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Is a Statement Ceiling Right For Your Kitchen?

Posted by admin on February 19, 2018 at 12:35 pm. Filed under: General

If you are planning to update your kitchen, you will have probably considered changing furniture or cabinets, painting the walls or hanging a few pictures up – the latter is especially good for those on a budget. You may not have thought about updating your ceiling – as your kitchen’s fifth wall, this is a fantastic way to make an impact. Out with the Artex, in with a statement ceiling!

Two rooms with vibrantly coloured ceilings – blue and teal – contrast with neutral walls to provide an stunning impact

Credit: Peticos

Colour

Colour is not just for walls, as these two images show. Painting the ceiling can create extra depth in a room, and provides a striking contrast against neutral walls. However, getting it right needs some thought, as it can otherwise look busy or make the ceiling look lower.

In these images, all the walls are a neutral shade. The teal colour of the right-hand image is topped off by matching accessories including the two chairs and a vase. The gloss finish is reminiscent of a tranquil sea for a calming effect. The vivid blue paint applied to the ceiling of the left-hand image adds a playful, modern touch to an otherwise quite rustic and traditional setting.

A green gingham statement ceiling with matching green island and decorations.

Credit: Apartment Therapy

Pattern

Another way to inject colour into your kitchen is to use a patterned wallpaper. It may be a break from conventional design, but it can add fun and movement to a kitchen that may otherwise have kept to white and off-white tones.

In this image, the ceiling is the first thing your eyes are drawn to, even with the vivid green island and decorative plates. The kitchen is a great size already but the pattern makes it feel even more expansive and airy. The white squares in the wallpaper design add more light into the room, so this could be something to consider if you feel a solid colour could be overwhelming. A similar colour to this would be Farrow & Ball’s Yeabridge Green, if you want to recreate this attention-grabbing style.

Natural influence

A statement ceiling can also be done in a more subtle manner that better fits the property. You may wish to draw attention to it by showcasing existing architectural features, such as wooden beams. If you have authentic timber beams in your home, you might wish to leave them unpainted to maximise their impact. If you do not have beams, they can be added with reclaimed wood to recreate the style.

In this kitchen, the wooden roof beams are the centrepiece of the room. The white cabinetry and solid wood worktop allow the natural appeal of the beams comes through and they complement the worktop beautifully for a cohesive look.

A huge skylight lets a lot of light into a dining area with a solid wood table and chairs.

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Let the light in

This dining area is eye-catching for its lack of ceiling. A skylight is a fantastic way to let light flood into your home and create an airy and welcoming space for the whole family whilst drawing the eye upwards. It will instantly imbue a more luxurious and expensive feel, and if this size is not attainable, well-placed smaller skylights will have a similar effect.

A traditional dining room with grey walls and a wooden table is offset by an ultra-modern gold chandelier-type light.

Credit: Amber Interior Design

Turn the light on

The quickest and easiest way to draw attention to your ceiling is by opting for a spectacular light fixture. Hanging lights sit right in your eyeline, so you will always be drawn to it – and the ceiling. Of course, it does not have to be as ornate and incredibly modern as this gold-coloured chandelier – there are many different lighting styles that will draw attention to it and the ceiling above.

You may not have considered treating your ceiling to an upgrade, but a statement ceiling can really transform a room – and it can be done on a budget, too. If you are planning to tackle yours, let us know what you would do below!

 

How to Update Your Kitchen With £50, £250 or £500

Posted by admin on February 12, 2018 at 12:04 pm. Filed under: General

At this time of year, you might be starting to think about updating your kitchen. It may seem expensive to make changes, but there are some things you can do to jazz up your cooking area for a relatively small amount of money. As the kitchen is the heart of the home, these simple improvements will have a big effect and help to freshen the space up before spring.

How to update your kitchen for £50

£50 might not feel like a lot of money if you want to make improvements to your kitchen, but you can make it go much further than you might expect. One of the easiest changes to make for very little money is changing the handles on your cabinets. We stock a huge range of handles, with everything from contemporary Metropolis Bow handles to period doorknobs and Edison handles. Starting from as little as £2 each, it is one of the least expensive ways to improve your kitchen.

Alternatively, £50 is enough to create a feature wall with a 2.5-litre tin of Farrow & Ball paint. A neutral kitchen will be lifted by painting just one wall, whether you choose a restrained grey such as Mole’s Breath or a brighter colour like Vardo or St. Giles Blue. This kitchen uses a colour similar to Cooking Apple Green, should you wish to take inspiration from the look shown here.

Looking for a less permanent way to add some colour or change the walls? Hanging pictures, paintings or photographs is a quick and inexpensive option and is incredibly easy to do. Bring the outside into your kitchen and invite some summery vibes with a print from Whistlefish. Many of the pieces are centred around a summery seaside, lush countryside or humour, and prices start from just £8.50.

How to update your kitchen for £250

For £250, you can start to make some bigger alterations to your kitchen. If you have considered changing your worktop, this is a great way to make your cook space look brand new. Whether you would like solid oak surfaces, or are eyeing up one of our many laminate worktops, we have a variety of options available. Whatever you choose, you will receive a countertop of the highest quality that will look great for years to come.

You could use our worktops and table legs to create a new dining table, or choose to buy a new one. This varnished and painted rubberwood table from Wayfair will look fantastic in both modern and traditional styles, and its white paint means it will complement any colour theme.

A rug, meanwhile, is a sure-fire way to add colour and style to a space, whether you choose to lay it in the kitchen, or in the dining or living space of an open plan design. You can choose from any number of styles and price points, but we think this one, currently on sale for £99, deserves a mention because its Moroccan style and rich colour will suit a range of themes.

How to update your kitchen for £500

A budget of £500 offers more opportunity to update, whether you wish to make a series of small changes or one large one. If you are looking to upgrade your worktop, our more exotic timbers are now within budget, and dramatic options like our wenge or zebrano worktops, which start from £310 and £290 respectively. Wenge is our darkest, densest and most opulent material, while zebrano is exotic, dramatic and eye-catching.

You may also want to change your appliances, especially if your fridge, hob or oven are looking a bit past their best now. At this price point, you will be able to replace two appliances with less expensive models, or you could instead decide that you would rather have one appliance that costs a bit more.

Alternatively, this budget means you can change up a number of things in your kitchen. In fact, you could buy all of the £50 and £250 options listed above, and have change to spare! Even with a reasonably modest spend, you could enjoy a new worktop, dining table, feature wall, rug, cabinet handles and a lovely picture too.

You do not have to spend a fortune to get a gorgeous kitchen – the changes listed here show that concentrating on smaller aspects can have a massive impact on the style and feel of your cooking area. Of course, this list is not exhaustive – you could buy vividly coloured small appliances, for instance – so if you are planning to update your space, tell us what you would choose below!

 

5 Ways to Create a Moroccan Kitchen in Your Home

Posted by admin on February 9, 2018 at 3:40 pm. Filed under: General

With warm, vibrant tones used to create a homely, traditional feel, a Moroccan kitchen style is a popular option for 2018. A simple splashback or a tiled wall can be enough to evoke this look without requiring a complete kitchen redesign, helping to lift your cooking area and inject a splash of holiday feelings. If you are looking to recreate this style in your home, here are a few inexpensive ways to achieve it.


A light-coloured wooden kitchen with Moroccan tiles and a feature wall

Credit: Pinterest

Tiles and splashbacks

Tiling a wall or using a patterned splashback is an excellent way to easily and affordably jazz up your kitchen. Moroccan tiles typically feature intricate, eye-catching patterns, and there are hundreds of different styles and colours available to suit your tastes. If you cannot decide, why not combine a few varieties in a patchwork design – one benefit of Moroccan style is that this mix-and-match style adds further character.

In the beautiful kitchen shown here, the tile design creates a focal point with striking patterns and blue tones, complemented by the light-coloured paint around the feature. Farrow & Ball’s Parma Grey or Borrowed Light offer similar colours if this is a look you would like to recreate in your home. The wooden worktop and shelves instil a traditional feel, but these tiles would work equally well in a modern kitchen.

The white dining table, chairs and furniture are offset by a grey Moroccan style rug

Credit: Wayfair

Flooring

One of the quickest and easiest ways to add a dash of Moroccan style into your home is to focus on the flooring; an often-overlooked kitchen feature. The change is often very effective and noticeable, whether it is a smart and sophisticated rug – like the one here, from Wayfair – or a completely new tiled floor. While tiling can be a bit costlier, the floor becomes a statement piece of your kitchen design. In this image, the pattern provides a contrast to the monochrome minimalism, but you may want to use the floorspace to play with fun colours and patterns.


Painted cabinets

Painting cabinet doors or replacing them for a different colour or style may feel like a small change, but it will make a big difference to the style and feel of your kitchen. Whilst not typically associated with a Moroccan look, a light, pastel colour will bring the outside in and freshen your cooking space up. If you combine painted cabinetry with the patterned tiles or flooring above, it will invigorate your kitchen with exotic, faraway vibes and provide a homely sanctuary – especially if the weather is a bit dull! For a similar look to this kitchen, choose Farrow & Ball’s Lulworth Blue on our traditional cabinet doors.

Many Moroccan-style pendant lamps hanging from a ceiling

Credit: Pixball

Lighting

Ceiling lights often hang low enough to be in your eyeline, so it is important to consider their impact when you are creating a Moroccan kitchen style. Many different styles are available, from low-cost patterned fabric lampshades to ornate glass and metal sculpted lamps that could have been plucked straight from a souk. These industrial and vintage lamps strike a balance between the two extremes – still vibrant and classic, with enough of a hint of Morocco. They are frosted so will light up your kitchen tiles or floor very nicely, but different coloured lamps are available if you want to bathe the heart of your home in red, green or blue.

Moroccan kitchen accessories and Mediterranean foods

Credit: Casablanca

Cookware, tableware and accessories

Top off the Moroccan aesthetic by picking up some themed kitchen accessories. There are a variety of options available, from the lovely utensil pot in the photo to tea towels, patterned bowls and chopping boards – and much more besides. These items can add an authentic feel by themselves, without the need for drastically changing your kitchen, or can complement other styles.

If you have taken inspiration from these ideas and have decided to choose this gorgeous style for your kitchen, we would love to see your finished look! Get in touch on Facebook and Twitter, or send us an email.

 

The Best Pancake Recipe for Kids – Big and Small Alike!

Posted by admin on February 5, 2018 at 11:04 am. Filed under: General
The Best Pancake Recipes for Kids

Credit: My Fussy Eater

Serves 8

Forget Valentine’s Day – there is only one day in February to look forward to. In 2018, pancake day is Tuesday 13th, so you still have a bit of time to perfect your batter making and flipping skills. Pancake day is a fantastic excuse to get the whole family involved, and we have found the best pancake recipe for kids and adults alike for easy mixing and tossing – although we cannot guarantee your ceiling will remain pancake-free!

This recipe, originally from BBC Good Food, is super-easy making it great if you are cooking with children. It only needs a few ingredients which are all kitchen staples, and then whichever ingredients you choose to top them with. These pancakes can be frozen too – reheat in the oven for 10-15 minutes with foil on top, or for just one minute in the microwave.

You will need:

  • 140g plain flour
  • 4 eggs
  • 200ml milk
  • 50g melted butter
  • A dash of oil or low-calorie cooking spray

How to make super-easy pancakes:

  1. First, get a mixing bowl and add in the flour and eggs. Beat the mixture with a whisk or fork until it is smooth.
  2. Slowly pour the milk in and continue to mix it all up until it is lump-free, and then add the melted butter to the mix to create the batter.
  3. Oil your pan with your oil or low-calorie cooking spray, before placing the pan on a medium heat.
  4. Using a ladle or large spoon, pour some of the pancake batter into the pan and tilt it to ensure the mixture spreads out over the entire pan.
  5. Cook the batter for about 30 seconds until golden (if you enjoy a slightly thicker pancake, this may take longer), then flip it over and cook on the other side for a similar length of time.

Now comes the fun bit – topping your pancakes! They are great because they are so versatile, whether you like traditional lemon and sugar, fruit or something a bit naughtier. What will you put on yours? Comment below!

Nutritional information (per pancake)

209kcal, 17g fat, 4g saturates, 10g carbs, 1g sugar, 0g fibre, 4g protein, 0.14g salt