So often in life, it’s the little things that count. The detailing which makes you stand out from the crowd. A life less ordinary.
If you are investing in a beautiful new kitchen, more often now showcased in family-friendly open plan layouts, why not include some accessories to wow your guests and, more importantly, create a beautiful working space and part of your home?
Clever lighting can make the difference between a practical space and somewhere where it is an absolute delight to spend leisure time.
Mood lighting can change the ambience of the kitchen from practical preparation zone to an entertaining space. LED strip lights around an island unit or breakfast bar – or more fashionably, on the top of units, can transform a room.
Open-plan kitchens require a combination of lighting – bright, task-style for preparation, more intimate light for dining and a softer feel for after-dinner conversation.
The ability to control the light is key – to be able to switch from the bright lights of the kitchen area to a sophisticated mood setting from overhead pendants in the dining space.
Controls which enables you to set-up your lighting for a variety of situations – parties, cooking, even cleaning, can transform your living space.
Urban chic is currently a strong look, which can be brought Into the kitchen by using screen-printed splashbacks, such as natural brick, to bring the illusion of texture to a clean white, grey or beige kitchen. Or bring a splash of colour, with a feature panel in a bright shade – or perhaps even a stunning city skyline across the width of your room.
But as well as what is going on above your head, it is just as important to consider what is happening under-foot…and fabulous new technology now enables flooring which may previously may have been considered beautiful but somewhat impractical, to become reality.
Manufacturers such Amtico can now reproduce herringbone and basketweave designs in practical materials, while wood and stone are also popular looks.
Ceramic flooring is a timeless choice, in neutral, natural shades, and is often fitted with underfloor heating to avoid chilly toes when making the first coffee of the day.
It’s those little things, you see . . .
Decokiln conveys great texture, but is smooth for easy cleaning