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Solution 1: Add extra inches with an oriel windowA deep window can create a new zone in a narrow space. Ana Martins suggests this addition can also make a big difference.In this scheme, an oriel window – one that protrudes beyond the external wall – has been designed in at the garden-facing end of a kitchen. It not only provides a place for someone to sit and chat to the chef, but also a gorgeous and generously proportioned outlook onto the greenery beyond.
Be inspired by natureJust as William Morris was inspired by nature, so was Josef Frank. Most of his patterns are full of flora and fauna, featuring bright hues on a contrasting background.Here, Frank’s Celotocaulis fabric is a great choice for the window seat. The Asian celoto flowers on the design blend in with the greenery outside, allowing the two spaces to merge into one.Find out why you should forget lagom and embrace these other Scandi tips
What is engineered parquet flooring?Engineered parquet flooring is made up of core and hardwood – typically oak – wear layers. “The core usually consists of three to 12 thin layers of plywood,” explains Miskinis. “The wear layer is securely bonded to the core and is usually 2mm to 6mm thick, depending on the overall thickness of the flooring.”How to choose the right engineered wood flooring
Play with parquetLaid down individually block by block, parquet flooring has always been a sign of decadence. Yet the latest engineered parquet flooring is almost indistinguishable from the real thing and much cheaper to install. Chevron-style, engineered parquet, similar to that shown here, will often arrive part-assembled, which makes it much cheaper to install than traditional parquet.Be inspired by more ways to use parquet
Channel Underground inspiration Metro tiles might be dubbed a modern trend, but the Victorians were big fans of practical tiles, as evidenced by the London Underground. For a vintage vibe that suits period décor, swap classic white for darker tiles and use as a simple splashback.Check out 8 of the best kitchen extensions on Victorian homes