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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!

Bold White glass splashback installed in a kitchen

Kitchen splashback ideas: choosing the right splashback/worktop combination

When designing a kitchen, people usually think about the overall style of the room first followed by the kind of cabinets they want to install. The worktop and splashback are secondary considerations and are often chosen in isolation from each other – but it’s really important to think about how they’ll work together. They will sit next to each other after all, so coming up with kitchen splashback ideas at the same time as worktop options is a wise move. There are several combinations to consider: worktops and splashbacks can be similar in tone and colour or they can contrast with each other; they can have similar finishes (ie, both be glossy or both be matt); they can offer visual variety with a mix of both; or they could be made from the same material to create a wraparound effect. Here are the options in more detail…

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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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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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