Choosing The Right Toilet

Not the most glamorous of topics – but every household has one so it is probably the most necessary of topics. This blog is about toilets and choosing the right toilet for your bathroom.

The toilet you choose will be determined by a number of factors like your budget, your bathroom’s style and the amount of space you have. So to help you make your choice, we’ve put together an expert guide to choosing the right toilet.

Most toilets available fall into three categories: close coupled, back to wall, and wall-hung. Not sure which one is which? Don’t worry we’re here to explain.

Close coupled toilets tend to be the most common ones, in which the cistern is directly attached to the toilet pan and sits on top of the bowl. These are typically taller toilets than either wall-hung or back to wall ones. Pipework is hidden, so cleaning is simple and the toilet is a fundamental fit for any bathroom. If you’re working towards a budget then a close coupled toilet is the most cost-effective option. They are available in a large number of styles and shapes, so let your personal style shine through when choosing yours.

Due to their size and their compact nature, a close coupled toilet is the perfect fit for small or awkward space. So if you have any minor recesses in your bathroom wall, this choice of loo may make the most of the space. Each close coupled toilet comes with its own measurements so check the dimensions before deciding which one is the perfect fit for your space.

Back to wall toilets have both the cistern and the bowl itself fixed to the wall at the back and their base stands on the floor, but the water tank is separate to the bowl. This design makes it the toilet for those looking for a contemporary style that is also ideal for space-saving.

You’ll find that the cistern for back to wall toilets are sold separately and concealed by the wall, with a flush panel fitted into the wall. Due to the cistern being sold separately, you must factor in the cost of this when you’re budgeting.

When you’re aiming for a streamlined modern look these particular designs are spot on for choosing the right toilet. The finish is fuss-free and makes cleaning very easy with the lack of a visible cistern helping to create a clutter free space.

These don’t differ too far from wall-hung toilets, another style of toilet available. As the name suggests, wall-hung toilets hang from the wall and leave extra space underneath to make your bathroom appear more spacious. They’re also known as floating toilets due to the space underneath them, making cleaning the toilet bowl and the floor so simple.

Wall-hung toilets offer a contemporary look that can make your bathroom look and feel so much bigger. They’re supported by a strong wall frame that conceals the cistern and holds the toilet, with cisterns concealed within the wall and activated by a flush panel.

One of the key benefits of a wall-hung toilet is that you can have the height adjusted to suit your needs. This means that wall-hung toilets are a great idea if you are looking to furnish a bathroom for someone who is taller or may have limited mobility

A wall-hung toilet creates a real feature point within your bathroom, it is as eye-catching as it is functional.

Is it time to renovate your bathroom and start choosing the right toilet? Here at Paul Barry KBB, we have over 30 years experience of turning your bathroom ideas into a reality. Our expert bathroom designers are on hand to offer advice and assist you in your needs and requirements to utilise the full potential of your available space.

What makes a traditional farmhouse kitchen?

Many of us dream of having a traditional farmhouse kitchen in our homes, but that dream isn’t too far out of reach when it comes to simple styling methods. By adopting these timeless and flexible kitchen elements, your space will be everything you’ve desired.

A traditional farmhouse kitchen is considered a luxury and following these simple design points will help you achieve your dream kitchen.

  • Simple architecture

The essence of a traditional farmhouse kitchen does not rest solely on solid oak kitchen doors or dark colours as is popularly believed. Simple architecture elements such as whites and light shades can also help you achieve the look that you want. In fact, almost any colour scheme appeals to this particular design style as its lack of uniformity lends itself to its charm.

For those with a large, open kitchen, an island is a must-have. This space can be used to cook, socialise and eat, making it the perfect addition to a traditional farmhouse kitchen.

The detail of a traditional farmhouse kitchen lies in the islands, crown moulding, panelled cooker hoods and furniture-style toe kicks. These small flecks in the overall design are what give traditional farmhouse kitchens their homely and comforting characteristics.

  • Cabinetry & unit choices

Even though they are timeless, traditional farmhouse kitchens are fresh. Most of the time you will see a simple shaker door, perhaps with small bead moulding. There are no raised panels like in contemporary kitchens or flat-panel doors that make the modern kitchen look.

This kind of style is what everyone feels most comfortable in, even the most modern interior devotees. If there is a colour that defines a classic style and pleases everyone, it has to be white. Choosing the right handles for your cabinets is important and needs careful consideration. They should be in keeping with the style and proportion of the cabinetry.

The cabinetry style is essential for maintaining the traditional farmhouse kitchen look. Opting for the likes of shaker, inset and bedboard are the best choices. It is also common to insert some glass-fronted doors on some cabinets as they fit well with the theme and can make the room look larger.

  • Sinks & taps

Ceramic sinks are the only way forward for a traditional farmhouse kitchen. They’re hardwearing and when paired with a similar styled draining board, they fit the farmhouse theme perfectly. Ceramic sinks are also incredibly luxurious and will bring years of grace and elegance to your kitchen environment. The most popular is the Belfast sink, a must for any traditional farmhouse kitchen, however plenty of other ceramic designs are available and look gorgeous.

When it comes to taps, Victorian styled taps never go out of style. These classic designs look stunning when paired with ceramic kitchen sinks and wood counter tops. Even though they look old-fashioned and in keeping with the traditional farmhouse kitchen style, these taps have the same technology as their modern counterparts.

  • Appliances

Traditionally, country kitchens feature a wood-burning oven but we understand these aren’t the most suitable for your family home. In a farmhouse kitchen it is the cooker that should be the main focal point so the likes a of range cooker or aga is the perfect addition. If they aren’t viable then look for modern alternatives hidden within your kitchen design.

Many newer models of dishwashers and overs conceal various setting buttons on top rather than displaying them in a front panel. Consider this when deciding on what features are important to you within your traditional farmhouse kitchen.

An old-fashioned refrigerator is so compatible with the country kitchen aesthetic and other touches that it fits the decor perfectly. Don’t give up on the idea of a large double refrigerator because you are afraid of having to sacrifice storage space, there’s no need to worry about mixing modern conveniences with traditional style if the appliances are in keeping with the decor.

Benefits of an En-Suite Bathroom

Once considered an expensive luxury, en suite bathrooms are more popular than ever across the UK and for good reason. Whether you’re moving home or planning to remodel your current property, adding an en suite offers a range of benefits. Let’s explore why many people are considering this type of bathroom for their homes:

Firstly, an en suite bathroom can give you a more private space.
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family bathroom can mean all of your cosmetics and candles are stowed alongside the athlete’s foot powder, kids bath toys and nappy sacks. And who keeps using all your expensive products? Not forgetting the mess associated with bathing young children and pet dogs. Don’t you just wish you could have a section of your home for a bit of serenity and peace?

That’s exactly what an en suite can offer you. An en suite is ideal if you’re craving a little ‘me time’. Due to the bathroom being attached to your bedroom, guests are less likely to use it and it feels a lot more personal. Leave the family to use the main bathroom and you have your own facilities to relax and enjoy as you please. It’s your way of being selfish in your home; having your own space, your own products, and your own peace. We think you deserve it!

An en suite relieves some of the footfall from your main bathroom. When there’s a whole family getting ready for work and school in the mornings, an extra bathroom is a godsend. Avoid those family arguments by adding an extra facility to your home.

One of the most common reasons for installing an en suite in the home is the additional value it brings to the property. An en suite is a sure way to improve the value of your home, providing your bedroom is big enough to form the bathroom space. Many consider an en suite a huge asset to a home, and it is a huge factor buyers consider when viewing properties.
In our experiences, we’ve seen clients even losing bedrooms and gaining the convince of an en suite bathroom and it’s always been worth it.

Everyone loves the idea of having their own bathroom space, and it could give your home the edge over another when it comes to selling it. We all crave luxury and comfort, which is why many of us are opting to install a hotel-style en suite in the home.

Want to know more about en suite bathrooms? Paul Barry KBB are leading installers of en suite bathrooms in the North West and work to meet your every specification. We help clients realise their dream of a convenient, affordable en suite bathroom without the hassle of moving house. Working to any budget, we offer a full advisory service and can guide you to the perfect solution to best suit your requirements. Contact us on 0151 726 0101

Maximising the Space in a Small Bedroom

Having a small bedroom doesn’t mean you’re limited when it comes to design. There are many ways to turn your small bedroom ideas that are big on style into a reality. It is all about storage, layout and that added dash of panache.

Your small bedroom should always be functional but that doesn’t mean you should sacrifice style. Here’s how to maximise your bedroom’s square footage and set the right atmosphere.

Keep the Room Light and Bright

The use of white walls, flooring and furniture keeps the room looking open and clean. You can add elements of dark using burlap and accents. Having dark walls will close in the space even more so its important to keep your small bedroom breathable and welcoming.

Lighting is an important element of your small bedroom. Apart from a central light, in the bedrooms mainly occur wall, table or bedside lamps. On each side of the bed can be placed bedside tables, shelves or nightstands.

Eclectic Patterns and Wall Hangings

Create texture and pops of colour by adding unique patterns and indoor hanging wall decor and indoor plants. Whether it’s a fun mirror, some flowers or eclectic print pillows, your room is sure to look polished.

Stay eclectic but keep the colour palette consistent. It is best to stick to just three or four major colours, as too many colours can turn the bedroom into a restless space. But if you want to incorporate a wider range of colours, then do so in moderation.

Decor with matching silhouettes or groups of accessories that are placed together give greater visual order to the room.

Layout is Important

No matter how organised you are, it cannot make up for your small bedroom’s bad layout. Function is extremely important.

Place your bed where you’ll get light and consider whether you need both sides to be accessible. Think about your traffic patterns and arrange your space to suit them— clear the way to the bathroom or closet so you don’t bump your shins.

Sliding Robes Are a Must

To truly maximise on space, sliding robes are the best way to get the best out of your storage and room square footage simultaneously.
Sliding robes don’t open outwards like conventional bedroom doors which means you have more space around your small bedroom.

The shelving and storage options in bespoke sliding robes are designed with you in mind to provide a clutter-free space. Made-to-measure sliding wardrobes are the perfect solution to bedrooms where space is an issue.

Want to discuss a bedroom renovation with our team of experts? We can provide advice for bedrooms of any size. Get in touch for a free, no-obligation quote.

Child-Proofing Your Kitchen

If you’re planning to start a family or possibly you’re welcoming grandchildren soon then you’ll want your kitchen to be child-proof as possible. The kitchen can be a dangerous place for children, so here are our recommendations for taking the extra steps to keep it as safe as possible for youngsters. This is the Paul Barry KBB guide to child-proofing your kitchen.

The simplest step is adding a baby-gate on to the entrance of the kitchen. We recommend buying a gate that’s higher than you think. Even the smallest of babies will surprise you with their impressive climbing skills.

Adding locks to your cabinets and drawers is a must to prevent babies and children from accessing dangerous items. Additionally, you can dedicate a low drawer or under-cabinet to the children and fill it with plastic bowls, cups, plates and some of their favourite snack items.

This may deter them wanting to explore the other cabinets filled with potentially dangerous items and they have everything they need at a safe operating level. Not only is this child-proofing your kitchen, but it is future proofing it too.

The sharper it is, the higher it should be. Inside your lower cabinets, try to keep as few sharp or edgy objects as far away as possible. This includes objects that can easily break into shreds too such as glassware and crockery. Relocate all your sharp knives, small appliances and other items to spaces out of reach and high up places.

Lowering your countertops to a child-friendly height is a consideration for your next kitchen renovation. By having a kitchen surface well within your child’s reach, they can safely prepare their own food without stretching or standing on other furniture which makes them more accident prone.

A lower worktop means alternative risks for children. A great way of child-proofing your kitchen is to round off your worktop surface to prevent any bumped heads.

A new countertop can also mean a more hygienic space as splatters, drops and spillages inevitably happen when kids are in the kitchen. By installing worktops like Quartz or Corian mean they’re virtually indestructible, extremely easy to clean, maintain and hygienic.

Kitchens have to work for all the family and they have to be stylish as well as functional. For your next family kitchen, it needs to be Paul Barry KBB. We specialise in beautiful kitchens that are exquisitely designed and made with the finest materials regardless of space or budget.

From the design process through to installation, we handle absolutely everything. All you need to do is tell us what you want for your room and we will do the rest.

Why Consider Bathroom Renovation?

We use our home’s bathroom multiple times per day so don’t you think its time we reclaimed the space to create something to suit our lifestyles? More than ever before, the 21st-century bathroom offers a luxurious retreat from our hectic lives.

Although renovating your bathroom is a costly and time-consuming task, it has many upsides that outweigh the inconveniences a refit can cause. Here are just a few reasons why you should consider a bathroom renovation for your next project:

Firstly, a bathroom renovation can finally bring your once-fashionable bathroom up to your standards to create something that truly matches your style. In some cases, discreet modifications can give the bathroom an impactful upgrade but for those bathrooms that need some TLC after years of wear and tear, its time to create something that truly suits you.

bathroom renovation
An entire bathroom renovation can turn your tired and worn bathroom into a beautiful living space for you and your family to relax and indulge. We pride ourselves on our unique personalised designs and installations that match the needs and expectations of a modern family.

With a bathroom renovation comes an overall increase to your property’s value, another huge benefit of overhauling your bathroom. If you’re looking to sell your property, we recommend bathroom renovation to add approximately £3500 to £4000 on the value of your property.

Even if you’re not thinking about selling your property at the moment but it is something you know you’ll be considering in the future, a new modern bathroom is definitely a step in the right direction. A tidy, clean and functional bathroom is extremely appealing to potential buyers and can make selling your house much easier.

When you’re looking to improve your bathroom, we often consider the advance in style and functionality, but a bathroom renovation allows us to improve our bathroom’s energy and water usage. By progressing the new bathroom’s arrangement, technology and functionality with small changes it can be an energy-saving space.

For example, opting for a dual flush mechanism on your toilets, showers and tap regulators to ensure you don’t use too much water. There are also modern heated towel rails which allow you to control heat for different times of the day.

Bathroom renovation allows you to claim a space that suits you in every way. Whether you’re looking for a traditional Victorian style or a contemporary airy room with plenty of mod-cons, you know that its truly yours and built for you to enjoy. That’s how we work at Paul Barry KBB, our creations produce an inspirational functional space for you to relax, entertain, unwind or invigorate.

From the design process through to installation, we handle absolutely every element of bathroom renovation. All you need to do is tell us what you want for your room and we will do the rest.

Achieving a Modern Kitchen Style

When it is time to update your kitchen design, you want something that will stand out and be completely unique. If you’re looking a modern kitchen style as your next design, our blog is here to help you achieve your goals.

Do you love a clean, modern look? Then a stylish, modern kitchen is the right choice for you. It is all about handle less designs, minimal horizontal and vertical accents. Here’s how to achieve the modern kitchen style you’ve always dreamed of.

It does not take a whole lot of effort to transform your kitchen from one that looks outdated to a completely modern design. First, you need to eliminate all your clutter. Not only does this help you achieve a modern kitchen style, but it is also incredibly satisfying and has many practical advantages.

Modern kitchens are not meant to have loads of appliances and items on the worktops – they are made to be clutter free. Instead, opt for larder pull-out cabinets and savvy storage solutions when discussing your new requirements with your kitchen designer.

The idea of filling your kitchen worktops with appliances and things that should be stored away have no place in a modern design. Without clutter, your kitchen will be a calm and spacious environment in which to cook and prepare food.

Modern kitchens are all about being ahead of the curve, and that means plenty of modern appliances. Fill your new kitchen will plenty of smart technology to go with the sleek design of your kitchen.

For example, kettles that you can control the temperature and turn on/off with an app, smart ovens that uses a camera to look at your food and determines the best way to cook it by setting its own temperature and time, or a fridge with a built-in camera for those times when you are out shopping and can’t remember if you bought milk yesterday or not. All this and much more will make your lives so much easier and your kitchen experience more enjoyable.

There’s no point having the smartest kitchen technology if the design of the space isn’t up to scratch. The ultimate way to achieve a modern kitchen style is through your choice of cabinets and worktops.

Handleless cupboard doors are the secret to the modern kitchen style. They look incredibly sleek and there is an expensive, glossy and luxurious sense that comes with handleless kitchen cupboards and they add that complete style to a room. If you want to achieve a modern kitchen style, this is the best starting point.

modern kitchen style

Recently, kitchens have gone from light, airy spaces to darker environments when it comes to a modern kitchen styles. With a modern style, you can go a bit wild and incorporate a lot of colours that would not ordinarily be used in your kitchen.

For cutting-edge design, black and grey are classic options for kitchen renovations. The colours work well, look clean and fresh whilst still offering contrast.

The initial kitchen range you choose will influence the rest of your decision, so it is better to have a huge selection to choose from as a basis to work from. At Paul Barry KBB, we have a huge range of kitchen designs to choose from and we can talk you through each one. Want to know more? Or wish to arrange a consultation with our expert team? Contact us, we’ll be happy to discuss your requirements.

Painted Bathroom Advice

A painted bathroom with a fresh lick of paint is one of the easiest, quickest and cheapest ways to spruce up a tired-looking bathroom. In recent years, painted bathrooms have become the preferred choice for home owners rather than conventional tiles. The current surge in the trend is often down to people wanting the option to choose their own bathroom colours, changing regularly to remain fresh and trendy for many years.

So, what colour are you going to choose for your bathroom paint? From calming neutral tones to darker hues, there is a whole host of options out there for you. Our painted bathroom design experts are here to offer you advice when it comes to painting your bathroom and styling it accordingly to make sure it remains a timeless space in your home.

Before you start painting, make sure that whatever option you choose you must ensure that it is an anti-mould bathroom paint. Due to the moisture and water of your bathroom, it is the perfect condition for mould and mildew to grow so make sure you pick a paint option that is resistant and easy to keep clean. Ask for assistance in your hardware store so you know the right materials to buy if you’re unsure.

Once you’ve got the materials its time to paint your bathroom and we’re often asked, “what colour should I paint my bathroom?” and our answer is always the same: whatever colour you like! But we always offer our advice:

Neutral palettes offer a soothing and calm bathroom, so think grey and beige tones. Not only do these look chic, they allow small bathrooms to look bigger. If you have a small bathroom, we suggest a neutral tone painted bathroom. Taupe and subdued yellows also allow small bathrooms to look bigger and they obtain a soothing, relaxing yet regal and elegant sensation.

On the flipside, going bold with striking reds and sharp blues really gives a pop. These can be ultra-modern in a sleek contemporary bathroom or work as a design flair in a traditional, Victorian style bathroom. Believe it or not, a bold primary colour can really be an amazing addition to a bathroom. The bright colour will look particularly striking as a backdrop against a pure, white bathroom suite.

A flash of a bright, fun colour can make your bathroom a unique place to express your personality. It must be seen to be believed.

For the ultimate sophistication, try adding a rich, dark shade of grey. Working against a traditional bathroom installation, a dark grey wall can feel drama and elegance for your bathroom.

A plain white painted bathroom can never be the wrong choice. As all your bathroom wares are most probably white, the space will look airy, clean and fresh. A lighter colour paint palette can work well in warmer months too as it will instantly create a light, summery finish.

Want more advice? From the colour of the painted bathroom walls to the type of taps you should have on your skin, we’re experts with over 30 years of experience transforming bathrooms, kitchens and bedrooms across the UK. Our traditional, contemporary & modern designs include showers, baths, over-bath screens, ceramics and accessories consisting of the highest quality materials that come with manufacturer backed guarantees. If you would like us to design your bathroom for you, please give us a call or drop into our showroom. We would be happy to arrange a free no obligation quote for you.

The Benefits Of A Walk-In Wardrobe

Everyone dreams of having a walk-in wardrobe in their home. A stunning sanctuary to organise our clothes and an area dedicated to getting ready to face the day. From Carrie Bradshaw’s dream closet in Sex and the City to watching MTV Cribs back in the 90s, a walk-in wardrobe has always been considered an indicator of elegance and sophistication. Walk-in wardrobes are no longer reserved for the rich and famous and in recent years they’ve become a highly coveted addition to homes across the country.  Still unsure whether you want a walk-in wardrobe in your home? We believe walk-in wardrobes offer an abundance of benefits to you and your property.

Anyone who shares their bedroom with their partner will know how frustrating it is when you’re still in bed and they’re up getting dressed; being loud, turning the light on and disrupting your precious lie in. By allocating a walk-in wardrobe room in your home, you no longer must have your morning argument. Instead, you have a designated area to dress, prepare and get ready to take on the day while your other half can catch up on their beauty sleep without interruptions. It’s a win-win!

Think of your walk-in wardrobe as your sanctuary away from the bustle of your family. It’s a private area where you can completely chill and play some music, do your skincare routine in the dressing room mirror, or even just enjoy the silence. We often find that our clients find the organised setting of their walk-in wardrobe is relaxing. Often, we see our clients making their walk-in wardrobe an extension of their bathroom, usually connected with a door. This Scandinavian spa approach is very popular in recent years as it creates a hub of tranquillity and relaxation in your home.

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Additionally, a walk-in wardrobe can add value on to your property. When the time comes to sell, having one is a huge asset and a further weapon to your house sale’s armoury. Due to the trendiness of having a walk-in wardrobe in you home and them recently gaining mainstream appeal, it’s a key selling point and what could be what sets your home apart from the next.

Having a walk-in wardrobe gives you a plethora of storage options for your home. The addition of a room selected to be a closet gives you the freedom to organise your clothing, shoes, and accessories in a manner that exactly fits your vision. The liberation of having a walk-in wardrobe means you can say goodbye to clutter.

You’re no longer limited by your organisational capabilities and you can make use of that whole extra room. The only limitations for a walk-in wardrobe is your own imagination. There are so many things to consider to make this space something truly stunning and Paul Barry KBB specialise in creating a walk-in wardrobe designed to work for you.

We can create custom closets and offer options including mirrors, down-lighting, furniture, sit-down vanity and dresser, shelving, a multi-purpose island for storing watches and jewellery, bag racks, shoe storage, laundry hampers, an ironing surface and much more. Sound good? Have a look at our ranges of wardrobe styles and  get in touch, our team will be happy to provide a quotation for you.

How To Plan Your New Kitchen Layout

In years gone by, your kitchen has been designated for just cooking; a mundane area of the home for chores. But as our lifestyles have modernised and our homes have become a lot more open plan, we’re designing our kitchens with so much more in mind. These days, many people want their new kitchen layout to be a family hub where everyone can enjoy the space for their own reasons.

It’s all about having a kitchen layout that works as effortlessly for the designated chef of the family as it does for the kids that need to catch up on their homework, the family members who want to relax with a glass of wine at the end of the day, and even those that want a space to host regular gatherings for friends. A lot of your home’s activities centre around your kitchen as the family hub which is why style, organisation, design and layout is essential.

So, how do you plan a new kitchen layout that works perfectly for all the reasons you need it to? In most cases, the size and shape of the room will be the determining factor for your kitchen layout design. The most common kitchen layout is the triangle; referring to the stove, sink and refrigerator. These areas see the most action so access to all of these elements should be planned carefully to ensure it is unobstructed. It should have easy access to the stove and refrigerator, as well as your countertop workstations.

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The best part about hiring a bespoke kitchen designer is that you get the freedom to plan your new kitchen layout with you specifically in mind and that means you can stray from the traditional triangle and include extra elements you really like that wouldn’t otherwise fit into the design.

Other clients of ours enjoy the ‘Blum’s Dynamic Space’ concept which arranges your new kitchen layout as task zones to create the most convenient workflow. Explained here by Ideal Home “Tasks might include emptying the dishwasher (store your crockery close by), making breakfast (keep all your breakfast things together), preparing meals (utensils, chopping boards and bins in pull-outs under the worktop), cooking (store pots, pans and utensils in a drawer under the cook top with bottles of oil and spices in a pull-out close by), and cleaning (materials for cleaning close to the sink)”.

The workspace must be thoughtfully designed to allow movement of people around the kitchen easily. This includes keeping children away from the dangerous areas and giving the cook plenty of room, so guests don’t stray into their way. Consider where guests are going to sit, where busy zones like the fridge is going to be and how you’re allowing the cook to be a part of the conversation while preparing the meal.

An island is a great was of using your kitchen layout to control the flow of people in the kitchen. By positioning your kitchen island centrally, it allows for multiple possibilities. By adding bar stools to the island and creating a breakfast bar space is a great way to create additional space and storage. This extra surface is great for dining, entertaining and an allocated homework area for the kids.

Not all kitchens are standard rectangle shape. It’s the limited wall space, or our sloped ceilings, the pillars or our irregular number of doors which really makes our houses our home and its important that your new kitchen layout is designed with these special architectural features. Allow your kitchen layout to work with the quirkiness of your home, integrate this into your selection of cabinets, your flooring and your furniture.

Once you’ve got the perfect layout in place you’re on your way to achieving your dream kitchen. At Paul Barry KBB, we can take care of every aspect of your kitchen installation – from arranging the perfect kitchen layout to selecting the right accessories and everything in between. Want to know more? Arrange a free consultation with our team of experts.

Alternatives to Marble Kitchen Worktops

Marble is often referred to as the velvet of the natural stone world and its not hard to see why; its soft luxurious look and textures are so beautiful that its hard to resist. However, aside from its eyewatering price tag, marble’s tactile qualities make it an easy target for scratching, etching, chipping and staining. This is not what you want from a VERY expensive marble kitchen worktop, so we’re here to offer alternatives to marble kitchen worktops that look equally chic, are extremely durable and don’t break the bank.


Quartzite is a natural stone that has beautiful streaks of rich tones and colour running through its surface with a range of patterns available. Quartzite offers a fantastic alternative to marble kitchen counters as it possesses all the qualities we love about marble without the “softness” of marble.

Due to its wonderful tone and variety, Quartzite’s biggest advantage is its timeless elegance and appeal which makes it fit into all types of kitchens. From traditional, farmhouse style kitchens to contemporary spaces this unique stone is robust and stands the test of time.

Easy to wipe down and very little maintenance required, Quartzite is the new kid on the block but one you should definitely consider when you’re shopping for kitchen counters.



Don’t be surprised that laminate made it to our list. Over recent years laminate manufacturers have observed the demand for high-definition alternatives to marble kitchen counters and produces beautifully upscale worktops that still respect budget.

The best part about using laminate as your alternative worktop is the ultra-affordable element of it. Achieve a high quality, exclusive kitchen on a budget with laminate – yes really!



Silestone is made up of 94% natural quartz and is a non-porous surface that is highly resistant to stains like coffee, wine, lemon juice, vinegar and olive oil – things marble reacts badly to due to its makeup of composed of calcium carbonate or magnesium carbonate.

Because of its high quartz composure, Silestone is extremely durable and highly resistance to things like scratches and high impact. It also looks extremely beautiful as the many colour and pattern options give it a classic, pure appearance. The natural veining of the quartz provides a feeling of depth that will look chic in any kitchen, no matter what style you’re considering.



Corian is championed for its soft, delicate look and extremely robust character which makes it one of the best alternatives to marble kitchen counters. Corian kitchen worktops are a solid surface which flows seamlessly with other features like sinks and backsplashes, making it extremely functional with enduring beauty. Its natural veins, patterns and colours establish it as one of the best alternatives to marble kitchen counters.

The effortlessness of Corian makes it a favourite of many homeowners as it can withstand high pressure, requires very little maintenance and is easy to clean. It remains a popular alternative to marble as it is created to last a lifetime.


Whether you’re just shopping for a new kitchen worktop or an entirely new bespoke kitchen design please do not hesitate to contact us as we can achieve your dream space. Visit our showroom or contact us to arrange an appointment to begin your journey with Paul Barry KBB.

Advice On Buying The Right Kitchen Cabinets

New kitchen cabinets are one of the biggest transformations in your kitchen and it’s important to find the right ones. Not only must your new cabinets suit your kitchen style but also your budget.

It’s often one of the first things we think of when planning a new kitchen and there are so many things to consider. Do I opt for sleek modern kitchen cabinets, warm wood grains or classic shaker? How much will my kitchen’s layout dictate my cabinetry options? How important are the carcasses?

Here’s the Paul Barry KBB ultimate guide on planning the right kitchen cabinets for you.

As much as your kitchen’s layout shouldn’t affect what cabinets you choose, it can massively influence your decision and something you should bear in mind when planning. For example, we often see that kitchens with a large island design work beautifully with farmhouse-style designs, so our kitchen cabinets will give a traditional, country look. On the other hand, those looking to maximise their light and space often opt for modern, streamlined kitchen cabinets.

How do you choose the best style of kitchen cabinets for you? Each style brings something completely different to your kitchen. Classic shaker doors are a timeless and versatile choice whilst slab kitchen cabinets offer simple functionality with a high-design aesthetic. Some kitchen cabinets are high-glossy which are super trendy, fuss-free and give a uniformed appearance to your kitchen design.

The units which the drawer fronts and cabinet doors are attached to are called carcasses and these provide the internal framework of your kitchen. Their role is to provide structure, support the worktops and provide storage. Even though they’re not visible until a door is opened, they’re vital to how your kitchen functions. Poor quality carcases have the biggest impact on your kitchen’s performance and the density of the materials used will limit the lifetime of your kitchen cabinets, cupboards and drawers. If you’re thinking of splashing out on your kitchen cabinets, you’ll have to make sure you’re also willing to spend on your kitchen’s internal frame as cheap materials will be able to support the weight of a good quality cabinet.

Choosing your kitchen cabinets is one of the best parts of kitchen shopping and it is the moment where you can let your imagination and creativity run wild, it’s when your kitchen dream starts to become a reality. New kitchen cabinet doors are often a great way of revamping a tired looking space without spending too much money on a whole renovation. Shopping for new kitchen cabinets doesn’t just stop at the design and style of the door, though! Don’t forget the finishing touches. Things like plinths and kickboards, cornices, drawers and runners, handles, soft-close hinges and inner storage solutions give your kitchen space uniqueness, drama and functionality.

Clients often contact us or visit our showroom with a general idea of what they want their kitchen cabinets to look like and it’s our team of expert designers’ job to expand that idea into a reality. We can talk you through materials, finishes, quality with your budget in mind and advise you on how to elevate your space. Our team offers friendly service and valuable expertise as well as the highest quality products and suppliers. From the design process through to installation, we handle absolutely everything. All you need to do is tell us what you want for your room and we will do the rest. Put us to the test.

3 Ways To Make Your Small Bathroom Look Bigger

We never seem to have enough space in our home, but the bathroom is often where we struggle the most. There are plenty of ways to maximise your space and make your small bathroom look bigger, less cluttered and more relaxing. Keep reading to discover how to make your small bathroom look bigger with our top tips.


Making your small bathroom look bigger 1: Bathroom detox

Firstly, we recommend de-cluttering your bathroom. Not only is it difficult to relax in a hot soak when your bathroom is filled with towels, toiletries and the kid’s bath toys but they take up a lot of space. By introducing savvy storage to your bathroom it’ll make the room appear much larger and tidier. Towel storage boxes are a great way of organising your things and can look chic, but we recommend vanity units and basin storage options. Not only do they make best use of your space but they’re extremely on-trend and the soft-closing doors offer offers plenty of concealed storage space.

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Making your small bathroom look bigger 2: Maintain Your Bathroom’s Colour Scheme

We’re often asked how colours can influence a bathroom’s look, feel and space. We often tell our clients that keeping the colour scheme plain and clean can make your small bathroom look bigger. Instead of clashing colours and patterns, think light and bright. Less always gives the impression of more.

We suggest white or subtle pastels for our small bathroom clients, neutral tones like cream, beige and stone also work well. For those who want to keep their bathroom pared back but still want to add colour we recommend coloured fabrics such as towels, blinds or curtains. Coloured bathroom accessories are also a fun way of maintaining a colour scheme whilst keeping the rest of the bathroom white and bright.

To really make your small bathroom look bigger, your tiles should be large and plain with few grouting lines, particularly for your flooring.


Making your small bathroom look bigger 3: Your Bathroom’s Design

If you’re renovating your bathroom and considering how to make your small bathroom look bigger, speak to a bathroom designer. After a chat with an expert, they will be able to give you a full brief on how your bathroom’s new layout can maximise the space and even sketch out how the arrangement will look. Taking into consideration the doors, windows and other logistics of your new bathroom, your expert bathroom designer can recommend the best furniture, sanitary ware and tiles for your renovation to suit your budget. It’s the designer’s job to work with your ideas to develop a beautiful bathroom which works in a compact space but doesn’t compromise on style.

At Paul Barry KBB, our team of experts have been creating beautiful bathrooms of every shape and size for over 30 years. We can advise you on every aspect of your bathroom from tiling to mood lighting to help turn your dreams into reality. Working together with you, we create a luxurious and relaxing haven that exceeds your expectations.

Speak to a member of our team to arrange your free consultation. We would be happy to arrange a free no obligation quote for you.

Choosing the Perfect Extras for Your Kitchen

It’s not just the place your meals are prepared, it’s the place where your family gets together to eat, it’s where you entertain guests and it’s where the most activity happens. Your kitchen is the hub of your home and this means it needs to be perfect.

Not only does your kitchen need to be function, it also needs to be a comfortable space where everything is just right and you can relax. It is our expert kitchen team’s duty to help you every step of the way when it comes to the key aspects of your kitchen – your cabinets, worktops, tiles and appliances. But what about the other components? We’ve complied a list of the perfect extras for your kitchen to really give it that stamp of individuality.


Due to the multiple functions your kitchen is used for, your kitchen is where your home requires the most flexible lighting plan.
For instance, you’ll want a much brighter light while the kids are at the table trying to do their homework than you would while you’re sat having your evening meal.

The different aspects of your kitchen design require different lights, so we’ve broke down our best top tips to help you with lighting your kitchen.

  • If your kitchen has a high ceiling then adding low-hanging pendant lights will lower the scale of the room and make it much more homely
  • For close-up work on your worktops, a bright under-cupboard LED task lighting will ensure that you can see what you’re doing without any shadows
  • Your kitchen island would look beautiful with some recessed downlights or pendants which can be operated on a separate circuit to not only focus the light when you’re doing work, but to add a certain sophisticated drama to the room when the other kitchen lights are off.



Blinds give your kitchen some privacy from the rest of the world, but also allow daylight in and give your kitchen the finishing touches it deserves.

Additionally, the use of blinds is a modern alternative to curtains which can brighten your room during the light summer months but also keep your kitchen warm during the winter in a stylish way.

Choose a colour and style of blind which really complements your kitchen. By matching the colour to your kitchen’s design, it’ll really give your interior an edge. We recommend opting for PVC or vinyl for your kitchen blinds, so that they’re relatively safe from any splashes and spillages.



No new kitchen is complete without a sink and some taps to go with it. You’d be surprised how often the sink is an after-thought of kitchen buyers, and we always advise our clients that it should be near the top of your list as it could change the way you see the rest of your interior.

It may sound like a simple decision to make but there are inset, undermount and belfast sinks to choose from that all fit comfortably into your kitchen units. Your sink is for arranging cooking ingredients and food prep areas to minimize movement and maximize efficiency and so much more.

As kitchen technologies advance, a kitchen sink isn’t just a place to wash your ingredients and utensils any more. We can supply sinks with built-in sliding chopping boards, or multiple magnetic accessories such as hooks, soap dishes and utensil holders, or even integrated colanders.

The sink is one of the most used appliances in the kitchen, so it makes sense to accessorise it to enable you to use it for as much as possible.


Of course, our in-house experts are on hand to help you with every single aspect of your brand-new kitchen. We provide bespoke kitchens down to the tiniest detail as we understand that your kitchen is the heartbeat of your home which is why it should be planned meticulously around you. Our vast range of designs are uniquely tailored to provide functional yet striking designs to renovate your space from just another room to an important living area.

If you would like us to design your kitchen for you please give us a call or drop into our showroom. We would be happy to arrange a free no obligation quote for you.

Popular Bathroom Colour Schemes For 2019

Colour schemes are essential in the home, they influence the overall tone and mood of the room. Bathrooms tend to be cold and detached. Depending on the theme you utilise, you can control the atmosphere set using colour schemes and patterns. Some themes will have a refreshing and energising effect, where as some themes can establish a relaxing, calm tone.

The larger bathroom you have, the more freedom you have. Larger rooms complement a variety of styles, however, when utilising dark colours and shades, they have a narrowing effect on the room.

Personalising your bathroom with a range of different hues adds to the complexity. Here are the popular bathroom décor trends in 2018 so far:

Bright and bold designs

Vibrancy is achieved with radiant hues, instead of your bathroom being bland, plain and ordinary exploit a statement colour that intensifies your room. If there is a lack of natural light, this design is a brilliant option. There is an abundance of ways to implement a bright colour scheme in your bathroom, for example: Feature walls and patterned tiles are a beautiful solution, especially when enhancing neutral space. Match accessories, towels etc with the hues and tones on the featured wall to complete the theme.

Contemporary styles

Modern varieties emit a chic aura and imply an expensive impression. Monochrome is such a prominent, luxurious theme. The black and white contrast helps create a clean polished feel, particularly with the elegant fixtures and cabinets. Furthermore, monochrome is such a versatile style, you can freshen up the design by integrating another colour using accessories and fixtures.

Neutral tones

There’s a collective interest with neutral coloured bathrooms, the gentle hues are difficult to dislike due to the passive and sleek paints. This universal colour palette such as white, beige, brown and light grey which are complementary to both a traditional and contemporary design. Crude materials further enhance this style. Currently wood effect floor tiles are popular, they are more durable and cost-effective compared to real wood, whilst still maintaining the aesthetic. Other flattering assets like Mosaic and stone patterned tiles are so flattering, especially paired with naturally textured fixtures and accessories.

Dark interiors

Dark and gloomy colours are already popular throughout the house, so it’s no surprise that the craze has creeped to bathrooms as well.  Black and other dark hues tend to absorb light, therefore dimmer bathrooms will rely on textures and colour to contrast an otherwise bleak place. Implementing textured tiles such as stone, marble, wood and concrete are durable options, depending on your budget. Furthermore, integrating reflectivity and bright colours will create the distinction needed, for example sleek white furniture and metal surfaces will withdraw the absorbing effect. Despite the initial dull connotations of dark colour schemes, the right shades and shadows will deliver a luxury and elegant feel.

Contact us for a no obligation quote. We use an innovative approach to get the best bathrooms, particularly with mobility adaptations.

Choosing a Kitchen Worktop

It works harder than any other part of your kitchen, so your kitchen worktop has to be tough and durable as well as stylish and elegant. Because of its position in the kitchen, it sits on a horizontal plane just like the floor, it’s a highly visible part of the overall look of your kitchen. People spend a lot of time agonising over the style of doors and handles, and the lighting they will have. Make sure you give the same consideration to your worktops, they deserve it!

Kitchen Worktop

There are now many more materials to choose from when considering a kitchen worktop. Modern technology has given us a range of super tough materials that are perfect for a busy family home. There are also many designer and luxury materials available. Whether its granite or composite, Iroko or laminate, one of the first things to assess before making a decision, is your budget. What you choose will be largely driven by what you have to spend. Cheaper options can be a good idea, there are some good laminates on the market, however, they will not last as long as more durable products.

Mixing and matching worktops is currently very on trend and so choosing more expensive and durable surfaces for the hardest working areas and choosing a wood or laminate elsewhere may well be a good option.

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Another thing to take into consideration is your kitchen layout. If you already know this, it can help you to make a decision on what surface is best. Long straight runs are cheaper and easier to fit. If you have a lot of corners, a composite may be a better idea.

Kitchen Worktop

At Paul Barry KBB we are happy to take the time to help you make the right decisions and offer advice and guidance when choosing materials for your kitchen worktop. We offer a full design and planning service to ensure that you get the best possible outcome for your dream kitchen. Have a look at our range of kitchens here and book a free consultation today!

Bedroom Ideas to Create a Relaxing Space

If you think about it, your bedroom is the room in our home that we spend the most time in. Yes, our eyes are closed but that’s not to say your bedroom shouldn’t be a comfortable space that reflects you. Most of all, your bedroom should be the ultimate place to relax, where you can shut the door to the hustle and bustle of the family home and fully unwind. In this blog we will look at bedroom ideas to help you create a relaxing space.

Bedroom Ideas

When it comes to creating our perfect homes we often sacrifice our bedrooms and focus our attention on our living room or areas with high footfall. But why not give ourselves the chance to make a relaxing bedroom space? Read on to discover our bedroom ideas and simple tips on how to transform your bedroom into a personal sanctuary.

We recommend a soft base colour for your wallpaper and flooring, being in a neutral coloured room is much easier to wind down in and is the gateway to a great night’s sleep.  Ensure the colours in your bedroom complement each other by selecting them from the same tone spectrum. Light bedroom colours are great for making a room feel larger, a darker hue envelops the bedroom, creating the perfect space to relax and slumber.

A relaxing bedroom space is a must for busy lives and that sense of tranquillity doesn’t just come from the decor.

Bedroom Ideas

All of your senses deserve to be treated and that includes your nose. Having your bedroom smell nice is a great way to enjoy your space a bit more. By dotting some nice candles around your room you can have your bedroom smelling beautiful. Obviously lighting your candles gives the room a beautiful smell but even unlit candles can have a beautiful fresh odour. Opening the windows to allow fresh air to circulate the bedroom will also eliminate any musty smells.

Whether your bedroom floor is covered in carpet or hardwood, rugs are a great way to add colour, texture and of course, warmth underfoot. Try layering rugs in different shapes and patterns for an extra-comfy look. Add a super-soft flourish with a chunky woven rug and deep pile carpet to keep your toes toasty.

Use a variety of throw pillows throughout your room. It ties together elements in your colour scheme. Using pillows with various textures, shapes and sizes will add a bit of interest and keep your room from looking overly coordinated.

When forming a relaxing bedroom, you can never have too many throws. With an assortment of textured throws in soft neutrals, breakfast in bed never looked so good.

By incorporating beautiful lighting variations such as dimming chandeliers and bedside lamps you can really enhance the room. Understanding where the natural light in your room enters at different times of the day and using that to influence the layout of your furniture will also create a relaxing bedroom.

And finally, who can relax with a cluttered bedroom? Beautiful sliding robes are a great way to organise your stuff and maximise your space. Our sliding wardrobe doors are custom built to be the perfect fit for your bedroom and they’re a luxurious, modern addition to any home.

Bedroom Ideas

Not only do our sliding robes look elegant, they also provide excellent storage solutions. They’re available in a wide range of colours and finishes and with a variety of internal storage options.  Get in touch to find out more and discover how we can turn your bedroom ideas into a reality.

What is a Bespoke Kitchen?

Purchasing a new kitchen for your home is a huge decision and after the process is completed, it’s important to love every piece of it. At Paul Barry KBB we believe that the best way to ensure your space is perfect for you is to make it a fully bespoke kitchen.

You hear the word bespoke a lot these days, but what does the term really mean?

According to Houzz, the term bespoke originally came from master tailors in the 17th & 18th century who created made-to-order goods for royalty and the elite upper class that were fitted specifically for the human form. One of the defining markers for upper class society was the quality of tailoring their wardrobe featured, and if their stitching was purposefully made for them.

A bespoke kitchen is one that is entirely unique to your home. Our kitchens don’t come out of the box, they’re made to measure using the finest natural resources to produce beautiful, sturdy and timeless kitchen cabinetry.

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There is no standard sizing or one-fits-all process, and whilst we have kitchen designs that can be followed for inspiration, we can create completely unique designs for every customer.

Bespoke kitchens provide the individual touches that make your home yours and with our custom-made services we are able to bring your unique taste to life.

bespoke kitchen

We achieve our truly bespoke kitchens by offering a design service to our clients. This is our way of getting to know our client’s preferences when it comes to their bespoke kitchen; their likes and dislikes, so we can tailor our build around that. When you’re investing in something as important as a new kitchen – you want it to transform your home and reflect your personality.

When it comes to a bespoke kitchen, we believe that they’re the ultimate expression of style in your home. These days the kitchen is the hub of activity in our homes; it’s where we cook, eat, entertain and relax – and your kitchen design should enable you to get the most out of this space.

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Your cabinet doors are what really stands out when anybody steps into your kitchen, so that’s where the journey of a bespoke kitchen begins and by selecting finely tailored cabinets, you’ll find that timeless styling and excellent craftsmanship will not date your kitchen.

But it’s not just the cabinets, lighting and tiling that your bespoke kitchen is personalised to suit you. Do you like great coffee? We can find you the perfect coffee machine. Are you a baker? We can provide the best baking ovens. Is wine drinking your thing? We can install stunning wine fridges.

All of our designs are made with you in mind and we believe they’re synonymous with luxury. Paul Barry KBB bespoke kitchens achieve beauty, functionality and design built to last. Speak to us to find out more & arrange your free consultation.

Our Guide to Bathroom Lighting

With the flick of a switch your bathroom’s look and feel can be transformed if you get your lighting right. Besides the practical advantages of beautiful bathroom lighting, the illumination of the space can highlight the best features and truly give your bathroom the wow factor.Good bathroom lighting should be bright enough for your morning shave and yet it should allow you to fully relax in a hot bubble bath.

Sometimes the brilliant whiteness of light needed for make-up or shaving does not create soothing atmospheres when you’re unwinding in your bath or shower – this is where mood lighting is perfect for bathroom lighting.

Bathroom Lighting

At Paul Barry KBB, we have drawn inspiration from some of the world’s most luxurious spa retreats to find lighting that will create ambience, drama and intensity. Our team of master electricians are equipped to ensure they’re on a separate circuit to your main lighting to dim and blend the two light spectrums to fully suit your mood.

The key to fabulous bathroom lighting is to ensure that all your bathroom lighting is specifically designed for that room.

For example, lights fitted inside a shower will require a higher IP rating than general overhead lighting. Our designers can match you perfectly to fittings that skim light down the back wall of a shower or bath version for a low energy effect.

Adding wall lights are another great way to make your bathing space more interesting and different. LED designs give off calming vibes and cast a lovely soft glow in the bathroom. Down-lights can be especially effective when used to illuminate the back wall of a shower and make it look more dramatic.

Want to inject some quirkiness into your bathroom? A colourful light can add a pop of colour and draw the eye. We also supply shower-heads with coloured lights in for a funky aesthetic.

After working with our experienced designers to create a stunning shower or wet room, an accentuating lighting feature will certainly add the finishing touches to your installation. Not only will the bathroom lighting brighten the room and make it safer, it can add a gorgeous sparkle effect to the flowing water.

Our designers will ensure your sink and mirror are lit in the most flattering way and the face is lit evenly from either side. Around the mirror is the obvious area for task lighting what with the teeth brushing, shaving and makeup activities which occur every day.

Bathroom Lighting

With our variety of bathroom lighting fits, consisting of a carefully selected range of ceiling lights, illuminated LED mirrors, LED cabinets, down-lighting and mood spectrum lighting, to name but a few, we know that your brand new bathroom is an ideal space to introduce a stunning lighting scheme into your home. Why not get in touch today to book a free design consultation with one of our friendly team?

Why Do I need A Kitchen Designer?

What is it that makes a kitchen efficient, stylish, and functional? A kitchen designer!

In this day and age there are many online tools that homeowners can use to help design their kitchens, but nothing quite beats the expertise and skill of a professional kitchen designer. For various reasons we recommend an experienced kitchen designer who works with you every step of the way to achieve what you’re looking for.
We, as experienced kitchen designers, are dedicated to informing our clients early on about each step of the kitchen remodel process, something an online service cannot provide.

Of course, nobody quite knows your taste, personality and budget as well as you do – but it is a professional kitchen designer’s job to dissect your character and amplify your style to give you the best advice on using your space effectively.
Although a kitchen designer is not an interior designer, the two roles do somewhat overlap as you will be advised on what kitchen colours and styles will work best in your home whilst taking into consideration the room’s natural light, specifications and configurations.

Kitchen Designer

Not only that, but a professional has an in-depth knowledge of what materials work best in each role of your kitchen and can troubleshoot potential design errors which could be expensive if undetected.

The key to good design is making sure every aspect of the environment works, but the key to great design is ensuring it works around the right person. Our designers pick apart each tiny segment of the kitchen’s layout to ensure it’s matching our client’s personal needs. Taking on board if our client is predominantly left or right handed when choosing cabinet doors is a small  detail we will check make sure everything is just perfect.

Kitchen Designer

Kitchen designers can offer extensive product information about every aspect of your development, from the worktops to the coffee machine. They remain at the forefront  of industry changes and new creations, a kitchen designer can offer an array of products that fits your specific need and eliminates your extensive homework.

A kitchen is an investment into your home which is why it needs to be carefully planned to create a timeless style and elegance. You may like a certain type of style now but in a few years, it will look dated. This can be eliminated by the inclusion of the designer who is ahead of the curve and studies interior trends to make sure your kitchen stands the test of time.

Kitchen Designer

We believe that this ensures a smooth process from the kitchen remodel decision to the final installation. Whether you are planning a kitchen redesign in Liverpool or in any other part of the North West, our experienced kitchen designers are here to help and to accompany you throughout the whole kitchen design process.

Our kitchen design service is completely free, why not get in touch to book your appointment?

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