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Focus On... 'A Unique Choice': Glide Sliding Doors

Focus On... 'A Unique Choice': Glide Sliding Doors

In this second 'Focus On' instalment of our 'A Unique Choice' kitchen and bedroom brochures, we'll delve into the world of aluminum profiles, panel configurations and décor options of our Glide Sliding Doors.

Focus On… Glide Sliding Bedroom Doors

Whilst there are plenty of sliding doors out there to choose from, we take particular pride in saying that our Glide Sliding Doors really are the ultimate when it comes to quality, reliability and choice. Made at our Oldham HQ by our specialist sliding doors technicians, each and every sliding door track is manufactured from aluminum rather than steel, resulting in a high-end door system that will stand the test of time, year after year.

Available in three track colours and profiles, we can create a framework that perfectly complements your customer's bedroom design and décor. They can choose between aluminum, champagne or black finishes, and select either the 31mm wide Primo profile or the sleeker 22mm wide Lucine or Ronda profiles.

There are over 200 décors to choose from, covering materials from our 18mm Cut & Edged range, together with any currently available décor from our PVC and vinyl wrapped door ranges. Of course, there's the range of coloured / mirrored glass options too.

Better still, you can offer your customers a mix and match panel configuration to suit their own tastes and design requirements: checker board effects, single colour panel effect or a split across the middle, it's all possible! Adhesive divider strips are available to give the visual effect of a multiple panel door.

Each door is made to measure to your customer's specific and exact requirements, and comes with a 6 year guarantee, as well as soft closing mechanisms with every unit for a smooth and premium feel.

And to go that extra mile, why not direct your customers to the wirework and accessories section of our brochure, where they can choose some stunning add-ons that make everyday use an absolute breeze. The new Slim Storage System is ideal for bedrooms, and existing Vibo wirework products can easily be integrated into this minimalist profiled design.

Log into your HPP account here and try out the Glide Sliding Door Builder.

And don't forget we also have a range of sliding door samples to help you sell the Glide concept to your customers!

Glide Sliding Doors - Range Summary

  • Made to measure up to 2400mm high and 1220mm wide
  • Larger sizes available on request
  • Quick 10 day lead time
  • Over 100 panel finishes
  • 3 track & frame colour options
  • 3 frame profile options
  • High quality aluminum frame door and track
  • Soft close on every door
  • Available in one or three panel designs
  • Adhesive cross rails available

Metallic materials and finishes in the home - how the trends are changing

Metallic materials and finishes in the home - how the trends are changing

In this month's HPP Blog, Tina Crossley discusses the emerging trends of metallic materials and finishes...

Having a metallic finish to your interior décor is fairly commonplace in today's environment. Gone are the days when metals were viewed as too 'cold' or 'clinical'.

Metal and copper finishes are now seen as fashionably minimalist, cosy and rustic, as well as contemporary; even Apple adopted the trend, releasing their 2014 iPhones in gold shades and tones. So, in line with the release of our own metallic surfaces in the form of the Kronospan Trends 16/17 Collection, this blog takes a look at just how metals can transform your home and really create a 'wow' factor…

Using metal, copper especially, to decorate interior spaces goes as far back as the medieval period; uninspiring copper kitchens and bathtubs are probably springing to mind at this point, but nowadays, that couldn't be any farther from the truth.

Metallic surfaces add a whole new level of design, detail and interest to a living space, adding flair and style that is unique to most things currently in the market.

We've seen metallic finishes in handle design for many years but these are now being supported with a huge surge in demand for metallic appliances, light fittings and even metallised fabrics, which complement other pieces within the space and add a more cohesive feel to the design.

But the trend doesn't stop there either.

MFC board is now seeing a huge overhaul of its ranges, with the introduction of stunning new metallic faced boards that are vibrant, full of character and interesting to see and feel. A range of these are new to the market from the Kronospan Trends 16/17 Collection, and have the benefit of reduced dulling on saw blades and extremely clean, accurate cuts when installing.

We've seen metallic surfaces being used in the most unusual of places to add the finishing touches to the most contemporary of homes, and it's not just with predictable warm shades either… Cool metals such as aluminium, platinum, and steel are great for fulfilling a contemporary and minimalist design. Steel brushed staircases, aluminium shower curtains, platinum feature walls: metallic surfaces complement contemporary design like no other material.

But of course, metallic surfaces aren't only for the minimalist and contemporary. Warmer colours can transform any kitchen, living room, or even bedroom, into a cosy space. Covering a mantelpiece in bronze, copper, or gold instantly warms any room, and is perfect if you have a roaring fire burning. Adding smaller detailed metallic surfaces throughout bedroom spaces also gives a much warmer feel to the room, reflecting warm light on surfaces such as lamp stands, bookshelves, or decorative trinkets.

Metallic surfaces are also great for creating rustic looks, especially in country-style kitchens. Any metal, but especially coppers and bronzes, give kitchens a rustic flair when kept muted and natural. And traditional style kitchens aren't complete until they've got some suitably rustic handles - check out our handles selection which is very shortly to be doubled in size to give an even greater choice.

Minimalist, characterful, rustic or contemporary: isn't it time you introduced some metallic design flair into your installations?

Music to our ears: an overview of the SensioSound Bluetooth Speaker & Light

Music to our ears: an overview of the SensioSound Bluetooth Speaker & Light

In this month's HPP Blog, Tina Crossley introduces us to music and light, in one compact unit...

If you're looking to create an ambience in your next kitchen project and create a clutter-free environment for your customers, the SensioSound Bluetooth Audio Speaker & Light might just be what you're looking for.

With a 334 lumen LED light and 85dB speaker integrated into one stylish unit, this practical device turns the kitchen into the perfect place to cook or entertain without the need for endless wires, docking stations and separate lighting solutions, as it all ties perfectly into one.

Key Features

Playing your favourite tunes through the speakers is quick and easy. Simply pair the device with a smartphone via Bluetooth and the wireless connection works its magic, allowing your customers to listen to their music and have a clear kitchen counter at the same time.

With an operational range of up to 10m and the ability to pair any smartphone up to two SensioSound speakers means that even if you have the largest of kitchens, these discreet and handy devices are suitable and easy to install.

The frosted lens gives the speaker a diffused light output to add an ambient atmosphere to any kitchen. There is a choice between either cool or warm white LED, and at 12V, it works at a low voltage too, keeping energy consumption at an all-time low.

Installation and maintenance

Installation is a total doddle, simply comprising three screws beneath the outer steel casing, which makes it compatible with any kitchen décor or layout. The unit is mains powered, which means you'll need a 240V supply, but if existing lighting is already in place, these drivers easily connect to a 5A circuit.

At a competitive offer price of just £35.50, a 13-year lamp life and 35,000-hour playback time, the SensioSound is built to last and will make your customers love their kitchens even more!

For full details on the SensioSound Bluetooth Audio Speaker & Light click here.

The HPP Team Visit Kronospan

Kronospan Chirk timber yard

Our marketing team recently ventured out of the office to take a trip to Kronospan's production facility in Chirk, Wrexham.

The main aim of the trip was to learn more about some of their latest developments, new products and ideas, and to get a good feel for just what goes into making some of the most interesting and innovative boards on the market.

The site was a hub of activity, as the company are in the process of re-structuring most of their manufacturing facility to make it more efficient, and more capable to cope with growing demand for their vast range of boards for the KBB and construction markets.

We were first taken to a picturesque old farmhouse which sits in the middle of their huge 150+ acre site, which now houses their meeting rooms and product display suite.

The showroom featured some of the latest product ranges to come out of Kronospan's growing worldwide portfolio, and one that is due for imminent launch being the Trends 16/17 collection, which we'll be making available to all HPP customers in the coming weeks.

We were also taken on a tour of their site to see just what goes into making some of the leading board in the marketplace.

The first thing that caught our interest is how technology has leapt forward in recent years when it comes to recycled material for board.

For many years, recycled material in MFC products was seen as a bad thing due to blade dulling, split-out and so on, but thanks to new technology and intensive cleaning methods (both dry and wet), the Kronospan team were able to show us just how much work goes into ensuring that recycled product going into board is as pure, clean and contamination-free as possible.

It surprised us just what they were able to extract before a product is even started, with things like glass, metal, sand and large wood chippings being taken out at a very early stage, which is reassuring, as it guarantees that each board delivered from HPP will be fit for its application, giving our customers the confidence they need in using any of our products.

Another huge plus is that this more intensive and environmentally aware method of cleaning is helping to reduce our environmental impact thanks for more recycled product being able to be added, which in turn is helping to reduce the amount that goes into landfill, increasing recycling, and ensuring the KBB industry keeps a close eye on reducing the impact we have on our landscape wherever possible.

We also got to take a look at the sizeable manufacturing processes that go into making the likes of MDF and MFC board possible, and when we say the scale was huge, we really mean it... The walk along one production line was enough to work up a sweat!

Seeing the massive £150k plates that create textured woodgrain, the multi-million pound production lines and the hundreds of people that go into making each board as uniform and perfect as the other made us realise just what goes into producing some of the most innovative boards in the industry.

The experience was a great one for our team and gave us the chance to gain a better appreciation of the hard work and effort that goes into each and every Kronospan product.

Photographs: reproduced by kind permission of Jan Ford (http://janfordsworld.blogspot.co.uk)

We've got the power!

SensioPod DATA

Give your customers’ kitchen the power with a SensioPod, which is a three-socket pull-up power solution that also comprises of several other smart, additional design features that make it more than your average retractable socket.

Key features

As well as the traditional power outlets, the SensioPod is also a USB charging station with two USB ports integrated into the product (maximum allowance 2100mA). The really clever thing, however, is that it can be fully retracted even with products still plugged in, which is ideal for keeping surfaces clutter-free from unsightly plugs and cables. Because the SensioPod is fitted within the worktop, it can really add value to spaces and is ideal for open plan living where it’s important to have wires and sockets hidden from view. A lot of our customers like to integrate these into centre islands and bar areas where people are likely to sit whilst using a mobile device or laptop.

SensioPod has a nice, sleek profile and an aluminium effect that gives it a modern, contemporary look. It’s also very user-friendly with a specially-designed, neat chrome handle that makes it easy to pull the fitting up, and a quick-release catch to ensure it will always close securely. A neon green control switch tells you whether appliances have been switched off when not in use.

Installation & Maintenance

There’s lots of flexibility over where the SensioPod can be fitted. Because it’s designed to use space efficiently, it can be installed in areas that are often under-used. This flexible space-saving product can be fitted within worktops, on kitchen islands, under cabinets (pull down) or fitted into desks. Plus, it’s IP54 rated and designed to withstand splashes too, so there is no need to worry about it being fitted too close to sinks or food prep areas.

Maintaining the SensioPod is easy too - fuses can be replaced without removing the plinth as they are built-in just below the on/off switch.

SensioPod Range

SensioPod+ pull-up socket has all the same features and benefits of the original but with a die cast metal top in a choice of three finishes; Chrome, Black Nickel or Stainless Steel.

SensioPod Eco is an economical option if customers do not require the ability to charge USB devices. This version has three power sockets only with a red neon on/off switch and a quick release catch, which has a plastic top in a matt black finish.

SensioPod DATA is a perfect solution for the home office that has two RJ45 ports for PC/Laptop connectivity. Even if wireless internet is not available, the SensioPod DATA means you can connect your laptop through a home internet router or network.

SensioPod Bluetooth has a built-in Bluetooth speaker that can be used with any Bluetooth-enabled audio device or 3.5mm headphone jack. It is ideal for open plan living with its multi-use functionality – power, Bluetooth and USB.

All the SensioPod product information can be found at https://www.hpponline.co.uk/cat/1119/sensiopod

Cluster Lighting for Kitchens

Cluster Ceiling Lights and Stone Grey Aspects Doors

Cluster lighting is fast becoming a staple of modern kitchen design, no matter which style the consumer chooses, be that traditional or contemporary, cluster lighting is certainly a popular option, and one that looks set to stay within the industry for the foreseeable future.

Part of the appeal with cluster lighting is that it adds another dimension to the overall kitchen design, which helps not only to add a feeling of quality and thoughtfulness in design, but also helps to better define the zones whilst providing the added benefit of making them more practical too.

Cluster lighting is quite often used over centre islands, dining areas and reading areas to give good quality task lighting, as well as mood lighting too.

The key to achieving success is to position the lights intelligently, making sure they are positioned carefully to avoid accidents from low hanging lights, are suitably away from wet zones, and that the style of the light fittings being put in place are in keeping, and complementary to the rest of the kitchen design.

There's a plethora of styles available at the moment too, meaning consumers are really spoilt for choice. Blown glass, dimly lit light fittings lend themselves to both the more traditional and industrial looks, whereas metal shades or sleek smooth coloured class shades lend themselves nicely to apartment style kitchens and contemporary homes.

There is such a wide variety of cluster style lighting available to consumers at present that finding the right light for the job shouldn't be too hard, as there really is something for everyone; and better still, most of these lights are energy efficient too, using either LED technology or low voltage halogen bulbs.

The use of cluster lighting can really add an additional element to any kitchen design and helps to better define the zones, so it's an aspect that's certainly worth considering for any future kitchen project that lends itself to this type of design concept.

Home office in the bedroom - making it work well!

Mirror Gloss Slate Grey with Pencil Line Light

Creating a home office within a bedroom space takes quite a lot of planning and consideration to get things absolutely right.

The first thing to consider is that the customer who's asking to have their home office situated within their bedroom space needs the room to act in a number of ways, not only as a functional home office, but most importantly, as a relaxing bedroom space to unwind and chill out in without the thought of work, bills or general office related stress.

For this reason, it's important to try to make a bedroom home office as hidden as possible, allowing your customer to hide away work and enjoy the space as a home environment too.

This often entails hiding the office environment behind a set of wardrobe doors, whether that's through sliding, glass, wooden or acrylic wardrobe doors, you get the idea; it's best to tuck them away, giving your customers the separation they need from work and home.

The other thing to consider is that whilst the office is tucked away in a relatively small and somewhat cramped space, it still needs to work really well as a home office. This is where the selection of certain products, their placement and installation is key.

The first place to start is organisation. Without the proper shelving, desk area, keyboard and mouse platform, drawer, wirework and general storage for your computer tower, laptop and even printer, the home office won't work well.

Once the above storage issues are addressed, it's then a good idea to consider lighting as one of the next key issues to be tackled, as these types of home office often have areas where shadows are cast or dark spots unavoidable (or so people think!).

By fitting some bright and energy efficient LED self adhesive strip lights within the space, it will make the environment comfortable and also safe for continued use by your customer, without running costs going through the ceiling.

This LED lighting can provide task lighting within the main desk area of the space whilst also creating pleasant backlighting that helps to mimic the effect of having a window without any obstructions right in front of you.

Once all the above is addressed and completed, it's paramount to make sure you're using the right doors and door components.

Hinges that provide maximum accessibility are absolutely key, so it's a great idea to spec the best hinges for the job right at the beginning, and consider adding a few extra hinge holes to your door spec to ensure it's robust and capable of taking a lot of use on a daily basis.

By following the main steps above, you can be fairly confident your next bedroom home office customer will be more than satisfied with the outcome of the project. To find out more about suitable HPP products for this type of project, please check out our doors, wirework, lighting and accessories sections of our website.

Bedroom Trends 2015

Hacienda White PVC Edged Furniture

With bedrooms becoming a more important space within modern living, consumers are wanting to inject more colour, personality and interesting materials into their place of slumber, generating an environment that is warm, relaxing and able to serve multiple purposes, such as rest, leisure, work and much more.

With this in mind, we're finding that the bedroom trends of 2015 are looking equally as vast and varied as those ever changing consumer needs.

2014 saw a bit of a battle going on between contemporary and vintage styles, but this year we are seeing that the two can work seamlessly together, in a way that enhances the finished bedroom design and creates a stunning, unique space.

This integration of two styles strongly reflects the diversity of modern day living.

Take a neutral looking bedroom of 2013 for example; likely to comprise of safer colour schemes and flatter textures and materials, this still works well for some, but it may be lacking in personality, character and depth for others.

Those who are interested in staying current and in line with existing trends are more likely to want to create a fashion statement with the use of bolder materials, textures, colours and combinations of materials.

One way of achieving the perfect mix this year would be to incorporate innovative and highly textured materials such as the XyloCleaf range of boards, which offer interesting colours, patterns and textures that are tactile to the touch and very unique in their appearance.

This popular look tends to work well when mixed with both vintage style and clean-cut lines, incorporating bright glossy colours many might not think to usually include with a more vintage, timeless theme.

There are a variety of ways to inject some personality and colour successfully; whether this is done through vibrant wall décor, vinyl wrapped furnishings, sleek door panels, stylish handles, panelled walls or simple room accessories and soft furnishings.

Another trend to consider which has a cross over with vintage is the shabby chic look.

With its rustic feel, natural wood finishes that have a distressed or highly textured pattern easily compliment the whole shabby chic theme. Again, you don't have to commit wholly to a nature-centric style here as this design also works well with sparkling ornate light fittings and basic decoration such as floral or patterned wall décor. There is something very current about a bedroom that hosts a contrast between extravagance and nature.

Whilst your customer may want to achieve that timeless antique appearance, it's still paramount to integrate some modern luxuries to keep things practical and usable too.

With the hectic lifestyles of most British people, there is a growing need for organisation in the bedroom so that it can remain a relaxing and well-organised retreat.

This can be easily achieved with a behind the scenes storage system. For example, you could construct a wealth of contemporary wardrobe wirework but hide it behind visually pleasing door panels; complete with any combination of door handles to uphold the look your customer wants.

For more information and advice about our bedroom products, why not call in to our trade counter or check out our range online.

Let classic and contemporary collide

Let classic and contemporary collide

Quite often in kitchen design we compartmentalise kitchen design as either classic or contemporary, but at HPP, we're really excited about some of the latest designs we've recently seen installed.

Designers are starting to challenge those traditional and well-rooted values as they blend classic and contemporary elements together seamlessly with each other to produce a finished result that not only looks great, but also looks like it was really meant to be.

Much of this progression has been down to the launch of innovative new materials, such as the XyloCleaf range of board from HPP.

XyloCleaf boards offer a staggering quality feel that looks, and really feels like the material it is replicating, so much so that it's difficult to actually tell the difference between that and the real thing! We're sure that alone will be a huge hit with consumers specifying a new kitchen.

These more innovative materials are starting to generate a true demand from consumers who are searching for a much more interesting board to be incorporated into their design, not only in the more classic or rustic kitchen designs, but also in the contemporary too, bringing into play materials that are highly modern and polished, alongside materials which add texture, interest and character to the design.

By blending the two materials, consumers are getting the best of both worlds.

The kitchen can be designed to be modern, with clean lines and a contemporary feel, whilst perfectly featuring materials that are more akin to that of the classic or rustic styling, offering an element of warmth and charm, helping to make the living space seem somewhat more relaxing and enjoyable.

Check out the XyloCleaf range of products here for inspiration and ideas by clicking Here

Creating a Home Office

Office Created with elements from the Egger Zoom Collection

Creating a home office is becoming much more popular in the UK as we are seeing more people working from their homes either full time or after the normal working day, so it goes without saying that demand for something a little more than a desk placed in the middle of a spare room is increasing, so we thought we'd go through a few helpful ideas to find the right spec for your next customer.

The home office comes in many shapes and sizes and can be found in the most surprising of places, from under-stairs cupboards, to hidden walk-in offices situated off a bedroom, practically anything is possible, and design ideas and styles can be injected into the finished furniture quickly and easily to meet the most demanding of consumer requirements. We find that with the right design, a space that seems totally un-suitable can be tailored to perfectly meet the consumer's requirements, and often exceed their expectations too.

The first step is to understand how the space is to be used. Is the office playing a practical role in simply being a small space for catching up on emails, or is it serving a greater purpose, possibly a place to meet clients out of hours. The way the work zones will be used is key too - we've found that by analysing the files, folders, in-trays and computing habits of the end user pays dividends in the long-run as it means the space can be totally tailored to them and the way they work, so if they're constantly getting up to grab files from a cupboard across the room, bring that closer to them in the new design so they don't waste time going back and forth.

The use of unique boards and decors is a great way to really make an impression with the home office too, just because it's a functional space doesn't mean it needs to look that way. The use of wood grained boards with texture and different finishes can set a unique ambiance in the office, and one that can compliment that person's personality and their home.

Try to also integrate clever storage ideas where possible. We've seen a few of our customers do innovative things with their designs, such as integrating a full computer screen into an electrically lifted mechanism, which hides it within the desk when not in use, but reveals it at the touch of a button. Whilst this option is quite elaborate, there are other simpler things that can make a huge difference, such as installing the right type of drawers, hinges that open out wider to provide better access in tighter spaces, or using wirework solutions for stationery, computer towers and larger, heavier files.

The other thing to remember is that people need to enjoy being in the space they're working in, so consider other elements such as Audio / Visual. Integrated TV's and sound systems are becoming a top seller to the higher end of the home office market, along with different lighting schemes to suit different moods and times of the day or year.

The possibilities for the home office design are endless, from the board and fixings that make up the general theme, to the finer details such as lighting, technology and handles which embellish the design; anyone can achieve the exact home office look and feel they want, and quite often within the budget they've got available.

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