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Task and mood lighting both make important contributions any room, especially the kitchen. But how should we use them and what designs work well?
Anyone who has lived with small children know that stemming a rising tide of their ‘stuff’ feels like a never-ending and thankless task. From standing on a plastic brick first thing in the morning to falling over school bags hurled down the passageway, family living can very easily feel like family nagging. The answer, as much as there is one, is keep it simple...
For many years the kitchen tap has been a low priority when purchasing a new kitchen. The furniture colour and door style being the first choice, followed by worktop material and cooking appliances. Now that appears to be changing and rightly so, as the tap has always been the most touched and used appliance in the kitchen...
Kitchen ergonomics: touching on latest designs, product solutions and lifestyle trends
It’s that time of year when we feel slightly restless. Spring is springing, birds are housekeeping, there’s a new colour palate in the gardens (after four months of khaki) and we want to throw open the windows and refresh our homes...
Part of sustainability is about investing in what you want to last, and not spending vast sums on elements you may want to update. Here’s the Maker guide to spending and saving in your kitchen…
Over the last few years, we’ve seen an increase in lighting options for kitchens and utility rooms. So, we should make good use of these innovations when we design our spaces. Not simply for aesthetic appeal but to make our kitchens and utility rooms work better for us.
From restful blues and relaxing bedrooms to nature-inspired tones and bold maximalist prints, this year is set to be an exciting year for interiors.
Most of us see the New Year as a catalyst for a fresh start. Christmas is over, it’s grey outside, we’ve had a bit of a break (if we’re lucky) and we’ve spent an awful lot of time in our homes, which inevitably leads to us spotting its flaws.
Having spent a larger portion of our lives at home over the last few years we’ve come to understand the importance of creature comforts and good functionality. So, in 2022 we can expect this need to inform many of our interior choices.
The matt black, or close to black, kitchen trend has been around some time in the top end retailers, who tend to introduce the latest bold designs first, and some styles don’t quite make the volume players. But when they do, it’s because they are proven winners and that’s what BLACK is today.
There’s a plethora of different interior design trends at present and the purist may adhere to just one look, but in reality, most resulting room designs are often an eclectic mix of styles. Let’s explore a few on trend influences around this Autumn.
Plastic Free July is a powerful campaign and key initiative of the Plastic Free Foundation whose vision is to see a world free of plastic waste. It’s an annual campaign that’s been running since 2011 and now millions of people across the globe take part every year, with many committing to reducing plastic pollution far beyond the campaign month.
When I was growing up in the 70’s I can recall a Utility room being something my Mum aspired to have, in fact she was quite jealous of friends that had one and the closest we got was having the washing machine fitted at the back of the garage. Now it appears that the desire is rising again...
The bathroom is a place to escape to, unwind and enjoy a little me-time. Whether you want to create an en-suite that is a hideaway from the kids or a family bathroom that is both functional and stylish, keeping an eye on the latest bathroom trends is a sure-fire way of ensuring that your next makeover is on point.
“Sustainability” is a word that we often hear, but what does it really mean? The true definition is all about meeting the needs of the present without compromising the needs of future generations
While your dream kitchen might be spacious and light-filled, often the reality is something a little more compact, which is why any ideas for how to make the most of small spaces is likely to come in very useful.
There are varying views about how long industry style interior design will remain on trend, but few could argue that touches of this theme can work well in most homes and remain a part of some more recent trends.
The home has become both our sanctuary and prison and with so many more hours spent within it and an increasing number of activities carried out there too. It’s no wonder that the sales of home improvement items went through the roof in the second half of last year, if only to help ease the pressure we are all feeling.
The habits of all have certainly changed. We went out less, bought more toilet roll, learnt a new vocabulary including ‘furloughing’, ‘self-isolating’, ‘social distancing’, ‘elbow bumping’ and wearing a facemask is now becoming the ‘new normal’. One remaining habit we all immediately adopted as a result of this crisis is persistent hand washing and who would have thought that we’d have to sing ‘Happy Birthday’ whilst doing it to ensure its effectiveness.