  Page 83  |  Page 84  |  Page 85  |  Page 86  |  Page 87  |  Page 88  |  Page 89  |  Page 90  |  Page 91  |  Page 92  |  Page 93  |  Page 94  |  Page 95  |  Page 96  |  Page 97  |  Page 98  |  Page 99  |  Page 100  |  Page 101  |  Page 102  |  Page 103  |  Page 104  |  Page 105  |  Page 106  |  Page 107  |  Page 108  |  Page 109  |  Page 110  |  Page 111  |  Page 112