Kitchens & Kitchen-Diners

Kitchens can often be time-consuming. Even when there isn't a large surface area to paint, "cutting in" around all the units can take time. And ofetn there are awkward areas that are visible, and need to be painted, but aren't easy to reach. But the kitchen is often referred to as the heart of the home, so it's worth spending time thinking about the look and feel you want to create.

If you're starting from scratch and fitting new units etc, then to some extent you have a "blank canvas". In this situation, it's good to get the various contractors to talk and plan out who is doing what at what time. Quite often I will go in after the old kitchen has been removed, and paint the walls and ceiling before the new kitchen is fitted. I can then return after the kitchen fitters have finished to do any touching up that is needed, and paint any woodwork. This minimises the risk of getting paint on the new units, and also makes those awkward-to-reach areas much more accessible for me! I've worked in this way on a number of occasions with both Quoin Construction and Blueprint, both of whom I can recommend wholeheartedly.

From a design point of view, as well as creating the right atmosphere it's really important in a kitchen to be practical. Surfaces need to be easy to clean and wipe down, so I'm not a big fan of using wallpaper too near where food is prepared (although it can look great in kitchen-diners). Hard-wearing, easy-to-wipe paints really should be considered whenever possible. After all, you want your new kitchen to stay looking its best for as long as possible. I'm always happy to advise on choice of paints, and can arrange to have your colour mixed in the most suitable paint for your kitchen.