TOP TIPS FOR DESIGNING YOUR PERFECT HOME

Creating the right ambience in your home is essential . From lighting to furnishings, it’s important to have a home that you love spending time in and to create something that you are happy with.  That goes for the kitchen too. Whether you have a shelf-bought kitchen or Handmade Kitchens, it’s important to make it your own.

Below are some top tips for designing the perfect kitchen and other rooms in your home to give you some ideas of how to create a room that you fall in love with.

 

Texture

Textures around the home need not be the same. In fact, if you’re looking to achieve an informal, cosy setting then steer clear of a regimented list of restricted textures and you’ll find textures that marry well irrespective of their feel or material. Mirrors and glass objects are a good accent to any texture. To create a broody feel, consider rich, dark veneers. For a softer touch, incorporate silk upholstery, velvet floor length curtains and hints of aged brass and copper.

Colour

Colour can influence our mood so make sure you consider your colour options.  The first thing to consider when introducing colour is the size of the room. If your kitchen is small, you’ll want the space to be bright and airy so you might opt for predominately lighter shades for the walls or cabinetry. That way cooking need not be a dark and isolating experience. A restricted pale palette also makes for a sleek aesthetic that can be personalised with splashes of colour and will have you staying on trend for 2018. Ideal Home has aptly named this the ‘Unicorn-inspired’ trend featuring pale blues and pinks, personalised with glinting bronze and metal.

 

However, large open plan kitchen diners lend themselves to darker hues as they can take a stronger palette without the room feeling too restrictive or oppressive. Dark blue cabinets, as House Beautiful have predicted, are set to be the most popular colour choice this year for modern kitchens. The second thing you’ll need to consider is the lighting in each room, so, consider where and how natural light may shine. The personal palette will vary from client to client and it is important for kitchen designers and interior designers alike to use their expertise to help their clients make informed choices about colour schemes. The option of hand painted cabinetry allows you to experiment with changing trends, but also gives you an authentic texture on the wood that you simply can’t achieve with spray paint finish.

 

Pinterest is also a great source of inspiration.  It’s where you can create a mood board or get inspiration for your own home. Keep a few questions in mind such as How do I want to use this space? What impact will lighting have on these colours? Or What is the psychology of this colour? The kitchen or living room (usually whichever is the biggest room in the home) is the best place to start as these are likely to be your most centrally located rooms and all other palettes branch off from here. Paint this larger room in a bold colour, and work around the home either complimenting the first shade, contrasting it or matching with a soft, neutral hue.

With each colour, comes a different mood as it helps stimulate a particular feeling:

  • Pink: connotations of love and peace – suited to a restful space in the home, such as the bedroom.
  • Red: connotations of passion and danger – suited to a warm, sociable environment such as the dining room.
  • Orange: connotations of stability – suited to a lively space in the home such as the living or dining room.
  • Yellow: a warm and positive colour – suited to a bright and lively space such as the kitchen or dining room.
  • Green: a calming colour resembling nature – suited to a restful space such as the bedroom or living room.
  • Blue: a calm, soothing colour – suited to a cool and relaxing space such as the kitchen, bedroom or bathroom.
  • White: a bright colour opening up a space – suited to a light and airy environment such as kitchen, bedroom or bathroom.

Lighting

Don’t underestimate the impact of lighting. Different rooms around the home require different styles of lighting due to the nature of tasks and activities that go on in each space. Even within a room, it is vital that you use more than one type of lighting if you are to achieve any sort of ambience.

 

You can also change your lighting with the season.  For example in winter, you can add a useful and cosy lighting source: candles. In spring and summer, it’ll be all about taking away those window covers and letting the summer warmth fill your home.

 

Another area to look at is your living room.  An area will be dedicated to watching TV and will need ceiling lights, possibly on a dimmer, so that the right light can be achieved throughout the day and when the curtains are drawn. One corner may serve as a dedicated reading spot; if so, then a floor lamp that provides a softer light closer overhead will make a world of difference.

 

Working, dining and relaxing in the correct light is essential for enjoying your kitchen. To create the right ambiance in the kitchen, invest in pendant lights – perhaps in varying heights – and with a warm temperature to the bulb. Plinth lighting is also a clever way to add warmth as well as a focal point to the design; this has a particularly striking effect on an island, giving the illusion of ‘floating cabinets’.

 

Creating the right ambience in your home is very much a subjective topic and the list above should act as a guide. Other ways to improve the ambience in your home include transforming a space with scent and layering different aromas. Changing colours, textures, smells and lighting are all simple, inexpensive ways of changing how a room feels.

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5 TOP TIPS FOR ADDING A TOUCH OF CHIC LUXURY TO YOUR KITCHEN

A kitchen makeover can be the perfect way to impress guests, add value to your property or simply make you feel cosier in your own home. Certain kitchen design trends have become tacky or outdated over the years. Getting rid of these and opting for a few modern and classic touches could help to make your humble abode feel like the home of a millionaire.   Getting inspired to redesign your kitchen is quite simple really, just have a look at kitchens through the years.  Below I’ve highlighted some of the periods…

 

50s and 60s

Though food rationing began in the 1940s, its effect continued well into the post-war era. Stripped back and functional was what comes to mind when thinking about the pre-war era of kitchen design and interiors. But as we entered the 1950s, and the age of consumerism, the fitted kitchen with household appliances became the housewife’s domain. Influenced by bold American designs, our kitchens evolved into bright semi-open plan spaces.

70s and 80s

Fridges and freezers crept into the mass market, and more families could afford to keep food cool within the comfort of their own home in the 1970s. The bulky white goods helped to evolve the kitchen – moving away from using seasonal vegetables to having the flexibility to experiment all year round. With the advent of ready meals in the late 70s, our culinary habits and home dining experiences changed drastically from the preceding decade.

90s and 00s

As we moved from the 1990s to the noughties, only 25% of UK households owned a dishwasher. The labour-saving device found its way onto the list of white goods that a fair selection of us installed. As the years went by, and the dishwasher made its way into the mass market, we exited 2015 with 45% of UK homeowners having a dishwasher. An integrated dishwasher and fridge freezer proved to be a stylish addition to our kitchens. However, as the trendy finishes became more popular, many of us now opt for bespoke fridge housings to show off our retro Smegs or stainless steel Samsungs.

2010s

Technology began to aid us further from 2010 onwards. Our kitchen appliances have come on leaps and bounds since the 50s and 60s. Hot water taps which were first seen in commercial and industrial kitchens have now entered our domestic kitchens and allowed us to whip up meals in a flash. Multi-zone induction hobs have allowed us to effectively cook larger dishes and the ever-growing smart homes has allowed us to order our shopping online with voice control.

This decade has also introduced us to such smart home stalwarts as Amazon’s Alexa and ingenious appliances – technology that allows us to enjoy our time in the kitchen more than ever before, providing recipes, music and more.

 

Our kitchens have evolved through time, shaping and shifting the way we buy and consume our food – and evolving our cooking habits from those seen back in the 50s and 60s. The advance of technology and quickening pace of life in modern times has led to a particular trend of open plan luxury kitchens that can act as a multifunctional space, equipped with high-spec appliances, where we can enjoy time with loved ones without having to be in the same small room.

 

Below I’ve shared with you 5 top tips to help you design your perfect kitchen.  Let me know what you think.

 

kitchen worktops

 

Top up your counter top

 

Replacing an old countertop could help to transform your home. Laminated wood and ceramic are good neutral choices for adding sophistication. However, if you really want to up the elegance, you should try a stone countertop – either marble or granite. These can be expensive materials. That said, you don’t always have to opt for the real thing. There are plenty of faux-granite plastics out there that can serve the same aesthetic purpose, as well as other stone materials such as concrete. 

 

Upgrade old appliances

 

Your old appliances could be taking away from the luxurious feel of your kitchen. Replacing the white goods isn’t cheap, but in some cases you could save money in the long run. Many newer models are more energy-efficient, particularly those with an Energy Star rating. Not only that, but you could get more functions out of newer appliances. For example, a new washing machine may be able to give you a greater variety of cycles to choose from for different types of laundry. There are also smart options such as smart kettles that you can turn on and off with your phone – useful if you want to turn the kettle on whilst still in bed so that you’re ready to pour your brew by the time you come down.

 

Most appliances will last for fifteen years. Generally you should try to get at least five years out of an appliance, providing it hasn’t broken within that time. Whilst having new appliances will make your home fresh, you don’t want to wasting unnecessary money constantly buying new machinery.

 

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Freshen up your taps

 

Modern taps are very different to the taps of twenty years ago. Pull-down taps are a popular option that could allow you to better reach all the corners of your sink, as well as helping to thoroughly rinse out pots and pans. An even more ultramodern trend is boiling water taps. These can instantly fill up a mug or a pan with boiling hot water with the flick of a switch (these taps do come with a safety feature to stop kids getting their hands on them).

 

Fix up flawed flooring

 

Linoleum is no longer the rage in households. Old and tired lino can particularly bring down the appearance of a home. Instead consider options such as laminate wood or ceramic tiles. Both approaches needn’t involve pulling up floorboards.  Chessboard patterns and controversial colours could devalue your home if you ever plan to sell it.

 

Let there be light

 

A luxurious kitchen needs to feel bright. The solution to this could be to add in more artificial light. Spot lighting can help to brighten up dull corners of the room. A cheaper option meanwhile could be track lighting which involves fitting a track on the ceiling and positioning lights on it pointing in different directions to brighten up all the corners of the kitchen. Try to suit your lighting’s intensity to the tone of the kitchen. Ceramic whites and chrome steels may be better complemented with cool lighting, whilst warm lighting may help to brighten up wooden surfaces.

 

There are also ways to let in more natural light. Reflective surfaces such as chrome steel countertops or mirrored cabinets may help to reflect more sunlight into the room. If you’re using woods you could opt for lighter types such as beech and oak rather than the likes of mahogany and sapele (although these latter choices can help bring a sense of sophistication to an older property). Painting cabinets with a glossy white could also help to brighten the place up.

 

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