Based in Sky House Design Centre, Amersham, our Watermark Kitchens & Bathrooms showroom offers the latest in kitchens and bathrooms using the finest natural materials and intelligent design.
Our Amersham showroom also includes the latest in bathroom design. As an integral room to every home – we know it should be visually appealing, easy to keep clean and impressive to residents and visitors alike. With a range of modern bathtubs, including luxurious fitted free-standing bathroom furniture, vanity units, worktops, toilets and more – we can provide the ultimate experience in visualising your dream bathroom.
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With the first week of the school summer holidays over, your kitchen may be withstanding more activity and visits than usual. With no classes to attend, it may be a challenge to keep your children preoccupied at home.
The kitchen isn’t just a place to cook and eat but it can be a great area for you and your family to have fun. Socialise with the children whilst you prepare lunch or dinner, or even get them to help you out on a few culinary tasks! Whether you’re making a cake, teaching them a family recipe or even challenging yourselves with making sushi – you need a kitchen that can withstand all the elements of day-to-day family life.
So if you’re considering a new kitchen design or layout, here are a few tips on designing a family kitchen:
It’s about choosing the right layout
If you’re more inclined toward a childfree zone, a peninsular or closed off U-shaped kitchen may be suitable. Open plan arrangements such as an L-shape or island layout is great for families that like the bustling and heavily active environment a kitchen can ignite. We’re particularly fond of kitchen islands as they become a focal point of every kitchen and can become a great place to socialise and spent time.
It is advised to opt for work surfaces that are quick and easy to clean. A similar thought process goes towards cupboard doors and worktops. Choosing high quality materials that can stand the test of time, heat and minor spillages and accidents ensure that no permanent damage or staining is made on kitchen surfaces.
Units or surfaces with rounded or curved corners reduce the chance injury of your children (and you!). Curved kitchens also provide a unconventional design aesthetic which can add character to your new kitchen.
Ceramic tiling may be a dream choice due to its ease to clean and aesthetic material, but some people will need to be practical in terms of your family. High quality vinyl can mimic beautiful wood and stone to create a great stylish kitchen atmosphere that you and your children are in awe of!
There are various options in terms of storage and you can invest in intelligent design. Pan drawers and pull-out shelving can be incorporated to particular hotspots and areas in and around your kitchen.
Multi-purpose area in your family kitchen
An extra, multi-purpose area to be used as additional preparation space is always handy. For instance, a section of a kitchen island can work as breakfast bar or working /computer area.
Bring your family to visit one of our showrooms and discover how we can help. Based in Amersham and Oakley, our Watermark Showrooms exhibit the latest in kitchen and bathroom design. Speak to one of our experts today to arrange a FREE consultation. Contact us on 01844 338137 or complete our online form HERE
What is an industrial styled kitchen?
The industrial style and look of a kitchen has become a influential key trend over the past few years. With the style first becoming prominent in the 1980s and 90s, industrial buildings such as old mills, factories and warehouses were converted and transformed into stylish apartments. This transformation of commercial buildings kept and preserved particular features of the building rather than removing all traces of its history.
Nowadays there is a diverse collection of opinions regarding the definition of a ‘industrial kitchen’, however the essential theme focuses on stripping a kitchen to the bare bones. The ‘industrial style’ has certainly developed and evolved over the years and there are various ways to approach it. It can be perceived as a minimalistic style that incorporates key objects with an aim to declutter the kitchen environment.
Emulating the image of a traditional factory floor, industrial kitchens tend to include exposed brickwork, pipes and rustic metals. This particular style is great for kitchens with high ceilings, exposed beams and columns. You can also choose certain elements of an industrial style kitchens to suit your taste or requirements.
Steel and Concrete
With steel and concrete regularly used because of its rough visual appearance it also is recommended for its practicality of been durable and easy to maintain. Industrial kitchens are durable, sturdy and are easy to maintain and clean.
Grey and White
Many clients are choosing grey and white as part of their colour scheme. As a great base colours, it highlights bold colours within a kitchen. Providing a bit of chic elegance and luxury, it’s great for kitchens that are big and spacious.
Sleek Storage and Shelving
Industrial design incorporates cabinetry that has sleek and stylish ergonomics. It also emphasises open shelving for those key pieces of kitchen equipment. These also work as decorative display items when the objects are not in use.
Pendant lighting is normally the most suitable option for industrial styled kitchens. They can create an ambience during the evening and can also be ideal for task lighting in working kitchen areas. If you have a large open-plan kitchen, pendant lighting also enables you to set particular pools of light in the room to create a experience of separation (e.g. food preparation area, bar seating and the formal dining area).
Thicker and Wider Kitchen Islands
Kitchen islands can become the centre-piece of any kitchen. Within an industrial styled kitchen, islands are often wider and work surfaces are thicker, providing a bold and captivating statement.
For more information on how you can transform your kitchen with a industrial design please don’t hesitate to get in touch with a member of our expert team.
Our Amersham and Oakley showrooms exhibit the latest in kitchen and bathroom design. Speak to one of our experts today to arrange a FREE consultation. Contact us on 01844 338137 or complete our online form HERE.
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We are one month into 2017, and many of us have implemented changes to our lifestyle, big or small. People are also reconsidering their living spaces by updating or looking to revitalise their bedroom, living rooms or even adding extra space.
Redesigning your bathroom can breathe new life into your home and daily life. Starting your morning off in your dream bathroom can really be a great start to the day. A redesign or remodeling often includes new cabinets and counter tops, redoing your shower and/or tub, or to tearing everything down to the studs and starting from scratch.
We’ve compiled 6 essential reasons why redesigning your current bathroom should be on your to-do list for the rest of 2017.
1. The AGE of your current bathroom
Your bathroom is one room in the house that gets old faster. You may have broken or loose tiles, leaking shower valves or a dilapidated cupboard. When it comes to minor leaks within your bathroom it can potentially lead to mold in your mold – something you definitely don’t want!
In addition, due to hot water, your bathroom experiences high amounts of heat and humidity. The steam produced creates moisture, which for old bathrooms may lead to bacteria build up and mold. This is a certainly a health hazard for you and others and means even more difficulty and time in cleaning your old bathroom. New bathrooms are often remodeled with a protective layer on walls to prevent this.
Plumbing technology moves surprisingly fast, meaning that these days new systems are far easier to install and maintain. Updating your bathroom also means that it has modern systems, which puts you at less risk of anything going wrong in the years to come.
2. Create more intelligent SPACE
For couples and small families, the bathroom is used regularly and it can be one of the busiest rooms in the house. Perhaps your family has increased in size, or your children are getting older (and demand more time in the bathroom!). You may have more linen, toiletries and supplies to stock. A redesign can accommodate this. Adding a new more cabinets or layout, which ensures a more efficient, comfortable and beautiful space that dramatically cuts down on clutter and gives you more intelligent space.
You may also have aging family members or a physically handicapped person who uses a wheelchair. These family members cannot use the bathroom facilities as the average person does. The latest technology and products in the market can ensure that they are able to use the bathroom in comfort and with increased accessibility.
3. INCREASE the value of your property
If you’re considering selling your existing home or looking to invest in revitalising the bathroom in a property you’re looking to put on the market, remodeling your bathroom is definitely going to increase the overall value.
Potential buyers place great importance on a remodeled bathroom and they tend to sell more quickly than houses with an older, outdated bathroom. In their perspective – it ensures they have a modern and new bathroom that they can enjoy the moment they move in.
The bathroom is one of the key areas of the home that help buyers make an informative decision. You should ensure your bathroom is not outdated, out of fashion or has old plumbing systems that may put potential buyers off.
4. Be EFFICIENT with water
Being environmentally friendly is not a trend; it’s a necessity in this day and age. It will also save you money to become more water and energy efficient. Older style toilets often use up to 13 litres of water for one flush, compared to the 4-6 litres newer style dual flush toilets use!
A more efficient bathroom can save you money in the long run and reduce the strain on the environment. It also gives you the opportunity to replace old inefficient pipes and fixtures, saving on electricity bills and curbing water usage.
There are new of ways to improve energy efficiency and comfort including water saving fixtures, radiant flooring and low-flow toilets.
5. Improve SAFETY
If you have had your bathroom for years, there are significant safety risks that may pose a risk for you, your family and your guests. Some common risks include tiles, as they can be slippery, chipped or broken. Broken or chipped tiles can also increase the risk of mold or bacteria build-up. Water leakages can make your floor slippery and walls damp.
Old bathrooms can be a potential breeding ground for germs. New bathrooms that have new technological materials, which can have antibacterial surfaces and fixture designs, are easier to clean.
6. Invite CHANGE
We all love a change once in a while. Perhaps you’re not happy with your current bathroom’s look. Some decide that their bathroom doesn’t fit the current color scheme or style of the rest of the house and often this becomes a significant ‘eye-sore’. A redesign can ensure that your bathroom becomes a area in your house where you can relax, efficiently use and clean with ease.
As a family business with over 20 years experience in successfully designing and supplying bathrooms to clients across Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and surrounding areas, Watermark Kitchens and Bathrooms have a team of design consultants on hand to discuss your requirements.
Our Amersham and Oakley showrooms exhibit the latest in bathroom design. Speak one of our experts today to arrange a free consultation. Contact us today on 01844 338137 or alternatively fill out our online form HERE.
With 2017 only being month away here at Watermark Superior Kitchens & Bathrooms we have decided to provide our online visitors a few hints on the up and coming trends for the New Year. Whether you’re looking to refresh your kitchen or looking to get it designed from its foundations – we hope our bitesize guide to the forecasted trends offers insight towards forming your vision of your ideal kitchen. Our team at Watermark are on hand to answer any questions you have!
Key Kitchen Trends for 2017
Island of Paradise
Oversized kitchen islands are set to be the ultimate trend for next year! Suitable for a open floor plan design, it’s a great concept for those who regularly have company around. Kitchens are not solely just a place for cooking but can be a great place for occupants to converse by, host get-togethers and great location to set a big summer party!
Easy to maintain, clean and smooth stainless steel countertops can last a lifetime. It creates a professional and modern feel that makes a statement for any kitchen. Durable and resilient, custom-made worktops provide a elegant tailored look that can also create the illusion of a larger and brighter kitchen area.
Incorporating visually appealing tiles that can either be subtle or all-out bold can create a more vibrant setting within your kitchen. Pattern has made a dramatic comeback in the past few years and is set to be increasingly more popular next year.
The preparation space for cooking and cleaning is essential to any kitchen. Functionality coupled with modern design will see 2017 seeing more kitchens being designed with the latest gadgets, appliances, fixtures and overall layouts.
Multiple Countertop Materials
Wood countertops will also be one of the key trends for kitchens in 2017. Texture, form and the complimenting combinations of materials such as wood against marble or stone counters will be a must-have.
The monochrome palette will be a key trend this coming year. It provides occupants and residents with more options as a canvas to add new appliances or ornaments with colour throughout the year.
Multiple Shades of Grey
Grey will dominate kitchen design next year providing versatile palette that exuberates timeless and aesthetic design. Contrasting gray cabinets and storage with the warmness of woods that creates subtle texture or even the touch of colour through tiles and appliances.
Where traditional meets modern, apron-front sinks automatically become the main focal point of a kitchen. Their practicality is further complimented by the timeless design and simplicity of maintenance.
Flow with Aesthetics
Simplicity works best. One of the overarching trends in 2017 is clean, minimal design. The choice of faucets, appliances and other furnishings will continue to be key part in kitchen design.
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Our Amersham and Oakley showrooms exhibit the latest in kitchen and bathroom design. Speak one of our experts today to arrange a free consultation. Contact us on 01844 338137 or alternatively fill out our online form HERE.