Introducing you to Blue

Introducing you to Blue

Blue is a cool colour by nature, and it works well with pretty much any other cool tone: grey, purple, even black and metallic colours. Using colour combinations like these will give your room a sense of stability and calm. For a higher contrast and a bolder look, use a warm accent colour, like red or yellow which make dark shades of blue stand out.

One of the most universally pleasing colours, blue, not only works in all types of rooms from kitchens to bathrooms to living rooms, but it also lends itself well to just about every style in the book: coastal (obviously), traditional, modern, boho, art deco … you name it!

Of course, coordinating colour ideas is where many of us get stuck when it comes to custom designing a new kitchen space. There are hundreds of blue shades out there, so the single most important decision when you are looking what colour goes well with blue, is your purpose. So ask yourself what is your goal? Blue is one of those colours that makes everyone feel good. It can be relaxing, enveloping, subtle, clean and even refreshing depending on the shade you go for.

So whatever your theme, we can put together some ideas for the perfect accent and pairing colours to make your scheme sing, whether you’re looking for energetic and vibrant, or soft and serene.

Have a great weekend

Clinton and Fiona

A few Ideas for Kitchen Splashbacks

A few Ideas for Kitchen Splashbacks

When it comes to splashbacks there are a few things to consider to find the right balance between functionality and style.

When you coordinate your design elements and architectural features, colours don’t have to match, but they should coordinate. Your splashback doesn’t have to mirror the colour of your countertops, but it should blend, harmonise and support the rest of the features in the room.

Here are a couple of ideas:

Glass

Glass splashbacks come in any colour, shape or size.  They add colour, reflection and a new dimension to any room.  Glass splashbacks can help rooms appear larger and brighter by reflecting light.  The best part is they are super easy to keep clean!

Subway tiles

These are an Art Deco Industrial design classic. Subway tiles are popular for kitchen backsplashes for many good reasons: They’re cheap, endlessly versatile and arguably the most timeless option on the planet – no matter what environment they’re in, subway tiles never seem to look dated.

Try experimenting with different colour grouts and layouts, vertical rows, brick, horizontal stacks, herringbone patterns, whatever you go for, this one is a winner! If you are looking for ways to switch things up, then opt for a chevron pattern for an understated but fun twist.

Subway tiles inject a room with so much more dimension than a flat paint, a dark glossy finish goes perfectly with pristine natural stone countertops and crisp white paint.

Tiles offer tons of room for creativity in the kitchen, create stripes of colour to break up the splashback or place under floating shelves for an eye catching statement.

Quartz

Quartz creates a chic, luxurious, high-end feel, especially when paired with a matching worktop scheme. It lends itself to sleek modern units and effortlessly accompanies more traditional styles too. A stone slab like this would be easy to clean since there isnt any grout to get grimy.

There are lots of choices when it comes to materials; glass, quartz, Dekton, copper, tiles, wood, polished plaster to name a few, and we are more than happy to walk you through some of the most popular styles for some dream kitchen inspiration!

Have a great weekend.

Clinton and Fiona

Things To Consider When Building A Kitchen Extension. -Part 5

Things To Consider When Building A Kitchen Extension. -Part 5

Don’t Forget Your Kitchen!

Over the past few weeks we have enjoyed sharing a series of posts with you, all focused on getting the best out of a custom design kitchen extension.

Once an extension project has commenced, it is easy to get caught up in the minute detail of planning permissions, budgets and builders. So much so, it is altogether possible to forget the best bit – the bespoke designed kitchen! A common mistake we often see when helping clients with planning and designing a kitchen extension, is leaving the choice of kitchen until quite late into the building project.

Deciding the style and level of quality of the kitchen that works for your space should be one of the first considerations. By choosing your design, and working on it alongside your architect, you can tweak the extension to suit the kitchen. Often  this can be in just a few key areas or details, and it really ensures you are able to make the very most of your new space.

We suggest you kick-start the process by asking yourself these key questions, whilst considering the answers:

How do you move around your kitchen?
Elements that you often use at the same time (such as the fridge and work surface) should be close together. 

Where do you prepare food?
Put your worktop space where you like to prepare food (possibly next to the hob).

How much storage do you need?

Do you need / would you like more than you currently have, and would you prefer open shelving or big, deep cupboards?

Who will you be entertaining in your kitchen?

You may want space for a table and/or an island, where friends and family can sit and talk to you while you work. 

Which utensils and crockery do you use the most?

Ensure they are easily accessible in your design, as if not this will drive you nuts!

Do you have a lot of gadgets?

If you want them on display, you will need lots of worktop space. If they are to be tucked away, you will need deep cupboards.

Do you have room for the large appliances you want?

For example, range cookers or American-style fridge freezers will take up a lot of space.

A well-planned kitchen extension has the potential to turn even the humblest of properties into a comfortable, stylish, and light-filled home. With the right design and execution, you can create a wonderful new zone that not only transforms the way you interact with your living environment, but also adds significant value.

We are kitchen professionals that always put a passion for design and great service above sales. A key benefit of working with us, is that as an independent retailer, we have access to a wide range of suppliers and can offer you the best quality prices and lead times when considering your new kitchen options. Talk to us and take your first step to achieving the kitchen of your dreams.

Have a great weekend,

Clinton and Fiona

Things To Consider When Building A Kitchen Extension. -Part 4

Things To Consider When Building A Kitchen Extension. -Part 4

Size Matters

Yes, it is a cheeky phrase – but not always true. We tend to think that when it comes to designing a kitchen extension, success has less to do with the size of the space available and more to do with the planning, as stunning kitchens can most certainly be designed for smaller spaces.

So, let’s start with the practicalities…

The type of extension you choose is going to be dictated by the size and the shape of your outdoor space. A large open plan kitchen is great, but one which utilizes the space in the smartest way is even better. Choosing to make your extension and kitchen as large as possible is not necessarily always the wisest move, as when you are paying per square metre, it could mean that you end up paying for unnecessary space.

Before deciding on the size of your extension, think very carefully about the purpose it is going serve and exactly what you want to go in it. Then work backwards from there.

Now this is an area we love to work in! As experienced kitchen designers, we have developed a finely tuned planning process, which we have refined over the years and we know will certainly help you.

Having spent time discussing your precise requirements, we then put together a fully priced and detailed kitchen design. This presentation includes high quality, 3D rendered images; as a result, you get to see exactly how your new kitchen extension will look from all angles.

We then work on further refinements with you to ensure your brand-new design is just the way you want it and the final result is a kitchen as beautiful – if not more – than you originally dreamed of.

Current times and the different ways in which we are all living at the moment has called for some lateral thinking. As a result, we have developed an exclusive free ‘Remote Full Kitchen Design Service’ for all our clients. For more information please email or call us as we would be delighted to hear from you and talk you through the process.

In the meantime, have a lovely bank holiday weekend, enjoy our very special VE Day, and we’ll look forward to catching up again next week.

Clinton and Fiona

Things To Consider When Building A Kitchen Extension. -Part 3

Things To Consider When Building A Kitchen Extension. -Part 3

Having spent much more time at home recently, you may have had the opportunity to consider what your likely needs and requirements would be if you were to have a custom designed kitchen extension.

We are all spending more time at base camp, doing all kinds of things we don’t usually associate with the home, but if you give yourself a bit of clear head space, it can be an opportunity to pause and think about your specific kitchen design needs in a logical and pragmatic way. 

So far, we have touched on the possibility of needing planning permission and the necessity of a clear working timeline to keep everything on track.

The next step is to:

PRIORITISE WHAT YOU WANT

If you are starting with a blank canvas, it is important to set priorities in terms of the layout and zoning, in order to achieve your dream kitchen. Most people are aware of the ergonomics needed in a kitchen working area – a working triangle formed by sink, hob and fridge – is a popular solution.

However, it is also important to consider including a prep area – to make the space even more functional – this crucial point is often overlooked until after you have begun living and working in the space. Top tip – for this you do not need a huge amount of space, or a large worktop – just a single ‘clear zone’ for prepping.

Do not forget that the kitchen will also have people travelling through it for all kinds of reasons, not just to use as a cooking area. To look after everyone’s needs, ensure you have enough room to work (within easy distance of all appliances)  and that there’s room for other people to be around, but not in the way (as this would really ruin the overall kitchen / lifestyle ambiance).

IS THIS NEW AREA OF YOUR HOME JUST FOR COOKING?

The kitchen is often the heart of the home, it is where we sit down with other members of the family, it is where we hang out, it’s where everyday life happens. And this was just in ‘normal times’!

NOW CONSIDER HOW YOU ARE USING YOUR KITCHEN DURING LOCK DOWN
How has it changed?
Are there things you need from your kitchen now that you did not before?

Has it become a home-schooling space?

Is it the venue for virtual work meetings and catch-ups with friends and family?

Will this experience change your future lifestyle habits?

And if so, what do you now really want to create?

A real positive from our recent dramatic shift in lifestyle, is to see it as an opportunity to plan something that is more than a traditional kitchen, more than a practical space and more than your pre lock down self could have imagined.

We have a flair for interior design ideas and innovative spatial solutions. Over the past 15 years we have helped design and create many many beautiful kitchens and if you are currently looking for a spot of motivation or inspiration, you know you can call us for a chat!

Have a great weekend and see you soon

Clinton and Fiona

Things to Consider When Building A Kitchen Extension -Part 2

Things to Consider When Building A Kitchen Extension -Part 2

Time is a resource we never get back…right?
Even though we may have more now than we normally do, it is still sensible and good practice to manage it wisely.

Organising any project – let alone a kitchen extension –  is time consuming and because the tendency can be to ‘carry on regardless’, panic can start to set in if it begins to drag on, looks like it could get in the way of something else, or where there is an absolute deadline to be considered. This can result in running around like a headless chicken and potentially spending too much on things you don’t want or have time for.

You can maximise your productivity within a specific time period if you take the initiative to organise the project in hand, give it a practical timeline, and allow for margins of error.  No-one wants a project to go on forever, the idea is to create something beautiful to enjoy in the foreseeable future and improve daily living.

So, following on in our series about things to consider when building a custom designed kitchen extension…

2. TAKE TIME INTO CONSIDERATION
Planning a realistic kitchen extension timeline can help visualise the project and make sure every aspect of it is being taken care of, so as to avoid any inconvenience further down the line.

Timings largely depend on the type and size of the project you are working on, but on average, building a kitchen extension could take between three and five months.

Maybe you could start by planning backwards, so you are not in danger of eating your Christmas dinner on plastic garden furniture! It is very typical that your builder will need accurate kitchen plans with all the electrical and plumbing locations within three to four weeks of the project start date, so you’ll really need to have your finalised kitchen design ready before that. Factoring in the typical build time for a quality German kitchen of eight to ten weeks, followed by a comprehensive and precise kitchen installation lasting at least two to three weeks, means there is no time to waste in thinking about the kitchen itself.

Do not forget to leave yourself a little wiggle room (just in case) but keep time in the forefront of your mind and watch your spectacular new living space come together.

A little more time spent in the time planning will positively impact the process and the end product of your investment. We are kitchen design, planning and installation professionals, so planning is in our blood! We live and breathe it and always welcome any questions or enquiries where we might be able to help.

Have a fantastic weekend and we will be back next week with Part 3 and more kitchen extension tips.

Clinton and Fiona