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Calm Kitchens

Creating Calm Kitchens


The kitchen is often the heart of the home, there is always lots going and it becomes the central gathering place at parties and celebrations, especially if there is food involved!Bold colours or sterile whites are common choices for kitchen décor to either offset or match appliances. However, a more neutral colour palette can also work really well, especially in Kitchens which are high traffic areas where using neutral colours can help create a calm area, and a great space for people to de-compress on their way in or out of the house. 


This kitchen uses Soft Steel for the walls and Rum & Raisin for the cupboards both in Kitchen & Bathroom matt emulsion.  The combination uses softer tones and a neutral colour palette to offer the perfect stage for other statement decorative elements, without losing any warmth from the room. The illusion of the metallic tiles, painted in Sophistication and Millionaire from the metallic range also help to add interest to the space without undermining the neutral tone.




This kitchen is an example of how a neutral colour palette can work to compliment a more traditional room. The wood features offer a homely feel and help to tie the room together, whereas the more neutral wall colours painted in Spotlight matt emulsion, keep the room feeling fresh and both work together to create a calming atmosphere.

For the full range of Crown Paints, call into BJ Mullen.  We will be happy to help with any advice, paint, tools and equipment you need to create a calm kitchen!

Heritage Baths

Victorian Bathroom

Tiling a Victorian Bathroom

There are many ways you can recreate the style of the traditional Victorian bathroom whilst also enjoying the conveniences of 21st century plumbing, sanitary ware, heating and lighting.

Take flooring: our Victorian Floor tiles are the most obvious choice for a hard wearing surface that is also soft to the touch for bare feet. As well as being suitable for use with underfloor heating, authentic patterns from the Victorian era will certainly look the part. We have plenty of options too, from a simple checkerboard to complex designs incorporating decorated tiles. Add a deep claw foot bath for extra authenticity!

Walls: our Artworks collection of decorative tiles includes faithful reproductions of Victorian designs, and panels by famous artists of the day and pretty floral tiles and borders. There are also nearly 30 traditional colours of tiles and mouldings, all with high gloss reflective glazes. Colours range from Brilliant White to Jet Black, Burgundy, Victorian Green and Windsor Blue, all colours that would have graced those luxurious bathrooms in the Victorian era.

Call into BJ Mullen and let our friendly staff help you choose a look thats right for you.

Radiators @ BJ Mullen

Quinn Radiators

Available from BJ Mullen, the Slieve radiator from Quinn Radiators is as much an attractive feature for your room as it is a high output radiator. With a stylish look and exceptional high quality build, the Slieve designer radiator is designed with sleek lines and smooth contours to compliment or be a feature for any room. Slieve horizontal and vertical radiators are designed for high heat output.



• Horizontal range available in heights from 288 – 723mm and 10 lengths 500mm – 2000mm

• Vertical range available in three heights 1600mm, 1800mm & 2000mm and available in up to 9 widths from 288mm – 868mm

• Available in single and double options

• Available in horizontal & vertical options

• Manufactured and tested to BS EN 442

• Durable powder coated in RAL 9016 paint for a brighter, whiter finish as standard

• Also available in a wide range of colours to order

• Full 10-year warranty

Full details available from BJ Mullen.  For a wide range of standard and designer radiators and expert advice from our plumbing department, contact us by phone or call into our store.

Keylite @ BJ Mullen

Keylite Roof Windows

Step by Step animated installation guide for new Keylite Roof Windows with Futuretherm Technology.  For the full Keylite range and any tools and accessories you might need, call into BJ Mullen and one of our staff will be happy to help.


Crown Paint @ BJ Mullen

Summer Colour

Summer’s here and along with the temperature, it seems that we are ‘rising’ to the DIY challenge, according to a recent survey conducted by Crown Paints.

When it comes to reaching for the toolbox, we are a nation of do-it-yourself enthusiasts, with a whopping 56% of respondents telling us that they know best when it comes to DIY, with 27% relying on professionals and another 13% calling on family members for help.

Whatever the method employed, it found that a resounding 92% of you feel inspired to redecorate during the summer months with bright summer colour.

So what is it, that’s so inspiring about this time of year?  Well … it’s no surprise that the weather plays a huge part, with bright blue skies, sunshine and the smell of freshly cut grass sowing the seeds for a home refresh.

For colour selection, we found that travel is the number one source of inspiration with two fifths of those surveyed saying they feel inspired by places they’ve been and want to reflect those memories and feelings in their home.

Fresh whites and creams topped the colour poll, while your top colours for summer are blues, yellows and greens.

So take a tip from us and bring the summer into your home with an uplifting colour scheme you can feel inspired by all year round.

Happy decorating from Crown Paints & BJ Mullen.  For the full range of Crown Paints as well as varnishes, fillers, and decorating accessories, call in to speak to one of our team.



Hexagonal Mosaic

Hexagonal Tiles

The shape of things to come

The shape of things to come

This month sees another new product launch – our fresh new Mosaics Summer Collection, with over 30 lines now added to one of our most popular ranges. The Collection includes appealing new textures, materials, shapes (such as hexagonal tiles)  and colours to enhance our existing extensive range of mosaics for walls and floors.

Mosaics are probably the most versatile of all tiling formats: small pieces of glass / stone / shell / ceramic / porcelain / metal (or a combination of all or any of these) are all held together on the reverse side, usually by a mesh backing (some have a film or paper facing).

The advantages of the mosaic sheet are:

  • they can be easily cut into strips for using as a border or an accent
  • are forgiving on less than perfect surfaces
  • can even be used on curves (not something you can do with an ordinary tile)

If you haven’t tiled with mosaics before, then fear not – they can be fixed in the same way as ceramic or porcelain tiles with adhesive and grout and sometimes so much easier!

So with this in mind, if you are looking for something a little different for your next project you’ll find plenty of choice in our Mosaics ranges, whether it’s a mosaic for a border or a feature panel, for a splashback or as a backdrop. Here’s a selection of some of the new products with a few ideas of how they can be incorporated in your designs.

Taking shape


It’s easy to see why the hexagon is so favoured by interior designers, with its eye catching and harmonious structure. Four of the five hexagonal glass mosaics in the new Collection are subtly textured with colours ranging from pale to dark, all with a touch of iridescence. Interlocked in combination (as with Voni and Genau) or stand-alone, these hexagons all provide a refreshing alternative to squares and rectangles.

You can ring the changes with other interesting shapes as well, such as the penny rounds of Tavo, Enaze and Cora and the wavy form of Ares, Hades, Theia and Eos.

All these organic shapes work well alongside natural (or natural-effect) materials such as wood, stone and metals.

Naturally beautiful

Gold Pearl

Mosaics made from mother of pearl shell consistently top the list of customer favourites and now we’ve added three more colour options: Gold Pearl, Mother of Pearl Light and Dark. All our shell mosaics have a subtle shimmer that changes under different lighting, providing a luxurious background in your home.

As with all the mosaics in the new Summer Collection, those mentioned above are all suitable for bathrooms, showers and kitchens – but why stop there? Walls in bedrooms, dressing rooms, cloakrooms and living areas can all be transformed with a judiciously placed border, a panel of contrasting colour or texture, a tiled alcove or full feature wall.

The full Original Style collection is available in-store at BJ Mullen.

Traditional Style from Original Style

Traditional Style from Original Style

Whilst there has been a definite move towards very contemporary interiors over the last few years, traditional styles remain in favour – particularly amongst those who are restoring a period property and want to remain true to its style.

The Artworks range is typical of this, and manufactured using traditional techniques. Textured mouldings and decorative pieces are hand poured, hand trimmed, hand painted or glazed using traditional methods to produce a truly unique finish.

Some of the more decorative, Art Nouveau styles remain very popular and look beautiful adoring a traditional Victorian fireplace, or when used to create a sense of grandeur. Do this by adding details that force you to look again – such as mouldings or skirting pieces to add polish and that all important finishing touch.


Whilst its roots are firmly traditional, it’s perfectly possible to use the tiles in the collection in a contemporary environment. All of the colours in the collection are rich and luxurious, so can add a great deal of beauty to any space. As in the above example, using Jade Breeze field tiles with a Jet Black moulding,  have created a calming and attractive space that is contemporary despite the prevalence of traditional hues. You can see the subtle variation between the glazes on each tile which is a result of the way they are manufactured. It gives every one a uniqueness that can’t be found in mass produced tiles.

These tiles, and the many other colours that they are available in, look beautiful when combined with geometric Victorian floors, or even on their own. If decorative tiles aren’t what you’re looking for, take a look at the range of hues within this collection, as you might be surprised by what you find!  The full range of Original Style can be found in store.

Spring Inspiration From Crown Paint

On a planet buzzing with technology and everyone connected to the world and their Auntie “twenty four seven”, Crown Paint suggest we all need a little down time. So disconnect, relax and unwind in a chilled out bedroom, freshly decorated in this season’s most fashionable colours.

Suggestive of much more simple times, soft, playful pastels and nature inspired neutrals are at the core of our spring palette. Using clever combinations you can create a unique, yet totally tranquil escape from the hustle bustle around you.

A natural cocoon:

Inspired by warm, tactile stone and natural minerals, this serene and relaxing space is easily achievable with some colour know-how. Use an inky colour like Night Fever in an alcove to accentuate favourite art or ornaments. Pair it with a warm tone grey like Cloud Burst and complement with textured accessories. Now just wait for nightfall and curl up with a good book in your own natural cocoon.




For a sophisticated take on traditional pastels, that simply breathes air into a room, try combining textures and strong angular shapes. Breaking up wall space adds a whole new dimension and suggests expanse, while making us think in different ways, which is relaxing in itself. Here we’ve used Grey Lace as a back drop with accent shapes in Honey Fever, Winterbloom and Lunch Date.





Pared back:

Uncluttered and airy, classic Powder Blue coupled with Cream White adds, both, a sense of space and serenity to this bedroom. Keeping accessories and furnishings to a minimum makes the room less busy and more relaxing. A perfect room to unwind in, any time of the day.



So there’s no excuse. Kick off your shoes, switch off your phone and let the world get on with its business while you chill out.  Check out our range of paints in-store at BJ Mullen.

Workwear @ BJ Mullen

New Range of Workwear at BJ Mullen

BJ Mullen’s new range of workwear includes Scruffs Workwear – a very popular move with the more fashion conscious tradesmen and DIYers.  Call in and have a look at our workwear displays in store to see the full range of trousers, jackets, hoodies, tops, thermals,  shoes, boots and protective gear.

BJ Mullen Stove Showroom

Our New Stove Showroom

Our new Stove Showroom displays a large variety of stoves and accessories including a working model of a HETA 850.  It caters for all customers with an extensive range of styles, heat outputs, and finishes.  The Stove Showroom is a natural fit for BJ Mullen due to our extensive expertise in the Heating Industry particularly in relation to flue systems and connecting boiler models to heating systems.   BJ Mullen are HETAS qualified which means you can be confident of getting solid, trustworthy advice and the best stove for your requirements.