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How to plan your kitchen-diner

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Earlier on this week, we brought you some of our favourite kitchen-diner designs. Today we’re going to get a little more technical however, and show you how you can go about planning your kitchen-diner. After all, the more prepared you are, the better the outcome will be. So follow these simple steps to plan your dream kitchen-diner today.

 

Consider the space

Choosing an open-plan kitchen-diner will create a vast space in your home. What’s more, it’ll allow for entertaining while you’re cooking. And let’s face it, the majority of families spend their waking hours at home in the kitchen, don’t they? That’s one reason why a kitchen-diner can be so useful. It gives you enough space for family members and guests to sit down, without being under your feet while you’re preparing food.

For that reason, it is vital to plan your space carefully. Create different zones to ensure that the dining area is distinctly separate from the food preparation area of the kitchen. One easy way to do this visually is to install a breakfast bar between the kitchen and dining table.

 

Bright ideas
It’s a good idea to position the dining table in the part of the room that gets the most light. Housetohome.co.uk recommends installing different degrees of lighting to help you easily separate each of your zones. Spotlights can work well over any preparation worktops, while warm lighting around the dining area will create a welcoming, cosy atmosphere.

 

Décor inspiration

When it comes to the design aspect of your kitchen-diner, it is wise to complement both dining and kitchen areas. So if you’re planning to decorate the kitchen using country-kitchen colours and traditional-looking appliances, make sure that you, in turn, opt for rustic furniture in the dining area. Likewise, if your kitchen is full of the latest mod-cons and stainless steel work surfaces, choose modern colours and tableware in your dining area.

 

Hide the clutter
Open-plan kitchen-diners can look messy and cluttered if you fill your worktops with cereal boxes, loaves of bread, and cartons of juice. Try to invest in kitchen furniture with incorporated storage. For example, you could make the most of the storage space provided by your kitchen island, like in this kitchen from lovehome.co.uk. Hanging pots and pans from suspended storage racks will free up your cupboard space. What’s more, it’ll work well as a design feature.

Do you have any further tips for planning a kitchen-diner?

If your existing kitchen is a little on the small side and you have no dining room, why not consider converting your unused loft into an open-plan kitchen-diner?

Here at Econoloft, our 40 years’ experience in the loft conversion industry makes us the ideal firm to complete the job for you.

Take a look at our gallery for further design inspiration. Our impressive client testimonials prove why we are the right people to transform your loft.

For more information or to book your FREE estimate, contact Econoloft today on FREEPHONE 0800269765 or fill in a call back form and we will contact you when it’s convenient.

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28.11.2013 No Comments

5 of the best kitchen-diners

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Regular readers of our blog will have heard us say countless times that the kitchen is the hub of any home – but can the same be said about kitchen-diners? These rooms are not a new phenomenon. Indeed, they can actually be a really useful addition to any household, particularly if you often have guests over. The open kitchen – dining room aspect allows for great hosting. You’ll effectively be in the same room as your guests during the cooking process. You may even want to demonstrate a few skills. Today we’ll be taking a look at five of the best kitchen-diners.

 

Vintage kitchen bar
How about this for a cool kitchen? Part kitchen, part 1940s inspired bar, we’re willing to bet that the owner of this home enjoys hosting. To give the room an authentic touch, the designer has chosen to use vintage accessories, such as these old-school bar stools. This kitchen bar from easyliving.co.uk is ideal for showcasing your cocktail making skills while your guests relax.

 

White and red
An all-white kitchen-diner can look quite clinical and sterile. However, once you’ve added some dark chunky furniture and colourful red accents, the room is transformed. We love the homely look of this kitchen-diner from roomenvy.co.uk. It gives the impression that a lively, welcoming family live here – what more could you want?

 

50s style
We couldn’t resist this 1950s style American kitchen-diner, seen on Pinterest.com. The monochrome tiled flooring and the shiny PVC-backed chairs look like they’ve come straight out of a 50s movie. Carry on the theme into the rest of the kitchen with retro accessories and bright colours – who said decorating can’t be fun?

 

Small kitchen-diner
If your kitchen-diner errs on the small side, do not panic. The clever people at beautifulkitchensblog.co.uk recommend investing in foldaway chairs and an extendable table. We love the traditional country style of this kitchen-diner. The balance of cream and honey coloured wood adds warmth, while the colourful checked blind adds a splash of colour.

 

Curved kitchen-diner
This striking curved design seen on housetohome.co.uk stands out as the centrepiece of the room. Almost reminiscent of a theatre circle, it’s ideal for putting on a culinary show for your guests. The high backed leather chairs will allow your guests and family to dine in comfort, while the burgundy table and lampshade add a splash of colour to the room. Ceiling spotlights give the room a professional finish.

Have you ever considered turning your unused loft into a kitchen-diner? Set away from the rest of the house, this would be the ideal place to entertain guests.

 

Here at Econoloft, we have over 40 years’ experience in the loft conversion industry. This makes us ideally qualified to complete the job for you.

We tailor all of our designs to suit your specifications. If you are looking for more design inspiration, take a look at our gallery of previous work.

For more information or to book your FREE estimate, contact Econoloft today on FREEPHONE 0800269765 or fill in a call back form and we will contact you when it’s convenient.

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26.11.2013 No Comments

Around the world with dining rooms

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At Econoloft, we love to share our advice for interior decoration and today we’re looking at dining rooms.

Whether you want a place to entertain friends with lavish dinner parties, or simple a relaxed area for family mealtimes, you can have it all with a dining room. Spend some quality time with your loved ones, eating wholesome food, rather than sitting in front of the television with a ready meal.

We’ve chosen four of our favourite dining rooms designs, with inspiration from around the globe.

 

1. Oriental deluxe

If you love to cook sizzling Asian food, then you’ll appreciate a beautiful setting to complement the meal.
We love the bright foliage patterned upholstery of the chairs in this dining room from housetohome.co.uk which offset the sleek black oriental table perfectly. The table lamp has been customised with matching swatches of fabric and the bright yellow oriental branches help to complete the theme.

 

2. A taste of the Mediterranean

If steaming bowls of pasta and dipping breads are more your thing, why not decorate your dining area in a Tuscan theme?


Lovehome.co.uk
features this rustic Italian style dining area. Simple living is at the heart of this theme with chunky wooden furniture pieces, complemented by the ornate hanging chandelier.

 

3. Ooh la la, Parisian style

Refined and elegant come together with hearty food to create a stylish yet comfortable French dining room.
White painted furniture gives the room a very clean, chic feel which is augmented by the polished wooden flooring. Invest in a shabby chic room sign for the perfect look du jour. We love the cute hanging lanterns.

 

4. Quintessentially British

What could be better than an afternoon tea party complete with cucumber sandwiches and scones?
Mix the old with the new and combine an antique metal table with wirework chairs for a contemporary look. A pretty patterned tablecloth and comfy cushions instil a sense of comfort. Don’t forget to stick out your pinky finger when you’re pouring the tea!

 

Create a room you adore and you’ll soon forget all about what’s on television, in favour of dining in style.

If you don’t have the space in your house for a dining room, why not convert your unused loft? It’d make a fantastic space for entertaining friends, not to mention a great talking point for your guests.

At Econoloft, we tailor each design to your specifications – take a look at some of our previous work and see what our clients have to say about us.

For your FREE estimate, contact us today on FREEPHONE 0800269765 or fill in a call back form and we will contact you when it’s convenient.

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25.02.2013 No Comments