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Small trendy u-shaped kitchen photo in London with an undermount sink, flat-panel cabinets, white cabinets, quartz countertops, white backsplash, white appliances, no island and stone slab backsplash — Houzz
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The kitchen used to be barely functional, but by taking down a partition wall that sat in front of this window, Alexeeva improved its dimensions. “It was more like a bar, with just a kettle and sink, than a kitchen,” she says. “In order to fit in all the necessary appliances, I designed the kitchen first and then built the walls around it, with the help of Battersea Builders.” To limit costs Alexeeva chose porcelain tiles that look like marble for the backsplash. “The apartment really lacked a touch of luxury,” Alexeeva says, “but these look like the real thing.”Porcelain tiles: The London Tile & Mosaic Company
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Use every nook and cranny. It sounds obvious, but where space is tight, it’s essential to make use of all of it. This might mean commissioning custom units. Shelves or cupboards designed for your space, rather than bought off the shelf, can exploit even the most awkward corners or weirdly angled rooflines. Luckily, since the number of units you will be able to fit is limited by the small size of the room, a custom design often will be reasonably economical, too.
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Porcelain and Ceramic TilesTiled backsplashes are a popular choice, as they offer versatility, practicality and style. Thanks to advances in printing technology, ceramic and porcelain tiles can be produced to resemble natural wood and stone, but with none of the associated performance challenges. The tiles are resistant to scratches, heat and water, and should be reasonably cheap and easy to install. And while they are durable, should a tile become chipped or damaged, you simply need to remove it and lay another. Pros: While tiles are easier to clean than most other materials, and therefore lend themselves perfectly to a backsplash, this is not the only reason they are ideal for the job. “With such a range of shapes, sizes, colors and patterns now available, tiles give you the freedom to put your own creative stamp on your room without compromising on practicality,” says Robin Auld of Topps Tiles. Cons: The sheer volume of styles and finishes can be overwhelming. “Consider exactly how the space will be used to ensure your choice works with your lifestyle,” Auld says. “While pristine white tiles and matching grout may look perfect in a modern, low-use kitchen, they are not the most practical choice for a busy family space.” Darker-colored grouts are definitely worth investigating.
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7. Go luxe. A luxury touch will give your small kitchen grandeur beyond its dimensions. And it doesn’t have to cost the world. This marble-looking backsplash is, in fact, porcelain tile. Add an on-trend, burnished brass tap to take the idea further still.
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Set clear expectations. Problems arise when couples have mismatched expectations about what living together is going to look like. Do you leave canisters of tea and coffee out on the countertop or should they be stored away? It’s possible that one of you has much higher standards of neatness or cleanliness than the other. Or maybe you expect a lot more undivided attention than your partner does. Try sitting down together and writing down in one column your nonnegotiables and in another your preferences. It’s important to know what you won’t tolerate and what you just don’t like. Try to compromise on some of your preferences but stand strong on your nonnegotiables.