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95 CHOOSING COLOURS

Kevin McCloud is passionate about colour. In a new monthly guide, he offers his advice on selecting colour schemes – starting with a natural palette 100 EASY KITCHEN UPDATES Put the wow back into a worn-out space with a range of practical changes that won’t break the bank 106 COLOUR-CONFIDENT BATHROOMS

White is still the first choice for the bathroom, but colour is making a comeback 113 FLOORING Low-maintenance options for every area of your home

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117 BLINDS Choose from bold block colours, striking patterns or simple natural shades 121 WINNING OVER ENEMIES You may be prepared to do anything to build your dream home. Your neighbours may feel the same about stopping you 123 ASK OUR ARCHITECT TV’s

George Clarke answers your design queries and shares his professional know-how 125 SMALL PROJECTS BIG BENEFITS

10 of the fastest, most effective ways of optimising space

17 EYE CATCHER A Japanese house that is jagged and wild on the outside, but calm inside 19 NEWS Daring, beautiful and useful architecture, design and gadgets, plus all the latest information on kitchen, bathroom and eco products 35 INTERIOR TREND: METALLICS

Understated metallics have taken over from high-lustre glitz 39 IN HER BONES Emily Johnson’s

British-made table lamps are a beautiful contemporary take on traditional bone china

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CONTRIBUTORS Meet this month’s team of experts 13 KEVIN McCLOUD The Great

British Refurb has made its mark on the UK’s housing and helped to shape Government policy – now it’s time to move on 132 SHOWCASE Products and suppliers featured in the GrandDesignsTV series 134 RESOURCE A-Z guide of suppliers for your project 146 TV SERIES SECRETS

Ian and Sophie Cooper took on a huge project, restoring a crumbling, listed paper mill

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