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KITCHENS BATHROOMS & BEDROOMS INSPIRING SCHEMES

Design ideas

GOODHOMES' GUIDE TO KITCHENS, BATHROOMS & BEDROOMS

with the latest products to suit your style!

for a new look

BATHROOMS

❊ Create a sanctuary ❊ Decorative mirrors

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Trends & ideas for the perfect room

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SHOPPING Fabulous buys for your home

bathroom styles… to help you find a look you'll love!

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Kitchens Your guide to the latest

trends, styles and products…

44 pages packed

with everything you need to create your perfect kitchen.

Zeluso kitchen in Olive Light and White, from £190 for a 600mm base cabinet, Crown Imperial, 01227 742424, crownimperial.co.uk.

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Uplifting idea... In a small kitchen, wall-mounted units provide valuable extra storage space, but open doors at head-height can get in the way. Magnet has come up with this clever soft-close bifold door, which opens upwards and out of the way, offering easy access to what’s inside. It is shown here in Astral Blue. Visit magnet.co.uk or call 01325 744093 for more ideas on kitchen innovation.

FLOOR SHOW For sophisticated flooring without the expense of tiles, look at the Knight Tile range at Karndean, from £24.99 per sq m (01386 820100, karndean. co.uk). Luxury vinyl is so easy to care for and copes brilliantly with spills.

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Add some colour...

Bright tiles are a great way to jazz up a kitchen without breaking the bank. The Cookhouse Impact collection, £150 per m sq, from British Ceramic Tile (01626 834774, britishceramictile.com) has plain and striped designs.

Choosing a new kitchen can be a long process, so you might want to start with Kitchencompare.com. Enter the style and finish you’re after and it finds the latest prices and offers at B&Q, Homebase and Wickes.

Pretty clean We’re always drawn to cleaning products with lovely packaging and the Mrs White’s range is a favourite. It includes linen spray, descaler and more, and is kind to the environment too! Off The Scale limescale remover, £6.95, Roullier White, 020 8693 5150, roullierwhite.com.

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Shake it up

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How can I give my plain kitchen a modern look on a budget? The easiest and cheapest way to update any room is through accessories, and the kitchen is no exception. With the simple addition of matching canisters and utensil holders you can create a whole new feel, and new tea towels and oven gloves will complete the look. If you have a kitchen table or breakfast bar, why not introduce some modern salt and pepper grinders? The Matrix set, shown above, from T&G Woodware (01275 841841, tgwoodware.com) costs £17.99 and offers zingy colour and modern design all in one.

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NEWS | KITCHENS

Shapes & sizes

KEEP ‘EM PEELED

If you have a small or awkwardly shaped kitchen, or even if you don’t, it’s important to make the most of the space you have, so clever designs like these kitchen corner drawers from Blum are a great idea. Visit blum.com or call 01908 285700 to find more space-saving innovations and make your kitchen work for you.

For a fun addition to your utensil drawer, you can’t go wrong with the Karoto sharpener and peeler, £8.99 from Mocha (020 8953 8333, mocha.uk. com). It’s quick and easy to use, but we were also quite taken with the pretty peelings left over, which make great decorative touches to salads.

Screen saver Follow recipes on your tablet without worrying about food splatters with this great idea from Oxo. It works with cookbooks too, and folds down to A4 size when not in use, for easy storage. Pop-up cookbook/tablet holder, £20, Oxo at amazon.co.uk.

COOK CLUB Neff’s Bake It Yourself campaign helps you share recipes and tips with other keen bakers. Download the PDF at neff. co.uk to get started, and join the Twitter and Facebook baking communities!

WOODWORKS For a real investment piece in a traditional-style kitchen, we love this bespoke bench stool with integrated bread storage, which is hand-crafted by Barnes of Ashburton, from £1,400 (01364 653613, barnesofashburton.co.uk). Made to fit your kitchen, it’s a really innovative piece and is sure to look good for years to come.

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1 Rabbit and cabbage apron, £22.50, Thornback and Peel, 020 7242 7478, thornbackand peel.co.uk. 2 Home comforts pie apron, £12, John Lewis, 0845 604 9049, johnlewis.com. 3 Cheshire stripe apron, £20, Cath Kidston, 0845 026 2440, cathkidston. co.uk. 4 Doris apron, £23, Cakeadoodledo, 0844 879 7811, cakeadoodledo.co.uk. 5 Vintage kitchen apron, £25, Bruno + Bean, 0844 414 5973, brunoandbean. com. 6 Apron, £12.99, H&M, 0844 736 9000, h&m.com. 7 Ditsy floral spotted apron, £16, Ashley Thomas at Debenhams, 0844 800 8877, debenhams.com. 8 Roses PVC apron, £3.99, Dunelm Mill, 0845 165 6565, dunelm-mill. com. 9 I Can Cook – Utensils children’s PVC apron, £8.99, Lakeland, 01539 488100, lakeland. co.uk.

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Kitchen trend:

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The combination of natural wood surfaces and white cabinets gives this kitchen a contemporary, clean feel. We love the L-shape design with split level breakfast bar and the under-cabinet lighting, which illuminates the oak shelves and glass splashback. ◀ ZC620 Zodiac wall chimney hood, £330, Caple, 0117 938 1900, caple.co.uk.

▼ Rosa pendant, £27, Very, 0844 822 2321, very.co.uk.

Travertine filled and honed 30.5cm sq straight cut floor tile, £3.99 per tile, Topps Tiles, 0800 023 4703, toppstiles.co.uk.

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£299, John Lewis, 0845 604 9049, johnlewis.com.

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£11 each, Dobbies, 0844 840 8404, dobbies.com.

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▲ Celeber spice jars, £5.50 set of two, Ikea, 0845 358 3363, ikea.co.uk.

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Milbourne Chalk 600mm base cabinets, £180; prime oak timber 30mm work surfaces, £250 per linear m; Snowfall quartz 30mm work surface, £300 per linear m; all Second Nature, 01325 505539, sncollection.co.uk.

◀ Kilner preserve 0.5ltr jar,

▼ Square biscuit tin, £24, Garden Trading, 0845 608 4448, gardentrading.co.uk.

£1.99, Dunelm Mill, 0845 165 6565, dunelmmill.com.

▲ Hell’s Kitchen stainless steel pan set, £85,

Sainsbury’s, 0800 636262, sainsburys.co.uk.

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Easy access Bifold doors provide instant access to the patio, handy for summer entertaining outside.

Seamless look The marble flooring extends into marble upstands in place of skirting boards and gives a really luxurious feel.

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CONTEMPORARY STYLE | KITCHENS

PROPERTY PROJECT

On display By having all her glassware on display Michelle finds she has plenty of storage space in her cupboards.

Right way round

Michelle Johnston converted a groundfloor bedroom into a kitchen-diner FEATURE VICTORIA JENKINS PHOTOGRAPHS WILLIAM GODDARD

WHO LIVES HERE? Michelle Johnston. WHERE IS IT? Bath. KITCHEN DIMENSIONS 5x6m plus dining area 2.5x4m. WHAT CHANGED? A bedroom and en suite bathroom were converted into an open-plan kitchendiner. Bifold doors were installed to provide access to the outside patio area.

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hen I bought a 1970s awardwinning “upside-down” house in September 2010, I immediately set to work to reconfigure the layout and add a 3m extension to one end. I wanted to move the kitchen-dining area to the ground floor and it now takes up the space of the fourth en suite bedroom plus the new extension. The ground floor had been dungeon-like and I wanted to let in light and air. It meant digging up the original bedroom flooring before having the whole kitchen-diner re-screeded for a seamless link. The final touch was laying Crema Marfil marble tiles. Michelle Johnston

THE PROJECT Chic option The all-in-one extractor, carbon filter and light above the island makes a real statement.

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■ Before installing the underfloor heating, the entire kitchen-dining area needed a new concrete layer to make it level. The underfloor heating was installed on top and then the floor was re-screeded. If this had not been done then the marble tiles placed above would have cracked in due course. ■ Four bifold glazed doors were installed to lead in to the garden. ■ A false wall was built to hold the bespoke floor-to-ceiling shelving, cupboards and drawers. It is made of double thickness MDF bolted together. ■ Michelle had spotlights and the wiring for the appliances all hidden behind the framework of the shelving for a seamless look. ■ The walls and ceiling were painted in Suede 1 from the Paint & Paper Library. ■ An island unit houses the sink, hob and food preparation area.

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Helpful features These include a moveable peg system for the plate and bowl drawer, designed to keep crockery safe, as well as the spice rack designed to fit into a drawer.

MICHELLE’S KEY PIECES ■ Bifold doors, £37,000, for similar try Slide and Fold, 02476 694162, slideandfold.co.uk. ■ Crema Marfil floor tiles, £29 per sq m, Mandarin Stone, 01600 715444, mandarinstone.com. ■ Jasmin slab door with Jasmin carcass, plinth and framing in Wenge and Magnolia MDF shelving with titanium edging, £30,000; island hood discontinued, for similar try Stoves

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S900HERO, £1,180; Caple C2100 Sense oven, £773; Caple SO109 Sense steam cooker, £899; Caple CM109 Sense microwave, £995; Caple Wi6124 wine cabinet, £792; Caple WMD1354 plate warming drawer, £187; Neff S54M45XOGB dishwasher, £489.41; Neff Bevelled Design N24K35N0 Domino hob gas wok burner, £428; Neff Bevelled Design N44K30N0

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All lit up

Worktops

Bespoke display shelving is enhanced with spotlights to show off key pieces. A bank of ovens sits centrally.

The worktops are made from a resin and stone compound that is seamless and can be repaired easily.

Domino hob 2 induction zones, £565.71 each; Neff integrated K8524X6GB fridgefreezer, £634; Franke Triflow Kubus silk steel filtered water tap, £524; all Evans and Brazil, 01452 750409, evansand brazil.co.uk. ■ Stone-resin composite worktops with integrated sink, from £104 per linear m, Capsule of Leckhampton, 01242 228787, capsulesolidsurface.co.uk. ■ Lighting, £325, Inspired Interiors of Bath, 01225 460055, inspiredinteriorsbath.com.

THE BUDGET Bifold doors............£37,000 Units & shelving...£30,000 Worktops & sink.....£2,800 Appliances.................£7,509 Flooring.........................£1,153 Tap.....................................£524 Lighting...........................£325 Total.......................£79,311

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and resin composite worktops ✻ Open display shelving ✻ Marble flooring

Handy storage Clever pull-out racks mean that all of Michelle’s ingredients are to hand while she is cooking.

SPEAKING FROM EXPERIENCE Michelle says: ‘I love the bifold doors as you can walk straight out on to the patio. A mistake was forgetting to have an electrical socket in the shelving unit so I can’t plug in my radio and have to use a socket at the end of the island.’ goodhomes.net

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LIGHTING | KITCHENS

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1 Doo-Wop pendant in Green, £250, Louis Poulsen, 020 8397 4400, louispoulsen.com. 2 Shadow Squat pendant light, £165, The French Bedroom Company, 0845 644 8022, frenchbedroomcompany.co.uk. 3 Snowdon 5-light chandelier, £230, Laura Ashley, 0871 983 5999, lauraashley.com. 4 Kartell Fly ceiling light in Orange, £155, John Lewis, 0845 604 9049, johnlewis.com. 5 Nordlux Jive purple metal pendant light, £51.49, World Stores, 0844 931 1005, worldstores.co.uk. 6 Red Connection pendant light, £179, Dwell, 0845 675 9090, dwell.co.uk. 7 Rise & Fall light, £89, Debenhams, 0844 800 8877, debenhams.com. 8 Gabs Filigrain pendant light, £235, Pomegranate Living, 020 8330 4530, pomegranate-living.com. 9 Titan size 3 pendant light, £250, Original BTC, 020 7351 2130, originalbtc.com. 10 Väster LED pendant lamp in Blue, £60, Ikea, 0845 358 3363, ikea.co.uk. 11 Chiswick wall lamp in Slate, £30, Garden Trading, 0845 608 4448, gardentrading.co.uk. 12 Pulsano LED 2, £238.92, KES Lighting, 02476 317022, keslighting.co.uk. 13 Multi stem print lampshade, from £50, Orla Kiely House at Blisshome, 01789 400077, blisshome.co.uk.

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BUILT-IN OVENS | KITCHENS

BUYERS’ GUIDE

BUYING ADVICE

Built-in ovens

Do your homework before you buy to ensure you get the best oven for your needs…

Cook up a storm in the kitchen with a sleek and streamlined new built-in oven

SIZE & CAPACITY

Ovens are available in single and double designs and each has their benefits. Single built-in models are a good option for smaller kitchens, measuring just under 60cm tall, and can be fitted into a kitchen unit or under the countertop. Double ovens offer more flexibility and capacity and you can set each oven differently to suit your cooking needs. Most on the market are built-in and offer a combination of a multifunction or fan oven situated below a smaller conventional oven with grill. They usually measure just under 90cm tall and are fitted into kitchen units at eye level.

ENERGY RATINGS

Say goodbye to hours of oven cleaning with a pyrolytic model that will do all the hard work for you. QUADRO® ZOP3790XK single pyrolytic oven, £429, Zanussi.

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hether you’re a pro in the kitchen or tend to stick to more simple recipes, a new oven can work wonders at giving your skills a boost and can’t fail to add instant style. As our lives get busier, any gadget that helps save time and effort will always get our vote and the new generation of built-in ovens has never been so intelligent, easy to use and programme-packed. Electric ovens are efficient at maintaining an even temperature, distribute heat evenly and there’s a wealth of models to choose from at every price point. Fan ovens provide an even temperature throughout and heat up quickly, saving energy and reducing cooking times. You should be able to

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An energy efficient oven will help reduce cooking times and save on your bills. There is a host of A-rated models on the market at very affordable prices, so there’s no reason to go any lower than this. You will also come across ovens awarded an A+ (A-10%) or A++ (A-20%) rating that means they are 10% or 20% more efficient than a standard TOP TIP A-rated model. Always check first

that specialist CLEANING cleaners are suitable for Oven cleaning has use on your oven. Don’t never been easier use abrasive clothes or and new models are designed to do the sponges on your oven hard work for you. surface as you may Look for designs with scratch it.

cook a variety of different dishes at one time without the worry of strong flavours crossing over as the circulating air breaks up odours. Most multifunction ovens combine a fan and conventional oven with a grill and offer ultimate cooking flexibility. They work by using a mix of different heating elements plus a fan. Gas ovens are cheaper to run than electric but you’ll find less choice around; only 10 per cent of built-in ovens sold are gas. Because they are heated by a flame at the rear of the base and hot air circulates as it rises, there will be greater heat at the top of the oven and it won’t distribute as evenly as an electric model.

catalytic oven liners that will help break down food spills and make oven walls easier to clean or, if that still sounds too taxing, choose an oven with a pyrolytic programme. Just press a button and all dirt and grease will be eliminated, leaving a neat pile of ash to sweep away.

FUNCTIONS/PROGRAMMES

All ovens offer a variety of functions and the choice available will vary on how much you are prepared to spend. A steam function provides a quick, healthier cooking method at mealtimes and look out for an automatic recipe function, which selects the best times and settings.

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£1,300 De Dietrich DOP1170GXTC Touch Control single oven

DIMENSIONS: H57.5xW55xD52.9cm ENERGY RATING: A+ FEATURES: 60ltr capacity ✽ Animated touch control display ✽ 11 cooking functions ✽ Pyroclean WHY BUY? Ovens don’t come any smarter than this total automatic model that includes ICS (Intelligent Control System). Of the 14 most commonly cooked dishes, just select the appropriate image on the Dot Matrix screen and it will automatically select all cooking parameters so you can set and forget.

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DIMENSIONS: H59xW56xD55.5cm ENERGY RATING: A++ FEATURES: Pyrolytic cleaning ✽ 17 functions ✽ Turbo grill ✽ 52ltr capacity WHY BUY? There are a whopping 17 functions, including 35 preprogrammed recipes, on this energy-efficient oven, plus pyrolytic cleaning. Gadget fans will love the sleek LED digital display with an electronic clock, minute minder, digital programme selector and temperature control.

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£555 Gorenje Simplicity BO75SYW single oven

DIMENSIONS: H59.5xW59.7xD56.5cm ENERGY RATING: A++ FEATURES: Glass control panel ✽ 65ltr capacity ✽ Multifunction oven WHY BUY? If cakes and yummy desserts are your forte, this stylish model is sure to appeal with its supersize baking area and HomeMADE® oven design, which is modelled on a traditional wood-fired bread oven. It offers several cooking systems, including fast pre-heat, and, includes a triple-glass cool door for added safety.

£479 Beko DBDF243WG double oven

DIMENSIONS: H88xW56.9xD56.2cm ENERGY RATING: A FEATURES: High gloss finish ✽ 100ltr capacity ✽ ‘Easy Clean’ glass doors WHY BUY? The chic high gloss finish is on-trend for 2013, making for simple cleaning, while the generous capacity will accommodate your larger roasting tins with ease. Both the top and bottom ovens have been awarded an A-energy rating, making it 20 per cent more energy efficient than a standard A-class oven.

£485 Siemens iQ300 HB13AB550B single oven

DIMENSIONS: H59.5xW59.5xD54.8cm ENERGY RATING: A++ FEATURES: 67ltr capacity ✽ LCD display ✽ Fan cooking WHY BUY? Smarten up your kitchen and cooking skills in an instant with this streamlined stainless steel and glass design that has a roomy capacity, programmable timer and catalytic liners for effortless cleaning. It offers four functions including 3D hot air oven cooking, defrosting, full width surface grill and hot air grilling. it also has a control panel lock.

£699 John Lewis JLBIDO913 electric double oven

DIMENSIONS: H88.8xW59.5xD54.8cm ENERGY RATING: A FEATURES: 111ltr total capacity ✽ Fully programmable timer ✽ Triple glazed doors WHY BUY? Boasting a 68ltr main fan oven and 43ltr second oven, this stainless steel design includes an 80°C keep-warm setting that will keep meals hot if family members are late home. Different dishes can be cooked at the same time in the fan oven without any flavour transfer.

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ACCESSORIES Safety checks You’ll instantly feel like a chef in the kitchen with these fun oven gloves. Black & white chequered oven gloves, £12, Debenhams.

£1,000

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Miele H4810 B single oven

DIMENSIONS: H59.5xW60xD55.5cm ENERGY RATING: A+ FEATURES: 76ltr capacity ✽ CleanSteel finish ✽ Eight functions WHY BUY? This sleek oven has a great variety of cooking functions including Fan Plus, Conventional Heat and Intensive Bake that will enable you to whip up a whole host of dishes. We love the CleanSteel finish that makes any fingerprint marks a breeze to wipe away, plus the catalytic liners and PerfectClean enamelled baking tray will make life easier.

Hot stuff

These stay-cool pinch grips will ensure you always handle hot plates safely. Trudeau pinch grips, £6.95 each, topgourmet. co.uk.

Samsung BQ1VD6T131 Dual Cook steam oven

DIMENSIONS: H59.5xW59.5x D57.2cm ENERGY RATING: A FEATURES: Oven cavity can be split into two ✽ Steam technology ✽ Intuitive LED control panel WHY BUY? The Dual Cook steam oven offers the choice of splitting the oven cavity in half to simultaneously cook two separate dishes at two different temperatures with the option of using steam technology. Cooking with steam reduces fat in food by 20 per cent.

Bakeware beauty

TOP TIP If you need increased cooking options but don’t want to invest in a double oven, introduce a microwave or combination microwave oven for the best of both.

Take your masterpieces straight from the oven to the table for everyone to enjoy with this cookware set of two baking dishes and two ramekins. Ceramic oven-to-table set, £25, Isme.

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£899.99 Hotpoint DE47X electric double oven, Argos

DIMENSIONS: H88.7xW59.7xD57.7cm ENERGY RATING: A FEATURES: 100ltr total capacity ✽ Fingerprint-resistant stainless steel ✽ LED clock WHY BUY? Get the best of both worlds and greater flexibility with this double oven that includes a 65ltr fan oven with two shelves and second conventional oven with 35ltr capacity. The fingerprint-resistant stainless steel finish will ensure your appliance always looks its best.

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Give yourself designer style when trying out all those new recipes with this adorable labrador design apron that is 100% cotton. Labrador adult apron, £13, Sophie Allport.

CDA DV1180 double oven

DIMENSIONS: H107.5xW60xD54.5cm ENERGY RATING: A FEATURES: 16 oven functions ✽ Anti-tilt shelves ✽ Cool-touch doors ✽ 106ltr total capacity WHY BUY? This impressive oven is different to most standard models as it features two full-size cavities rather than one larger main oven and a smaller second oven. The cooking functions include grill, fan, conventional heat and fan with grill, giving lots of flexibility if you need to prepare a variety of dishes.

Oven booster

This free-standing oven rack instantly adds a handy shelf so you can cook more – a must for big families! Oven Add-A-Shelf, £19.99, Lakeland.

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KITCHENS | RANGE COOKERS

BUYERS’ GUIDE

Best range cookers Choose your favourite from the latest and greatest ranges

Super-sized

£11,895

With a slow oven that’s great for casseroles added to the roasting, baking, warming and simmering ovens, the 5-Oven Total Control is a first for AGA, 0845 712 5207, agaliving.com, and comes in 11 colours. It’s great for large families.

Sauces special

£2,000

A Mijorose burner creates gentle heat that’s great for sauces on this Rosieres Bocuse range from Hoover, 0151 334 2781, hoover.co.uk. It has a multifunction oven with rotisserie, a conventional oven, two storage drawers, plus four gas burners.

Speedy cooking

£1,050

The smart black five-zone ceramic hob of the BCE920SS from Baumatic, 0118 933 6900, baumatic.co.uk, reaches high temperatures quickly. The main oven is multifunctional, with a fast defrost programme as well as conventional, fan and grill cooking.

Compact design

Easy cleaning

£1,279

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Heat-activated catalytic cleaning makes the EKM10460 from Electrolux, 0844 561 3613, electrolux.co.uk, a time-saver for keen cooks. The dual fuel range has two ovens, with a rotisserie in one. The gas hob has five burners, including a wok burner.

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Healthy cooking

£2,200

A teppanyaki grill plate means you can prepare food without additional fat on this TR4110 dual fuel cooker from Smeg, 0844 557 9907, smeguk. com. Its main and auxiliary ovens have 63ltr capacity, and there’s a separate grill and storage drawer.

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All electric

£5,775

The traditional-looking EC4i from Esse, 01282 813235, esse.com, is bang up-to-date with an energy-efficient induction hob and four independently operated electric ovens, which heat up quickly. There’s also an optional heated towel rail available.

Focal point

£1,199

In stainless steel and black as well as Regency Red, the dual fuel CMCF96 from Leisure, 0845 600 4916, leisurecp.co.uk, has a multifunction main oven, a tall fan oven and conventional top oven and grill. The hob has high-gloss cast-iron supports.

For rangecooker style in a smaller kitchen, this Professional series 60 4-Burner, electric oven from Bertazzoni, 0800 073 1003, bertazzoni.co.uk, £1,595 is perfect. The hob has four burners and the oven has nine functions, including convection, baking, roasting and warming.

Fantastic colour

£3,900

Available in a range of subtle and bold shades, as well as bespoke colours, the Macon from Lacanche, 01202 733011, lacanche.co.uk, has two 55ltr ovens and a 20ltr oven and grill, plus a storage drawer, together with a choice of hobs.

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Wok or not

The wok attachment on the five-burner gas hob can be removed so that the burner can be used for normal pans too.

Single to double

This Dual Cook oven can be used as a single or double oven. Turn to p25 for our buyers’ guide to built-in ovens.

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Wok or not

The wok attachment on the five-burner gas hob can be removed so that the burner can be used for normal pans too.

Single to double

This Dual Cook oven can be used as a single or double oven. Turn to p25 for our buyers’ guide to built-in ovens.

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CLASSIC STYLE | KITCHENS

PROPERTY PROJECT

Simple and timeless style

Carefully chosen appliances made Nigel Lloyd’s new kitchen work for him FEATURE AMY CURTIS STYLING EMMA CLAYTON PHOTOGRAPHS MAX ATTENBOROUGH

WHO LIVES HERE? Nigel Lloyd. WHERE IS IT? Sydenham, south-east London. KITCHEN DIMENSIONS 4m sq. WHAT CHANGED? The old kitchen units and floor were removed and a new layout was created. Luxury vinyl flooring was laid and the walls were plastered, painted, tiled and papered.

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hen I was planning my new kitchen I wanted to get the best appliances I could afford, not just for convenience but for energy saving too. The oven and dishwasher ticked all the boxes as they can both be used at half capacity. Even the four-slice toaster can be used for two! To ensure maximum worktop space I chose an under-counter fridge and freezer. I had worried the fridge would be too small, but it has one half-depth shelf, which means I can still stand tall things in the front. Nigel Lloyd

THE PROJECT Washing up

The washing machine, sink and dishwasher are all positioned along the same side of the kitchen for convenience.

■ The old kitchen and appliances were ripped out, and a light and airy kitchen was fitted with a new layout. ■ Appliances with the latest technology were chosen to make the kitchen more functional and energy-efficient. ■ The old linoleum was removed and the floor was levelled ready for the luxury vinyl flooring. ■ Electrics were rewired to incorporate appliances along a previously unused wall.

THE BUDGET Kitchen........................£4,396 Appliances..................£3,160 Tiles...............................£58.50 Flooring....................£229.95 TOTAL...............£7,844.45

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CLASSIC STYLE | KITCHENS

PROPERTY PROJECT

Simple and timeless style

Carefully chosen appliances made Nigel Lloyd’s new kitchen work for him FEATURE AMY CURTIS STYLING EMMA CLAYTON PHOTOGRAPHS MAX ATTENBOROUGH

WHO LIVES HERE? Nigel Lloyd. WHERE IS IT? Sydenham, south-east London. KITCHEN DIMENSIONS 4m sq. WHAT CHANGED? The old kitchen units and floor were removed and a new layout was created. Luxury vinyl flooring was laid and the walls were plastered, painted, tiled and papered.

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hen I was planning my new kitchen I wanted to get the best appliances I could afford, not just for convenience but for energy saving too. The oven and dishwasher ticked all the boxes as they can both be used at half capacity. Even the four-slice toaster can be used for two! To ensure maximum worktop space I chose an under-counter fridge and freezer. I had worried the fridge would be too small, but it has one half-depth shelf, which means I can still stand tall things in the front. Nigel Lloyd

THE PROJECT Washing up

The washing machine, sink and dishwasher are all positioned along the same side of the kitchen for convenience.

■ The old kitchen and appliances were ripped out, and a light and airy kitchen was fitted with a new layout. ■ Appliances with the latest technology were chosen to make the kitchen more functional and energy-efficient. ■ The old linoleum was removed and the floor was levelled ready for the luxury vinyl flooring. ■ Electrics were rewired to incorporate appliances along a previously unused wall.

THE BUDGET Kitchen........................£4,396 Appliances..................£3,160 Tiles...............................£58.50 Flooring....................£229.95 TOTAL...............£7,844.45

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Easy access

Nigel was able to change the hinge around on the fridge door so that it opens from the left, away from the wall.

On the floor

SPEAKING FROM EXPERIENCE Nigel says: ’One of my more indulgent purchases was a wine cabinet. It looks great and does keep the wine cool but, as with most wine cabinets, the temperature reacts to the ambient temperature of the room, so if I want very cold wine in the summer, I still need to put the bottles in my normal fridge.’

The vinyl floor looks like wood but is more forgiving of spills. Nigel uses an electric steam cleaner to keep it clean.

Window wow Nigel wanted shutters but, as a more economical choice, installed wide-slat blinds instead. ‘They still look great and take up less space than blinds would have.’

NIGEL’S KEY PIECES ■ Windsor cabinets, £3,342; Oak worktop, £125.33 per m; Contemporary ceramic sink, £225; Yapen tap, £77; all Wickes, 0844 892 2701, wickes.co.uk. ■ DD60DDFHX7 double DishDrawer, £1,099; CG705 CWFCX1 gas hob, £269.99; both Fisher & Paykel at Curry’s, 0844 561 0000, currys.co.uk. ■ F70.2SS 70cm chimney hood, £99, Baumatic, 0118 933 6900, baumatic.co.uk.

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■ Sense Wi151 wine fridge, £230, Caple, 0117 938 1900, caple.co.uk. ■ BQ1S6T077 Metro Dual Cook oven, £579.99, Samsung, 0330 726 7864, samsung.com/uk. ■ LA620 fridge, £149; ZA630 freezer, £230; both Beko, 0845 600 4904, beko.co.uk. ■ Metro white wall tiles, £20 per sq m, Topps Tiles, 0800 023 4703, toppstiles.co.uk. Tiling by AVT Specialist Tiling, 020 8778 2662, avt@avt-tiling.co.uk.

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■ Rosabella wallpaper, £49 per roll, Osborne & Little. Colourway discontinued. Try wallpapersales. co.uk. For other colourways, visit wallpaperdirect.co.uk. ■ HC02 Morning Oak vinyl flooring, £45.99 per sq m, Karndean International, 01386 820100, karndean.co.uk. ■ Wood Venetian blind in Deluxe Ice Cap, £94.20, Web-Blinds, 0845 604 9611, web-blinds.com. ■ Brillante kettle, £59.99; toaster, £59.99; both DeLonghi, 0845 600 6845, delonghi.com.

■ Porcelain crockery, from 99p for an egg cup; tumblers, from £1.99; Monaco cutlery, £18.99 for 16-piece set; all Homebase, 0845 077 8888, homebase.co.uk. ■ Tea towels, from £9, To Dry For, 0845 652 9274, todryfor.com. ■ Slimline pedal bin in Vintage Blue, £62.58, Brabantia, 01275 810600, brabantia.com. ■ Barello table and four chairs, £199, Tesco Direct, 0845 600 4411, direct.tesco.com. ■ R2i stereo, £299.99, Ruark Audio, 01702 601410, ruarkaudio.com.

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Design notes

✻ Statement wallpaper ✻ Wooden worktops ✻ Sleek white accessories ✻ Splashes of accent colours

Modern mode

Despite the classic style of the kitchen, the modern appliances fit in perfectly, making the whole scheme super-stylish.

Washed up

The individual drawers in the dishwasher mean that Nigel can use it for half loads or full dinner parties without wasting water.

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1 Retro, £15 per roll, Next, 0844 844 8888, next.co.uk. 2 Flower Stamps, £59.07 per sq m, Purlfrost, 020 8992 4024, purlfrost.com. 3 Colours Cocktail Multi Paste the Wall, £12.98 per roll, B&Q, 0845 609 6688, diy.com. 4 Autumn Day by Yenty Jap, £28 per sq m, Wallpapered, 020 7222 4620, wallpapered.com. 5 Daphne by Albany, £28 per roll, Wallpaper Direct, 01323 430886, wallpaperdirect.co.uk. 6 Saphyr II, £31.95 per roll, Galerie, 01892 700730, galeriewallcoverings.com. 7 Octa in Lagoon, £61.50 per roll, Romo, 01623 756699, romo.com. 8 Acorn Spot by Orla Kiely for Harlequin, £49 per roll, John Lewis, 0845 604 9049, johnlewis.com. 9 Marimekko Unikko in Magenta, £59 per roll, mydeco, 020 3384 1307, mydeco.com.

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£6 ▲ QUICK UPDATE The handy digital kitchen timer from Sainsbury’s is a simple user-friendly design at a great price.

◀ QUICK UPDATE Asda’s 1.7ltr purple fast boil kettle adds style to a work top and illuminates when switched on.

£29

£119.99

▶ INVESTMENT BUY Panasonic’s 1.4ltr powerful jug kettle has a cool-touch exterior, a limescale filter and chic violet glass.

▼ INVESTMENT BUY Joseph Joseph’s Clip Timer can be attached to an apron or stuck on a fridge magnetically.

£15

Price Price

◀ QUICK UPDATE Wilkinson’s multi bowl set includes two bowls, a colander, a strainer and a lemon squeezer.

Kitchen accessories

▼ INVESTMENT BUY Marks & Spencer’s set of four nesting melamine mixing bowls is stain resistant.

£10

£1.99 each ▲ QUICK UPDATE Dunelm Mill’s silicone spatula, available in Lime, Plum and Teal, is an essential for busy cooks.

£19.99

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This colourful mug makes a witty gift ◀ QUICK UPDATE Brush up on your times tables with the colourful Multiplication mug from Mc laggen Smith Mugs. ▶ INVESTMENT BUY Betsy Benn’s Biscuit Dunkability mug charts how long a biscuit takes to crumble when dunked.

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▼ INVESTMENT BUY Rice kitchen tools from Nelly Pepper have a wooden handle and a silicone end.

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£350

£14 Set of two

 QUICK UPDATE Sabichi’s two-piece set includes a 20 and 24cm fry pan and comes in a choice of colour combinations.

£15 each

▶ INVESTMENT BUY Cargo HomeShop’s Colourworks 24cm frying pan has a white ceramic non-stick coating.

▲ QUICK UPDATE Bodum’s Bistro stand mixer from John Lewis has six speeds and can whisk, knead, mix and stir. ▼ INVESTMENT BUY KitchenAid’s Artisan stand mixer in Green Apple has a unique mixing action for thorough blending.

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£11.65 ◀ QUICK UPDATE The Zing! glass scale from Premier Housewares has soft-grip handles and a maximum capacity of 2kg.

▲ QUICK UPDATE Matalan’s Retro Print ceramic storage canister is a bright choice for a shelf or worktop. ▼ INVESTMENT BUY Muurla’s Onion storage jar at Design55 is part of a range that’s lightweight and dishwasher safe.

£19.75

▶ INVESTMENT BUY The Colourweigh scale from Salter Housewares has an add and weigh function.

£1 ◀ QUICK UPDATE Asda’s six measuring spoons are a bright buy for those kitting out a kitchen on a budget. ▶ INVESTMENT BUY The Bliss in The Woods peacock measuring spoons from Heal’s fold neatly together.

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DISHWASHERS | KITCHENS

BUYERS’ GUIDE

BUYING ADVICE

Dishwashers

SIZE

There are a few different sizes of dishwasher available. A full size or standard 60cm dishwasher is the largest, while slimline 45cm models get the thumbs up for compact spaces and smaller families. You may also consider a countertop design that isn’t much bigger than a standard microwave.

Save time, money and water with a new dishwasher, packed with the latest features

PLACE SETTINGS/CAPACITY

The capacity of a dishwasher is determined by how many place settings it has, i.e. the maximum number of plates and eating utensils the machine can wash, excluding any saucepans, serving dishes or utensils. A standard machine will usually feature 12 but some now offer 14 or as many as 17 place settings. You can expect 6–9 place settings in a slimline model.

PROGRAMMES

The amount of programmes will vary depending on the machine, but will usually include a main wash, eco wash, quick wash and rinse-only cycle. One of the most impressive is a sensor wash, which works out how dirty your dishes are, then adjusts the time, amount of heat and cycle time accordingly.

RATINGS

Every dishwasher has an energy efficiency grading ranging from A-G, with A being the most efficient. Each model will also be rated for drying and cleaning performance.

*PRICES ARE GIVEN AS A GUIDE AND WILL VARY FROM RETAILER TO RETAILER

This stylish and spacious model features a third drawer for cutlery. Beko DW80323W dishwasher, from £339.99, available exclusively at John Lewis.

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re you spending too many hours at the kitchen sink? Throw in the tea towel once and for all and treat yourself to a dishwasher. Not only will your dishes gleam like never before, but there are great savings to be had on your water and energy bills too, thanks to low water consumption and A-rated eco features. Furthermore, you’ll have much more time on your hands. Whatever your budget or your lifestyle needs, there will be a dishwasher to suit you. From slimline machines that

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TOP TIP WATER Run a cleaning CONSUMPTION wash every fortnight If you are on a water to keep your dishwasher meter, take note of the in tip-top condition. We water consumption like Dr. Beckmann’s as it does vary from model to model. There Service-it Deep squeeze into the are some dishwashers Clean Dishwasher smallest of kitchens to on the market that use Cleaner, £2.99. roomy 17-place-setting models that will accommodate a large family’s dishes, cutlery and pots and pans with ease. The choice is great and each dishwasher will vary slightly on the features they offer, water consumption, amount of programmes and ratings, so it really does pay to shop around to get the machine that suits you, your lifestyle and your budget.

as little as 6ltr per cycle.

HANDY FEATURES

Features to look for include delay start, flexible racking, removable baskets and cutlery drawers.

NOISE LEVELS

Check the noise level, measured in dB and look out for models that run at 38dB-40dB.

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£395 Gorenje GV62110 integrated dishwasher

DIMENSIONS: H82xW60xD57cm ENERGY RATING: A PLACE SETTINGS: 12 FEATURES: Five wash programmes ✽ Variable start delay up to 24 hours ✽ AquaStop anti-flooding system ✽ Automatic water-softener dispenser WHY BUY? The 24-hour delay start option makes this model a great choice for busy people as loads can be timed in advance, plus it offers good efficiency at an affordable price. A panel is available for £249 to convert it to a free-standing model.

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DIMENSIONS: H84.5-88xW59.8x D60cm ENERGY RATING: A+ PLACE SETTINGS: 14 FEATURES: Six wash programmes ✽ Delay start ✽ Eco Sensor Plus WHY BUY? If you have a large family or entertain a lot, you’ll benefit from the impressive 14 place settings on this model, plus the speedy Turbo function can reduce the duration of the programme by around 30 per cent, saving time without affecting the wash or drying performance.

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£399 John Lewis JLDWS1226 dishwasher

DIMENSIONS: H85xW60xD61cm ENERGY RATING: A PLACE SETTINGS: 12 FEATURES: Five wash programmes ✽ Flexible baskets & racks ✽ 49dB noise level WHY BUY? This smart stainless steel design is a brilliant all-rounder and includes a 45–70°C automatic programme option, which senses the size and dirt level of the load then sets the optimum time, water and temperature levels accordingly for the most efficient wash.

£4 00 Whirlpool ADP 8693 A++ PC 6S WH dishwasher

DIMENSIONS: H85xW59.7xD59cm ENERGY RATING: A++ PLACE SETTINGS: 13 FEATURES: PowerClean™ technology ✽ Eight wash programmes ✽ 6th Sense® intelligent technology ✽ Start delay WHY BUY? This eco-friendly machine has been given Whirlpool’s Green Generation accolade and features PowerClean™ technology that eliminates the need to pre-rinse items, saving time, energy and water.

£624 LG D1454TF TrueSteam™ dishwasher

DIMENSIONS: H85xW59.5xD57cm ENERGY RATING: A++ PLACE SETTINGS: 14 FEATURES: TrueSteam™ technology ✽ SmartRack system ✽ ‘Quiet Mark’ award WHY BUY? If your kitchen is open plan and you worry about the noise from your appliances, this is the dishwasher for you. It’s been awarded a ‘Quiet Mark’ for its low 38dB noise level and is so quiet that you’ll hardly notice it’s on, plus it uses the power of steam cleaning to remove stains.

£550 Fagor LF73DWiTU integrated dishwasher

DIMENSIONS: H85xW59.5xD60cm ENERGY RATING: A PLACE SETTINGS: 12 FEATURES: Eight wash programmes ✽ Built-in ECO sensor ✽ Delayed start up to 19 hours WHY BUY? This dishwasher includes an automatic AIS (Advanced Intelligence System) function where a sensor in the cavity of the dishwasher automatically assesses how dirty your dishes are and suggests the most economical programme.

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SMALL SOLUTIONS Super slim

£439 Maytag MDW 606 AWG IntelliSense® dishwasher

DIMENSIONS: H85xW59.7xD59cm ENERGY RATING: A+ PLACE SETTINGS: 13 FEATURES: Low water consumption ✽ IntelliSense® technology ✽ Steam Clean option WHY BUY? Enjoy savings on your bills with this A+ rated appliance that has reduced water consumption to just 6ltr. The IntelliSense® technology automatically selects the most economical programme for the load, saving up to 50 per cent on water, energy and time.

Boasting an A+ energy rating, nine place settings and six programmes, this chic model may be small but it’s packed with great features. ESF4600ROW slimline W45cm dishwasher, £429, Electrolux.

£4 39 Zanussi ZDT15002FA integrated dishwasher

DIMENSIONS: H81.8xW59.6xD55.5cm. ENERGY RATING: A PLACE SETTINGS: 12 FEATURES: Five wash programmes ✽ Four wash temperatures ✽ LED indicators ✽ 30-minute wash programme WHY BUY? If you’re in need of clean crockery fast, you can take advantage of the 30-minute programme that will turn dirty dishes into gleaming ones. The half-load program means you can get clean dishes anytime you need them without wasting resources.

Worktop wonder

An ideal buy for smaller households, this countertop dishwasher washes six place settings. Bush WQP6-3202 compact dishwasher, H43.8xW55x D50cm, £149.99, Argos.

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£4 40 Siemens SN25M231GB iQ100 free-standing dishwasher

DIMENSIONS: H84.5xW60xD60cm ENERGY RATING: A+ PLACE SETTINGS: 12 FEATURES: VarioSpeed option ✽ Eco cycle ✽ RackMatic system WHY BUY? Part of the SpeedMatic range, this model enables you to run a standard cycle up to 50 per cent quicker, thanks to the VarioSpeed option. The rackMatic system allows you to adjust the height and layout of the baskets to accommodate all your dirty dishes, pans and glasses.

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£750 De Dietrich DBH1180GJ integrated dishwasher

DIMENSIONS: H82–89xW60xD55cm ENERGY RATING: A+ PLACE SETTINGS: 14 FEATURES: Illuminated touch controls ✽ Eight programmes ✽ Pull-out mezzanine cutlery shelf WHY BUY? Super quiet and a dream to operate, this model has a practical mezzanine cutlery shelf that is split into two handy pull-out sections so cutlery can be laid down side by side for better cleaning. The lower basket has foldable racks for larger dishes.

Dish of the day

This is a full-function slimline design with nine place settings, six programmes and a special glass programme. JLDWW906 slimline W45cm dishwasher, £349, John Lewis.

Quietly does it

With seven wash programmes, A-rated and 10 place settings, this model will take up minimum space and is super-quiet in operation. Hotpoint SDL510P slimline W45cm dishwasher, £239.99, Sainsbury’s.

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MAGIC BEANS The Grind & Brew Plus from Cuisinart (cuisinart.co.uk) is a must for coffee connoisseurs. Simply add coffee beans in the top and wait for the jug to fill with fresh coffee. And at £150, it’s a fraction of the price of other bean-to-cup models on the market.

Seal the deal If you buy groceries in bulk to freeze for later, the Food Saver is right for you. It vacuumpacks solid and liquid food in seconds, taking up less room than plastic boxes in the freezer. It’s also good for sous vide cooking, where food is cooked within the plastic, which keeps in all the goodness, so budding chefs will be impressed too! The Food Saver V2860, £119.99, amazon.co.uk.

Worktop appliances Make life easier for yourself in the kitchen with these ingenious little helpers! GO GREEN

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Steam scene

We all know that colourful accessories can change the look of a room, and the kitchen is no exception. Prestige has added this bold green to its Daytona range and it really zings against the black trim. £45, prestige.co.uk.

Thinking about going electric with your steamer? Philips has got together with Jamie Oliver to create this brilliant little machine. It has a 90-minute timer, a flavour booster, which lets you add herbs and spices to be infused into the food, and a water inlet which allows you to top up levels while it is running. Philips Jamie Oliver Steamer, £69.95, John Lewis, 0845 604 9049, johnlewis.com.

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WATER WORKS The Virgin Waterbar offers hot and cold filtered water at the touch of a button, so you don’t need a separate kettle and water filter jug – ideal for those living in hard water areas. Visit virginpure.com. Get your five a day Magimix is set to replace its current range of juicers in 2013, and we’ve had a sneak preview of the new model. Easy to operate, it crushes carrots and squeezes oranges in seconds, and cleaning is a simple rinse under the tap. Le Duo Plus XL in Cream, £179.99, Magimix, magimix.com.

Cafe style If you’re looking for a new coffee machine that’s compact but efficient, the Philips Grangaggia is worth considering. It makes perfect espressos and lattes and we are impressed with how quiet the milk steamer is too – perfect for early mornings! Philips Grangaggia coffee machine, £180, Amazon, amazon.co.uk.

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WORKTOP APPLIANCES | KITCHENS

Whip up a treat

DAILY BREAD

A hand blender is a good staple to have in the kitchen. They are great for finishing off a soup quickly without having to use a worktop blender, and many have other attachments, making them even more versatile. This one includes a whisk and chopper and the attachments are all dishwasher-proof! Swan 3-in-1 Hand Blender, £49.99, JD Williams, 0871 231 2000, jdwilliams.co.uk.

The My Kitchen bread maker, £59.99 from Lakeland (01539 488100, lakeland.co. uk) is very compact so ideal for smaller kitchens. It makes a 1lb loaf and includes all the settings of a larger machine.

Style it up

MODEL LOOKS Brillante by De’Longhi is truly stunning, and this year they added a filter coffee machine to the range. The simple, chic design will make a statement on any worktop and makes 12 cups in one go so should satisfy even the most committed caffeine SLOW addicts! £59.99 from Tesco and AND STEADY Debenhams. This 1.5ltr slow cooker

If you’re a fan of industrial style, you’ll love the new Elements toaster from Breville. The matt stainless steel gives it an on-trend look and it’s packed with features including Lift & Look, which lets you check your toast’s progress without cancelling the cycle. There’s also a matching kettle. Breville Elements toaster, £137.99, available exclusively from John Lewis from 1 December 2012.

is just the right size if you are cooking for one or preparing a side dish or dessert. The tagine lid also helps to lock in flavours. £15.75, QVC, 0800 504030, qvcuk. com.

Hot stuff

FLAT OUT

If your kitchen has limited worktop space, the MAX Mood microwave could be just the thing. The curved back allows it to nestle into a corner, taking up less room than a square machine, but it still accommodates plates up to dia28cm. It also comes with a crisp and grill function and there’s a choice of three colours so you can even match it to your scheme! From £179, 020 8649 5000, whirlpool.co.uk. Shown above, the MAX Mood microwave in Sensual Rouge, Cosmopolitan Pink and Nocturnal Blue.

The new 3,000w TECHnique Digital steam iron, £64.99, is Breville’s most powerful steam iron to date. It has a ceramic-coated plate, which ensures even heat distribution, plus antiscale, anti-drip and self-clean features, so you’ll speed through the ironing in no time at all!

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Kitchen styles…

Kitchens to suit your budget

If you only have a modest budget to renovate your kitchen, you don’t have to skimp on style. Read on for tips and inspiration ◀ Nicely framed

White kitchens…

under £10,000

Even on a budget you can find a smart, innovative kitchen. Keep a close eye on all the different costs and be prepared to do a few weeks of research before making your purchases, keeping an eye out for online bargains and upcoming sales. White cabinetry never looks out of date and you can update your scheme by just painting the walls.

The addition of a glossy black splashback and some timber details makes all the difference in a white kitchen. Glass splashbacks can be costly so look online for bargains, or consider painting the walls in the colour you require and adding plain glass panels (using toughened/laminated glass), which can be cut to the size you require from a high-street glazier.

CLEVER BUYS ❊Internal fittings such as

pull-out racks and corner units can bump up your spend on cabinets; look at drawer units and open shelves as less costly options. ❊Look out for special offer ‘packs’ for sinks and taps, oven/hob/ extractor sets and free-standing fridge-freezers.

◀ Thinking ahead

Painted finishes can be refreshed in years to come. Start with ivory or white for a few years, then add your own colour using hardwearing eggshell. Shaker kitchen in Ivory finish, from £7,000 for a kitchen, Trend Interiors, 0121 765 3601, trendinteriors.co.uk.

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Taos kitchen in White, from £8,500, Caple, 0117 938 1900, caple.co.uk.

▲ Citrus accents

Bright zesty shades are on-trend for paints and accessories and they work very well in the kitchen. Planum cabinets in White High Gloss lacquer finish, from the E130 range, from £6,500, Schmidt, 01634 311247, schmidtkitchens.com.

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◀ New angles

For a barely-there look, keep walls and work surfaces white, to match the cabinetry. Stainless steel ovens, extractor and sink add contrast, and glass pendants will add a sparkling atmosphere in the evenings. Choose a woodlook laminate or vinyl flooring to add warmth.

FINISHING

TOUCHES

Pineto handleless kitchen in White, from £6,500, Crown Imperial, 01277 742424, crown-imperial.co.uk.

▶ Island designs

The island concept is hugely popular at the moment, and is an excellent use of space in an open-plan kitchendining room. If the sink is being moved to the island unit, it also makes sense to site the dishwasher in the island, not just for the convenience but also for the plumbing.

▲ Stenstorp kitchen trolley, £100, Ikea, 0800 358 3363, ikea.co.uk.

IT Gloss White slab-style kitchen, from £1,346 for an eight-unit layout, B&Q, 0845 850 0175, diy.com.

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◀ Doubling up

A two-island layout is a very appealing idea if you have the space available. Here, one island is designated for cooking, the other for prep and washing up. The ovens have been built in, with the false wall giving a very modern look to the room, especially when painted in a bold shade of navy blue. Details such as a crystal pendant light and retro wall clock add flair. Pura kitchen, from £3,720 for a nine-unit layout, Magnet, 0845 123 6789, magnet.co.uk.

▶ Galley design

A galley layout works well in a ‘walk-through’ room, but remember to have the cooker, hob and sink on the same side of the room.

City kitchen in Matt White, from £3,500 for a kitchen, from the 1st Collection at John Lewis, 0845 604 9049, johnlewis.com.

White, £52, Bodum at Selfridges, 0800 123400, selfridges.com.

▲ Oil, vinegar, salt and pepper set, £10, Wilkinson, 0845 608 0807, wilkinsonplus.com.

▶ White

porcelain pie penguin, £4, John Lewis, 0845 604 9049, johnlewis. com.

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under £10,000 Choose wood cabinetry if you want to achieve a warmer look in the kitchen; it’s still a ‘neutral’ option, and can be teamed with a huge variety of colours and textures.

◀ Glossing over

Wood-effect cabinets are given a modern twist in a high-gloss finish. Here, a deep plum accent colour adds another dimension to this contemporary kitchen. Handleless doors keep the look slick and streamlined while a pale floor lifts the overall look. Furore kitchen in Plum Gloss and Wood finishes, from £6,500, Furore collection at Crown Imperial, 01277 742424, crownimperial.co.uk.

◀ In the dark

Dark timber cabinetry is a classic choice and will work in modern and period homes. Keeping the colour scheme dark and white simplifies everything so accessories can stand out. Ramsjo kitchen in blackbrown stained beech, from £72 for a 600mm base cabinet, Ikea, 0845 358 3363, ikea.co.uk.

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▲ Small space, big style Go for a U-shaped layout if space is tight – it means that everything is within easy reach. It’s also a good design if you want to keep the kitchen space all in one place in an open-plan room. Walnut-style kitchen, from £58 for a 600mm base cabinet, IT range at B&Q, 0845 850 0175, diy.com.

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TOUCHES

Laminate work surfaces, upstands and splashbacks are often a good choice for large kitchens, where you might want to reign in the budget a little. Team work surfaces with matching upstands for a very neat look – it also solves the problem of uneven walls looking messy between wall and work surfaces.

▲ Melamine and wood bread bin, £50, Joseph Joseph, 020 7261 1800, josephjoseph.com.

Breccia Pacifica laminate work surface with a Honedeffect finish, from £200 for 360cm; Amarena Gloss splashback, £200 for 303cm; all Axiom range at Formica, axiomworktops.com.

▲ Sleek and chic

▼ At the bar

Lima kitchen in Light Oak effect, from £3,000, Four Seasons, 01937 862557, fourseasons.co.uk.

Taos Kobi wood effect high gloss acrylic kitchen, from £8,800, Caple, 0117 938 1900, caple.co.uk.

A gloss finish gives a light, modern look to timbereffect cabinets; this design uses white side panels and work surfaces, so the colour of the wood effect stands out against the surrounds.

Extra long bar handles add strong horizontal lines to a design scheme and look striking especially when combined with glossy finishes and a vertical wood grain pattern.

▲ Celia chair, £169 pair, Very, 0844 822 2321, very.co.uk.

▲ Rustik 24-piece cutlery set, £28.99, Ikea, 0845 358 3363, ikea.co.uk.

◀ Contrasting cabinets Walnut is very popular but can be overwhelming in too great a quantity, so be prepared to mix up the scheme a little by adding contrasting cabinets. Madeira Walnut-effect high gloss laminate cabinets, from £8,000, Cube Purista range at Bauformat, 0845 658 1949, bauformat.de.

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▲ Jme pestle and mortar in American Oak, £39, John Lewis, 0845 604 9049, johnlewis.com.

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A hit of colour makes instant impact, but a kitchen doesn’t have to be drowning in colour – even just a few bright shades will cheer up a scheme.

▲ Red hot

▲ Sherbert fizz

There’s nothing like a shot of clashing pinks and oranges to add vibrancy to a colour scheme. Use eggshell if you’re painting over existing cabinetry. Bongo Jazz, Orange Fizz and Rock Candy eggshell, £13.09 for 0.5ltr, Collective Passion range at Dulux, 0844 481 7817, dulux.co.uk.

It takes a lot of courage to create a colour scheme as bold as this one, but the strength of the red is broken up with mosaic tiles, a set of white wall cabinets and stainless steel appliances and accessories. Red is the perfect warming colour for a cold room. This scheme would look good at the end of an open-plan space – creating a focal point. Abstrakt High Gloss Red kitchen with metal effect edging, also in Black, Grey and White, from £76 for a 600mm base cabinet, from Ikea, 0845 358 3363, ikea.co.uk.

◀ Mellow & muted

Grey is the ‘new’ neutral, and it does have the advantage of working with strong colours as well as the more subtle pearly and silvery greys. Add strong slices of colour by simply painting the splashback area above the work surface and between wall cabinets like this bright yellow wall here. Emulsion is tough enough if there’s no sink or hob in the vicinity. Masoni kitchen in Grey, from £5,444 for the cabinets shown, Wickes, 0845 274 1000, wickes.co.uk.

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If your walls are a bit on the wonky side, a relatively inexpensive way of revamping them is to use tongue-and-groove panelling (available at DIY stores). For a striking colour scheme, match the paint to the colour of the cabinets. Here, plinths and shelving have been painted too for a truly cohesive look.

▲ Mice & Cheese pendant

Maryville kitchen, with open shelves and table-style island cabinets, from £6,500, Schmidt, 01622 812123, schmidt-kitchens.com.

shade, £35, Little Lucy Willow, 0845 803 0988, littlelucywillow.co.uk.

Purple isn’t the most obvious choice of colour for the kitchen, but it’s a shade that’s coming through in trends for 2013, and it works well with silver and grey. Taos kitchen in Plum with brushed nickel bar handles, from £8,500, Caple, 0117 938 1900, caple.co.uk.

▼ Colour confidence The trick to using several colours in the kitchen is to mix one bright colour, such as the glossy orange used here, with one or two more subtle neutrals.

Rialto in Orange and Metallic Anthracite, from £6,500, Crown Imperial, 01227 742424, crown-imperial.co.uk.

◀ Warming reds

A red island unit and red cabinets either side of the range cooker create a neat, symmetrical layout in this kitchen. Symmetry is vital when using strong colours, otherwise the design will look unbalanced, so always take note of widths and depths and make sure they are equal in strongly coloured units. High Gloss Red cabinets, from £125 for a 500mm base cabinet, Cooke & Lewis range at B&Q, 0845 850 0175, diy.com.

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▲ Colourful mini colanders, £4.99 each, The Contemporary Home, 02392 469400, tch.net.

▲ Red S Chair, £49, Verner

◀ Mauve moments

Even a kitchen with a relatively small footprint can be packed full of storage facilities if you make one wall home to full-height cabinets. The fridge-freezer can be integrated, and all the other cabinets can store all provisions, crockery, glasses and pans. Aubergine and Grey Oak Bardolino kitchen, around £4,579 for the layout shown, Wren Kitchens, 0845 404 1000, wrenkitchens.com.

Panton at Cult Furniture, 020 8515 6960, cultfurniture.com.

▲ Bright yellow laser-cut felt coaster, £6.50 set of four, Iapetus, 01684 566929, iapetus.co.uk.

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If you have a bit more to spend, there are myriad designs to choose from to give your new room a truly high-quality feel White kitchens…

◀ The white room

Of course, everyone’s budget is different, and there are lots of factors that push the budget up or down. If you decide to go for something highend, consider the longevity of the design; the beauty of a white kitchen is that it can be adapted with colourful accessories to create a new look so you don’t need to spend a lot to change it.

Linear kitchen, can be painted in any colour to customer’s specification, from £17,000, Harvey Jones, 0800 389 7365, harveyjones.com.

Open-plan spaces look cool, calm and collected when white is the main colour theme. Team contemporary white cabinets with warm hardwood work surfaces for a modern look with a retro edge. Painting original floorboards white is a great way of bringing a spacious feel to the room.

over £10,000

COST CONTROL ❊ Remember, appliances and

work surfaces can have a huge impact on your kitchen spend. ❊High-end work surfaces, such as granite and marble, can cost from £300 per linear metre. ❊Appliances can add up as well. Range cookers can cost from around £1,000 to £5,000+.

◀ Ceramic & stone

The more costly kitchen ranges have a greater choice of materials used for the door and drawer fronts. One of the latest from Alno is a ceramic material that has a beautiful smooth feel. Cera kitchen in Oxide Avorio, from £25,000, Alno, 0870 043 3742, alno.co.uk.

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▲ Updated Shakerstyle cabinets This kitchen is a clever combination of classic- and modern-style elements. The doors are Shaker-style but with a high-gloss foil finish. Solar Gloss kitchen in Cream, from £12,500, Ellis Furniture, 01484 514212, ellisfurniture.co.uk.

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◀ Pure white style

This curved layout has created a snug and practical U-shaped kitchen, with one of the arms of the U housing a breakfast bar. The cooking area is positioned safely on the opposite side of the layout. Stone surfaces and a matching upstand keep the look simple and streamlined. White gloss Kantata kitchen with vertical bar handles, from £11,000, Radiance range at Caple, 0117 938 1900, caple.co.uk.

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▲ Dinera white crockery, from £2.50 for a bowl, Ikea, 0845 358 3363, ikea.co.uk.

◀ Traditional appeal These white Shaker cabinets have a classic look but minimalist table, chairs and a bench give it a contemporary twist. A glossy floor and stainless-steel appliances complement the white units while adding to the modern elements of the scheme. Shaker kitchen in Chalk White painted finish, from £25,000, English Revival range at Mereway, 0800 028 4466, englishrevival.co.uk.

▲ White faux leather and walnut bar stool, £150, Alexander & Pearl, 020 8508 0411, alexander andpearl.co.uk.

▶ Country style

The combination of old timber roof beams and a flagstone floor is irresistible and looks great with a very traditional painted kitchen. You could include a focal point cooking area in the chimney breast and ultrahardwearing granite work surfaces. Specify drainer grooves either side of the sink to ensure surplus water drains away.

▲ OXO pepper mill in White, £12, Amazon, amazon.co.uk.

Langham kitchen, from £11,000, Second Nature 01325 505539, sncollection.co.uk.

◀ In the zone

This clever layout manages to create a cosy, enclosed kitchen space within an open-plan room. The gloss handleless cabinets give a contemporary look. Malmo white handleless kitchen, from £15,000, Glotech Kitchens, 0800 377 7789, glotechkitchens.co.uk.

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▲ White high gloss toaster, £69.99, Panasonic, 0844 844 3899, panasonic.co.uk.

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For a welcoming colour scheme with a touch of warmth, consider a wood kitchen. There are slick styles to suit ultra-modern homes and, of course, it’s the perfect option for period houses.

◀ Natural finishes

For a very British countryhouse look, go for a classic oak kitchen, with a natural oiled or lacquer finish. It will age gracefully and soon look as if it is, literally, part of the furniture! Here, light coloured stone surfaces make a change from the ubiquitous black granite, and help create a more subtle colour scheme. Henley free-standing and/or fitted kitchen in Natural Oak, from £12,000, Neptune, 01793 881144, neptune.co.uk.

◀ Walnut & black

Contrast dark walnut cabinets with black glass appliances and plain white walls for a very bold look in the kitchen. This modern Shaker-style kitchen has strong horizontal lines and a symmetrical layout. Shaker kitchen in Walnut, from £17,000, by Harvey Jones, 0800 389 7365, harveyjones.com.

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▲ Compact working layout If you don’t fancy a central island unit, this layout could be the perfect alternative – U-shaped, but with a breakfast bar extension. The working triangle is compact and leaves the breakfast bar free for eating. Bespoke kitchen in Oak, from £12,000, Rencraft, 01732 762682, rencraft.co.uk.

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◀ Sophisticated combinations

TOUCHES

Walnut cabinets can be teamed with a huge variety of other colours and finishes, particularly warm shades of cream, as in this glossy laminate finish. For an expensive, high-end look, paint the interior back wall of glazed cabinets in a bright colour, such as shocking pink, lime green or bright orange. Callerton fitted kitchen in Walnut with island unit, from £20,000, Kitchens International, 0845 074 0022, kitchens international.co.uk.

▲ Noah chair, £175, John Lewis, 0845 604 9049, johnlewis.com.

▲ Combined finishes Wood and a pale-painted finish are a good combination, giving a fresh and natural look. Rounded end cabinets will neaten up a bank of wall cabinets. Natural Oak and Sand kitchen, from £14,000, Caple, 0117 938 1900, caple.co.uk.

▼ Kitchen living

Many of the upmarket kitchen manufacturers have introduced ranges that don’t really look like kitchens – the cabinetry is designed to be used in open-plan spaces. Largo FG Highline cabinets in high grain wood veneers and lacquered gloss finishes, from £15,000, Leicht, 07802 402921, leicht.com.

▲ Karlsson sunflower clock, £84, Red Candy, 0121 224 7728, redcandy. co.uk.

▲ Tyst cork place mats,

£3.50 set of four, Ikea, 0845 358 3363, ikea.co.uk.

◀ Wood and metal

Dark wood finishes go surprisingly well with stainless steel and metallic finishes – the dark tones of the wood make a silver finish really stand out. Madison kitchen in American Walnut with updated Shakerstyle doors, from £17,500, Ellis Furniture, 01484 514212, ellisfurniture.co.uk.

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▲ Great British Bake Off

cookbook stand, £15, Sainsbury’s, 0800 636262, sainsburys.co.uk.

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If you’re feeling confident with colour, choose one of these amazing kitchens in an ultra-bright shade for a very modern, up-to-theminute look.

▲ Bright sparks

▲ Curves & stripes

This simple colour scheme in dark grey and white is brightened up dramatically with a horizontally striped wallpapered wall to focus the attention. Malmo kitchen in Slate Grey with white glass and gloss wall cabinets, from £12,000, Burbidge, 024 7667 1600, burbidge.co.uk.

More and more kitchens include a television or media area, so it’s a good idea to plan your audio/visual requirements at the same time as the kitchen. Many of the specialist studios are able to advise on lighting and audio visual design as well as the kitchen itself so it is easy to include in your design. Painting the wall behind the TV to match cabinetry is a simple and stylish way to link the scheme together. Calla kitchen in Red highgloss finish, from £10,000, InToto, 01924 487900, intoto.co.uk.

◀ Bold red

Compact kitchen layouts can work well in a single galley style. Here, the fridgefreezer is at one end, and the oven at the other, with sensible sections of work surface between the sink and hob areas. Be sure to have a ‘setting down’ space next to the oven and ensure there are no obstructions between hob and sink. Elisee Orange lacquered kitchen in High Gloss and Opaque finishes, from £15,000, Glotech Kitchens, 0800 377 7789, glotechkitchens.co.uk.

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▶ Focal point colour

TOUCHES

A glazed kitchenconservatory extension is usually flooded with light and can, if you’re not careful, look rather clinical if you’re planning an all-white colour scheme. One answer is to add several splashes of bold colour as shown here with a range cooker, island and feature wall. Linear hand-painted kitchen in Bright Pink and Soft Grey, from £17,000, Harvey Jones, 0800 389 7365, harveyjones.com.

◀ Living in style

Owners of open-plan livingdining-kitchen spaces should investigate the kitchen ranges available from Alno, which include cabinets that can translate easily to living room or storage pieces. ALNOVetrina range in Purple high gloss and glass finishes, from £15,000, Alno, 020 7486 3080, alno.co.uk.

▼ Classic shapes, new colours

▲ Pair of Frilly chairs by Patricia Urquioli for Kartell, £318, John Lewis, 0845 604 9049, johnlewis.com.

This classic kitchen doesn’t look old fashioned thanks to the new colouring and the way it’s combined with a pale oak island and lightcoloured work surfaces.

Somerton kitchen in Fern, from £389 for a 600mm base cabinet, Uniquely range at Magnet, 0845 123 6789, magnet.co.uk.

▲ Rainbow egg cup tower, £10.99, Mollie & Fred, 01305 236323, mollieandfred.co.uk.

Two fairly modest sections of glass splashback can inject a whole new mood into a subtle grey kitchen. The raised division between the dining area shields the sink and cooking area from view and the colour is repeated to great effect.

◀ Altered levels

Anthracite grey and Rift Oak Linear units with Intaglio splashbacks, from £15,000, RWK range at Kitchens International, 0845 074 0022, kitchensinternational.co.uk.

Inspire Gloss cabinets in Graphite with Integra handles and new 300mm single drawer cabinets, from £12,500, Ellis Furniture, 01484 514212, ellisfurniture. co.uk.

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Colour in a kitchen doesn’t have to mean bold brights. Here, on-trend moody grey complements the pale flooring, while a high-gloss finish adds subtle interest. Lighting set into the plinths will create a dramatic effect in the evenings.

▲ Set of four Matryoshka coasters, £15, Hunkydory Home, 0191 645 4004, hunkydoryhome.co.uk.

▲ Worktop saver, £10, Ben de Lisi at Debenhams, 0844 561 6161, debenhams.com.

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hanks to the success of the iPhone and wireless broadband you will soon have the power to control your appliances from just about anywhere. By downloading special apps to your phone or tablet computer you’ll be able to monitor the progress of a wash cycle, pre-heat the oven ready for your return from work or just start the dishwasher. There’s even scope to download specific wash programmes designed for your favourite laundry detergent. Even the traditional range cooker has been influenced by technology; the new AGA i-Control can be controlled using a smartphone.

ALL IN A SPIN Washing machine design has barely changed at all in a century, which makes this unusual spherical concept from European brand Bauknecht even more exciting. We’re not sure how practical this shape would be in a typical kitchen, but it certainly looks fantastic!

The kitchens of the future As technology evolves, soon our kitchens will be practically running themselves! FIZZY WATER ON DEMAND

THE EXPERT SAYS:

‘We’ve developed an application that allows users to remotely operate their appliances from their smartphone. You can even check the power consumption of your devices to see if they’re running efficiently.’

Instant boiling and filtered water taps are becoming more mainstream, and this design from Zip has gone one step further to include sparkling water too! From £2,995. 0845 600 5005, zipindustries.co.uk/ziphydrotap

John Hardy, Panasonic, 0844 844 3899, panasonic.co.uk.

BACK TO THE FLOOR

TOP A Panasonic intelligent washing machine. ABOVE The AGA i-Control.

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We hope this multi-purpose floor cleaner makes it to the UK soon. Designed for hard floors, it vacuums, mops and dries up to 50 per cent faster than a traditional mop and even cleans itself. 0844 338 0489, philips.co.uk.

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SMART FRIDGES Siemens and Haier both revealed concept fridges recently, designed to help make cooking and grocery shopping easier. The Siemens, 01276 696000, siemens. co.uk, fridge has tiny webcams that can be viewed on a smartphone – handy when you’re at the supermarket and can’t remember what you need. The Transparent Interactive Fridge door (below) from Haier, 0845 025 3025, haier.com, becomes see-through when touched, allowing you to look inside without letting the cold out.

TOP TIP The BO9950AX HomeCHEF has 65 preprogrammed dishes and a colour touch screen. From £1,199, 020 8247 3980, gorenje.co.uk.

Touch-screen simplicity

Look out for Panasonic’s futuristic small appliances. Instead of plugging into the wall you just place them anywhere on a special induction hob. With no cord to untangle they look great, store easily and you won’t need as many ugly plug sockets.

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martphones are also influencing the look and usability of our ovens and hobs with full colour touch screens set to be a ‘must have’ feature. You’ll not find many touch screens on basic ovens yet, but top-of-the-range models with hundreds of programmes can really benefit. With a flick of the finger you can scroll through recipes, choose what you want to cook and the oven will calculate the temperature and time, even set an alarm.

The DTiM1000C zoneless induction hob has a colour touch screen, £4,500, De Dietrich, 01256 308045, dedietrich.co.uk.

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Featuring a transparent touch-screen door, this prototype from Haier manages your groceries so nothing gets wasted.

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A finalist in the 2012 Electrolux DesignLab competition, the Spummy food processor uses ‘nano-technology’ to create edible foam in any flavour combination to give your meals a gastronomic twist. For more space-aged ideas from the competition visit electrolux.co.uk.

If a new appliance succeeds in a commercial kitchen, there’s a good chance you’ll soon have something similar at home. Fans of Masterchef will be familiar with Sous Vide cooking, where food is shrinkwrapped and slow cooked in a water bath. You can now do this at home for just a few hundred pounds. The blast freezer is another restaurant essential heading for our homes. It freezes 20 times faster than a normal freezer. KitchenAid, Irinox and Electrolux sell domestic versions, but expect more brands to follow. ▲ The Freddy blast freezer from Irinox, €3,529.17, irinox.com.

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My kitchen is overlooked. Which window treatment would be best? To create privacy when it’s needed, shutters are a great option. These classic poplar wood shutters in custom colour paint, from £168 per sq m, The California Company, 0845 123 5661, thecaliforniacompany. co.uk, have privacy-fit slats, which are designed to close absolutely flush for complete seclusion when you need it. You can of course angle them to let in the light while still obscuring yourself from the outside world. They’re also worth considering for the benefit of being able to control the temperature in your kitchen.

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I want a modern kitchen but with warmth. Help! Wood veneers are a great option if you want to give your kitchen a contemporary look but retain the natural warmth of an organic finish. The Norje range, from £8 for a drawer front, Ikea, 0845 358 3363, ikea.com, is sleek and fuss-free, made from rough-cut oak veneer with a matt lacquer finish.

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Great investments for your kitchen Choose essentials with impact, whether you’re fitting a new kitchen or revamping your existing room EXPERT TIP

‘Porcelain floor tiles are perfect for a family kitchen as they’re hardwearing and anti-slip. They can even create the look of wood and concrete.’

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Stuart Wisbey, The Stone & Ceramic Warehouse, 020 8993 5545, sacw.co.uk.

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I don’t want a stainless steel sink in my new kitchen. What else is there? This BlancoSubline 700U Level, £477, Blanco, 01923 635200, blanco.co.uk, comes in a choice of nine colours. Made from a special granite-mix material, it is hygienic and durable so it’s easy to look after, plus it is a generous size with a deeper level for pots and pans.

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Can you recommend a stylish but space-saving extractor? Take a look at the AutoTheatre glass hood, £529, Baumatic, 0118 933 6933, baumatic.co.uk. It looks sleek and contemporary with its curvaceous form, and opens into two panels when you need it, revealing the controls plus its LED lighting. It can be used as an extraction or recirculation hood, so don’t worry if it can’t be ducted.

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My 10-year-old fridge isn’t keeping food well. What’s out there? Modern fridges are packed with all kinds of futuristic technology (see p58 for the latest cutting-edge features). For something that will keep food fresher for longer, look at the Hotpoint Active Oxygen fridge-freezer, £555, Currys, 0844 561 0000, currys.co.uk. It includes a technology that EXPERT TIP inhibits the natural bacteria growth that spoils food ‘Wood works over time. It also has well as a second work antibacterial protection built into the walls of surface material and is the fridge, is A++ rated perfect for areas such as for energy efficiency and is frost-free. a breakfast bar for eating

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Where can I get wall tiles with a modern country feel? The soft shades of the Artisan range, from £83 per sq m, Laura Ashley collection at British Ceramic Tile, 0845 618 7144, britishceramictile.com, are the perfect complement to a room with a rustic feel. Shown here in White and Eau de Nil, there are three other organic shades available to choose from.

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or entertaining,’ Naomi Dean, Harvey Jones, 0800 389 6938, harveyjones.com.

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Can you recommend stylish chairs for my kitchen-diner? Consider classic designs that will make your dining area look immensely chic. The CH24 – or Wishbone – chair, from £510, Carl Hansen & Son, 00 45 66 12 14 04, carlhansen.com, has beautiful curvaceous lines. Alternatively, the Eames DSR side chair, £217, John Lewis, 0845 604 9049, johnlewis.com, is from the same mid-century era. It comes in a choice of colours, including Mustard (shown), so is great for adding an accent to your kitchen scheme. Both of these designs sit happily with a variety of tables, including more economical designs.

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Is an induction hob worthwhile? Induction hobs are quicker and more budget-friendly to run than other types of hob, plus they are safer as the heat is transferred directly to the pan. This IQcook induction hob, £699, Gorenje, 020 8247 3980, gorenje.co.uk, has some clever features including useful pre-set cooking modes, including slow cooking and frying.

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My 10-year-old fridge isn’t keeping food well. What’s out there? Modern fridges are packed with all kinds of futuristic technology (see p58 for the latest cutting-edge features). For something that will keep food fresher for longer, look at the Hotpoint Active Oxygen fridge-freezer, £555, Currys, 0844 561 0000, currys.co.uk. It includes a technology that EXPERT TIP inhibits the natural bacteria growth that spoils food ‘Wood works over time. It also has well as a second work antibacterial protection built into the walls of surface material and is the fridge, is A++ rated perfect for areas such as for energy efficiency and is frost-free. a breakfast bar for eating

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Where can I get wall tiles with a modern country feel? The soft shades of the Artisan range, from £83 per sq m, Laura Ashley collection at British Ceramic Tile, 0845 618 7144, britishceramictile.com, are the perfect complement to a room with a rustic feel. Shown here in White and Eau de Nil, there are three other organic shades available to choose from.

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Can you recommend stylish chairs for my kitchen-diner? Consider classic designs that will make your dining area look immensely chic. The CH24 – or Wishbone – chair, from £510, Carl Hansen & Son, 00 45 66 12 14 04, carlhansen.com, has beautiful curvaceous lines. Alternatively, the Eames DSR side chair, £217, John Lewis, 0845 604 9049, johnlewis.com, is from the same mid-century era. It comes in a choice of colours, including Mustard (shown), so is great for adding an accent to your kitchen scheme. Both of these designs sit happily with a variety of tables, including more economical designs.

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Is an induction hob worthwhile? Induction hobs are quicker and more budget-friendly to run than other types of hob, plus they are safer as the heat is transferred directly to the pan. This IQcook induction hob, £699, Gorenje, 020 8247 3980, gorenje.co.uk, has some clever features including useful pre-set cooking modes, such as slow cooking and frying.

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I’d love a wood floor, but is it suitable for a kitchen-diner? Wood swells and contracts with temperature and humidity, so for durability in the steamy atmosphere of a kitchen you may want to choose an engineered version. These floors are still made from wood, but the floor is created in layers that make it more stable than solid flooring. The Oak Erve three-strip oak wood floor (shown here), from £30.96 per sq m, from the Avanti Range at Kährs, 02392 453045, kahrs.co.uk, comes in a satin lacquer, matt lacquer or nature oil prefinish.

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I want to give my budget kitchen a designer look. Any ideas? Swapping in new handles and drawer pulls can give a standard kitchen design bespoke style. For an ultra-luxurious look, check out the Square Strap stitched design, from £27, Turnstyle Designs, 01271 325325, turnstyledesigns. com. If you’d like to give

your kitchen a touch of traditional style, how about the Twisted door pull in Old Gold, £13.50, Jim Lawrence, 01473 826685, jim-lawrence. co.uk? Alternatively, update your cupboards with a contemporary choice such as the Cuffed Bar, £11 set of two, B&Q, 0845 609 6688, diy.com.

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My sink has to go under wall cabinets but I’m worried about it being dark. Can you suggest suitable lights? Take inspiration from this kitchen, from £30,000, Stoneham, 020 8300 8181, stoneham-kitchens.co.uk, which has LED under-cabinet lights. LED lights are a great energy-saving choice and don’t have the harsh glare of fluorescent lights. Here, they’re teamed with smaller colourchangeable LED lights, for another layer of lighting.

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Can I put a modern tap with a butler sink? Choosing a tap with contemporary credentials is an easy way to give your kitchen an eyecatching update, even if you’re going for a country look when you are planning a new room. The Verbier tap (shown), from £167.81, Franke, 0161 436 6280, franke.co.uk, won’t create a style clash if teamed with a traditional sink. EXPERT TIP It has a modern ‘A back-lit glazed and practical 90° spout, but the feature cabinet, curved end and open shelving, quirky lever handles give it a touch cup hooks or plate racks of period style. will inject interest and It comes in character to a kitchen.’ Chrome or SilkSteel Graeme Smith, Second finishes. Nature, 01325 505539,

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What are the alternatives to a tiled splashback behind my hob? Glass splashbacks are a practical and popular alternative to tiles, and will do a great job of protecting the walls in cooking and sink areas. You can opt for plain glass, a coloured version that’s as bold as you’d like, pattern, marble or wood veneers or fantastic images, such as this Beach Icon-Glass splashback from Glassdomain, 0121 236 6637, glassdomain.co.uk. Both standard and bespoke sizes are available with prices starting from £180. Glass splashbacks are easy to keep clean, and made from toughened glass for safety.

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