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Kitchen Colour Palettes: Shades To Complement Copper

Posted by admin on May 24, 2017 at 9:17 am. Filed under: General

Copper has become hugely popular in a variety of interior design trends and is now an option available for a number of different fixtures, fittings and furnishings for every room of the house. This week we have devised a set of kitchen colour palettes that lend themselves particularly well to copper accessories and have compiled the following list featuring our favourite selections from our paint supplier of choice: Farrow & Ball. Copper has a versatile look that can be used to create a range of different styles, from the luxurious to the industrial.

Pastel Shades

Copper pairs perfectly with these pastel kitchen colour palettes

When looking for colours to pair with copper, pastel shades are some of the most favoured choices. The shades we have picked out above are; Calamine, Tunsgate Green and Calluna – perfect picks for a shabby chic kitchen, each colour works just as well together as they do on their own, and pair particularly well with light wood surfaces such as our maple worktops.

Jewel Tones

Jewel tones bring a touch of luxury to any home and make copper features look opulent

Deeper, jewel tones are a luxurious option to include in kitchen colour palettes alongside copper accents. These bold hues are ideally suited to a zebrano worktops, and as suggested in our recent kitchen colours for wooden worktops guide, the shades we have selected are; Pitch Blue, Vardo and Brinjal. Dark kitchen cabinets have been a popular choice during the first few months of 2017, and we think that any of these colours would work well on bespoke frontals with our stylish copper cup handles.


A monochrome colour scheme is great if you want to make the copper stand out more

Copper is a fantastic way to bring warmth to an otherwise neutral palette, and we think it works especially well in conjunction with a monochrome colour scheme. Pitch Black on the left side of the image and All White on the right are at the opposite ends of Farrow & Ball’s extensive colour spectrum; we have selected Mole’s Breath (middle) as it looks good with both cool and warm shades, and will work well with both stark neutrals as well as warm copper tones.

If you are in need of any more inspiration, we recently wrote about bringing white cabinets to life with colourful accessories, including the use of copper accessories. If you have used copper in your kitchen, we would love to see how you have incorporated it into your colour scheme – feel free to share a picture with us on Facebook or Instagram using the hashtag #SolidWoodKitchenCabinets.


10% Off All Complete Units At Solid Wood Kitchen Cabinets

Posted by admin on May 17, 2017 at 9:14 am. Filed under: General
Save 10% On Kitchen Units Using Discount Code KIT10

Until Wednesday 31st May, we are offering customers who purchase any of our complete kitchen cupboard or drawer units (including frontals) 10% off! All of our solid wood kitchen cabinets are discounted in this offer, which means now is the perfect time to treat yourself to a new kitchen.

All furniture at Solid Wood Kitchen Cabinets is all made from high-quality solid oak with the option for Traditional or Shaker cabinet frontals in a selection of different finishes including colours from Farrow & Ball’s range. The wide range of choices available means that there is something to suit any style of kitchen.

All you need to do to claim your 10% discount is select the units and frontals you require, and enter the discount code KIT10 in the online checkout. 10% will be deducted from the cost of any complete kitchen units in your shopping cart. If you would like to place your order over the telephone or via one of our kitchen showrooms, simply mention the offer to the sales advisor assisting with your order and they will be happy to discount it for you.

You only have until Wednesday 31st May to claim this fantastic deal, so make sure you order soon to avoid missing out! Visit our current offers page to stay up to date on the latest savings!


Solid Wood Kitchen Cabinets Sponsors Lucy Waine

Posted by admin on May 10, 2017 at 2:46 pm. Filed under: General

At Solid Wood Kitchen Cabinets, the work we do to support our local community is incredibly important to us. Our founding director, Martyn Rees, has links with a local ballet school in Gloucestershire and through this relationship we have sponsored an up and coming ballerina, Lucy Waine. We caught up with Lucy during the Easter break to discuss some exciting news about her future at the Royal Ballet School.

Now aged just 16, Lucy began dancing over a decade ago with the Sally Prout School of Dancing, and was selected as one of twelve girls to attend the Royal Ballet Lower School at the age of eleven. Following years of hard work and training, Lucy has recently been successful in earning a place at the Royal Ballet Upper School. She will commute from the school residence in Pimlico to the school in Covent Garden, opposite the Royal Opera House, where Lucy says that “the hours will become much more intense”, but she is looking forward to doing “more advanced work”.

Here is Lucy Waine in our Solid Wood Kitchen Cabinet showroom in Gloucestershire

Whilst at the Royal Ballet Lower School, Lucy was selected to dance in a piece by Liam Scarlett, a world renowned choreographer with the company. Her progression to the upper school will afford a number of opportunities in the future, as graduates often go on to dance with the world’s leading dance companies. In the 3 years Lucy will spend at the upper school, she will also have the chance to be involved in productions with the Royal heritage groups and told us: “The school does a performance at the Opera House every summer, which is a really nice opportunity to be seen and get on stage.”

We would like to congratulate Lucy on her success in being awarded a place at the Royal Ballet Upper School and wish her all the success for the future. Keep an eye on our Facebook and Twitter if you would like to stay up to date with Lucy’s progress!


Visit Our Showrooms For a Free Montpellier Appliance on Solid wood Kitchen Orders Over £3,000!

Posted by admin on May 3, 2017 at 10:49 am. Filed under: General

Our Birmingham showroom opened at the end of April and we wanted to do something to celebrate the launch, so we’re offering a FREE Montpellier appliance on orders over £3,000 placed in any one of our fantastic kitchen showrooms!

If you are considering a new solid wood kitchen, there has never been a better time to buy. For the entire month of May, we are offering a free Montpellier dishwasher (model number MDI600) to kitchen furniture orders totalling between £3,000 and £3,999 (not including worktops, worktop accessories or the cost of delivery). If your order comes to £4,000 or more (not including worktops, worktop accessories or the cost of delivery), we are offering a free Montpellier oven and hob pack (model number SFOP94MFGG) instead.

The Montpellier dishwasher available as part of this offer is worth more than £290, whilst the hob and oven pack retails at more than £320 – making it a fantastic way to save when building your new solid wood kitchen. Not only are our kitchen showrooms the perfect place to get some inspiration for your kitchen, this great deal now means you have another reason to pay us a visit. This offer is only available for a limited time and on orders placed through any one of our kitchen showrooms, so plan your visit today.

This stylish Montpellier built in oven is available FREE with kitchen furniture orders over £4,000
This Montpellier hob is available on qualifying orders over £4,000 - the perfect way to finish your kitchen
This sleek Montpellier dishwasher is perfect in any kitchen, available FREE on eligible orders costing between £3,000 - £3,999

Although you can always find details of our latest offers on our current offers page, why not sign up to our mailing list so that you can be the first to hear all the most up to date news from Solid Wood Kitchen Cabinets.


Kitchen Trends: Black Kitchen Cabinets

Posted by admin on April 26, 2017 at 2:40 pm. Filed under: General

Darker colours have been increasingly popular for kitchens throughout the last few months, partly due to the recent resurgence in industrial trends. Black kitchen cabinets frontals are perfect for creating a striking look that is as contemporary as it is timeless. Below we have compiled some of our favourite design ideas for black cabinets.

A major concern for many when choosing colours is that the selected shade will make the room look dark or dreary. This kitchen is proof that black cabinets can still look bright when properly balanced out. Combined with marble walls and surfaces, these black kitchen cabinets have been strategically placed to ensure the maximum amount of light gets in. Glass cabinet frontals prevent the dark painted wood from drawing all the attention away from the elegant marble island.

If choosing black kitchen cabinets, the other textures and materials you use throughout the room can have a big impact on the overall theme created. This farmhouse kitchen combines black cabinets with warm wooden worktops and exposed brickwork, for a cosy feel that is not dominated by the darker colour. Warmer woods like cherry and oak are the perfect complement for softening darker kitchen cabinets.

Using darker kitchen cabinets is a popular way of creating kitchens with an industrial feel. Combining crisp, white subway tiles with black kitchen cabinets, minimalist details and exposed lighting creates an industrial air whilst still maintaining a good balance of light. Navy blue and charcoal grey shades are often the first choice for industrial kitchens, but this monochrome room shows that black and white can work just as well – perfect for a smaller kitchen.

Visit our Pinterest and Instagram pages for more kitchen inspiration!


White Kitchen Designs Perfect for Summer

Posted by admin on April 19, 2017 at 2:50 pm. Filed under: General

An all-white kitchen may seem impractical to some, but the single colour scheme has been a popular look for years and doesn’t appear to be going anywhere. Kitchen designs boasting all-white components may seem suited to ultra-minimalist homes only, but we think they can work well in any setting. We have put together this collection of ideas for white kitchens to help you gather inspiration for your new-look room just in time for summer.

Farrow & Ball’s Pointing  makes this traditional kitchen a warm, inviting space


Many people think that white kitchen designs suggest a contemporary aesthetic. We think white is fantastic in any style of kitchen, as the traditional kitchen shown here illustrates. Choosing the right white to suit your interior is important: it must complement not only your preferred design, but also the space as a whole. This country kitchen uses Farrow & Ball’s Pointing, which has warm undertones for a softer look. The full stave oak worktops break up the white cabinets and walls nicely, with the range and fridge boasting the same white shade (and thus blending nicely with the rest of the scheme). More modern white kitchen designs may choose to use the same colour everywhere for a lighter, airier feel.

This monochrome kitchen colour scheme works particularly well with traditional cabinets in Farrow & Ball’s All White


Selecting the right shade for your white kitchen designs is an integral part of the process that can have a huge impact on the finished look. Our bespoke cabinet painting service uses Farrow & Ball colours exclusively, and they have a wide selection of white shades to suit a number of different settings. All White contains no pigments to ensure it is as pure as possible, creating a bright and breezy colour. We think it looks fantastic as part of a monochrome colour scheme in the traditional kitchen shown here. For something a little less stark, Wimborne White and White Tie have warmer undertones; however, if you are looking for something cooler, Wevet and Strong White both have grey undertones and work particularly well with paler timber worktops for a clean, modern aesthetic.


If white kitchen designs seem daunting, accessories are the perfect way to add some colour into the room. A bright wall canvas or some unusual light fittings will soften all white kitchen designs. We might be biased, but we really love the use of wood in this kitchen. If you don’t have as much space, these vintage pendant shades from Primrose & Plum are available in a variety of colours – ideal for choosing an accent to continue throughout your kitchen. The main benefit of using accessories to brighten up your kitchen design is that they can be changed quickly and easily, allowing you to update your style as often as you please.

This wooden panelling adds a softness to the room whilst breaking up the white shades used throughout

Image credit to Pinterest

These vintage pendant lights can be used to pick out an accent if all white kitchen designs aren’t for you

Image credit to Primrose and Plum

We think white is the perfect shade for summer and we would love to see your white kitchen designs – please feel free to tag us in photos on Facebook or Instagram so we can see them!


Using Pinterest to Find Ideas for Kitchens – Our Top Five Boards

Posted by admin on April 12, 2017 at 12:05 pm. Filed under: General

Pinterest is a great place to start when looking for inspiration for your new kitchen. Our Pinterest boards have been carefully curated to bring you the most up-to-date kitchen trends, providing plenty of ideas for you to repin when creating your own motivational kitchen design boards. This blog lists our five most popular Pinterest boards, all of which cater for a variety of different tastes and room sizes:

In a farmhouse kitchen, a Belfast sink is a feature in its own right.

Image credit to Pinterest

1. Creating Farmhouse Oak Kitchens

Farmhouse or country styles have been popular for a number of years; as such the prominence of this board should come as no surprise. Providing an overview of the room as a whole rather than focusing in on smaller components, this board is a fantastic place to start when looking for new kitchen ideas. Farmhouse kitchens are a classic, timeless style and are a fantastic choice in any home.

Subway tiles provide endless ideas for kitchens as they can be used to blend in or stand out.

Image credit to Pinterest

2. Trend Watch: Subway Tiles For Solid Wood Kitchens!

Subway tiles have been a hugely popular kitchen feature over the last year, and this trend shows no signs of abating! These glossy, rectangular tiles are a sleek and contemporary option that can provide striking ideas for kitchens when paired with contrasting colours – we love this monochrome look that combines white tiles with dark wooden cabinets and worktops.

This kitchen island provides additional worktop space along with a stylish seating area.

3. Wooden Kitchen Islands

Looking for a kitchen centrepiece that will create a lasting impression? Look no further! Wooden island worktops can be incorporated into any style of kitchen, and even look good when combined with worktops made from other materials.

This country kitchen features full stave oak worktops with solid oak cabinets in Farrow & Ball’s Pointing.

4. Pointing Kitchen Case Study

Harvesting ideas from other people’s kitchen designs can be very useful: it allows you to see how different components work together in a real-life setting. This kitchen features traditional cabinet frontals with frontals painted in Farrow & Ball’s Pointing. Classical styling and a neutral palette help make this room widely appealing, with a country kitchen look that is sure to be popular for years to come.

Hygge interiors provide perfect ideas for kitchens if you are looking for a quick update.

Image credit to Pinterest

5. Trend Watch: Hygge

One of the biggest interior trends of the last year, Hygge (pronounced “hoo-gah”) has no direct translation from Danish, but roughly equates to a feeling of cosiness and warmth. Fur, soft knits and candles play a big part in gesturing towards this concept within one’s home. But – although Hygge is still going strong – there is now another new Scandi-trend to watch: Lagom. Swedish for ‘just enough’, Lagom focuses on simple designs and minimalist stylings. If you are looking to give your kitchen a quick refresh, both looks are achievable on a limited budget and minimal time.

What’s your favourite Pinterest board? We would love to hear from you, so do let us know in the comments below.


Colours of the Month: A Colourful Kitchen for April

Posted by admin on April 5, 2017 at 1:13 pm. Filed under: General

Whether you’re redecorating or completely remodelling your kitchen, colour will play an important part in the final look that is achieved. Fortunately, the arrival of spring provides the perfect motivation for picking colourful, verdant kitchen shades! Inspired by this period of seasonal change, our selected colours of the month for April are sure to look fantastically fresh in any kitchen.

Calke Green is a rich mossy hue, inspired by nature
The perfect shade for a colourful kitchen, Citron is sure to inject some zest into any room!
Cook’s Blue is a fantastic colour for kitchens, and is even said to deter flies!

Calke Green is a mossy hue that looks like it has been plucked straight from the forest. This shade pairs splendidly with solid wood, enhancing the natural qualities of timber for a kitchen that brings the charms of the outdoor world into your home. Like Old White, Calke Green is best used with darker neutrals to ensure the depth and richness of the colour is honoured.

Acid yellow Citron, with its beautiful lemon hues, is simply ideal for a colourful kitchen. This zesty bright shade would really make a statement if used on cabinet frontals – and, for a sophisticated and modern look, could be combined with varying shades of grey on the walls and worktops. For a more subtle aesthetic, Citron could be used to create a great feature or accent wall, especially if used in a larger kitchen.

The aptly named Cook’s Blue is a rich, bright shade that works well in a traditionally-styled solid wood kitchen. The calming hue looks fantastic when paired with fresh, clean neutrals like All White or Wimborne White (Farrow & Ball even suggest that the colour deters flies!).

Which shades are you thinking of using in your colourful kitchen? We would love to hear about your plans over on Facebook or Twitter. Still searching for inspiration? Have a look at our Pinterest for more kitchen colour ideas!


New Birmingham Kitchen Showroom Coming Soon

Posted by admin on March 22, 2017 at 2:55 pm. Filed under: General

The latest Solid Wood Kitchen Cabinets showroom is almost ready for launch! Construction work in our new Birmingham kitchen showroom is fully underway, with plans to open by the end of April (if not sooner). When finished, the space will feature nine complete kitchen sets, showcasing a selection of our solid wood kitchen cabinets and worktops. Kitchen showrooms are fantastic places to visit – whether you’re looking for inspiration or already know which look you’d like to achieve. Our kitchen planner is great for looking at colour schemes and different styles, but our kitchen showrooms really bring our cabinets and worktops to life, making it easy to picture them in your own home.

Construction in our Birmingham kitchen showroom being done

Currently, we have showrooms in Gloucestershire, Essex, Derbyshire, Cheshire, Surrey and London, so we are pleased to be able to announce this new, centrally-located addition. The new Birmingham kitchen showroom will be based in Oldbury, which is just outside of the city. We will release further information about the exact location closer to the opening date.

Plans for our Birmingham kitchen showroom, once construction has finished

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Adding Value To Your Home With A New Kitchen

Posted by admin on March 15, 2017 at 4:30 pm. Filed under: General
This traditional frontal in Farrow & Ball’s All White gives any style of kitchen a quick update whilst providing potential buyers a blank canvas.

With the steep increase in house prices through the last few years, it is no wonder that homeowners are looking for ways to maximise the value of their investment, should they ever decide to sell. Recent studies have shown that a new kitchen is a fantastic way of adding value to your home, with Phil Spencer stating that “with limited funds, the kitchen is the room to focus on”.
This is Money compiled research from a variety of sources and suggest that a new kitchen can add, on average, 5.8% to the value of your home.

Adding value to your home by fitting a new solid wood kitchen may seem counterproductive if you are saving up funds to move house, but a new kitchen may help you not only sell your home quicker, but at a better price, too. To help you keep costs down, we recently put together a guide detailing how to create custom kitchens on a budget. Our mix-and-match oak cabinets allow you to build a luxurious looking kitchen for a fraction of the cost of a bespoke option, especially if you are willing to do some of the work yourself.

The amount spent on updating your kitchen needs to be directly proportional to the value of your property if you are looking for ways of adding value to your home – so how can you make your kitchen look brand new if you don’t have the budget to install an entirely new one?

Our solid oak worktops are a popular choice, and could be a great way to increase the value of your home.

Start by replacing existing cupboard and cabinet doors with solid wood frontals. This will help tidy up the appearance of any kitchen, whilst our selection of bespoke colours means we have a choice to suit any style of kitchen – perfect for giving yours a speedy refresh.

A new kitchen worktop is also a cost-effective option for adding value to your home. Arguably the centrepiece of any kitchen, a new work surface can change the entire look of your kitchen. Fixing a new countertop to older units can give your home a new lease of life, and at a much lower cost than an entire new kitchen. A fresh coat of paint and some new handles provides another choice for those looking to update an existing kitchen on a budget.

Do you have any tips for increasing the value of your home by fitting a new kitchen or updating your existing one? We’d love you to share them with us in the comments, or you let us know your thoughts on our Facebook or Twitter pages!


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