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    Contemporary bespoke surfaces

    by  • August 7, 2012 • worktops, • Kitchen Surfaces • 0 Comments

    If you really want to give your kitchen the latest look, it’s all about surfaces.

    Individual Creation is an aggregate from Surface Inc, which is applied like plaster and made up of different materials, from quartz to stone and glass, meaning it can be used for both worktops, splashbacks and even cabinetry.

    Or what about a unique glass splashback, such as this?

    Or this?

    The company is wholly focused on bespoke surfaces in all the many forms, so it’s perfect for an up-to-the-minute look.

    Take a look at our composite worktops gallery for more ideas for contemporary kitchens.


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    Worktops and flooring to make you look twice

    by  • December 20, 2011 • flooring, worktops, • Kitchen Surfaces • 1 Comment

    Time was when I could look at a picture of a kitchen and say without a shadow of a doubt what certain elements of it were. Granite worktops were a cinch and I could spot travertine tiles at 10 paces.

    However, these days, it’s not that simple. The rise of the lookalike worktop and floor has changed the game.

    A perfect example is this Crystal Cream worksurface by Bushboard.

    Crystal Cream from the Encore range, from £178 per linear m

    While it looks like natural stone, it’s actually a solid surface made from acrylic with random opaque chips. More stain-resistant and warmer than stone, it’s ideal for large islands as any joins aren’t obvious.

    Flooring is another area where lookalikes are gaining ground. Solid wooden flooring needs a fair amount of TLC to keep looking its best, whereas engineered boards, while more stable, are pretty pricey.

    The solution? Either a good quality vinyl, such as Amtico, or the latest composite planks from Trend. Made from quartz, granite and recycled glass, the result is Trend Teak – a timber-effect floor that can even be continued from the kitchen outside onto a terrace.

    Trend Teak planks look as good as wood. From £135 ex VAT per sq m

    The planks need no adhesive as they clip together, so can even be laid on top of an existing floor, which is great for a quick kitchen refresh. Here’s one we made earlier…

    Trend flooring is easy to lay thanks to its Clip2Go system

    Have granite and wood had their day? Leave us a comment below and let us know what you think.


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    Mix and match

    by  • May 4, 2010 • wood kitchens, • Kitchen Inspiration • 1 Comment

    For as long as I can remember I’ve wanted a sleek white kitchen, that looks fresh and cool in the summer, and bright on dull, wintery days. Looking back, I think my vision may have been somewhat blinkered, as now I’m armed with more insight to the wide choice of materials available, I am all for combining colours and textures.

    Some days it’s a mix of hi-gloss colour that grabs me, other times it’s a wood and glass combination for an island unit. Different zones, different functions, different materials. The only problem is that there’s SO much choice and I’m well known for changing my mind on a regular basis. I’m currently in love with this design by Neil Lerner - I love the contrast between the dark island and light cabinetry.

    Despite being overwhelmed with so many ‘favourite’ materials, designs and overall choice, I’ve since been informed that  mixing and matching is the latest thing, which means I’m happy that not only am I ahead of the times, but my kitchen is going to look spectacular when I’ve finally decided on the right mix for me!

    BK Neil Lerner



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