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Meg Tuckett in Country Style

Meg Tuckett in Country Style

“You don’t want to be in the sitting area and have people going backwards and forwards in front of you get to the kitchen,” says Meg, who believes the ideal configuration places the dining space between the kitchen and living area.

The use of large windows and sliding or bi-fold doors — as seen in the light-filled dining space of this house in Balhannah, South Australia (facing page, top) — is an ideal way to maximise light and space and to extend living areas into the outdoors.

To create a seamless flow, use the same flooring throughout, or delineate areas with plain or patterned tiles

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Meg Tuckett in Home Beautiful

Meg Tuckett writes for Home Beautiful

If comfort and calm are high on your wishlist, stick to a peaceful colour palette. Different hues will resonate with different people – while white is always a popular choice, some gravitate to darker shades, like this deep indigo wall paint – for similar, try Dulux Blue Accolade.

For a lighter touch, Meg suggests Resene Thorndon Cream or Joanna, two barely there hues that feel “wistful and serene”. To prevent light colours looking flat, use a tonal mix on the walls and ceiling, then add interest with textiles and accessories.

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