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8 brilliant home decorating ideas to try now

09:50 02 March 2016

Home makeover ideas you need to try now | Life at Home

Home makeover ideas you need to try now | Life at Home

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We take a peek inside the beautiful homes featured in Life at Home magazine to discover some easy decorating ideas to transform your living space

Life at Home magazine | Look inside England's most beautiful homesLife at Home magazine | Look inside England's most beautiful homes

Discover home decorating inspiration and interior design ideas, read the full issue of Life @Home magazine here.

 

 

Vintage treasures and summer-inspired décor in a Yorkshire terraced house. The black and white bar-stool style dining chairs and a hospital locker add to the industrial edge at this end of the room. (Colin Poole)Vintage treasures and summer-inspired décor in a Yorkshire terraced house. The black and white bar-stool style dining chairs and a hospital locker add to the industrial edge at this end of the room. (Colin Poole)

1. Vintage treasures and summer-inspired décor


 Faced with a gloomy and dated kitchen in her three-bedroom end of terrace house, owner Kirsty Brooker, who runs an online vintage homeware business, knew she could transform the kitchen by making it lighter. ‘The layout worked quite well but it was let down by the detail and colour scheme,’ she says. “I wanted it to be light, fresh and modern with lots of natural light. I wanted space for a big dining table. We also wanted patio doors so we could throw them open in the summer and make the kitchen and garden one big, sociable area. Find out more about the redesign of this kitchen and dining room here.



  


There are many benefits to having plants in your home, says Sue Huckle of Posh Plants at East Tuddenham (Sowerbys)There are many benefits to having plants in your home, says Sue Huckle of Posh Plants at East Tuddenham (Sowerbys)


 2. Embrace nature with tropical decoration



 Create a laidback atmosphere with a tropical-inspired colour palette and plants. The presence of plants has a calming and positive effect on us, and stress and anxiety levels are reduced. “Plants act as filters, cleaning the air, absorbing impurities and leaving indoor air freshener. In the summer, large plants can create shade and hence have a cooling effect,” says Sue Huckle from Posh Plants. “Easy to look after are Kentia palms, Dracaenas and Scheffleras. My advice is “go big”, fill your house with lots of healthy greenery and breathe in the clean air!”. Discover more tips for your home from design experts.


  


Relaxed style and pops of colour in an Alderley Edge homeRelaxed style and pops of colour in an Alderley Edge home

3. Relaxed style and pops of colour


 After a long process of redesign, broadcaster and life coach Melissa Porter’s home is coming together into an inspired yet functional space. “My kitchen isn’t a big space, but as I spend a lot of time here it needed to be precisely as I wanted it. I love kitchen gadgets!” she says. “My top tip is to have deep shelves in cupboards fitted with power points, so you can keep blenders and mixers, etc, tucked away but they’re ready to use when you need them. My two must-haves for this kitchen were the instant boiling water tap and two full size ovens – perfect for entertaining lots of people!”. Find out how to achieve this look in 8 steps.



  


Perk up a room with patterns:  turquoise chair from Uniquely Eclectic (Emma Chapman Photography).Perk up a room with patterns: turquoise chair from Uniquely Eclectic (Emma Chapman Photography).

4. Perk up a room with patterns


 Give your home a boost with some cheery new prints or a bespoke statement piece. Upcycled furniture, like this mid-century, cocktail chair re-upholstered in a striking and contemporary Puzzle fabric, will add an injection of colour to any room. Find out more quirky ways to use pattern in the home.


  


Funky storage ideas: shelf ladder storage unit from Scandi Living. www.scandiliving.comFunky storage ideas: shelf ladder storage unit from Scandi Living. www.scandiliving.com

5. Funky storage ideas


 Get organised with funky storage options and practical interiors. Even small rooms can be de-cluttered with clever storage ideas, like this shelf ladder storage unit in oak – it rests on the wall so it can be easily moved around and comes with four hooks to hang small accessories. Find out 12 of the best storage ideas for a practical interior.


  


A contemporary take on the Ikat pattern: Jolie chair, £499, M&S, Guildford (01483 452282)A contemporary take on the Ikat pattern: Jolie chair, £499, M&S, Guildford (01483 452282)

6. Create an on-trend focal point with geometric prints


 Geometric patterns are set to be big for 2016 across all homeware – think saturated colours and bold shapes. Choose a pattern that complements you current colour scheme to add visual interest to a room, like this contemporary take on the ikat pattern. Find out more ways to use geometric patterns in your home.


  


Use the colour blue for a calm space: Lulworth Blue floor paint from www.farrow-ball.com (James Merrell)Use the colour blue for a calm space: Lulworth Blue floor paint from www.farrow-ball.com (James Merrell)

7. Use the colour blue for a calm space


 The right shade of blue can bring warm thoughts of summer straight to mind on even the most wintry of days. Go for a muted tone on walls or catch the look of sea and sand with decorative accessories in a range of marine hues. Find out 5 blue themed home décor ideas.


  


Light greys and cool tones in a Baconsthorpe character cottage (Tony Hall Photography)Light greys and cool tones in a Baconsthorpe character cottage (Tony Hall Photography)


 8. Light greys and cool tones in a character cottage



 Full of character, wonderful beams, an unusual Gothic window and the delightful and sheltered courtyard garden, this home is a perfect family bolthole. Modern upholstery, fabrics and light grey painted kitchen units give thee space a cool, calm feel. Find out how the owners achieved this charming cottage style.


  



  

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