home: trend [ pastel kitchen ]

home: trend [ pastel kitchen ]

A big kitchen trend for 2019 is to feature pastel tones. This could be painting walls, using tiles or going full on with pastel cabinets.

The calming feel of pastels will also inject some fun into you kitchen and this can be achieved simply by painting some walls. If you get bored with it, then it’s easy to change.

Create some interest on splashbacks and tiling with pastel tones like blue, green and pink. There are so many shades and patterns available on tiles now, so you can be sure to find something you love.

With more and more options with kitchen cabinets online and in store, now is the perfect opportunity to design everything yourself from style to colour. A pastel pink or blue cabinet will work really nicely with pale wood and white for a fresh clean look.

For a more subtle take on this trend then add some pastel appliances like a fridge or toaster. Who needs to stick to black or chrome!


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Image from Pinterest, Smeg fridge /very.co.uk [ £1299 ], image from Pinterest, image from wrenkitchens.com , tiles selection / claybrookstudio.co.uk, Breville Toaster / johnlewis.com [ £49.99 ], image from Pinterest.

home: favourite thing [ shelving unit ]

home: favourite thing [ shelving unit ]

We love this sleek black unit from Ikea for its simple design and practical use. The FALSTERBO wall unit is made from coated steel and would work really well in a hallway or kitchen. With three shelves, three drawers and hooks along the bottom you can fill it up to the max.

What’s even better is that it’s a really good price of £70, so why not get two!


home: event [ Ideal Home Show ] 

home: event [ Ideal Home Show ] 

The Ideal Home Show will return 24 March – 9 April 2017 at Olympia, London

From kitchens and bathrooms, to bedrooms and basements, fixtures and fittings to fine food, gardens and the latest high tech gadgets, to fashion beauty and gifts, you’ll find it all under one roof at this award-winning show.

To book tickets click here 

home: event [ kitchen design workshop ] 

home: event [ kitchen design workshop ] 

The new Tom Howley showroom in Royal Tunbridge Wells is the setting for this special event where Country Homes & Interiors will welcome guests before Design Director Tom Howley shares over 30 years of expertise on what makes the perfect kitchen.

The day will also include the chance to ask questions, learn more about Tom’s top design tips and you will enjoy a live cooking demonstration and lunch from a guest chef.

Tickets cost £25 including coffee, lunch (with wine) cooked in the showroom and complimentary gift bag.

Thu 23 March 2017

11:00 – 14:30 

Tom Howley 35 High Street 

Royal Tunbridge Wells TN1 1XL

home: favourite thing [ black kitchens ] 

home: favourite thing [ black kitchens ] 

Don’t be misled that a dark coloured kitchen may come across as gloomy and over powering. 

We love the new love of black used in the home and kitchens can look so warm but stylish in this misunderstood colour. 

Best used in shades slightly off from jet black on walls and tiles – and a good matt finish. 

Farrow and Ball / Off Black • Homebase / Black Magic • Benjamin Moore / Black Tar

Strengthen the look by also using black kitchen doors and even worktops too. To compliment and add a break in the black, you could also use walnut tone worktops and split the colour choice of doors, instead of them all being black, drop in another colour tone – white, blush or grey. 

Add accessories in copper and metallics. A vintage copper tap would be a great feature and if using open shelves give them great bronze wall brackets. Marble also works beautifully in this colour interior, great for a worktop on a kitchen island and splash back, or in smaller touches including lighting, crockery and kitchenalia.  

home: found this [ door range ] 

home: found this [ door range ] 

We are a little excited about a newly designed range from IKEA. With colour and pattern ticking major trend boxes the new KALVIA door range (for kitchens or other storage cupboards around the home) is perfection. 

As kitchen doors are standard size it’s easy to update doors and this range is a winner. Pair with pure minimal white interiors, combine with white doors or be brave and compliment with dark wood work tops and rich dark tones on the walls. 

Prices per door from £40