20 Subtle Pattern Peel & Stick Wallpapers

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I shared a DIY art display ledge project earlier this week but what I forgot to mention was that the backdrop was an inexpensive swirl peel & stick wallpaper that I found on Amazon. I’ll be honest, after looked at it I decided I’m not totally thrilled with it. It lacks the impact I was going for, the stripes are a little too subtle so I went looking for something new to replace it.

Subtle patterns in neutral hues are great for those just dipping their toe into the world of wallpaper. The prints are less bold and since they’re peel and stick they won’t be a headache to remove down the road if that day comes. Today’s lineup is for those who seek something softer or minimalist as a backdrop in any space. Might I suggest any one of these twenty subtle pattern peel and stick wallpapers.

moroccan wind


blue botanical

green leaves

make it rain

grey dandelion

watercolor circles

warm grey waves

gold origami

sketched botanical

neutral terrazzo

slate blue leaves

grey leaf botanical


black twigs

grey grasscloth

soft gray floral

blue stripes

white leaf botanical

neutral batik

minimalist lines


We Uncovered the World’s Cutest Air Purifier at 2020’s Biggest Tech Event

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Viva Las Vegas. Innovative brands big and small gathered in Sin City this week for the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) to debut their next-gen gadgets and next-level smart home devices, so Domino‘s style assistant, Julia Stevens, packed her bags and jetted off to Nevada to scope out what’s in store.  

Among the many covetable items she discovered at the three-day-long expo: a voice-activated ball that can act like a fitness assistant, a refrigerator that lets you look at its contents while you’re at the grocery store, and the thinnest TV she’s ever seen. The line between high design and hyper-functionality is blurring. Here are her top five finds from the year’s most exciting home-tech preview. 

The Barely There TV 

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LG’s new 65WX OLED 4K (also called Wallpaper TV) isn’t your typical flat-screen television: This one doesn’t require a sound bar. The sound system is built into the back of the device, so the bulky accessory is officially optional. Movie buffs will also get a kick out of “filmmaker mode,” a formatting option that allows viewers to watch movies as the director intended them, down to the saturation, lighting, and contrast. 

The Self-Care Ball

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None other than a tiny, ball-shaped robot stole the show this year. Samsung’s Ballie uses AI capabilities and a built-in camera to interact with users. The device can be pretty much anything you want: a pet that keeps your real pet company, a fitness trainer, a video recorder, or a cleaner (it will tell your smart vacuum when to get to work).  

The Foolproof Security System 

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Kangaroo’s camera integrates a smart glass so the user can visually verify privacy. When the owner isn’t home, the lens is transparent and records activity. When the system is disarmed, it goes opaque and the internal microphone turns off. 

The Adorable Purifier 

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Cuteness overload. South Korean brand Kakao IX collaborated with design studio Nendo to create an app-controlled air purifier that can be customized with pint-size characters. The collection also includes a scale, thermometer, lamp, baby camera, humidifier, and alarm. 

The Harmonious Shower Experience  

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Your next jam sesh will be taking place in the bathroom. Kohler’s Moxie showerhead features a detachable wireless speaker in the middle of the fixture (when it’s inserted, you can’t even tell it’s there). The product is, of course, 100 percent waterproof and can also be hooked up to your voice assistant. Alexa, who has the smartest home of them all? 

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Creating Daring Decor With Contrasting Colour Schemes

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Forget faded colour schemes, come revel in hot red and orange accented decor that’s smashed up against lime green, turquoise, yellow, powder blue and pink hero furniture pieces. Each of these four modern home interiors have raucous colour running between expanses of neutral tones, to air out the playful notes. A spray of natural greenery grows here and there, to add a homey feel and texture. There is also texture at play in material choices, with ribbed glass elements, raw brickwork walls, terrazzo and perforated metal. Get ready to feast your eyes on a joyous journey around spaces jam-packed with daring stand out details.

Visualizer: Diego Drews  

The first riot of colour comes to us from Estoril, Portugal. A satsuma modern coffee table demands to be noticed in the centre of a cosy living room. A lime green accent chair and pink lounge chair kick up the contrast around the furniture centrepiece. A pebble grey sectional sofa cools down the lounge arrangement, and creates breathing space between it and a colourful dining area behind.

Powder blue scatter cushions pep up the look of the plain grey sofa upholstery, and tie it with the blue element of the nearby dining set.

Low slung Scandinavian furniture creates a laid-back look. A narrow cylindrical wood burner makes the room look and feel toasty. A smooth white wall has been floated in front of a raw brickwork feature that brings depth to the brightly decorated room. The swing arm wall lamp there is the Flos Mod 265 style lamp.

Scandinavian style chairs in blue, green, and white finishes encircle a round dining table with a copper support leg, which echoes the orange accent tone that started in the lounge.

The green dining chair matches with mint green base cabinets across the kitchen wall.

A blue fruit bowl throws down another pop of colour on the table.

Green and copper coloured dining room pendant lights dangle above. The orange tone carries through into a wine storage unit in the kitchen.

Coloured cabinet fronts create a big impact in the small kitchen.

Visualizer: Zieg Si  

The second colourful creation we’re looking at is a red and green feast of accent pieces. This living room causes the eye to track around every furniture piece and soft furnishing choice in the room, from green accent chair to red side table to multicoloured cushions and throws. A chrome floor lamp pulls in with the cooling grey elements in the room.

In the games room, a nifty coffee table design pops up out of the floor.

A modern wall sconce duo scale the wall beside two gaming chairs that are upholstered in contrasting colours. Large poster art adds a playful and creative element. A daybed is tucked within a bank a storage units and a turquoise window seat offers another spot to lounge.

Back out in the open plan living room, a classy marbled hearth and a textured tv wall counteract the louder elements in the space.

Red and monochrome kitchen bar stools sit at a stone peninsula, whilst a more conventional dining table is set by the window.

The red and green colour story continues in the master. An eye catching bedroom pendant light competes for attention.

The second bedroom scheme in the home is just as loud.

A unique rug dots colour through the study.

Home layout.

Designer: Palina Karniyenka  
Visualizer: Palina Karniyenka  

Red and green revellers dwell in home number three, where colourful panels peer through textured glass to brighten the living room. A round coffee table, scatter cushion and rug bring in golden yellow accents.

Bam! A red kitchen wakes up the senses, with a solid green kitchen island to amp up its effect.

A cactus is placed to match the green theme of the central island and bar stools.

Yellow tiles flash through the home entryway like a bolt of lighting out of the blue. Pegboard panels texturise tall white cabinet doors.

A bushy indoor plant visually separates the home entryway from the cosy lounge. A mysterious deep blue portiere fills an arched doorway.

Inside a green bedroom, the shining effect of two beautiful copper bedroom pendant lights is doubled by a pair of elliptical wall mirrors.

The bathroom is white with a squeeze of zest. A juicy orange vessel basin tops a modern bathroom vanity, and orange wall hooks cross the white tile wall.

An orange accent stripe is painted where the walls meet the ceiling, and a matching trim defines glass doors.

Floor plan.

Designer: Form’8 studio  

In Minsk, Belarus, a sophisticated colourful living room is home to a tangerine sectional sofa.

Red panelling trims the room.

Smart black light tracks keep the colours in the room looking their brightest. Shelf lights feed a healthy collection of indoor plants.

Red and blue rugs overlay cool grey terrazzo floor tiles.

A blue kitchen peeps around the corner.

Dark curtains exaggerate the arched architecture.

There is a sudden visual temperature change between the orange & red living room, and a solid blue hallway.

Orange dining stools throw colour around a black dining table.

The orange dining furniture fizzes against the blue kitchen cabinets.

Rolled sheet metal and concrete blocks make an original seat in the blue hallway.

In the bedroom, red perforated metal builds a run of unique wardrobes.

The red bedroom is cooled by grey terrazzo flooring and heavy blue window drapes.

The drapes pull around the head of the bed to create added drama.

Black hardware finishes off the red powder coated closets.

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Best stair carpets 2020 – the most fabulous stair runners and flooring for staircases and landings

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Stairway looking a bit tatty or tired? A new carpet should see to that. A stair carpet or runner can instantly transform a small, dark hallway into a brighter one, or a dull, empty entrance into a fun and inviting space that guests will admire. You have plenty of options, to boot, these days. Aside from plain piles, pick from classic stripes, pretty polka dots and even psychedelic florals.

Bold patterns in vibrant colours are making a return to form in 2020. ‘The hallway is a great place to experiment with bold shades and styles,’ explains Joanna Ramsden, Creative Director of Grosvenor Wilton. ‘Vibrant, rich colours are effective in creating a feature out of a smaller space and make an attention grabbing statement to transform the, often ignored, hallway into a space that is welcoming and exciting.’

Complete the look with some of our brilliant hallway ideas

There are two main forms of stair carpet coverage – a full carpet, which is a winner if draughts are an issue, or a runner. The latter is a good way to go if you opt for hard wood flooring for the rest of your hallway, reducing noise as you dash up and down the steps while giving you extra grip and warmth underfoot.

We’ve picked some of our favourite designs, and below you’ll also discover everything you need to know about buying a stair carpet.

Best stair carpets 2020

1. Persian carpet in Nain Emerald, Grovenor Wilton


Versatile blue and teal are used in combination here to create a stair carpet that’s traditional in style and yet still vibrant and fresh. An off-white backdrop helps to keep the overall look bright, so you could opt to go for darker walls if you prefer.

Like all Grosvenor Wilson flooring, this design can be created to your bespoke specifications and is available in both cut (Velvet) or  loop (Brussels) pile constructions, depending on your preference.

Enquire online: Persian carpet in Nain Emerald, from £180 per linear m, Grosvenor Wilson

2. Quirky B Liberty Fabrics Flowers of Thorpe stair carpet, Alternative Flooring

Quirky B Liberty Fabrics Flowers of Thorpe Summer Garden Carpet

Create the ultimate wow factor in a hallway with this highly decorative floral Liberty print. The stairs are an ideal place to be bold with pattern because the surface area is minimal so it’s not too overpowering. Thanks to the dark ground of this design the multicoloured flowers really pop, a super stylish stair carpet solution.

Buy now: Quirky B Liberty Fabrics Flowers of Thorpe Summer Garden Carpet, £149 per sq m, Alternative Flooring

3. Kersaint Cobb Casablanca stair runner, Naked Flooring Company


If you’re looking for longevity, this carpet delivers in spades. Sophisticated stripes make a classic statement that won’t date in a hurry, especially not in with warm neutral colour way. Add to that the fact it’s made from 100 per cent sisal, one of the most hardwearing carpet materials going, and you’ve got yourself a long-term winner.

The Casablanca design is part of Kersaint’s Morocco range of carpets. Each one is 69cm wide, which should fit most staircases, and has pre-finished edges to make them easier to lay on bare stairs. Zagora – a grey carpet with a teal ticking stripe, is another of our favourites.

Buy now: Kersaint Cobb Casablanca stair runner, £47.49 per linear m, Naked Flooring Company

4. Stratford Arena Anthracite stair carpet, Hillarys


Not every hall can take a dark carpet. If yours is narrow and lacking in natural light, deep greys or blues be avoided as they’ll only make things worse. However, if you’re blessed with space they can be an inspired choice. Visually, they’re super sophisticated, and a side benefit is that they’ll hide any little scuffs or fluff from sight.

Enquire online: Stratford Arena Anthracite stair carpet, £49.98 per sq m, Hillarys

5. Brintons Padstow Candy Spot Carpet, Essential Flooring Direct

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We can’t help but smile at this candy pink polka-dot design, perfect for creating a statement vintage-style look in a hallway. It’s available in green, blue, yellow and grey to suit all decorating schemes. It’s made from 80 per cent wool and 20 per cent nylon, which makes it a joy to walk on but still practical when it comes to cleaning.

Buy now: Brintons Axminster Padstow Candy Spot Carpet, £70 per sq m, Essential Flooring Direct

6. Roger Oates Bespoke Cluny Grey stair runner, Hudson Flooring


Make your home your own with a tailored design in a bespoke colour scheme. This design has been adapted from a Standard Roger Oates runner, with an ombre effect that reflects the curve of the staircase.

Enquire online: Roger Oates Bespoke Cluny Grey stair runner, £POA, Hudson Flooring

7. Abigail Ahern Malton Cinder stair runner, Roger Oates


As we were saying, dark carpets are a no-no in a small hall, but here, grand proportions give license to be dramatic.

Buy now: Abigail Ahern Malton Cinder stair runner, £POA, Roger Oates

Buying a stair carpet – everything you need to know

What material and pattern is best for a stair carpet?

It’s important to consider the material your carpet is made from, given the high traffic volume you can expect in a hallway. If your home is especially busy, choose a hard-wearing material such as sisal or coir.

Pale-coloured flooring brightens up a small area, but it might stain – you can get it pre-treated to guard against marking and spillages, but it’s still a risk. Wool will naturally repel stains and hide soil marks, but you’ll need to get to them quickly. Going back to colour, a grey or taupe may be more suitable than cream – or try a pattern.

Stripes draw the eye along the design and appear to elongate the area. For anyone trying to make a short hall appear longer and grander, they’re a savvy pick, and they’ll liven up an otherwise plain and neutral setting.

‘Repetitive patterns work well to elongate a hall space, particularly when continued to the stairs,’ says Joanna Ramsden. ‘This technique works to draw the eye upwards, creating the illusion of one elongated space as opposed to two separated areas. Adopting a bold pattern throughout the hallway and stairs will also effectively create continuity between the two spaces, tying the interiors scheme of the upstairs and downstairs together.’

My stairway isn’t a standard width, but I want a runner. What are my options?

If you can’t find the colour or size you want, consider taking the bespoke route as many designs can be produced in different widths. 
‘Our runners can be re-coloured, and narrow widths can be hand-seamed together to create rugs with large tonal stripes,’ says Andy Guard, Head of Design at Roger Oates.

Unlike fitted carpet, runners have an edge that’s designed to be seen. This can either be 
a border woven as part of the design, or as often used for natural flooring, a separate border stitched on in cotton or linen in a contrasting colour. If you want your runner to match a fitted carpet seamlessly, this can be produced as a narrow strip with a selvedge or whipped edge.

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Small bathroom ideas for compact spaces, cloakrooms and shower rooms

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Looking for small bathroom ideas? A small bathroom can be stylish, practical and, with the right know-how, space-efficient.

Big bathrooms are a luxury many of us can only dream about – a free-standing bath in the middle of the room, complete with roaring fire and sumptuous armchair is on everyone’s wish list, right? However true that may be, we think compact bathrooms can be just as gorgeous!

For more brilliant bathroom inspiration visit our bathroom ideas page

A small space doesn’t have to look cluttered or cramped when you incorporate a few clever tricks of the trade – your room can soon ooze style and sophistication, even if all you have is a shower room to experiment with.

A couple of space-saving tips mixed in with a splash of gorgeous accessories and textiles will turn the most modest of bathrooms into an enviable space in minutes. We show you how to create the small bathroom of your dreams.

Small bathroom ideas

1. Create the illusion of space with an oval bath

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Don’t shy away from including a freestanding bath in a small bathroom. An oval bath cuts corners to boost the impression of space. A shallow shelf to hide waste pipes is also handing for adding extra surface space to display bath salts and plants.

2. Make use of an awkward corner

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Image credit: Colin Poole

If you don’t have a space tall enough for a shower in your bathroom opt for a freestanding bathtub with a bath shower mixer tap. It’s the perfect excuse to spend your evenings lounging in the bathtub. If you’re short on storage a bath tray will not only look Instagram ready, but keep your bath time supplies within easy reach.

3. Be clever with glass

A walk-in shower with frameless panels looks barely there in this bijou bathroom. The bath is smaller than standard, but perfect for kids. White marble for the wall tiles gives the small space a dash of glamour.

4. Be a shape shifter


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These hexagonal tiles add interest without overwhelming this small room with pattern. The owners have used hexagons in the porch and kitchen, too – as a subtle link through the house.

5. Stay inline

The old green striped wallpaper was stripped out of this room and replaced with smart tongue-and-groove panelling painted in white and repeated on the bath panel for a streamlined approach. The old carpet was swapped for an industrial-look lino flooring, which is 
more hygienic and pleasing to the eye.

6. Use clever paint effects to create an illusion of height

Image credit: Polly Eltes

Paint halfway up a wall to create an illusion of height. By lowering the eye with a darker paint shade you create a distance from the upper portion of the wall. If the wall was all one colour the room wouldn’t have as much depth. This clever, yet simple paint trick is a great way to make a small space appear larger than it really is.

7. Mount your taps to the wall


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Wall-mounted mixer taps work well in compact bathroom designs as the pipework can be hidden without the need for a basin pedestal. You can use that freed-up space to house shelving or a laundry basket. 

8. Think like an expert

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Image credit: Colin Poole

Architecturally and visually, it is best to keep a small bathroom feeling open by not crowding too many things into it. Edit your amenities often, hang your towels on bars or hooks, keep pattern to a minimum, and generally, make it simple. The room will feel bigger if you use a pedestal sink rather than a bulky vanity, a clear glass door rather than shower curtain and reflective surfaces such as glossy ceramic tiles in a large scale.

9. Work in a wall-mounted unit

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Image credit: David Giles

Wall-mounted modular furniture remains a favourite for storage, due to its fuss-free, streamlined look. Available in a range of heights, widths and depths, it means that you can create semi-bespoke furniture that best suits your space.

You’ll find a wide range of colours, from soft hues to strong brave tones, available too, as well as plenty of different textures.

10. Wallpaper a cloakroom

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One of the best ways to disguise a small bathroom is to create interest and a striking wallpaper is ideal for this. If you have a bath or shower in the room (rather than it being a cloakroom), make sure you buy one that’s made specifically for bathrooms, which will cope with the damp, warm conditions.

11. Buy freestanding and multi-functional furniture

Small bathroom ideas for tiny spaces

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A limited footprint shouldn’t impact on your creative flair. If your bathroom is verging on the small side, consider using freestanding furniture that you can move around at a moment’s notice.

Going for freestanding storage and seating allows you to move your scheme around whenever you like and, unlike fitted bathroom units, you can take freestanding pieces with you when it’s time to move out.

12. Trick the eye with tiles

Trick the eye

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The amount of space you have and what the eye perceives aren’t necessarily the same thing. Play with the boundaries of perception by tiling the side of your bath and the wall with the same design – it makes it hard to distinguish where each begins, thereby making your space feel larger.

Marble is particularly effective here, as it looks almost like one huge sheet and the individual tiles aren’t very obvious.

Want bathroom storage inspiration? READ: Clear the clutter with clever bathroom storage solutions

13. Invest in tall tiered storage

Stack them up

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Freestanding pieces are a godsend in small spaces. Tiered wire storage keeps luxuriously packaged lotions and practical wash bags on show and easy to grab. If space is limited, you can take the stand from bedroom to bathroom when needed.

14. Use the same tiles on the floor and walls

Use the same tiles on the floor and ceiling

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A clever trick to making a small bathroom look bigger is to use the same tiles on the walls and the floor. ‘Use wall panels or matching floor and wall tiles in large-scale sizes for a seamless look,’ suggests Nicky Taha, Visual Stylist, VictoriaPlum.com.

Not only does the natural stone in this family bathroom add a spa-style touch, but the continuous run of tiles creates a spacious feel, along with the wall-hung fixtures that save on floor area.

If natural stone feels too neutral, you can easily pep it up with strong colour pops with your towels, storage and accessories – an on-budget way to add personality to your bathroom.

Want to know which colour to paint your bathroom? READ: Upgrade your space with these bold bathroom colour schemes

15. Make the most of a sloping roof

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Use every inch of an attic space by building a bath into the eaves. If you have an awkwardly shaped ceiling – like this loft bathroom – turn it into a decorative feature.

Paint the ceiling white to contrast with the statement wallpaper behind. It’s a great way to add character in a confined space. Consider adding a skylight, if possible, to open up your bathroom and create a light and airy space.

White furnishings will help to bounce light around the room, meaning you can inject personality with a few interesting accessories.

Your bathroom lighting is key. Include task lighting next to mirrors and dimmable options in alcoves or behind a bath to create drama and mood. Make sure all light fittings have the correct IP rating for safe use in wet areas.

16. Factor in a slipper bath

Factor in a slipper bath

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If you can’t squeeze a standard roll-top bath into the bathroom, consider a shapely slipper bath – many come in short versions and they’ll let you rest your back in style. And if you crave traditional fittings in small space, the latest roll-top baths are available in smaller dimensions.

17. Furnish to scale

Pack on the personality

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Large items of furniture can dwarf a small room so always buy pieces that suit the scale of your space. In a small bathroom, stick to the basics of a vanity unit and storage rack that you can either hang on the wall or rest on the edge of a bath. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t pack on the personality. Paint a vanity unit in your favourite colour and opt for patterned tiles on the floor.

18. Choose furniture and accessories wisely

Choose furniture and accessories wisely

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Bring a nostalgic touch to the bathroom by upcycling a narrow console table to incorporate a small basin. Space-saving wall-mounted taps provide a neat solution. The more of the floor you can see, the more spacious your bathroom will feel, so go for a freestanding basin unit.

Plus, you can pop a few baskets underneath if you’re short on storage space.

19. Tile halfway up the wall

Think within the box

Unsure how to tile a sloping ceiling? Then try tiling halfway up the wall. It’ll save on tiles and make the space feel larger. Choose a dark neutral tile and paint the ceiling above it white to maximise brightness from roof lights.

Looking for more small bathroom ideas? Why not create a shower room? READ: Shower room ideas to help you plan the best space

20. Add a hint of colour to a white suite

Add a hint of colour to a white suite

Image credit: Colin Poole

While a white bathroom suite is the best choice for opening up a small space, it can sometimes feel a little stark if the whole room is white. That’s why a hint of colour on the walls is the perfect compromise: light enough to create an airy feel, but with bags more character.

Here, the storage alcoves were built from tongue-and-groove panelling, then painted in white to contrast with the raspberry walls and striking cobalt-blue tiles.

21. Accessorise white with black or blush

Accessorise away!

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If you don’t have the budget to give your entire bathroom a makeover, accessories will do wonders for a compact space. Choose a theme – monochrome is bang on trend and easy to implement, or you could choose blush tones for another up-to-the-minute look.

Apply the style of your chosen trend to lighting, mirrors, smaller accessories and soft furnishings and instantly transform the space.

22. Decorate with a fresh white scheme

Decorate with a fresh white scheme

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Make a compact bathroom feel more spacious by sticking to a simple all-white scheme. Team a white suite with glossy wall tiles and plenty of plush textured towels to ensure the space feels welcoming rather than cold.

23. Invest in made-to-measure fittings and fixtures

Invest in made-to-measure fittings and fixtures

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A well-thought-out design can fit all the essentials into as little as two square metres for a bathroom and even less for a shower room. The key is not to squeeze too much in.

If you only have a small space, it’s much better to make a focal point of a walk-in shower or a beautiful bath, rather than ending up with a cramped bathroom.

24. Distract from the size with feature wallpaper

Wallpaper a cloak room

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Wallpaper will make a statement in any room and the bathroom is no exception. A downstairs cloakroom is a prime space to use wallpaper, as bathrooms with a shower or bath will require specialist paper to prevent steam damaging it. Opt for a unique, bold or interesting print to maximise the impact in a small space like this. Fit a sheet of Perspex as a splashback behind the basin to prevent water damaging the wallpaper.

25. Reposition your shower valve

Think in twos

Image credit: Colin Poole

Where space is tight, opt for an over-shower bath that delivers the best of both worlds. Rather than positioning your shower against the short side of the bath, try placing it along the longer side for a more luxe feel. Use a bold tile design around the bath to contrast with the rest of the room.

26. Stick to a monochromatic palette

Stick to a monochromatic palette

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Keep to a monochrome scheme and add colour, texture and pattern with out-there accessories. White will open up a bathroom like no other colour, making it feel as spacious as possible. White tiles and black grouting can be a winning combination in a small bathroom.

27. Characterise with colour

Characterise with colour

Image credit: Matthew Williams

This compact modern bathroom uses a number of techniques to create real wow factor, despite the small square-footage. Add a hearty dose of colour to inject vibrancy and personality into a white bathroom otherwise at risk of feeling clinical and characterless. A bright yellow ceiling and shower screen give this small bathroom a real focal point, while downlighters and white tiles keep the space feeling light and bright.

28. Have recessed shelving built in

Have recessed shelving built in

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Recessed shelves are a great space saver, both practically and visually, keeping toiletries neat and off the surfaces. Building the shelves into false walls that hide pipework is a clever use of a necessary feature. Also consider recessed light fittings – either spot or linear.

29. Work in a wet room

Work in a wet room

A wet room can make the most of a small space and add value to your property. If you’re converting an attic, consider a wet room instead of a bathroom. It’s a great way to make the most out of a small space and when it’s beautifully finished like this designer-style one, it’s stunning. Ventilation is key as a build-up of moisture could lead to condensation and damp problems, so install a good extractor fan. Underfloor heating doesn’t take up any space but will add warmth and help to dry surfaces quickly.

3. Keep it simple

Keep it simple

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If you’re in a quandary over how to decorate your small bathroom, just keep it simple with soft, natural shades. Choose furniture and accessories with clean lines and keep the room as clutter-free as possible to create a feeling of space.

31. Make it appear larger with mirrors

Make it appear larger with mirrors

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Mirrors can completely transform the look and feel of a room, as they reflect light and create the impression of space. It’s a great trick that interior designers use all the time. Whether you hang a mirror on the wall or go for adventurous mirrored tiles, the reflection is guaranteed to brighten your bathroom.

Loved these small bathroom ideas? READ: 13 small bedroom ideas – to create a space that is big on style

32. Make your bath the star

Make your bath the star

Image credit: Polly Eltes

Go for a freestanding bath – it can work really well as a focal point in a small space. They’re not all as big as you think and you can even buy smaller versions that will fit into tighter spaces.  Add a pretty stencil on the wall above to draw the eye up and create the illusion of space.

33. Place a shelf for storage above panelling

Consider a shelf

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Tongue-and-groove panelling visually frames the bath and the handy shelf at the top acts as a mantelpiece to a host of trinkets, toiletries and accessories. The eau de nil colour is a relaxing choice for the bathroom, and adds interest to this compact space.

34. Fit a sunken bath

Fit a sunken bath

Image credit: Brent Darby

If you’re renovating your bathroom or en suite, consider installing a sunken bath. Provided you have the space for it below your floorboards, a sunken bath will streamline your bathroom, giving it a luxurious, hotel-style feel.

35. Make space beneath the eaves

Make space beneath the eaves

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Compact fittings are a big help in awkward-shaped loft spaces. Don’t worry about trying to fit a bath – go for a luxurious glass shower enclosure instead. It’s common with loft conversions and attics to box in parts of the room that have a reduced ceiling height for storage.

But instead, why not look at ways to work around the reduced heights? A toilet or basin is a smart idea.

36. Be smart with furniture

Small bathroom ideas

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Make the most of space in compact bathrooms and opt for a tallboy unit that reaches up to the ceiling for maximum storage. Choose a mirrored unit that will give the illusion of space to a compact bathroom.

How to plan a small bathroom – need to know

Where do I start planning a small bathroom?

Kitting out a tiny bathroom might seem a challenge, but there’s no need to comprise on style. Decide what bathroom features are important to you, be that a bath or extra storage. Then draw out a scale plan, allowing space around the fittings for moving around the room.

Keep the loo in place if possible as moving the soil stack can be a costly job. Don’t forget to include those luxurious touches, such as statement tiles or underfloor heating for chilly mornings.

Will a bath fit in a small bathroom?

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As we mentioned earlier, a freestanding bath can be a good option, as these also come in smaller sizes. D-shaped baths also get the look perfectly but have one flat side, which butts up against a wall. In bathrooms with a tricky layout, a corner bath could work well.

Can I squeeze a shower in a small bathroom?

Shower enclosures come in all shapes and sizes, including space-saving quadrant designs, which are a neat fit for a tight corner. Or, go for a wet room with a tiled floor or a low shower tray. A glass panel separates the space and contains any splashes, making the room feel bigger, too.

If you can’t live without a bath, fit an over-bath shower, or a shower bath for more room.

How do I maximise space in a small bathroom?

Fitted furniture will unlock storage potential dramatically, adapting to the most awkwardly shaped spaces, and can conceal pipework. For a boutique hotel vibe, go for a wall-hung loo and basin unit with drawers and tall cabinets to match. This will free up floor space, giving even the smallest room a clutter-free feel.

Get your tiling just right: How to tile a bathroom floor

Don’t let a compact room be a barrier to creating your dream scheme – we’ve got all the tips, tricks and expert advice you’ll need. Let us know how you will be visually expanding your bathroom. Will you be using any of these small bathroom ideas?

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DIY: Leather Strap Art Ledges

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I wanted a creative display for some of my black and white prints from travel, so I made these leather strap art ledges for displaying the framed photographs. I love how they turned out! I used project poplar boards and lattice, made a few cuts with a miter saw, glued them together, then made the straps for the wall and secured them with brass caps.

The picture ledges add dimension and interest to the wall but are shallow enough to not protrude into the room. Because they’re 4” deep, they allow for small planters to sit alongside the art on display.



You could use wider planks up to 5 or even 6 inches to create more substantial shelves. I haven’t tested the weight on these, I imagine they hold up to maybe 5 pounds but you wouldn’t want to stress the straps too much, which is why I kept my shelves at 22” maximum width (with one at 18” width) and staggered them.



Supplies to create picture ledges: 4-6” wide poplar planks; 1 ½” poplar lattice; wood glue; level; painter’s tape and/or clamps; sanding wedge; polycrylic protectant; brass caps; white faux leather sheet; miter saw.

I shopped the project lumber department at Lowe’s where they sell the smaller pieces of poplar. I chose the 2’x1”x4” pieces for the shelves and the 2’x1½” wide lattice to create the ledge frame.

The first step is to cut the mitered edges of the front piece of lattice trim to the preferred width of the shelf.


I chose to miter the front lattice piece at a 45 degree angle then to cut the shelf to the width of the inside measurement of the mitered corner instead of cutting the shelf width first. I wanted the mitered edges to determine the width, seemed to make more sense to me to get the lattice cuts right then cut the shelf to fit, but you could do it the opposite if you wish, cutting the shelf first and the lattice to fit after.

Next I marked the inside measurement of the lattice to determine the shelf width and cut the shelf with the miter saw.


Last, I cut the edge pieces of lattice to fit the sides of the shelves.

After the cuts, I sanded the rough edges with a sanding wedge.


Apply wood glue to the shelf edges. Use clamps and/or painter’s tape to hold the lattice to the shelf edges to allow the glue to dry.


Once the wood glue is dry, protect the wood with two coats of satin polycrylic and allow to dry.

To create the supports I used a faux leather sheet cut into 1” strips and these brass caps. You can source different colors of leather straps on Etsy or from other suppliers, but the faux leather sheet that I cut in strips was a lot cheaper and looks just as good.


Use a drill bit to make a small hole in the wall and insert the plastic drywall screw base. Fold the faux leather straps to create a loop to support the shelf. Secure with the drywall screws that come with the brass cap set.

The polished brass caps are a nice finishing touch, don’t you think?


Use a level to make sure the straps are even and the shelves are level, then display your art!



I like the combination of natural wood, white, and brass in my space, but you could stain the poplar a dark color and use traditional brown leather for a totally different look!

Send me a picture if you recreate some of your own!


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The Alphabet of Christmas, by Benito Cereno and Chuck Knigge, day 2: B is Befana, whose coal is quite yummy

La Befana is the friendly witch of Epiphany, delivering presents via flying broom every January 5/6 in Italy, or in Russia, where she is known as Baboushka (Grandmother). She also arrives in the week after Epiphany in the Dominican Republic, where she is known as La Vieja Belén (the Old Lady of Bethlehem), to deliver gifts to the poor children who were not able to see the Three Kings on Epiphany.

The story goes that La Befana (whose name derives from Epiphaneia, or Epiphany, the day on which the infant Jesus was revealed to the Magi) was an old woman who offered shelter to the journeying Wise Men but refused their offer to travel with them, as she was too busy cleaning. She soon regretted this choice, and she has since wandered the world looking for the Christ child, not finding him, but rewarding any good child she comes across in the meantime, and giving coal to any bad ones.

It has become a custom in Italy these days that, because every child is a little bit bad, every child gets coal on Epiphany. However, because every child is also a little bit good, that coal is made of black rock candy.

La Befana is a sentimental favorite of mine, because she is the first international gift-bringer I learned about, thanks to a project I did on Christmas in Italy back in elementary school.

Here is a very popular song about La Befana, based on an old children’s song:

La Befana vien di notte
Con le scarpe tutte rotte
Col vestito alla romana
Viva, Viva La Befana!

La Befana comes in the night

With her shoes all tattered

With clothes like a Roman

Long live la Befana!

B is also for:

  • Belsnickel, the gift-bringer from southwest Germany who is also his own Krampus
  • Saint Basil the Great, the New Year’s gift-bringer of Greece
  • Balthazar, one of the Magi
  • Badalisc, the Alpine Epiphany dragon who comes to write dis tracks about the whole town and then eat your polenta
  • Blitzen, a reindeer
  • Bianca, another horse of Saint Nicholas
  • Boudreaux, an alligator employed by Papa Noel
  • Bartel, Butz, Bellzebub, Bullerklas, Buzebergt, Budelfrau, and other assorted Krampusse

Previous letters here.

This Mid-Century Bungalow Doesn’t Have a Single 90-Degree Angle

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When Raili Clasen walked into Dave and Karin Bock’s 1963 home for the very first time, she was hard-pressed to find a right angle. It turned out, there were none. “I was obsessed with the ceiling and nothing else,” she remembers. The designer had tackled mid-century modern houses in the past, but this one was different. Situated in the coveted community of Emerald Bay in Laguna Beach, California, the property was a total teardown—by most neighbors’ standards. Fortunately, the Bocks aren’t the bulldozing type. “I’m happy they kept the bones; they’re good bones,” says Clasen. 

Among the rotted framing, mold, and possible dead animals, they discovered evidence of three or four remodels gone wrong. The brown textured flooring on the main level read as “country bumpkin,” while the tiny black and white kitchen skewed traditional. When the designer and homeowners originally began brainstorming solutions, they were focused on cosmetic fixes like sanding the floors—ideas that Clasen now describes as “half-ass.” It wasn’t long before she got this text from Dave: “Screw it; we’re all in.” After pushing pause for nearly six months while an architect came in and addressed the structural issues, Clasen came back on-site. Here, a few key takeaways from transforming the sunny bungalow—protractor in hand.

Study Up

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In order to give the house some soul, Clasen had to be book smart. At the top of her reading list: Atlas of Mid-Century Modern Houses, Case Study Houses, Eames, and The Midcentury Modern Landscape. The designer referenced these titles when selecting finishes. “In this day and age, wide oak planks are the preferred flooring, but back then it was three-inch slivers of red oak,” she learned. Along the way, though, she made small tweaks, like bleaching the orangey-red oak wood to give it a Scandinavian-contemporary look. This way, nothing felt too “1950s Palm Springs atomic ranch.” 

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In the kitchen, they opted for sleek slab door fronts—a more refined version of the era’s once-popular avocado green veneers. The stairway also offered an opportunity to play up history. “Usually we blow it out, add a handrail, and call it a day,” says Clasen. In this case, they closed it off with slats of wood and turned it into a design statement. 

Think Outside the (Junction) Box

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The living room ceiling looked even dreamier after the posts were replaced and the new pieces of wood were shored up and painted with a fresh coat of Benjamin Moore’s Simply White. “You can still see the cracks between the planks,” notes the designer. 

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As in love with the structure as everyone was, they quickly realized lighting was going to be a challenge—there was nowhere to hide a junction box. The dining room and the space above the stairs were the two closest sources, so Clasen pulled out all the stops and opted for dramatic, oversize pendants in both places. 

Kick Up the Contrast

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One of the most challenging parts of the renovation was finding a middle ground between Karin’s and Dave’s different wish lists. (She wanted serene and neutral; he asked for surf vibes and a sense of play.) Eventually, Karin gave in to Dave on the palette. “I’ll do olive,” she announced. 

The designer emphasized the green color they landed on for the master bedroom by doing a two-tone wall, half in Simply White and half in Dark Pewter. “I’d be fibbing if I said it was all calculated,” says Clasen of finding the right height for the cutoff. Generally, though, she suggests eyeballing it so it bisects things like the top of the headboard and a piece of art. “It’s an easy way to put character into a space without it being juvenile,” she adds. 

Bring the Old in With the New

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Clasen turned the very bottom floor of the house into a guest apartment of sorts, complete with a small breakfast nook. On the walls? Siding original to the home. It’s a little more rustic than mid-century modern, but the feature works because it’s a nod to the property’s roots. It was a bonus that a couple of the boards boasted spray-painted pink markings from the construction phase. “Looking back, I wish I would have done a whole plank in hot pink, just as a little accent,” she says.

Color Inside the Lines

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In some spaces, like the downstairs living room, where a vintage Walter Knoll sofa from Amsterdam Modern now sits, embracing curves was the best way to get around all the odd bends and turns. That particular couch is what Clasen calls an aha moment. “We needed something old. We needed olive. We needed low,” she says. In other cases, the problem couldn’t be solved by soft, rounded furniture. Take the guest bedroom: It had so many weird angles that the bed would never have been perpendicular to the original walls.

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So Clasen built a back panel behind the headboard to level things out, creating a subtle ledge that’s deep in the center and narrow at the edges. “There were times when I left, thinking, I have to come back and revisit this another day,” she says, laughing. Every time she did, though, the ideas got better. 

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New B&M star lantern shoppers are wishing they could get their hands on

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One key part of the Christmas story is how three wise men followed a star. But as New Year approaches, its seems we’re hinting down a star of a different variety, in the shape of this new B&M star lantern, showcased on Instagram.

The discount store shared the snap with an upbeat message for followers, ‘2020 is going to be our year to sparkle; especially with this stunning lantern!’

The chrome-look LED lantern is only £18, to ensure tight January budgets are still totally manageable.

Here is the new design, proving stars are not just for Christmas…

B&M star lantern on wish-lists


In less than 24 hours the snap had earned 6,618 likes and 186 – and counting! the general consensus was one of ‘want’ amongst shoppers who are adding the new lantern to their wish-lists!

These are some of the many happy shoppers eager to get their hands on the star lantern;

‘Very nice I want one 💖’ says one.

‘I want I want 💕💕😊’, exclaims another.

One tags a friend saying, ‘I want this lantern xx’.

‘This is so lovely, need to get this one 😁’ explains one fan. even from just four of the responses, you can get a clear picture that the LED star lantern is delighting lighting fans.

Image credit: B&M

The new 60 LED star lantern is just the thing to light up a rather dull January – only dull in comparison to the bright lights of December. The chic Chrome-look lantern proves twinkling lights are not just for Christmas decoration. They add a magical element to any month, any room and any occasion.

With the celestial trend still dominating in 2020, we see this fabulous lantern lighting up our homes big time next season.

Although there is an impressive selection of lanterns currently available online, this chrome-look LED lantern sadly isn’t online yet. It is in stores nationwide. The  product code is 349829, to make tracking it down in stores a little easier.

Related: Shining bright! New season Made.com lighting is delighting shoppers

Will you be seeing stars in 2020??

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New B&M star lantern shoppers are wishing they could get their hands on

Sourced content from: https://www.idealhome.co.uk/news/bm-star-lantern-240493

One key part of the Christmas story is how three wise men followed a star. But as New Year approaches, its seems we’re hinting down a star of a different variety, in the shape of this new B&M star lantern, showcased on Instagram.

The discount store shared the snap with an upbeat message for followers, ‘2020 is going to be our year to sparkle; especially with this stunning lantern!’

The chrome-look LED lantern is only £18, to ensure tight January budgets are still totally manageable.

Here is the new design, proving stars are not just for Christmas…

B&M star lantern on wish-lists


In less than 24 hours the snap had earned 6,618 likes and 186 – and counting! the general consensus was one of ‘want’ amongst shoppers who are adding the new lantern to their wish-lists!

These are some of the many happy shoppers eager to get their hands on the star lantern;

‘Very nice I want one 💖’ says one.

‘I want I want 💕💕😊’, exclaims another.

One tags a friend saying, ‘I want this lantern xx’.

‘This is so lovely, need to get this one 😁’ explains one fan. even from just four of the responses, you can get a clear picture that the LED star lantern is delighting lighting fans.

Image credit: B&M

The new 60 LED star lantern is just the thing to light up a rather dull January – only dull in comparison to the bright lights of December. The chic Chrome-look lantern proves twinkling lights are not just for Christmas decoration. They add a magical element to any month, any room and any occasion.

With the celestial trend still dominating in 2020, we see this fabulous lantern lighting up our homes big time next season.

Although there is an impressive selection of lanterns currently available online, this chrome-look LED lantern sadly isn’t online yet. It is in stores nationwide. The  product code is 349829, to make tracking it down in stores a little easier.

Related: Shining bright! New season Made.com lighting is delighting shoppers

Will you be seeing stars in 2020??

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