Category: Kitchen materials

Introducing our new Dekton wall covering range!

An extremely exciting collaboration between Opticolour and Cosentino to bring the truly stunning Dekton finishes to market in a new ultraslim splashback format. Previously only available in 8,12,20 or 30mm thickness, we are now the exclusive fabricator of this material and are thrilled to announce we can offer 24 Dekton finishes in an ultraslim 4mm thickness option.

 

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Dekton Entzo 4mm ultraslim splashback

 

This provides a much more cost effective alternative to stone and quartz, enabling customers to have full kitchen wraps at a fraction of the price of thicker alternatives. The 24 finishes come in various price brands to distinguish between the difference finishes. We are also able to offer a small selection of finishes in a gloss format. The differences in finishes are explained in our training brochure which can be viewed on the Dekton product page of our website.

 

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Dekton Xgloss Stonika Bergen 4mm splashback

 

With 24 finishes to choose from, we are certain this collection will be much loved. Combined with the reputation Dekton has for its durability, quality, and environmentally friendly features. Contact us today for an estimate or for  assistance with any queries.

Applications
Bathroom coverings – Highest resistance against moisture in the lightest Dekton format.

Kitchen coverings – The ultrathin format of this Dekton allows you to cover a kitchen in less quantity of the product, proving cost effect. This product is also resistant to scratching, fire and stains.

Furniture coverings – Transform the furniture of your home with surfaces of great beauty and strength.

 

Modern and sleek

Whether you’re looking to compliment existing worktops or provide a perfect statement piece, this range issure to provide an exciting option for consideration with clients. With a similar thickness to our glass, the edge detail on the Dekton Slim range is flawless and elegant. It provides peace of mind that it’s safe for use behind a heat source, whilst adding that little extra detail in a kitchen, bathroom, or living setting. Perfect for commercial projects also,  this range is sure to kick up a storm!

 

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Dekton Opera kitchen splashback

 

Our reps will be getting in contact with showrooms to provide assistance with training, brochures and sample cases over the coming weeks. If you have an immediate need for any of this, please email us where we can forward your enquiry to them.

 

Product launch date: 1st March Lead time for production – approx 10-12 working days subject to QC*.

 

*Please be aware with new products there can be delays in obtaining certain finishes from source. If there is a finish we do not  have a stock of, the lead time to obtain this can be up to 4-6 working weeks. Please enquire at estimate stage if we have a current stock of the finish required, we can then advise current and accurate lead times to manage expectations  rom the offset. Estimates produced on request – please email these in to sales@opticolour.co.uk

 

Opticolour Ltd
sales@opticolour.co.uk
01225 464343

Super Supply

Super Supply – Why supply only orders offer more opportunities

Here at Opticolour as well as our measure and fit service we also offer a supply-only service. This is perfect for customers who are happy to provide us with measurements and install their own bespoke glass splashback and do not require us to do the measuring and fitting for them. We can send glass panels to addresses throughout the UK, and we always include our specialist silicone fixing adhesive, free of charge so you can install your panel immediately.

How it works
We require the measurements of your panels to the nearest millimetre. You will not need to produce a template if your panel is a straightforward rectangle or square, however if you require cut-outs or shaping (for example for plug sockets or to fit under a curved extractor hood) then we would ask you to send a template ideally made from MDF. If the MDF template fits then you can rest assured that your glass will also fit! Alternatively you can make drawings and email these to us instead.

How to measure

  • Sizes should be presented in millimetres with the width and height clearly marked. Please remember that once the glass has been toughened it cannot be trimmed or filed, so it is important to get the measurements right first time.
  • If you make templates they should always have straight edges, unless you have included an intentional curve or cut-outs to accommodate fixtures and fittings. The glass will always be cut straight, and will not be scribed (contoured) into uneven, crooked or irregular walls, worktops or floors.
  • First check all worktops or shower trays with a spirit level. If this base surface is level you can move on to the next step. If it is not level this needs to be taken into account – we can then cut the glass out of square in order to keep the sides vertical. (It is particularly wise to keep the sides of glass panels vertical wherever panels butt against one another.) To provide us with the measurements we need, draw a horizontal line a few centimetres above the base surface along the entire length of the base, using your spirit level to ensure the line is level. You can then measure the height difference between the base and the line at each end to determine how far out of square the height is. It is important to do this or your ends will not be vertical!
  • Next do the same vertically at the ends (sides) to find out if and by how much the sides are out of square. You can then measure between your lines and add on for any off-squareness.
  • Do not measure too tightly – always leave a tiny gap around the edges to allow the panels to be installed smoothly and as a margin for error. The industry standards for glass cutting are + or –2mm; Opticolour endeavours to achieve +0mm or –0.5mm, but there can be a variation of up to 1mm between different tape measures!
  • Bear in mind at all times – particularly when measuring around right-angled corners – that few walls are really flat. The glass will sit on the part of the wall that sticks out furthest. Allow at least 8mm for the thickness of the glass and adhesive where panels are fitted at a right angle to each other. Please ensure that cut-outs for sockets or any other fittings are at least 25mm from the edge of the glass, or each other, unless they butt right up against one another.
  • We can cut an upside down “T” shape to avoid joins.

Supply only inspiration
These customer install photos highlight whether you require a straightforward rectangle to sit in between wall units or a panel cut around an extractor, we cut our glass to suit your needs and provide a sleek and professional fit to suit all.

 

aN installation of our White glass done on behalf of Harvey Jones Notting Hill 

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An installation of Cream by a retail customer

 

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An installation of Forest Green Stripe glass splashback.

 

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An installation of a printed glass splashback, shown here in SMO002.

 

We hope this helps give you the confidence if you are considering supply only orders. However if you need a little extra support, please do not hesitate to contact us, we are more than happy to guide you. Happy measuring!

January 2021 Newsletter – New ways of working and installations of the month!

Happy New Year!

Although 2021 may not seem like it has got off to the best start, Team Opticolour are certain that unlike 2020, 2021 is going to be a year to remember for all the right reasons!
We have some fantastic projects we’re very lucky to be working on – our lips are sealed at the moment but keep your eyes peeled and ears ready for some exciting news to follow over the coming months.
In this month’s newsletter, we wanted to clarify how working at Opticolour has changed in reflection to the ongoing pandemic, and highlight some fabulous installations we have seen.

 

First, a little thank you!
We know the last 12 months have been awfully strange, but one thing that’s made things that little bit more normal for us are the amount of enquiries we are getting. We love hearing from our customers about how they’re getting on, knowing that you too are trying to do your best under current circumstances gives us that little bit of hope that with the support of everyone, we will get through this.

So thank you, whether it’s been an email, a phone call, or a mention on social media. It really does mean the world to us at Team Opticolour and makes it all the more enjoyable. In times of distance, it feels like we are closer than ever to our customers – long may that continue!

 

Current office opening hours
Whilst working at reduced capacity due to the Coronavirus pandemic, you may have noticed our office hours have changed slightly to reflect this.

Our new office hours are as follows:
Monday-Thursday: 9am – 4.30pm
Friday: 9am-2pm

Please rest assured any enquiries outside of these hours are treated with the upmost importance, we are pleased to announce we’re still responding to emails within 4 working hours – customer service still remains a top priority for us, setting us apart from competitors.

 

Let’s get social
Over the festive period we’ve loved the photos we’ve been tagged in across the social platforms. It creates such a buzz around the industry so if you aren’t already, give us a follow!

Facebook- Opticolour
Instagram – @opticolour
Twitter – @opticolour

 

January installations

Now for the fun to start – each month we will be posting glass installations that have really got us talking – feel free to send us photos you’ve taken yourselves so they can be included in newsletters moving forward. We really want this to be a supportive platform!

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Toughened Antique Mirror in Really Rough installed on behalf of Harvey Jones in Sheen.

 

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Untoughened Bronze Mirror installed on behalf of Poggenpohl St Albans.

 

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Coloured glass splashback installed on behalf of Berkshire Kitchen Design in Matt Svelte.

 

Thank you once again, we cannot wait to see what this year will bring!

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 Wooden Heart Designers Guild in coastal retreat colour kitchen

The best materials for a low-maintenance kitchen

We all want a kitchen that looks stylish and welcoming as well as fresh and clean, but no one wants to spend hours every day preserving that appearance. Many kitchen materials, however, do require a lot of maintenance that sometimes causes buyers’ remorse. Stainless steel worktops, for instance, are very hard to keep smear and scratch free. Marble is porous and stains very easily. Granite requires special products and much time polishing and buffing to keep it looking clean and shiny. And tiles have grout lines that attract all manner of dirt, grime and mould. If you have better things to do than clean your kitchen all day long, look for materials that are: smooth with no cracks, crevices or unevenness; stain and water repellent; scratch and heat resistant; solid and durable; and offer a variety of patterns and finishes that won’t show every speck of dirt. A solid glass splashback, for instance, would tick all these boxes…

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