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Access awkward spacesIt can be hard to keep a deep, standard cupboard tidy or reach items stored at the back, but there are ways to make cupboards more efficient. ‘A rotation or pull-out shelf allows full access to the back of the cupboard,’ says Laville. ‘These can be expensive, though. By using baskets or boxes you can achieve a similar effect and keep storage tidy.’ Baskets can also be used to slot into narrow spaces that would not fit a full drawer unit.
Rethink the Victorian layoutEncaustic tiles have been around since the 13th century. They received a boost in popularity during the 19th century Gothic Revival and are common in Victorian hallways. Modernise the look by mixing up the layout to create a patchwork design, or use them somewhere non-traditional, such as a kitchen or bathroom. You can find reproductions in most tile shops, but if you’re ready to go the extra mile, create your own composition from real encaustic tiles or ones you might find at a reclamation yard.Explore how to give your kitchen some Victorian character
Rock patchwork tilingCan’t decide which tile to go for? No problem: a patchwork of contrasting but complementary motifs is a trend in floor and wall tiles. It adds variety and character, so is a great way to update an existing kitchen with plain white units.TELL US…Are you a fan of patchwork? Share your thoughts in the Comments below.
Mix, don’t matchMixing colours, patterns, styles or materials is the easiest way to build an eclectic look in any room. You can focus purely on accessories if your kitchen is already in situ, but if you’re starting from scratch, you have the opportunity to get adventurous with colourful or vibrantly patterned flooring or splashback materials to inject a big dose of character into your kitchen. Here, a colourful patchwork tile arrangement makes for a statement feature, especially contrasted with the white units and plain metro tiles.
Good woodThere are lots of ways your home can reflect its surroundings – and this welcoming Scottish country kitchen was made using native hardwood sourced from south Ayrshire. The colourful patchwork floor adds to this room’s sense of homespun charm.