It may seem that current trends favour the sleek lines and smooth surfaces of the modern kitchen but there are plenty of homeowners who prefer to have a more homely feel with a country style kitchen. If you are trying to achieve this look but are not sure where to start, then you may want to consider some of the following: Buy an Aga or a range stove in a...

If you have a traditional 1930s house, for instance, you may find that the kitchen (unless it has been extended or modified) is one of the smallest rooms in your home. However, over the last 20 years or so, the kitchen has definitely become the most important room of the house and modern properties have often designed with open-plan living or a spacious kitchen-diner. There are several ways to make...

The Return of the Belfast Sink
If you are approaching 60 years of age or older, then you may well have grown up with a Belfast or butler sink in the kitchen. They were often quite ugly features in 1950s and 60s homes, often surrounded by ugly lead piping. As a result, many of them were ripped out when people started modernising their kitchens, in favour of something more stylish. Quite often, the old Belfast sink...

What is the best flooring for a kitchen?
Nowadays there is a huge choice of flooring to choose from for your kitchen. Flooring needs to be practical, easy to keep clean, stylish and hard-wearing and it will also need to fit in with the style of your kitchen cabinets and appliances. Stone or tiles are an excellent choice as they are very tough and durable and come in a good selection of styles and designs. The only downside...

Buying a free-standing cooker – Things to consider
When considering cooking options in your kitchen, you can either go with a separate hob and built-in oven or buy a free-standing cooker. The first thing to consider when buying the latter is the size, especially if it has to fit into a certain space amongst your kitchen units. Standard cookers come in widths of 50cm, 55cm or 60cm. Range cookers are found in widths of 90cm, 100cm or 11ocm....