Creating a timeless kitchen

Creating a timeless kitchen

Contemporary kitchens are taking the 2020 trend. We take a moment to look at timeless kitchens and share our tips on how to make it work for your space and requirements. Be it a Cotswold Farmhouse or a new build, by following our tips, you can make the space become timeless and suit the style of the house. Creating a timeless kitchen…

 

Shaker Kitchens…

Shaker cabinetry is a simple design of craftsmanship, providing clean lines, mixed with insert panels – this identifies the shaker style cabinetry. Shaker style doors can work on a broad range of homes due to the diversity and can suit a traditional kitchen through to a modern shaker style.  With our shaker collection, we have a wide pallet of colours to choose from in gloss and matt finishes.Traditional Shaker Kitchen

Choosing your Colours…

For your kitchen to remain timeless, we recommend using neutral colours. Neutral colours will help the kitchen stand the test of time. If you want to add colour to your kitchen, choose to add colour splash such as on the splashback/tiles or with the kitchen appliances such as your kettle and toaster. You can add elements of colour on the smaller details that can then be changed easily and won’t mean you’ll have to change the whole kitchen.Creating your timeless kitchen

Invest in Quality…

If you want your kitchen to last, then be sure to invest in high quality products. We have spent many years researching kitchens and are pleased to offer only the best quality. Our kitchens last!
Each and every one of our kitchens receive the same level of attention to detail. Our personal care also makes Pittville unique.

Integrate your appliances…

Integrated goods such as washing machine, fridge/freezer and dishwasher are a good idea. Dated appliances can detract from the kitchen finish. Hidden behind the door, they can’t give away the age! That said, high-spec items which are unlikely to date so easily. For example, a sleek American-style fridge, or iconic appliances such as a range cooker, can be left on display. For smaller appliances, think about creating an appliance hub, where microwaves, toasters and the like can be hidden away from view.

The best thing to do, is to visit our showroom. Speak to our designers and go through your kitchens and visions. Our showroom is open Monday-Saturday on Prestbury Road. Start creating your timeless kitchen with Pittville today.

Why you should buy your kitchen and bathroom locally…

We are proud that we have been helping customers plan their dream kitchens and bathrooms for over 13 years here at Pittville, Cheltenham. Since then, Pittville has continued to grow and we have continued our 5* reviews. Our bathroom and kitchen shop are opposite each other on Prestbury Road – and both have recently been refitted with a range of styled kitchens and bathrooms to suit all.

We believe that choosing to work with a independent retailer has a huge amount of benefits…

We’ve put together the top reasons that you should consider when it comes to choosing the design company for your project.

  1. Tailored and bespoke. We know there is not a ‘one size fits all’ when it comes to Bathrooms and Kitchens – all of our kitchens and bathrooms are bespoke to fit your space and each render will be put together by the designers and will be based around the measurements of your room and your requirements. You will then come back into the showroom, sit with your designer and go through your designs, make any alterations, and then you sit back and let us do the rest.
  2. More personal. Unlike Nationwide companies, we are only ever working with a handful of customers at one time, so our customers get all of our attention. We take the time and make the effort to really listen to the needs of our customer and ensure that we go above and beyond to create their dream project.
  3. We’re here from start – finish. From the moment you enquire about your project, to after your project has been completed (and beyond). You’ll have the same designer as your point contact throughout. We’re a small team, and your designer will be able to guild you on all aspects of your project and see the project through with you. They will be there to answer any questions and make any amendments that you wish to be carried out during your project. That means, your designer will know your project inside out and will be able to tell you what stage your project is and will project manage for you, meaning the duration will be as easy as possible for you.
  4. Supporting local! When you shop local, you’re not only getting a bespoke, personal and tailored service, you’re also helping the local economy to grow. Research has showed that by just spending £10 locally, means £50 back in the local economy – so think how much you’ll be helping local trade with your new Bathroom or Kitchen.
  5. Customer reviews. We are proud of the fact that we have 5* customer reviews and have achieved this by all of the above.

If you’re in the early stages of your home project, get in contact to see how Pittville can help and come and meet one of our designers for a free initial chat about your space and requirements and remember why you should buy your kitchen and bathroom locally…

 

Worktops which serve up style

If you have ever renovated your kitchen or perhaps you are currently looking into it, chances are you will have come across Silestone as a worktop option. But did you know that Silestone has two gorgeous sister products, Dekton and Sensa? Well now you do!

As the leader in worktops for 25 years, Silestone has firmly established itself as a favourite choice because of its outstanding resistance and durability but also its beautiful selection of colour options.  However Dekton and Sensa go one step further in all those areas. So what are the differences and which one would best suit your kitchen?!

Let’s start with the composition…

Silestone is made from 94% quartz plus some colour pigment and resin.

Dekton is made from a mix of up to 20 natural minerals which are compacted together with heat and under a weight which is comparable to 2 and a half Eiffel Towers!

Sensa is a natural granite surface which is treated to provide a much more thorough and robust seal than standard granite worktop.

Alongside a potential preference for one of those surface qualities, the next important consideration will be durability. What demands will your lifestyle have of your worktop.
To begin with, each of the three surfaces are stain resistant, even when it comes to tough stains like wine or coffee. They also have a high scratch resistance, although we would always recommend using a chopping board, even if just to protect your knives and utensils.

So when comparing the products, one of the key features which Dekton offers as an appealing upgrade to Silestone is that it is heat resistant. Meaning you can put hot pans directly on the worktop without causing any damage. So unlike most worktop options on the market, if you have Dekton, no worktop protectors are needed. Which could be a helpful feature when it comes to children or teenagers cooking in the kitchen!

A further benefit of Dekton over Silestone is that the completely natural makeup means it is chemical resistant. For example, if you spill oven cleaner on your worktop, there is no need to worry about causing any damage, because you won’t.

With regards to Sensa, if you have a preference for granite in your kitchen, the protective sealant does not need reapplying and will not wear down over time. Many granite worktops are treated on site and the sealer is simply wiped on by hand and therefore needs reapplying. However the production process for Sensa means it is integrated into the material, providing a long term treatment.

However, Silestone should not be forgotten when comparing the products. One particularly elegant detail in a kitchen is to have your sink in a matching material to your worktop and with Silestone you can do just that.

And as for cleaning, the recommended product for each of these surfaces is Cif Actifizz – so no fancy products required!

When it comes to our favourite element, the design, there are gorgeous options in each collection to suit any kitchen style. Silestone and Dekton both have over 60 colours to chose from, whereas Sensa only has nine – but they are 9 stunning options!

Each collection also has a variety of finishes available, so whether you prefer a matt, suede effect worktop or a glossy, polished one then there will be something for you to fall in love with.

 

It is worth noting that any patterns or markings which form the design on Silestone and Sensa, will run all the way through the thickness of the worktop. However, the designs for Dekton are printed onto the surface and so the patterns will not be visible on the edges or within any drainer grooves. An edging strip in the same material can be added but there will be no pattern match.

That being said, the palette of finish colours and markings available within the Dekton range offers an elegant upgrade from the available designs within the Silestone range.

And if you are looking for a worktop which offers something more dramatic, then Sensa is likely to be the one for you.

So after carefully selecting your cabinet doors, your handles and your appliances, you now have three fabulous worktop options to chose from when adding the finishing touch to your beautiful kitchen.

Our Top 5 Styling Tips

So you’ve been the Pittville, Cheltenham Showroom, worked with our kitchen and bathroom designers, everything has been installed and you’ve got your new Pittville Bathroom or Kitchen styled to a T! Now what about the rest of your house? We’ve put together a few of our favourite home styling tips to help get you started…

Show off your personality!

Don’t be afraid to put a real stamp on your home! They say ‘home is where the heart is’ so let all the little quirks of what makes you, you spill out into your home.

Balance is good!

Consider each space individually and ensure you have decluttered enough to keep things streamlined (remember, less is usually more!) whilst having enough pieces on show to give your home the character you are after.

Shake it up!

Try mixing it up with different textures. You may have sleek stone worktops in your kitchen but perhaps you have a couple of fur throws over your dining chairs and some cool geometric wallpaper to add a third texture to the mix! This will not only help your home feel more balanced but will keep it from becoming too clinical.

Let the light flood in! But don’t be afraid of the dark!

We all know our homes look so much better when the sun light is streaming through the windows. Our advice is to take every opportunity to get more natural sunlight into your home, however, don’t be afraid to pair this with strategically placed dark pieces or paint colours. This can add some real drama and depth to your space.

Floating furniture

All to often our go to for furniture placement is to push everything up against the walls but this doesn’t always do justice to the space and can make conversation across the room tricky. If your space doesn’t feel like it’s quite working why not try finding a focal point, perhaps a coffee table or fireplace and anchor your furniture off that rather than automatically using the walls as the anchoring points. See what difference it could make.

Siemens boast that you will ‘never clean your ovens again’! Sounds great, right?! But how? Their ActiveClean self-cleaning system turns all remnants left in the oven after baking, roasting or grilling etc to ash in seconds all you need to do is wipe them away with a damp cloth!

Whilst we’re on the subject of time-saving ovens, let’s talk about Siemens Home connect feature! Siemens WiFi enabled ovens allow you to control cooking times and temperatures straight from your phone! No need to get up and change the temperature manually, you won’t have to wait for the ad breaks, or get out of the bath in time to stop the dinner from burning!

Let’s not forget Gaggneau too! Gaggenau enamelled shelving and Pyrolytic technology allow for a complete self-cleaning experience without having to remove shelves first! We love this move towards self-cleaning within appliances, not just because of the obvious time saving benefits but also because it eliminates the need for harmful chemicals when cleaning out your oven. A win for the environment is a win for everybody in our books!

Gaggenau are also leading the way with sleek design and handleless ovens giving you the option to open your oven by the touch of a button on the TFT touch display.
This season we are offering upgrade options like this on all kitchens ordered before the end of January 2019.