• Posts Tagged ‘kitchen lighting’

    Cool kitchen pendant lights and more

    by  • April 9, 2013 • Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    Lighting can be the bling of the home. Install a pendant, wall lamp, or ceiling light in a simple kitchen scheme and you’ve instantly added distinctive character, whether quirky, elegant or glamorous. Great lighting helps to create the right mood and prevents the kitchen from feeling too utilitarian – unless that’s the look you want to go for, of course.

    Bhs Illuminate range, priced from £40

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    Add colour to your kitchen

    by  • October 28, 2012 • Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    The British weather’s gone a bit grey lately but your kitchen doesn’t have to match it. Adding colour to your design is easier than you think and it can even have an impact on the perceived temperatue of a room, according to a new study by E.ON and Oliver Heath.

    Reds, browns, yellows and ambers were all ranked as the colours that make people feel the warmest.

    As well as painting your walls, you can also add colour elsewhere.

    New accessories are one of the easiest ways – try a host of pieces in one shade for a uniform look or mix them up.

    I’m a Range Lifestyle

    This ‘I’m a’ kitchenware range from Sabichi also comes in punchy lime, rouge red, stainless steel and cream.

    Appliances are also great at introducing colour. Range cookers, fridges and even extractors all now come in exciting new shades.

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    BK loves small kitchens

    by  • July 11, 2012 • Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    Dinky, bijou and compact – whatever you call it, chances are that lots of you have a small kitchen. As the owner of a cramped galley myself, I know how frustrating it can be to dance around another person while trying to cook.

    I also know that it doesn’t have to be this way – a small space doesn’t have to mean one that has no room.

    Here’s a pick of some of my favourite pint-sized schemes, packed with ideas.

    Breaking design rules left, right and centre comes this deliciously dark kitchen. Usually black cabinetry would be a no-no in a small space but by keeping it to one run and balancing it with wood, it works. White walls and good lighting are essential elements, while lighter worktops would provide some extra contrast.

    Below stairs black gloss and wood kitchen

    For a bit more colour, check out this sunny yellow design. Topped with shallow white wall cabinetry to avoid the ‘corridor effect’, it leads to a large window that floods the space with light.

    White and yellow galley kitchen

    Not sure if you can live with a colour for years to come? Try painted furniture, which can be repainted for a quick refresh. This L-shaped kitchen boasts only one wall unit to prevent the room feeling crowded.

    The colour of this pretty painted scheme is echoed in the window blind

    Finally, I love the wood veneer in this U-shaped room – it brings real warmth to the design, while glass open shelves make it feel light and airy.

    Why not try adding a display cabinet to your small kitchen?

    Keep up to date with all the latest kitchen ideas on the Beautiful Kitchens homepage. You can also join in the fun on our Facebook page, or follow us on Twitter.

    Rachel

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    LED lighting in the kitchen

    by  • February 29, 2012 • Uncategorized • 1 Comment

    If you asked me what concept has changed the kitchen most in the last 10 years, I would have to say the use of LEDs.

    Colour-changing LED strips can really light up a room

    Colour-changing LED strips can really light up a kitchen

    These energy-saving, super-bright devices have snuck their way into almost every aspect of kitchen design, from popping up in plinths and under-cabinet task lighting to finding their way into appliances.

    One of the latest appliances to use LEDs to great effect is Panasonic‘s new American-style fridge freezers.

    This American-style fridge freezer from Panasonic conceals a bright secret

    Behind these sleek white doors is a double strip of LEDs that direct their light backwards to illuminate the contents – so no more blocking out the light when you’ve just filled your fridge with the week’s shopping.

    My snap from the recent unveiling shows it in a bit more detail:

    Smart LED fridge freezer lighting

    As well as this neat solution, the new fridge freezers boast a raft of other features including humidity-controlled drawers that prolong the life of fruit and vegetables and specially insulted walls that increase efficiency despite being ultra-slim.

    Not content with LEDs in cooling products, Panasonic have also just announced that it’ll shortly be launching traditional-look LED lightbulbs, designed to give the same warm glow as incandescent bulbs. So you can pop LEDs in your pendant lights too!

    The new LED lightbulb is a seriously bright idea

    What do you think has had the greatest impact on kitchen design? Leave us a comment below.

    Rachel

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    What’s your favourite style of kitchen?

    by  • January 24, 2012 • Uncategorized • 2 Comments

    We’re nosy folk at Beautiful Kitchens. Not only do we love hearing about everyone’s kitchen projects, we’re fascinated by what you pick and why.

    Over on our corner of the House to Home website (find us at housetohome.co.uk/beautifulkitchens), we’ve recently been asking what style of kitchen you like the most on our poll. And here are the results… drumroll please!

    In first place, with more than a third of the vote, was modern cabinetry (34%) with most of you opting for perennial favouritre, white, over coloured units.

    Saraya White kitchen by Caple

    Not far behind was painted Shaker-style furniture with 27% of you picking it as your dream scheme.

    Classic Shaker - perfect for modern lovers

    Classic Shaker kitchen

    Finally, wooden kitchens remain a favourite, with 16% leaning towards country-style cabinets and 12% opting for modern timber.

    Lush lighting makes this Chiselwood kitchen

    Last but not least, it seems that some of you, 11%, are still mixing and matching your cabinetry for a personalised look.

    Love this? Share your thoughts on our new poll – how much you plan to spend on a new kitchen – now! Just scroll down the page to find it.

    Rachel

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    What's your favourite style of kitchen?

    by  • January 24, 2012 • Uncategorized • 2 Comments

    We’re nosy folk at Beautiful Kitchens. Not only do we love hearing about everyone’s kitchen projects, we’re fascinated by what you pick and why.

    Over on our corner of the House to Home website (find us at housetohome.co.uk/beautifulkitchens), we’ve recently been asking what style of kitchen you like the most on our poll. And here are the results… drumroll please!

    In first place, with more than a third of the vote, was modern cabinetry (34%) with most of you opting for perennial favouritre, white, over coloured units.

    Saraya White kitchen by Caple

    Not far behind was painted Shaker-style furniture with 27% of you picking it as your dream scheme.

    Classic Shaker - perfect for modern lovers

    Classic Shaker kitchen

    Finally, wooden kitchens remain a favourite, with 16% leaning towards country-style cabinets and 12% opting for modern timber.

    Lush lighting makes this Chiselwood kitchen

    Last but not least, it seems that some of you, 11%, are still mixing and matching your cabinetry for a personalised look.

    Love this? Share your thoughts on our new poll – how much you plan to spend on a new kitchen – now! Just scroll down the page to find it.

    Rachel

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    February 2012 Beautiful Kitchens – on sale today

    by  • January 5, 2012 • Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    Our fabulous February issue goes on sale today – and it’s well worth a look.

    Beautiful Kitchens February 2012

    Beautiful Kitchens February 2012 issue

    We have a special report on Shaker-style kitchens, advice on choosing the perfect traditional taps, dishwasher, health grill, coffee machine and butcher’s block, plus beautiful pendant lights to transform your kitchen.

    There are also ten real-life kitchens. We think Karen and Lawrence’s beautiful, curvy, hi-gloss turquoise kitchen, with its Venetian cracked-ice glass splashback and breakfast bar and eye-catching extractor fan, is a real showstopper.

    The vibrant turquoise shade reminds Karen of the colour of the sea in Cyprus

    The vibrant turquoise shade reminds Karen of the colour of the sea in Cyprus

    Sally

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    Day 10: BK’s 12 days of festivities

    by  • January 1, 2012 • Kitchen Accessories • 0 Comments

    Happy new year!

    Assuming last night was spent ringing in 2012, today you’ll be in the mood for something soothing and calming. What better than this taster of the nautical-inspired goodies from Heal’s for Spring?

    Beside the Seaside themed dining from Heal’s

    As well as tapping into the trend for retro styling and muted greys, what I love about this look is how simple it is to create in your kitchen.

    A trio of Farrow & Ball pendants over a table set with Loveramics bowls and a few classic chairs creates an elegant feel, while in the background, a feature wall of MissPrint Little Trees wallpaper and an ornate Deknudt Ovales mirror bring in an element of seaside pebbles.

    If a whole room revamp isn’t in your budget, you can always add a few accessories to layer the look. I love these Quail Puffin ceramics for instant coastal cool.

    Quail Puffin toast rack

    Quail Puffin mug

    Rachel

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