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2021 is set to be a big year for home renovation. After months of spending time indoors, many people have grown tired of their existing interior and are looking to give their home a new lease of life. Updating your floor or wall tiles is an excellent way to revamp your kitchen, bathroom, living room or hallway. Here we take inspiration from some of the 2021 tile trends that are expected to be big in the new year.

Wood effect tiles

Wooden floors are incredibly trendy and look great in any home, but engineered wood is expensive and needs regular maintenance to keep it looking fresh. Wood effect tiles are a great alternative that not only look realistic, but are durable and require minimal upkeep. They’re also cheaper than the real thing when you factor in the ongoing costs.

Whilst wood effect tiles have been popular for some time now, we’re seeing more and more people choose to lay tiles in a parquet style to create a rustic or vintage look. In 2021 we expect this trend to become even more popular than it is already, as well as an increase in the number of people choosing to use wood effect tiles to create striking features walls.

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Bold colour combinations

For the past few years we’ve seen people gravitate to neutral colours and this trend is set to continue into 2021. However, we do anticipate an increase in bold colour combinations, with people choosing to mix grey or white tiles, with a statement paint colour such as navy blue and even black on the walls.

Earthy tones are also expected to make an appearance in 2021. Muted greens, rust and bronze will all be popular, helping create a rustic finish in period style homes.

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Terrazzo tiles

Terrazzo tiles are a must have for any modern kitchen or bathroom in 2021. They have grown in popularity thanks to Instagram and Pinterest and are a great way to add interest to any room. Terrazzo tiles have flecks of glass and marble embedded within the tile. This is a fun way to introduce multiple colours into a small space without it over powering the room!

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Large format tiles

In the bathroom we’re seeing more and more people attempt to replicate a spa within the home environment with natural materials and tranquil colours. With this in mind, we’re anticipating a surge in the popularity of large format tiles, especially those made from natural stone or with a marble effect.

Large format tiles give a luxurious finish and can help make a small room look bigger. They look particularly effective when used on both the walls and floor to give a cohesive look. Walk in shower cubicles also look great in this style.

We have a wide selection of wall and floor tiles available to purchase at our tiles, kitchens and bathrooms showroom in Weymouth, Dorset. Get in touch to book an appointment with one of our friendly sales advisors, who will work with you to select the right tile trends for your revamped space.

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Make a splash in your kitchen with a fabulous splashback.

Our kitchens are the work horses of our homes and where we tend to spend the most time, especially with the current trend of open living. So, why not make your splashback a real focal point to emphasise the cooking area? It’s where the eye is naturally drawn!

There are many options available for splashbacks, which have seen several reincarnations over the years as technology has improved. You can make the space totally unique, personal and striking as well as being practical.

Here’s our top options to bring your splashback into the 21st century.

Tiled splashbacks

No longer are you restricted to 100x100mm square tiles in muted organic colours. Tiles have got larger and come in various styles, hundreds of colours and patterns, textures and shapes. They are robust and easy to clean. Large format tiles will reduce the amount of grout lines. Mix and match colours and textures, add botanicals into your scheme, think of different layouts with chevrons and parquet patterns, or consider geometric shapes or the exotic fish scale tiles. The possibilities are endless.

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Mosaic tiles

Mosaics come on sheets to make them easy to fit and are available in hundreds of colour and texture combinations, as well as mixes of different materials, including glass, stone, metals marbles, natural stone and ceramic. From hexagonal to fish scales, squares to bricks, diamonds to chevrons, there will be something to suit your kitchen scheme.

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Glass splashbacks

Glass splashbacks are made from toughened glass, so are perfectly safe behind your cooker. They are easy to keep clean, quick and easy to fit and offer a modern and stylish alternative from tiles. From solid colours to rainbow effects, matt finishes to sparkles, mirrored to frosted glass to metal effects, there is plenty of choice to suit every style of kitchen. They come in set sizes to accommodate the most common sizes of cookers or hobs and have matching upstands to complete the look.

Bespoke kitchen splashbacks

If you’re looking for a completely individual, sleek and modern splashback, then why not get one made bespoke? Available in dozens of vibrant colours, textures and finishes your splashback is templated and fitted by specialists so you have a seamless piece of glass or aluminium perfectly cut and finished to complete your kitchen. Chemical resistant, non-porous, heat resistant and easy to clean, they are perfect for even the hardest working kitchen.

So, think outside the box and be bold with your kitchen splashbacks and make your kitchen unique to your taste and style.

The design team at New Image are experienced at crafting beautiful kitchens and can work with you to choose a splashback that will compliment your existing kitchen or upcoming kitchen renovations. Get in touch to book an appointment with one of our design team at our showroom in Weymouth.

New Image Tiles

Over the years we have helped many customers restore their period homes, creating elegant bathrooms, kitchens and hallways that are in keeping with the overall look and style of the property.

Whether you’re looking to recreate classic features or simply give a nod to your home’s heritage, we can help you design eye catching spaces that are full of character and will stand the test of time.

 

Choosing the right tiles for your period home

In traditional Victorian period properties, the hallway was one of the most important rooms in the house. It was a place of grandeur, where home owners could display their wealth and seek to impress their guests with ornate tiles, laid in intricate patterns.

Unfortunately, many period properties have since lost this feature, but there are a number of modern solutions if you’re looking to create an authentic look. At New Image we stock an extensive range of porcelain and vitrified ceramic Victorian tiles, which have been carefully designed to mimic traditional patterns and layouts. We have a wide selection of borders and colours, which can be mixed to create bespoke patterns. These can be used on the floor or to create decorative panels around fireplaces or other original features.

Our experienced design team can also help you choose classic flooring styles to be used throughout the rest of your home. Natural stone tiles have been used for centuries and are an excellent option for period properties. They are extremely hardwearing and durable and the different textures will give a rustic appearance in keeping with the rest of the home.

 

 


Traditional kitchens combining function and style

Solid wood kitchens with granite worktops and shaker style doors look great in period homes, especially when combined with decorative elements such as cornices and plinths. Traditionally, the cupboards would have been natural wood, but a neutral colour palette can also be used. Cream, white and duck egg blue have always been popular colourways, but we are seeing an increasing number of customers choose dark and striking colours to add a modern twist.

Exposed beams and brickwork can help to create an authentic look and carefully thought out storage solutions are an excellent way to ensure kitchens remain functional. Incorporating a larder cupboard or exposed shelving is a nice touch and in keeping with more traditional styles.

 

 


Sleek and elegant bathroom designs

We have seen a resurgence in Victorian inspired bathroom suites in the last couple of years. This elegant style looks great in a range of homes and can help create a luxurious and tranquil space, where you can relax and unwind.

If space permits, a free standing, roll top bath is a great statement piece, which will help tie the look together. Many of the leading brands have developed heritage ranges, including wall mounted cisterns with a pull chain flush, heated towel rails and ornate mixer taps, which look great on their own or when styled as an entire collection.

Metro tiles in cream, white or grey are the ideal choice for a traditional bathroom.

 

If you would like further advice on period property restoration please book an appointment to meet with one of our design team.

Painted Grey

Wood-effect floors, walls, worktops and cabinets.

Wooden flooring had humble beginnings and started life, several hundred years ago, as rough hewn wooden planks that only the wealthiest could afford. Thankfully things moved on fairly quickly and floorboards and parquet has become the norm in even the most modest of homes. With improvements in photographic and texturing technology and the use of modern materials, there are realistic wood alternatives for most items that you can put in your home. Not only do these alternatives look like their real wood equivalent, but textured products feel like the real thing too!

So, if your real wood flooring is faded with the sun or is showing signs of wear and tear, but you love the look and texture, New Image can offer you wood effect alternatives for your floors, walls, worktops and cabinets for any room in your home.

 

Porcelain and ceramic tiles

New Image stock a huge range of wood effect tiles in both porcelain and ceramic. Porcelain tiles are heavy duty and suitable for almost anywhere – even outside. Ceramic floor tiles are suitable for light use areas i.e. bathrooms, bedrooms, studies, and ceramic wall tiles are suitable only for walls.

Our ranges of wood effect tiles come in different colours, sizes, plank lengths, grain patterns, distressed, lime-washed, textures and from floorboard sizes to parquet. The benefits of tiles include;

• Maintenance free
• Scratch proof
• Fade resistant
• 100 % Waterproof
• Long lasting
• Easily cleaned – no harsh chemicals, a mop & hot water will do the trick
• No wear and tear
• Fire-proof
• Hygienic
• Frost proof
• Allergen free
• Stain resistant
• Environmentally friendly
• Great with underfloor heating
• Won’t warp or rot
• R10 slip resistant for most textured tiles

Bathroom & Shower room walls

If tiling is not for you in your bathroom, wetroom or shower room then consider Nuance shower boards. This award winning bathroom panel system comes in a range of colours and patterns that include several wood effects including ebony oak, wildwood and driftwood. The designs are printed in life-like proportions and textures. They are a quick and easy solution which is guaranteed for 15 years when installed using the manufacturer’s instructions. This system, unlike most others, does not require trims, internal or external corners, end caps or H sections and a competent DIYer could fit them as they are just stuck up and the corners sealed with a colour matched sealant.

The benefits of Nuance panels include;

• 100% waterproof
• No trims required with the boards preformed edge
• Easy to install
• Quick installation
• Easy to maintain
• Easy to clean
• 15 year guarantee- when installed correctly
• Will not swell or degrade
• Tongue and groove panels to extend the standard size boards
• Can be installed over most surfaces
• No grout lines

Come along to New Image and see samples of the full range and check out our portfolio on our website. Nuance panels and its components are available to order.

Karndean Luxury Flooring

Karndean Korlok is luxury flooring and an excellent alternative if tiles, engineered hardwoods, laminates, vinyl or carpet are not for you. It is quick and easy to fit and a competent DIYer, with a new Stanley blade, would be able to install it. There are no extra requirements for this system and can be installed over most existing hard floors, that do not need to be spirit level flat, without the need for underlay or adhesives.
Korlok is an ideal wood effect alternative solution for all rooms and comes in 12 wood designs with 5 of the most popular colours available to take away from our showroom and are sold in pack sizes only.

The benefits of Karndean Korlok include;
• Easy installation
• Can be fitted over most hard floors & imperfect floors
• Acoustic backing reduces noise transfer
• Durable
• Click and lock system
• Extra large planks
• Lifetime guarantee
• Low maintenance
• Comfortable underfoot
• Compatible with underfloor heating up to 27 degrees C
• Waterproof
• Realistic designs and texture
• Scratch resistant
• Stain resistant
• R10 slip resistant
• Recyclable

Karndean Palio is another range of luxury vinyl with the easy click & lock system. There are 8 realistic wood designs in the Palio range and samples can be seen in our showroom. This range offers nearly all of the same benefits as the Korlok range but is in a smaller format and packs are available to order.

Cabinets & worktops

Our kitchen department can offer a huge range of cabinet doors in various wood effects, colours and painted wood finishes. We can boast that we can supply more ranges than any other local supplier so you are sure to find what you want. Our stunning kitchen displays have a selection of wood effect cabinets and worktops and sample doors are displayed to help you make your selection.

Image Kitchens manufacture kitchen and bathroom cabinets as well as study and bedroom furniture, so you can continue the wood effect throughout your home and in bespoke sizes if necessary.

Wood effect worktops can be supplied either as a solid worktop or a laminate so there is sure to be something beautiful to suit your budget and whether the worktop is for a kitchen, bathroom or study New Image will be able to find you what you need.

So if your real wood flooring, cupboards or worktop is faded from the sun, scratched, has stained and is showing signs of wear and tear but you love the look and texture of wood but not all the hard work of bringing it back from the brink – think of wood effect, then think of New Image.

New Image Tiles

On Thursday 5th July from 1600hrs we are opening the doors to all Trade persons.


New Image are combining forces with some of the top leading tile and flooring industry specialists to bring you the New Image Trade Show that’s not to be missed!  Here’s a selection of what will be happening on the day.


Grespania Coverlam

The latest innovation in ultra thin Porcelain tiles. COVERLAM is the result of years of research and development. Thanks to the introduction of lamination pressing technology, it is now possible to produce a porcelain tile which may be as little as 3.5mm thick. This broadens the scope of porcelain, offering great potential for innovation in the fields of construction and interior design.

 


Karndean’s stunning Korlok Range.

Korlok is a brand new rigid core flooring collection. It takes all of the best elements of a rigid core floor, but with the beautiful handcrafted designs and quality you’d expect from Karndean.

 

 


Rubi

Rubi will be offering FREE calibration service on all rubi cutters. Demonstrations on their latest tile cutters and offering up to 20% off purchases on the day. Since its inception, RUBI has always been a brand specialized in quality products and services for cutting, placement, maintenance and cleaning of the ceramic. Don’t forget to grab your FREE goodie bag from them too!

 


Dural

Dural will be giving free training on Expansion joints and demonstrating their up and coming product of LED trims. These dont require a qualified electrician to install. SQUARELIGHT-LEDs light up edges, connections and transitions with brilliance. The basic profiles in high quality aluminium and with heights of 9 mm and 11 mm are fitted as normal using the thin-bed installation procedure. The translucent cover is available in a rounded or square version. Matching LED strips, transformers, witches and connection materials are also available as accessories.

 


Tilemaster

Tilemaster will be promoting their wetroom systems and providing demonstrations. Wet room kits are the ideal way to create contemporary step free showering areas.  They provide all the parts needed to create a beautiful wetroom in your home and come with a handy set of step-by-step installation instructions. Create the luxurious shower set-up you’ve always dreamed of!

 


Perfect Level Master UK

Introducing Perfect Level Master UK a new supplier to New Image for leveling systems. This leveling system was developed to bring a perfect installation for all surfaces covered with tiles. It ensures that your tile installation will be leveled on the point tile to tile (each tile is leveled by all tiles around it). Also prevents tiles from warping as your thin-set cures.

 


On top of all that there will be exclusive promotions and FREE giveaways!

Food from The Fantastic Sausage Factory and drinks will be served complimentary by New Image on the day to keep everyone fueled while they browse around the trade show.

 

 


All Under One Roof For One Evening Only At New Image!

Use the form below, email enquiries@new-image-tiles.co.uk or
call us today 01305 781709 to confirm your attendance!

 

Waste disposal unit

Waste disposal units are a great alternative for dealing with home food waste

We’ve known for a long time that waste disposal units are fantastic appliances for disposing of home food waste. However we find that many people visiting us want to know more about them and find out exactly what is a waste disposal unit. They are in fact a little device that is fitted to the outlet drain of your sink, usually a half bowl. It can be turned on to mash or grind up all the non-liquid waste that collects in your kitchen sink. Once all the food waste has been ground down it can easily be washed down the waste pipes and it will be treated by your waste water company.

How much is a waste disposal unit and what are the running costs?

Food waste disposal units range in price from about £100 upwards depending on the size and ferocity of the unit plus the fitting costs. Running costs are just pennies a week – they use about the same as a 100 watt light bulb for 3 minutes of running time and less water than a short toilet flush. There are no extra costs required for disposable bin bags, no cleaning materials required and it will have paid for itself in 2 to 3 years. Your kitchen will stay clean and fresh by eliminating bagged waste – no nasty whiffs that attract insects and vermin and you’ll also free up the space that a caddy requires.

Sink with waste disposal unit

A sink with waste disposal unit is better than composting food waste; no space is required or the mess of a compost heap; it saves on landfill, and addresses the issue of greenhouse gasses, methane and CO2, as they are not captured and reused from landfill sites.

Food waste that has been through a food disposal unit is beneficial to the environment. It is sent through the pipes into the water system and goes to sewage treatment works. There it is put to good use and helps with the smooth operation of sewage treatment using the process of anaerobic digestion where it is converted to biogas which in turn generates power that is then sold on to the National Grid. 80% of sewage works use this process saving a whopping 19 million tonnes of food waste going to landfill sites.

Process of Food waste
Food Pyramid from all over the world.

 


Waste Disposal Units & Food Waste Facts

Worldwide food waste costs billions of pounds annually and creates massive environmental issues in its disposal costs, landfill costs and with the production of Methane & CO2 that damages the ozone layer.

The facts are startling and as much as possible should be done to help this situation and we can all do our bit!!

UK Food Waste Facts per Year

  • 38% of all fruit and vegetables is wasted – melons are the worst offenders at 25%
  • 35% of all fish and seafood
  • 30% of cereals
  • 20% of dairy products
  • 13% of meat
  • 22.4% of bread – a staggering 24 million slices
  • Food waste costs the average family £60 a month/£700 a year- that’s a weekend away!!
  • 11.7% of food purchases avoidably wasted
  • 15 million tonnes is wasted per year
  • 4.3 million tonnes of edible food is thrown away
  • 97% of food waste goes to landfill- that is 33 million tonnes!
  • Every tonne of food waste creates 3.8 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions [Waste & Resources Action Programme WRAP]
  • Landfill food waste produces Methane which is 21 times more potent than CO2 as a greenhouse gas [Environmental Protection Agency EPA]

What Can We Do To Help?

We can all do our bit to save money for ourselves and help our environment at the same time.

  • Only buy what you need.
  • Organise your fridge;
  1. Meat at the bottom- coldest area
  2. Eggs in the middle
  3. Butter & cheese at the top – warmest area
  4. Bottles & condiments in the door
  5. Salad and vegetables in the drawer
  • Keep cheese wrapped
  • Keep bread in a cool dark place & make breadcrumbs from stale bread
  • Don’t store fruit and vegetables together
  • Store potatoes, onions, squashes and garlic in a cool dark place
  • Store tomatoes at room temperature, stem side down
  • Freeze extra portions for use on another day

How to reduce food waste


Whatever food waste you do produce should not be put into your regular waste bin but in a recycle [brown] bin for collection.

If you have a garden then a compost bin is useful for creating your own compost, which your plants will love, create a nutrient rich compost out of all your:

  • Fruit and vegetable trimmings
  • Egg shells
  • Tea bags
  • Coffee grounds
  • Remember no cooked food should be put into a garden compost bin.

 

How food waste is recycled

 

 

We hope you can see that a few simple changes can, and do, make all the difference. So if you hate your food waste and your smelly brown recycle bin, a waste disposal unit may be the answer. Come into our showroom and talk to the kitchen department for more information.

New Image Tiles

2017 is well and truly behind us and 2018 is the ‘Year of the Dog’-So let’s get your tails wagging and your ears pricked with some of the latest ideas.   So what, you may ask, is going to be trendy and new in bathrooms this year?  Good questions to ask are;

  • What will be the influences?
  • How will technology be incorporated?
  • What styles, patterns and colours will be in vogue?
  • Let me try to scratch the surface and answer these questions.

For many people who decide to make changes or renovations in their home the inspiration and impetus for making the changes often follows a stay in a hotel in a stylish or exotic location and the creation of a new bathing sanctuary will bring back memories while relaxing. If you don’t have a holiday planned soon and some inspiration is required then look no further than our fabulous showroom where we have over 20 stylish bathroom settings to help get your creative juices flowing.

 

Large Format Tiles

The main change in tiles is that large formats are taking over for bathroom walls and floors. These Great Danes of the tile world take less time to fit and there are less grout joints. Most manufacturers in Europe are discontinuing small format tiles for the larger sizes and with the development of printing technology the finishes and decorative effects applied to porcelain and ceramic tiles are very sophisticated and realistic, for instance wood effect tiles not only look like wood but have a wood texture too and textures add warmth to a tile and takes away from a clinical cold look.

Use the same tiles on the walls and floor to give a ‘spa- like’ effect and should you choose the ever more trending ‘marbles’ you could get the look of luxurious marble at a much more affordable price.

Floor areas are less than wall areas so for maximum impact on a limited budget it makes sense to be more extravagant on the floor tiles.

Patterns and Colours

Patterns and colours are back with a vengeance, and thank goodness! Unlike the random spots of Dalmatians there are some rules to make using colours and patterns work well.
As a rule of thumb if you have a patterned floor the walls should be plain and vice versa, patterned walls should have a plain floor. However, that is not a fast and hard rule!
The trends for 2018 are for colourful, bold patterns of either a single design or a collective of various patterns. A complete immersion of pattern from the floor up is forecast to be huge, but not everyone would be comfortable with that amount of pattern in what is generally one of the smallest rooms in the house. Bold colour accents are the solution to introduce colour and pattern and add character to a room, but bold does not mean avocado and peach!

The colour trends for this year are shades of blue- perfect for bathrooms as they are reminiscent of the sky and sea- denim blue, indigo, and turquoise are the ‘in’ colours for 2018 as often dictated by the fashion industry. This choice of colour range for a bathroom is a long term investment because they are for life and not just for Christmas, they will never go out of fashion.

Traditional

Like a British Bulldog, traditional and period styling never goes out of date and works as well in modern new builds as well as Victorian and Edwardian properties. Free standing roll top baths are as popular as ever but the latest trend is to have a coloured outside. Some can be painted in traditional colours and others come in a selection of 2 or 3 colours with a dove grey exterior being the most popular. Freestanding and roll top baths are synonymous with luxury bathrooms and are one of the attributes that Zoopla has in their top 10 features that help to sell a house.

You can go all out and complete the look with everything traditional including taps, accessories, shower heads and valves, toilets, furniture and even the choice of tiling, or combine a mixture of traditional and modern- both work well together.

Ultra Modern

Ultra-modern furniture, just like Cockapoos and Labradoodles, are in vogue this year. The increasing need for practical bathroom storage is dictating this current trend- let’s be honest you can’t buy less than 12 toilet rolls and who doesn’t buy a good BOGOF?
High gloss modular bathroom furniture is the most popular and is available in a whole range of colours, sizes and styles. All the unsightly pipework is hidden away and there are less dust and dirt traps. With a sleek profile your room will look more spacious especially if the units are wall hung- the more floor you see tricks your eyes to make the room appear bigger and lighter- a bonus in narrow rooms.

White gloss will help to reflect the light and brighten a darker room.
A matt finish, however, is less likely to show finger marks, water marks and limescale residue, so is often more practical.
Bright and bold colours are becoming trendier this year, with orange, red and zesty lime being popular choices. Fun and organic shapes are being introduced into bathroom furniture ranges, so look out for curves and angles.

Brassware

Golden Retrievers are golden, brassware is chrome! No more- both are available in other limited colours. Colour trends for bathroom and kitchen brassware are gold and copper- copper has been available and popular for a year or two and is not likely to diminish but gold is rising in both of these areas with champagne and rose gold being the colours trending this year. These gold colours are less brassy looking than the gold taps of old and with antique gold and brushed copper having soft finishes all these colours add a touch of class and luxury to any room. With mosaic tiles, accessories and lighting being produced in these colours then the theme can be continued around your room, but use them sparingly for a more subtle and understated effect.


Lighting

Just like man’s best friend who lights up your life, bathroom lighting can do the same. Technology has changed bathroom lighting and it is considered a key component of a good bathroom. Illuminated mirrors and cabinets with demisters, sockets, Bluetooth, clocks and magnifiers are almost an essential in most bathrooms, they look good, are practical and add extra storage. LED lights can be warm or cool, zoned, inset, wall mounted and sensor.

Lit mirrors are available in any number of shapes, styles and sizes to suit every bathroom and they can even play your favourite music be it relaxing or revitalising to enhance your bathing experience.

The Tail End

We at New Image believe that what defines a luxury bathroom is the room design and the product design and any bathroom that our customers have invested in- be that in time, effort or money, will offer an element of luxury- even if that is an added sense of security, comfort or the feeling of indulgence. Luxury doesn’t have to be dominated by expensive products to create that WOW in your bathroom. With our expertise and experience we want our customers to feel that we have not only fulfilled their expectations but exceeded them.
Luxury should be standard and not an aspiration so come and take a leisurely stroll around our showroom and see what we can do for you, you would be barking mad not to!!

 

Piles of dirty dishes

The UK falls behind the rest of Europe when it comes to sales of dishwashers with only 3 out of 10 households owning a dishwasher compared to 7 out of 10 households over the rest of Europe.

But statistics show that dishwashers are no longer considered a luxury purchase but more of a necessity in our increasingly busy lives and the appetite for modern kitchen appliances. However there is still the misconception that they are inefficient, costly to run, wasteful and an extravagant purchase.

I love dishwashers.

Benefits of having a dishwasher

There are many benefits to owning a dishwasher; Time savings, energy savings, water savings, more hygienic and a lot less hassle than hand washing.

Plus the added benefit of there not being piles of dirty dishes cluttering up the worktops or clean dishes drip drying on the sink drainer- a dishwasher can hide a multitude of sins! Technology has turned these work horses into domestic goddesses.

Based on a family of 4 hand washing 2 meals worth of dishes a day, 7 days a week (56 place settings + all the pots and pans and other kitchen detritus) there could be financial savings of over £200 a year on water (up to 150 baths worth of water) and power consumption. There is no need to pre-wash, soak, scrub and rinse with a dishwasher, all you need to do is to scrape off the worst of the food scraps and the dishwasher will do the rest.

Handwashing equates to about 4 hours a week as opposed to 10 minutes to stack and unload a dishwasher. So think what you could do with an extra 4 hours a week, or an extra week a year:

Take an evening class and learn a new skill, homework, visit friends, spend quality time with the family, read a book, get some exercise or absolutely nothing!!

What can you wash?

Almost anything is the answer to that question! Crockery, utensils, pots and pans, ornaments, toys, cooker hood filters, garden tools, flip-flops, hairbrushes and combs, shower head, fridge drawers and shelves, oven shelves and pot stands, and even your hub caps. Look out for the ‘dishwasher safe’ label when purchasing. You can even wash your potatoes and cook a salmon in your dishwasher!

The list of things you can’t put in is shorter. The following items should be hand washed.

  • lead crystal
  • silverware,
  • wood or bone handles
  • antique hand painted china

 

Plan for a dishwasher

If you are having a new kitchen, or revamping your current kitchen, then plan a dishwasher into your design- or remove a floor unit if fitting retrospectively. They can be freestanding or integrated. Have it close to the sink so there is easy access to the plumbing, water supply and waste outlet, and you are keeping the ‘kitchen triangle’ intact.

Plan for a dishwasher.

There is a dishwasher to suit everyone’s needs- singles, couples and families and even the most bijoux of kitchens can fit a dishwasher. No more breakfast dishes in the sink all day waiting for you to get home from work and cleaning up after dinner takes a fraction of the time- leaving you time for the important things…..

Germs away!

With meal preparation, snacks, splashes and spills not to mention the odd pet or two, our kitchens are a party venue for germs and bacteria- in your sink, drainer, washing-up bowls, dish clothes, tea towels, sponges and chopping boards.

Temperatures above 60C will clean, and kill germs, properly and most hand washing is done at temperatures less than 28C potentially leaving harmful bacteria behind. Some dishwasher programmes will wash at 75C, infinitely more hygienic especially when combined with the very powerful detergents used in a dishwasher. Even economy washes are still more efficient at killing bacteria and germs than hand washing. A dishwasher will dry the load as well so there is no need for tea towels which also harbour harmful bacteria.

A Must for Young Families

Health and safety is a huge consideration if you have a young family. A dishwasher will ensure that worktops are clutter free- nothing for little hands to grab and spill because all the dirty crockery, pots and pans, cutlery, knives and kitchen gadgets can be put out of the way in the dishwasher.

Babies have a habit of putting everything in their mouths so, providing the plastic is dishwasher friendly, then their utensils, drinking cups, bottles, bibs and toys can all be washed in the dishwasher at 75C leaving them sparkling and hygienically clean and safe from bacteria and germs.

dishwasher-toys
Items used for babies less than 6 months old need to be sterilised. Consider models with child safety locks. This will stop children from opening the dishwasher when operating or when not in use. It is easy to teach children to stack their dishes away and unload a dishwasher giving them some independence and responsibility.

What types of dishwashers are available?

Free standing, semi-integrated, fully integrated, slimline, full size and worktop models are available from most leading manufacturers. Slimline models will hold from 6 to 10 place settings while full size models will take up to 14 place settings.

Dishwashers will have a host of features including;

  • Height adjustable baskets
  • Various temperature programmes
  • Indicator lights
  • Economy and quick washes
  • Residual drying , heat exchange drying, extra drying
  • Load sensor
  • Child locks
  • Salt & rinse aid indicators
  • Time delay
  • Door opening sensor
  • Completion alarm

All you need to do is find the model that fits your lifestyle with the features that suit your needs.

Most dishwashers will have pull down doors but the latest trends are for single and double drawers that can have either their own frontage or fully integrated to match your kitchen units.

Ask any dishwasher owner if they could manage without one and the answer would inevitably be NO. The only arguments that are likely when it comes to dish washing is ‘whose turn is it to unload the dishwasher today?’

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Kitchens are the ‘heart’ of most modern homes and with the popularity of open plan living it is where we tend to spend our time interacting with family and friends, but it still needs to be functional.

This room is probably the most expensive to kit out and we want fitted units and trendy lighting and all the latest integrated time-saving, energy-saving appliances and gadgets.

So how can you give your kitchen a facelift without breaking the bank? A few changes can make all the difference.


Lighting

Don’t leave your kitchen in the dark- good lighting will brighten up even the darkest of corners- think down-lights, spotlights, LED strips, plinth lighting or under cabinet lights. These can be installed quickly and a combination of these will create atmosphere and ambience and conjure up different moods as well as making the most of all the spaces.


Units

If the cost of new units is not an option then changing the doors could be. Your kitchen can be totally transformed just by replacing the doors and drawer fronts- it is these that take all the stresses and strains of daily use leaving perfectly good cabinets behind them. Replacements take a fraction of the time to fit; it is quick and much less disruptive. Almost any colour and style is available from slab gloss to farmhouse, lime-washed to shaker style, it will be hard to choose. Don’t forget that something as simple as changing the knobs, handles and tap will have a huge effect on the overall look and this simple update will be a minimal cost.


Worktops

Consider changing the worktops for an instant face-lift. There is so much choice available there is going to be something to suit every price range and taste; it could be hard to choose! From laminates to resin, granite and quartz, solid wood to the latest technology of Dekton, there will be a surface and colour to suit your new kitchen.

A quick change with a dramatic effect and minimal disruption.


Splashbacks

The wall area between the worktops and the wall units and behind the cooker is often a forgotten space when considering a re-vamp. There are options available to add a splash of colour and texture and make the space look bigger.

Tiles and mosaics are available in all sorts of shapes, sizes, colours, patterns, materials and textures, so here is the space to let your imagination run riot. Do not feel limited to small squares or metro style tiles; bigger tiles, generally thought of as bathroom tiles, can make this small space look longer and deeper, and there are less grout lines- always a bonus!!

Think brick, wood, metallic or glass to modernise or keep it traditional with a twist- we have a huge selection you can choose from.

Glass splashbacks can be bought in standard sizes in a range of colours or they can be made to measure. They come in 6mm safety glass in a huge colour range.


 

Flooring

With a huge variety of kitchen tiles available from stock, your kitchen floor could be transformed; porcelain tiles are exceptionally tough wearing and you do not need to worry about dirt and staining- they clean up perfectly every time. Depending on the look you are trying for they could be a semi polished concrete effect or weathered floorboards, flagstones or parquet, patterned or plain. Use them to complement your worktop or splashback or create a dramatic effect with a contrasting colour. Whatever your choice the change will be amazing.

With all tiling we would recommend that the grout is sealed with our grout protector spray; this will ensure that the grout always looks pristine and any dirt will lift away.

Whether you opt for one, some or all of these renovation ideas not only will you transform your kitchen into a stunning new space, relatively quickly and with minimal cost and disruption but, best of all, your kitchen face-lift can add value to your home making it very cost effective – sadly it won’t improve your cooking skills but you will want to spend more time there and that is, after all, where all the best parties end up!!

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