• Modern rustic

    by  • August 20, 2014

    Wood kitchen

    If you’re torn between classic and contemporary for your new scheme, there’s no reason why you can’t have the best of both worlds: a distressed-wood finish is the perfect way to soften the effect of hard lines, and add a gentle warmth to a modern kitchen. This rich, tactile Synchronised Woodgrain finish is available in Light, Dark and Drift, shown here on furniture from the Malmo collection by John Lewis, kitchens from £10,000.

    Looking for more contemporary wood schemes? We love this striking SieMatic design

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    Painted kitchen schemes

    by  • August 18, 2014

    Cream painted kitchen

    I would love a classic painted kitchen, like this one from bespoke furniture maker, Woodstock Furniture.

    Every piece of furniture is unique, so you can choose the exact shape and size or your cabinets, which can be spray-painted or painted by hand, in any shade you desire.

    Although, I would probably play it safe and opt for cream, you can afford to be brave with your colour choice in a painted kitchen, because you can always repaint it at a later date, if you decide you don’t like it, after all.

    So, here are some more gorgeous painted kitchen schemes to inspire you.


    The oh-so-fashionable grey shade in this kitchen is a sophisticated match for the elegant Georgian-inspired joinery.

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    The toaster – a life changer?

    by  • August 15, 2014



    A recent survey carried out by Hotpoint reveals that washing machines, microwaves and the humble toaster all feature on a list of the top 30 life-changing products – and I think I would agree.

    It goes without saying that my washing machine and microwave makes life easier – and so does my toaster.

    So, even though there’s nothing wrong with it and I really don’t need two, I am rather tempted by Dualit‘s latest colours. They have teamed up with Little Greene again to bring us two authentic twentieth century colours, Theatre Red (above) and Hicks’ Blue (below).

    Both have now joined the Little Greene Heritage Toaster Collection.

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    Splash it all over

    by  • August 13, 2014

    BK Sourcebook sanderson active emulsion



    Not only does Sanderson paints have fresh new look, it has also just launched an Active Emulsion paint range that’s highly durable, hardwearing and washable, making it the perfect choice for today’s busy households and kitchens.

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    Pretty, painted country-style kitchen

    by  • August 11, 2014


    This is The Real Shaker Kitchen, by DeVOL.

    The simple cottage kitchen design, painted in their Mushroom colour, works perfectly in this kitchen-diner extension. In the base cupboards there’s a slimline dishwasher, under counter fridge, integrated oven and gas hob, along with plenty of storage drawers and cupboards.

    There are no wall cupboards, just a vintage cupboard and open shelves, perfect for displaying beautiful or unusual things.



    The oiled oak worktops add to the country feel and complement the oak frame on show throughout the house.



    Want to see more country-style painted kitchens? Click here.


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    Colourful, new, kitchen appliances

    by  • August 4, 2014

    Bella Linea Kettle Red 2Bella Linea Toaster RedLast week, on a baking hot summer’s day, I was in Covent Garden for the launch of a bold and bright, new range of kitchen appliances, from Bella.

    The colourful, contemporary Kettles, Toasters, Espresso Maker and Whole Fruit Juicer are aimed at the tech-savvy ‘Millennial generation’ (that’s people born between 1980 and 2000 – who knew?).

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    Get knitted – colourful kitchenware

    by  • August 1, 2014

    Debbie Bliss homewares


    When it comes to homewares, I don’t do floral, cutesy or frou-frou – in fact, my entire crockery collection is white. But knitwear designer Debbie Bliss’ new range could work for me. Why? Because her products are simply stylish and will complement any scheme, from traditional and contemporary to colourful or neutral.

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    Indoor-outdoor kitchens

    by  • July 31, 2014


    Indoor outdoor kitchen

    Key to the success of the indoor/outdoor kitchen is giving careful thought to both zones and how they interact on an aesthetic level. The view from glass doors will become the backdrop to your kitchen design and this should inform your choice of materials, colours and shapes indoors. The flow of your layout will need to suit the room but should also guide the user naturally to the outdoor space, and easy designer tricks such as using the same flooring material indoors will help blur the boundary. A good lighting scheme will bring both spaces to life, and look for unusual materials, such as mirror and tarnished metals, as well as great landscaping and planting, to create interest outdoors. A good garden designer will be able to work in tandem with your kitchen designer or architect – find one at The Society of Garden Designers

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    Beautiful Kitchens, September 2014 issue, out now

    by  • July 31, 2014

    Our brilliant September issue goes on sale today.



    There are ten inspiring real-life kitchens, just for you, including Lenny’s charming mix of contemporary cabinetry and antique finds and Jacob’s kitchen which was six years in the making, but well worth the wait. I’m in awe of anyone who takes on a big renovation project, so hats off to Kerrie and Matthew, who knocked several small rooms into one, to create a spacious, family-size kitchen.

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    King of juicers

    by  • July 30, 2014

    Dualit Dual-Mix blender

    Lean, clean and delicious, juices and smoothies are a summer staple, but with so many juicers available in a wide range of price points, it’s hard to know which to plump for. Enter the new Dual Max juicer by Dualit, a stylish design suitable for both juicing junkies and recent initiates to the liquid way of life.

    Featuring Œdouble sieve technology, which squeezes the life out the fruit and then the remaining pulp for maximum juice extraction, the dual speed motor will make light work of both hard and soft fruits, from celery and carrots to oranges and berries. There’s also an 800-ml storage jug with a froth separator for pure juices, a feeding tube for whole fruits and a 2-litre removable pulp container to cut down on the amount of washing up. Priced at £99.99, it’s available from August.

    If you liked this, have a look at the Illumina jug blender from Russell Hobbs.

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    A Fine Grey paint for your kitchen

    by  • July 28, 2014

    POP 21 Fine Grey 1

    I can always come up with an excuse when it comes to decorating. At the moment it’s because it’s too warm and sunny to be indoors, but in a few months’ time I’ll be saying I can’t possibly give my kitchen walls the lick of paint they need, because it’s too near to Christmas.

    If I do ever get round to it, then Fine Grey, (shown above) which is part of a collection of 21 new colours from Edward Bulmer Pots of Paints, would be the perfect shade.

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    Modern classic

    by  • July 25, 2014

    Charlotte Crosland kitchen

    We’re big fans of Charlotte Crosland here at BK, and this covetable scheme typifies the interior designer’s signature blend of classic and contemporary styles, with a touch of industrial chic thrown in for good measure. Custom-made furniture can be fitted or freestanding, with kitchen cabinetry prices from £15,000.

    Looking for more modern classic kitchens? Have a look at the Brasserie by Smallbone of Devizes

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