When choosing a kitchen worktop, it’s easy to get overwhelmed by so many options – from the cheapest pieces of processed wood boards covered with a melamine laminate, to unbelievably expensive stone slabs. And everything in between.
The fact there are countless materials to choose from proves the kitchen worktops are something worth thinking about. Gosh, if only someone somewhere wrote a list of questions that could help you decide. But who? Who would do such a thing, based of course on experiences from their clients and followed by photographs of gorgeous kitchens to serve as examples?
Continue reading “How to choose a perfect kitchen worktop”
Again and again, there is the sensuality of the material – how it feels, what it looks like: does it look dull, does it shimmer or sparkle? Its smell. Is it hard or soft, flexible, cold or warm, smooth or rough? What color is it and which structures
does it reveal on its surface?
To choose the right material. What a complex task!
It has its color. It has its sound. Its temperature. A specific material doesn’t only create a warm or cold atmosphere – it is physically warm or cold.
Different materials feel differently. They are different to touch.
They absorb or reflect sound (waves). They absorb or reflect light.
Even more than light or colors, materials set the mood.
And the stone is probably the most expressive material to use in interiors. Completly rough, natural, or perfectly smooth. So smooth that it becomes reflective. Slippery, if used on floors. Continue reading “About stone coverings”
During my hallway/kitchen renovation, I found these pretty cool tiles. They were slightly textured, in warm gray color, and their longitudinal shape was perfect for a random pattern I had in mind. The first person that came into my apartment after renovation said: “Wow, are those really tiles? They look just like a real hardwood floor!” Wait. WHAT?!
If you read our blog, you probably know by now that we are snobs when it comes to materials. Not in the way that we only like expensive ones, but in the way that we only like honest ones.
And hardwood floors are no exception. They are quite pricey, but if you can afford them, they are definitely worth the money. The thing is, imitations are not really imitations. They may look similar, but the texture is different, floor warmth is different, even sound of footsteps is different. While it is possible to get the look of the room with hardwood floors, you don’t get the feel of the room with hardwood floors. Continue reading “About hardwood floors”
I wouldn’t say I always used to pay attention to interiors but I have a very vivid memory of walking through my grandma’s house when I was about 4 years old, thinking: ”Why would someone glue these ugly sheets of paper on their walls?”
The house was old and the wallpapers were damaged, even peeled in corners. Not just the design, but the entire idea of using wallpapers for covering walls was outdated. I couldn’t know any of this as a four-year-old, but I was aware of the fact that wallpapers belong in grandma’s house.
Do you remember those old wallpapers? Those were the worst. However, just like any commonly used, old fashioned material, they were perfect for reinterpretation. Also, just like any blank sheet of paper, they have endless possibilities. Continue reading “About wallpapers”
Have you noticed how tiles made a huge comeback?
We invented and reinvented dozens of materials to replace boring (but practical) tiles. We replaced them with wood, with polished concrete, with epoxy floors, with glass backsplashes, with water-resistant wall paint.
And then the strangest thing happened. Little hexagonal backsplash tiles in few different shades of gray. Amazing collages made of desaturated but colorful tiles with geometric patterns. Bold black and white combinations. We became obsessed! Continue reading “About tiles”