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I was determined to create a bright, clutter-free space

Crisp, white walls, a hint of Moroccan styling and clever storage solutions transformed Lisa Philpott’s hallway
Opting to paint the previously dark wood bannisters in the same space-enhancing white as the walls, has instantly helped to open up the Philpott’s new-look hallway, while a bright blue accent adds interest and personality
Photos Lizzie Orme

Total Cost £1,037

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Decorative window film provides instant privacy while still allowing daylight to flood in, and can be applied by any DIY novice.

Renovating a house inevitably takes time, so Lisa, 44, and Mark Philpott, 46, knew that they would have to live with their dark and scruffy hallway for at least a year before they could finally contemplate creating a welcoming reception to their three-bedroom terrace in Bromley. ‘What’s more, while I wanted a light, bright space with plenty of storage our new loft conversion required fire doors on all levels, so previously borrowed daylight from surrounding and upstairs rooms was suddenly seriously lacking, and the hallway even gloomier and more claustrophobic than ever,’ explains Lisa.

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Happy New Year! I hope you had a great time over Christmas. Is it just me or does your home feel a little sad once you’ve taken the decorations down after the festive season has ended? Never mind though, as we’ve got some great ideas to freshen it up for the year ahead, from chic ways to use this season’s latest pastel shades in your home (p.20), to some budget-conscious buys for revamping your kitchen (p.50), plus some elegant ideas for creating a classic, timeless bathroom scheme (p.56). And if your hallway is in need of a little TLC, then check out our brilliant makeovers to see how three readers have transformed theirs with some clever design tricks I know you’ll want to steal (p24). One of the most common problems we all face is not having enough space, so we’ve put together an 8-page special packed with savvy storage solutions and creative ideas to stretch your space and make your home feel bigger, tidier and more streamlined (p.36). If you’re putting your house on the market this year, make sure you read George Clarke’s expert advice for playing the property game (p.111) and turn to page 106 to find out about the latest alternative ways to sell your home. Learning a new skill is certainly on my New Year’s resolution list, and if it’s on yours too, then take a look at our pick of the best courses to try, from sewing to gardening, DIY to cookery, you’re sure to find one that inspires you.