Bedrooms Surrey

How to Create Bedroom Storage with Style

How to create beautiful storage in our homes has been an ongoing quest for many of us. Especially in the bedroom, the need to have a calm, relaxing environment is paramount. Clean, modern storage can be a key to success. There are many brands that produce various storage systems and bespoke storage furniture. One of the most notable is Novamobili.

Novamobili stands out as one of the best brands if you are looking for modular systems. They say that they are “seeking to inspire personal concepts of home life, designing furnishings that define new rules for building spaces around the objects that you want to get close to”.

Their team consists of designers, engineers and technicians that work in collaboration with leading names in architecture and design. This allows them to offer quality innovative furnishing solutions that will help you add style to your bedroom while clearing away the clutter. If you’d like to read more about Novamobili, here’s a link to their website: http://www.novamobili.it/ita/

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Crystal Scorrevola

 

Kids’ Bedroom Storage with Style

Modern stylish bedroom storage is not only for adults. Built-in storage helps a kid’s bedroom serve as a multi-functional play and sleep area. Designs with plenty of built-in storage are taking centre stage and as many kids seem to have just as much, if not more, ‘things’ to store in their rooms, it’s a good thing.

Remember cramming things under the bed when you were a kid? Well nowadays, kids are no longer shouted at for putting things under their beds but encouraged to do so. Of course, this is usually in the case where kids have beds with built-in drawers underneath, which are a great way to save space and stay organized.

Built-in shelves or desk units are perfect for housing toys and games for younger children and can also provide older children with space to do homework and hold books and collectibles. Check out Faer if you’re looking into ideas, here’s their website: http://www.faer.it/en/company/

 

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Storage Solutions in Awkward Spaces

Lofts are often thought to add great storage solutions for homebuyers. Unfortunately, they often are used to store boxes and bags, when they could easily offer much more. You could opt to completely convert your loft; however, often there are simple changes, even in just furniture, which can make a big difference. Making better use of the space in your loft can allow you to remove clutter from rooms that are used on a daily basis.

Making your loft into a spare bedroom can allow you to create that additional bedroom you’ve always wanted. Perhaps you need additional storage on top of that in your current bedroom. Using the loft, as additional bedroom storage, can be a great option if you want to keep the furniture you have or prefer less of a modern style in the bedroom that some storage systems offer.

And lofted spaces are no longer just for artists’ studios, a spare bedroom or an office. Lofted space is now showing up in kids’ rooms more than ever before. Particularly useful for smaller spaces, lofted beds can create more storage and floor space underneath and work especially well in a situation where multiple children share a room.

With so many different types of bedroom storage solutions on the market now, finding the right colour, material and style to fit your requirements is easy. The hard part is picking only one solution!

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Six of the Best Kitchen Worktops

There are a wide variety of worktops nowadays and numerous types of material they are made out of. Although granite and marble have long been the reigning high-end countertop materials of choice, you may have noticed that other durable, high-end natural and man-made materials are taking centre stage now. Here’s a list of six of our top favourites and a little about each so you can see why we recommend them so highly.

Silestone

Silestone kitchen worktop

Silestone is a compound made up of 94% natural quartz, which make it extraordinarily hard and resilient. It is an excellent surface for kitchen worktops, bathrooms, floors and wall cladding using the minimum number of joints. It is a non-porous surface and highly resistant to stains from coffee, wine, lemon juice, olive oil, vinegar, makeup and many other everyday products.

Silestone is available in more than 90 colours, and kitchen countertops have exclusive properties that contribute to safety, confidence and hygiene to a space where we spend more time. Find out more about them here http://www.silestone.co.uk/.

Dekton

 

 

Dekton Kitchen Worktops

DEKTON is a long-term product for those looking to turn their kitchen into a unique space. It allows greater potential for installation in one piece with no cuts, no joints and no limits. It has the appeal of a completely uniform surface, which fits seamlessly into very different design styles.

DEKTON combines the qualities expected by the chef in all of us. It is a clean surface that is nice to touch and resistant to all the daily grind that takes place in a kitchen over years of use. It is an ultra-sophisticated material for busy everyday life, capable of creating spaces that make the day to day preparation of food a pleasant experience that precedes the pleasure of sharing a meal with friends or family.

It is resistant to stains, UV, freezing, thawing, abrasions and scratches. It offers maximum resistance to heat and fire and offers colour stability. It won’t fade over time and is perfect as such for both indoor and outdoor applications. You can read more about Dekton here http://www.dekton.com/in/worktops/.

Radianz

Radianz

Radianz will enhance any new kitchen or refurbishing project. Radianz Quartz is substantially harder than granite countertops. That means it’s not only more resistant to impacts, it also doesn’t require any periodic sealing like granite countertops. Radianz is also virtually non-porous, making it nearly maintenance-free as it resists bacterial growth and stains unlike other natural surface materials.

There is a choice of more than 25 colours with varied crystal sizes allowing you to complement any design. From the most contemporary tastes to the more traditional, Radian is a perfect choice for any kitchen. To find out more about this product please see their website here http://www.samsungradianzworktops.co.uk/.

Okite

Okite Kitchen Worktop

OKITE® is an iconic product that offers such a high degree of quality that only true experts can create; OKITE® is composed by up to 93% of quartz, one of the strongest and most appealing elements, and it is able to give life to a truly multi-functional surface. Highly resistant to staining, heat and scratches, five times stronger than granite, non-porous, and easy to clean, OKITE® does not require any particular maintenance, and can provide extra charme and allure to your kitchen and interiors. This is OKITE®, known internationally as the ‘matter of your dreams that can transform your kitchen, your home, and your interiors’.
OKITE® does not absorb liquids, so it resists many common products such as coffee, wine, lemon juice, olive oil and vinegar. It is certified as a safe and hygienic product, ideal for the preparation of food (NSF, Greenguard, Leed). Find out more here http://okite.com/en/

Caesarstone

 

caesarstone worktop

 

Caesarstone is a beautiful engineered quartz stone which comprises approximately 93% natural quartz.  Our surfaces are ideal for virtually any interior work surface, from kitchen worktops, countertops, bathroom worktops, vanities, wall panelling and commercial interiors.

With 33 colours stocked in the UK and over 70 colours available, Caesarstone offers our customers the widest possible range of designed quartz surfaces with the finest texture options available in the quartz surface industry today.​

In collaboration with Caesarstone’s designers, the research and development team is continually developing leading-edge colours and designs that influence trends and inspire creative, functional applications.

Caesarstone’s quartz surfaces never need sealing and require minimal maintenance to keep them looking like new.

The hard, non-penetrable surface makes cleaning simple and in most cases, soap and water or a mild detergent are all that are required to maintain its lustre. Find out more about this great product here http://www.caesarstone.co.uk/Pages/default.aspx

Corian

Corian Kitchen Worktops

Corian is the original solid surface material. This product is created to last a lifetime. It is a unique blend of minerals and acrylic, which creates a stone-hard surface that can be shaped to meet any design or dimension.

Corian is an advanced composite of natural minerals and pure acrylic polymer and is backed by DuPont™ with a 10 year Limited Installed Warranty. Read more here http://www.cdukltd.co.uk/.

Any of these worktops will offer you an excellent high-quality product that you and your family will enjoy for years to come.

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BATHROOM TRENDS 2016

From the modern slant on design to under floor heating there are lots of new and old trends in 2016.

 

Basins and surfaces

One rising trend is for completely clean surfaces. This is balanced by the continued growth in the use of natural materials; stone surfaces versus the sleekness of tile and metal. There are many combinations that work well together in using these different materials together and one of the biggest overall trends is that there is no single trend that is right or wrong.

Saying that, less does continue to be more, and even in quite elaborate bathrooms, storage systems are an intricate part of the planning.

 

There seems no end to the diverse type of custom basins in 2016.

 

The colour invasion continues and luxurious dark colours especially seem very trendy this year. From black to deep purples, these colours can offer a touch of opulence to any luxury bathroom. On topic as well are natural materials and metals. From brass, chrome, steel to stone and other natural materials can add real impact and are a perfect way of setting key features.

Anything seems to go from very modern features to creating a more natural environment to minimalist to using dark colours to create a feel of opulence. Bathroom trends this year combine lots of previous trends that continue to evolve and new trends we are just seeing emerge.

Under floor heating
Not many of us like stepping onto a cold floor when getting ready in the morning or when coming out of the bath. The growing trend to solve that problem is with under floor heating in the bathroom. It’s a real luxury and continues to grow as a trend this year. It isn’t just under the floor either, a ‘warm wall’ to hang your robe or towel against is the ultimate luxury. This also means you can get rid of those over heated towel rails and soggy bath mats.

 

Custom Made Enclosures, wall panels and shower trays

The shower is the catalyst for most bathrooms and the shower enclosure previously would have been last on the list of what went into your renovation, but no longer. When dreaming about the bathroom of your dreams, you may not know exactly how you want the space to look but you will know how you want it to make you feel. The shower is often the heart of your bathroom, the place where you prepare to face each day.

If your shower isn’t living up to your expectations, it can make you really dislike your mornings but when you have a shower that you love being in, it can really set the pace for your day ahead. Keeping on trend this year are custom made enclosures and especially modern glass hinged ones, such as the ones Kohler produce (seen below). Especially heavy glass enclosures are a huge trend now because they give the bathroom a spacious, luxury spa-like feeling.

 

Kohler Minima Enclosure

 

Also popular this year are made to measure shower trays and wall panels. Whether flat, framed or built for silence, these offer a huge possibility of different combinations of textures and colours, ranging from exclusive leather like textures and a classic wood effect to stunning stone effects for those keen on a natural look. This Aquabella Base Slate is an excellent example of this.

 

Base Slate Aquabella Shower Tray

 

Renovating your bathroom is a big investment in time and money, so it’s important to do your homework before you start. Create a budget and search for the right designer. Making a list of some of the top trends you like best is also a good place to start.

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Kitchen Trends for 2016

The kitchen is often thought of as the centre of our home. It’s the place where families congregate to eat or chat and spend quality time together in today’s busy world. It is often the first room that guests enter when they visit and makes an instant impression. Many spend a lot of time in their kitchen and see it as an extension of themselves and their family.

As with any New Year, there are trends that will stay and new trends that will begin to take hold. In 2016 we’ll see more of the soft, muted colour palettes and natural materials. Our kitchens also go hi-tech with appliances that communicate with each other and taps that offer instant boiling water.

The Natural Look and soft muted colours

If you are thinking of redesigning, kitchen colours are changing. You’ll still see a dominant number of white motifs, however, more natural and muted colours will make up the space around them from backsplashes to countertops. If you are looking at redoing your cabinets, these trends carry over as well and charcoal, grey and even neutral pastels make more of an entrance.

Attached to your prime colours? Don’t worry; they still have their place as accent colours. These come out more in muted blues and greens, however, especially paired with the darker muted colours, you’ll still see red as an accent.

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Countertops

It isn’t just the colour that is natural either; designers are increasingly favouring sustainable elements in all styles, to create a look that is more in touch with nature. You can see this areas including countertops, where using more natural materials is dramatically on the rise.

One such natural product that is really making a name for it is Silestone.

Silestone Counter Kitchen Worktop

If you haven’t heard of it, you should read more about it before making your choice for work surfaces. It is composed of 94% natural quartz and is the first and only quartz worktop with Bacteriostatic Protection. This is a superb unique feature that fights and reduces the bacteria on your countertops. You can learn more about them here: http://www.silestone.co.uk/what-is-silestone/

You’ll also see thin countertops take centre stage in your kitchen this year, which helps to create the sense of texture that is high on the trends list this year. These thin styles are designed using technology that still allows for durable and hardwearing surfaces

Texture all around

You’ll see texture coming out in all forms this year either by using clever design features, such as sloping draining boards and different depths of surfaces. These areas of various depths are interesting ways of defining separate zones for cooking, eating and washing.

You’ll see texture in the wallpaper, accessories, on-trend metallic finishes and contrasting colours and materials. This is great for giving your kitchen a modern, clean, contemporary look and allows you to add those little bits of personality without it dominating your entire design.

Appliances and Accessories

Key to the new trends for 2016 is investment pieces like an instant hot water tap. This will not only save you time in the kitchen by providing instant filtered cold, hot and boiling water, but they save the clutter of having a separate filter and kettle.

There are new Franke’s boiling water taps that are superb. Shown below,

Franke Boiling Water Tap

the Omni 4-in-1 tap in stainless steel is ideal as it also offers cold and boiling filtered water. And boiling means boiling at a full 100°C, so there’s no waiting around for it to heat up. You can read more about Franke hot water taps here:

http://www.franke.com/kitchensystems/uk/en/home/new_products/boiling_water_taps.html

Technology doesn’t stop at the top, no. It is making its way around all the appliances in the kitchen. Homeowners are looking for appliances that push limits, offer good design, solid functionality and cutting-edge technology. You’ll see MTouch technology from Miele, which allows you to operate your Miele Generation 6000 appliances, at the forefront of this increasing trend. From programming your cooker to selecting an operating mode, it’s as easy as operating your smartphone.

And when you join two loves: technology and coffee together, you get something even more magical. The new Miele OneTouch and OneTouch for Two built in coffee maker, seen below, is a divine design example showcasing how simplicity and technology can work wonderfully together.

Miele built in coffee machine

If you want to order a double cappuccino at the touch of a single button, this is for you. http://www.miele.co.uk/domestic/built-in-coffee-machines-1760.htm

Bella Interiors are a professional kitchen design company based in Richmond and serving West London and the Surrey areas. If you are thinking about a new kitchen for 2016, Spring is the best time to do it, come and speak to a member of our team and we can take you through the process from planning to completion.