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The range cooker panel: a creative guide

A panel of tiles is an opportunity to create a unique focal point at the heart of the home.

If there’s a range cooker in the kitchen, that’s where people will congregate. It’s not just warming to the body, but heartwarming too. So there’s no better place to create an arrangement of tiles that gives the eye something beautiful to rest on.

Think of a range cooker panel as a piece of art, but instead of hanging a painting you're creating a permanent piece. A panel of tiles is practical as well as aesthetically pleasing. It will protect the wall and offers a surface that's easy to clean and won't mark.

So how do you go about creating a charming cooking panel? Your first choice is between coloured and hand painted tiles. Both have their attractions. A panel shining with rich colour can add a dramatic extra dimension to a kitchen.

For a range cooker panel with unique character we love painted tiles. After all, they are literally works of art, painted by hand and individually signed on the back. The choice of images is wide - everything from fish to flowers to kitchen utensils. You can even request hand painted words of your choosing.

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A classic farmhouse style range featuring tiles from our Farmland Birds collection; a contemporary approach with tiles from our Landscapes collection.

As for colour, for a timeless feel, choose monochrome. Charcoal looks especially classic (our Botanical Etchings collection, for example) and complements a variety of kitchen interior styles. A single colour such as Delft blue adds a distinctive note to a room - or if you're feeling bold, choose from our coloured hand painted tiles featuring everything from butterflies to farmland birds.

Your design options are truly endless. To give the panel a unified feel you will want to use a mix of painted tiles with unpainted ones of the same colour. And then it comes to how to arrange them. You may choose to group several images together and surround them by plain tiles; to dot painted tiles here and there; to create a horizontal line of painted tiles; or to run an image across multiple tiles.

A frame for your work of art adds real interest. We make a variety of shapes and sizes of framing tile - some are plain, others painted. You may also wish to add small decorative tacos at the corners of your frame, or to run a fine line around the panel.

The choice is yours, and the scope is enormous. Our design team is always on hand to help should you want some advice. Simply get in touch.

However you do it, a range cooker panel always adds magic, giving the heart of the home a unique focus and charm.


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Nicky Sweet

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