By Linda Parker
I’ve seen so many gorgeous new kitchens recently, and they’ve all had one thing in common – simply fabulous flooring. In a spacious, open or broken plan kitchen, the floor is often the thing that catches the eye first – so it has to be spectacular … This is the new classic design Finton from Caple – shown here as an excellent combination in painted ash in two contrasting shades – there are ten to choose from. We love the way the Anthracite and Cashmere cabinet colours work effortlessly with matching feature walls and sleek floor tiles. Check out the rest of the new designs and colours here.
We’re absolutely and irrevocably impressed by these stunning Maximo giant-sized porcelain tiles from Stone & Ceramic Warehouse. See the whole collection here. The advantage of light-coloured, giant-format tiles is that there are fewer grout lines to distract the eye, and the resulting look is spacious and immense. Perfectly specified here, adding absolutely the right look to this amazing space and emphasising the flow from one room to another.
Porcelain tiles are super-practical for busy kitchens, they’re tough, hardwearing, need little in the way of upkeep or special treatment, and will withstand everything a hard-working kitchen can produce! These are wood-look porcelain tiles from Tile Mountain, shown here in Country Nut, which is a deep, dark brown, and also available in Honey and Khaki. (And also suitable for outdoor use if you needed to do a flow-through kitchen floor to the outdoor terrace or seating area).
Luxury vinyl tiles are just that – a luxury treatment for your floor. Great for kitchens, bathrooms and multi-use rooms, as these tiles are simple to install and maintain. LVT tiles are a worthwhile alternative to ceramic, porcelain, stone and wood – and they do feel somewhat warmer underfoot that stone alternatives. This is a new design, Dovetail, that would easily add a hint of tradition to a modern kitchen, or would blend in beautifully with a period-style room. Available in Flax, Ink, Black, Lavastone, Ochre and Oxford Blue (shown here), from the Signature collection by Neisha Crosland for Harvey Maria.
Add a European flavour to a smaller kitchen (or a laundry, larder or utility room) or perhaps a porch or hall – actually the possibilities are endless, aren’t they?! We love the new Majolica designs from Walls & Floors. Bellflower (ochre and blue) is on the left, Grisaille (black and white) is on the left; each tile is 450mm square and has the appearance of four tiles. Perfect if you want to generate a slightly distressed, reclaimed look (without the hassle of searching through salvage yards!).
Of course, we couldn’t leave out timber flooring in our round-up of recommendations for your new floor project. Ted Todd is a favourite at the moment; this is Calico Plank, which is European Oak with an oiled and brushed finish and engineered (i.e. layered) construction. Find out more about the products available here.
As we tend to concentrate on kitchens and other connected rooms, it’s easy to assume that hard flooring (tiles, vinyl, timber) is always the answer. Except that sometimes it’s not, and a bit of comfort underfoot is needed. The answer is to have a couple of rugs – perhaps one beneath the dining table and another in front of the sofa in the family space. This Zuiver Tropical Palm Leaf Print Rug does the job perfectly, and is available from Cuckooland.
Three patterned feature rugs for your delectation … perfect for placing on a hard floor to add a bit of texture and warmth to a design scheme. From left; Havana in Multi from Modern-Rugs. It’s polypropylene too – so is completely and utterly cleanable. Centre; Tora rug in 100% wool from John Lewis & Partners. Nice an comfy underfoot, adding pattern and luxury to a plain scheme. Right; A new design from Luke Irwin in Fuschia, and available any day now, also from John Lewis & Partners.
Well, what more can possibly be said about Kenton Cool’s Bespoke Kitchen Project. Apart from yes, it really happened! So if your other half has a whinge about going all the way down to the kitchen in the morning for a cuppa, direct them towards this video and tell them to chill out! But on a more serious note, it’s a fabulous way that Schmidt chose to demonstrate how every single one of their kitchens is exquisitely designed and personalised. (Even if you don’t want it at the top of a mountain).
This is new R5 High Fidelity Music System from Ruark Audio. I have the R2 in my kitchen-dining room, and can’t recommend it highly enough – it’s perfect for kitchen parties and when the Bluetooth battles start, it’s always thoroughly enjoyable and great fun! So, having been unable to attend the formal launch of the R5 I will be popping into my nearest stockist to listen to a demo of this latest model as soon as it becomes available. At the moment, availability is planned for Spring, so get yourself on the list here.
Next time … we’ll be looking at the latest lighting for your new kitchen