Four tips for creating a luxurious kitchen

Your kitchen/dining room is the heart of every home. It’s where a family comes together to sit down after a long day. It’s where you share a first ‘good morning’ with your loved ones. It’s where you earn your way to your man’s heart. It’s where you put together a hearty meal for the party you’re hosting. Being the space, you spend lots of time in, it’s a worthwhile investment. We have teamed up with kitchens Newcastle experts at Bespoke Interiors to give you ideas for your future luxury kitchen!

Storage solutions

All kitchens need storage space to store pots and pans, spices and cupboard produce. Investing in beautiful fitted cabinets means a beautiful and cohesive style with no ugly clutter.  Choose luxury materials that will complement the overall theme of your kitchen – blackened stainless steel or burled mahogany are especially popular this season. For more traditional look opt for hand painted Oak or Walnut. Continue reading

5 space-saving bathroom furniture tips

As a recent report from RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) will attest, modern homes lack space. In fact, according to their findings, the average new 3 bedroom home (built outside of London) is missing 4m², which is the size of a family bathroom.

With homes getting smaller, the average room size inevitably suffers, with the poor old bathroom getting hit the hardest.

These days, bathroom manufacturers and designers have to work harder and smarter to create clever space-saving bathroom furniture for modern housing stock. So, if your bathroom feels smaller than a postage stamp, we’ve come up with 5 great space-saving bathroom furniture tips to make the most of every square inch.

Tip 1 – Use corners to your advantage

Unless you live in Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, virtually all bathrooms come with straight walls and corners. Indeed, the most common bathroom shape is a rectangle, resulting in 4 corners which often get neglected when choosing your bathroom furniture. Continue reading

Top 5 reasons for jazzing your backyard up with artificial grass

Once the festive season passes, the warmer months are upon us. Which means garden parties, BBQs, pool parties and other outdoor gatherings. No time better than now to consider your ‘game plan’ for the summer months. Sell your lawnmower today (hey, this means more money for gift buying) and replace your high-maintenance natural lawn with an artificial equivalent.

Flyde Grass explains exactly why getting artificial grass for your lawn is the best decision for you and your home. Be advised that your neighbour boy, who you pay to mow your lawn, might not be as happy though.

Spend time on what really matters

With artificial grass gone are the days of spending time tediously looking after your lawn. It saves you precious time better spent with your loved ones. Continue reading

5 things you need to know about water in your home

Having a reliable water supply at your home is extremely important not only to ensure you can be comfortable at your own home but also to avoid any extra financial strains. Many families take their water usage bill at face value. We’ve teamed up with Total Water Solutions to highlight 4 things that every household should take into account when it comes to the water supply.

Utilise grey water

Most toilets in households use clean water and then immediately contaminate it, making it impossible to use again. Investing in a greywater system in your home, you can syphon off waste water from your sinks, washing machines and shower. By using this water in your toilet, you’ll be using your water twice, therefore in long-term, saving some money. Continue reading

Types of Chesterfield sofas for your home

Lord Phillip Stanhope IV Earl of Chesterfield (1694-1773) is assumed to have been the first one to coin the style of Chesterfield sofas when he commissioned a leather settee with its distinctive deep buttoned, quilted leather upholstery.

Since then Chesterfield sofas have been thought of as a quintessentially British interiors staple – adding elegance, charm and sophistication to otherwise ordinary interior styles. The beauty with custom-made Chesterfields is that they come in a range of colours, materials and sizes. This makes the Chesterfield sofa a unique and versatile piece of furniture, guaranteed to fit into any room. There are a few types of Chesterfield sofas that are more common than others. We’ve teamed up with a bespoke, hand-crafted Chesterfield sofa manufacturer Robinson Of England to highlight these styles in greater detail. Continue reading

The importance of the right Flooring

It is really important to make sure that you get the right flooring for your home. There are many things to think about when you are purchasing it, but you should really think of it in the same way that you would a piece of furniture.

You will always need to consider the cost, but also think about the value for money. It might be worth saving up to buy something like Karndean Van Gogh Flooring which is built to last, rather than spending less and having to replace the thing that you have bought very quickly. This can be really annoying, especially if you pay out a significant sum of money and also have to pay out for it to be fitted on top of the purchase price. Therefore make sure that you are confident in what you are buying and that you read some reviews or ask for recommendations from friends and family. Continue reading

How to future proof Your furniture and flooring

When you are refurbishing a room, it is really important to think about how long the look will last and what you can do to make sure that it will last. Some people like to redo their rooms very regularly so that they can embrace new trends and fashions. However, there are many of us that like a look to last. We want to do something which is classic in style so that we do not have to keep changing the look of the room and can just relax and enjoy the design that we have chosen.

If this is the case then it is important to make sure that you make all of the right decisions. As you will not want to be looking at items in the room for years and years and wishing that you had bought something different.

You need to choose a colour palette that is not too trendy. If it is in trend then it will go out of fashion, so pick something more classic. This goes for styles and patterns as well and applies to everything from the paint on the ceiling to the Egger Flooring or whatever you have underfoot. Furniture design is important as well, it needs to be timeless, hard wearing and practical. Continue reading

Matching new flooring to existing furniture

When you are buying new flooring then there are many things that you will need to consider. It will often mean spending quite a significant chunk of money and so that means that you will want to make the right decision. You will need to think about many factors such as the cost, value for money, warmth and durability. However, one aspect that is easy to forget is how well the flooring goes with the furniture that you have.

There will be a few aspects to this decision as well. You need to make sure that the colour and style works with your furniture as well as what it is made of.  Think about the type of furniture you have. For example if you have lots of wooden furniture then you might be interested in the Clearance Engineered Wood or something similar to keep a constant look. You will need to think about the colour of the wooden floor though and whether the look of it works. If you have dark antique furniture then that will suit a different look of floor to light modern furniture. Continue reading