Wednesday, 17 September 2014

The Aga designed for city living

Aga are soon going to be launching a new compact model specially designed for small spaces, the Aga City60. As a lot of our kitchens are designed for properties in London where space can be very limited, we think this is a great idea.

There are two models available to suit traditional tastes or a more contemporary feel. Our Handleless Shaker kitchens look stunning when paired with freestanding appliances, and the contemporary Aga City60 could be a great option.

Aga are having launch events this weekend, so why not pop along to your local Aga store and take a look.

Monday, 30 June 2014

Handles

We have received some exciting new sample boards here in our London design studio!

Armac Martin handles are extremely popular with our clients, we therefore thought it would be a great idea to get some samples of their most popular handles.

Handles can provide the finishing touch to any kitchen, and they can be difficult to choose simply from images. We hope that clients find it useful to be able to see and touch the handles in our studio.



Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Hello,

I’m Alex, one of the new designers at Higham Furniture, coming all the way from Australia.
Being from the other side of the world, it's been an interesting experience so far getting used to all of the different terminology, such as larders, which we call pantries. I'm very excited to incorporate some Australian influences into my future designs.
I’m very passionate about contemporary kitchens, and love the contemporary, handleless, Corian kitchens that we do.


The use of the sleek clean lines and pure simplicity lets the material do the talking, giving this minimalist kitchen a clutter-free feeling.
I look forward to exploring the options with you for your project soon.

Friday, 6 June 2014

Brook Green kitchen - featured in eKBB

One of our most popular Shaker kitchens has been featured in the July issue of Essential Kitchen Bathroom Bedroom magazine, which is on sale now.

This painted, classic Shaker kitchen features double lambstongue and beading, worktops in Carrara marble, and colours from The Little Greene Paint Company.

If you would like to read the article and get some inspiration for your own project then pick up a copy of eKBB today and find us on pages 42-51.

Monday, 28 April 2014

Integrated extraction

Many of our clients forget to consider what kind of extraction they would like to have, but it is an element of the kitchen that can have an enormous effect on the overall feel of a space. In some kitchens freestanding extractors work brilliantly, but many of our clients prefer to avoid the stainless steel route and have an integrated extractor instead.

In our contemporary Corian kitchens a very simple wall cabinet housing works really well, as the extractor is almost hidden and the look achieved is in keeping with the clean, seamless overall feel.


In our framed kitchens, however, it is more common for our clients to make a feature of their extractor housing, adding false chimneys, mantles and corbels, or a detailed housing such as that shown below. 

If you have a particular idea for your extractor housing then do let us know and we will be happy to talk through the options with you.

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Worktops - the devil is in the detail

When getting a new kitchen, one of the things that deserves a bit of thought is the type of worktop you will be having. If you thought it was just a matter of picking a material and colour, then think again...

There is a multitude of worktop materials to choose from, from granite, marble, and quartz, to wood, Corian, and stainless steel to name just a few.

When choosing a worktop it is good to think about practicalities. If you have children you might want a material that is durable and stain resistant. Think about if you want a material that is low-maintenance, or whether you are willing to put some effort into keeping your worktops looking pristine.

There is also a wide variety of colours to choose from. If your kitchen does not get much natural light, maybe opt for a lighter colour worktop. If you have wooden floors, perhaps you don’t have to have wooden worktops, but if you do think about how the different woods will look together. On the other hand, if you have floor tiles a wooden worktop can bring some warmth into your kitchen. There is a variety of finishes to choose from too, such as polished, honed and leathered for granite and quartz, or single stave and butcher’s block for oak.

So you’ve chosen your worktop material, colour, and finish... Now onto the details, such as deciding on the thickness of the worktop, what kind of edging you want, whether you want drainer grooves around the sink, if you want an upstand and perhaps even a splashback out of the worktop material.

There are quite a few things to consider when choosing a worktop, but as they say, a kitchen is the heart of the home, so it’s worth thinking about the details!

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Let there be colour!

What better way to incorporate colour into your kitchen than by adding a few chairs from the lovely Tolix range.

It can be quite daunting adding a bold colour to a kitchen, but doing so through the use of accessories can really change the feel of a space without changing everything in it. Our cool, white, contemporary Corian kitchens can particularly benefit from a splash of colour, with past customers opting for small appliances in red, brightly coloured wall art, or even a shocking pink splashback.

Tolix chairs have certainly made their mark in history and are iconic, wonderfully crafted and designed pieces. As well as“rustproof, robust and stackable” they also come in various heights and sizes and, naturally, a range of fun and bright colours.