The UK’s largest gathering of some of the best kitchen, bedroom and bathroom brands from around the world opened on Sunday as The Kitchen Bedroom and Bathroom exhibition came to Birmingham’s NEC.
This is the industry’s opportunity to show off new offerings and innovations for the year ahead as thousands of new products go on show.
With over 300 brands, manufacturers and suppliers, KBB Birmingham is the place to source the very latest new products, new technologies and stunning new ranges from furniture, appliances and accessories to components and surfaces.
Those attending couldn’t have failed to notice that pastel colours remain one of the trendiest options for kitchen designs, with shades of grey, olive green and sand colours also essential for a modern and contemporary look.
But it’s not just colours that make a kitchen; it’s texture and feel too. A point that the many designers in attendance were keen to discuss.
Designers Paul O’Brien and Diane Berry spoke about the challenges they face in front of an enthusiastic crowd at the seminar theatre.
Among the many topics discussed, they highlighted texture as one of the most significant innovations over the last few years – particularly when it comes to kitchen doors and worktops.
Innovative textures such as the rippled effect on Finsahome Chamonix doors and Cervino doors certainly can create that added luxury feeling in contemporary kitchens and remain popular.
Along with physical and visual elements, the panel also discussed how technology is playing a part in the way kitchens look today.
They agreed that the impact of new technologies and even social media on the kitchen designing industry, allows designers to share experiences and get inspiration from style networks around the world.
If there’s one thing about the home that we all tend to have a problem with it’s space.
Somehow, some way, there’s never enough space. All that clutter; shoes, clothes, pots, pans, the kids’ toys, you name it, it’s likely to be lying around and disturbing the otherwise spotless appearance of a room.
That’s why many people are now paying attention to what they call “space saving hacks“. These clever ideas, storage solutions or just pieces of common sense can go a long way to making your home a greater place to live.
And you know what they say. Tidy room, tidy mind.
So, without further deliberation, here are our some of favourite space saving hacks.
1. Storage drawers in the stairs
Finsa have unveiled new building materials at the Material Xperience exhibition in Rotterdam.
Our sister company – Finsa BV – recently introduced the Finsa Compacmel Plus to the architects and designers community in Holland at the Material Xperience 2014 exhibition in Rotterdam.
This new wood based panel was received with much admiration and celebrated by visitors to the stand who agreed that the innovative design offered a host of possibilities.
A brochure of the Finsa CompacMel Plus can be read here.
Finsa Home were among those at the ‘Doing More With Less’ seminar with award-winning RIBA architect and co-presenter of hit BBC2 series The House that £100k Built, Piers Taylor, held at the recent Interiors UK Exhibition.
Taylor went through all the principles regarding efficient new building on a limited budget and kitchens were high on his list of priorities.
When designing his £100,000 homes, Taylor explained that he usually spends between £1,000 and £2,500 on a new kitchen. But using on-site building materials can save you a fortune, according to Taylor – rivalling similar designs costing anything up to £10,000. Continue reading
Every year thousands of people fall victim to rogue traders, losing millions of pounds in the process – not to mention having their lives turned upside down and homes left in tatters.
Huge costs, massive disruption, stress and even court battles are just some of the things that can result from building work that goes off the rails.
The secret is to distinguish between reputable traders and those who are just out to make a quick buck.
Here are ten things to be aware of to help you unmask the cowboys and find a trader you can trust. Continue reading
Finsa UK and Finsahome have awarded their Annual Christmas Charity Contribution to the Catholic Children’s Society (Shrewsbury Diocese).
This donation will help the Catholic Children’s Society to counter balance the effect of reduced Government Funding and to carry on providing their vital support to families in need across the Wirral.
Trish Spencer met Manuel Castineira and Donna Morris at the Finsahome Birkenhead showroom to be awarded this donation.
Trish Spencer said: ‘Our local communities today have many demands placed on them and families are facing many pressures, such as poor health, paying of bills, unsettled relationships, child behaviour, poor education levels, inadequate housing and changes in the benefit’s system. Family members sometimes lack the self esteem, confidence and energy to meet these challenges that society throws up. We work with and alongside people to empower and encourage them. We operate in small groups or work with individuals depending upon their needs and circumstances. We meet in places that are safe and familiar including family homes, schools or mutually agreed safe venues.
Experienced staff and volunteers work in partnership with other agencies to provide the best possible service. We would like to thank Finsa whose generous donation will help us to carry on with this work and build strong supportive communities wherever there is current disadvantage’
Finsa appreciate the hard work that staff and volunteers at the Catholic Children’s Society have been doing supporting families in need in the local area. Over 500 families benefited last year from their support. Their plans for the future involve creating local hubs though the Wirral to provide more opportunities for families-in-need to get in contact with them and benefit from their support. Also they work closely with sixteen local schools, looking to expand this collaboration to many more schools in the new year. All this preventive support helps fixing family situations and prevents them to develop into worse social tragedies.
Finsa and Finsahome close with this award their 2013 Finsa in the Community program.
During the last twelve months Finsa contributed to the Barnardo’s A Chance to Work initiative in Liverpool that supports integration in the work market for teenagers from disadvantaged backgrounds. Finsahome also donated a new kitchen for The 1st Great Sutton Scout Group in Wirral so their social club now meets all the requirements of this lively group of children. And another Finsahome donation provided new laminate flooring for the new charity shop of Liverpool charity OLLY that looks after children who experienced the tragedy of the loss of a loved one. This Christmas charity contribution to the Catholic Children’s Society closes a successful Finsa in the Community program in 2013
Manuel Castineira said: ‘We are very proud of the hard work that so many local charities do over the year. We pride ourselves of building long lasting relationships with our customers and we care about what they care. Many of our customers are terribly involved in volunteering and charity work. And these contributions we made are our way tell them how much we appreciate all their effort and their hard work’
Finsahome Birkenhead has recently re-vamped its showroom adding new stunning kitchens to its range of affordable quality products. Finsahome offers everyday low prices to Trade and Public through its extensive range of Kitchens and Laminate Flooring.
Many people love nothing more than entertaining, particularly if there is a special event to cater for. For some people, cooking a great meal or putting on a spread for a birthday, Christmas or other special occasion is something they love to do.
However, one thing that they don’t particularly relish is the thought of spillages, stains, marks and general damage to their furniture – particularly the table, which is where the meals are served or the spread laid out. Continue reading
The appeal has been launched in sympathy with all the Filipino employees and customers in the U.A.E. where Finsa have been selling building materials for over 20 years.
It’s been two weeks since typhoon Haiyan devastated the Philippines with 200 mph strong winds and 45 ft tall waves landing ashore.
Latest official figures suggest 5,000 have lost their lives while hundreds of thousands of people have been displaced from their homes.
It’s estimated that more than 200,000 houses have been totally destroyed. Continue reading
On our blog we love to share DIY and Home Improvement advice with our readers – alongside bringing you the latest news, updates and offers from the Finsa Home website.
That’s not to say, however, that we don’t like to check out other DIY and Home-related websites to see what they’re getting up to – and whether they could even inspire us to produce something of our own.
It is these websites that we decided to include in a blog post of our own to celebrate how helpful they are. Not only to us, but now, hopefully, to you too! Check them out! Continue reading
Turning a home into a “smart home” does not need to be an expensive or time-consuming task.
There are now more products and services than ever that allow homeowners to dive right in and bring their home into the digital age. Here is a look at just five of the most inexpensive tips, tricks and products that can be used to give any home a makeover.
Keyless doorways have been a mainstay in a number of and commercial and private buildings, but they do come with some drawbacks. Most have required immediate access to the door or the carrying of extra keys and sensors, but modern keyless doorways use one’s wireless internet to lock, unlock, or check on their doors on their mobile devices. Continue reading