Good and Bad Kitchen Layout
Kitchens

Good and Bad Kitchen Layout

Kitchen Planning Modern kitchens are designed with equipment and working surfaces lining two adjacent walls, the third being occupied by a table that can be folded against that wall when not in use, so leaving uninterrupted walking space. The fourth wall can then comprise an opening to the dining-room and, maybe, a serving hatch —…

Interior Stonework
Interior Stonework

Interior Stonework

The range of materials used for interior decoration in the home has increased enormously as people have broken away from the traditional wallpaper or paint as a wall covering. One trend is to reconstruct the ‘natural’ effect, particularly through the use of stone. Natural stone This is always popular, particularly as material for fireplace surrounds….

Self-Assembly Kitchen Units
Kitchens

Self-Assembly Kitchen Units

Fitted kitchens make the most of available space and facilitate cleaning. Ready-made units are expensive, but there are self-assembly units which you can buy at considerably less cost. All components are factory-made and supplied pre-drilled complete with fixing screws and any other items needed for assembly. The units are packed flat in boxes for easy…

Utilising Halls, Stairs And Landings In Interior Design
Interior Design

Utilising Halls, Stairs And Landings In Interior Design

There is not much scope for planning a staircase, in that changing its basic design is often impractical and there is seldom room for free-standing furniture, unless you have a quarter or half-landing. Safety and ease of use are the most important aspects and proper lighting is the chief factor affecting both these features. You…

Designing A Bathroom
Bathrooms

Designing A Bathroom

A sybaritic bathroom, complete with sunken bath, marble surrounds and lounging area, is neither within the means nor to the taste of most people. On the other hand, a coldly cramped bathroom with minimum facilities can cause mounting tension over the years, especially where there is a growing family or elderly grandparents as well as…

Bedroom Design Checklist
Bedrooms

Bedroom Design Checklist

People spend on average a third of their lives in bed. A relaxing bedroom is therefore essential; a comfortable and adequately sized bed or beds even more so. Except where there is a separate dressing room or dressing area en suite — a refinement which few family houses have space for — the bedroom is…

Choosing Kitchen units
Kitchens

Choosing Kitchen units

Ranges of kitchen units generally comprise three elements: 1. Base cupboards go below worktops and sinks for storage and to house built-in appliances; 2. Tall floor-to-ceiling cupboards serve a similar dual purpose; 3. For storage alone shallow wall cupboards are wall-hung above work-top level. Ready-to-assemble ranges of kitchen units are made by several manufacturers. These,…

Choosing Kitchen Appliances
Kitchens

Choosing Kitchen Appliances

Appliances and equipment basic to the kitchen are a cooker, sink and refrigerator. In addition there may be a dishwasher, a freezer (either integral with the refrigerator or separate) and, if the kitchen also serves as utility room, a washing machine and dryer. What may be termed “secondary” appliances (e.g. food mixers, dispensers, waste-disposers) help…

Designing The Kitchen
Kitchens

Designing The Kitchen

Even in these days of near-automatic appliances and convenience foods, research statistics show that the average housewife spends something over 31 hours a day in the kitchen. If you are intending to move into a newly built house on an estate, the size and potential of the kitchen will be predetermined. In that case, the…

Living Room Decoration
Living Rooms

Living Room Decoration

Colour schemes are very much a matter of personal taste and in the living area will be governed, too, by the aspect, the window area and natural light admitted, and the size and shape of the room. In general, restful and relaxing colours, patterns and textures are more livable with than brilliance. It is best…