The party’s always in the kitchen, or so they say. With this in mind, a kitchen should be a focal point in your house, with spaces to lean against (such as an island) or sit down (bar stools or odd chairs). Sometimes merging your kitchen into another room can make your home feel cosier – and frees up space elsewhere; plenty of homeowners have a kitchen-diner, but some have really made the kitchen-diner-living room work out. Here’s a preview of what kitchens we can expect here for the month ahead.
Home trends: strong accents
It takes a special type of courage to paint your walls, or floors, rich and bold or even dark shades of colour. It takes even more courage to paint parts of your room near black. So how do you pull it off? There are certain ways to make this work, scroll down for some ideas.
Statement accents, or walls
The choice of what adorns the walls of your home affects the entire mood and style of individual rooms, and may well influence the choice of other furnishings. William Morris exclaimed that:
“Whatever you have in your rooms think first of the walls for they are that which makes your house and home, and if you do not make some sacrifices in their favour you will find your chambers have a kind of makeshift, lodging-house look about them …”