The new neutrals

Living small is big news these days. Environmental and financial concerns are often cited as key motivators for downsizing, but a modest footprint can actually give rise to some savvy thinking on the design and decorating front.
This issue, we’re kicking off a new regular feature, ‘Small space’, in which we’ll share petite projects. First up is a renovation of a classic ’60s unit – flip to page 120 to see the clever tricks that were employed to switch up this studio. On pages 52, 100 and 124, you’ll find an inner-city apartment, a family-size cabin and a cottage by the sea that also show how it’s done.
Having recently completed an apartment-styling commission, I have to say the thought of living with less is refreshing, and something that could be quite freeing. It got me thinking about how some of the ‘rules’ for maximising small spaces could be applied to larger homes too. Whether it’s making just a few investment purchases and editing relentlessly, or simplifying your décor to create a feeling of calm, the outcome can only be positive.
On the topic of soothing the senses, this winter, we’ve fallen hard for all things pale and interesting. Throughout the magazine, you’ll discover ideas for adopting a tone-on-tone scheme – and if you prefer a little more colour in your life, you’ll find the new neutrals make a sophisticated backdrop for a pop of something brighter.
We hope this issue will provide a wealth of inspiration for whatever’s next on your to-do list, and encourage you to celebrate and enhance what makes your home your happy place – whatever its size.

Alice Lines, Editor

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