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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Glass shower panels and other tips for an easy-to-clean bathroom

It’s the time of year when many of us will be hosting parties or family get-togethers and our bathrooms will be seeing a lot more traffic than usual. And sadly, amongst all the fun, there’ll be a lot more cleaning to do! But keeping a bathroom spotless doesn’t have to be difficult if it’s designed to minimise the build-up of dirt and grime. Ideas such as glass shower panels and wall-mounted taps can really help to make cleaning quick and easy, so your bathroom looks as good as new with minimal effort. Here are our tips for designing a bathroom that’s easy to clean…

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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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Bathroom decorating ideas: how to create a sleek and elegant space

Bathrooms and cloakrooms are not referred to as the “smallest room in the house” for nothing – they’re usually on the cosy side and require careful thought when it comes to bathroom decorating ideas. Sinks with built-in storage, wall-mounted toilets, corner showers and recessed shelving are all great ways to make the most of the space available. But it’s also important to maintain a sense of calmness and serenity as, for many people, a bathroom is a room to relax in.

Using glass panels as splashbacks or wall coverings is an excellent way to create a soothing vibe in a bathroom. Because they are made to measure and can be cut to fit awkward spaces, they can be installed in any room, however odd its shape. Their streamlined and uniform appearance helps to enhance a sense of flow and continuity, avoiding the visual choppiness that can occur when too many different materials are used. For instance, using a variety of tiles on the floor, walls, around the bath and inside the shower recess can look very chaotic and jarring to the eye. Furthermore, a lot of tiling means a lot of grout and the dirt and mould that comes with it. Glass panels, however, stay looking clean and fresh for many years – all they need is a quick wipe and buff every now and then. Here are more ways in which glass wall coverings can help to create an elegant space…

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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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