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Choosing the right colours for your kitchen

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Choosing colours may seem like an easy task however this can become fairly challenging in kitchens that have many components. Colours have a major impact on your kitchens look and feel so its important that you get them right.

Think about natural lighting. How your kitchen is lit by natural lighting can impact how colours appear, natural lighting helps colours to appear in their truest form.
Neutral colours are key, this way you can introduce bold splashes of colour. A great way to do this is to bring in splashes of colour to things that can be changed easily, such as kettles, toasters, splash backs and pictures.

If you want to be a little bit bolder you can try a glitzy worktop and maybe even add contrasting tiles.

However if you spaces is abit small avoid darker colours as they can make rooms appear to look smaller than they actually are so keep things light and fresh.

Painting a feature wall in your kitchen adds in your own personal style and for those of us that get bored quickly, its easy to paint over and freshen up your kitchens look instantly.
To avoid clashes be wary of using too many colours. To keep your kitchen looking sophisticated focus on using two or three colours fro the same palette.

For example pair a grey base kitchen with a yellow coloured accents. Pick out statement features such as bar stools and toasters or even smaller items like tea towels and splash the yellow around. This will brighten up the room and can be easily changed with seasonal trends.

Get some inspiration. Take a look at some kitchen magazines; Try Pinterest and Instagram to see real life kitchens and ideas. Look at images of a similar sized space and shape as you; this will give you a good idea of what might work in your space.

If you’re still unsure about which colours work best together we are more than happy to help and advise you.

Our tips on how to effectively clean your kitchen

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After spending months planning your dream kitchen and potentially spending thousands on kitchen installation, it’s important that you take care of your kitchen. Aside from tidying and general cleaning around as you go, there are a few things to do to help you keep on top of it.
We know it can be challenging to keep up to the cleaning with a hectic family life, that’s why we have put together our top tips to help you out!

• There are many substances in the home which are difficult to remove completely from certain surfaces left for some time. it’s important that grease splashes and marks should always be wiped off immediately, saving hassle down the line.

• To effectively clean units, shelves, drawers and pull-outs, you need a slightly damp cloth with either liquid household cleaner or glass cleaner on it. Wipe thoroughly and dry with a soft cloth afterwards. If the cloth is too wet, residual moisture can enter the joints and cracks, causing your furniture to swell up and spoiling its appearance and function.

• Keep your units, shelves and draws organised and tidy, this will make cleaning them a swift and easy process. Ensure that work surfaces have minimal clutter, this will not only speed up with day to day wiping process, but it will minimise the risk of fading across surfaces from sunlight.

• When cleaning the interior surfaces of your kitchen furniture, remember; never use scouring agents, furniture polish, floor polish, cellulose lacquer or artificial resin thinners, acetone or similar cleaners.

• Do not use steel wool or sponge scourers on interior surfaces. In general, the instructions of the manufacturer have to be followed. Usually they are found on the rear label of the cleaning agent. Cleaning agents which contain e.g. alcohol or spirit can damage the furniture surface

• It’s easy to get distracted during a kitchen clean, one top tips we LOVE is to set a timer. Set your timer in intervals of five minutes, focus on one area each five minutes and move on to the next area once the timer is up. If you get distracted during the time, the timer will help you refocus. Do this for around twenty minutes a day.

The kitchen is the heart and centre of the home, but it gets messy fast. Apart from washing up and wiping down, the kitchen can get out of hand very quickly, so forget mega cleaning marathons, put aside twenty minutes a day and use our quick tips to stay focused and on track.

Kitchen Inspiration – Trisha Wilson

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A stylish and functional new kitchen was a key part of the Wilson Family’s 2-storey home extension. Tricia Wilson explains; “our builder took us to visit a site where a kitchen just happened to be underway – we were impressed enough with the design, fixtures and fittings that we decided to work with Kundi Home for our own new kitchen.”

Tricia recalls the design process being simple and straight-forward; “we took a rough layout and measurements into the Kundi showroom and Tim produced a 3D model. It was pretty close to what we wanted and just needed a few tweaks from us to get it perfect.”

The new kitchen boasts two ovens, a central island with a hob and hidden extractor – plus one special addition. Tricia explains; “we realised we had a little bit of extra space to play with, so we treated ourselves to a wine fridge and it’s become a favourite feature!”

The installation process was managed by
the builder but Tricia recalls it being very easy. “Tim Kundi visited the site on a few occasions and took time to make sure things were progressing properly and that we were happy. Any issues were addressed promptly – we really have no complaints at-all and would definitely recommend Kundi Home.”

Kitchen Inspiration – Laura Baker

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Laura Baker explains that she chose to work with Kundi Home to modernise her kitchen because of the stunning layout and look that they proposed. “The design from Kundi was along the lines I had in mind but with a twist that I’d never have thought of myself. The few proposals I’d received from other suppliers were all fine, but I absolutely fell in love with the Kundi plan – it was amazing!”

The Kundi Home team knocked Laura’s dining room and kitchen together to create one, large family room. Laura explains, “I wanted to refresh to décor and create one big room where we could all be together, cooking, eating and relaxing.”

Although the new kitchen has a modern look; Laura was careful to choose finishes and colours that will stand the test of time, replacing a terracotta colour scheme that was dated and worn out. She tells us; “I visited the Kundi showroom and spotted doors for my kitchen units that I think are just beautiful. The glass splashback is a great idea because it can be replaced so much easier than tiles – to create a fresh look at a fairly low cost; if I ever decide I want to update the room a bit.”

Due to the scale of the project, Laura explained that she expected a few minor hiccups to arise during the installation process; “any problems were addressed very quickly, Kundi were good at communicating throughout and Tim made regular site visits. He took care to make sure I was happy with everything before the job was considered complete and I was asked to sign off the work.”

Laura has recommended Kundi Home since the installation of her new kitchen, and is now making enquiries about a new bathroom to bring more Kundi magic to her home!

Things to think about at the start of your kitchen journey.

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Every home is different, every family is different, its important that your kitchen fits the needs of your family life. Planning a new kitchen can be a daunting task, however we can help you take the leap with some of our easy tips.

1. First things first… Measure! Measure 3 or even 4 times, the more accurate your measurements are the easier the planning process will be.

2. Think about your budget! Be clever with where you put your money, think about what matters most to your kitchen. Budget will help you to make decisions on products, remember a kitchen can be designed to both low and high budgets.

3. Find your style! Look for inspiration, think about the different kitchen styles you like, colours and worktops. Take a look through style magazines and social media accounts to find the latest trends.

4. Research appliances! Think about the kitchen triangle, your appliances can dictate the layout and design of your kitchen, so having an idea of what you need is a great starting point.

5. Accessories! You may think this comes after the kitchen design but get a head start. Its important that you think about flooring, tiling and splashbacks to ensure that they match the colours in the rest of the kitchen.

….And don’t forget Kundi Home offers a bespoke design service to all our customers. We do all the hard work for you! Our design team offers expert advice, at no extra cost. We specialise in customised kitchens and can help you experiment with the design and layout. Visit our Bradford showroom or give us a call on 01274 774 340 – we’d be happy to help you!

Kitchen Showroom Opening Evening

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Kundi Home celebrated our 5th Birthday anniversary and the arrival of our new showroom displays.  Past and present customers were invited back to the showroom showing off our new German kitchens, bathrooms, wet rooms and interiors.

 

We were extremely pleased to be supported by so many familiar and new faces and hugely encouraged by the positive comments about the quality of the showroom designs.

 

We were joined by Mix ‘n’ Twist who made fresh cocktails which created a perfect and memorable event.

 

Thank you to everyone who supported us at our open evening.

 

Our Showroom Open Evening photos have been added to our Facebook page

 

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Why Choose a German Kitchen?

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kitchen-radiatorWhen you decide to invest in a new kitchen, getting to grips with the overwhelming amount of choice can be a challenge. From worktop materials to unit handles and finishes, there’s a lot to think about. However, beyond the vision for your ideal kitchen, you also want peace of mind that you’ve chosen high quality products at the best possible price. For this reason, German kitchens are becoming increasingly popular.

 

Let’s take a look at what makes a German kitchen so desirable, and the benefits it can bring to your home:

 

Resilient Rigid Kitchens

 

German engineering is renowned for its strength and durability. Most kitchen designs hailing from the country are rigid kitchens, meaning they are manufactured and assembled before they are shipped. This ensures strict quality control, giving you confidence that you’re investing in units and worktops that will stand the test of time.

 

Compared to flat pack kitchens, which must be assembled on site, they are far more resilient, with accurate fittings that appear visibly seamless for more stylish results. In turn, this reduces installation time, minimising disruption in your home whilst ensuring the same quality finish.

 

Customisable Design

 

If you think that a rigid kitchen offers less choice for customisation than flat pack options, think again. There are countless styles, colours and finishes to choose from, meaning you can easily create your dream kitchen. By choosing a premium German kitchen supplier, you can ensure that every inch of your installation meets your individual taste and requirements.

 

Advanced Technology

 

Another factor that makes German kitchens stand out is the pioneering methods used to manufacture them. As well as using advanced technology to create contemporary kitchen designs, they incorporate cutting edge features that boost the functionality of units and appliances.

From space-saving solutions to handleless kitchens, the possibilities are endless with German-built kitchens. Their ergonomic design also means they are reassuringly easy to clean!

 

Budget Friendly

 

With these fantastic benefits, you’d be forgiven for thinking German kitchens are at the top end of the market. However, the beauty of these rigid kitchens is that they can be supplied at a fraction of the price of leading kitchen brands. By focusing on quality, design and functionality rather than household names, you can get more for your money and achieve that dream kitchen for less.

 

Combining modern, high quality designs with unbeatable value for money, it’s no wonder that German kitchens have been brought into the spotlight in recent years. With customisable features and advanced technology, they ensure that you make the most of available space in this key room of the house, and achieve results that will look great for years to come.

 

Want to discover the benefits of German kitchens for yourself? Visit our Bradford showroom or get in touch on 01274 774 340 to discuss your dream kitchen today