The Datchworth Kitchen by deVOLCountry Kitchen
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4. To build up relevant informationIt’s not only photographs you can collect and share in an Ideabook; you can also save useful Stories you’d like to refer back to or ask your professional about before making a decision. The Stories tab on Houzz contains a vast archive of invaluable renovation advice, inspiration and information that’ll help you to fully understand the stages or costs involved at the outset.Relevant Houzz community Discussions and Design Dilemmas can also be saved to your Ideabook. These, along with other useful resources, such as Polls, can be found under the Advice tab, which is next to the Stories tab under the Houzz search bar on the homepage. Here, you can ask for help from the community. You can then save the whole discussion to your project Ideabook, so all the information you need to move forward is in one place for easy reference.
Temper it with blues and greysThe faded, gentle red in these feature tiles is already far from in your face, but partnered with soft off-whites and cool grey-blues, the whole effect is calming and classic, rather than racy and dramatic. While the main colours come from fairly large surface areas, don’t downplay the power of accessories in the mix. Just check out that shelf above the cooker – it’s packed with pale blues to further inject this calming shade into the scheme.
Figuring out where to put your serving hatchBroken-plan might be in vogue, but the humble serving hatch – that handy internal window that links kitchen and dining room – is still unlikely to make a reappearance next to the range cooker any time soon. This Abigail’s Party-worthy kitchen feature was handy when you wanted to slide the chicken kievs and prawn cocktails post-haste to your dinner party guests. But an island that connects open-plan cooking and eating zones is much more sociable for today’s modern hosts.
Eco-wrap your leftoversWhile you’re trying to reduce plastic usage, you won’t want to end up wasting food, but how do you keep your leftovers fresh without using plastic? “Clingfilm and plastic bags only contribute to the pollution,” Lynne says, “but there are great alternatives on the market, such as beeswax wrap. It can be reused and is much more sustainable.“The beeswax-rubbed cloth adheres to the side of a container, and can be washed with cold water and soap, then used again,” she says.Discover 12 more clever eco tips
Design a decorative splashbackPatterned wall tiles are an effective way to give your kitchen the wow factor and will be the first thing people notice when they walk into the room. Tiles not only serve the practical purpose of protecting your walls from sink and hob splashes, they’re also a great way to instantly update an otherwise neutral scheme.Pick a tile design that complements your kitchen, and consider the finish and colour of your cabinets and worktop. It’s always worth testing out plenty of samples and checking how the colour looks in your kitchen at different times of the day. The grey and blue joinery in this scheme makes the perfect backdrop for a stunning wall of pink pattern.Take a tour of this kitchen
The owners chose a white composite worktop. “They wanted something light, white and subtle,” says Jacobs, “so it was an easy canvas to work with.”To the right of the range cooker are three wide pan drawers, while at the back of the island the designers built large open cabinets, where the owners can display more of their beautiful collection of bowls and other objects.Carrara white worktop, Minerva. Larger Demijohn pendant lights in clear glass, Pooky.