How to Design the Perfect Kitchen

How to Design the Perfect Kitchen

Designing a new kitchen is hugely exciting but can also be rather daunting. We find many of our clients have a style in mind but when it comes to the practical aspects they can feel a tad overwhelmed.

Luckily our team of expert designers and fitters have years of experience and know exactly what needs to be considered, as well as the look and feel, so we asked them what advice they’d offer to anyone undertaking a kitchen redesign and here’s what the had to say:

Reconnaissance Mission

Have a walk around your kitchen as it is now and consider what works and what doesn’t. What really niggles you and what do you find useful? Make a note and discuss with your kitchen designer at an early stage.

The Everyday

Think what you need your kitchen to do for you, if you’re a keen cook for example, you’ll need plenty of worktop space, a large fridge and freezer and space to store all your pans, gadgets and accessories.

The Technology

Make sure you plan for lots of electrical sockets and in the right places,

there’s nothing worse than deciding where you want your toaster but then not having a plug socket to match. Retractable sockets on islands are also a great addition when baking etc.

It’s all in the Storage

You can never have enough storage in a kitchen, we find draws are much easier to access than large cupboards so make sure you work out how you’re going to reach these spaces without having to delve into the back where you’re likely to forget the contents!

Think About the People

Are you planning to start or add to your family or are you keen on entertaining? Whatever your situation, check you’ve got room for everyone and also think about who will be using the space in the next five to ten years. It seems silly but circumstances do change and we want to future-proof your room as much as possible!

Go Green

Make sure you also consider recycling in your waste management. There are all sorts of nifty solutions out there to help with this and it will ultimately make your life much easier in the long run.

A Room with a View

Make sure you take into consideration the sight lines when designing your kitchen. Bear in mind how things will look from different angles and heights to ensure the look and feel you imagined is achieved.

Listen

Most importantly, be prepared to listen to advice and suggestions from the experts. We’ve been there, done it AND got the t-shirt so let us help you get the best kitchen you could dream of!

10 steps to creating the perfect wardrobe.

Here at Bluebell we’ve spent a lot of time listening to the needs of our clients and the one thing that repeatedly comes up is the need for more organised storage. As we specialise in beautifully bespoke, handmade fitted furniture we find ourselves perfectly placed to give you some pointers on organising your space.

The big clear-out…. otherwise known as ‘the hardest bit’!

  1. Get the whole contents of your wardrobe, including accessories & spread them out on the bed. You’ll need 3 strong bin bags, one to go to the charity shop, one for clothes you’d like to sell and one for the tip!
  1. Take the time to try your clothes on, we can’t stress this enough! You may remember that it looks great, but how long since you wore it?

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  1. Many of us feel strongly attached to items of clothing due to sentimentality rather than loving and wearing item in question. If you’ve loved an item why not take a picture of it and let someone else have the chance to enjoy it?
  1. When did you last wear it? A general rule is if you haven’t worn it for a year, you are unlikely to do so again, so all these can go in one of your chosen bin bags.
  1. Don’t keep ‘fat’ & ‘thin’ clothes! If you lost weight wouldn’t you rather treat yourself to something new? Keeping clothes in case you gain weight feels rather negative, so bin those too!!
  1. Do you have clothes that have waited years to be fixed? If they were that important you’d have already fixed them. While you’re there, bin all those nasty wire and plastic hangars, your clothes deserve better!
  1. Allow one or two exceptions! If it is a genuine vintage item that will increase in value, you may want to keep it. Likewise, if you have your granny’s beautiful fur stole, for example, it will probably be irreplaceable in terms of value and sentimentality.

Creating the perfect wardrobe…otherwise known as ‘the fun bit’!

To create your perfect streamlined wardrobe or dressing area you’re going to need some nice hangers, we recommend the black velvet ones as they are less bulky than wood. Also, some cedar or lavender to keep any moths at bay, trust us, it works.

A general rule here is the more you hang the more you’ll wear, if you don’t see it, you won’t remember it.

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  1. Don’t hide clothes away. This applies to handbags tucked away in dust bags, and those of you who have gone all ‘Carrie Bradshaw’ and hidden their shoes inside mountains of shoeboxes. Get them out and enjoy them!
  1. Group items together in an orderly fashion. We feel that keeping items together in groups, such as dresses, denims, blouses etc. work well. When ordering, go from light to dark, for example, start with your dark jeans than work your way to white, this is both easy to manage and looks great. Apply this principle to everything. Jumpers are an exception here, hanging usually causes them to stretch so we recommend folding them neatly in a drawer, ordering by fabric and then popping in some cedar.
  1. Think about how you see your shoes. If you’re lucky enough to have an area where you can store shoes consider pointing one shoe forward and the other back, this allows you to see both the front and the heel height. Wipe all shoes down with a baby wipe so they are beautiful and dust free. If you’ve got flip flops and trainers then store those further back, they can make the overall look rather scruffy!

Whilst streamlining your closet may feel like an overwhelming job the long-term joy, not to mention time saving, to be had is huge. Imagine opening your wardrobe not only to know where everything is but also to only see the things you truly love.

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If you’re always dreamt of a wardrobe or dressing room to die for why not pop in and have a chat to one of our design team, obligation free? We even offer a range of payment plans to suit you, including interest free credit, subject to terms and conditions.

We hope you’ve found our advice useful & we look forward to seeing you soon,

The Bluebell Team.

Downsizing often requires bespoke storage as Janice and Tony found out..

Janice and Tony moved from a huge house. It had three cellars, large rooms, garage and plenty of space for the grandchildren when they came to stay.

This delightful couple had reached retirement and, as so many people do, they decided to downsize to a semi-detached home in Flixton where Janice could still have her potting shed.

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Janice explained that on moving here they needed places for “stuff”; bits and pieces, books, videos, table cloths, kids crafts and more besides. In this home they have no garage but every square inch is very well organised.

Despite being aware of other furniture companies, and often passing the Bluebell Fitted Furniture showrooms in Sale, they decided to pop in and were greeted by a very warm and friendly atmosphere.

It’s interesting that, as with all types of things in life, if something catches your eye, then you’re hooked .. and this is what happened to Janice and Tony. They saw textures and finishes in the showroom that they had not seen elsewhere.

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They had considered other cheap well-known Swedish flat pack options, but realised after looking on the Bluebell’s website and in the extensive showrooms .. that it just wouldn’t do…. they wanted it their way!

As Tony was a senior coordinator for a huge international company and Janice a paediatric nursing sister before retiring, they recognised the quality and flexible accommodating professional service that Bluebell offered compared to other solutions.

They are still in the middle of the refurbishment of their new home but the lounge unit is exactly what they wanted after taking an old fireplace out.

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Space was really important to them both, and by working with James, one of the experienced Bluebell designers, together they got exactly what they wanted… without compromise.

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The bedroom for the grandchildren looks bright and modern with sliding doors and custom made storage inside. Even the headboards and drawers match.

The end results were rewarding, with furniture to their taste, their personal requirements met and with a no-fuss approach to problem-solving from Bluebell.

It’s Time To Celebrate!

It’s Time To Celebrate!
17th May 2017

We’ve had a busy few days at Bluebell and we’re absolutely thrilled to announce that we have won the award for the Most Innovative Use of Space. at the annual H’fele Studio Partner Awards which we attended last week. The event took place at Marcus Wareing’s Michelin-starred Gilbert Scott Restaurant at the St Pancras Renaissance Hotel, London and as well as a superb trophy, we also won an all-inclusive five-star trip to Dubai as part of the prize!

Show-Stopping Interior Design made simple

So you’re about to embark on some renovations? upgrading your bedroom, extending your kitchen or redesigning your home office perhaps? For some, this is an exciting challenge whilst for others it’s more of a headache. One thing is for sure that we’re all short on time, so making the process as simple as possible is essential and that’s where we can really help! From our initial consultation through to design, build, completion and furnishing, we’ll work our magic and bring your whole project together.

Not only do we have our own craftsmen and women at our Altrincham workshop, lovingly

Bluebell Newsletter March

Bluebell Sponsor Sale Sharks!

As huge Rugby fans ourselves sponsoring our fantastic local team, Sale Sharks, felt like a great way to support the community. Sale Sharks run some fantastic local outreach programmes promoting sports, exercise and nutrition. They are also involved in The Urban Rugby Squad, a ground breaking initiative run by Premiership Rugby and its 12 clubs that has already helped 1,000 young people from disadvantaged communities across England tackle topics such as healthy relationships and anger management.

SHOW-STOPPING INTERIOR DESIGN MADE SIMPLE

So you’re about to embark on some renovations – upgrading your bedroom, extending your kitchen or redesigning your home office perhaps? For some, this is an exciting challenge whilst for others it’s more of a headache. One thing’s for sure is that we’re all short on time, so making the process as simple as possible is essential and that’s where we can really help! From our initial consultation through to design, build, completion and furnishing, we’ll work our magic and bring your whole project together.

Not only do we have our own craftsmen and women at our Altrincham workshop, lovingly creating bespoke pieces for you, we also have a trusted address book of suppliers such as plumbers, electricians, and interior designers ready to make your dreams a reality.

One such supplier, we’re working closely with at the moment is Lana Filippova, a highly talented and award winning interior designer currently taking up residence at our Bluebell showroom. You may have come across her work in Cheshire Life magazine as a contributor for their home and design section. Her work has taken her throughout Europe and America and she is regarded as one of the finest designers in the UK.

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If you’d like to meet Lana and tap into her creativity for a design project of your own, pop into our Sale showroom where we can help bring everything to life for you whilst keeping the process as simple as possible by looking after every detail!

Find out more about Lana and view some of her latest work on Houzz or visit her website.

To make an appointment with her at our Sale showroom, call 0161 976 6606.

Bluebell Newsletter – March

Bluebell Sponsor Sale Sharks!

As huge Rugby fans ourselves sponsoring our fantastic local team, Sale Sharks, felt like a great way to support the community. Sale Sharks run some fantastic local outreach programmes promoting sports, exercise and nutrition. They are also involved in The Urban Rugby Squad, a ground breaking initiative run by Premiership Rugby and its 12 clubs that has already helped 1,000 young people from disadvantaged communities across England tackle topics such as healthy relationships and anger management.

Spring has sprung…almost!!

We are so delighted that Spring is in the air!! With new seasons come new home trends and we thought it would be a great opportunity to talk about what’s hot and what’s not when it comes to interiors.  Whilst chic, cool greys are still leading the way in our homes, designers are using yellow accents to add an extra edge of style to their décor. Think luxurious grey sofas with pops of yellow through cushions and accessories. We seem to be a nation of copper lovers and are seeing plenty of stylish copper features on kitchen handles, lighting, coffee tables and vases. One of the more surprising home trends of late has filtered down directly from the fashion world, and that is our love of marble. Whilst elegant marble worktops never date we are now seeing marble effect wallpaper, clocks and coasters!!

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Interest Free Credit

Don’t forget that we are now able to offer our customers a wide range of finance options, including interest free credit subject to terms and conditions. We have a great selection of our bespoke made to measure furniture in our Sale showroom. If you’ve been dreaming of a new kitchen, bedroom or study in 2017 why not pop in to see how we can help?

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Award success for Bluebell

Exciting news! Bluebell Fitted Furniture has been shortlisted for The Greater Manchester Business Awards in the Customer Service Excellence Award category. We are really delighted that one of our key passions – excellent customer service continues to be recognised.

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The awards will take place on 19th May and we would like to wish good luck to all of the finalists.