Kitchen style, storage issues, & decorating the spare room your Essex Q & As
PUBLISHED: 10:46 18 March 2010 | UPDATED: 16:55 20 February 2013
The House Dr is here - interiors expert Antonia Edwards answers your questions
Q1: Id really like to incorporate wood into our new kitchen. How can I use
this material in a contemporary way?
The kitchen is now perceived as a multifunctional living space. Although many contemporary kitchens remain streamlined and functional; the use of colour, pattern and texture is now just as important in the kitchen as it would be throughout any other room in the house.
Any natural wood helps to create a warm and welcoming environment. A dark wood such as walnut creates instant glamour, especially when set against the contrasts of white gloss or brushed steel. There is also an emerging trend for blending different timbers, using dark wood and light wood for the kitchen frontals for example. A more subtle effect could be achieved with two contrasting grains or wood stains.
Using a black or dark grey wood stain can create a soft, enveloping feel and give an instant modern twist to any style of kitchen. For quality kitchens with a wide range of door fronts and worktops to choose from, try Horizon Kitchens in Chelmsford on 01245 477027.
Q2: Our bedroom storage situation is total chaos. Wed like to create a walk-in wardrobe to get us organised. What would you recommend?
Narnia jokes aside, clambering into an overstuffed wardrobe to locate the one and only bag that goes with that dress is never an enviable task. For contemporary bedroom storage solutions for even the most awkwardly shaped rooms, take a look at Hlsta, who specialise in stylish modular living room and bedroom furniture.
Tailored to your individual needs, the Paso system pictured below will allow you to create a designated compartment for every item of clothing. The interior and front can be purchased independently so the system can be carefully planned around your existing space whether its fitted into an alcove or constructed as a walk in room, within a room.
Doors are available in white lacquer, natural maple or beech. Other options include a ladder system, illuminated shelves, pullout tie and trouser holders, clothes lifts, clothes hangers with and without handles, shoe drawers and much more. You can find out more at Clement Joscelyne in Brentwood on 01277 225420.
Q3: Id like to give our guest bedroom a relaxed, coastal feel.How can I achieve the New England look?
Cape Cod chic is a timeless, laid back look that can work in any modern or traditional interior. Carolyn Moore from The Blueberry Store explains: New England style can be achieved by painting walls and woodwork in neutral whites, creams or greys and introducing accents of faded red or blue in the soft furnishings. Homespun checks or Americana designs are also very appropriate. Choose painted or natural wood and mix new with vintage pieces for a relaxed, weathered look.
Other elements to consider might be white painted shutters for the bedroom windows. The New England Shutter Company make shutters in a wide range of colours and finishes (020 8675 1099). For bedding ideas, Lexington specialise in classic American-style textiles, such as the Travellers Collection pictured below: Floral bedding, Stripe bedding, Linen sham, throw and quilt and Spring rug, all available from The Blueberry Store in Saffron Walden.
Call 01799 516345 for details.