Ideal Home April 2021

Published by TI Media Limited Ideal Home is Britain's best-selling interiors magazine and has been empowering home-owners to make the most of their properties for over 80 years. The magazine covers every aspect of contemporary living, from a wide range of transformed houses, kitchens and bathrooms.

United Kingdom
Future Publishing Ltd
R 85,25
R 681,77
12 Issues

in this issue

1 min

Someone recently pointed out in a Zoom meeting how most of the backdrops on show featured neutral walls. It gave me pause for thought when I spend so much time advocating the use of colour. So, while I write this at my desk at home, three of my office walls are white, while the fourth (built-in shelving and cupboards) boasts an array of graphite grey testers, inspired by one of the shades in our 15 Failsafe Colour Schemes supplement, sponsored by Crown, that you’ll find bagged with this issue. Colour has been very much on the agenda at Ideal Home, with an exciting new project in the works (I can’t wait to spill the beans!). I’m feeling ready to embrace more feel-good colour in my home and I hope you will be…

2 min
the style editor

ABIGAIL AHERN AT SECRET LINEN STORE The renowned interior designer, famous for her use of colour and texture, has teamed up with Secret Linen Store. The cotton linen mix and 100% linen bedding in rich shades of chocolate brown, ochre and spruce are combined with the lived-in patina of pre-washed linen and herringbone pattern to create a chic yet cosy haven. Harlequin’s statement prints The Momentum range never fails to bring some power-glam energy to a room. For the latest launch, hard lines of the city versus organic forms inspired a collection of fabrics and wallpapers that have given classic prints an abstract spin. Stand-out designs include Diffuse, a soft, distorted floral, and Oscillation, a blurred ikat. But the oversized, off-beat geometric Transverse, with its energetic brush marks, is the perfect candidate for…

1 min
we keep seeing…  working from home loveliness

1 min
the wallpaper edit best new trends

METALLIC TEXTURES Bring a touch of glamour while adding depth with a wallcovering in a subtle metallic foil finish. Milan metallic in Neutral/Gold, £22 a roll, I Love Wallpaper HERITAGE FLORALS Traditional tapestry-inspired floral repeats take on a new lease of life in modern colourways. Tudor Garden in Fuchsia/Cerulean Blue, £130 a roll, Cole & Son NEW BOTANICALS Larger than life illustrations of exotic trees introduce a tropical feel. Paradiso Tropical Leaves in Green/ White, £13 a roll, Erismann at I Want Wallpaper GLOBAL ARTISAN Be transported to the plains of Africa with this woven textile pattern in sunbleached tones of parchment and terracotta. Macrame in Colour 3, £125 a roll, Arte at Jane Clayton MIDNIGHT SAFARI Elephants, zebras and giraffes lie in wait among golden leaves for a subtle take on the maximalist trend. Jungle Trip in Orange/Navy, £32 a roll, Caselio at…

1 min
natural rugs

TACTILE WEAVES Arlette textured jute rug, £269, Made SIMPLE NEUTRALS Blonde jute circle rug, from £35, Next WOVEN BY HAND Gabrielle Paris rug, from £175, La Redoute TASSEL DETAIL Braided flatweave rug, from £89, Dunelm SUNSHINE TONES Bloomingville Yuri rug, £214, Sweetpea & Willow GLOBAL INSPIRATION Ikat jute Green rug, £240, John Lewis & Partners SOUMAK STYLE Hooghly rug, £1,495, Oka COASTAL CALM Green woven jute and cotton rug, £110, Maisons du Monde…

6 min
easy living

Kitchen The island provides plenty of worksurface, with a concealed downdraught extractor that pops up when needed. Three pendant lights add a touch of shine against the matt finishes. BUY THE KEY PIECES Bespoke kitchen units, around £25,000, PZ Refurbishment. Units spray-painted in Purbeck Stone modern eggshell, £71 for 2.5ltr, Farrow & Ball. Cooper lights, £70 each, Next Home Dining area ‘Simple MDF panelling has been used to create the feature wall, which adds texture and helps zone this area within our open-plan room. I chose deep, inky blue as a linking accent colour throughout the house.’ BUY THE KEY PIECES Wall painted in Hicks’ Blue intelligent matt emulsion, £51.50 for 2.5ltr, Little Greene. Attra dining table, £799; Lungo bench, £299; Svelte dining chair, £99, all Dwell Kitchen ‘We chose sleek and simple handleless units for a streamlined look,…