Design trends: reflective paints, fabrics, wallpapers and tiles

Light lifts our mood and makes spaces look bigger - so vital in a small London home. Now new technology, such as reflective paints and fabrics made with ground glass or sparkly sand, mean we can literally make natural light bounce off our walls.
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1. Tiles
Tiles There is nothing quite like iridescent tiles for brilliant light bounce-back. Cosmati from Surface Tiles, (top right), mixes materials including stone, mother of pearl and mirror, to really dazzle the eye. From £346.62 a sheet (298mm x 298mm;

(Below right) Fired Earth's new Hexagon Mosaics in white and Moroccan Desert really catch the light and have a beautiful jewel-like surface (£44.99 a sheet or £449.88 a sq m). The firm's Renaissance tiles in gold cost £199.58 a square metre and have a crackle glaze that really catches and reflects the light (
2. Blinds
Hillarys has introduced a customised blind called Torino, made from polyester crepe with a pearlised coating that reflects the sun, not only keeping rooms light and cool in summer, but warm in winter, too.

Torino comes in eight colours, including navy. For even more light, while retaining privacy, choose blinds that pull from the bottom of the window up. From £96, including measuring, making and fitting (
3. Paints
Paints The Light & Space range of paints from Dulux creates the illusion of more space using something called "LumiTec technology".

The paint contains light-reflective particles to reflect up to twice as much light back into the room as traditional paints, and there are 17 shades of matt emulsion to choose from, including First Frost, pictured below, and Absolute White, pictured above: 2.5l, £25.69 (
4. Fabrics
Fabrics Danish designer Pernille Holm uses sand (pictured above), or ground-up glass in imaginative ways on fabrics to create light-reflective sheers for Donghia from £260 a metre.

Designer Be Inthavong's silk and leather Heritage Weave fabric collection includes Logo platinum/white (pictured below right) which uses micro-strips of leather, hand-loomed on a silk loom. Find it at Fameed Khalique (020 7490 5524; at £420 a metre, though you don't need much to make a big impact.
5. Wallpapers
Osborne & Little's Komodo wallpaper (above right) will have your walls covered in dazzling lizards (£96 a roll). Its shimmering Limpopo fabric, on the background cushion, is £47.50 a metre, as is the Addo fabric on the foreground cushion (

Graham & Brown's Mirror, Mirror wallpaper (pictured below) imitates shards of mirrored glass to reflect light back in every direction. It's £69 a roll (

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