kitchen

  • What’s big in interior design for 2014

    Posted on 3rd February 2014 by Ben.

    At this time of year style magazines and industry commentators try to predict and dictate the essential design motifs that will be on trend for the year ahead. Pantone have already thrown its hat into the ring when it declared Radiant Orchid as its shade for 2014. But what other colours, patterns and textures are also set to be on everyone’s lips this year?

    Oscuro-Teal-Electric-Roller-Blind

    Blue One of the few colours that many designers are agreeing will dominate in 2014 is blue. It’s an ideal accent colour for most rooms whether it’s a kitchen in shades of light blue or a bathroom with a navy blue feature wall. More muted shades of Teal and Turquoise will also lend a stylish feel to a living room or bedroom. Corduroy Upholstery It sounds like a strange one but corduroy covered furniture is set to be big this year. It’s a fabric that you’ll either love or hate, with its connotations of bad 70s flares and geography teachers, but thick, bold textures are making a comeback and a set of electric roman blinds in a complementary material would tie your living room together nicely.

    Perla-Soft-Gold-Roller-Blind

    Silver and gold There’s a definite move towards opulence and fussy detail this year, not least in the trend for pairing silver and gold together. In most spaces this can easily be pulled out with silver ornaments and gilt-edged mirrors. But patterns like flock print or stripes on your soft furnishings and blinds will help complete the look. Blinging kitchens The fashion for bling has also found its way to the kitchen with a move to the opposite end of the spectrum from the modern, clean minimalist kitchen of previous years. This look consists of dark shades, mixed with classical motifs such as ornate cornices and bejewelled details such as crystal cupboard handles. It can come across very Victorian in style and can be topped off with a big crystal chandelier for good measure. Neo-classical decoration If any of the above doesn’t make you feel opulent enough then another recurring motif for 2014 is neo-classical sculpture, or to put it another way - big faux Grecian and Roman busts. Alongside all the other bling that’s in this year your home could end up looking very Versace and distinctly decadent.

    Honey-Wood-Blinds

    Honey-toned woods A far simpler trend for the New Year is for honey-toned woods. So instead of the vintage, rough or untreated wood of previous years beautifully amber-toned wood with a smooth lacquered veneer is now in. It brings an easy warmth to any communal space such as your dining room and ticks both the natural and the stylish boxes.

    This Post was posted in Interior Design and was tagged with silver, trend, blue, interior design, kitchen, room

  • Break out the Boretti barbeque!

    Posted on 15th July 2013 by Andy.

    Now that summer has finally arrived you probably want to fire up the barbecue, get large quantities of processed meats and cook it to within an inch of its life. Boretti is a leading Italian designer of high-end kitchen equipment but it also does a nice line in barbecues. It has taken its signature stainless steel finishes and robust designs and put them out on the patio. Here are just a taste of the some of the kit that could make your summer:

    Boretti-Carbone

    Boretti Carbone £275 A familiar set up for a barbeque, simply fill it with charcoal, light it and get on with the business of burning some meat. A warming rack and a built-in bottle opener go to show just how much Boretti have thought about the design. But it still needs a lot of cleaning once the last guest has gone home.

    Boretti-Da-Vinci

    Da Vinci £849.99 A four-burner gas barbecue that’s a few steps up from a regular barbecue. The four burners ensure everything is cooked to perfection while a warming rack will let you keep things hot before dishing out. It even comes with a built-in rotisserie. It will easily cater for large groups, which means your biggest problem is rounding up enough family and friends to feed.

    Boretti-Marciano-XL

    Marciano XL £3,999.99 This extra large outdoor kitchen is the Rolls Royce of barbecues. Not only does it have a five-burner gas barbecue but also comes with lighting, a sink, a bin, a 50L fridge and plenty of storage. It even has a thermometer to ensure everything is cooked properly. It may be a bit of a stretch if your patio is only a short walk from your actual kitchen but if you’re looking to cook up a storm by the pool house this is ideal.

    This Post was posted in Home & Garden and was tagged with barbecue, boretti, kitchen, Summer

  • Splinter Works striking designs

    Posted on 8th July 2013 by Andy.

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    Worried that you may have the same furniture as everyone else? Is your living room starting to resemble an Ikea catalogue? Well UK design company Splinter Works can change all that. The company was created in 2009 by Miles Hartwell and Matt Withington with the idea of making inspiring sculptural furniture and to ‘elevate the experience of everyday life’. Their strikingly original twists on familiar objects are still functional and are always of a high quality of finish.

    Tipping-Point-kitchen

    Working on a commission basis as well as producing a range of limited edition furniture their work is very exclusive. Commissions involve working closely with clients to create pieces that meet their needs and personality. As a result a lot of their work can be location specific, resembling art installations as much as they do furniture. A prime example of this is Vessel, a carbon fibre bath in the shape of a hammock. It takes the idea of luxurious and relaxing baths to extremes to produce a bath that looks nothing like anything else on the market. Working across a variety of materials nothing is off limits to Splinter, resulting in some extremely experimental and theatrical designs that become the focal point to any space. Their breath-taking Tipping Point open-plan kitchen design remains user friendly while also appearing to defy gravity, thanks to clever design and some sleight of hand. The knife edge on which it appears to rest beautifully echoing kitchen utensils.

    Tipsy-Stool

    They’re also happy to turn their hands to something smaller. The Tipsy stool also has fun with physics to create something that looks like it’s about to topple over, while the Stiletto table evokes the elegant lines of women’s shoes but creates something entirely new. Find out more: http://www.splinterworks.co.uk

    This Post was posted in Colour & Design and was tagged with bathroom, design, furniture, kitchen, splinter works

  • All I Want for Christmas Is a Kitchen

    Posted on 30th November 2011 by Jules.

    I can confirm that I am firmly in denial!  Having been presented with a "Chrismas Wish List" by my 7 year old yesterday, I slipped in to panic mode, realising that the big day is only 4 weeks away!!  I haven't done a thing, which is not unusual for me; favouring a 'last minute rush' each year!  I couldn't decide whether the 'wish list' was incredibly cutesy or really manipulative.  After each item, in brackets appeared "only if you have enough money" and then the very last item was "Keep my family happy" in brackets ("the main thing").  Well, needless to say whatever the motivation, mission accomplished! In addition to not doing any Christmas shopping, at the moment of speaking we don't have a kitchen to cook Christmas lunch in! Christmas is traditionally a time when people try and get projects completed, so that the fruits of their labour can be enjoyed at leisure over the festive season; hopefully our kitchen will be one of these projects!  At Controliss Blinds we are extremely busy keeping up with Christmas demand for our motorised blinds; our order books are high for both 240V electric blinds and battery powered blinds. We have some exciting new fabrics ready to come online in the next few weeks, and as the 'In- house designer" at Controliss, I have had the delightful task of putting the collections together. We have some fantastic, inspirational contemporary fabrics alongside superb, opulent classics ranges.  We have a new designer Visio-lux range, of cosmopolitan screen fabrics (which incidentally I have chosen for my own kitchen!), these fabrics look incredibly stylish and diffuse the light, providing privacy without blocking the light completely. I can't wait to enjoy the experience of mains powered remote control blinds in my own kitchen.  The former stable block has become the kitchen in our barn conversion, so we have a series of windows along one elevation, so the motorised blinds are perfect as we can program them to operate as a complete group, moving up and down simultaneously, at specified times, how impressive? We have chosen some fairly high-tech appliances from Siemens, incorporating s Steam Oven alongside 2 conventional and a microwave. I figured if it is good enough for Kelly Hoppen then it is good enough for us! Adding to the touch control technology of our motorised blinds, is the sleek De Dietrich Downdraft Extractor which rises majestically from the island worksurface at the mere touch of a button! Obviously I shall only be able to impress my guests with my fabulous new blinds if I have an equally impressive kitchen installed, so fingers crossed!!

    This Post was posted in Home & Garden and was tagged with battery, blinds, Christmas, contemporary, control, design, electric, interior design, kitchen, remote

  • Cooking Up A Storm The Smart Way

    Posted on 1st August 2011 by Chris.

    The evolution of the latest home automation 'mod-cons', that start out as a gimmicky gadget and then often become a common home appliance, is driven by our desire for added functionality and convenience. Many appliances can now fully automate - or lessen the effort required for - everyday tasks in all areas of the home. Our own remote control blinds can be fully automated to operate at certain times of the day, offering the highest in convenience for window blind operation. The kitchen is a major area for ever-improving functionality in appliances. Predictions for the kitchen of the future involve devices that utilise modern technology and materials to reduce the amount of hard work necessary to get what you want from your kitchen. Examples of the appliances that could be coming into the home kitchen include a remote controlled cooker that will switch itself on to be ready as soon as the user returns home, a smart fridge that incorporates a display to show information such as your nutritional needs, and the captivating idea of a 3D food fabricating printer. The sales of 3D printers has been rising since 2003 and, consequently, the costs have decreased. The 3D food printer is currently only at the design and development stage, but has the potential to transform the way we obtain certain foods by offering a choice of foods that can be fabricated, in the home, from liquids, gels or pastes that are loaded into the 'printer' in the form of cartridges. Another interesting development in kitchen technology, that is closer to becoming domestically available, is Philips Green Cuisine Concept. The Green Cuisine features a large centre island tabletop that will sense everything you set down on it and can cook or cool food and beverages wherever they are placed. In accordance with the increasing eco-friendly nature of home appliances, beneath the tabletop is a composter that could allow you to reuse much of your waste.

    Smart appliances can even be obtained today that are unlikely to look out of place once the kitchen is filled with future hi-tech conveniences. In particular, the stylish, yet practical, design of the Samsung RFG299 French Door Refrigerator shows a lot of consideration with regards to maximising the product's storage space. It uses urethane insulation, that allows the wall thickness to be reduced while remaining just as efficient with regards to power demand. This refrigerator also features a 7-inch LCD touch screen that allows control of the temperature and the water filter and provides access to calendars, schedules, nutritional facts and unit conversions, as well as the ability to showcase photos. Thanks to the continuing improvements in home appliance technology, the next time you are doing a tedious task at home and think: 'I wish there was an appliance that could help me with this', it is possible that someone somewhere could already be working on the appliance you need.

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    This Post was posted in Smart Home and was tagged with appliances, automation, blinds, home, kitchen, Remote Control, Smart Home, technology

  • Small Kitchen Design Tips

    Posted on 1st February 2011 by yasmin.

    With some smart organisation a small kitchen space can be both workable and stylish at the same time; all you need to do is be astute with your lighting, storage and planning! De-clutter - Get rid of little-used appliances and useless gadgets that appear to be cluttering up your kitchen space. As well as this only keep as much crockery and glassware on show as you need clear up valuable worktop space. In a small space less really is more, the more clutter there is lying around; the smaller your room is going to look. Be realistic - If you have a small kitchen then be realistic, you are never going to comfortably fit a large kitchen table in now are you?  Instead maximise the space you have by being clever with furniture. Perhaps a kitchen side could double up as a breakfast bar, or perhaps only a small kitchen table will do the job. Again I will reiterate the fact that the more that is in a space; the smaller that space looks. Kitchen units - Stay away from busy kitchen units with large handles; in a small space you will be more likely to knock yourself on them. Kitchen units with subtle finger-pulls instead of handles are best in a small space as they are more seamless and streamline, making your kitchen space feel bigger. Also, units with a high gloss finish can be reflective and so make a space appear bigger than it actually is. Colour and light - A white or neutral scheme will make a space appear bigger, whereas a dark red or black space will make a room feel small and claustrophobic. To accompany your neutral scheme keep your lighting as natural as possible. Use light blinds which will still allow the sun to shine in through your windows. Why not go for our Viveza Pearl roller blinds or our stunning gloss white venetian blinds.

    This Post was posted in Interior Design and was tagged with blinds, kitchen, roller, space, venetian

  • The Convivial Kitchen

    Posted on 25th January 2011 by yasmin.

    Whether you have a large family busily rushing around the kitchen of a morning or love to throw lavish dinner parties for an abundance of friends and family, your kitchen is the heart of the home and a magnet for formal and informal occasions alike.

    It is essential that your kitchen is up to the challenge here and it takes some careful planning to create a kitchen space that can double up as a living space, so here I provide for you my top tips on how to do exactly that!

    Low noise levels - Choose energy efficient appliances with low noise levels like the near silent AEG diswashers, this will ensure that conversation carries on, even when you are cooking.  It also means that you can put your dishwasher or washing machine on when you are entertaining friends, after all its never nice to wake up to the washing up the morning after the night before now is it?

    Welcome light - Try to ensure that your kitchen area is light and welcoming; this in turn will ensure that your family and guests want to spend time in the kitchen. The key here is to not make the space appear too dark so ensure that you stay away from dark colours on your walls unless they are in blocks. Window dressing is also important here as you want to ensure that the room gets as much natural light as possible, this can be achieved by making sure that your blinds allow light to gently filter through into the room such as our Liso Wickerware roller blinds. Venetian blinds are also a great choice for the hi-tech kitchen as the metal slats can be rotated with a wireless remote control, allowing complete control over ambient light levels in the room. The Controliss Silver Venetian blinds powered with household batteries are definitely worth a closer look as the popular metallic silver finish offers a great back drop for stainless steel appliances.

    Make the space fun - If you have children in the house then ensure that the space is fun for them as well as serving its purpose for the rest of the household. Whether you have lettering magnets on the fridge, funky furniture or fabulously colourful art on the walls, what surrounds an individual really can have an impact on that individual’s mood.

    So go on, transform your kitchen into an attractive and welcoming space!

    This Post was posted in Interior Design and was tagged with silver, blinds, kitchen, light, space, sun, sunlight, Venetian Blinds

  • How to Organise Your Kitchen

    Posted on 6th December 2010 by jenny.

    The kitchen has been called the heart of the home for a good reason. Pierre-Charles Monselet touched on a truth when he said, "Ponder well on this point: the pleasant hours of our life are all connected by a more or less tangible link, with some memory of the table." Since almost all household activities are centred in this area, it’s no wonder that the kitchen can be the repository for clutter and other items. How many times have you spent precious minutes rummaging for a measuring cup or a filleting knife? An organised kitchen will save you more time for the finer things in life, such as cooking and dining with family and friends. Before you head to the shops to get all kinds of fancy storage containers and shelves, it’s better to declutter your kitchen and remove any unnecessary kitchen appliance or utensil. Be drastic and be brutally honest about which items you use most often. Remove anything that you have rarely used, no matter how expensive they are. You may have a family member or friend who can put that pasta maker to good use. Sometimes, you may find you have more than two of everything and these have to go, too. If you have thoroughly decluttered, you will reduce the need for more storage. After you have decluttered, divide your kitchen into activity centres. You can have an area for food storage, food preparation, cooking, baking, serving, cleaning, and waste disposal. You can keep items in the areas where they are needed or used. For example, the food preparation area could have a drawer with knives and a chopping board. The cooking area is where the pots and pans are found. The waste disposal area should be near the food preparation and cleaning areas. After you have designated the areas and arranged the related kitchen items on each, you can tackle the paperwork that almost always collect in every kitchen. First, decide on whether you want to designate a paper-sorting centre away from the kitchen. If you decide to keep the area in the kitchen, make a place for it and make it as tidy as possible. When you have already arranged your kitchen, make sure to clean as you go about your work. A little cleaning here and there is more manageable than a major cleanup done once a week. Make every effort to keep things in place and to declutter once in a while. Then you’ll a kitchen where you can cook and clean and have wonderful meals with your family without frustration or stress.

    This Post was posted in General Posts and was tagged with home, interior, kitchen

  • Fire-Retardant Vertical Blinds for Safer Kitchens

    Posted on 19th October 2010 by jenny.

    According to a recent study by the London Fire Brigade, 60 percent of fires start in the kitchen. This statistic is even more alarming if you compare it to the fires started in other parts of the home, such as the living room (7 percent) and bedrooms (6 percent). Around 70 percent of kitchen fires arise from cooking-related accidents. With these staggering statistics, protecting your kitchen from fires should be of utmost importance. Here are a few ways that you can keep your kitchen safe for you and your family:

    1. Have your electrical wiring checked by certified electricians. Most kitchens contain too many appliances plugged into extension cords that may lead to electrical overload, so check whether your fuse-boxes, circuitry, and sockets pass modern safety standards.
    2. If your family is fond of chips, consider an electric vegetable oil fryer controlled by a thermostat which can regulate temperatures and produce no smoke. Non-electrical deep fat fryers can cause high temperatures which could lead to combustion. It only takes a few seconds of distraction for a fire to start.
    3. Ask for gas oven or boiler servicing to check if they release waste gases that could accumulate to dangerous levels. The vents and pipes should distribute waste gases such as carbon monoxide out of the kitchen. Vents and grilles should be free from obstruction. The flames of your oven or hob should be coloured blue. If it is orange, this means that there is gas build-up and should be checked at once.
    4. Make sure that matches and chemicals are placed in high or locked places so young children won’t be able to use them. Place fire extinguishers inside the kitchen, but ensure that these are placed away from the stove or heater. Fire blankets in useful places are essential to put out fires or wrap a person whose clothing has caught fire.
    5. Consider Vertical blinds in fire-retardant material, such as our Esi-Clean vertical blinds. These are available in plain and crackle finishes that can go well with any existing kitchen decorations. These low voltage electric vertical blinds are available in the ever popular 89 mm louvres. These fire-retardant vertical blinds exhibit excellent quality, style, and utility. Aside from looking great, our Esi-Clean vertical blinds are designed for complete safety against a fire outbreak inside the kitchen.

    Kitchen safety should always go with overall style. With our Esi-Clean vertical blinds collection that gives you around 20 colour choices you will achieve this ideal balance of fire safety with fashionable styling.

    This Post was posted in Vertical Blinds and was tagged with kitchen, safety, Vertical Blinds

  • Trendy Kitchen Window Shades

    Posted on 13th October 2010 by jenny.

    If you want to take your kitchen interior design to the next level and replace dated old window coverings, why not try the Controliss range of stylish electric windows blinds. For most people the kitchen is a crowded area, especially if you're the type of person who loves to entertain and cook so it's important that your kitchen looks great. Most kitchen windows are located over the sink to give you a view while washing the dishes. To prevent your window decorations from being damaged by water splashes.  Controliss supply a range of water resistant wipe clean electric roller blinds (http://controlissblinds.co.uk/roller-blinds) that are perfect for the kitchen. We suggest the vibrant print of our Fresco Spring roller blinds to bring life to your kitchen windows. If your wonderful kitchen island is made from strongly coloured dark wood you can soften your kitchen with neutrally coloured blinds like our Esi-Clean vertical blinds in Butter. They feature a hygienic satin finish that can be cleaned easily. Our Esi-Clean Vertical blinds collection are also fire-retardant. For the more traditional kitchen emphasise the heritage look with our Eco-Impressions Wood Effect blinds. These superb motorised wood effect blinds have slats that are available in selection wood grain textured finishes and will never warp with temperature and humidity changes in the kitchen. Electric blinds give your kitchen an uncluttered look that will never go out of style. These blinds can be mounted without any professional help, with integrated motor  being powered with standard everyday batteries instead of being hardwired into your electrical system. Our motorised blinds give you absolute light and privacy control at a touch of a button, so you can concentrate on your meal preparations.

    This Post was posted in Window Blinds and was tagged with controliss, Electric Blinds, kitchen, motorised, shades, window blinds

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