When Small Can Also Be Beautiful

Our designers at Beau-Port understand that kitchens come in all shapes and sizes and some are more compact than others, with limited space and no opportunity to extended. But with their design expertise and experience they know how to make the very most of whatever space is available.

So how do you create more space in a kitchen without putting in for planning permission for an extension? The answer for one of our clients was to seek out the design skills of Beau-Port Kitchen’s head designer Mark Johnson, who helped to transform a kitchen in a characterful period property into a lighter, brighter more practical space with additional storage - without having to call the builders in!

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Tall & Slim - The Modern Storage Solution

Remember the days when kitchen designers only had either floor units or wall units to design with? Thankfully those days are long past and our Beau-Port designers now have a vast range of furniture options to offer our clients.

Their recent trip to visit Rotpunkt, our primary contemporary kitchen furniture manufacturer in Germany, had them returning to the UK with fresh and innovative ideas for designing perfect modern kitchens for our clients.

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Beau-Port Designers Discover Rotpunkt's Latest Innovations

Our Beau-Port designers Mark Johnson and Jacob Johnson had a busy couple of days at the Rotpunkt HQ in Germany, at the furniture manufacturer’s showrooms discovering all of the latest and most innovative kitchen materials, styles and design detailing of the new ranges.

As Beau-Ports primary contemporary design furniture supplier, the Rotpunkt range continues to evolve and expand and offers a vast scope of new styles, finishes and materials. Many of the materials and finishes used in their latest offering are not being used by other kitchen manufacturers.

One of the new Rotpunkt displays shows off their innovative fully handleless kitchens. These feature push-to-open doors with brand new push-to-open and soft-closing drawer runners. A first, for the Rotpunkt range.

The unique finishes used in the creation of Rotpunkt’s latest designs include materials that resemble copper, stainless steel and even concrete. Yet these skilfully manufactured finishes are ‘warmer’ in appearance and feel than the material they replicate. These new materials are perfect for the popular urban loft style of interiors that are a growing trend and they also contrast well with the wider use of wood effect finishes, which are also growing in popularity.

This is just one example, in the Rotpunkt 2017 showroom of interesting colour combinations. The island and wall unit use the Power door in their new MX Gold finish. The island uses the high gloss version of this door. The gold is offset by Sherwood Black Zerox doors on the tall unit and Tempo shaker style doors on the low-level base units.

Somehow the Rotpunkt designers and skilled craftsmen effortlessly create and combine these new materials with various wood effect or plain lacquered doors and drawer fronts, bringing together a set of unexpected colours and textures that make their furniture so unique.

Our head designer Mark Johnson has been using some of the textured wood effect materials when designing contemporary kitchens for the companies clients in Hampshire, Surrey, Berkshire and Sussex, combining a stainless steel island with distressed oak breakfast bar. While Jacob Johnson has combined Bardolia Oak with a wood-grain-structure finish to contrast with Rotpunkt’s Zerox ‘Icy White’ doors on a previous project.

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Clutter Free Kitchen

It is wonderful to have a newly fitted contemporary or traditional style kitchen with lots of beautiful, clean, clear worktops. But it is sometimes difficult to maintain completely clear worktops, in reality, we all need to have various appliances such as toasters, tea and coffee making items and sometimes small liquidisers for those all so healthy smoothies that are growing in popularity.

So how can you keep your work surfaces clear? Beau-Port has the ideal solution which our designers have incorporated into a number of projects - a handy storage solution for all of that clutter, carefully concealed behind a stylish roll top shutter unit.

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Inside/Outside Living - Planning Extensions

The trend for inside/outside living continues to grow, and after a reasonable summer this year even more people are looking to extend both their internal living space and to link it more with their outside space, creating external and extended ‘living rooms’ into their gardens.

Bi-fold doors are also very on trend and help to open up internal spaces and link them seamlessly to outside living spaces. Using complementary flooring in the kitchen living spaces that blends with the materials used to create the outside flooring is another way of making the spaces flow together and gives the illusion of a larger space.

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