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Our 8 most important aspects to consider when choosing a tile for your home

Our 8 most important aspects to consider when choosing a tile for your home

We know how tough it can be when choosing the right tile for your home. That’s why we have included our 8 most important aspects when choosing tiles on your road to a beautiful space.

1. Before you start

1. Before you start

Think about the style of your home. Have a look through magazines and online for images of tiles you like. Try and not go against the style of your home – instead, work with it.

2. Tile size

2.Tile Size

Small-sized tiles are usually suited to small residential areas such as kitchens, bathrooms and toilets.

3. Room size

3.Room Size

Large tiles make a room feel larger and airier. Using floor tiles on the walls will make the space seem more cohesive, but you can’t use wall tiles on the floor. A floor tile will have a harder glaze and will be made of harder materials to withstand traffic. In a small room, light-coloured tiles will make the space feel bigger. If you have a large room you have more options; you can chose from light to dark tiles.

4. Colour

4.Colour

Consider the general feel you want to achieve in the room you are tiling – serene and relaxing or moody and atmospheric? Unless you have a feature area such as a splashback, tiles aren’t normally the focus of a room, but they can complement other design features of a room. In a bathroom you might want a restful relaxing setting, so go for colours that blend well together. In a kitchen you might want a more vibrant option, so choose colours that contrast.

5. Grout

5.Grout

Don’t forget the importance of choosing the right grout colour. A contrasting grout will emphasise lines and the design, while a grout in a complementary colour as the tile will give a subtle effect. Ensure your grouted areas are sealed to prevent staining.

6. Texture and pattern

6.Texture and Pattern

Whether you choose matte or a polished finished is a personal choice. A glazed tile is easy to clean, where as a natural terracotta tile has no glaze and would need a seal to stop staining occurring.

7. Natural light

7.Natural light

A gloss tile will suit a dark space as it reflects more light, as does a lighter colour.

8. In the end

8.In The End

Ensure that whatever you choose in one room flows with the rest of your home’s style.

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How to keep those beautiful kitchens tops clean and resilient to anything you may throw at them

How to keep those beautiful kitchens tops clean and resilient to anything you may throw at them

When it comes to cleaning your kitchen counters, one method does not fit all. Discover how to clean countertops and keep them in top shape.

Walk into any kitchen showroom and you’ll see an astounding number of countertop optionsMarble, granite, soapstone, wood . . . each has its selling points—and its own cleaning and maintenance needs. That’s why it’s critical to know what you’re signing up for before you buy.

Wood countertops

Tools:

  • Warm Water
  • Distilled White Vinegar
  • Nonabrasive cleaner (optional)
  • Spatula or metal pastry scraper
  • Microfiber cloths
  • Lemon
  • Salt

Cleaning:
To keep your wood countertops looking great, clean daily with a nonabrasive cleaner or a homemade mix of warm water with a splash of distilled white vinegar. Gently scrape off any food residue with a spatula or a metal pastry scraper. Be sure to wipe the counters after cleaning so they are completely dry.

Stain Removal:
To remove stains, cut a lemon in half and sprinkle salt directly onto the stain. Use a lemon half to rub in the salt. Clean off the salt and lemon juice with water and vinegar.

Sealing:
Butcher-block and solid-wood countertops should be sealed for protection, since they are susceptible to warping and cracking. One can use high-end virgin olive oil or wood wax to reach the desired state.

Marble and Granite Countertops

Tools:

  • Water
  • Dish soap
  • Microfiber cloths
  • Baking Soda
  • Hydrogen Peroxide
  • Plastic Wrap
  • Tape

Cleaning:
Retsinas likes using a mix of warm water and mild dish soap for everyday cleaning, following up with a microfiber towel to shine up the stone. Avoid abrasive or acidic cleaners, which can strip the sealer and etch the stone.

Stain Removal:
For stains on granite or marble countertops, clean with a paste of baking soda and water (for oil-based stains) or hydrogen peroxide (for water-based stains). Apply the paste to the stain, cover with plastic wrap, and tape down the edges. Let sit for a few days (or overnight at the very least), and then rinse off the paste. Repeat the process if the stain isn’t completely gone. Be sure to do a spot test first to make sure the method won’t affect the colour or finish of the stone.

Sealing:
These surfaces are popular for their tough-as-rocks durability, but they do need to be resealed regularly to protect them from stains. Reseal granite once a year and marble every few months

Wood laminate countertops

Tools:

  • Mild household cleaner
  • Water
  • Microfiber cloths
  • Baking soda

Cleaning:
Clean the material with a damp, soft cloth and a mild household cleaner. Stay away from harsh products with acid or alkali as well as steel wool or scouring pads.

Stain Removal:
Make a paste of baking soda and water. Apply the paste to the stain and let sit for five minutes, then rinse off with a soft cloth. Baking soda is a mild abrasive, so don’t scrub. Repeat if necessary.

Sealing:
Formica tops the charts for practicality, since it’s extra durable and doesn’t require any sealing. But it’s not invincible—you should still use cutting boards and trivets to avoid scratches and burns.

Stainless Steel Countertops

Tools:

  • Water
  • Dish Soap
  • Microfiber cloths
  • Stainless-steel cleaner
  • Baking soda
  • Stainless-steel polish
  • Lemon oil

Cleaning:
There’s a reason you’ll see stainless steel all over commercial kitchens: It requires nothing more than a regular wipe-down with soap and water. Still, you’ll want to avoid scratching the surface and stay on top of smudges and streaks; use a microfiber towel and cleaner made especially for stainless steel to buff them out. Avoid abrasive scrubbing pads or steel wool, which can scratch the surface.

Stain Removal:
Despite its name, stainless steel can still get unsightly stains. Mix a paste of dish soap and baking soda and use a soft cloth to rub in the direction of the grain.

Sealing:
There’s no need to seal your stainless-steel countertops, but you may want to polish it occasionally with stainless-steel polish or lemon oil and a microfiber cloth. Apply the polish in the direction of the grain and buff it dry with a clean microfiber cloth.

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10 bathroom ideas that will bring your intimate space into the future.

10 bathroom ideas that will bring your intimate space into the future.

10 bathroom ideas that will bring your intimate space into the future.

After the kitchen, the bathroom is the room in the house that you most likely spend the most time. A beautiful bathroom, with exquisite vanities, can take your space to the next level. Included below are the 10 most inspiring bathroom ideas that you should consider.

1.   Rounded Rectangle Vanity Mirrors

A rounded rectangular mirror can change your bathroom into something elegant and contemporary. This simple change transforms your space. Another pro is that a rectangular mirror looks great even in a small bathroom design, creating a sense of volume in the room.

2.   Floating Vanities

A floating vanity gives the illusion of added space, and it helps create a chic style that’s distinctly contemporary. This design, based on a typically modern, modular aesthetic, makes your bathroom feel like a thing of beauty, rather than just somewhere you spend your quiet time.

3.   Polished Nickel

What we love about polished nickel,  is it’s a warmer tone, making it a little less harsh than it’s sister chrome. We think that it’s the more high-end looking metal of the silver family which is why people are into it. A polished nickel finish in a bathroom creates a soft balance of hardware

4.   Long, skinny tiles

If you have a narrow space in your bathroom, or even if your bathroom is narrow in it’s entirety, a long skinny tile is your friend. The tile creates a sense of elongation from floor to ceiling, ultimately taking the focus of your galley style bathroom.

5.   Using marble as art.

There is no better artist than nature, so why not bring the beautiful natural colours and textures that marble presents as a center piece for your bathroom. While this can be pricey, and not for everyone, we think that choosing s natural occurring art piece in the form of marble is something of real elegance.

6.   Black, black and more black

Darker tones, specifically black, are here. We saw so many grey bathrooms this past year, but expect to see an increase in black bathrooms. This trend is most popular in light fixtures, vanities, mirrors, and other fixtures- especially with matte finishes.

7.   Industrial style sinks and vanities

While this style may not be for everyone, it’s very current and you should expect to see an increase in popularity for this type of design with the coming year! With all the metal finish possibilities, wooden accents, and funky tile patterns, it only makes sense that the industrial vanity is in. Its sleek and modern look fits in perfectly with this edgy, yet classy remodeling trend.

8.   Wood accents

Various shades of wood can complement white, blue, green, and darker coloured bathroom. Practically anywhere! Wood accents pair nicely with vintage and industrial trends. This look adds a classically traditional style to your otherwise trendy and modern bathroom.

9.   Lots of compact storage

The bathroom is a relaxation sanctuary and compact storage can effectively provide just that. Hidden cabinets,  modern wall shelving, and vanity under space storage will appear less cluttered, allowing the entire bathroom to feel more open and organized.

10. Pastel colours

When it comes to colour options for 2019 design trends, there’s some we prefer in a pop, and then there’s some we want all over. Shades of blush will continue to prevail in 2019 bathroom trends. Blush is one of the most popular wall colour choices for modern bathroom walls. Another notable trend that isn’t quite there yet, but slowly starting to reveal itself is rose gold.

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The 7 hottest new kitchen trends of 2020

The 7 hottest new kitchen trends of 2020

As 2019 is slowly coming to a close, we felt that it is time to start looking forward. The kitchen design arena is constantly changing, and while there are always timeless options, keeping an eye out for new incoming trends can be the unique factor we are all looking for. We have included below 7 of the hottest trends going into 2020.

  1. Dark appliance finishes

Stainless steel is classic and white is traditional but other appliance finishes look more current. You can add drama to your 2020 kitchen with black stainless steel, and you won’t be alone. Black stainless appliances have already made their way into 10% of upgraded kitchens.

2. Mixed metal kitchen hardware

The right hardware will update your kitchen and tie all the elements together, so don’t be afraid to mix it up. You will personalize the look of your kitchen by changing up the hardware, so pick a couple of metals and use them for the knobs, pulls, and plumbing. While a cool brushed nickel finish looks fresh and remains popular, rose gold will look dated in 2020. If you want a warm metal, try copper or brass instead. Matte black has a bold, minimalist feel and grabs attention, as long as you don’t overdo it. If you like the look, try it on your faucet and use different metals on the drawer pulls.

3. Specialty sinks to wash dishes

If you live alone or with one other person, chances are that you don’t run the dishwasher every day—there aren’t nearly enough dishes to fill it. In comes a speciality sink that allows you to organize and wash your dishes without the dreaded disorganisation that plagues sinks around the world

4. Full-length backsplashes

Whether you choose plain white subway tile or create a colourful large-scale mosaic, backsplashes don’t have to go from the counter to the bottom of the wall cabinets anymore. Instead, the backsplash can rise all the way up to the ceiling. This gives the kitchen a cohesive look and creates an eye-catching focal point.

5.Colourful kitchen cabinets

White cabinetry is classic and will probably never go out of style but it’s not your only choice. You’ll be seeing many different shades of green in kitchens all over Instagram in the upcoming year. Pale mint and olive work well in farmhouse kitchens or you can go bright with chartreuse or clover green for a contemporary flavor. If you feel more drawn to blue than green, cabinets in dark blue will still be popular in 2020, especially on the lower cabinets. Either color will look great if you complement it with wood flooring and white backsplash tiles.

6.Removable wall paper

A peelable adhesive wall covering that you can apply yourself and take down when you’re tired of it, temporary wallpaper can be a kitchen’s new best friend. It will add great colour and texture that brings the walls to life, without requiring a long-term commitment. When design trends change, you can switch it out without making a major investment.

7.White quartz countertops

Although dark counters can look sophisticated, white countertops are still the most popular going into 2020. Engineered quartz and natural stone are fighting it out neck-and-neck for the most desirable, so you can choose according to your taste. Quartz comes in a wide variety of styles that emulate stone and is easy to maintain. New lifetime sealers make natural stone a viable low-maintenance option. The surface that won’t look new in your 2020 kitchen is a busy, colourful granite. Whichever material you select, go for a “quieter” and more neutral look.

Whatever choice you make, it is important to understand the options out there. Contact us today for any enquires you may have.

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Everything you need to know about the butler sink

Everything you need to know about the butler sink.

Timeless in style, form and function.

The chunky, simple ceramic butler sink is durable, easy to clean and makes a stand out feature in any kitchen or utility room.

A beautiful Woodhouse butler sink installation and unit.

A bit of history

The Butler sink was originally designed for the Butler’s pantry in London. Designed in 18th century, London which had far less readily available water than it does these days. While even today we would struggle to call the river Thames ‘fresh’, London in the Victorian times was in very short supply of fresh water. Because of this, the sinks had to be designed specifically to conserve water, Thus the butler sink was born.

A single butler sink in a Woodhouse Kitchen

The beauty of the butler sink

The choice to include a built-in butler sink is a quintessentially English decision. Not only does it offer a functional feature to your kitchen island, but also a highly stylish and trendy finish to any design choice, whether it be modern, country-style or a more classic shaker.

Chunky butler sink in a Woodhouse island.

What we offer

With our extensive range of suppliers, we are able to cater to any design choice you may have when it comes to how you would like to incorporate a butler sink in your kitchen or utility room. From a single, double or even stainless steel option, the choice is yours.

A stainless steel butler sink in a Woodhouse island.

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