Dark Kitchens have been a popular choice for many years now because of their ultra-modern appearance. Matte, marble and metal materials can be used to achieve a dark and opulent look. We have gathered the very best dark kitchen accessories.
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SC Designs, the Bishopbriggs’ located interior design studio, is expanding to open a second showroom in building supplies giant, Beatson’s Building Supplies store in Cumbernauld.
The studio, which has been family run since 2010, will open it showcase of kitchen, bedroom and bathroom designs at Beatson’s Cumbernauld outlet in April.
Due to current restrictions, SC Designs’ main office in Bishopbriggs is closed for visitors but the company is still taking enquiries for work.
Beatsons Building Supplies has five branches in Scotland. Its head office is in Alloa, where it has it main builders’ merchant branch; its second opened in Cumbernauld in 1998, followed by Penicuik, Dunfermline and Stirling.
Pre book your appointment now and see amazing ranges like the Belsay in Dust Grey & Porcelain above in the main image.
Oh did we mention they do Bathrooms and Bedrooms as well?
If you like to cook, you'll know just how important a decent extractor fan is. Whether you're cooking fish, meat, something steamy or have an open plan design, where food smells travel and linger easily, it is essential to ventilate the area well. And one of the biggest kitchen trends for 2021 is hidden downdraft extraction.
Traditional extractor fans can be quite bulky and require significant consideration when you're designing your kitchen space. But the new trend for hidden extractor fans and integrated systems, makes it much easier to achieve sleeker and minimal kitchen designs.
The steam and cooking smells are sucked down into the counter, instead of into a hood above. And for some, hidden extractor fans are the best option.
It can be incredibly difficult to use your central kitchen island to house a hob, as it's trickier and significantly more expensive to suspend an overhead hood vent in the middle of a room.
With a downdraft extractor fan it is much easier and cost effective to ventilate the space. You can even combine an electric induction hob and extractor, like with this option from Howdens.
Open plan spaces
As downdraft extractors are typically installed directly behind or beside a hob or range, this means that there is a great chance that any smells or steam will be extracted before it has a chance to circulate around a room. This is especially important if your kitchen is part of an open floor plan with your dining and/or living room.
If you're all about minimal style, the lack of a huge and imposing extractor hood can really streamline any design. The fact that downdraft extractor fans are so discreet keeps the kitchen looking super sleek.
Would you consider opting for a downdraft extractor fan instead of a traditional overhead one?
By Ellis Cochrane
Let’s face it, it can be really daunting planning a new kitchen. It's a considerable expense, there's a lot to think about and 1001 decisions to be made. But there's loads of help out there. We've put together some hints and hacks to help you get started.
Wants and needs
What works for you in the current layout and what doesn’t? What functions do you want your kitchen to have? How would you and your family ideally like to use the space? Reflecting on these questions will narrow down many choices you will need to make.
Decide what you have to spend overall on your kitchen and do a rough breakdown (ballpark at the moment). Write down costs for cabinets and drawers and doors, worktop, appliances, lighting, flooring, decorating and then finishing touches such as handles and taps. Include a cost for removing the old kitchen, fitting of the new kitchen, and add a contingency of at least 10% for any nasty surprises.
Call on a designer
Companies that sell kitchens usually offer a free design service either in-store (when they’re allowed to be open) or on a video call. They can advise you on what measurements to take so they can create scale plans of their designs. Even if you don’t end up buying your kitchen from them, it’s helpful to see a variety of different suggested layouts and then choose which works best for you, so go to more than one. Once you’ve chosen a design, go through each cabinet and drawer, and allocate what will go in it, to make sure you have enough storage.
If you’ve already been to a couple of kitchen companies and have some plan options, but can’t visualise how they’ll look in real life, a great tip is to mark out the design on the floor. Use builder’s tape and a tape measure, and mark out the various options. You can even build them up with cardboard boxes to give more of a 3-D feel to your ‘island’ or whatever it is you’re trying to imagine.
Define your style
If you’ve decided the layout, but don't know what kind of kitchen to go for in terms of door types, worktop materials, colours, and overall style, then here are some ways to narrow it down. As well as scanning interiors websites and magazines, make use of social media. Create a 'kitchen inspo’ board on Pinterest, and start pinning kitchen designs that catch your eye. On Instagram, search hashtags like #kitcheninspo and save posts with kitchens you love into a folder. After a while, you'll see some themes emerge; these are a great place to start when it comes to defining your new kitchen style.
Find a fitter
Unless you are a DIY whiz and plan to fit your kitchen yourself (in which case, wow!), you'll need to find a fitter. Do some research; ask friends and neighbours who they've used, check on local Facebook groups for recommendations, check trusted sites such as Which? and come up with a shortlist. Ask them to provide a quote based on the designs and get at least two as a comparison. And send us a photo of your finished kitchen, we’d love to see!
You’ve only got to spend five minutes on Instagram looking at #kitcheninspo to see that kitchen islands are a must-have in many homes these days. They can look amazing, add valuable storage and worktop space to a kitchen, as well as another place to eat.
There are a few practical things to think about though before deciding whether to install one:
Not every kitchen has room for an island, but having said that, it's worth getting some guidance from several kitchen companies who can create (usually free) scale designs. Even if you don't end up buying from them, it can be invaluable in showing layout options you might not have thought of.
Your kitchen designer will advise on the clearance needed around an island, a minimum of 1m walking space around the island is the norm. This will ensure a safe distance for cupboards and drawers to open and for safe usage of appliances such a dish-washers and hobs. Clearance can often be the deciding factor in the maximum size you can go for, as most of our kitchens have some degree of space limitation.
Your island might be kitchen units (deep drawers are ideal), with a worktop on it, but it could also house a hob, sink, or perhaps a drinks fridge. Consider very carefully how you'd like to use it, do you want to cook whilst chatting to someone sitting opposite you on a barstool? If so, you could have a hob on the island, but you'd need to ensure there was some extraction. Or would the work triangle be most efficient if your sink was on the island? Then be aware that you might be drying dishes on the island when you want to eat there.
Once you've decided what you'd like to use your island for, you'll need to look at things like electricity and plumbing if you’d like a hob or sink to be included, or even have a plug socket to charge your laptop. Can these be re-routed underneath the floor?
Maybe you’ve longed for an island, but there is just no way you could fit one in your kitchen. There are many ways to give you an island effect, but without the need for so much space. You could have a Peninsula; an island attached at one side to a wall, perhaps used as a breakfast bar. Or what about a small butcher’s block island on wheels so you can move it around to provide additional prep space when needed. There's often a creative solution to be found when it comes to designing an island to suit the space you have.
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During 2020 many of us no doubt spent some our newly acquired free time organising our homes, thanks to the likes of The Home Edit and Marie Kondo's encouragement. And one of the rooms where this can make the biggest difference is the kitchen. So today we're sharing our top kitchen storage must haves.
Whether you have an entire pantry, plenty of cabinet space or just a few drawers that could be better organised, here are our top picks;
Make all of your spices and sauces much more accessible by using a spinning storage turntable.
Be able to see all the way back into your kitchen cabinets by utilising tiered organisers. That way you will be able to see exactly how many tins of soup, etc. that you have, without them getting lost at the back of the cupboard.
If you have the space, why not upgrade your kitchen with pull out storage. We love the options available at Howdens.
You know that drawer where you keep scissors, pens, measuring tape, batteries, old takeaway menus, etc.? Well it doesn't need to be a junk drawer anymore. This junk drawer organiser from Joseph Joseph even expands to the exact size of your drawer as well.
If your baking trays are prone to falling out on you every time that you open your cupboard, it's time to invest in some baking tray dividers.
Much like your baking trays, your pan drawer or cupboard can easily end up in disarray. Think how much easier it will be to get pans in and out with a pan holder like this one.
Not only does this free up counter space but it also adds a sleek and professional design feature to your kitchen.
Which of our top kitchen storage must haves would you use first?
By Ellis Cochrane