Creative Ideas

Kitchen & Interior Design Inspiration

Islands

Islands

Central islands are a great asset in a kitchen and offer a multitude of uses. We have incorporated electric oven ranges, hobs, sinks and breakfast bars, sometimes using contrasting materials to create a very individual look.
Many of our clients comment on how the addition of a central island or peninsula breakfast bar has helped to improve the quality of their family time, with their children keen to sit and do their homework there and chat about their day. Clients also comment about how well the central islands work when they are entertaining, with the host able to enjoy company while cooking.

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Peninsular Dining

Peninsular breakfast bars work well in certain spaces and we have installed a number of these in recent times, especially into some of the projects where clients have had some building work to combine kitchen, dining and living spaces into one free flowing area.

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Lighting

Our design team at Beau-Port know how to create atmospheric lighting and have used lighting in ingenious ways. Beaded lighting just under the edge of the work surfaces, or above the kick boards, or around a floating shelf gives a further lighting option when you want to switch off the main lights to create a warmer look to the room. This form of beaded lighting can also be incorporated into the interiors of kitchen cupboards, coming on when they are opened to illuminate the inside. Our designers have also incorporated them into the interiors of our new bedroom furniture.

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Falmec Twister- Light & Purification

A recommendation from Beau-Port was for the installation of a Falmec E.ion Air Purification System with LED lighting, in place of a conventional extractor hood/vent for a client’s new eco-home and the client commented on this aspect of the project: “We got very excited about this new way of extracting cooking smells , which most people mistake for a really elegant over island light, it is so beautiful yet discreet at the same time and looks so good with our Shaker style kitchen. ”

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Wood Revival

It is always interesting to see how new trends develop and evolve each year, especially in the kitchen furniture sector. The trend for all white kitchens has evolved into a more modified trend of combining white kitchen furniture with contrasting wood or wood effect materials, something that Beau-Port has been doing for some time by introducing the warmth and texture of wood into their kitchen designs in peninsular breakfast bars and up walls with feature shelving where clients can display personal items.

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Timeless White & Pastel Shades

White will always be a popular choice for kitchens as it is so timeless and has such broad appeal. The trend commentators in the national and interiors media are stating that other neutral shades of grey and pale blue are on-trend for 2017. Again a colour range that Beau-Port has been incorporating into their bespoke Shaker style hand-made kitchen range and their new non-bespoke newly launched ‘New Hampshire Collection’.

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Royal Rich Blue on Trend

Dark blue is another on-trend colour for 2017 that Beau-Port has already used in their showroom display with this deep and dramatic colour adding depth and ‘warmth’ to one of their bespoke Shaker style kitchen displays, in their 2000 sq ft showroom at Bentworth, near Alton in Hampshire. This deep colour has been used on the central island which is topped by the a solid walnut work surface adding both richness and smooth texture.

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Copper & Stainless Steel

Other on-trend materials for 2017 are copper and stainless steel. Our Rotpunkt range of German made kitchens has incorporated copper fronted doors and copper accents in their recently launched 2017 collection of high quality contemporary furniture. Beau-Port has also designed a kitchen that has included a stainless steel central island, which appeals to those who favour the ‘industrial’ look. This particular kitchen combined both black and white units for contrast, with a major feature of an eye-catching painted oak laminate breakfast bar that runs alongside the stainless steel central island.

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Hide-Away Drinks Area

One of our clients has a favourite section of the kitchen, the hide-away drinks area, complete with mini-sink housing a Quooker boiling tap, illuminated by stylish beaded lighting and with a wooden roll top shutter to hide it all away when not in use and our client commented: “I really love the drinks area it is magic, so easy to make drinks with hot water on tap all the time, no need for a kettle cluttering up the surfaces and it has been very useful, particularly when making hot drinks for large numbers.”