<![CDATA[Halo Interiors: Kitchen Designers, Showroom in Horsham, West Sussex. - Blog]]>Sun, 15 May 2022 04:51:46 +0100Weebly<![CDATA[Blended Living]]>Sat, 14 May 2022 13:17:55 GMThttp://halointeriors.co.uk/blog/blended-living
Blended living, where no distinction is made between rooms like the living room and kitchen, is a trend that looks set to continue in popularity. Since the pandemic, rooms have had to become more adaptable in their uses, partly due to the necessity for flexible working spaces.

Open and broken plan design has long been a renovation must-have in traditional homes and extensions. The style is also a staple in new build homes where space is at a premium. Having a large open plan space is great for entertaining and for creating a communal environment. It is likely you will still see an individuality between the kitchen, dining and living areas in most open plan schemes. 

Blended living seeks to remove the separation between areas with a more holistic approach. Seamless storage design that is mirrored in the kitchen and throughout the space is one way to blur the lines between functions. There is also a movement toward non-specific furniture that feature handless doors, slimline worktops, pocket doors to conceal kitchen areas when not in use and continuous worktops that create a working or dining space without breaking away from the design.   

To allow consistency throughout the ground floor, it is important to consider finishes. Neutral, warm and natural materials will give the best long term results. Take this Rotpunkt Old Split Oak kitchen as an example. Black steel and timber effect cabinetry are combined to create a harmonious space that easily and subtly mix cooking, dining and office spaces. 

Matt Phillips, the head of UK operations at Rotpunkt tells Kitchens & Bathroom News his thoughts on blended living. 'I think the range of elegant faux finishes in marble and timber effects have elevated the kitchen living space, bringing a touch of luxury to a linear aesthetic.' 

Like most interior design trends, this was first seen in the upper mid-level market first but is becoming much more of a mainstay. 'The trend has already trickled down to the mid-market because the majority of new build properties in the UK have open plan kitchen spaces' says Phillips. 

Find out more about blended living spaces and how to achieve this in your home by visiting Halo Interiors
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<![CDATA[The kitchen sink]]>Sat, 23 Apr 2022 13:27:42 GMThttp://halointeriors.co.uk/blog/the-kitchen-sink
The kitchen sink is a key feature in any new kitchen. It is essential for meal prep and refreshment along with keeping our kitchen clean. Although it is practical, that doesn't mean it can't complement your kitchen aesthetic or indeed create a bold statement of its own. 

With so many options and styles, it can be hard to choose the best one for your home. We've compiled details of the styles and finishes that can help elevate a sink from simply being a utility to a fundamental part of the design.

Inset sink

Inset sinks sit on top of the worktop and create a frame for the bowl. Sometimes referred to as overmount sinks, they work just as well in traditional kitchens as they do in contemporary ones. 

Due to the design sitting above the worktop, most come with a built-in drainer. This is particularly beneficial if you are installing a laminate worktop as it will protect the surface. 

Available in various materials. 

Undermount sink

An undermount sink is seamless and discreet. It sits perfectly underneath the worktop to create a subtle showpiece. 

Undermount sinks work best with stone, granite and composite materials which are water-resistant. Create a colourful feature with granite or opt for a colour that matches your worktop to give the appearance of a continuous worktop. 

Find out more about undermount sinks here.

Belfast and farmhouse sink

Belfast sinks are traditional and can create a key feature in your kitchen, bringing charming character to your home. You can use a classic ceramic to enhance a shaker style kitchen or create a contemporary feature with a stainless steel sink. 

Stainless steel sinks can come in a variety of finishes, including satin, polished, brushed, natural, dark and Durinox. Durinox is stainless steel that has been blasted with over 1 billion minuscule steel balls at high speed which makes it over twice as durable. 

Find out more about Belfast sinks here.

Visit our showroom for more inspiration and to discuss your new kitchen. 
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<![CDATA[The History of Quooker taps]]>Sat, 02 Apr 2022 13:08:12 GMThttp://halointeriors.co.uk/blog/the-history-of-quooker-taps

Quooker's history

Instant boiling water taps are becoming ever more popular in kitchens in the UK. As well as reducing appliances on our kitchen counters (sorry kettle!) it also reduces energy and time. 

Quooker's founder, Henri Peteri has form for inventing time-saving products. Working at Unilever in 1970's, Peteri was part of the team that created instant soup. Quooker was born out of Peteri's realisation that instant soup is only instant if you don't have to wait for the kettle to boil. In 1970, Peteri decided to leave Unilever and instead worked tirelessly in his basement to engineer an instant boiling hot water tap. The first Quooker tap could be purchased from 1992 but sales really took off in 2004 when healthy sales led to Quooker being exported. Now over 300,000 are bought each year internationally. 

The company is run by Henri Peteri's children, Neils and Walter. 

Quooker now simplifies making tea and coffee, preparing food, sterilising utensils, and accessing filtered and sparkling water easier. Oh, and we forget it makes an instant soup truly instantly!


​Reduce energy use

If you boil water several times a day, you are likely to use similar or less energy with a Quooker.  Unlike a kettle, you only heat and use the amount of water you need. 

The Quooker cylinder sits neatly under your kitchen sink and is the first boiler in the world with high-vacuum insulation. It keeps water at 110 degress under pressure without using much energy. It is similar to an electrically powered flask which doesn't allow energy to escape. The water in the tank only reaches boiling as it leaves the tap so it isn't constantly boiling inside the vessel. It uses 50% less energy than a household boiler and the Quooker COMBI has an energy rating of A. 


​Reduce water usage

Do you let the tap run until it reaches a warm temperature? Do you boil the kettle with more water than you need? You could save water wastage with a Quooker CUBE tap. The Quooker CUBE provides instant cold, filtered, sparkling, hot and boiling hot water all from a cold water feed. ​


​Reduce plastic waste

If you prefer filtered or sparkling water and routinely buy bottles of water, switching to a Quooker CUBE could reduce the amount of plastic waste your household creates. 

So you know the benefits of Quooker, now all you have to do is find one that is perfect for your new kitchen. 

Visit our showroom to see our Quooker display in action. 
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<![CDATA[Silestone by Cosentino]]>Sat, 26 Feb 2022 15:09:48 GMThttp://halointeriors.co.uk/blog/silestone-by-cosentino
Add a natural look to your kitchen with a Silestone Ethereal worktop. Mirroring the depth and richness of stone, you will find white bright foundation colours like Calacatta Gold with veins of colour throughout to emulate marble. Alternatively, add a dark worktop such as Eternal Marquina and Eternal Noir which is punctuated with white highlight veining. 

If a more consistent colour is more your style, Silestone still has a lot to offer with its Loft Series. With a more industrial, concrete feel, Camden, PobleNou and Nolita provide a non-porous surface that fits the bill. Or add subtle colour with Harlem and Corktown. 

You can choose from high-gloss polished, soft suede and textured volcano finishes to make your worktop fit your preferred aesthetic.

What is Silestone? 

Silestone is a hybrid surface that combines recycled and premium natural minerals. 
Silestone's parent company Cosentino has introduced HyridQ+® technology which contains at least 20% recycled materials like glass. 

Benefits

Not only does Silestone look like real stone, but it is just as hardwearing. Silestone is highly scratch, stain, acid and impact resistant making it a wonderful surface for bustling kitchens. 

Cosentino also provides peace of mind with a 25-year warranty on its Silestone products. 

Visit our showroom to see more examples of Silestone today. 

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<![CDATA[Add a splash of colour to your splashback]]>Sat, 19 Feb 2022 15:44:44 GMThttp://halointeriors.co.uk/blog/add-a-splash-of-colour-to-your-splashback
​If you love bold, bright colours you can easily incorporate them into your new kitchen cabinetry. But what if you like the idea of a hint of colour without the commitment to a whole kitchen in that tone? A coloured splashback might be best for you. 

Glass splashbacks offer a uniform, sleek and easy to care for surface with a pop of colour. The trend towards minimalist white or monochrome kitchens looks set to continue in popularity so how can you make yours stand out from the crowd? 

This recent Halo Interiors kitchen design incorporated a rich red accent. The downlighting from the cabinets highlights the reflective properties of the glass both during the day and night which gives it extra depth. 
​You don't need a plain white backdrop to create an impact. This recently fitted kitchen in matte grey combined with the light blue hue splashback is a great example of how to contrast colour to create an exceptional kitchen design. There are endless colours to choose from! 
You can also create highly reflective splashbacks to capitalise on light in small spaces. Choices include gold and silver tints along with an antique finish which provides a uniquely speckled surface that you'd be forgiven for thinking was a piece of art in its own right. 
Find out more about using glass splashbacks in your new kitchen by visiting our showroom
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<![CDATA[Crisp, contemporary, CO2 neutral design with Cosentino]]>Sat, 12 Feb 2022 15:50:47 GMThttp://halointeriors.co.uk/blog/crisp-contemporary-co2-neutral-design-with-cosentino
Monochrome kitchen design continues to be a popular trend in interior styling. Dekton by Cosentino has introduced a new white hue, Mooné, that will make it even easier to create a simple, sharp, uniform look when used as a worktop or splashback. 

Mooné has a matte finish and a stone-like feel, which will add a rich and sophisticated quality to any kitchen. Its hue is inspired by the mysterious and inviting moonlight with its warm glow.
What is Dekton? 
Dekton is a composite material made from a combination of glass, porcelain and quartz. The materials are combined at high temperatures and are then compressed to create a versatile new material, Dekton. 

Dekton is highly UV, scratch, impact and stain-resistant. It can also tolerate heat well, making it a durable kitchen worktop finish. It is also used for cladding as well as indoor and outdoor flooring. 

Carbon Neutral Design
Cosentino is committed to sustainability and the process of recycling waste materials, as Dekton does, helps create carbon neutrality for the entire life cycle. 

Silestone, another of Cosentino's worktop brands, also provides eco-friendly finishes in bold, Mediterranean inspired colours with its Sunlit Days collection. ​
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<![CDATA[Rotpunkt's detailed door design]]>Sat, 29 Jan 2022 12:34:27 GMThttp://halointeriors.co.uk/blog/rotpunkts-detailed-door-design

Create a bold statement with Rotpunkt's new Memory RI doors. Rotpunkt's new door profile, launched in 2022, creates simple vertical lines in effortlessly chic wood finishes. 

In this Rotpunkt kitchen, the Memory RI doors introduce texture to the space whilst the Zerox HPL XT laminate finish, anti-fingerprint doors in black create depth. 

Dark worktops throughout allows the attention to stay firmly on the standout unit design. 


Available in Pastel Smoke, New Forest Oak, Black and also a ready to paint option which allows you to create a bespoke finish in a colour of your choice. 

As well as outstanding design Rotpunkt's kitchens are environmentally friendly. They've reduced their CO2 emissions and use Greenline BioBoard which has numerous eco-accreditations.  

Are you looking for more inspiration? Take Rotpunkt's 360 degree virtual showroom tour to see more styles and finishes. 

Find out more about Rotpunkt by visiting our showroom today
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<![CDATA[Kitchen trends in 2022]]>Sat, 08 Jan 2022 15:06:10 GMThttp://halointeriors.co.uk/blog/kitchen-trends-in-2022​Having spent the last two years at home more than we usually would, it is little wonder that home improvement is in high demand.  So, if you are thinking about updating your kitchen, we have all the latest kitchen trends for 2022. 

Embracing colour

Over the past two years, there has been a shift to bolder cabinet colours and this shows no sign of changing for 2022. Continue to expect hues of green and blue which work wonderfully with metallic accents and natural wood tones. However, for the brave, red and matt black are the colours that are set to create an impact on kitchens in 2022. 

Not sure you want to take the plunge with a completely coloured kitchen? Creating a two-tone kitchen using colour on lower cabinets can give you the best of both worlds. You can also confine colour to electronics like your kettle or toaster or even to splashback which is easier to replace in future. 

Maximising storage space

Storage never goes out of fashion and 2022 will be no different. To create a less cluttered space there is a trend towards large larders and easy-access drawers for our kitchen goods. 

Hard-working kitchen

Speaking of maximising space, the kitchen may also need to be dual-purpose. We started this year being advised to work from home where possible and with hybrid-working looking likely to stay a new kitchen may create an opportunity to add an office area. Using the same cabinetry and worktop materials it can become a seamless design or be hidden behind larder style doors to reclaim space once the workday is over. 

Layered lighting

See your kitchen in a different light (literally) with a layered lighting plan. Whether you use spotlights to create far-reaching light, under-cabinet for task lighting, pendant lighting over dining areas or LED strip lighting to change the mood, lighting is an important part of any kitchen. Layered lighting encompasses a number of these to create an ambience in one of the busiest rooms in the house. 

What's best for my kitchen? Read more about the types of kitchen lighting and how they could work within your home. 

Marble worktops

According to Ideal Homes marble in our kitchens is a key trend for 2022. Complementing both contemporary and classic styles, marble's unique veined means your worktop will be bespoke to your home. 

Don't have the budget for marble? Don't worry. Composite worktops, like Silestone by Cosentino's Etereal collection, combine highly scratch and stain-resistant properties and are designed to look like natural stone. Not only are they more cost-effective than marble but they are made in an eco-friendly way.  

Visit our showroom to discuss your new kitchen and how to incorporate these trends into your new kitchen.
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<![CDATA[Benefits of a Silgranit Sink]]>Sat, 18 Dec 2021 15:14:39 GMThttp://halointeriors.co.uk/blog/benefits-of-a-silgranit-sink
When designing a new kitchen the sink is likely to be one of the last things on the list to discuss. As one of the busiest elements of the kitchen, the sink is an important part of a functional design. 
If you are looking for a durable sink that is also hard wearing for your new kitchen, look no further than Blanco's patented Silgranit sink. Silgranit sinks are made from 80% quartz sand which is the strongest component of granite and has a smooth stone-like feel. 

It is hardwearing, hygienic, easy to clean and with its 'Hygiene+Plus' protective formula it reduces bacteria growth by an average of 98%. 

Benefits of Silgranit

Silgranit is stain resistant and can withstand red wine and hot coffee spillages. It is also acid resistant so citrus fruits like oranges and lemons won't permeate the surface of a Silgranit sink. 

Worry about heat? No need, Silgranit is heat resistant to everyday kitchen food preparation which means you don't have to worry about baking trays coming straight out of the oven and into the sink. Find out more here. You can also use an instant hot water tap in conjunction with a Blanco Silgranit sink without worrying about it damaging the surface. 

Find out more about Silgranit and Blanco sinks by visiting our showroom. 


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<![CDATA[Light up your life]]>Sat, 04 Dec 2021 14:04:34 GMThttp://halointeriors.co.uk/blog/light-up-your-life
Make your kitchen work harder with a layered lighting scheme that brightens functional space in different ways for different uses. The ongoing trend towards more open and broken plan rooms means that kitchens are more connected to our living spaces than ever. When it comes to lighting multiple use spaces, don't leave your kitchen out in the dark! Create a subtle and sophisticated feature with LED lighting. 

LED tape lighting can emit continuous light to highlight an area or draw your eye. It works well to create a silhouette of the kitchen during less high traffic moments and can even change the ambience of a room. Colour temperatures can be changed from cool white to warmer hues depending on the time of day or even your mood!
Task lighting is essential in kitchens with less natural light but can benefit any kitchen as part of a layered lighting scheme. Integrated under-cabinet lighting can provide that all needed brightness when using a worktop or equally important illumination for larders when in use. 

Our Rotpunkt smart-ready kitchen range integrates long-life, energy-efficient LED lighting as standard allowing you to plan your lighting at the start of the process in conjunction with the rest of the kitchen, rather than as an addition later down the line. The lighting can be activated from your smartphone or voice-activated devices like Alexa. 

Find out more about Rotpunkt's Smart-Ready range by visiting our showroom today!
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<![CDATA[COP26 - sustainable kitchens]]>Sat, 13 Nov 2021 12:24:43 GMThttp://halointeriors.co.uk/blog/cop26-sustainable-kitchens
This autumn the UK hosted the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow between 31 October – 12 November 2021.

With news stories dominated by ways in which individuals, businesses and organisations can help to curb the climate crisis, it has never been more relevant to discuss how home renovations can reflect this change. 

Your first thoughts when designing a kitchen will likely be about the aesthetics rather than its green credentials. At Halo Interiors, we consider both of these interests on your behalf. We will present you with a kitchen design that provides quality, durability and sustainability that also looks fantastic. Win, win! 

Rotpunkt
One of Halo Interiors most popular kitchen ranges, Rotpunkt, has already made great strides in reducing its carbon footprint. 

To help maintain their efforts for environmentally friendly kitchens, Rotpunkt has continued its history of innovation, with the BioBoard. BioBoard Gen2 is made up of 90% recycled wood, which is sustainable and preserves an area of forest the size of (approx.) 50 football pitches every year. This low carbon option makes it possible to uphold Rotpunkt's signature quality and style. 

Since 2017, the company has been reviewing and innovating the way they work to reduce their CO2 emissions. Rotpunkt has considered and negated the environmental impact of their kitchen range using the 'avoid-reduce-compensate' approach. This means that all emissions that cannot be avoided or reduced will be offset with environmental projects. Since 2019, Rotpunkt has partnered with myclimate for these projects which include supporting 849 families in Kenya with efficient cookers to reduce the time and effort of collecting firewood.

Rotpunkt has a plethora of impressive sustainability credentials (read more here) which are certified by not only the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) but meet the F**** Standard for emissions of formaldehyde, CARB2, EO5 and Nordic Swan Standards for their Greenline BioBoard.  

Cosentino
Silestone, owned by Cosentino, is made up of 90% natural quartz making it hardwearing and highly resistant to stains. This makes it the perfect finish for a kitchen worktop or splashback as it is not only unique but practical. Silestone is so confident in its product it comes with a 25-year warranty.

To add to their already extensive credentials they have now launched their first carbon-neutral quartz and engineered stone collection to the market, Sunlit Days

Cosentino is using HybriQ technology to reduce its carbon footprint by using 99% recycled water from production processes and 100% renewable energy. Silica used in the production process has been reduced to only 50% (up to 90% for selected colours). Cosentino also volunteers with projects to offset emissions like the Seabed Preservation Project.

The Sunlit Days collection is inspired by the earthy tones of the Mediterranean. Available in five colours, Faro White, Cincel Grey, Arcilla Red, Cala Blue and Posidonia Green, each with its own narrative. Find out more here. 

What can I do to reduce?
Making your kitchen more sustainable is something you may already be doing. If you recycle, prevent food waste, use eco-friendly cleaning products or even grow your own window ledge herbs, you are doing your bit to help keep our planet healthy. That being said, have you ever given any thought to how sustainable your actual kitchen is (think units, fixtures and fittings)? If you are looking for a new kitchen you needn't compromise the style or quality for it to be sustainable and kinder to the planet. 

Find out more about our sustainable kitchen ranges by visiting our showroom today!

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<![CDATA[Ethereal Collection by Silestone]]>Sat, 23 Oct 2021 14:32:02 GMThttp://halointeriors.co.uk/blog/eternal-collection-by-silestone
The Ethereal collection from Silestone by Cosentino is inspired by the world of natural stone. The collection sees crisp white worktops peppered with deep blues and greys to create unique designs that embrace cutting edge, patented,  HybriQ technology.  

Comprising of four sumptuous colours, the Ethereal​ collection adds elegance and style to your new kitchen. It emulates natural stone with all the benefits of Silestone. 

What is Silestone?

​Silestone is highly scratch and stain-resistant. Made from quartz, premium minerals and recycled materials it is durable and brings colour and texture to your new kitchen. 

​HybriQ technology

​Cosentino's innovative HybriQ technology describes the manufacturing process which uses renewable energy and recycled water. There is also a minimum of 20% recycled materials, like glass, used in any HybriQ Silestone worktop. All this means that Silestone is sustainable as well as stylish. 

Ethereal Collection 

Each of the four Silestone Ethereal colours emulates their namesake. Take Ethereal Dusk, its blue hues and veining borrow tones from the moments just after sunset and just before night. 

Ethereal Haze uses light and dark greys to create a smoky blend. Available in polished or suede finishes, it adds subtle depth to any kitchen. 

​Using golds and greys, Ethereal​ Glow is an evolution of the internationally acclaimed Silestone Calacatta Gold colour. It radiates warmth with its nod to sunset. 

Last but certainly not least is Silestone's Ethereal Noctis. With deeper, darker greys and blacks it punctuates the cotton white canvas. 

See the collection 

If you like the sounds of Silestone by Cosentino's collection, visit our showroom in the heart of Horsham, West Sussex. Halo Interiors has over 30 years of interior design expertise, so we can advise you on the best finishes for your kitchen, including worktop. 
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<![CDATA[The latest worktop trend - quartz]]>Sat, 02 Oct 2021 14:45:21 GMThttp://halointeriors.co.uk/blog/the-latest-worktop-trend-quartz
Quartz is distinctly on-trend at the moment. Its high durability and its stain and heat resistant properties make it a popular choice for hard-working areas like the kitchen. 

Quartz is fully sealed meaning you don't have to worry about spills or exposure to heat. It also means that dirt and germs can be easily wiped away with a gentle antibacterial cleanser. 

There are numerous colours to choose from, including finishes that emulate natural stone. The 'Hypernature' trend is the use of patterns you'd find in nature. For instance, a marble look finish can be achieved with quartz but without the disadvantages of a more porous stone. 

Cosentino's Silestone range is a hybrid of quartz and recycled materials. Silestone has recently introduced HybriQ+® technology. HybriQ+® technology has been created by the brand to help reduce the environmental impact of renovating your home. There is a minimum of 20% recycled material (such as glass) in their products and you can choose from three surface finishes; polished, suede and volcano. 

Consentino is also making the process far more environmentally friendly. By using recycled water, materials and renewable energy, Cosentino is offsetting the carbon footprint of their products. You can find out more about this and their new Sunlit Days collection here. 

Laura Davie, Marketing Manager at Cosentino UK advises that 'as homeowners seek out eco-friendly products more than ever before, this new technology from Silestone is the start of a new era of quartz manufacturers and the focus should be on helping reduce the impact on our planet.'

Visit our showroom to discuss your new kitchen and the best worktop for you.

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<![CDATA[Environmentally friendly and sustainable kitchen design]]>Sat, 18 Sep 2021 12:21:45 GMThttp://halointeriors.co.uk/blog/environmentally-friendly-and-sustainable-kitchen-design
We are all familiar with the challenges that climate change poses to our planet. We are increasingly aware of the carbon footprint of the products we buy and their packaging. So why should it be different when it comes to a new kitchen? With Rotpunkt, it doesn't have to be. 

Since 2017, the company has been reviewing and innovating the way they work to reduce their CO2 emissions. Rotpunkt has considered and negated the environmental impact of their kitchen range using the 'avoid-reduce-compensate approach. This means that all emissions that cannot be avoided or reduced will be offset with environmental projects. Since 2019, Rotpunkt has partnered with myclimate for these projects which include supporting 849 families in Kenya with efficient cookers to reduce the time and effort of collecting firewood.

To help maintain their efforts for environmentally friendly kitchens, Rotpunkt has continued its history of innovation, with the BioBoard. BioBoard Gen2 is made up of 90% recycled wood, which is sustainable and preserves an area of forest the size of (approx.) 50 football pitches every year. This low carbon option makes it possible to uphold Rotpunkt's signature quality and style. 

Head of operations at Rotpunkt, Matt Phillips tells K and B magazine 'The sheer variety of new materials, colours and finishes available have ushered in a new era of design creativity with end-users demanding beauty and utility, as well as sustainability.'

To find out more about Rotpunkt's sustainable BioBoard range visit our showroom today
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<![CDATA[How to make the most of your compact kitchen]]>Sat, 04 Sep 2021 14:16:09 GMThttp://halointeriors.co.uk/blog/how-to-make-the-most-of-your-compact-kitchenIf you have a compact kitchen you may feel you don't have as many options when it comes to your new design, which isn't the case. By employing some changes you could potentially gain more space than you think. 

Here we provide top tips for maximising every inch of your kitchen so you get the most out of the space you have available. 

Storage
Make the most of corners and plinths. Not too sure what a plinth is? It is the space between the kitchen floor and the bottom of your cupboard and generally will be covered by a kickboard. It is almost always dead space and using this to store cleaning products or less used items is a great way to make the most of all the space in your kitchen. You can add drawers to utilise the space like in this example from Rempp. 

Make corner units work harder with a carousel fitting that allows you to access all of the space. 
Utilise wall space 
Using towers that include built-in appliances is a great way to create a more cohesive look. Extending cupboards across a wall will make an impact, allow you to integrate appliances to free up space that may not be as well utilised as counter space. By stacking more than one oven you free up lower level storage space. 
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Ditch the kettle
Free up counter space by swapping your kettle for an instant boiling water tap like Quooker. You will save space, time and maybe even water. So win-win! 
Lose the handles
To create a more streamlined kitchen, remove handles that extend the width of your kitchen units. You can find handless options for almost all types of kitchen or at the very least a slimline built-in handle. 
Two-tone
Colour can create impact but it can also trick the eye. By using darker colours on lower units and a lighter colour at the top, you will create the illusion of more space above head height which will make the room feel much larger. 
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Extractors
Switch your hooded extractor for a hob that does the job for you. Many models like NEFF and Siemens provide the option of a built-in extractor to eliminate steam and cooking odours. ​
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Appliances
Incorporating more compact appliances is a great way to ensure you get the kitchen that works best for you. For example, if you don't think you have room for a wine cabinet think again! You can add a single zone wine cabinet with very little space. A smaller dishwasher may be more than enough for your needs. ​

Are you feeling inspired? 
If this has inspired you to renovate your compact kitchen then we can help. Halo Interiors can design, supply and install kitchens to fit your specifications and can help you make your compact kitchen work better for you. Contact us today or visit our showroom in Horsham town centre. 
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<![CDATA[Industrial style kitchens]]>Sat, 14 Aug 2021 13:07:12 GMThttp://halointeriors.co.uk/blog/industrial-style-kitchens
Kitchens are the heart of the home and need to be hardwearing and practical to withstand high traffic and daily use. So it isn't a surprise that there is a trend towards a more industrial look for our homes. 

Whether you would like to introduce a subtle nod to the style or want something more bespoke, here is our guide to achieving an industrial look in any kitchen.

Sinks
When you think of an industrial interior, concrete is probably the first thing that comes to mind. If you love the look of concrete, we have a sink that will work for you. Blanco's Silgranit range features a concrete look sink but is made up of granite. Silgranit sinks are made from 80% quartz sand which is the strongest component of granite. It is hardwearing, hygienic, easy to clean and has the look and feel of concrete with all the added benefits of granite. 
Durinox is a new stainless steel with a matte finish and is twice as durable as conventional stainless steel sinks. It is scratch and finger proof resistant making it easy to clean. The surface gets these properties from the process of blasting. The material is blasted with over 1 billion tiny stainless steel balls on both sides to increase its strength and produce its velvety texture. 

Worktops
Curating an industrial look with smaller items like sink and taps is a good way to introduce the aesthetic to your home. However, if you want to create a bolder statement, a concrete look worktop will work well. 

Cosentino's Dekton Industrial Collection has many concrete-inspired worktops. What's more, Dekton's high UV, scratch, stain and heat resistant properties mean it is a practical solution for your new kitchen. There are poured and matte finishes for a utilitarian style. 

Kitchen units 
Another great way to create impact is to consider the finish of your kitchen units. Rempp's Beton Dunkel range (pictured below) showcases two complementary greys. The lighter grey help keep the kitchen light whilst the darker grey adds depth to the room. Both colours emulate concrete. You can add warmth to the look with wooden accessories, chairs or units. 
You can also get real concrete unit door options with Rempp. Yes, you read that right but don't worry, it won't be like the Flintstones. Specially manufactured, the veneers are only millimetres thick meaning they are lightweight but still retain the look and feel of real concrete. Rotpunkt provides a range of ceramic fronted doors which allow for a similarly tactile surface. 
So, if you would like to add a little concrete chic to your home, visit our showroom to discuss your options. Halo Interiors has over 30 years of interior design knowledge and can advise you on the best ways to achieve a look. Visit our showroom today! 
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<![CDATA[Concealed kitchens]]>Sat, 31 Jul 2021 13:24:33 GMThttp://halointeriors.co.uk/blog/concealed-kitchens
Have you ever looked at kitchens online and wanted a minimalist look but aren't sure it would work 'in real life'? It can be easy to dismiss a modern, clutter-free kitchen as a design that others can maintain or that only works if you don't use it. 

If you have ever mused that a kitchen looks good 'but hey, where is their toaster?''. Chances are you have already seen the clever hack to hide small appliances with a concealed kitchen. 

Concealing appliances isn't a new trend. When you envisage a new kitchen, you would expect your large appliances to already be integrated as part of the design. The trend towards also concealing small appliances and workspaces is starting to become more popular in the UK. With many of us opting for open or broken plan living, the need for spaces that feel less busy is the driving force for the UK embracing concealed kitchens. 

For the streamlined effect, many manufacturers are using bi-folding or standard pocket doors that can be opened (and tucked away) to reveal the kitchen worktops, appliances and drawers. 

Take this Rempp example (pictured above), although it is clear from the kitchen island that this is the kitchen space they have removed visual barriers when the full-length units are closed. This leads to a modern and minimalist look that anyone can achieve. 

So now you know the secret to functional, streamlined kitchens you can hide your kitchen for all the right reasons!

Find more information or to discuss the best design for your kitchen, visit our showroom today. 
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<![CDATA[How to cook a three-course meal in one oven...]]>Sat, 24 Jul 2021 13:34:28 GMThttp://halointeriors.co.uk/blog/how-to-cook-a-three-course-meal-in-one-oven
​...without intermingling flavours or aromas. 

You read that correctly! We are going to tell you how you can cook three separate dishes in one oven, without compromising any of them. 

NEFF's CircoTherm® 3D technology allows you to simultaneously cook, roast and bake. In turn, this reduces the time you need to spend in the kitchen and is also more environmentally friendly than cooking three dishes individually. You'll find 3D CircoTherm technology in NEFF N50 single and double ovens

Circotherm® uses a powerful metal fan to extract air from the oven and redirects it to specially created ducts towards the back of the oven. 

There is also no need to preheat the oven as the Power Boost function with the 4D CircoTherm® system can be used for a short burst of heat to warm the oven quickly. Hot air is directed at food to create a seal that improves moisture and prevents flavour transfer. The 4D system boasts all the benefits of 3D CircoTherm® technology and is available in the N70 and N90 models. 

Find out more about our NEFF range by visiting our showroom. 
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<![CDATA[Kitchen trends 2021]]>Sat, 03 Jul 2021 14:29:21 GMThttp://halointeriors.co.uk/blog/kitchen-trends-2021
Colourful kitchens in earthy tones have been a real trend since early 2020. Traditional kitchens are now taking on a modern twist in bold colours like dark green, navy and grey. So is this trend set to continue? Well, according to Ideal Home magazine, it is! 

Choosing the right colour for your kitchen
You can be bold and choose a kitchen in your favourite hue or, if you want something a little more subtle, you could punctuate the space with small pops of colour. 

Colour trends 
According to Pinterest data collated by Tap Warehouse, navy, green, sage and, teal are all timeless favourites that have been popular in 2020 and continue to be this year. If you wish to embrace colour, then these are a good place to start. If you want something a little different, try red and orange tones which are growing in popularity. 

Combination kitchen units 
If you are finding it hard to pick your favourite, why settle for one colour? You can easily combine two colours to provide a complimentary but less standard design. Here are some examples of combination kitchens for inspiration. 

Have a favourite colour but can't find a similar kitchen? We can provide a colour match service for some of our ranges. 
Splashback 
If you want to create impactful colour, a bold glass splashback could work well. Keeping the rest of your kitchen in a neutral tone will allow you to make a striking statement. The best part about capturing colour in a splashback is that you can update this alone (without the need to replace the whole kitchen) if you want to choose a new hue in future. 

Fittings 
Introducing colour to cabinet handles is simple, subtle and has the added benefit of being easy to change. Rose gold works very well with darker kitchen units and can match your sink and tap to create a cohesive look. 

Worktops
When you think of worktops, you probably think of earthy granite or glitzy quartz. However, colours are making their way into this year's top trends. Silestone by Cosentino recently launched their Sunlit Days collection with five key tones that provide Mediterranean colours in a muted, but eye-catching palette. You can view our guide to Sunlit Days here

Walls 
Painting is a great way to freshen up a space and can create dramatic results without too much effort. If you aren't sure about being committed to a colour on your whole kitchen, keep your units bright and crisp in white and express yourself with paint on your walls instead! 

Accessories 
If you are hoping to introduce colour into your kitchen but prefer to change your decor frequently, adding accessories and plants is a wonderful way to brighten your space.

If you are thinking of redesigning your kitchen, Halo Interiors can help. With over 30 years of interior design knowledge, we can help design, supply and install your kitchen. Benefit from our expertise today by visiting our showroom
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<![CDATA[The new Silestone Sunlit Days collection]]>Sat, 26 Jun 2021 12:17:42 GMThttp://halointeriors.co.uk/blog/the-new-silestone-sunlit-days-collection

Silestone, owned by Cosentino, is made up of 90% natural quartz making it hardwearing and highly resistant to stains. This makes it the perfect finish for a kitchen worktop or splashback as it is not only unique but practical. Silestone is so confident in its product it comes with a 25-year warranty.

To add to their already extensive credentials they have now launched their first carbon-neutral quartz and engineered stone collection to the market, Sunlit Days

Cosentino is using HybriQ technology to reduce its carbon footprint by using 99% recycled water from production processes and 100% renewable energy. Silica used in the production process has been reduced to only 50% (up to 90% for selected colours). Cosentino also volunteers with projects to offset emissions like the Seabed Preservation Project.

The Sunlit Days collection is inspired by the earthy tones of the Mediterranean. Available in five colours, Faro White, Cincel Grey, Arcilla Red, Cala Blue and Posidonia Green, each with its own narrative. 

Faro White
When you think of the Mediterranean, the sun-drenched white walls probably spring to mind. Faro White embodies this and complements natural materials well with its matte finish.  

Cincel grey
Great for light bathed areas like south-facing rooms, this colour will complement both white and deep dark colours in your kitchen. 

Arcilla Red
Conjuring up thoughts of deep terracotta tile used so often in architecture in the Med, this is the perfect complement to a white kitchen unit and adds a bold pop of colour which is still natural in tone. 

Cala Blue
This deep blue hints at the colours of the sea, sky and dusk all in one. It is an elegant tone that works well with either white or dark colours and provides richness to any kitchen worktop. 

Posidonia Green 
And last but not least, Posidonia Green (as shown above) is a subdued green inspired by the seafloor. 

Visit our showroom to view Silestone samples from this collection and their others. 


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<![CDATA[The 90-year history of our Rotpunkt range]]>Sat, 12 Jun 2021 14:57:23 GMThttp://halointeriors.co.uk/blog/the-90-year-history-of-our-rotpunkt-range
Rotpunkt has a long history of providing top quality products. Halo Interiors designs and installs Rotpunkt's range of kitchens. Here we look at its 90-year history to see how the company evolved and innovated to ensure it is still just as productive (if not more) than when it first started. 

The company was founded in Buende by Heinrich Rabe and Wilhelm Meyer in 1930. Rotpunkt started its life as a cigar box factory because, at the time, Buende was the heart of the cigar-making industry. 

Between 1939 and 1948, the war and the subsequent currency reform meant that many families could only afford to purchase the absolute everyday essentials. So as not to rely solely on one product, Rabe and Meyer decided to use their wood processing machinery to produce both children's toys and sewing boxes. These innovations to their business helped them navigate through this traditional period, but it wasn't without its hurdles. Up until 1946, they hadn't needed to use large quantities of paint. The sewing boxes they had been contracted to create needed to be painted white. To allow them to manufacture this product, they incorporated a painting room. Solving this problem meant they could use their newly acquired knowledge in painting on a larger scale for their kitchen manufacturing enterprise. 

In 1950, Rotpunkt first manufactured a kitchen sideboard or so-called 'buffet-style kitchen'. This freestanding kitchen comprised of a lower and upper section designed to hold plates, cutlery and food. These were hugely popular and demand was high which in turn meant Rotpunkt needed larger premises. 

Once they constructed their new warehouse  (which underwent expansion more than once to accommodate their growing business) they cemented their place in the kitchen furniture building industry. They went on to create Swedish style built-in kitchens with standardised cabinets in 1958 and later modular kitchens (like we see today) in 1967. The end of production for their mainstay product, cigar boxes, was secured in 1968. 

The now internally renowned kitchen brand, once known as 'Rabe & Meyer', was rebranded to 'Rotpunkt' in 1982. Since their rebrand, Rotpunkt has created colour matched cabinetry, handleless doors (2005) and their innovation has only sped up in the last 16 years. They launched their Greenline BioBoard in 2015, converted the interior appearances of their fittings and drawers in 2017 and were certified as having carbon-neutral production in 2020. 

This family-run business now employs over 300 staff members! If you'd like to incorporate high-quality, German design and craftsmanship into your home, visit our showroom. You can see our two Rotpunkt display kitchens and discuss how to create your own. 
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Image taken from Rotpunkt Achieve - 90 Year Anniversary Book
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<![CDATA[‚ÄčThe rise of the 'Bootility' room]]>Sat, 29 May 2021 14:54:42 GMThttp://halointeriors.co.uk/blog/the-rise-of-the-bootility-room
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Example from Kitchen Stori | Mr and Mrs Jeffries from Guildford
The Bootility room (yes, you are reading that right we haven't misspelt utility) is growing in popularity. Many of us have had to rethink the way we use our homes during the pandemic. Kitchens became homeschools, offices and where we (relentlessly) prepared all our meals during the lockdown.  

Now, with the easing of government restrictions, our kitchen will hopefully be used for more social occasions. The new trend for open spaces that connect the indoors and outdoors spaces to create impactful and useable space. But, having a utility or Bootility enhances the way you can use your home. Isolating louder appliances, like washing machines and dryers, will provide a much more serene environment in which to socialise or indeed continue to work from home as many businesses explore a combination of virtual and office-based work. So that means no more spin cycles during your conference calls! 

The Bootility, which is a functional room for everything from your appliances to pet food storage, to boot/coat/shoe and sink is a great way to keep your open-plan space from feeling cluttered.  It also provides additional hygiene as there should be less transfer of mud and outdoor debris from more practical tasks entering the kitchen. 

Just because the area is practical, doesn't mean it can't look great and feel like an extension of your kitchen. Using the same style cabinet and worktop as you have in your kitchen will create a cohesive design (and you won't feel like Cinderella!). 

So if you want to explore what a new kitchen with a separate Bootility room could do for your home, contact us today or visit our showroom. 
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<![CDATA[Sensa by Cosentino¬ģ new range from Brazil and India]]>Sat, 22 May 2021 14:06:33 GMThttp://halointeriors.co.uk/blog/sensa-by-cosentinor-new-range-from-brazil-and-india
Sensa by Cosentino® range is natural stone sealed with Senguard NK stain protection treatment which prevents food staining, makes it a highly scratch-resistant surface and keeps the natural stone shielded from UV light. 

As part of the already handpicked Sensa range, Cosentino® has added five soft new tones to their portfolio. The collection is sourced from Brazil and India. 

The colour range from Brazil (four new shades) comprises of Siberia, Platino, Vancouver quartzites and Silver Grey granite. The unique shade from India is Graphite Grey and has an exclusive Cosentino® Carese finish, which gives it a distinctive texture and glossy appearance whilst allowing the natural colour to still shine through. 

Every Sensa worktop comes with a 15-year warranty which provides extra peace of mind.

Visit our showroom to view samples of the Sensa by Consentino® range or find out more about their new Indian and Brazillian range here.   
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<![CDATA[Rhubarb meringue roulade with salted hazlenut brittle]]>Sat, 08 May 2021 14:32:33 GMThttp://halointeriors.co.uk/blog/rhubarb-meringue-roulade-with-salted-hazlenut-brittle ]]><![CDATA[Siemens IQ700 Oven]]>Sat, 01 May 2021 15:20:06 GMThttp://halointeriors.co.uk/blog/siemens-iq700-oven
​Life can be busy and finding the time to cook from scratch can sometimes be hard. If you are creating a new kitchen for your home you will no doubt want to make the most of it and hone your cookery skills. To save time and produce wonderful home-cooked meals, Siemens IQ700 Studioline has a varioSpeed function. Variospeed combines an integrated microwave with the oven to cook in half the time of a standard appliance without comprising the quality of your food. 

If you love to bake, the bakingSensor and pureSteam functions will be the perfect companions to create delicious baked goods. The bakingSensor automatically monitors the humidity in the oven so it can tell when your dish is ready. The pureSteam function helps you reheat dishes without them drying out and provides moisture when baking so that bread will be crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. 

It isn't just time-saving technology that redefines this range of appliances, its features like Home Connect which help you can control the temperature of the oven from your phone. 

Got your hands full? No problem. With the Alexa Voice Assistant* you can tell your oven to open its doors with the voice-activated control. Now that is clever! 

The time-saving functions don't stop there. Its activeClean® setting means the oven can heat to high temperatures (don't worry it locks during this cycle for safety) so residue can be easily wiped away from the specially coated interior to save time.  

Finally, with the IQ700 range you can mix and match appliances that all have the same intricate details to create an integrated feature that looks flawless. 

Visit our showroom or talk to us today to discuss your new kitchen. 
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