• Posts Tagged ‘wallpaper’

    Maison & Objet – a quick preview

    by  • January 17, 2013 • Kitchen Ideas • 0 Comments

    If you’re lucky enough to be dashing off to Paris tomorrow, to spend the day at Maison & Objet, here’s a sneaky peak as to what you can expect to see.

    Little Greene‘s latest collection of historical wallpapers will be launched. There are seven designs, over 35 papers, inspired by the English Heritage’s archives, in the London Wallpapers III collection, including:

    High Street Wallpaper, in Eden & Lavender


    Crowe Hall Lane wallpaper, in Paradise

    Both would make a colourful and interesting feature wall in a kitchen diner.

    Famille Summerbelle Ltd will be there with there fun and quirky range of mugs, trays and tea towels.

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    New: Sophie Conran wallpaper collection

    by  • December 17, 2012 • Kitchen Products • 0 Comments

    If you want to create a vibrant, colourful feature wall in your kitchen-diner, look no further than Sophie Conran’s new collection of wallcoverings for Arthouse. There are nine beautiful designs in her new ‘Reflections’ range, all inspired by her travels across the globe and her childhood in the English countryside.

    This vibrant red design works well in this kitchen-diner, with the hi-gloss red and grey furniture and simple white shutters and floor. It would look equally striking with black furniture and accessories, too.

    Balustrade in Spice, £45 per roll

    And this pretty floral design would add a fresh twist to a country-style kitchen.

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    New! Feature wallpaper

    by  • October 27, 2012 • Kitchen Products • 0 Comments

    We love to see feature walls in a kitchen-diner, so it’ll be no surprise to you that new wallpaper collections get us pretty excited.

    This season, there’s also lots to be excited about – rich colours, achingly beautiful patterns and buckets of style. Here are just a few of our favourites…

    Over at Fired Earth, it’s been busy pulling together a sumputous palette with some retro influences. We especially like the 60s feel of Mrs Peel (referencing The Avengers):

    Mrs Peel wallpaper in Winter, £55 per 10m roll

    More traditional fans are bound to fall for Dinner at Eight, named after the 1930s movie:

    Dinner at Eight wallpaper in Summer, £60 per 10 m roll

    For a more Scandi feel, Borastapeter has just launched a range called Scandinavian Designers, featuring patterns from 1950s designers, such as Arne Jacobsen, reinterpretted as wallpaper.

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    Feature this

    by  • October 12, 2012 • Kitchen Products • 0 Comments

    Think of feature walls and what springs to mind? One wall of wallpaper and another three walls painted? A winning formula, I agree, but there’s so much more you can do if you let your imagination go, whether in the kitchen or dining area. I’ve got these clever suggestions for you – let me know which is your personal favourite.

    A wall mural is a great way to enliven walls and can be personal to you, whether it’s a still-life (like this rose design) or a family portrait or landscape. Allposters.co.uk offers a photographic mural service.

    Tiles work well to create a wall with a difference and I love these small mosaics – continue them right up to the ceiling to really show them off instead of the usual splashback panel.

    Incorporating alcoves into your design makes a change from the usual wall-hung shelves and will add interest to your room. Go for one large one or three symmetrical shapes (as shown in this urban kitchen above). Why not paint them a different colour or tile them to make them really stand out?

    Taking your walls back to bare brick will give your kitchen a rustic look and, whether you choose to paint them or leave them exposed, it makes an eye-catching feature.


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    New fabrics and wallpapers from Sanderson

    by  • July 19, 2012 • Kitchen Products • 0 Comments

    Maycott is a new fresh, floral collection of fabrics and wallpapers, from Sanderson. Here it’s been used to great effect in this bright and airy kitchen diner.

    The blinds, chair covers and tea cosy are all made from Primrose Hill fabric, in the Cherry/Primrose colourway.


    Here, Sanderson’s Fleur Trellis wallpaper, in the Emerald/Primrose colourway, has been used to create a feature wall. If you’re thinking of using wallpaper in a cooking area, protect it from splashes, by making your upstand higher, or using a sheet of glass – but make sure you choose a low-iron glass, or the wallpaper may have a green tinge to it when you turn on your task lighting.



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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.


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    Beautiful Kitchens – April 2012 issue – on sale today

    by  • March 8, 2012 • Kitchen Ideas • 0 Comments

    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



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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!


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    Bold and beautiful wallpaper and china

    by  • January 19, 2012 • Kitchen Ideas, Kitchen Products • 0 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.


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    Kelly Hoppen predicts what’s hot in 2012

    by  • January 6, 2012 • Planning advice • 0 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…


    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.


    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


    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.


    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.


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