Thursday, 18 October 2012

Bespoke Kitchen Design On A Budget

We've all looked admiringly at those kitchens that feature in the glossy magazines yet one look at the price tag that accompanies them and most are left in little doubt that the dream of ever having one will remain just that.

So for most, it appears that the only option is to head down to the big box stores to weigh up the more standard kitchen offerings but wait one minute - before you decide to hand over your visions to stores who will most likely, not be able to meet them why don't you consider a do it yourself bespoke kitchen design?

What will the benefits be if you do?

Well for one, you won't end up with a design that may already adorn hundreds if not thousands of other kitchens up and down the country and secondly you can put your own creative stamp on your home - one you can stand back and be proud of and one that is your own individual canvas.

At this juncture I'll wager most readers will be thinking "Is this guy nuts? He begins by telling us that our dream kitchen is out of budgetary reach only to advise us by the second paragraph to consider buying bespoke"

Well no I'm not nuts, although many who know me might disagree, and yes, I did say "bespoke"

You see "bespoke" may seem to be a word that belongs exclusively to those with pockets as deep as the oceans but it really isn't.

To my mind it defines, individual, tailored, unique and made to measure. All of these can be attained on a budget so with a little extra effort on your part you can source worktops, doors, splashbacks and cabinets that are made to your specifications and styles.

It doesn't matter where in the world you live, you'll be able to source kitchen components that smaller, lesser known manufacturers specialise in that doesn't come with the price tag associated with those glossy mag projects I referred to at the beginning of this post.

Glaziers, stainless steel fabricators, kitchen cabinet and door manufacturers, you"ll discover many of these local to you and provided you have a drive and determination to source your products in a more unconventional manner, then you too can end up with a bespoke yet affordable kitchen.

In a recent article I imparted a few tips on how to bespoke your kitchen design and although your project may not be the centrepiece of a high end mag, it will be your individual masterpiece if you take the time to source kitchen components separately

Thursday, 11 October 2012

Opting for Safe LED Kitchen Lighting

The kitchen is one of the most important spaces in the home for the chef. This space must be conducive in its furniture and fittings to inspire the cook as well as those having their meals there.

Different homeowners have different styles in decorating their kitchen. Some may sport a particular theme such as Italian, English, Western or Asia. There may be a wet kitchen as well as a dry kitchen. There may be a dining area for meals or a countertop for simple breakfast and snacks. Hence, lighting is a crucial component of the kitchen.


The kitchen has an important function. Hence, every component in the kitchen must contribute to the achievement of that function. Even lighting components are crucial to the success of the kitchen's function. Poor lighting may cause accidents in the kitchen besides producing poor quality food.

This is the reason why more consumers prefer LED lighting for their kitchens today. The kitchen lights must be bright enough to view the surroundings clearly to avoid accidents. LED lights offer a consistent shine that would not create shadows or spots in any corner of the kitchen with the proper planning in installing the lights. The cook would be able to see clearly all the ingredients and utensils without making any error; the salt would not be mistaken for sugar and the different sauces would not be misused.


It is important to install the right type of kitchen lighting properly to ensure safety in the kitchen at all times. The kitchen is one of the easiest spaces in the home to cause danger with a spark of fire from a short circuit or unmanned stove.

One can cut down the percentage of accidents happening from the kitchen with the proper installation of kitchen lighting. LED lighting for the kitchen proves to be better lighting choices as they are more durable and vibration resistant. LED kitchen lighting products have no dangerous or hazardous materials like lead or mercury. Hence, consumers are safe from any accidental lead poisoning or mercury intake.

Installing LED lighting for the kitchen allows consumers to go about their kitchen tasks with a peace of mind. They can be assured of consistent performance with longer lifespan when using LED based lighting products in the kitchen.

Good lighting technicians would be updated on LED lighting residential products for the kitchen to position them at the right locations that would make the kitchen the safest place in the home.