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Open Plan Living - Tips To Creating Your Family Space

Design

Furniture

Worktops

Lighting

When designing, consider the flow through your property from room to room. Positions of doors and openings can impact on how you can use the space for your kitchen and dining furniture.

Furniture will make or break the area. It is important to talk about your direction; contemporary, classic etc. You don’t have to choose just one, sometimes a mix of both can work well together. A popular option is commonly ‘shaker’ style kitchen furniture with a contemporary surface, such as ‘Calacatta Borghini’. This Marble-like surface offers a modern twist onto more traditional style furniture.

Consider future proofing your kitchen when looking at your worktops. We recommend that you run an upstand along the back of your surfaces against the wall. Tiling in a kitchen in slowing fading out, it can also add more challenges when wanting to change them in the future. A minimal 100mm upstand will be very practical against spillages and splashes but also allow you to paint the wall behind. In years to come, refreshing your space is then that much easier; select a new wall colour, paint the area and you will have refreshed your space at a very minimal cost.

Lighting can be key. Think about the direction of the sun throughout the day and how you could utilise this light to encourage a bright and welcoming area. Artificial light needs to serve a purpose of creating light at night but also creating a mood and atmosphere in your kitchen. You can introduce some pendant lights above your island or peninsular. LED lights can be built into the kitchen furniture and even around the ceiling. They are affordable, cost effective to run and introduce mood lighting to the area.

Cardiff Marble Work with DIY SOS & BBC

Over the course of 2 days, we worked with DIY SOS and their design team to turn around 6 stunning kitchens for a charity in Swansea.

The charity 'Roots Foundation' work with young adults in foster care and help them in their preparations for life as an adult. From cooking and cleaning, to setting up bank accounts and managing their money. 

When the BBC approached us to work on the project we did not hesitate to jump at the opportunity to help this amazing charity.

For weeks leading up to the project we were in constant communication on the design of the kitchens. Specifying every detail from the start was the key to a smooth installation on the day. 

As filming started and the clock started to tick, our team jumped in and helped where ever they could. Once the kitchens were in place, we worked with laser templating technology to give us a millimetre perfect measurement. While on site in Swansea, the digital files were sent back to our team in Cardiff who started production on the kitchens.

As our installations started we worked into the dead of night to ensure that all of the surfaces were perfectly installed for the Roots Foundation charity.

The result was stunning and we at Cardiff Marble are proud to have been involved in the work, along with many other trades, that has help children in South Wales.

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10,000 Miles For The Best Materials

Recently, our team travelled over 10,000 miles to the south of India. Here we spent 7 days searching for the best material for our customers.

We travel the world every 6/8 weeks to inspect and purchase more of the best materials form around the world.

While in India, we were very aware that the colour trends of 2018/2019 where light. This being mostly ‘Whites’. While searching through quarries and production facilities we came across some stunning colours that we know our customers would love.

Something Different

Protection For Your Surfaces

This Franke Rollamat is the perfect everyday item that is essential for your kitchen. While we recommend a trivett matt for all surfaces, it is of most importance that you use one with a Quartz surface.

These matts can be ordered through us when you order your surfaces.

Need somewhere to eat while your kitchen is being installed?

Take a look at The Miskin Arms.

The beautifully renovated interior boasts a warm and friendly atmosphere while maintaining the character of the original grade two listed building.

The Miskin Arms is the perfect location to enjoy a great meal with friends and family or a relaxing drink in our cosy bar.

Small Kitchen?

Do You have a small kitchen? Wondering how you can make the most out of your space?

There are many elements to consider when planning your space. Think about 'lines'. Is it important to look up and extend the room into a tall ceiling? Would you benefit from horizontal paneling or doors to extend the length of the room?

Wall units, door fronts, shelves and decoration can help draw the eye to open up your small space.

Think about your unit colour and worktop choice. With a light colour Granite or Quartz on your surface you can help bounce light around the room, increasing it's vibrance and opening up the space. With lighter worktops you could even chose a darker door to offer a contrast in the kitchen without losing any reflective light.

Take a look at this article from Houzz. They have some brilliant ideas.

Tips To Save You Money

 

Whether you are dealing with a large project in your house or even just changing door fronts and work tops, money management is almost everyones key agenda. 

Remember that managing projects yourself can help save some costs. This of course needs consideration when looking at what needs to be completed and your skills to manage the project. If you are unable to manage your project correctly, in some cases you could encounter more costs.

Decoration is a task that most people could take to. Painting the area yourself could help save the cost of a third party. Why not get the kids involved or pull in the family for a favour. This can also help speed things up.

When looking at purchasing your worktops, you are likely to be coming to the end of your project. Don't lose out on those dream Granite or Quartz surfaces and take advantage of payment options. With availability to spread costs over a period of time you can now afford the finishing touch to transform your kitchen. We have many options that can help you manage your payments; from low interest rates to completely interest FREE! 

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Marble Is Modern

Marble is a material that is no longer desired in a kitchen. It will scratch. It will stain. It is not user-friendly for any family kitchen in 2017.

But we have some products you will love!

With the current demand to see 'Marble' back in kitchens, many Quartz manurfacturers have designed 'Marble' looking materials with the benefit of Quartz.

Quartz is a material that is Non-Porous and Stain Resistant. A good choice for a kitchen surface! With many designs on the market, some great and some poor, you have the ability to bring back the trend and settle it into your family home.

As a company, we have worked hard to distinguish which of these options would be the best for our customers. We have a selection of materials that not only look fantastic but can also be very competitive in costs.

Why not visit our showrooms with your plans and view the material for your self!