Here’s how to create a beautiful and functional home interior

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    But functionality and beauty shouldn’t be mutually exclusive when it comes to homewares and more often than not it’s the little details – the decorative accessories – that can make a big impact on your property’s overall look while serving a really useful purpose. We asked interior designer Lesley Taylor for her tips.

    Mirror mirror

    It goes without saying that the home should have at least one mirror – if only to check your appearance before heading out.

    A well-placed mirror can also create the illusion of space which is ideal in smaller rooms such as an entrance hallway or cloakroom. Hang it in the right place and they also reflect the natural source of light to create a more airy environment.

     

    But with the wealth of mirrors now available they can be both decorative and functional.

    Choose a large statement piece and it will take centre stage in an entire room; or create a bespoke feature wall by hanging a selection of small mirrors close together in a unique pattern.

    Vase attack

    What was once simply a receptacle for flowers has now turned into a decorative accessory in its own right. Vases are available in a multitude of shapes and sizes and are perfect for cementing a colour scheme.

     

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