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    Why your kitchen should have a feature wall

    by  • March 9, 2012 • Kitchen Products • 0 Comments

    Regular readers will know that the staff at Beautiful Kitchens just love wallpaper in a kitchen. See here and here for the proof!

    So when Wallpaper Direct revealed to us that the feature wall was set to continue as a trend in 2012, we were very happy. Even better, they showed us some great ideas for using wallpaper in a kitchen, which I’d love to share with you.

    First is using wallpaper on an adjacent wall, then picking the colour up with accessories. This kitsch Japanese geisha doll wallpaper picture shows how it can be done with the minimum of effort!

    Kokeshi by Bantie wallpaper from Wallpaperdirect.co.uk

    Or you could try using the paper directly behind a cooking area, with a good height of upstand to prevent it becoming messy. This playful dragon wallpaper isn’t just for children’s bedrooms and would create a real talking point at parties…

    Ere-Be-Dragons wallpaper by Paperboy

    Another idea is to protect it with a bigger section of glass, although choose low-iron glass or your wallpaper may have a greenish tinge! This is especially true when you switch on task lighting.

    Want more ideas? Don’t forget to pop over to our pages on Housetohome for some great tips and tricks.

    Rachel

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    Beautiful Kitchens – April 2012 issue – on sale today

    by  • March 8, 2012 • Kitchen Ideas • 1 Comment

    Our April issue is bursting with ideas and advice, including clever storage solutions, advice on flooring and on choosing the right blender, steam oven and hot-water tap and an inspirational article on how to refresh your kitchen, when you only have a day, a weekend, or a week to spare.

    BK April

    Our April issue goes on sale today

    I found it hard to choose my favourite kitchen from the 11 real-life kitchens we’ve featured. But eventually I chose Paul and Paula Green’s. I love the contrast between their cool, white, contemporary kitchen and the colourful dining area, with its bold and bright wallpaper.

    The Green's modern kitchen

    Enjoy!

    Sally

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    New! Scandi-chic fabric and wallpaper

    by  • March 5, 2012 • Kitchen Products • 0 Comments

    Today I am out and about in Birmingham, searching out hot new kitchen trends on your behalf.

    However, in my absence, I wanted to share something that’s also hot, new and perfect for the kitchen.

    Introducing Scion, the latest fabric and wallpaper offshoot from Harlequin, and its first collection, Melinki:

    Strata wallpaper, Carrots & Peas and Blocks hangings, Baca tablecloth by Scion

    Inspired by retro prints and colourful Scandi styling, the new British brand has a real mid-century feel that’s so on-trend right now.

    Let’s have a closer look…

    Melinki in detail, complete with funky cushions!

    My favourite print is called Mr Fox (he’s fantastic) but just like you, I’m going to have to wait a few weeks before decking my home in it – as Scion won’t be able until April.

    Keep up to date with all the other latest news and trends by following us on Twitter or finding us on Facebook!

    Rachel

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    Bold and beautiful wallpaper and china

    by  • January 19, 2012 • Kitchen Ideas, Kitchen Products • 2 Comments

    Now this vibrant wallpaper, by Pip Studio, isn’t for everyone and only the very brave would hang it on every wall, but it would make a very colourful feature wall and will certainly brighten up your kitchen. It’s available in store at John Lewis.

    There’s china and bedlinen to match this vibrant blue wallpaper.

    Pip Birds in Paradise Blue wallpaper, costs £60 per roll

    Pip Studio Birds in Paradise Blue wallpaper

    This striking yellow wallpaper will certainly stand out.

    Flowers in the mix yellow wallpaper

    Pip Studio Flowers in the mix yellow wallpaper

     

    As well as their colourful range of vintage floral and bird design wallpapers, Pip Studio also do a range of equally eye-catching vintage style crockery, so at least you can brighten up your breakfast table.

    Pip Studio Chinese Rose Mug

    Pip Studio Chinese Rose Mug

    Pip Studio Rose Bowl

    Pip Studio Rose Bowl

    Too bold? Too bright? Tell us what you think.

    Sally

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    Kelly Hoppen predicts what’s hot in 2012

    by  • January 6, 2012 • Kitchen Ideas • 2 Comments

    For those of you who were glued to Superior Interiors with Kelly Hoppen like we were, you’ll be pleased to know that she’s come up with some interior trend predictions for 2012, too.

    So, to make sure you’re going for smart buys this season, here’s Kelly‘s round-up of what’ll be hot…

    Furniture
    Reclaimed wood is back. Furniture made with reclaimed wood and finished with lacquer, shiny metals or glass will be must-haves.

    Whatever texture is used for part of the piece, it will be mixed with the opposite texture as part of the finish – like ying and yang.

    Mixing materials is a key trend for 2012, such as this kitchen by Clayton Cabinets

    Fabrics/ upholstery
    Texture will be a big focus as people place more importance on comfort. Linen mixed in with silks and velvet, the materials being the complete antithesis of each other, will be used for cushion coverings.

    Windows
    Slatted blinds and shutters are in – they look slick, make it easy to give keep out light and are practical and easy to clean in comparison to curtains which gather a lot of dust.

    Bamboo blinds in Honey Wood by Tuiss

    Wallpaper
    We have seen an increase in patterned and textured wallpaper over the past year and interest will keep rising. Some of the must-have prints will include oversized geometric floral and vintage patterns.

    Colours
    Splashes of pastel pink, emerald green, Italian suit grey and burnt orange will be the shades of next season.

    This SieMatic SL101 kitchen in pale grey is on-trend for 2012

    Thinking of planning a grey or colourful kitchen this year? Let us know by leaving a comment below or via Facebook and Twitter.

    Rachel

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    Kelly Hoppen predicts what’s hot in 2012

    by  • January 6, 2012 • Planning advice • 2 Comments

    For those of you who were glued to Superior Interiors with Kelly Hoppen like we were, you’ll be pleased to know that she’s come up with some interior trend predictions for 2012, too.

    So, to make sure you’re going for smart buys this season, here’s Kelly‘s round-up of what’ll be hot…

    Furniture

    Reclaimed wood is back. Furniture made with reclaimed wood and finished with lacquer, shiny metals or glass will be must-haves.

    Whatever texture is used for part of the piece, it will be mixed with the opposite texture as part of the finish – like ying and yang.

    Mixing materials is a key trend for 2012, such as this kitchen by Clayton Cabinets

    Fabrics/ upholstery

    Texture will be a big focus as people place more importance on comfort. Linen mixed in with silks and velvet, the materials being the complete antithesis of each other, will be used for cushion coverings.

    Windows

    Slatted blinds and shutters are in – they look slick, make it easy to give keep out light and are practical and easy to clean in comparison to curtains which gather a lot of dust.

    Bamboo blinds in Honey Wood by Tuiss

    Wallpaper

    We have seen an increase in patterned and textured wallpaper over the past year and interest will keep rising. Some of the must-have prints will include oversized geometric floral and vintage patterns.

    Colours

    Splashes of pastel pink, emerald green, Italian suit grey and burnt orange will be the shades of next season.

    This SieMatic SL101 kitchen in pale grey is on-trend for 2012

    Thinking of planning a grey or colourful kitchen this year? Let us know by leaving a comment below or via Facebook and Twitter.

    Rachel

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    Day 10: BK’s 12 days of festivities

    by  • January 1, 2012 • Kitchen Products • 0 Comments

    Happy new year!

    Assuming last night was spent ringing in 2012, today you’ll be in the mood for something soothing and calming. What better than this taster of the nautical-inspired goodies from Heal’s for Spring?

    Beside the Seaside themed dining from Heal’s

    As well as tapping into the trend for retro styling and muted greys, what I love about this look is how simple it is to create in your kitchen.

    A trio of Farrow & Ball pendants over a table set with Loveramics bowls and a few classic chairs creates an elegant feel, while in the background, a feature wall of MissPrint Little Trees wallpaper and an ornate Deknudt Ovales mirror bring in an element of seaside pebbles.

    If a whole room revamp isn’t in your budget, you can always add a few accessories to layer the look. I love these Quail Puffin ceramics for instant coastal cool.

    Quail Puffin toast rack

    Quail Puffin mug

    Rachel

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    Feature walls in the kitchen

    by  • December 22, 2011 • Kitchen Products • 0 Comments

    As more of us open up our spaces into living and cooking areas, defining zones becomes key to getting the scheme right. Adding a feature wall in a dining or living area in an open plan scheme is one way of marking an area, without making it feel separate.

    Earlier this year paint company Little Greene launched a collection of authentic and iconic paint shades from the 1960s and 1970s, called Retrospectives. Now they’ve gone one step further and brought out Retrospective Papers a gorgeous collection of eight wallpaper designs in 37 colourways from the 60s and 70s.

    The collection will be unveiled at Maison et Objet in Paris at the end of January next year but we’ve got a sneak preview and here’s my personal favourite – Hepworth in Menthe. Originally designed in 1973 it’s funky without being overbearing… me to a tee!

    Hepworth wallpaper in Menthe from Little Green £39.95 a roll

    Hepworth wallpaper in Menthe from Little Green £39.95 a roll

     

    Ysanne

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    It’s wallpaper but not as we know it…

    by  • October 3, 2011 • Kitchen Products • 0 Comments

    Given the chance to redo my kitchen, I’d choose a glass splashback. However, there are plenty of people out there who we know are firmly wedded to tiles. Glass mosaic tiles are the halfway house but generally only come in pre-formed sheets or tiny tiles that are a labour of love to fix.

    However, there’s now a third way. Introducing mosaic tile wallpaper by Trend. Suitable for kitchens as it can withstand humidity, it’s comprised of tiny textured tiles with chamfered edges to catch the light and comes with a repeat pattern. Available in rolls, you can even choose to have it pre-grouted, so putting it up should be simple.

    Trend tile wallpaper in Formal from the Academic collection

    At a starting price of £185 per square metre, it’s not a budget buy but you can’t beat it for ‘wow’ factor. For stockists call 01892 509690.

    Rachel

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    Are you afraid of colour in the kitchen?

    by  • September 26, 2011 • Kitchen Products • 0 Comments

    When we bought our house a few years ago, one of the first things I did was decorate. Every room got a splash of colour. Even my kitchen walls became taupe, a small change that made it seem instantly warmer and more homely.

    But it seems I’m in the minority. New research from Crown Decorating Centres has revealed that over half of British homes are painted white, cream or magnolia inside. Almost as many people admitted that their childhood homes were painted in the same palette of colours.

    It seems not only are we happy to duplicate our parents’ decor, we’re also not too fussy about change – a third of people polled said they hadn’t repainted for around five years, while one in 10 redecorate every decade.

    As a spokesperson, David Fish, neatly sums up: ‘While more than a quarter of us admit we are influenced by our parents tastes, most of us refuse to acknowledge any parental influence – this, while sitting in homes where the colour scheme is exactly the same as that in the home we grew up in.’

    If you’re not quite ready for a bright turquoise home, here are three great ways to add colour to your kitchen without it being too scary.

    1, Just paint one wall

    The feature wall – not only is it on-trend, it’s a great way to try out a new look without committing. You can try paint or wallpaper, depending on how busy the rest of your kitchen is. Check out this red wall with a Howdens kitchen.

    Funky red feature wall

    2, Choose a coloured splashback

    Here you have two options – a splashback of back-painted glass or you could just paint the wall itself and pop a bit of glass over the top. Remember to choose low-iron glass though to avoid a greenish tinge. This orange number says it all.

    Orange splashback by Crawford Glass

    3, Paint the kitchen cabinetry

    If I can’t convince you to step away from magnolia walls, at least let the cabinetry itself have a lick of colour. Cool ice-cream pastels make a room feel summery even in the depths of winter or you could just paint one piece of furniture a deep aubergine or blue to make it a focal point. This Chalon kitchen is a perfect example.

    Chalon kitchen

    Rachel

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