Lesley Taylor

Western Mail

July, 2013

I’m currently re-decorating my dining room and need some guidance on what flooring to choose. It’s not open plan but is directly next to the kitchen which is tiled. Could I carry the tiles through or would it give the room a cold feel to it?


You’re definitely on the right lines here. If the kitchen tiles are a natural looking product that is soft to the eye, they will happily flow through into an adjacent room. Good interior design encourages free flowing space throughout the home and while open plan isn’t always a viable option, an element of consistency is.


If you are worried about cold feet, you could always invest in under floor heating. View it as a worthy long time investment that will really make a difference. Or, if you want to add warmth to the look of the room, why not accessorise with a beautiful rug.


I’ve dreamed of owning a black freestanding tub for years and have finally got round to re-doing the bathroom.  I don’t want anything too contemporary as I live in a Victorian cottage and want to retain the original charm.  Can you recommend a model and advise me on how to choose a basin and WC that will fit in with the scheme?


Sounds like a bathroom I’d be very jealous of! You’ve made the right decision not to go for something ultra-contemporary.  With period style properties, you can still achieve a desirable look that is current but authentic at the same time - it’s all about choosing the right products and creating a ‘classic’ feel that won’t look dated in a few years’ time.


The basin and WC should follow the same traditional styling and although black models are available, I’d recommend specifying white.  Then tie everything together with black and chrome brassware and a black toilet seat.  This way, the overall design is completely coordinated without being OTT.  Black is an ideal colour option for making a statement but too much can make a room look small and cramped.


Can you tell me what a cascade Roman blind is and what's good about them?


Roman blinds come in many different styles, but there are generally two main options when buying; regular pocket or cascade pocket. The type of pocket refers to the way the blind folds when closed. Regular pockets are where the blind folds up in equal sections, one in front of the other. Cascade pockets fold in a way where each section is slightly longer than the preceding, so smaller folds occur towards the top creating a cascade effect. Regular pockets when pulled up obstruct less of the window but are less dramatic and decorative than cascade. Both offer a unique style but it really just depends on your personal preference.

If you struggle to find a design on the high street that suits the style of the room you are buying for, or meets the dimensions you need, you should consider choosing a material you love and having one made.

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Interior Designer and member of the BIID Lesley Taylor is the Design Director of Taylor’s Etc based in Cardiff, 02920 358 400, www.taylorsetc.co.uk