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Go with the flow and opt for an open-plan layout

Open up your home to maximise space and light
Bi-fold divider doors stack neatly at the side when open, and make the room cosy when closed. They’re available in a variety of widths, from www.vufold.co.uk

Many of us are desperate for more space in our homes, but what we often don’t realise is that we already have it – in neglected, overlooked areas that aren’t used properly. This may be because they’re badly designed, poky or dark – for example a side return, narrow hallway or tiny dining room that looks like it was tagged on as an afterthought. By removing internal walls and improving the flow, you’ll be able to free up this wasted space, fill your home with light and create practical, sociable, multi-tasking rooms.

By extending into the side return, a formerly narrow, gloomy kitchen has been transformed into a bright, open-plan kitchen/diner, and now has room for a multi-tasking central island, www.simplyextend.co.uk
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At last we can kiss goodbye to the dark, dreary days of winter and look forward to the lighter, brighter days of spring. Easter comes early this year, so to celebrate we’ve put together some scrummy recipe ideas that are perfect if you’re having family and friends over during the Easter weekend (p.100). And, if you want to make it extra special, why not try your hand at our beautiful Easter craft projects to decorate your dining table too (p.60)? If you’re planning to make the most of the long bank holiday weekend with a spot of decorating, make sure you take a look at our brilliant eight-page spring trends forecast on page 36. We’ve picked the five hottest looks from the high street, so whether you’re drawn to laid-back coastal blues, eye-popping tropical brights or calming candy colours, you’re sure to find some inspiration for your new colour scheme. Sick of waiting for your other half to do the decorating? Then turn to page 66, where we’ll guide you step by step through the basics of tiling. I know the bank holiday is the time of year when many of you are ready to get back out in the garden. So on page 114, you’ll find our suggestions for which plants to include in your beds and borders to guarantee your garden is full of colour all year long – yes, even in winter! Finally, if like me, your pets are important members of your family, then make sure you read our low-down on pet insurance on page 18. Your furry friends will thank you!