Makeover your home using these straightforward, fun, simple and low-cost ideas to bring a POP of colour into your interior spaces using paint, wallpaper, flowers, plants, cushions or throws. It could transform your life too.
Geraldine James' practical solutions offer those who are not confident enough to embark on expensive renovations ways to redecorate that can be easily reversed. Encouraging us to experiment, she looks at different ways you can bring colour into the home starting with adding single pops of colour in a neutral space, such as red cushions, plates, bowls and rugs in a living space then she looks at colour walls - painting a single wall with a bright colour which can really lift a room without much investment (and you can always repaint if you change your mind). Or bring living colour into a room using flowers and houseplants, terrariums and succulents. Or why not go for a multi-coloured look with checks, stripes or floral patterns whether that is by papering a wall, or painting a floor - the effects can be bold and uplifting. Textiles too can bring a softer textural layer of colour to a room whilst wall art can bring a focal point. Whatever your choice of colour palette, Geraldine will offer the perfect solution so get experimenting now.
HBK/ 1926pp People have been living in small spaces for centuries, for reasons of practicality, mobility, flexibility or personal choice. More recently, tiny homes have become the answer for many who need somewhere affordable to live and who possess the creativity and energy to make something different. A small home can be relatively cheap to build or convert, and gives its owner choices, reflecting the way they want to live and their concern for the impact they have on the environment. Tiny homes can also be stunningly beautiful and imaginative. They ask their owners to be discerning about what belongings they have what is necessary and what is beautiful. The choices are individual and can be seen as part of a movement away from money and property-slavery to a more simple and connected way of living. Gill Heriz has brought together a collection of some of the most incredible small homes, from containers in the city to cabins in the countryside. A traditional Mongolian yurt provides off-grid living for its owners, and a portable cabin offers a chic, flexible space. There is a reclusive shack set in woodland, a converted mountainside bothy, and a log cabin pod near the coast. What all the owners have in common is dedication to living well on a smaller footprint.