Kitchen Ideas

Kitchen Ideas

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The kitchen is a hub of activity, but it can be beautiful as well as functional. Browse our photos of kitchens for inspiring ways to blend looks and function. We’ve showcased our favorite kitchens that feature beautiful decor, smart layouts, and hardworking storage. Decorating a kitchen often starts with a style. Browse our gallery by decorating style to find ideas that match your vision: from traditional kitchens with time-honored looks, to modern kitchens sporting clean lines and forward-thinking materials, to cottage-style kitchens with vintage details and soft colors. If your style trends global, browse our ideas for Tuscan, country French, European, and Old World style kitchens. Get ideas for adding color to your kitchen as well as style. Find kitchens in blue, red, green, yellow, and more. Plus, browse photos of our favorite white kitchens, and see how to use this classic favorite in new and exciting ways. A lot of details go into decorating a kitchen.


   Use our photos as inspiration for pulling together a look — all the way from the style to the color scheme to the countertops, cabinets, backsplash, flooring, lighting, and appliances.

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Features like a bridge-style faucet, an apron-front sink, and varying shades of green subway tiles add country charm to this kitchen. Dishware and a Roman shade play off the colorvariation found in the backsplash. Openshelving makes this corner feel open and adds space to showcase beautiful dishes and pottery.

Compact Cottage

Charming cottage style reinforces a sense of intimacy in this modest 200-square-footkitchen. What it lacks in space it makes up for in visual interest with a soft green palette, decorative details, and an efficient layout that creates a spacious feel.


Bright and Lively

A 12-foot Calacatta marble-topped chartreuse island is a showstopper in this family kitchen. The homeowner designed a shorter table perfect for kneading bread to slide under the island. Generous storage and multiple prep areas make it perfect for entertaining. Demure white perimeter cabinets allow the chartruese green on the island to step forward into the spotlight.



Fresh, New Cottage Kitchen

Paint was a powerful tool in the transformation of this kitchen. Older, pressed-wood laminate floors come to life with a coat of creamy beige paint. Beaded board painted blue was installed horizontally as an affordable backsplash. The original cabinets were painted white and the upper doors were replaced with new glass front versions. Small changes, such as floralwindow treatments, cabinet hardware, and a fresh light fixture give the kitchen cottage personality.


What to Plant in Your Garden this Month

What to Plant in Your Garden this Month

Not sure which vegetables to plant, when to harvest them, and how to set up your flower beds for spring success? Follow this guide.

Having a plan for what to plant and harvest when will keep your garden thriving all year long. There’s plenty of planti
ng and harvesting to be done this month, but it’s also time to get your garden ready for winter.


It’s a good time to plant out biennials (short-lived perennials) like foxgloves (Digitalis purpurea). Ensure the crown is level with the soil surface and press down firmly before watering in to settle. Flowers’ stems develop in their second year after seed growth, so the age of the plant you purchase will dictate if it will flower this spring.


Week 1: Clear away the bedding and remove flowering plants that have gone over. Incorporate some organic matter into the soil, too.leg1

Week 2: Plant spring-flowering bulbs (but save tulips for May) in garden beds, through lawns or in pots.

Week 3: Take cuttings of your favourite roses. They should root and be ready to transplant next autumn.
Week 4: Transfer tender perennials, such as fuchsia and lantana, to a shed or garage and out of frost’s way.


Asparagus, cabbage, garlic bulbs, lettuce, onion, parsnip, peas, silverbeet and spinach can all be planted now. A lot of the vegies available to sow in
March/April will stay to their own areas and not invade the rest of your patch, which means you will have more room to grow more varieties.


Asparagus, beans, capsicum, chives, cucumber, eggplant, pumpkin, squash, watermelon and zucchini can all be picked now. Harvest cucumber,
squash and zucchini while they are young – the bigger their fruit becomes, the more watery they will get and lose their flavour


Week 1: Harvest cucurbits, including vine vegies such as cucumber, pumpkin, squash and watermelon.

Week 2: Prevent powdery mildew forming on leafy vegies by only watering at the base of the plant.

Week 3: Dig compost and manure into the vegie patch or place on the surface with worms to distribute nutrients.

Week 4: Before harvesting watermelons, test by giving a knock with your knuckles and listen for a dull thud.

Hallways with Style

Hallways with Style

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Pretty patterned textiles and bright colours – the hallmarks of Good Earth – punctuate every space of Anita’s house in Delhi. The feeling is contemporary, but each of the designs is drawn from and celebrates the remarkable textile heritage of India and the Silk Road.  An Anglo-Indian pedestal table sits at the centre of the entrance hall.


The flooring in the main hallway of Robin Muir’s house is reclaimed Yorkstone. A sturdy, wooden dog basket sits at the foot of the stairs below a series of paintings.hol

The hallway of taxidermist Ferry van Tongeren’s home in the Dutch city of Haarlem is lined with framed family photos. An old shopkeeper’s cabinet, filled with collections is crowned with a wooden lighthouse.

The entrance to designer Ben Pentreath’s flat is through a white door onto the stairway, the walls of which are covered in framed artworks. The print based on Radio 4’s Shipping Forecast (centre) is fromFlowers and Fleurons, a small letterpress workshop in Brighton that produces hand-printed limited edition prints. hollThis particular one is the ‘Finisterre’ edition in subtle greys, printed for Ben Pentreath.

The pendant light is ‘Beat Wide Black’ from Tom Dixon, while the red chair on the right is a Prince of Wales Investiture Chair from 1969 designed by the Earl of Snowdon.


The mirror above the hall table is decorative while also creating the illusion of volume, which is much needed in this compact flatTo the same end, the oak floorboards are laid in a smaller pattern to that in the adjoining rooms, increasing the feeling of space.

Ed and Polly Nicholson’s Georgian house opens into a wide entrance hall featuring  Michael Bennett oils, which hang above an eighteenth-century table. A chair from Edward Hurst and a rug from Edward Marnier decorate the rear of this space, which leads out to the gardenhollll


As you enter the house, the light-filled hall leads you towards the back door and into the garden. Formerly the home of Howard Hodgkin, this Victorian house in west London has a bohemian history, which the current artist owner has carefully maintained. A Robert Buhler landscape of France from the Forties hangs against a ‘Braulen’ wallpaper from Nina Campbell.


A study and two children’s bedrooms lead off the top landing in this Victorian town house in west London, the work of architect Seth Stein. The owners planned their entire home as a backdrop for their impressive collection of modern art and design. The staircase has been turned into a giant piece of pop art. In playful reference to the material beneath, the artist Richard Woods has encased the stairs in a laminate printed with colourful cartoon floorboards.


The Annual Bada Fair

The Annual Bada Fair

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The annual and much-anticipated BADA Fair will be held from the 9th to 15th March 2016 at Duke of York Square, on the King’s Road.

It is the leading event for sourcing antiques and fine art of assured quality and authenticity, showing a diverse range of important furniture, objets d’art and paintings.

Legge-Oriental-Carpets-house-12feb16_pr_b_646x430FIVE REASONS TO VISIT THE BADA FAIR:

1. The variety of stock – from Turner to Banksy, 18th century furniture to contemporary sculpture…Mary-Cooke-Antiques-house-2feb16_pr_b_646x430there is something for every taste and style.

2. You can buy with confidence – all objects are pre-vetted to ensure authenticity and quality.

3. The expert knowledge – meet and buy from some of the best dealers in UK.

4. The finest quality stock – BADA dealers only bring their best items to the Fair so collectors can find rare and exquisitely beautiful items.

5. The location – the fair is held on the King’s Road in the heart of Chelsea surrounded by other luxury brands.

Holly Johnson Antiques is renowned for her modern and contemporary furniture and objects by well-known designers. The wonderful array of Fornasetti furniture and objects on her stand continue to be a draw for collectors.

Messums_Rose-Hilton-house-12feb16_pr_b_646x430A new exhibitor this year is Messum’s, a noted specialist in British Impressionist, Modern British and Contemporary painting and sculpture. This brightly coloured canvas by Rose Hilton is a particular highlight.

Wakelin & Linfield will bring some beautiful examples of primitive English furniture, which are versatile pieces to incorporate into a home. The clean, elegant lines of this shawl-back Windsor Chair mean it could be placed either in a city apartment or a country house.

Christopher and Angela Legge (Legge Oriental Carpets) have a fantastic eye for exquisite carpets and textiles, both modern and antique, with bold designs and jewel-like colours.

Thomas Coulborn & Sons is bringing a wonderful selection of some of the finest antique furniture and works of art, but also some surprising and charming decorative objects such as this carved, fruitwood lion.

Tickets cost £10 each or £15 for two

This Camping Grill is called a Swedish Torch

This Camping Grill is called a Swedish Torch

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This makeshift camping grill is called a Swedish Torch, and will burn at an even temperature long enough to cook your meal.

torCooking while camping typically requires a burner and grill, but if you’ve forgotten your gas grill or just don’t want to pack it, you have an alternative to cooking over the open flame of a fire pit.

This ingenious DIY camping grill is known as a Swedish or Finnish Torch and is made by cutting two tortcrossed notches about a foot down the length of a three-foot log. The YouTube channel La Fabrique DIY demonstrates how they cut their Swedish Torch below.

To start the fire, place tinder on top of the log and allow some of it to fall into the notches. Then set more tinder and kindling on top of the log and light it. The open notches below the fire will allow air to circulate freely and will quickly ignite the interior of the log. Once the inside of the log is burning you can set your cast iron pan on top and start cooking. With this DIY grill you’ll have a simple and consistent heat source to cook your food and keep you warm for a few hours.

If you’re heading into the backcountry this spring, you might also learn how to build a self-feeding campfire. Once set up, you don’t have to fiddle with it; it burns itself until no more wood is left.

Gardens with Elegance and Style

Gardens with Elegance and Style

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A view back towards the Arts and Crafts house over the White Garden, with tulips, hellebores and blossoming Pyrus salicifolia. Originally designed by Edwin Lutyens, the pool and fountain have been meticulously restored, along with paths, walls and steps. The formal gardens cover approximately 11 acres, now ably managed by head gardener Mark Cox.


The generous square beds of the Flower Parterre, originally planted by Jekyll, had been laid to lawn when the current owners arrived. Now the garden has been replanted in a scheme that echoes her original style, including Aster x frikartii ‘Monch’, Miscanthus sinensis ‘Sarabande’, Eupatorium maculatum ‘Orchard Dene’ and Perovskia atriplicifolia ‘Little Spire’, photographed here in late summer.


Designed in 1912, Folly Farm was one of the most complex and interesting of the garden collaborations between architect Edwin Lutyens and plantswoman Gertrude Jekyll, created in the later stages of their partnership (described by Jane Brown in her book Gardens of a Golden Afternoon as ‘the vintage years of creation’). In 1906, Lutyens had been commissioned to extend the existing seventeenth-century farmhouse, which he did with typical aplomb by adding a large new wing in formal William and Mary style. Six years later, the house changed hands and Lutyens was employed to extend the house again, this time in the Arts and Crafts style that was so fashionable at the time. It was at this stage that the main gardens were laid out – a collection of contrasting garden rooms divided by crisp yew hedges and linked by herringbone brick paths; a garden irrefutably linked with the house thanks to Lutyens’ dual role of architect and landscape designer.


In tune with the Arts and Crafts principles that defined it – attention to detail, fine craftsmanship and quality materials – the garden has stood the test of time, with many of the original features still intact, although much of it was in need of repair when the current owners arrived in 2007.


The Lutyens garden rooms retain their original character, with the tall yew hedges clipped as in Lutyens’ day to the same level throughout to mask the slope. There are three main garden rooms near the house: the Dutch Canal Garden to mirror the gable end of the William and Mary wing, the Flower Parterre in front of the Arts and Crafts wing and the Sunken Pool Garden, which was originally planted with roses and lavender. The Flower Parterre was Jekyll’s chance to shine – a broad, enclosed space with large square beds in which she could plant her characteristic colour-themed sweeps of perennials. When Dan arrived, the beds had been laid to lawn, so the original layout was reinstated and a new planting scheme devised. Having studied old Country Life photographs of the garden, as well as Jekyll’s writings on colour theory, he was able to recognise many of the plants used by Jekyll, but felt he didn’t want to simply recreate a slice of history.


Small Garden Designs

Small Garden Designs

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We’ve chatted to the experts, scoured the archives, and sought out the most inspirational small garden designs. You may not be blessed with a huge outdoor space but that’s not to say you can’t be creative with what you do have. With a little design know-how even the smallest back lawn, the most petite of patios or the tiniest of balconies can become an enjoyable place in which to spend time. Trick the eye with a colour scheme or clever use of lighting, make a feature of foliage, or simply adorn the small space with inviting accessories. Look no further, we have all the small garden ideas you need.

Having a small garden doesn’t mean you can’t make use of the space. onefinestay’s  East 51st Townhouse owners has used atmospheric lanterns and delicate fairy lights to create a cosy dining area


The tiny courtyard at the home of the interior designer Helen Green comprises of simple but elegant touches: a trellis of roses, a feature stone water plinth and plants potted in a variety of vessels, from wooden crates to wicker baskets and pewter milk pails.


Full-length bi-fold doors create a seamless meeting of the interior and exterior at this nineteenth-century Kensington townhouse and using similarly toned flooring adds to this continuous effect – a clever trick with colour that creates the illusion of space.


The trick to making use of any small space is to consider how every inch might work practically. Here, a sheltered spot provides the perfect dining area (because, let’s face it, alfresco dinners can often be interrupted by rain showers) and the Juliet balcony offers support to a rattan swing chair.


The brief for this Regent’s Park garden, designed by Kate Gould, was a year-round green space with a ‘hint of Portofino’. Neatly clipped buxus hedging, potted olive trees, lavender plants and a striking cobbled mosaic floor combine to create exactly this effect.


This townhouse garden off Portobello Road provides a sanctuary from the bustling streets of Notting Hill. With the dining area situated on the roof terrace, the garden has been simply, symmetrically designed for pure visual pleasure; a mock Roman bust takes centre stage. If you’re unable to take your alfresco dining elsewhere, opt for fold-up or portable tables and chairs, which can be easily removed when you want your garden to function solely as a beautiful green space.


Consider a colour scheme. According to garden designer Marcus Barnett, colour can be used to blur the boundary between inside and outside, creating a sense of space. Similar colours can form a visual link between interior and exterior.


Symmetry will always be visually appealing, and the lines of this Notting Hill garden beautifully mirror the curved elements of the house. A similarly symmetrical scheme would work well in a much smaller garden: just like in the home, maintaining order avoids the sense of an overly cluttered space and often creates a feeling of calm.


If your urban garden is the tiniest of balconies, do not despair. Embrace the pot plant (you could even grow your own herbs), choose a pretty fold-up café-style table and chairs and make a feature of your railings with entwining vines. Voila! A green oasis a few floors up.


Different Designs of Living Rooms

Different Designs of Living Rooms

Need a little living room inspiration? From colour ideas to living room design, we have hundreds of stylish living room pictures to inspire. Do remember that living room decorating doesn’t have to be grand (we’re talking to you,  small living room owners). A simple feature wall, new living room lighting or even rugs can transform your space completely. So get inspired and dive into all our living room design ideas below. Your perfect living room could be just a picture away…

Below the sitting and dining room in this Caribbean bamboo house is the TV room, in which the walls and ceiling are clad in cured bamboo from Saint Vincent. The curved coffee table and chairs soften the rigid bamboo lines, while white and green fabrics are in keeping with the theme of nature. The house was designed by Veere Grenney.


The sitting room of Clare Mosley’s Georgian house, on the raised ground floor, extends from the front of the house to the back. The cream armchair is from Howe on Pimlico Road, the blue sofa is fromGeorge Sherlock and the blue footstool is from Sean Cooper Sofas. The gilded lamp on the occasional table and the walnut-framed mirror that hangs over the chimneypiece are examples of Clare’s work.


Designer and architect Rabih Hage did little to the structure of the living room of this west London house. Instead he focused on repairing the plasterwork and the cornicing, reinstating the dado, and putting in an elegant oak floor in a slightly unusual herringbone pattern – the wooden blocks lie at 60 degrees instead of the more usual 45 degrees.

Sand-coloured hessian-effect walls hand painted by Matthew Croxford of Croxford and Saunders provide a tranquil background to the art and artefacts. The room is anchored by two ‘Massimosistema’  sofas fromPoltrona Frau positioned on either side of the chimneypiece  and a bespoke rug by Denis Colomb.

Though the first impression is one of great calm and tranquillity, wherever one looks there are visual delights: antique Chinese pots, vintage lights, gold silk curtains from  Jim Thompson, a classic round rosewood table from Denmark, Queen Anne chairs reupholstered in purple velvet and a chandelier by Jeff Zimmerman.


In the drawing room of Clare Mosley’s Georgian house, the atmosphere is warm and cosy, especially with the fireplace lit. Chimneypieces were truffle-hunted from the backyards of various dealers in north London, since the owners were very particular that these should be of the same period as the house. The light in front of the right window was once an aspidistra stand, which Mark converted. The sofa is from George Sherlock.


In the morning room of Ugbrooke Park, a sofa and armchair, both covered in fabrics from Claremont, are positioned around an ottoman topped with a leopard-print rug. A column lamp from Vaughan sits on the console table at  the side of the sofa.


This living room styled by House & Garden’s Gabby Deeming and Ruth Sleightholme features plaited natural-fibre rugs and a Seventies sisal tapestry. These textural pieces add cosiness to the modernist barn designed by John Pawson.




Need some dining room ideas? This room is all about crowding a group of friends around the table with some delicious food, good wine and plenty of conversation. But creating the right atmosphere with some clever dining room design can help. Whether you’re looking for inspiration on the big decisions like dining room furniture or are in search of smaller dining room decorating ideas  (like dining room wallpaper), we have all the inspiring pictures  you need to ensure your stylish eaterie is the hot topic at the table.

A 17th-century oak cupboard and 19th-century American maple chairs feature in this dining room, which is brightened up by a pendant light from Pinch.

WALLS Paint, from left: ‘Plaster III’ and ‘Hot Earth’, £42.50 for 2.5 litres matt emulsion, from Paint & Paper Library.

FLOOR Paint, ‘Plaster III’, £61 for 2.5 litres water-based eggshell, from Paint & Paper Library.

FURNITURE Seventeenth-century oak cupboard, 210 x 131 x 55.5cm, £12,500, from Hawker Antiques at Jamb. Nineteenth-century American maple chairs, 87 x 45 x 50cm, £1,895 for 6, from Giovanna Ticciati. Oak dining table, ‘Planks’, by Max Lamb, 72 x 250 x 90cm, £2,450, from Benchmark.

ACCESSORIES Thirties unglazed ceramic vases (on cupboard), by Fulham Pottery, 39 x 17cm diameter, £2,500 a pair, from Pruskin Gallery. Stoneware vase, £650, and vessel, £330; both by Iva Polachova, from The New Craftsmen. Seasonal floral arrangements, from £50, from Scarlet & Violet. Banana-fibre pendant light, ‘Anders’, 45 x 70cm diameter, £1,180, from Pinch. Terracotta serving dish with leather handles, by Silvia K, 50cm diameter, £300, from The New Craftsmen.


In the dining room of a Hampshire house designed by Fiona Shelburne, a set of Reed & Rackstraw chairs are covered in a French damask from Alton-Brooke.

‘We wanted to move away from the traditional dining-room look,’ explains Fiona, so here the curtains are in a festive Indian fabric called ‘Rossini’ by Colefax and Fowler, the colours of which are not dissimilar to those of the Italian allegorical paintings at each end of the room. Colchester Lister did all the paintwork in the house, and the walls are a pink-tinged mushroom colour that really glows at night.

‘The owners wanted broad, generous dining chairs, so we went to Reed & Rackstraw, which reproduces chairs from 200 designs going back to Queen Anne, and had the chairs covered in a modern French damask,’ says Fiona.


In the dining room of Ugbrooke Park, much of the eighteenth-century gilding on the cornicing and frieze has been conserved and restored. Inrestoring the eighteenth-century gilding as much as possible, they found a rather harsh aqua colour on the walls. Owner Clarissa reinterpreted it using a discreet Pierre Frey damask. The velvet on the walls makes a striking backdrop for Ugbrooke’s seventeenth-century Dutch paintings and the vases on the mantelpiece are first-edition Royal Worcester porcelain.


One change Robin Muir and Paul Lyon Maris  made to their house in the South Downs shortly after moving in was to clad the dining room walls in timber. ‘We had always felt uneasy in the room,’ says Paul. ‘It was fine when it was full of candlelight and people, but cold during the day. So we had a local guy put up some of these vertically staggered floorboards and it transformed the place.’

The black balloon light bulb cages are from Urban Cottage Industries.




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Bedroom decorating ideas: we’ve got them all. Whether you’re looking for a sleep sanctuary or design ideas that are a little more ‘out there’ (and why not?) we have hundreds of bedroom pictures to make bedroom design a cinch. Bedroom designs don’t have to mean a complete overhaul, sometimes a tiny tweak like bedroom fairy lights can have just as much impact as your bedroom furniture. So take a look at these easy-to-steal bedroom decorating ideas. The bedroom of your dreams? It might just be right here…

Kelly Hoppen’s London house shows off her trademark slick, neutral style. The main  bedroom, which has an internal window looking down onto the open-plan ground floor, features a neutral colour scheme of white and taupe.  ‘You probably haven’t even noticed the other major thing I’ve done here,’ says Kelly. And it’s at this point that I come to appreciate not only Kelly’s dedication to detail, but also her refusal to take herself too seriously. ‘I’ve mixed sand with taupe,’ she says with mock triumph.


Earth-coloured walls, green touches and an oak bedside table make up a natural design in this bedroom, decorated by Gabby Deeming.

WALL Paint, ‘Hot Earth’, £42.50 for 2.5 litres matt emulsion, from Paint & Paper Library.  Curtains, ‘Reeds’ (green/blue/white), by Alexandra Palmowski for Virginia White Collection, linen, £125 a metre, from Redloh House Fabrics. Framed print, Figgy, by Kate Boxer, 45.5 x 63cm, £590, from Giovanna Ticciati.

FLOOR Cotton rag rug, ‘Rosepath’ (dark blue), by Vandra Rugs, 297 x 241cm, £3,554, from Sinclair Till.

FURNITURE Metal bed, ‘Tuvalu’, 250 x 210 x 160cm, £2,590 including mattress, from Oka. Early-twentieth-century oak hexagonal table, 75 x 75cm diameter, £1,400, from Alexander von Westenholz.ACCESSORIES Cushions, from left: ‘Verandah’ (burnt orange), by Veere Grenney, linen, £150 a metre, from Tissus d’Hélène; ‘Ombre’ (blue/rust), mohair, 50cm square, £85 each; and ‘Abstract Zig Zag’ (blue), linen, 30 x 50cm, £79; both from The Conran Shop. Linenbedlinen (soft pink), from £30 for a pillowcase; cotton scarf (used as bed throw), ‘Kantha’, 220 x 100cm, £705; glazed stoneware mug, £30; all from The Conran Shop. Maple vessel, by Hans Henning Pedersen, 18 x 15cm diameter, £250, from Flow. Stoneware ‘Round Bottomed Vessel‘ (used as vase), by Iva Polachova, £330, from The New Craftsmen. Glazed ceramic and polished nickel table lamp with handkerchief linen shade, ‘Gallatin’ (moss), 73 x 20cm base diameter, £1,895, from Remains.


On the Caribbean island of Mustique, interior designer Veere Grenney has redesigned a bamboo house that is a study in neutrals and natural materials.  The main bedroom, in a pavilion, has a bed from Soane. Green fabrics complete the room’s natural design while adding another colour to the simple scheme.


The main bedroom of Jo Vestey’s Oxfordshire farmhouse has Jo’s photographs on display and a Japanese light on the desk. Exposed beams, wooden floorboards and the desk contrast nicely with the white rug and walls, giving an overall look that is both clean and rustic.


In designer Ben Pentreath’s flat, both bedrooms are papered. As Ben explains, ‘I like using wallpaper because I love the layers of pattern and colour that it brings to a room.’ Soane’s delicate ‘Seaweed Lace’ wallpaper contrasts with the bold blanket from Pendleton in the main bedroom. A Marianna Kennedy ‘Spring’ lamp in blue adds a different colour to the room.