Small rooms can still look stylish - just a few clever tricks and some smart storage solutions make them seem bigger and brighter.
Updated September 2008
Brighten with accessories
For a coordinated yet contemporary look, choose accessories in strong colours. Walls painted in Mint 68 matt emulsion, Malabar. Blind in Benvarden F5590/04, Osborne & Little. Norden Gateleg table, as before, Gilbert chairs, as before, Norrebo bench, as before, all Ikea. On table: Lisbet table runners, as before, Ikea; Orange Gallery tray, Zak; green teapot, Andrew Martin Grand Hotels; Jumbo mugs, John Lewis; Couleur turquoise bowls, Habitat. White-handled spoons, Woolworths. Elba turquoise tumbler, LSA international. Cafetiere, TK Maxx. Yellow fruit bowl, Liberty. Vase, as before, Habitat. Cushion (on chair) with piping, The Conran Shop On bench unit: Sven cushion cover, Liberty. On shelf: teal casserole dish, Kiwi casserole dish, ramekins, Petite casserole dishes with lids, all at Le Creuset; oil drizzler, Habitat; green bowls, Marks & Spencer; red tea canister, Matalan; blue bowl, Zak; orange pot, clock, The Conran Shop. On worktop: green tumbler, Berlin orange tumbler, Bower tea towels, both at Habitat; teal utensil jar, Le Creuset; washing-up brush, rubber gloves, both Ikea; Couleur plate, Berlin glass carafe, both Habitat; knife rack, with six knives, TK Maxx; Milly pepper mill, Habitat; mixer, Kitchenaid; teal oval casserole dish, Le Creuset. Oven gloves, Debenhams.