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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!

Aqua kitchen glass splashbacks with Halcyon Interiors 5

Why a mint green kitchen has enduring appeal

If you love the idea of a kitchen that always feels clean and fresh – even on those days when it’s less than tidy – consider decorating with mint green or aqua colours. From the palest hint of mint to bold turquoise, these shades have a breezy energising quality that brings to mind ocean waves, bracing sea air and crisp sunny days.

You could really go for it and choose pale green units or, at the other end of the scale, add a splash of beachy cool to your space with mint accessories, crockery or small appliances. Another way to embrace the trend is to install a light green or aqua glass splashback – this provides all the zesty vibes but means you can select cabinets in a more traditional colour. Whites, greys and blues look great against seafoam shades, as do wooden cabinets with a natural finish – but aqua splashbacks will complement a huge range of colours. The polished reflective surface of glass panels also enhances the light, bright and airy feel these hues bring to a space, making them a great option for a mint green kitchen. Here are some colour choices to consider…

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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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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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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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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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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