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Used cleverly, French windows can frame a tantalising glimpse into your home as well as out of it. Here, the rustic dining table makes a charming centrepiece in this country-style room. Period-style doors with horizontal bars, like these, can look less fussy than Georgian ones, but more interesting than totally plain doors.

This stunning painted kitchens by Lewis Alderson featured in Beautiful Kitchens magazine and combines a pale warm grey with the darkest shade of blue grey - there's a larder painted in a shade of aubergine too.