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Colour confident: Shades of blue

Industry experts explain how to use the blue of summer skies and seas. KEEP COOL BONTON MATT EMULSION, £41 FOR 2.5L, SANDERSON ​If you long for the perfect sunny day or love time at the beach with wide, open skies, paint walls with Bonton.

Best Light Bulb

Stack’s Alba Smart LED light bulbs are ready to react based on where you are. Using embedded motion sensors, the bulbs can detect when you’re in the room and turn the lights on and off. Inside is an ambient light sensor, allowing the lights

Best Humidity Monitor

Condensation and mold – yuck – often form when certain rooms become too damp and humid. For just $34.50, the nearly invisible Leviton Humidity Sensor and Fan Control does what its name implies: a sensor detects excess humidity and automatically activates the already installed

Best Water Monitor

More often than not, by the time you discover a water leak in your home, it’s going to cost a fortune to get it fixed. WallyHome helps you detect those leaks before they get serious. Attach its sensors to water-prone places like sinks and

How to grow succulents indoors and out

The best way to think of succulents is as ‘fat plants’. Parts of them, usually their leaves, swell up with water and this stops them from drying out in arid conditions. Cacti are the most obvious examples but sedums and sempervivums are also common.

Best Cookware

Part of the company’s WeMo wireless smart home platform, Belkin’s Crock-Pot (released spring 2014 in collaboration with Jarden Consumer Solutions) is the first smartphone-controllable slow cooker. Via the WeMo iOS or Android smartphone app, you can adjust the crock pot’s settings from anywhere, receive

How to choose the perfect paint for your home

It’s essential to select the correct paint type and finish for the surface you want to cover. WHICH PAINT TO PICK? Melanie Adams, Director, reveals the secrets of paint formulas. Water-based emulsion works well on walls and ceilings. Eggshell and acrylic can also be

Best Smart Home Lock

The SmartCode 916’s small size makes it less conspicuous than other locks, and allows you to use your old house keys if you want. Kwikset’s SecureScreen feature — which makes you punch in two random digits before entering your code — helps ensure burglars

Bring the sunshine inside with these gorgeous spring decorating ideas

Use delicate shades of buttercup yellow, pinky coral and pale celadon green for the freshest spring decorating ideas. MODERN MIX TIM YOUNG Create depth and character by contrasting pared – back, contemporary pieces with classic styles from different eras. Toning shades of yellow unify the scheme

Best Smart Garage Door Opener

Searching or reaching for that elusive garage door opener remote while trying to navigate a dark suburban street, toppled garbage cans or your kids’ toys – or your kids – often proves awkward and dangerous. Chamberlain’s garage door opener lets you tap your device’s