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Spiced But Nice
Spiced But Nice
Room: Living Room
Colours: Brown; Orange;
Style: Modern;
Budget: Low
Programme: Changing Rooms
Designer: Linda Barker;
Feature: Jali fretwork; Suedette banners
Draw on influences from around the globe to create an ethnic, yet contemporary living room.

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Paint the walls in burnt orange and treat with scumble glaze, mixed with a deeper orange for a glazed weathered effect. Project Indian henna designs (drawn onto acetate) onto the wall and paint giant duplications in khaki brown.
Fireplace and cupboards
Remove any brick fireplaces and replace with cupboards, finished with fretwork doors. Paint the cupboards in water-based eggshell and add Indian ceramic handles. Build a similar pair of full height freestanding alcove cupboards from 18mm MDF.
TV table
TV table
Construct a TV table using 18mm MDF and a garden bamboo screen. Cut five pieces of MDF to size. Out of each of them, cut a large square hole, and place pieces of bamboo screen on the inside of the holes, creating a 'framed' effect.
Rip up any existing carpet and stain the floorboards using wood dye. Make two rugs out of a length of scarlet red carpet, using a blow torch to stop them from fraying.
Replace existing lights with a pair of brass and amber glass Moroccan lanterns. Cover a poster tube with suedette and place it over a simple small lamp base. Cover a basic drum shade with the suedette and decorate with large Indian-style sequins.
Make a pair of suedette banners with brown organza inlays. Using an ornate paisley stencil and fabric paint, cover the organza with an ornate design and highlight the outline with beads and sequins.

Blinds and cushions
Hang Taipai rattan blinds. Make curtains using stripes of cream, taupe and orange silk, decorated with stripes painted with fabric paint. Make cushion covers from silk, organza and a fretwork cut suedette. Use cream silk as a runner for the table.
  Products   Paint   Brand   Dulux  
  Details   Jamaican Ginger 3 emulsion 80YR 24/569. Mexican Mosaic 2 emulsion 53YR 17/504. Pebble Mosaic 2 emulsion 10YY 17/140..   Cost    
  Supplier   Any good DIY store          
  Products   Doors   Brand   Jali  
  Details   Fretwork doors   Cost    
  Supplier   Jali          
  Web/tel   01227 833333          
  Products   Fabrics   Brand    
  Details   Brown organza for banners. Cream, taupe and orange silk for blinds. Suedette for cushions and lighting.   Cost    
  Supplier   A-One Fabrics          
  Web/tel   020 8740 7349          
  Products   Sequins and beads   Brand    
  Details   Indian style sequins and beads   Cost    
  Supplier   Any good DIY store          
  Products   Fabric paint   Brand   Pebeo  
  Details   Setasilk fabric paint   Cost    
  Supplier   Pebeo UK          
  Web/tel   02380 701144          
  Products   Blinds   Brand   Rufflette  
  Details   Taipai rattan blinds   Cost    
  Supplier   Any good department store          
  Products   Stencils   Brand    
  Details   Ornate paisley stencil for banners   Cost    
  Supplier   The Stencil Library          
  Web/tel   01661 844844          
  Products   Wood dye   Brand    
  Details   Dark Oak wood dye for the floor   Cost    
  Supplier   Any good DIY store          
  Products   Scumble glaze   Brand    
  Details   Scumble glaze for the walls   Cost    
  Supplier   Any good DIY store          
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