How to make a room appear bigger? Julia Kendell explains

How to make a room appear bigger? Julia Kendell explains




Topps Tiles are often asked questions regarding interior design, and are always enthusiastic when responding to as many of these as possible. Recently, a large number of interior design blogs were in touch with queries for DIY guru, from DIT SOS and 60 Minute Makeover, Julia Kendell. Inspired by these messages, Julia made a series of videos to give you some tips to help create the look you've always wanted in your chosen space.

Tip 1. Texture absorbs natural light, so use as many solid surfaces as possible. Replace a carpet with a timber floor and add a rug.

Tip 2. Flat tiles versus textured tiles will make the space feel bigger.

Tip 3. Reflective surfaces will bounce the light around.

Tip 4. Try and keep as much off the floor as possible so that you can see underneath furniture. Choose furniture on legs where you can see the edges of the room.



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Rupert Blanchard | Styling and Salvage

Designer and maker Rupert Blanchard creates bespoke furniture from discarded drawers, secondhand pieces and scrap material, but is adamant that his work should not be considered part of the upcycling trend. In 2011 Blanchard won 'Best Product Design' at The British Design Awards, and during London Design Festival he opened up his East London studio as part of the Shoreditch Design Triangle. Blanchard takes on a day out to visit some of his favourite local haunts around Brick Lane and Bethnal Green including a welder, a junkshop and a scrapyard. - The Premium online video magazine for contemporary culture

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The Modern Pantry, Fusion Cooking

The Cinderella of the culinary world, Anna Hansen began her career washing dishes at Fergus Henderson before moving to the French House Dining Room where she ended up becoming the head chef. After a stint with Peter Gorden, Hansen launched her own restaurant, The Modern Pantry, combining her Scandinavian, Kiwi and Canadian influences and nose-to-tail eating philosophy to create exciting fusion fare. 47-48 St John's Square, Clerkenwell, London. - The Premium online video magazine for contemporary culture

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Zandra Rhodes

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At home with Sir Terence Conran

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The Zetter Townhouse Hotel props up the bar at The Zetter Townhouse, while mixologist Tony Conigliaro shows us how to make the perfect cocktail. Located in historic Clerkenwell, once known for its breweries and gin distilleries, Zetter Townhouse's cocktail lounge pays homage to history through its menu, with old herbal remedies inspiring the cocktails and cordials.

Mixologist Conigliaro's approach to cocktail making has become legendary in the area, and here, we find out why. 49-50 St. John Square, London, EC1V 4JJ, - The Premium online video magazine for contemporary culture

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Rough Luxe Hotel

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