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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How to mix traditional and modern in your kitchen or bathroom

You don’t have to decide between a traditional or contemporary look when designing your home. If you’re a fan of both, it’s possible to mix the two successfully. The key is to keep each element of your design on one side of the fence or the other, eg, keep the cabinets and all the fittings traditional but use modern materials for the hard surfaces such as flooring, worktops and splashbacks. So, if you’re looking for kitchen makeover ideas, here are six more tips for mixing classic and contemporary looks…

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Bold White kitchen

How to design a classic kitchen that won’t date

We spend more on renovating our kitchen than on any other room in the house – and we usually only do it once. It’s not surprising, then, that we want to come up with a design we’ll always love that won’t look dated 10 years down the line. But how can you be sure that your choices will stand the test of time? Here are our tips for creating a classic kitchen.

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Blue suede in situ

Introducing the Opticolour winter 2018 collection

After a sweltering summer, the clocks have gone back, the evenings are darker and the season of log fires and warm blankets is here at last. At Opticolour, we’re celebrating this cosier mood with the launch of four new colours that are perfect for the winter months and beyond.

Tapping into the current trend for dark interiors, we’re launching two dark options and two contrasting options that coordinate beautifully with the latest interior decoration styles.

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Glass produced for Elmore Kitchens in Bronze Matt Mirror

MATT glass: our new splashback finish with a soft gleam

There’s no denying we love the high-shine finish of glass splashbacks – but what if your space calls for something a little more understated? Step forward MATT glass – wall panels with a frosted surface that have all the sleek sophistication of regular glass without the highly reflective gloss. If you’re looking for new wall decor ideas, it’s definitely one to consider!

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Kryptonite glitter green glass kitchen splashbacks produced for Berkshire Kitchen Design

Should your glass wall decor blend in or stand out?

When designing a kitchen it’s important to ensure that your many surfaces – cabinet doors, worktops, wall decor, shelving, appliances and flooring – all work together. Most people hope that the overall impression will be harmonious, without a multitude of focal points that fight for attention, or a headache-inducing mix of colours, patterns and materials. Yet a bit of visual drama, or a couple of eye-catching elements that give the space character and personality, shouldn’t be left out completely. Read more