Category: Kitchen design

Why a tinted mirror splashback could be perfect for your kitchen

Mirror is not traditionally used in kitchen settings – but more and more people are beginning to see the benefits of using a mirror splashback in their kitchen design. Adding reflective surfaces has long been known as a quick trick to make a space feel larger and lighter and this works in the kitchen, too. Furthermore, mirrored surfaces can complement any kind of interior style – they have a neutral appearance that allows them to fit in with every design scheme. We offer several choices of mirror splashback – here’s our guide to using mirror in your kitchen…

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Kitchen colour schemes: a bespoke shade for your splashback

Choosing a colour palette is one of the biggest decisions you’ll make when designing a room and your choice will have a dramatic effect on the final outcome. These days, kitchen colour schemes are hugely varied and there are many options available – whether you prefer the quiet and soothing combination of white and beige, dark and moody greys and blues, pretty pastels, or zesty, energising brights.

Your kitchen colour scheme will affect the mood of the room, enhance your chosen interior style, bring cohesion to disparate areas, and pull an open-plan space together. And it’s not just the colours themselves that matter, but the way they work together too. We often talk about colours “going” together or being “harmonious”, but what that really means is that they complement each other and create visual balance. They are either directly opposite each other on the colour wheel (red/green or blue/orange), next to each other (orange/yellow or blue/purple), triadic (three colours that are an equal distance apart on the wheel, eg, pink, green and orange) or, simply, neutral.

But that doesn’t mean you’d want equal amounts of each colour in one space! For kitchen colour schemes it’s best to choose one main colour (plus tonal variations of this shade) which will probably be used for your units, a complementary secondary colour for splashbacks, worktops or flooring, a neutral colour to offer some breathing space, and an accent colour to use as a focal point. To keep things balanced, mix at least one warm colour into a mostly cool colour scheme and vice versa (wood tones are warm, as are metallics such as gold and bronze). It’s also a good idea to check the undertones of your chosen shades to make sure they all work together – hot colours can have cool bluish or warm orangey undertones and cool colours can lean more towards grey (cold), or purple or yellow (warm). If your palette is almost there but still doesn’t look quite right, try similar shades with different undertones – eg, swap a cold blue-grey for a warm mauve-grey – and it might all come together!

Once you’ve chosen your main colour, it’s therefore important to find the exact secondary, neutral and accent shades you require so you can get the balance just right. Luckily, when it comes to glass splashbacks, you won’t have to hunt around to find what you need. We can mix colours to order or match them to paint, wallpaper, appliances or units as requested. Here are a few situations where a splashback in a bespoke shade might be just what your colour scheme needs…

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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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Interior decor: why Antiqued Metallic glass is the ideal modern/traditional mix

Many of our customers love the look of traditional kitchens for their interior decor, but that’s not to say they want to replicate the Victorian experience entirely! While they might choose wooden dressers, butler’s sinks, decorative cornices and painted cupboards, it doesn’t mean they also want to forego the mod cons of the modern cooking environment. From wipe-clean surfaces to digital thermometers, app-controlled scales and even smart fridges that can order the shopping, they want to make the most of high-tech innovations that can save time and make their cooking, dining and cleaning experience so much easier.

For this reason, modern materials that fit right in with traditional interior decor are the holy grail of kitchen design for many people. From ceramic floor tiles that mimic natural stone, to polished nickel taps in traditional shapes, old-fashioned style combined with a practical finish is often the first choice for our customers. And when it comes to splashbacks, our Antiqued Metallic glass fits the bill perfectly. Made using an innovative layering technique that combines digital printing with metallic paint, the panels have stunning visual depth. This produces a traditional heritage-style appearance that resembles the granites, marbles and limestones of classic interiors but with a low-maintenance stain-resistant surface and a contemporary glossy finish.

If this sounds right for your interior decor scheme, here are the options we offer…

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Antique Mirror glass splashbacks produced for Domo Direct in Really Rough Antique Mirror

Kitchen design: our guide to choosing kitchen finishes

There are so many important things to consider with kitchen design, but one that often gets overlooked is whether or not the final combination of finishes work together. Beyond the kitchen materials themselves – wood, stone, glass, metal, etc – it’s important to consider whether you want matt, polished, reflective or special-effect finishes, or a combination of several different types. For instance, while you might decide on painted wooden cupboard doors, the paint itself could have a matt, eggshell or gloss finish. And a stone worktop could be highly polished, honed to a more subtle shine, or diamond brushed for an uneven leathery texture.

The most important consideration is the way in which these finishes will look within the room as a whole. It’s safest to mix them to create depth and interest and a variety of textures, but bear in mind that they need to complement rather than fight against each other. The style of kitchen design you’re aiming for is also significant – traditional kitchens often have matt units with polished worktops and hardware, whereas contemporary kitchens sometimes swap those finishes around. Minimalist kitchens, meanwhile, might eschew glossy surfaces completely and have natural wooden cabinets with honed stone worktops and stainless steel handles, while a futuristic kitchen might go full-on shiny.

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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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