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Planning a Bespoke Kitchen of Your Dreams

Tuesday, January 15th, 2013

Contemporary designer kitchen

As the old adage states, the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, and in the same manner, the way to a house’s heart is through its kitchen.

Houses are bought and sold on the strength of their kitchens, and are usually the first thing to be remodelled when new owners move in.

Your kitchen has to represent you and your lifestyle, so getting the design that works for you, your family and what goes on within it takes a great deal of consideration. Here are a few things to thinks about when planning a bespoke kitchen of your dreams.

Seek Advice

Like planning for a wedding, most people have made vague plans of what they think that they might want long before they meet ‘The One’. However, turning this into a reality takes a lot of fine-tuning.

Talk to bespoke kitchen designers such as Increation about some of your ideas. This way you will be able to get more of your own input into the design as they use their own craftsmen and source all of the products and materials around what you want.

Using High Street firms will result in you having to fit around what products and stock they have available and could result in compromise on certain features.

Put function before fashion

A good kitchen design should be timeless. Appliances may change and develop over time, but how you utilise the space and how it makes you feel should remain fairly consistent.

Choosing a high gloss, brilliant white worktop might fit with the style that you have selected on your mood board of ideas, but if that is where the kids usually do their homework it might not hold its lustre for long.

Draw on your memory bank of certain designs you have admired in the past and see if they still resonate with you now. Take on board the latest trends and styles but don’t be a slave to them.

Embrace your fantasy

Your new kitchen needs to represent and reflect you, so let your imagination run wild and contemplate a quirky feature you might like to include which will hint at the kind of person you are.

Maybe it could be an original mosaic or tile used, or a pattern that echoes around the space. Visit your favourite gallery or museum and look at art and design related magazines, not just ones that focus on interior design.

Make a list of the works of art that resonate with you and see if you could make a reference to a building, painting or sculpture that you identify with.

Or maybe you have a geographical place that you would like to capture the essence of and allude to with the colours you chose etc.

Get your kitchen right and the rest of your house should fall into place, and even if it takes time figuring out exactly what you want, it will be time well spent and should also be a lot of fun.

***This post is in association with Increation***

Essential kitchen cookware from John Lewis

Friday, July 6th, 2012
Stainless steel contemporary cookware

Curve cookware

Sleek and stylish and perfect for a contemporary kitchen, the Curve cookware range is made from stainless steel and includes everything a discerning home cook requires, including saucepans, omelette pans, stockpots, and milk pans.

Saucepans and frying pans are available to buy individually from £23, or in three piece sets from £75.

Budget affordable student cookware

Value cookware

Cookware needn’t be expensive and if you just want the basics, without spending a fortune, then the John Lewis value cookware does the job well.

The range, which includes saucepans and frying pans, is priced from only £5. The pans are made from aluminium, with non-stick inside, and a soft grip silicone handle. Great for students or first time home owners and renters.

Contemporary kitchen cookware

House steel grey cookware

For oven to tableware for a contemporary kitchen, the House cookware range in steel grey ceramic is a striking addition for your home.

Items available include ramekins (£3), utensil jars (£10), jugs (£10), roasting dishes £15) and 3 litre casserole dishes (£15).

Classic fresh white porcelain cookware
House white porcelain range

Or, if you prefer the fresh clean lines of white porcelain (and it’s ideal for mixing and matching with other crockery), the House range is also available in white. It provides functional and durable cookware with simple designs.

The well priced range contains a variety of kitchen essentials, from ramekins (£3) to rectangular dishes (£8), pie dishes (£18) and covered casseroles.

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Harvey Jones multi coloured linear kitchen

Wednesday, June 6th, 2012
Contemporary home contemporary kitchen

Rainbow kitchen

We’re swooning over contemporary kitchen design ideas today and came across this multi-coloured linear kitchen idea from Harvey Jones.

Painted in a rainbow of colours, with all the kitchen cupboards painted a different colour, it’s one way to brighten up a room! They’ve used darker shades on the bottom cupboards and corresponding lighter shades on top to create an interesting palette of colour.

Admittedly it won’t be everyone’s cup of tea, but if you’re not afraid of colour and want to liven up your kitchen, then it’s a rather fun idea. What’s more, the stack of Pantone mugs work wonderfully with it!

What do you think – could you live with a multi-coloured kitchen in your home?

Wildflower kitchen utensil set

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011
Contemporary design utensils for a funky kitchen

Funky utensils

Fed up with boring kitchen utensils? Check out these great designs, which will liven things up no end!

This set of Wild Flower kitchen utensils are wonderfully designed and look great, whilst still being highly practical. They’re handcrafted in Suffolk, using beech wood and stainless steel, and come in a beech stand, where they all fit perfectly when not in use.

The set includes the Bluebell Scoop, Yarrow Skimmer, Buttercup Whisk, Rag Spag Spoon, Sorrel Petal Serving Spoon and Daisy Masher.

It’s a great set and one that will look great displayed in your kitchen.

The set of wild flower utensils is available from Boije on Bouf and is priced at £119.85 (yes, a bit pricey for kitchen utensils, but these are really special!).

If you can’t afford the whole set, then each of the utensils can be purchased individually for £19.95 each.

Four contemporary glass kitchen splashbacks

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011

Traditionally, ceramic tiles have been used in kitchens to provide a splashback around the sink or around the cooker, but for a modern and contemporary interior design, glass splashbacks are a great alternative.

Glass splashbacks are made from durable toughened glass and are designed to be long-lasting and functional. A glass splash back gives a  modern and funky feel to a room and many of them have a lovely smooth and sleek finish. You don’t just have to just use them around a sink or cooker – they can be incorporated anywhere in your kitchen design.

Splashbacks come in a wide variety of colours and designs, so you’re sure to find something that fits in with your kitchen design and interior colour scheme.

To get a flavour of what’s available, here are four examples of stylish and colourful glass kitchen splashbacks currently on the market.

1. Lime green glass kitchen splashback

Contemporary glass kitchen splashbacks

Green glass splashback

This lime green glass splashback is by Kula and can be purchased from Topps Tiles. The price depends on the size you choose, but as a guide, a 70cm by 60cm splashback costs £84.99. Matching green glass tiles are available too.

2. Red glass splashback

My Colour Glass specialise in glass splashbacks

Wonderful red splashback

Create a colour statement in your kitchen with a vibrant red glass splashback. This is available from My Colour Glass, a company who specialise in glass solutions for the home. As well as red, they can produce splashbacks in a wide range of colours and can colour match for you.

A standard sized 900mm by 750mm kitchen glass splashback costs £134.

3. Union Jack glass kitchen splashback

Union jack kitchen tiles
Feeling patriotic?

You can even have a giant Union Jack glass splashback surrounding your sink if you wish! This is another Kula creation and costs £169.99.

4. Charcoal glass splash back

John Lewis glass kitchen splash bac

Charcoal splashback

This charcoal glass splash back is from John Lewis and costs from £122. If the charcoal colour is too dull for you, they also have a big rainbow of colours to choose from.

Ikea Kavalkad saucepan and frying pan

Friday, April 15th, 2011

Ikea Kavalkad blue and white saucepanBlue and white affordable patterned cookware from Ikea

They’ve done it again! If you’re looking to liven up your cookware with a bit of colour and pattern, but haven’t got a big budget to spend, then the Kavalkad range at Ikea is really affordable.

The blue and white saucepan and frying pan both have a nice patterned design on them and are a lovely change to plain coloured pots and pans.

The Kavalkad saucepan costs £4.99 and the Kavalkad frying pan is only £4.59, both from Ikea.

Koziol Flame red trivet

Monday, March 28th, 2011
Modern funky design kitchen trivet worktop protector

Koziol trivet

We love a good kitchen trivet, but the design of this one looks too nice to hide with a hot pan!

The flame design trivet is made from moulded plastic resin and was created by Koziol Werksdesign. It can cope with temperatures of up to 220C (425F), so is ideal for use in the kitchen, or at a table, for placing hot pans or dishes on.

When not in use as a trivet, thanks to its decorative nature, it would look great as the centrepiece on a dining table.

You can buy the Koziol flame trivet at Red Candy, where it’s an affordable £10.

Bargain alert: Alessi Pescher kitchen trivet

Thursday, February 10th, 2011
Alessi designer kitchen trivet

Fish design trivet

Trivets are really useful to have in your kitchen to pop hot pots and pans on, so the heat doesn’t run your kitchen surfaces.

As well as being practical, this shiny mirror polished steel Pescher trivet from Alessi is gorgeously stylish.

Designed by Donato D’Urbino and Paolo Lomazzi, the trivet features a selection of small and large fish lying side by side. The trivet is a good size, but can also be extended to accommodate larger pots or dishes.

If there’s not enough to love about it already, even better is the news that it’s reduced. Originally priced at £43, you can save a chunky 42% off the price of the Alessi Pescher trivet, as it’s now only £25 at Beth Stevens.

For more bargains and money saving buys for contemporary homes, check out the clearance section at Beth Stevens.

Purple haze: Gorgeous plum kitchen appliances

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010
Purple kettle and toaster

Purple kettle and toaster

If you love purple, you’ll love some of the autumn 2010 interiors products available. We’re seeing gorgeous plums and deep berry shades in all sorts of products, from cushions and soft furnishings to crockery and kitchen appliances.

Interiror influences and fashion off go hand-in-hand, so it’s not surprising that some of the high street shops are full of fashion in coordinating purple and berry colours.

This fab deep purple toaster and kettle set is from Next, where it’s priced at £40.  If you can’t get enough of purple in your home, then Next have a fab range of other funky purple items, including a microwave, a purple bin, purple canister set and a plum bread bin.

Anthropologie Potter’s Choice coasters and trivet

Tuesday, January 19th, 2010

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We love these fresh and bright Potter’s Choice coasters and matching trivet from Anthropologie.

The floral motif on the earthenware coasters and trivet has been handcarved. The pieces are then finished off with glossy coats of vivid green and blue shades to produce a stunning end result.

The coasters are 4″ square, each featuring a sightly different design, and cost £10.18 per set online. The trivet measures 8″ square and is priced at £8.90 online (prices in store may vary).

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