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2013 trends for modern designer kitchens

January 9th, 2013 by steph

As the New Year begins, many homeowners have finally decided to take the plunge and make a big home improvement, and no rooms are more important to update than their kitchen. They are one of the most functional rooms of the house, but aside from that they are also becoming increasingly popular to entertain in making them ever more important to keep up-to-date!

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There’s been a major upheaval in kitchen design in the last few years and even changes in the way designers think. For a successful redesign, it’s important to keep up-to-date with all the latest kitchen design trends and in this post you will find design trends for 2013.

The move towards modern

Last year, traditional kitchens became unpopular with the National Kitchen and Bath Association.
This has led to a huge shift in materials used as well as type, sizes and shapes. So for 2013 modern kitchens think along the lines of simplicity combined with big open spaces and minimal accessorising.

Hidden appliances

A major innovation in trends for modern kitchens is the advent of appliances that blend in with the rest of the room and that are hidden.
The idea is to provide more worktop space and leave enough space for a kitchen island. Handleless cupboards, invisible to the naked eye, are also key for creating a clean and modern look.

LED lighting

Since modern kitchens are becoming more open and spacious as well as becoming the primary entertainment centre of the home, lighting is becoming more and more important.

Nowadays, lighting should not only be functional, but also make a statement and create an inviting living space. Built in LED lights under cabinets, and appliances that come with ambient lighting, is an ongoing trend for 2013. Plinth lights are extremely modern and are a fantastic finishing touch for modern kitchens.

Kitchen islands

More recent trends are moving away from the dining rooms and into the kitchen, with all the eating, drinking and socialising taking place there.

Kitchen islands, complete with bar stools, are the perfect way to make this happen and create a modern eatery inside your kitchen, this is especially so for large kitchens.


Modern kitchens reflect the green movement, with appliances having an EnergyStar rating. MDF kitchen cabinets are also in at the moment.

Natural colour schemes

Neutral colours are on the rise with an emphasis on a variety of wood tones.
Black and white are also making a comeback. Bright colours should only add some finishing touches and accents and not overpower the colour scheme of your kitchen.

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Taps For Everyone

October 4th, 2012 by steph

Redecorating your house may start off as an exciting dream. But over time, it can often become a hellish nightmare. This happens because we know that whatever we pick will be seen and used by us almost every day for years, which is a big commitment. Despite a lack of fanfare, this applies most of all to taps. We use taps (hopefully) every single day and usually multiple times a day. The problem is we don’t all want the same thing. Some people are more traditional and want taps to fit into this environment. Some people like to be in touch with the latest fashion and trends, so want their taps to suit the latest styles. Luckily, at Tapshop, we have all kinds of taps for all kinds of settings.


Many people are gripped by fashion fever and want their homes to match current fashion trends. There are a great number of people however; who feel that these newer styles remove the warmth and charm that was apparent in more traditional households. In this case, there are a variety of taps, for a variety of rooms, which can allow you to capture that vintage or classical appearance.

One of the most appealing and noticeable features of these traditional taps is there smooth, rounded edges. Too often in modern design, everything is made to appear sharp-edged and uncomfortable. Not the case with these taps. Their comforting curves are sure to add a sense of homely familiarity, whether they are situated in the kitchen, bath tub or basin.

From reading this you may feel that designing your home means either traditional or contemporary. Not so. These classical tap designs are highly versatile and can be used to complete a vintage setting, or simply give a hint of warm elegance within more contemporary homes.


Many people have left traditional styles in the past. They have taken on the newest fashion trends as the guideline for their homes and why not; doing this makes their home design both up-to-date and current. Whilst not heralded as much as other home fixtures, taps still have an important part to play in setting the tone and atmosphere for contemporary homes.

The injection of modernity into the home design world has lead to a great variation in taps. From infra-red laser sensors to futuristic shapes, it is safe to say that bland normality has been thrown out the window in tap production.

It’s not simply advanced mechanisms and innovative design that’s changing with time. Taps are becoming more and more durable as time passes and technology advances. So, whilst you may have assumed that modern taps are flimsy due to their sometimes artistic design, they are actually becoming a stronger and more practical addition to your household than they ever were before.

A final word. With any luck, the outlining of the positive attributes of each has made clear to you what suits you best. And hopefully, it will have helped a little in turning your home design nightmare back into an exciting dream!

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Tiling a Kitchen

July 9th, 2012 by steph

It’s no secret that kitchens can be very messy areas of the home from time to time; with so many delicious concoctions, soups and sauces being splashed around in various pans, pots and blenders, it can be difficult to keep the walls spotless. Modern fitted kitchens commonly incorporate an easy-wipe ‘splashback’ which is designed specifically to create wall space that can be situated next to cooking stations. These tiles walls can be a life-saver, so older kitchens that are due a facelift could really benefit from this.

In this quick, step-by-step guide we’ll be looking at the best way to begin tiling a kitchen; so without further delay, grab your overalls and let’s get started!

A Few Things worth Noting

Cutting tiles to fit around small corners or rounded edges can be more complicated than it may seem, so removing obstacles from your walls such as under-cupboard pelmets can prove to save a lot of time and effort. Pelmets are easily removed by simply unscrewing them from the base of the cupboard.

Measure the thickness of the tiles you have and compensate for this space by removing the equivalent at the ‘wall end’ of the pelmet. Plug sockets and fittings should also be removed, so also be sure to isolate the socket before any fittings are removed and wires are exposed.

Measure the width of the splashback area; be sure to find and mark the centre as this is where we will begin tiling from; taking a spirit level, mark a straight vertical line through the centre of the splashback area and straight to the bottom.

Be sure to get a ‘notched’ trowel before you begin, this will allow you to notch the adhesive quickly and properly.

Getting Started

Now the preliminary steps are taken care of, we can start to apply our adhesive; you needn’t use too much at once, applying it to a small area at a time allows you to take your time with each section. Be sure to apply the adhesive away from the edges of the splashback area; this will prevent you from having to use tile cuts (smaller pieces which have had to be cut to fit the small area that remains untiled). Once your area of adhesive is applied, you can begin to notch it (with the notched side of your trowel and place tile spacers at the base of the wall, keeping the tiles a suitable space from the bottom (which can be filled with sealant later).

When tiling a kitchen, each of the tiles applied to the wall must be spaced out with a tile spaced placed in the cross section located at the meeting point of 4 tiles. Tiling a kitchen requires lots of time and attention, you may find it beneficial to tackle one section at a time and leave each to set before returning to take on the next section.

Once the base has settled you can begin to move upward and outward, under cupboards and meeting the corners of the wall.

Finishing the Job

It is extremely likely that you will need to use cuts when tiling a kitchen, so be sure to accurately measure the space that remains to be filled as you begin to approach the end of the wall. Account for the space needed for filler (typically the width of the limbs on your tile spacer) on either side of the tile and then deduct this from the overall width or height of the tile.

So there we are; some preparation tips to ready you for the mammoth task that is tiling a kitchen!

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Design Tips: Creating a Party Accessible Kitchen

July 4th, 2012 by steph

For some time now kitchens have been becoming a more central room in the functionality of the average household. It is not uncommon for a large number of day to day events to take place in the kitchen, especially considering that in a lot of households every meal is eaten there. But it is also becoming increasingly common for parties and social occasions to be focused around a house’s kitchen and then for the gathering to break away from it as a central point.

This in fact makes a great deal of sense when you consider that kitchens are generally the easiest room to clean in any house, not to mention that the kitchen is generally the place to find drinks at a party. Despite the relative ease with which a kitchen can be used as a party room there are a number of specific ways to make a kitchen more functional and easy to use as an ideal, central location for a party or gathering in your home.


First of all furniture can make a big difference as to whether or not your kitchen will be perfectly suited to hosting a party. People will want to sit down, but of course bringing in large or ill fitted chairs from another room can be a hassle and standard kitchen furniture is often a little too spacious to allow for maximum room.

The ideal solution to this problem is bar stools, which will fit perfectly around any kitchen surface creating the feel of a bar but also leaving room open for people to stand or mingle. Not only this but you will reduce the likelihood that a dropped drink means a smashed glass, because your guests will have a surface close to hand and something which they can rest their drinks on. Having a surface close by means it’s far more likely that a dropped drink will just equate to a spill, and one which (thanks to hosting your party in the kitchen) takes less than a minute to wipe up.


For those people who are redesigning their kitchen and feel as if their house would benefit from a kitchen which could easily be utilised for parties as well as everyday life, there are some layout changes which can be very handy. When it comes to party accessible kitchens one common factor is having an island in the centre of the room, preferably with the sink positioned in it. This will mean there’s a single, central location for guests to stand around as well as more room for your guests to sit next to a single location and chat. It also makes accessing the sink easy, for cleaning up those not-so-troublesome spills. It helps to have a single island located centrally with all other furniture and surfaces positioned around the edges for maximum space.

Big Fridge:

Although you could suggest this falls under furniture, big fridges are considerably more expensive than a set of bar stools and are not an essential item for parties. Of course having a fridge would be considered by most to be an essential item for everyday life not just party hosting, but having a large fridge is just a bonus when it comes to putting on parties. Having a giant fridge means you won’t have to fill your bath up with beer and keep making trips back and forth to keep the guests happy, with a big enough fridge you can accommodate almost an entire nights worth of drinks in one place which makes socialising easier and creates another reason for chatting in the kitchen.

If the drinks are all in the kitchen, then people won’t want to leave it and if people don’t want to leave it then the chances of your carpets being ruined by beer or coke are slim to none, which is the main bonus of a kitchen based party. The less there is to clean up the day after a party, the more fun you’ll have on the night!

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Designing a Family Friendly Kitchen

June 13th, 2012 by steph

The kitchen is commonly known as the heart of the home, a place for the whole family to come together, as well as a place to socialise with friends. Creating a practical yet friendly environment is easily achieved with just a few design tips that will influence an inviting atmosphere. Here we take a look at ways in which to fashion a luxury kitchen that everyone can enjoy!

Using neutral tones to decorate your interior will generate the feeling of space and style. Adding subtle splashes of colour within the decor or furniture however is a nice way of adding your own personal touch and making the room feel more homely. Ensuring plenty of space is vital if you wish for the whole family to come together, so keep clutter to a minimum by purchasing plenty of storage and maintain a tidy space as much as possible. There are many potential hazards in a kitchen, especially when children are concerned so make sure any dangerous equipment or chemicals are kept out of reach or behind closed doors.

Whether your chosen style is contemporary or traditional, a large dining room table is a key element to implementing the most family friendliest of kitchens. Purchase one which is extendable to provide extra room for guests when hosting, but can just as easily be folded away afterwards to save space. Formality can instantly be portrayed when hosting dinner parties with elegant table linen such as tablecloths and napkins. Having the table laid on a regular basis will encourage people to sit and enjoy meal times together.

Consider situating a small sofa if the space allows you to, as this will also promote a more sociable experience. Utilising an open-plan design will prove beneficial for this as well, since merging the kitchen and dining area will allow meal preparation to become a sociable event too.

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