Shiplap is a fairly new concept that made interior headlines circa 2013. During a reality TV show that aired in the States, shiplap quickly became the new buzzword. Fixer Upper as the show was marketed soon became a source of inspiration for many homeowners who had access to the show and its power couple cast. Here Joanna Gaines and her husband who renovated homes all over America made the word shiplap as trendy as ever.
In South Africa, we refer to shiplap as a form of wall cladding. Shiplap wall cladding resembles wooden walls or surfaces and is made with any specifications in terms of size and style. It can be used for your home’s interiors and exteriors.
Shiplap offers a modern timber look and is a price-friendly pick-me-up for any space you are trying to renovate and up-style. It is an easy-to-install wall covering that can instantly change the entire look and feel of a room. From kitchens and bathrooms to guestrooms and studies, this style of wall cladding giving any room instant Instagram-ready status.
Don’t Jump Ship
Shiplap is very easy to install and you do not require a professional to do it for you. The joints mimic those of tongue and groove joints that make them easy to fit. You also get peel and stick options, making the application even easier. It is also lightweight and offers a wide variety of options from recreating wood to concrete, you can easily recreate any expensive wall coverings.
Shiplap is also low maintenance and makes cleaning a breeze. Its convenience is what makes this trend a favourite amongst many homeowners the world over. These shiplap wall coverings are also durable and can take a few good knocks from the household over time. They also essentially protect your walling. If your house ever goes on sale, it can also be easily removed by new owners who envision something else.
Ideas and Inspirations
Shiplap techniques have been used for thousands of years. It is its introduction to interiors that is a fairly new trend. According to The Finished Space “The earliest version of shiplap was found over 1,700 years ago on Viking ships! An ancient boat was found using overlapping planks around the outside of the boat to keep the water out. The technique used on this ship was called lapstrakes, but it was a precursor to what would become known as shiplap. The production of watertight, overlapping planks evolved to produce shiplap (i.e., boards that overlap at rabbeted edges to create a completely watertight fit)”.
Shiplap was successful in keeping the water out on ships and soon sheds and farmhouses were introduced to it. From there the trend moved to building’s exteriors and more recently it has made its way indoors.
Bathrooms, both large and small look attractive with shiplap wall coverings. Wooden styles of shiplap can easily give bathrooms a chic, cottage feel with a touch of country. In bathrooms, shiplap does wonders as an accent wall.
Create a beach-inspired bohemian look in your bedroom with shiplap cladding that ignites the inner shipmate in you. With a variety of colours available, choose soft aqua-inspired tones. From white and ivory to sky and moody blues, you can create a desert island-inspired oasis away from the hustle and bustle of everyday distractions.
Shiplap cladding in wooden or concrete type textures are a fresh look for modern kitchens. Cladding in your kitchen can be used as your oven backsplash, or under counters to create stylish surfaces. A shiplap accent wall also works great in a kitchen and is also a trendy substitute for subway tiles.
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What is it about the French that make us want to copy every aspect of their lifestyles? From fashion and art to interiors and food, there is something magical about the French. A French country kitchen is a popular theme that pirouettes its way through interior designers’ look books often.
Timeless French country style kitchens look exquisite for years and investing in the appropriate materials and textures to pull this off is of the essence.
Incorporating a few classic themes and ideas into your kitchen is all you need to get that French charm.
Flowers, retro appliances and creatively paired seating arrangements are at the core of French country style chic. You are likely to find fresh flowers on a weekly basis in the kitchen – taken from the bountiful, Provençal-inspired landscape outside.
Retro appliances add a charm undefinable French. Choosing colours that complement the space is also common. Look out for pastel-coloured appliances that can bring the space together.
Copper is also a popular accent in the French country kitchen. Cooker hoods also look elegant in brass and copper.
Benches and chairs are usually found around the kitchen table. A typical French country kitchen has lots of seating for family and guests. Benches look aesthetically appropriate in a French country kitchen.
Stone walling and distressed wood paired with crips white cabinets and large surfaces are a perfect arrangement for your kitchen. Kitchen island that are functional and beautiful is also a common kitchen feature in French country inspired kitchens.
There is a sense of regales in French country and play around with that idea. Floating kitchen island offer storage and easy accessibility.
Display cabinets are also a must. Glass is the perfect addition to your kitchen cupboards to show off your beautiful cutlery and special collections you don’t always get to use.
Found objects that have been epicycles and restored always look perfectly paired in a classic French country styled kitchen.
Bottoms and Tops
The French countryside has its own charm. Custom-making elements for your kitchen that are unique is a fun and creative way to show off your personality. Wood flooring is essential.
Hand-painting your wooden floors will add an extra layer of charm. Choose colour palettes that complement the overall white appearance of the kitchen. Painted wood floors add a touch of Parisian Café cool to your already stylish kitchen.
French kitchens are busy. Lighting needs to be functional and well-lit. Wrought iron light fittings are popular in French kitchens.
Pedant lights that hang over large surfaces work well in the food preparation space. Candelabra light fittings or Shabby-Chic inspired fittings double up as beautiful centre pieces for your kitchen.
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Decorative concrete treatments for your home is now more popular than ever. With its cool and contemporary look, it is a great option for homes in South Africa to add a touch of class. Coming to the fore as a top design trend this year, concrete is a versatile and sophisticated product to use for your home’s exterior and interior. The joy of concrete’s versatility lies in the fact that it is no longer only welcome in industrial spaces. It creates a beautiful texture and acts as a neutral grounding for any style.
Royal Coat Africa
We recently checked in with Royal Coat Africa who shares the inside scoop on the latest concrete trends for your home. Royal Coat was established in 1987 and is an industry leader in a wide range of specialised, cementitious and protective coatings in the commercial and residential sectors. “Our infrastructure, management and approach allow us to tackle projects of any size – delivering the results time after time! Our status as preferred applicators among a range of major suppliers ensures that clients receive only the best quality products.
Timeless and Stylish
Concrete is timeless. Concrete treatments go well with many interior styles and tend to last for a very long time. Interior concrete trends for 2021 create interesting and unique surface finishes that are as unique as you. Concrete works particularly well when used in flooring or walls due to its sturdy and long-lasting nature. Thanks to its heat and scratch-resistant characteristics, it poses as the best option for kitchen islands and countertops.
Experts confirm that concrete is one of the most cost-effective ways to decorate the interior and exterior of a home or office. It allows you to be innovative in your design approach and perhaps create something no one else has in their residence or commercial.
Royal Coat Africa shares “Cement floors have a naturally hard-wearing nature making them a popular choice for heavy foot and vehicle traffic. The application of cement floor finishes is a popular choice and annual demand for this type of finish is growing rapidly. We apply a range of cementitious wall coatings as well which are popular contemporary choices in terms of wall finishes”.
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If you plan to renovate or build a brand-new kitchen, you may want to consider an integrated approach. Built in kitchen appliances are sleek and functional adding the perfect amount of style to your modern kitchen design. Built-in or integrated appliances are a kitchen trend that has been around for decades and showing no signs of abating.
Built-in appliances are incorporated into the kitchen cabinetry, walls, or countertops for a modern sophisticated look. Integrated appliances take it one step further and cover the appliance with an exterior panel so that it blends in seamlessly with the surrounding cabinetry. This offers a sleek appearance; however, it is important to note that not all appliances can be fully integrated.
Built-in appliances offer several functional and design benefits that freestanding appliances can’t. As more and more kitchens are being designed as open-plan spaces that form part of larger living areas, so does the demand increase for kitchens that offer better aesthetics that won’t let the side down visually. Open-plan kitchen layouts are where built-in appliance really show off their sleek design elements.
By selecting built-in appliances that would have normally been positioned on countertops, such as coffee machines and microwaves for example, you will not only free up precious work space, but it will also allow you to install a wider selection of appliances. You can select a variety of appliances and create an attractive and space-efficient bank of built-in appliances along one wall in your kitchen. Built-in appliances can be installed in a variety of different ways, including horizontally, vertically, or in a t-shaped formation for a truly tailored cooking solution.
Built-in appliances allow you to choose where you would like them to be positioned, instead of their location being dictated to you. This makes them easier to use, but it also allows you to use up otherwise awkward spaces in a novel and efficient manner.
Cleaning is a Breeze
Due to the way built-in appliances are installed, there are no gaps or spaces between the kitchen units and the appliances where food or dirt can get trapped. This makes them quicker and easier to clean, and makes for a more hygienic kitchen space.
Increase your Property Value
Kitchens are expensive to renovate and homebuyers are always looking for kitchens that are already modern and up to standard. They will be willing to pay more for a property with a beautiful new kitchen with integrated or built-in appliance solutions.
Make sure you invest in reputable and trusted kitchen appliance brands to make sure you get the best quality on the market.
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Home magazines and Pinterest boards may be full of spotless, clutter-free kitchen counters but how is that actually achieved? Doing a ruthless clear-out of your kitchen cupboards and cutting back to the bare minimum is a good option for the modern, minimalist look. A second option is investing in clever, kitchen storage solutions and designs that make the most of your space without the hassle of having to contort yourself to reach what you need.
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Storage and Organisation
If the shouts of “Where is [insert food item or appliance], I don’t see it” are a regular occurrence in your home, it’s time to rethink your organisation. There’s still a chance that perfectly labelled shelves and containers won’t be enough for your partner or kids to see the object in front of them or put it back where they found it but it will make cooking and storage so much easier.
Storage and organisation options are a matter of personal preference. Options range from woven baskets to recycled jars. Clear storage bins and containers in different sizes are a great modern and practical option as you can easily see everything that is inside without having to unpack the whole bin.
A simple tip is to categorise and pack like–items together in a bin e.g., breakfast/cereals, tinned food, snacks, beverages, pasta, baking, spices, etc.
Once the items are categorised and packed, organise them with the most commonly used items at eye-level and in the front. For a uniformed look, decant what you can into matching, labelled containers of your choice. Cut out the cooking instructions and stick to the inside lid or back of the container for reference.
If you buy in bulk, pack a daily or weekly supply out on the shelf and use larger “overflow” bins that can be stored in lower or higher shelves or cupboards. Restock the main shelf as needed.
Buying tip: Measure the inside of your shelves, cupboard or fridge and take the measurements with you when you shop for containers to make sure whatever you buy is a functional fit.
Turning a Corner
Having to stick half your torso into an awkward corner cupboard and desperately reach for the thing you need wedged in the corner is a thing of the past. Transform an annoying corner cupboard into a functional feature with smarter storage solutions such as a “lazy Susan” turnstile unit that helps you find things easily by rotating the shelf, a bracketed basket that you can slide out to find what you’re looking for or “magic” half-moon shelving attached to the cupboard door for easy access.
Vertical space is your friend, especially in a small kitchen. Extra storage space can easily be created by using all your available wall space. Whether it’s around your fridge, above your extractor fan or in the open space between your existing cupboards and the ceiling, make sure to use all the space available.
For clear counter tops and a seamless finish, make use of shelves for appliances such as microwaves and store other appliances like toasters and kettles in counter-level or easy to access cupboards. Dishwashers, washing machines and fridges can also be hidden behind custom-fitted cupboard doors.
Drawer it Out
Make finding the right sized pot, pan or tray by converting below-counter cupboards to drawers. The ease of immediately seeing what you need, without having to play crouching pot-Tetris will make life that much easier. The trick is to invest in heavy duty runners or drawer systems that can effectively handle the weight and make sure the drawer is deep enough to fit your pots and pans.
Seeking expert advice is always best. If you are an experienced DIYer, watch the video for some inspiration from DIY with Elle for a quick kitchen makeover using professionally made cupboard doors, DIY cabinet frames and a clever coat of wall paint.
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The kitchen is not only a place for preparing and cooking food anymore. It’s a communication hub for the family and with smart technology, also a place for interconnectivity. The kitchen is the heart of the home and is usually the first place you meet in the morning and with a fresh cuppa at hand, it’s also the best place in your home where the family comes together.
There are many ways to ensure you utilise your kitchen to its full extent. Open plans, timeless designs, cosy nooks, innovative technology and glamorous interiors can make your kitchen as unique as you are.
Taps can be made to any specification and with that wide variety available now, kitchen sinks are going the same direction. Gold faucets and sinks have become popular in kitchens, giving kitchens a stylish and opulent feel.
“Colourful kitchens are set to be a huge trend for 2021,” says Hayley Simmons, Head of Merchandising at Magnet. “It seems like we’ve been staring at the same four walls for some time now, 2021 is all about taking risks with interiors, creating a new and very different feeling environment. Homeowners will be looking to experiment and introduce new bolder shades that bring their kitchen to life”.
Subway tiles have made their move from bathrooms to kitchens and they add a special aesthetic to kitchens – especially washing up areas. The clean, look of white rectangle tiles adds a fresh look to kitchens. According to New Décor Trends, metro-style tiles will become a little more interesting in 2021 as they depart from traditional sizes. We will also see that these tiles are offered in more colours, larger sizes and typical design patterns.
Did you know that Google searches of hot water taps increased by 25 per cent in 2020? And by hot water taps, we mean instant hot water taps. According to Mark Staweczny, designer for Abode, “Hot water taps are going to be a sought-after item for the kitchen of 2021. Going by recent sales of the Abode Pronteau range, our steaming hot water taps increased by 13 per cent in one month, from July to August this year. Spurred by more of us working from home and therefore wanting hot water on demand to make tea and coffee in between Zoom calls etc”.
If communication and interconnectivity is something you value at home, opting for an innovative, functional kitchen might be for you. Creating a minimalist space with stainless steel finishes and uncomplicated colours is the perfect starting point for this type of kitchen. Using light colours and geometric shapes will ensure your kitchen has the feel you are going for. Sleek finishes that include hi-tech appliances are the perfect addition to your sophisticated kitchen.
Storage and Function
The kitchen island is an essential element in your kitchen, and having two islands doubles up its functionality. To some, this may seem excessive, but large families and homes benefit from this trend! “With two different kitchen islands, you can also create two separate spaces. The first island can serve for a functional role, such as a food prepping station to make cooking a streamlined process and the second island can be a focal point for the family to sit back, relax and eat” explains luxury kitchen design company, WREN Kitchens.
The “less is more” minimalist approach is also popular in newer kitchens. Everything has a place and a function. Hidden drawers and open and close smartly is always a win for a streamlined kitchen.
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Soon there will be a chill in the mornings and late afternoons and summer will be a distant memory. After the first cold spell, you will be willing to swop the cold for a hot summer day – anytime! Luckily there are a few ways to stay outdoors for longer when it gets cooler.
Create a patio that is ready to embrace the colder seasons by investing in one of these smart additions.
Get Yourself a Fire Pit
Fire pits are a great way to keep friends and family outside throughout the year. Besides being an obvious crowd pleaser, fire pits are great for getting people to gather around and get cosy. Fire pits also add a lovely ambience that cannot be beaten by any other cosy night-time activity. Get the marshmallows out, grab a blanket and melt into a dreamy autumn scene.
Fire pits work great all year round and will be used equally as much in summer. It is a great investment that can potentially also increase the value of your home.
Install an Outdoor Kitchen
A lovely outdoor space is great all year round and can bring months of joy to you and your family. Having a functional space where you cook food and entertain people is essential. Create a space where people can do more than just stand around a braai. Start by installing the basic elements of an outdoor kitchen like basins, hot and cold-water access, a food preparation area etc. Once you have the basics covered you can start thinking about ventilation and lighting. Later you can include a games area and if it suits your lifestyle, a TV or an audio-visual system to watch the game too!
Get Cosy with a Jacuzzi
A welcoming patio decked out with a jacuzzi in the colder months will always get everyone outside. A warm, steamy hot tub session is also healthy and good for relaxation and stress relief. Jacuzzis always fare well with realtors too, as new buyers always consider a jacuzzi a bonus.
There are beautiful spa products available to give your home that special retreat feeling. When choosing a jacuzzi, make sure you get all the specifications you need to give yourself a perfect spa experience at home. You want jets, you want easy heat regulation and you want comfort.
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Historically, this type of pantry or scullery is a dedicated space in a large home used to store family silver, numerous sets of china, and large serving dishes like platters, tureens, and coffee urns. Butlers would even sleep in this room to protect the family heirlooms, keeping the cabinets under lock and key.
Open-plan living has created a challenge in the modern home, all the mess and dishes associated with cooking and entertaining is front and centre in the living area. Today’s butler’s pantries are located just off the kitchen or dining room and are used as staging areas for serving meals, and as a storage space. It is a transitional space between the kitchen and the dining area.
Although the butler’s pantries originally served as a secure storage space, today’s butler’s pantries have unlimited uses. You’ll commonly find countertops and cabinets for storing serving pieces, tableware, wine glasses, table linens, candles, and other items for the dining room. Luxurious upgrades here can include a dishwasher, small refrigerator, or sink.
Apart from additional storage space, homeowners’ shifting perceptions and priorities have created additional uses for a modern-day butler’s pantry. Here is a list of some exciting uses:
- A food prep space. If you love to entertain, a butler’s pantry can make prepping and staging large meals much easier and free up tons of counter space, so that you can keep cooking. Because the butler’s pantry is typically located between a home’s kitchen and its dining area, it’s the perfect place to store ready-to-eat dishes, plate food, or even store dirty dishes until the party is over.
- A tricked-out coffee bar. Between coffee beans, a coffee bean grinder, coffee maker or French press, and mugs, your daily cup of joe can take up a ton of counter space. Putting your coffee prep station in the butler’s pantry can clear your counters and keep all your gear organized.
- Extension of your kitchen: If you find yourself scrambling over kitchen space and fighting with family members for microwave or counter space, a butler’s pantry can create a small kitchenette, creating additional work and storage space for the extended family gatherings.
- A simple wine cellar. Few of us are lucky enough to have an entire wine cellar in our homes. Use a butler’s pantry to store your vino and glassware. By installing a small wine refrigerator to keep your wine at the perfect, cellar-like temperature, a butler’s pantry can easily double as a wet bar, allowing you to mix the perfect cocktail for your guests.
There are no rules for a butler’s pantry, only that it should work for your needs and your kitchen.
- Ample counter space and cabinets for storing glassware, dishes, platters, and special-use kitchen accessories
- Decorative trays, baskets, or containers to store your favourite snacks, cocktail mixers and accessories, coffee beans, or glassware
- Adequate lighting for food prep or access
- Decorative accents that bring you joy, whether it’s a bold wallpaper, bright paint colour, or interesting knickknack.
Building a Butler’s Pantry
Whether you’re starting from scratch or redoing an existing space, you can design your butler’s pantry however you wish. If you have a small enclave or closet near your kitchen, you’re in luck: By adding some cabinets and counters, you can turn this unused space into an awesome butler’s pantry.
If you don’t have an unused enclave or closet and need to build a space from scratch, unfortunately, building a butler’s pantry will require a lot more work. Be sure to check your area’s permitting and building requirements, and work with a registered and competent contractor to complete the job.
You can convert an extra closet near the dining room into a butler’s pantry. An architect and designer can help you design the space, which should include storage with adjustable shelves and open cabinets, counters, display cubbies, and hooks for cleaning supplies.
You can hide your butler’s pantry by constructing a false back wall in your kitchen or dining area. Or create a walk-in version by enlarging an existing food pantry. A small hallway between the kitchen and the dining room is also an ideal place to set up a butler’s pantry.
The main thing with a scullery or butler’s pantry is that it is meant to be hidden! That is the whole idea so that you can shut the door on the mess and dishes and hide it all away from plain sight. A butler’s pantry is meant to make your life easier and it is important to make it yours.
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Summer is practically here and you need to make the best of your outdoor area. Buying a pizza oven can give your outdoor cooking experience a whole new meaning. Pizza oven owners have become very creative over the years and can cook and even bake some family favourites in their pizza ovens. Despite authentic, delicious pizzas, your oven will give you so much more than just pizza.
Not Just Pizza
The versatility of the pizza oven will most definitely surprise you! You can cook, grill and bake in one. From boiling up some hearty stews to baking rusks – the oven is way more diverse than we give it credit for.
A sustainable benefit of the wood-fired oven is that it is light on “fuel”. Only a few pieces of wood are needed to heat your oven for a simple dish. Wood-burning ovens are a low-carbon alternative to appliances using fossil fuels and does not add to your carbon footprint.
When you shop around for an oven, you will quickly learn that there are many different specifications that in return, give customers more variety. Pizza ovens have a very long lifespan if they are installed correctly and well looked after.
Taste is King
Cooking with wood gives food a smoky flavour that is impossible to recreate anywhere else. The oven allows smoke to travel generously in and out, creating extra tasty food. You can choose from a variety of flavours ideal for smoking your food. Flavoursome options include beech, oak, olive and juniper.
Functional Outdoor Kitchen
A fully functional outdoor kitchen is simply not complete without a pizza oven. Braaing is one thing, but the added option of a wood-fired oven can take family time to the next level. A wood-fired oven is a worthy investment for the long run provided that you keep it well looked after with regular maintenance.
An outdoor kitchen also needs the right tools. For your oven, you will need a pizza stone and a pizza peel. A pizza stone is a removable platform where you place your pizza on to cook. Pizza peels are paddles made of wood or metal and are for placing the pizza in the oven and removing it safely.
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Designing your kitchen is one of the most exciting challenges any homeowner faces. Be it in an existing house or a new house, the possibilities are endless. Failing to plan is planning to fail. As with any project, start with a road map: concept, design, detailing, costing, and implementation. The question is, can you design your own kitchen? And the answer is, yes – you can!
Concept and Design
Your available area will determine the best layout. Do you have enough room to accommodate a scullery? Where are the plumbing services located? How much storage space do you require? Do you have large appliances that need to be housed? Do you want to watch Nigella cook while making dinner? Will you accommodate your guests around your kitchen island?
There are a few popular kitchen layouts:
- Island kitchen
An effective kitchen layout will work on a three-point layout between the fridge, work area and stove. If the three-point layout is too far spread, the practicality of the kitchen is in jeopardy.
We prefer to have a scullery hidden from your main kitchen and dining area. Keep all the dirty dishes away from your preparation area. When the scullery is hidden it is also practical to accommodate a prep bowl in the main kitchen for you to wash your vegetables and fruits without using the scullery sink.
Another point to remember is to accommodate your fridge freezer. Today there are a lot of products on the market. The opening should be designed for the appliance that you would accommodate in your kitchen. If your fridge freezer incorporates a water and ice dispenser, keep in mind that a water point should also be provided on the back wall with the electrical plug. Regulations are stipulating how far a water point can be placed from and electrical plug, so please ensure that your plumber and electrician are registered to issue you with certificates of compliance after installations.
Detail and Costing
The cost of a kitchen can range from entry-level with a few thousand to spend, to top of the range with a few hundred thousand to spend. The costs are affected by your appliances as well as your finishes. Your kitchen manufacturer will assist in cost exercises, providing you with options. The main cost item is the ironmongery to be used. Do you prefer soft-closing, one-touch opening doors and drawers, or will you be happy with manually opening your cupboards?
Appliances can also be a shock if you have not considered the line items in your budget. The installation of a gas hob and oven should also be done by a specialist for you to receive the certificate of compliance after the installation. A kitchen designer will help you with the layout in terms of drawers, cupboards, and overhead cupboards.
A kitchen redo can be very invasive to your privacy, so you need to accommodate your temporary kitchen and living arrangements in a dust-free, worker no-go zone. Specialists involved in the kitchen renovation process range from architect or designer, cupboard manufacturer, plumber, electrician, gas installer and counter installer.
Coordination for a smooth installation is critical. It is a good idea to have one point of responsibility, otherwise, chaos can reign on a building site.
A kitchen is an investment. You would not ask your school friend how to invest your hard earned mula, unless he is an investor. Make sure you ask the right specialists for your kitchen renovation to maximise your return on investment!
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