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Archive for April, 2011

Stunning Ivory Painted Kitchen With Kashmir White Granite

Friday, April 29th, 2011

Kitchen: Ivory Painted With Kashmir White Granite by Tierney Kitchens, Dublin

When we ask homeowners what their ultimate kitchen for their home would be, we get a lot of them say that they dream of a painted kitchen.  I think many of them would agree that this ivory painted kitchen from Tierney Kitchens in Dublin would be exactly what they dream about.  Cool, crisp and elegant to boot, it definitely adds sophistication and character to this home.

Delphy Painted Ivory Tusk With Kashmire White Granite

Delphy Painted Ivory Tusk Kitchen

There are many beautiful features to this kitchen, from the overmantle surrounding the gas hob to the curved doors which soften the edges, each adding something unique to the design.  The island unit sits perfectly within the space allowed and incorporates a seating area for casual dining.  Another simple feature of the design are the two georgian frame glass wall cabinets each side of the overmantle, perfect for showing off some stylish glassware and brightening up the run of cabinets.

The real stand out feature of the kitchen however is the overmantle.  In this style of kitchen, an overmantle adds so much character while also creating a focal point in the room.  With it’s thick shelf, decorative corbels for support and the beautifully shaped corbel effect uprights, the overmantle encases the cooking area but also ensures there is ample work space where it is most needed.  The clock over the shelf also adds that finishing touch.

Delphy Painted Ivory Tusk Kitchen

To the end of the kitchen, a set of three tall units are used to house food storage and appliances.  Incorporated is a double eye level oven with a lift up door above it to hide away the microwave.  The freestanding stainless steel fridge adds a contemporary touch and also includes a wine rack above which is always a real hit with wine lovers.  Finally, a pull out larder unit creates the ideal storage space for non-perishable food items.

From a decorating point of view, the kitchen has been finished off with bright and neutral colours.  Notice the paint colour on the walls.  Even though the walls are only a few shades darker than the kitchen cabinets, it is the kitchen that stands out and not the walls.  The floor tiles are also a bright and neutral cream colour and beautifully reflect all the natural light flowing in to the kitchen.  The kitchen is then finished off with Kashmir White granite worktops and again these reflect the light really well.  Tierney Kitchens have also included granite upstands and a granite splashback which eliminated the need for any tiling of the walls behind the kitchen.

Summary of Key Features

  • Kitchen Cabinets Painted Ivory
  • Kashmir White Granite Worktops
  • Featured Overmantle
  • Island Unit With Curved Doors
  • Castellated Cornice
  • Georgian Frame Glass Cabinets
  • Stainless Steel Appliances
  • Bowl and a Half Undermount Sink

For more information on Tierney Kitchens, you can:

- Visit their website at www.tierneykitchens.ie

- View their profile http://www.kitchenindex.ie/retail/category-1/Fitted-Kitchens-and-Bedrooms.aspx/listing-3198/Tierney-Kitchens

- Call them on 01 841 7233

- Email them at info@tierneykitchens.ie

Bosch Dishwashers with Active Water Generation

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

Bosch Appliances claim to produce the most economical dishwashers in the world.  This claim is backed up by their Active Water Generation which they say makes maximum the use of the water it uses. Features of Bosch dishwashers include:

  • Dosage Assist – Helps the detergent dissolve gradually to ensure it works more efficiently throughout the dishwasher.
  • Varioflex Basket and Drawer – The Varioflex basket gives an extra 10% capacity while the drawer is ideal for cutlery and smaller items.
  • SuperSilence – Ensures optimum quietness while the dishwasher is working.

Watch this video for an excellent demonstration of how these features work.

A Touch Of Glass With These Trendy Kitchen Splashbacks

Thursday, April 21st, 2011

Sometimes the smallest detail can turn your average kitchen into the WOW factor that everybody wants.  One increasingly popular way of adding an interesting twist to your kitchen is by adding a glass splashback ranging from a plain single colour to an elaborate and funky design.

Choosing a splashback that really livens up the room and creates a focal point will mean your kitchen will be the subject of envious comments from your friends and family.

Floral Glass SplashbackFlower Glass Splashback

Flower Glass SplashbackFlower Glass Splashback

 

The glass splashbacks above show how creative you can get.  All four of these floral themes are from Splashbacks.ie and can be made in a huge range of designs and colours.  If you are a little bit daring, a floral pattern might just be what your kitchen has been crying out for.

 

Zebra Print Splashback by CP GroupPink Glass Splashback by CP Group

 

Or maybe you want to release the animal in you.  If so, how about this zebra print glass splashback from CP Group in the UK.  They also have this really trendy pink design on black glass for a little bit more of a feminine touch.

 

blue glass backsplashgreen glass backsplash

 

You could however play it a little safer if you prefer and choose a plain coloured splashback.  Most splashback manufacturers work off RAL colour charts so the choice of colour is endless.  The two glass splashbacks above are in blue and green shades and are from Mirror and Glassworx in Limerick.  You can see from the photographs that the plain colours are much more subtle, especially if you plan on using glass on a full wall as opposed to just behind your hob or cooker.

The beauty of using glass for your splashback is the endless designs and colours available.  If you are looking to give your existing or new kitchen a real lift and add a splash of colour, the you should seriously consider using glass.

Results of our Poll on “Favourite Style of Kitchen”

Wednesday, April 13th, 2011

“Our Survey Says………..”

Modern Kitchens are your Favourite!!!!

Tavola Black Brown Ferrara by Kitchen Stori

We ran a quick and short survey on Kitchenindex.ie to determine our readers favourite style of kitchen.  We asked the question:  What is your favourite style of kitchen design? Our readers had to pick from four possible answers, and here are the results:

  • 33% said they preferred Modern Style Kitchens
  • 25% said they preferred Contemporary Style Kitchens
  • 24% said they preferred Traditional Style Kitchens
  • 18% said they preferred Classic Style Kitchens

If we take this survey as an indicator of homeowners preferences towards kitchen styles, it suggests that most people still prefer modern and contemporary kitchens.  Classic style kitchens came out bottom of the survey but I would imagine that not everyone is as familiar with classic style kitchens as they are with the rest of the options they had.

This little survey give an insight into homeowners preferences and hopefully you’ll all agree makes for interesting reading.

Kitchen Door Style Guide

Monday, April 11th, 2011

Kitchen Door Styles

Trying to decide on a door style for your kitchen can be confusing.  Your kitchen designer or supplier can mention styles that you may not be familiar with, and the names of these styles might mean nothing to you.

For that reason, we have put together an article explaining the most popular door styles to choose from.  There are of course variations to these styles, but these ones definitely are the most popular.

The doors styles we mention are Shaker Style, Raised Panel Doors, Decorative Inside Profile, Cathedral Arch Doors and Slab Doors.

You will find a photograph and brief description of each of the door styles so you can familiarise yourself with them and be sure that you understand what your designer is talking about when he or she mentions them in the future.

You can read the full article here: http://www.kitchenindex.ie/retail/tips-and-advice/kitchens/kitchen-door-styles.aspx

Compact Appliances for 2050 – Electrolux Design Lab

Wednesday, April 6th, 2011

Swedish appliance giant Electrolux presents four of its ‘appliances of the future’ in the House of the Future, sponsored by Virgin Media, at this year’s Grand Designs Live London (30th April till 8th May 2011, ExCeL, Docklands).

About Electrolux Design Lab: the 2010 competition focused on creative solutions for compact living. The 2010 brief asked industrial design students to consider how people will prepare and store food, wash clothes, and do dishes in the homes of 2050, when 74%* of the global population are predicted to live in an urban environment. Eight finalist were picked from 1300 entries. Four of these eight finalists, including the winner ‘The Snail’ can be seen at Grand Designs Live London in the House of the Future sponsored by Virgin Media:

Electrolux’s The Snail, Peter Alwin, India – Micro Induction Heating (Winner of Electrolux Design Lab 2010)

The Snail is a portable heating and cooking device based on magnetic induction processes. Such is the size and versatility of the Snail, it can be stuck directly on to a pot, a pan, a mug etc. to heat the contents. This reduces the amount of space required for conventional cooking whilst adding portability to the process. Powered by a high density sugar crystal battery, the Snail converts the energy from the sugar, heating up a coil to conduct the magnetic induction process to the utensil. Inbuilt sensors detect the food type being heated so as to automatically adjust the time and temperature. A simple touch sensitive display with interface helps to monitor the process.

Electrolux Clean Closet, Michael Edenius, Sweden – All in One Laundry Concept

The Clean Closet is essentially just that – a closet that cleans clothing. Textiles are scanned for impurities and cleaned accordingly with molecular technology that removes dirt and odours. The concept replaces the laundry basket, the wash¬ing machine, and drying cabinet to save space and, as no water is used in the process, is kinder to the environment.

Electrolux Eco Cleaner, Ahi Andy Mohsen, Iran – Portable, Compact Dishwasher

The Eco Cleaner is a portable dishwasher and composter that uses ultrasonic waves to ionise food and turn it in to reusable waste. Ahi Andy Mohsen’s concept is designed for use within the increasing numbers of single households and specifically meeting dual predictions: that future food will be supplied in capsule form (thus reducing the required size of vessels to prepare and eat from); and that there will be reduced time for household chores. The Eco Cleaner is simultaneously green and space efficient.

Electrolux External Refrigerator, Nicolas Hubert, France – External Chilling

Two years in China provided the inspiration for Nicolas Hubert’s external refrigerator. Fixed directly on the outside wall of residential buildings, the concept is an elaboration on a way of life in northern China where food is kept on balconies in the winter to save space and energy. During cold seasons and at night, the low external temperatures are used to provide the right climate for items in the fridge. During warmer weather, the sun is used to transform light into energy through solar panels Nicolas reflects Electrolux design values: the shape and finish are kept pure and simple so as to ensure easy integration with the external urban environment, whilst a range of colours and ambient lighting further facilitate this.

Zanussi Washer Dryer Saves Time, Energy & Money

Wednesday, April 6th, 2011

Kitchen appliance brand Zanussi claim that their washer dryer model ZKN7147J can save you time, energy and money.  A bold claim, but with a  washer dryer packed with features it is easy to see how this model can back it up!

The  ZKN7147J Washer Dryer from Zanussi will wash and dry 6kg of laundry in one go giving you more time to spend doing something else instead. Just load it and switch it on. When you are ready to unload it, your clothes will be beautifully clean and fresh and ready to put away.

If you want to line dry your laundry – you can load an enormous 8kg! The ZKN7147J will also save you energy and money as it features Jetsystem which uses proportional amounts of water & energy based on the weight and the degree of soiling in the wash load.

Zanussi Washer Dryer

Features of this model are as follows:

 Fully automatic washer dryer

 Jetsystem uses proportional amount of water & energy based on wash load saving you money

 A energy rating for wash & dry

 8kg wash capacity & 6kg wash & dry

 Inverter motor for a powerful wash performance and the brushless technology means quieter operations

 1400rpm spin speed – the more water removed the quicker the drying time

 LCD Display including time display – keeping you informed about the wash & dry progress

 6kg wash to dry capacity

 Condenser dryer – no need to vent

 Auto dry option to enable you to choose the correct drying time

 Fully automatic washer dryer

 8 kg wash capacity / 6 kg wash to dry capacity

 Mini 30 Ideal for once worn clothes. 30 min wash

 Super quick wash option

 Extra rinse wash option

 Dimensions H850xW600xD600 mm

For more information on this washer dryer and other appliances from Zanussi, visit their website at http://www.zanussi.co.uk

New Zanussi Refrigeration: Extra Efficiency & More Capacity

Friday, April 1st, 2011

Kitchen appliance brand Zanussi have added some new refrigeration options to their range to offer more efficiency and increased capacity.  It is no secret that two important factors for homeowners when choosing a fridge or freezer are energy efficiency and capacity, so these options should prove quite popular.


Zanussi Fridge Freezers

Zanussi ZRA637CW01 refrigerator

The new Zanussi ZRA637CW01 refrigerator has all the room a large family or committed cook could need and is 20 per cent more efficient than the previous A energy rated appliance.

With a capacity of 365 litres and more storage space for fruit and vegetables, the fridge saves you money and means you can shop less.  Other features of this easy to use fridge include a full width dairy compartment and automatic defrost, saving you time and making it easier to maintain.

This Fridge matches the Zanussi Freezer ZFU628W01 and includes features such as:

• Energy class A+ • Reversible door hinges • Gross capacity 365 litres • Net weight 60kg • Auto fridge defrost • 1750mm X 595mm X 620mm

Zanussi ZRB634FX Fridge Freezer

This frost free Zanussi fridge freezer not only looks good, but has more space inside within the standard size outside. The extra-large capacity freezer can store more, meaning you can shop less and save time.

CrispNoFrost:

A star feature is the CrispNoFrost Technology. This ensures that humidity levels are maintained in the fridge whilst the temperature is kept at a low stable temperature. This ensures that food is preserved properly, staying fresh for as long as possible.

Other key features include a maxi shopping drawer which allows you to store extra large items, like a Christmas turkey.

The fridge freezer automatically defrosts and the stainless steel look is fingerprint proof, making it easy to maintain.

The Zanussi ZRB634FX is sure to be a winner for many.  It’s features are as follows:

• Energy class A • Frost free • Low maintenance • Large capacity food storage space • Automatic defrost in fridge • Reversible door hinge • Gross fridge capacity 249 litres • Gross freezer capacity 91 litres

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For more information on these and other appliances from Zanussi, visit their website at http://www.zanussi.co.uk/