Creating light and space in traditional handmade and contemporary kitchens
The walls within your home or kitchen will not naturally reflect the light. Although the use of light colours will help. But add a new luxury item such as glass, mirrored or metal work tops and splash backs and bring a whole new dimension to light reflection.Their polished hard surfaces allow the light to bounce off them, creating an illusion of space, depth and brightness. These tricks of the light are not just for small dark kitchens. They will illuminate dark corners in a much bigger space, create impact in painted kitchens and can be used to add pops of colour and a luxury finish to your home. Mirrors used inside display cabinets create depth and reflect internal lighting outwards, creative tile finishes or large expanses of mirrored glass are ideal for splash backs as they help to bathe your worktops and food preparation areas in light by dispersing the light from the ceiling or under cupboards. Or why not bring the outside inside by reflecting your garden back into your home.
Polished glass work surfaces and splash backs, created with opaque or coloured glass are strong hard wearing and easy to clean. Polished metal work tops or splash back can create a modern industrial feel and still reflect both natural and synthetic light.
Choosing the right type of mirroring or glass is key to design success. For a traditional kitchen an antiqued or mottled design works well and creates a vintage feel. Complete the ultra-modern look in a contemporary kitchen, by using tinted glass mirrors which complement the latest metallic trends currently being showcased in kitchen units.
Careful consideration needs to be given to how and where you position glass and mirrors to ensure you don't reflect clutter or elements of your home you'd rather not see. A cleverly positioned mirrored splash back could provide a valuable resource for busy cooks, allowing them to keep an eye on activity in the room while preparing food and join in with the conversation without the need to turn around.
At Beau-Port we use specially toughened, tempered, coloured glass and mirrors which will not bend, distort or fade. Available in long lengths it can create a near seamless design.These bespoke items will last and brighten your kitchen for many years to come. The type glass and mirrors you choose will dictate the price. Mirrored tiles are relatively inexpensive and can add drama and glamour to a small kitchen. Seemingly endless lengths of glass can be expensive due to the processes involved to create a safe hard-wearing product, but they are worth the investment when you realise the illusions and impact they can create.