KITCHEN WORKTOPS AND THEIR BENEFITS

KITCHEN WORKTOPS AND THEIR BENEFITS

KITCHEN WORKTOPS AND THEIR BENEFITS

A solid worktop is a practical and reliable choice, as well as being hugely aspirational because they look so fabulous. So, let us tell you what they’re made from and how they’re made, to help you decide which kitchen worktop is right for you.

 

Dekton®

Dekton® consists of raw materials used in the glass, porcelain and quartz surfaces production. These mix under high heat and pressure, which mimics the metamorphic change that natural stone undergoes over thousands of years, but Dekton® does it very quickly. It’s highly resistant to UV light, heat, abrasion and scratching, staining and extreme cold temperatures. The perfect worktop choice for cooking enthusiasts. You can put your chef hat on without worrying about damaging the worktop surfaces, when you’re slicing, dicing and placing down hot pots and pans in the kitchen. With a Dekton® kitchen worktop you’ll get totally lost in doing what you love, and cook without worry!

 

Silestone

Silestone worktops are made by combining 90% ground quartz with 8-10% resins, polymers, and pigments; when cured it forms a very hard granite-like surface, in a myriad of colours and internalised textures. Its stain, scratch and reasonably heat proof. If you really want the ‘wow’ factor, to all lucky enough to feast their eyes on your new kitchen, a Silestone worktop will do just that.  Silestone is available in 55 different colours and textures; so no matter what kitchen design idea you’re bringing to life, from naturally marbled to industrial design, they’ll have the perfect worktop for you.

 

Corian®

Corian® is a man-made material composed of a combination of marble dust, bauxite, acrylic, epoxy or polyester resins and pigments. Most frequently used for seamless kitchen worktop installations. Corian® is non-porous, so stains will not penetrate its surface. It also resists the growth of mould, mildew and bacteria. We’d say Corian® is the perfect worktop for a minimalistic kitchen design. The signature flowing seamless look, of a Corian® worktop, creates fluidity in the kitchen, like a silky smooth dream.

 

Come see for yourself

They do differ in price point but are well worth budgeting for when designing your new kitchen. The kitchen worktop has a massive impact on the overall finish and feel of the room. At The Kitchen Partners, we think it’s incredibly important our customers get to see the uniqueness of these worktops for themselves. We have a vast range of worktop samples in our showroom, as well as full display kitchens, showcasing Dekton®, Silestone and Corian® worktops (see images).

HOW TO MAKE A SMALL KITCHEN FEEL BIGGER

HOW TO MAKE A SMALL KITCHEN FEEL BIGGER

 

HOW TO MAKE A SMALL KITCHEN FEEL BIGGER

 

We want to talk about light, not just any light – kitchen light! We’ve made it through the shortest day of the year, and in our eyes, that means there’s light at the end of the tunnel. Undoubtedly, it may well be a very long tunnel (a minute extra a day), but we definitely see some light shining on through. That got us, at The Kitchen Partners, thinking about how wonderful light is! Not just that it’s lovely we’re getting more daylight in our day, but how light can be used as an advantage in the kitchen, for those with a smaller space.

Okay, so your kitchen may not be as big as you’d like. You’ve dreamt about a big open-plan kitchen that spills off into your dining or living room, like the beautiful handleless kitchens you’ve seen in the magazines; but you realistically don’t have the space. It’s a matter of fact, and sadly, unless you look to extend it’s the layout you’re stuck with – but fear not, my kitchen loving friend. Small is good too, small is great in fact (mighty some would even say). If you’ve got a small kitchen space, it opens up potential to get really clever with your design ideas. Hidden nooks and crannies you’ll spend just that bit too long opening and closing in front your friends, when they first come round to see your new dream kitchen layout.

You’ve got to use the space wisely, and here at The Kitchen Partners, (Whiteladies Road, Bristol) business owners and kitchen designers Clinton & Fiona Patey know exactly how to do that.

 

LOOK ON THE BRIGHT SIDE: HOW CLEVER USE OF LIGHTING CAN BRIGHTEN UP YOUR KITCHEN AND MAKE IT SEEM BIGGER.

 

Lighten Up:

 

You can make both the natural and artificial lighting do the work for you, when it comes to making a small kitchen space feel bigger. The general rule of thumb is to use light, soft tones (white & grey) and reflective materials to bounce light around the room. As lighter shades are more reflective this will allow both natural and artificial light to bounce off, making your kitchen feel airy and open. That being said, if you’ve had your heart set on having a darker finish in your kitchen; try using darker tones on the base units and keep everything else, including the walls, light to balance out the colour. 

Your kitchen may lend itself to plenty of natural light, which would definitely be in your favour. Natural bright light will make a room feel more open and welcoming; it can also really help to create a fresh atmosphere. We would suggest incorporating a mirror splash-back, to reflect light around more of the room (as seen in our Brigitte display kitchen in our showroom), taking full advantage of that wonderful natural light. 

 

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Be sure to make use of every nook and cranny by allowing space for storage at the planning stage. Consider integrating appliances, choosing deep drawers for pots and pans to create a clutter- free kitchen that allows light to bounce around the room undisturbed.  Integrated appliances (usually fridges and dishwashers), can be designed hidden behind a door so they blend into the rest of your kitchen cabinets. This really helps to create fluidity in your kitchen, which offers an overall larger, clutter free appearance and more surfaces for light to reflect.

We feel the importance of good lighting cannot be stressed enough, but don’t get us wrong we understand sometimes great natural light isn’t always available. In some cases with a smaller kitchen space, lighting is often lacking, coming just from ceiling fixtures in the center of the room. Add LED lighting under, above and even inside the cabinets to make the room feel much brighter and bigger, as the dark shadows around the cabinets would otherwise visually shrink the space.

 

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So come visit us at our kitchen showroom, on 102 Whiteladies Road, Bristol to discuss all things kitchen design – be it big or small!

A GUIDE TO KITCHEN CABINETS

A GUIDE TO KITCHEN CABINETS

 

A GUIDE TO KITCHEN CABINETS

What could possibly be the most important element of your kitchen design? The worktop, appliances or maybe even the lighting? If you stumble across this question whilst seeking inspiration for your new kitchen, then we may have the answer for you. Kitchen cabinets, or more importantly the cabinet finish — arguably creates the biggest impact on the overall style, feel and quality of your kitchen. In this blog, we’ll run through The Kitchen Partners’ selection of five different styles that you’ll be sure to love.

Slab it out

Flat-panel kitchen cabinet doors, better known as ‘Slab’ doors — are simple but stylish. The flat-panel kitchen cabinet style offers hard lines and minimalist form and lacks any ornate detail. The appearance of the simple flat-panel cabinet makes it a great fit for both contemporary and modern kitchens.

Flat-panel cabinets can be constructed in many different ways. A consistent feature of this style is the fact that the slab doors do not have any frames. Rather, they are simply solid slabs, reflecting their name.

An additional modern approach to the kitchen design, with flat-panel cabinets is to strip away the handles. Minimalism is proving popular within kitchen design. We believe it all comes down to the Scandi-inspired interior styling trend, that we’re seeing more frequently.  Taking away as many unnecessary elements to the visual of the kitchen as possible to create simplicity. This makes for a simple backdrop to add personality with accessories and natural materials. 

We are in partnership with Leicht and Brigitte, both German luxury kitchen specialists. We showcase their modern flat-panel kitchens in our showroom on the Whiteladies Road in Bristol.

Let’s shake things up

The most traditional style for kitchen cabinets today, is known as the Shaker-style. The Shaker style door is the panelled ‘country farmhouse’ look. It’s far more prevalent in Britain than the rest of the world. The Shaker style is a warm, homely look, that thrives in the ‘rustic and vintage’ kitchen design trend. Shaker cabinets consist of five pieces of flat-panel. Creating a frame with four pieces, then a single flat centre panel as the fifth piece. 

Now you may have heard of the term ‘In-Frame’.  Which is the most traditional method of making the Shaker door. It has a panelled door within a frame on the front of the cabinet, giving it more stability. More quality and time is required in the manufacturing and installation process of this version, but it provides a timelessly luxury and classic appearance.

Our traditional British suppliers are Sheraton and Mereway. Using the finest quality materials and hand painting all cabinets, they provide our customers with bespoke and handmade kitchens. 

No matter which you choose, a traditional solid wood, hand painted kitchen is the successful outcome. You can be sure of one thing — your kitchen will be built to the very highest standards, by British craftsmen who pride themselves on a craft exceptionally well executed.

It’s time to open up

Open shelves look beautiful in the magazines, but not necessarily a “must-have” for most homeowners.  Let’s face it — you have to have a matching set of dinnerware, or speciality pieces you want on display.  But with good organisation and the right kind of shelves, you can create a really unique style for your kitchen. — Whether it’s contemporary charm, or a traditionally classic design.

As a replacement to wall based closed-cabinetry, open kitchen shelving is becoming a unique alternative design trend.

While you may find it hard to imagine, open shelving has it’s benefits. It provides a light and airy feel, offering the illusion of more space, which is especially great in smaller kitchens.  It’s efficient since you can see and grab what you need, without taking the time to open cabinet doors to look inside.   Considering everything is out in the open, be thoughtful about whatever you place on the shelves. Every utensil, bowl or glass has an impact on the overall aesthetic of your kitchen’s look and feel.

Showcase some accent-coloured utensils that provide a uniform of character for your kitchen. Recycle those empty wine bottles from your dinner party, aligning them on your open-shelf. Display luscious organic herb plants and spice-filled mason jars. For small kitchens, be careful not to overload the wall shelving. Keep only the bare essentials and place the rest of your items in the base cabinets. Not only will it make it easier to keep everything well organised, but it will also help you maintain a sharp and simple look.

WHAT’S NEW IN KITCHEN TECHNOLOGY

WHAT’S NEW IN KITCHEN TECHNOLOGY

WHAT’S NEW IN KITCHEN TECHNOLOGY

WHAT’S NEW IN KITCHEN TECHNOLOGY

 


01. The Self-Cleaning Oven

 

When creating a mouth-watering masterpiece, the last thing you want to worry about is cleaning the oven afterwards. Pyrolytic self-cleaning saves you time and keeps your oven in perfect condition. Freeing up more of your valuable time to spend with family and friends.

Although they have been around for a fairly long time, only within the past five years have they caught the attention of busy and eco-conscious people, finally discovering their numerous benefits.

Pyrolytic oven’s heat up to extreme temperatures of about 500 degrees Celsius. This kills germs and reduces any food splatters present in the oven to a state of powdery ash, that doesn’t require much effort to remove. With this high heat method of cleaning, you won’t need to spray chemical cleaners into your oven.

A Sunday roast is delicious, but it’s also messy. With NEFF’s Pyrolytic cleaning, scrubbing the oven is a thing of the past. All you do is press a button and wait while fatty food deposits are burnt away. Simply wipe away the ash, leaving the oven cavity perfectly clean. You can even choose from three settings, depending on how messy your oven is.

 

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02. Intelligent Kitchens

 

Voice-activated products use one of the most natural of all human behaviours, to command, interact, and monitor your devices and your home itself. This makes it one of the most interesting and popular innovations in technology today. As speaking is something almost everyone can do, it requires no learning curve.

With synchronising products, they’ve become advanced enough to turn on lights, lock doors and instantly translate spoken language. Technology is becoming incredibly useful in the kitchen, where taking commands hands-free can be particularly helpful. Send a voice-command to your smart device and it will happily switch on your oven whilst you’re driving home from work. There is nothing worse than arriving at the supermarket and forgetting your shopping list at home. Lucky for you, Samsung’s smart fridge will conveniently take a photograph of the inside of your fridge, (remotely, via voice command from your smart device) reminding you of what needs to be bought!

We love the idea of a smart kitchen hub that connects every one of your other devices in a seamless, central location. Adding voice control elevates this idea to a whole new level.

There is much more kitchen technology on the horizon, we most definitely know that. NEFF’s smart-kitchen technology is one to look out for, that’s all we’re saying for now without giving too much away!

 

03. Cooking, With Physics

 

It’s all about electromagnetic cooking, performed with an appliance called an Induction Hob. It’s the future of kitchen tech, but believe it or not, it’s already the present. Pushing aside the gas and electric methods of cooking, which for many years, has been a domestic and commercial staple of any efficient working kitchen.

In contrast to ordinary electric hobs, which utilise radiant heat for heating your food, induction hobs heat via means of an electromagnetic field. The modern induction hob can achieve a wide range of temperatures, and they take far less time to boil than their electric or gas counterparts, which is one of its main advantages. However, just make sure you look out for the induction ready symbol on any new cookware you buy.

Induction is faster, safer, easier, and far more efficient than either gas or electric. We thoroughly recommend making your domestic cooking life easier with an induction hob.

 

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04. Innovative Water

Think about the number of times a day that you need boiling water. How much time you spend waiting for the kettle to boil. And now imagine you could save time, energy and space in the kitchen – all in one go.

The reality is a beautiful and reliable system that delivers kettle hot water straight from the tap – safely and instantly. Once you discover all the advantages of this remarkable helpmate in the kitchen, you’ll never look back.

Delivering water that’s hot enough for making tea, or cooking with straight from the tap, saves a huge amount of time waiting for the kettle or saucepan to boil. They are also far more energy efficient that the average kettle, as there is no wasted water boiled, only what is required.

We work with a variety of suppliers, such as Quooker, Zip and Blanco, who provide us with a range of tap fittings to integrate into your kitchen design. They provide various types of filtered water, including chilled, kettle-hot or sparkling. Delivering perfect tasting water, free of the smallest particles and impurities. Only minerals in the water that are beneficial to health are left behind in the water.

Forget buying plastic bottles of water, your modern household has just increased its sustainability. Did you know it takes an astonishing seven litres of water just to produce a single litre of bottled water? Not to mention the carbon emissions.

Come and visit our showroom on Whiteladies Road, Bristol, where you can taste the filtered water for yourself, or if you’d prefer, let us brew you a tea from the same tap!

 

05. The Art of Extraction

 

A cooker hood is a long-term investment for your kitchen. It needs to look good, as well as do it’s job efficiently. Some cooker hoods can be ineffective while making a lot of noise. The best will work quickly and quietly, eliminating moisture and odours, and stopping grease from settling on your kitchen surfaces.

Miele’s Con@ctivity 2.0 gathers information from the hob and transmits it to the controls in the cooker hood. Without even lifting a finger towards your hood, you can enjoy the optimum kitchen environment. Your hob wirelessly activates and adjusts the cooker hood fan speed automatically, based on what you’re cooking. Steam and vapour disappear as quickly as it appears, leaving you with a beautifully fresh kitchen to cook and relax in.

The focus on time-conscious and functional design, aren’t the only elements of technology being pushed forward at the moment. A ground-breaking and incredibly innovative feature, not to be overlooked is the essential air quality in your space and creation of kitchen well-being.

Falmec has developed a unique technology, with considerable health benefits to both our physical, and psychological well-being. It’s called E.ion System, the only range of cooker hoods on the market that sanitises and purifies the air. They effectively neutralise odours, irritants and pollutants such as bacteria, viruses, mites, pollens, spores, dust, noxious fumes or exhaust gases. This technology essentially creates a positive effect on the mind and body, resulting in improved mood and concentration.

 

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POPULAR KITCHEN DESIGN TRENDS OF 2018

POPULAR KITCHEN DESIGN TRENDS OF 2018

Popular trends kitchen design trends of 2018

Exploring some of the most popular kitchen design trends of 2018 in this latest blog post. Covering everything from splashbacks to new neutrals. Whether the layout of your kitchen needs an entire re-think. Or, you just simply want to rejuvenate a sleeping colour scheme, now is the perfect time to plan your dream kitchen. Read more to get the inspiration you need to translate your mood board into reality.

 

 

ONE /
TOUGH & ROUGH LUXE

Weathered wood, cool concrete surfaces and burnished metals, are some of the essential ingredients of a tough-luxe aesthetic. Therefore, it helps to have existing architectural elements to play with, such as exposed brick walls, timber beams and metal-framed windows. Bring concrete indoors by choosing Dekton by Cosentino. For example, if you want to create a strong statement, try a white-textured worktop to flare up the industrial chic approach. Combine this with a burnt orange autumnal accent through an Opticolour glass splash-back. Lastly, complement your kitchen design with an open social space, using industrial-style lighting over a reclaimed oak table. 

 

 

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NEW NEUTRALS

A popular kitchen design trend of 2018 we expect to come through in new kitchen design, is the selection of new neutrals and dark colour schemes. The neutral of white is a classic foundation to any kitchen. However, darker neutrals are rising above and could possibly overtake as a fresh kitchen design approach.

This trend can be directly traced from traditional Shaker-style kitchens, right through to contemporary chic. Just like any neutral scheme, it’s incredibly versatile. The dark elements can be applied on kitchen cabinets, worktops, splash-backs, or even floors. 

In addition, we think grey will take a back seat. This year’s alternative neutral colour focus is on green. Already crowned the ‘new neutral’ for its versatility. Green is a natural choice for the kitchen. Create textural interest to an understated scheme with natural textures, which can also be lifted by warm and welcome copper or brass accents.

 

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THREE /
TAKE TO 
THE FLOOR

The trend for the ‘waterfall edge’. Which sees kitchen island worktops flowing down the side, touching the ground, then continuing into the flooring. Silestone is on the case with the launch of new kitchen island cladding, and floor tiles, made from Silestone’s durable composite quartz. It’s a crispy and coordinated look, definitely a new kitchen design trend to watch for the next year ahead of us.

 

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SHINING OUT

There’s no disputing the attention-pulling powers of a striking range cooker, or eye-catching island. However, prepare for statement sinks to steal the show. Unlike under-mounted versions, the latest style-led designs are meant to be seen. Not only are they a design feature, they’re a practical element that makes us wonder why the emphasis hasn’t always also been on function. Blanco states “single bowl designs are being installed 45% more than the double bowl, and 1-3/4 bowl designs. Apron front sink installs also continue to grow, rising on the charts by 17%”. Think contrasting brass accent apron front sinks. Beautifully complementing either a dark or light colour scheme for your kitchen design.

 

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FIVE /
AWASH WITH STYLE

Forget lacklustre splash-backs. The space between worktop and wall cabinet is ripe for experimenting. Bespoke surfaces are the way forward, particularly those th­­­at feature natural pigmentation and imperfections for a truly individual look. Coordinate with your worktop to fill this understated space. Dekton’s­ ‘Industrial’ series was created to pay tribute to the beautiful imperfections of the metals and stone, in all their different stages of ageing. It will look incredible, take our word for it.

 

 

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A Guide to Stunning Kitchen Design by Cosentino

A Guide to Stunning Kitchen Design by Cosentino

 

Cosentino Group is a Spanish, family-owned company. Producing and distributing high value, innovative surfaces for use in design and architecture. Here at The Kitchen Partners, we work closely with Cosentino. As a result, we can provide our customers with products that meet our expectation, with regards to kitchen design, value and quality.

 

Cosentino are best known for three popular products; Silestone®, Dekton® and Sensa.

 

  • Silestone® is made of more than 90% of natural quartz. With more than 80 different colours and textures, it is the perfect option for indoor surfaces.
  • Dekton® is the new ultra-compact surface of Cosentino. A material made of porcelain, glass and quartz. As a result of having zero-porosity, its become a versatile and high resistant option.
  • Sensa is a first quality natural granite. Highly resistant to stains, thanks to an groundbreaking protective treatment. Consequently, giving you the opportunity to enjoy your kitchen without special maintenance.

Our showroom houses a number of displays. For instance, we showcase a range of kitchens, appliances and worktops. As a result, it’s a great environment to visualise your new kitchen ideas. In addition, you can also get a hands-on feel for the Cosentino worktops available for your design.

Beautiful kitchens are usually the focal point in any new construction or remodel. Therefore, whether it’s an update to an older residence, or a total gut renovation, it’s important you get it right. 

 

Similarly to their great worktop surfaces, we think Cosentino’s “A Guide to Stunning Kitchen Design” is the perfect guide for all your kitchen inspiration needs! In other words, read this great guide below!

 

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