Author - Rebecca Hinshelwood

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Top hygiene tips for your stone kitchen worktop

Whoever thought that putting the shopping away would become such a gargantuan task? Not to mention one fraught with hygiene issues!! For many people during the coronavirus pandemic, wiping down the shopping has become a kind of normality that they never, ever expected. And as part of this, the hygiene of your stone kitchen worktop is a primary concern. However, use the wrong products or process and you could damage the worktop. So how do you ensure that you’re...

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kitchen disco

How to Perfect a Kitchen Disco

Across the UK, and indeed the globe, pandemic induced lockdown has brought a new significance to the kitchen. This room is the new place to go ‘Out Out’. Maybe your family are celebrating the end of homeschooling for the week with Baby Shark and marshmallows. Or perhaps you’re video calling your mates to enjoy a cool G&T together across the internet. Your kitchen is often the room in which you find yourself. And it’s your worktop which plays host...

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bright, airy kitchen

How to make your kitchen extraordinary

Are you in the early stages of planning your kitchen refit? Maybe you’ve recently been given permission for that long awaited kitchen extension? Perhaps you now find yourself in a bit of a pause before the process can commence. It’s frustrating, but why not take this time to really consider how you can make your new space truly extraordinary. You don’t have to be featured in an episode of Grand Designs to have an extraordinary kitchen. We mean the...

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How can I plan my new kitchen cost?

Cost is a daunting factor in planning your new kitchen. We’ve all seen television programmes where budgets spiral out of control. These nightmare scenarios do nothing for the average consumer confidence when entering into a new kitchen project. Try not to let this put you off though! A refitted or refurbished kitchen can add value to your home and ease daily living. With careful consideration and prioritisation, you can plan your new kitchen cost in a reliable and organised...

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Match Color Chart to Worktop

15 Kitchen Paint Color Ideas to go with Your Perfect Zenstone Kitchen Worktop

As you’re browsing the stone worktop ranges out there, you realise that it's only part of the story! To get your kitchen decor exactly right, you need to find the perfect colors to frame your worktop. Together, walls and worktop combine to evoke the core of a design concept. Our kitchen paint color ideas will guide you in completing the aesthetic environment that you dream of. Analogous These kitchen paint color ideas sit adjacent to each other on the color...

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Man Made vs Natural

Should you Choose Real Marble or a Marble Effect Worktop?

Choosing the aesthetic for your new kitchen worktop is one of the most exciting parts of a kitchen refit or extension. And we find that marble is a really popular choice. It’s a classic and elegant look which can make a space feel light, bright and fresh. If you can appreciate the loveliness of marble stone, the potential of a marble effect worktop may cross your mind too. When other materials can give the appearance of marble, should you...

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Granite Worktops and Alternatives

Granite Countertops and Alternatives to Granite for the Kitchen

Your kitchen countertops are one of the most important product choices that you will make during a kitchen refit or extension. With the ability to both reinforce a design scheme and practically affect your daily living, a countertop material must be right. You need to consider appearance, durability, maintenance, reflectivity and concept. So from granite countertops to wooden worktops, how do you navigate so many options? Wood Natural materials remain popular amongst kitchen refits. Wooden surfaces sit alongside natural stone...

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Choice of Quartz Worktops

What’s so Good about Quartz Worktops?

Ever wondered what’s so great about quartz worktops? You know that increasing numbers of your friends are choosing them, and loving them. But do you still wonder; are quartz worktops any good? Does this engineered stone perform when compared to a composite, a laminate or a natural mined stone? What are the practical and aesthetic benefits of choosing quartz over and above anything else? Well, there are a few features of quartz that we think are rather good! Being Durable...

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Outside Use of Granite

External Granite Surfaces in Cold Weather

Granite is an extremely popular material to use in external domestic spaces. Its natural durability makes it able to withstand the extremes of British weather through both summer and winter. Over the winter months, though, you may wonder will granite crack in cold weather? Of course, the extremes of the British Winter are variable. Some years are relatively mild, while others experience sustained periods of sub-zero temperatures. Unlike more porous stones such as marble and limestone, granite is a...

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Kitchen Renovation

Planning the Fit Out of a New Kitchen

Are you starting the decade with a brand new kitchen? Are you planning to do it yourself, or work with a kitchen designer? Perhaps a combination of the two! One of your primary concerns is to organise schedules. So how long does it take to fit a kitchen? This is clearly a rather open question; of the ‘piece of string’ variety! It will depend on the size of the room and the complexity of the fittings. And if it...

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