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There are four of them in almost every living room, although sometimes you barely notice. The corners always seem to be areas of dead space. A place where unloved things get left or where cobwebs accumulate. The idea of the corner has even entered the common imagination as a place with negative connotations: the naughty corner, being cornered, and more. But it doesn’t have to be this way.

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The range of entertainment options available to us these days is incredible. Hundreds of TV channels at your fingertips, endless movies on offer to stream 24 hours a day, lifelike computer games on a range of platforms. Yet, one pleasure can still top them all – a good book. Few things have the power to grab the imagination as much as the written word.

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Placing a sofa in front of a window can look great - as long as it’s done well. Whether you’re putting your Swyft sofa in front of a window for aesthetic reasons, or the dimensions of your room dictate your sofa location, thinking about lighting, privacy and safety will ensure your living room looks as good as possible.

So, is it OK to put a sofa in front of a window? And how do you place Swyft furniture in a room with a lot of windows? Let’s take a look to find out.

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If there’s one thing that can bring an interior to life and make a house feel like a home, it’s greenery. From cacti to peace lilies and succulents to orchids, house plants add instant style to a space and help to make living rooms, kitchens, hallways and bedrooms feel lived in and loved.

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Choosing a paint colour for your walls is a big decision. This is the colour you are going to be looking at hour after hour as you spend time in your living room, bedroom or kitchen. But who said that paint colours were just for walls? Received wisdom is that walls get a colour, woodwork and ceilings either remain white or get a light and neutral tone like magnolia. Rules are there to be broken, however. So, if you’re considering a new lick of paint in your home, why not think about painting your walls, ceiling and woodwork all the same colour?

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If you’re lacking space in your living room, then you need to do whatever you can to make it appear larger. Luckily, there are lots of tricks you can use to create the sense of space, even in small rooms. Use big mirrors to reflect light, avoid clutter with clever storage ideas and choose your furniture well (more on which later) - these are all great ways of making any space seem bigger. But one of the most important considerations is the colour of the walls and woodwork.

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The UK has so much to offer: from the rugged landscape of the Scottish Highlands to Cornwall’s rustic sandy beaches; the quaint, charming hamlets in the Cotswold to the dramatic Jurassic Coast in Dorset. 

For those who are used to holidaying abroad it might be difficult to know where to begin when looking to stay in good ol Blighty. So, we’ve come up with a list of some of the best locations to have a UK staycation.

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Many of us lack space in the rooms we sleep in. And even if your main bedroom isn’t too small, kid’s and teenager’s rooms are often a little pokey – and most people have a ‘box’ room, which doesn’t feel big enough for much aside from storage. But you can use some creative interior design tricks to make these rooms appear far more spacious and stylish. And one of the easiest ideas is the clever positioning of mirrors.

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Moving house famously requires a lot of planning, organisation and preparation. In fact, the more thought you put into your move before the big day, the smoother your relocation is likely to go. To help you get it just right, we’ve put together a comprehensive checklist for your next move.

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