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Monday, September 17, 2018

Trending-Feature walls in the kitchen

Feature walls are back. Gone are the days of eye watering wall paper as 2018 sees textures making a key design statement, especially in the kitchen. The technical development of materials means marbles are more cost effective and laminates are more durable to extend the variety of offerings in the market. Our advice: expand your comfort zone, be experimental and be unique!

wood feature wall spalshback kitchen

Create texture

Below, we used the contrasting marble worktop as an extended splash back which returns giving a high-level shelf. This creates a strong seamless look allowing the natural marbling to be the design statement.

What’s your brickwork like? Sometimes the best design pieces are the ones you already have. Here we used exposed brick accompanied by contemporary textured wall paper. Create contrast!

textured splashback kitchen brick marble

Modern classics

Wood panelling has consistently stood the test of time when it comes to kitchen wall finishes. Here, tongue and groove panelling painted a rich, deep blue compliments the kitchen, yet still stands out as a feature wall.

If budget is a constraint or perhaps you want something a little more subtle, tiles are a tremendous way to create a feature wall. For a contemporary touch have a play with the layout. Here we ran the tiles up to the wall cabinetry in a 45 degree herringbone pattern.

white chevron tile splashback panelling kitchen

Monday, September 10, 2018

Engage With Video

As a creative content agency, Set Visions collaborates with clients to deliver engaging imagery and video to support their marking needs.Digital Marketing is an increasingly important part of a brand’s strategy in a highly competitive online market that offers multiple platforms from YouTube to Twitter to Instagram and Snapchat to maximise a brand’s visual reach.

A recent project with Wickes kitchens saw us develop a number of marketing solutions for their new product offering. Their handleless kitchen ranges needed a style concept, imagery for brochure and video to build awareness. Our in-house team produced this exceptional content over a number of phases with our project managers working with key stakeholders via on online approval tool and face to face presentations.

The minimalist kitchens were designed to reflect the Intelliga True Handleless system with clean flowing lines and key statement style. CGI stills were produced ensuring the images were technically correct and satisfied to the visual guideline our Art Director set. Here’s the development of one of the ranges, Esker.

CGI White Handleless kitchen

The CGI team then expanded the concept a step further and animated key elements to bring the kitchens to life. This new content was then edited with motion graphics to highlight key call outs to the customer. The result is a fantastic video resource that can easily be re-edited for specific audiences and platforms.

To see how our creative team can help you develop a brand voice, extend your customer reach and improve your Google rankings get in contact with the team on 01274 610600.

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Uncompromising, cost-effective imagery

The Set Visions creative team have been busy joining forces, producing Photography and CGI imagery for our global client which is bespoke, hand crafted and truly unique. Our multi-skilled team’s creative vision translates across both specialist mediums ensuring our CGI and Photography images are perfectly in parallel and on form. By using both disciplines we delivered the project within budget without compromising quality.

Lincrusta recently approached the team with a fantastic challenge to create editorial content that relies on our Photography studio’s realism and attention to detail whilst exploiting CGI’s ability to render photorealistic architecture and location. By using the same product in both studios we’ve created imaginative product images that do just that!

art deco trend restuarant design pink

The styling direction was overseen by our Head of Creative, with our Photography Studio manager keeping a keen eye on the CGI output.

Each deeply embossed paper design is printed blank and applied to the walls ready for the hand painted finish, meaning every fitting is truly bespoke. A great advantage of working with CGI means our teams can re-use 3D assets to easily create alternative images. Below is an example of using the previously created Tropical Leaf paper and combining it with the Trellis, for a coastal take on the designs.

CGI hotel lobby design hospitality

Our creative team delivered a set of images that are perfect for brochure, POS and social media. To see more of our trend based portfolio take a look at our Instagram, or contact us on 01274 6100 to ask how our creative CG and photographic studios can help.

Monday, September 3, 2018

New Senior Video Producer

Motion, our video department has grown rapidly in the past year and we’re delighted to welcome Dan to the Set Visions team. With creative background in art direction and project management we know Dan will be a perfect fit as our new Senior Video Producer.

The increase in demand for video from our clients illustrates the booming competitive market. Video is a fantastic tool to upsell the hidden benefits of your product, increase Google rankings and easily reach new audiences through social media.

Dan’s background in commercial video production, location shooting, animation, motion graphics, editing and along with a wealth of technical experience, strengthens our Motion department’s offering. Dan’s already made himself integral to the production team, overseeing a project with over 200 edits, he’s certainly not phased! We’d like to wish Dan good luck in the role and hope you enjoy meeting all our fantastic clients.

Dan Renton Set Visions video producer

To see a selection of our Motion portfolio check out our Vimeo site covering location work, CGI animation and studio filming or contact the sales team on 01274 610600 for an informal chat to discuss how our Motion team can help grown your business.

Friday, August 17, 2018

Get The Look-Calm Modern Classic

This look is all about creating a calm space with a modern take on a classic styling. Mix up that classic style by updating furniture to modern mango woods. Soft and tonal blues are still very much on trend. Hints of denim tones in fabrics with chalky blues on cushions are ways to pull a winning array together - layer them up for a relaxing luxurious feel. We’re seeing a resurgence in pattern wallpaper and wallcoverings, in a calm colour tones.

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How to style up this look

• Large print pattern brings drama of a period feature.
• Soft light blues and whites.
• Modern mango woods classic shaped furniture.
• Bleached wood chandelier on trend.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Trending-Earthy Terracotta Tones and Textures

Last year we predicted terracotta tones would strongly be featured in mainstream interior design and commercial photography. This trend is undeniably strengthening with the rich, earthy tones and textures displayed in to our imagery.

One of our favourite designs is this kitchen where we created a feature wall from a 12mm zenith worktop - accessorised with rustic terracotta propping for a tonal look.

Terracotta textured kitchen zenith


Trending textures

It’s essential to mix textures for this trend. Think about using ionised finishes and rusty tones, mixed with sleek shiny textures and tactile matt fabrics. Key props pull this style together for a high end design look. By using copper and textured surfaces conveys a rustic aspect to the trend. We combined a water proof copper wall panel with complimentary earthy greens and contrasting sharp gold propping for a lux feel.

texture metal gold interior design


Colour palette is key

For this look we wanted a retro touch in a modern setting. Creating a wall mural was a great way to invigorate the set and deliver the on-trend colours featured in the earthy tone colour palate. For this look we wanted a retro touch in a modern setting. Creating a wall mural was a great way to invigorate the set and deliver the on-trend colours featured in the earthy tone colour palate.

terracotta colour palette CGI

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Investing in our software to save you money

Set Visions Technical Director has invested in cutting edge, next generation server technology to maximise our team’s production output. We’ve expanded the capacity of our CGI virtualisation by putting 20 processing cores to good use. Our new storage array has been specifically designed for heavy access from multiple users while still providing strong resilience against hardware failure.

server technology Set Visions

The team constantly keep ahead with security employing encryptions and firewalls. In addition to protecting the network from intrusion they also provide excellent monitoring and reporting tools, allowing you to see things that are otherwise invisible. Our firewall helped us spot a bottleneck on the LAN that was costing us precious hours of slower production.

Our new storage array is now performing at 4 times faster than any single drive on its own meaning a less stressed Production Manager, faster saves, shorter production times, a happier CGI team and more importantly, happier clients.

If you’d like to know more about our CG cost saving strategies get in touch with Paul on 01274 610600.


Thursday, June 21, 2018

In-House Style Direction

Our in-house creative team are vital to creating consistent, visually striking imagery. Overseen by our Head of Creative, Nina, this trend led service is included on all our projects - keeping Set Visions and our clients a step ahead of the competition.

Symphony, one of our long standing clients, teamed up with Laura Ashley Kitchens to launch the Hardbury Kitchen range and invited Nina to come along to the launch. Nina’s involvement in the project was instrumental to the style direction, ensuring all concepts fit within Laura Ashley’s brand guidelines. Nina was delighted to present her concept on the trend direction and the tactile finishes used in the project to major retailers at the exclusive preview.

Laura Ashely Symphony Nina trend


Continuing to work alongside such an iconic names as Laura Ashley and Symphony is an immense pleasure and we’re incredibly proud of the results. If you’d like to find out more about our Styling Service contact the team on 01274 610600.


Hardbury Laura Ashley Kitchens Set Visions photography

Monday, June 18, 2018

From Photography to V-Ray

V-Ray Chaos group set visions

Chaos Group, the market leader in render engine supply, recently covered Set Visions’ unique story of our transition from studio cameras to CGI imagery, and the part their render engine, V-Ray, plays in producing exceptionally photorealistic CG renders - perfect marketing content for our clients.

It’s fantastic to be appreciated by such an industry leader and thanks to Danny, our Technical Manager, for taking time out of his busy schedule to take the interview.

Click here to take a look at our V-Ray low down.


Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Get The Look-Bringing the inside out

With summer knocking on the door it’s time to focus on your outdoor space. Make the most of the alfresco season by bringing the inside out. Whatever the size be creative and make the most of your space by creating an outdoor living area with comfy seating, rugs and cushions. By adding cosy lighting and layers of warm blankets you can enjoy being outside late into those summer evenings.

coastal garden inspiration set visions

How to style up this look.

• Simple colour palette with mixed fabrics.
• Add classic nautical touches.
• Dine alfresco and enjoy!


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17th Sep 2018

Trending-Feature walls in the kitchen

Feature walls are back. Gone are the days of eye watering wall paper as 2018 sees textures...

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Motion, Set Visions video department has grown rapidly in the past year and we’re delighted to welcome Daniel Rento… https://t.co/8lfBxLpl2h

We recently worked on a stunning kitchen range for @lauraashleykitchens where our team...
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10th Sep 2018

Engage With Video

As a creative content agency, Set Visions collaborates with clients to deliver engaging...

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