Category: Interior design

Ideas for a bright and airy kitchen

As we move into a new decade, it’s natural to think about fresh starts and positive action. Many people have the urge to declutter – particularly after the excesses of the festive season – and this often leads to thoughts of freshening up our homes. Whereas Christmas is all about warmth, cosiness and indulgence, the New Year feels like a time for ridding ourselves of unused belongings and bringing light and airiness into our interiors instead. Creating clear, calm and open surroundings will, we hope, ultimately help to provide the mental space we need to take exciting plans forward and move closer to our goals. The kitchen is one area of the home that can often do with an overhaul. We spend much of our time there and it’s a room that becomes messy and cluttered very easily. Redesigning or upgrading the space to make it feel larger and lighter is a great way to begin improving our homes in a way that will also, hopefully, make our lives run more smoothly and calmly. Here are our tips for creating a bright and airy kitchen…

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From luxury kitchens to galleys: how to ensure your space looks pulled together

Designing a kitchen – from small and simple spaces to luxury kitchens with all the latest tech – can feel overwhelming. There are so many things to consider and take into account. Firstly, there are many different elements to the room, from the floors to the splashbacks to the units. There are colours, finishes and details to think about, and of course the layout is crucial as the room needs to be highly functional. Storage is important, as is cleaning and maintenance… the list goes on and on!

When making these choices it can be easy to forget your overall vision for the space. You may have started with an idea of how you want your kitchen to look, but that can easily get swept aside as hundreds of micro-decisions are made about the position of the light switches or the ideal length of the island. In particular, it can become difficult to visualise how all the elements will work together and whether the room as a whole will look cohesive – or whether it will end up as a bit of a mess!

In order to prevent the visual design of your kitchen from slipping out of your control, read our tips to help you plan a space that not only functions well but looks fantastic too…

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Coloured glass splashbacks produced for Two Guys Kitchens OPTI126 in orange

The kitchen makeover: easy ways to refresh your room

It’s usually the most expensive room to renovate in a home, and tackling a complete kitchen makeover is a daunting task. However, if the fundamental elements are in place and in a decent condition, are you sure you need to start from scratch? Not only is a full renovation very costly but it’s also hugely disruptive, and it won’t always increase the value of your property by the amount you’ve spent. If you’re not one hundred per cent sure whether to go ahead or not, or you need time to save up, there are plenty of easy ways to refresh your kitchen to make it more stylish and bring it into line with your personal tastes. Here are a few ideas…

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Why our Cobweb glass panels are ideal for stylish house decoration

Our hand-painted Cobweb glass is one of our most exclusive lines, and is often chosen for house decoration in luxury kitchens, bathrooms or living spaces. If you love the patterning of natural stone such as marble, onyx or granite, but are hesitant about the high levels of maintenance required to look after it, our Cobweb panels offer an ideal solution. With metallic or monochrome veining on a background of rich colour, they echo the beauty of nature while also providing an elegant glossy finish that’s surprisingly easy to clean and maintain.

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Coloured glass splashbacks produced for Neils Kitchens in Lavender Blue colour

Home decor ideas: using pastels in the kitchen

Interior fashions and home decor ideas come and go, but one trend that never disappears completely is the pastel coloured kitchen. Since the 1950s introduced bubblegum pink, mint green and sunny yellow into our cooking spaces, we’ve never looked back. There’s something about these happy shades that feels right in the room where we gather together with family and friends, make treats for loved ones, or relax with a bit of baking therapy. And if any more proof were needed, just think of the colour scheme inside the Bake Off tent! But using pastel colours in the kitchen can be quite hard to pull off – after all, no one wants to end up with a room that would fit right in to Willy Wonka’s factory. Here are our tips for pastel perfection…

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Wall art splashbacks: bringing nature inside

House plants are having a major resurgence right now – and there are many ways in which we benefit from having them in our homes. Plants and flowers lower stress and create a relaxed ambience, ease tension and promote wellbeing, and enhance creativity and productivity. But what if your home receives little in the way of natural light, or you don’t have much space for plants or… you’re just not very good at looking after them? Installing glass splashbacks or panels printed with botanical images is one of the most effective wall art ideas for bringing the outside in.

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Dove Grey kitchen glass splashbacks

Interior styles: why Modern Design is the latest luxury look

When someone describes an interior as “modern” they often mean “contemporary” – as in new, or trendy, or non-traditional. But while the words might be synonymous in everyday life, Modern Design refers to a specific strand of home decor, and it’s one of the most elegant interior styles around. If you love a sleek, fuss-free look, with clean lines and minimal embellishment, this could be the ideal style for you and your property.

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Why trompe l’oeil glass panels are the new heroes of home decor

Choosing the right materials for your kitchen or bathroom is often a balancing act between beauty and practicality. It’s so often the case that the most attractive finishes are also the most problematic – marble can stain, exposed brick is dusty and porous, metal rusts and wallpaper is hard to clean and non-waterproof. Even tiling, that most traditional of kitchen wall finishes, requires grout that gets dirty, discoloured or mouldy. Sometimes, what initially seemed like a good home decor idea can turn into an expensive headache further down the line. Read more

Mirrored home bars – the latest luxury property trend

Mirrored home bars are a growing trend in the high-end housing market, joining gyms, pantries, dressing rooms and wine cellars as one of those property extras that can lift a home to a new level of luxury. Whether you entertain regularly or simply like to unwind with an evening cocktail, a dedicated area for a little indulgence will make it all the more special.

If you fancy adding a home bar to your property, the good news is that you can easily do this retrospectively and you don’t need much space. An under-used basement or box room would be ideal, but a spare wall, alcove or cupboard would work just as well. Not only that, but a fabulous bar space makes sense in almost any room, including the kitchen, hallway, dining or living room – whatever suits your space and lifestyle.

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