Time for a change

Design news by Katie Law
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B&Q makeover
A hallway after treatment by B&Q, and before the makeover (right)

New look for less than £25

B&Q makeover
Smarten up your home without spending a fortune with assistance from B&Q.

It can help you make over a room from as little as £25, using colourful paint, new curtains and lamp shades (right).

The website will inspire you to make some modest changes. Get the look for less by visiting www.diy.com/brightenupbritain.com.

Brume's witty wallpaper

Well read

The company that sells pretty adhesive film that gives windows an etched appearance has launched its first collection of wallpapers, including a witty range of trompe l’oeil designs by Tracy Kendall.

Choose between cutlery, stacks of books (left) or piled-up dishes in the kitchen, from £75 a roll.

Other papers include Fern, retro graphic wallpapers from £48 a roll, and Absolute Zero at £38 a roll.

The look is especially effective when used on only one wall. For more details, visit www.brume.co.uk.

Margaret Muir's latest collection of cotton bed linen

Petal power

Margaret Muir
Orchids, Japanese maple leaves and delicate grey lilies are some of the floral designs that clamber across Margaret Muir’s latest collection of cotton bed linen.

The look combines chic minimal modern with a hint of Zen and is by Margaret Muir’s grandson, Henry Rawson, and his wife, Ivy.

Expect to pay from £15 for a pillowcase to £95 for a super-king size duvet.
Available from John Lewis, Heal’s and House of Fraser. For stockists, visit www.margaretmuir.com.

American Shutters

Shutter chic

American Shutters
This new collection of windows by Alison White are made of Parapan, a hi-tech acrylic that is bacteria-free and waterproof and is fitted like a louvered shutter.

It is the ideal solution for kitchens or bathroom windows. Expect to pay from £352 a square metre, with a delivery time of six to eight weeks.

The showroom is at 1 Cordwallis Street, Maidenhead (01628 586986; www.americanshutters.co.uk).

Bulthaup kitchens

Kitchen kudos

Kitchen expert Bulthaup has opened a showroom in Clerkenwell where customers can see its four new designs - think sleek surfaces and modern horizontals - starting from about £20,000.

The showroom is at 36-42 Clerkenwell Road, EC1 (020 7317 6000; www.bulthaup.com).

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