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Practical Storage Tips For Your Pantry Cabinet

Posted by admin on August 16, 2017 at 11:50 am. Filed under: General
The owner of this pantry cabinet has decanted everything into coordinating containers for an organised, cohesive look.

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Utilising effective kitchen storage is one of the biggest considerations people make when planning a kitchen, but – often in older kitchens – habits that develop over time can mean that the available storage is not used to its full potential.

A pantry cabinet is a wonderful addition to any home and – whether you are fitting a new kitchen or simply looking to make the most of the space you have available – organisation is key when filling up the drawers or shelves. An inadequately arranged pantry will be difficult to clean and can lead to wasted food and money, as items may go out of date when out of sight at the back of a cabinet and unnoticed products are repurchased unnecessarily. We have compiled our top tips for ensuring the largest cabinet in your kitchen works as hard as possible to provide effective storage for you and your family.

    Decanting

  • When decanting dry goods into airtight containers, opt for square shaped storage. You may have seen lots of pictures in magazines and online of beautifully organised pantries stacked with cylindrical jars to keep items like flour, sugar, rice, pasta and cereals fresh and organised. The problem with round jars is that they will always leave gaps – and this is where square containers come in. A square or rectangular container will make the most of the space available, which is perfect if your pantry cabinet is too small to only hold a few items per shelf.
  • Clear containers are ideal as it is easy to see if items need replacing or topping up – this can help save money, as it should prevent anything that is surplus to requirements from being purchased.
  • Shelving

  • Shelves is not always the most efficient use of space as the items at the back can be forgotten about. Our Blum Space Tower has a number of drawers that slide forward allowing you to easily see the items you have. Pull-out baskets are a great option if you already have a pantry cabinet that you are looking to optimise, as they work in the same way as drawers would.
  • Our Blum Space Tower offers a vast amount of storage with practical drawers that allow you to view quickly which products are inside.
  • If you do not use pull-out baskets or drawers, ensure smaller items are at the front of the shelf with larger products at the back so it is always easy to see exactly what you have.
  • Labels

  • Using labels will allow you to see at a glance what you have and where you have it stored – this is particularly useful for products stored in baskets or bins and anything you have chosen to keep in uniform jars. Chalkboard labels are a popular option with bloggers, and they provide a practical option that can be changed easily – as well as plenty of rustic charm.
  • Labelling shelf edges can be an easy way to make sure you keep your pantry cabinet organised. Choosing a few store-cupboard staples and assigning spaces to them will mean everything has a place and it will be easier to ensure everything is put away properly.

There are also a number of products that exist to ‘fill the gaps’ in your cabinet, from wine glass racks to bakeware organisers and everything between. Our solid oak spice rack is a fantastic way to utilise what would otherwise be wasted space on the back of the cupboard doors.

These are just a few ways to keep your pantry cabinet organised. If you have your own tips you would like to share with us, please do not hesitate to get in touch on Facebook or Twitter – alternatively, you could let us know in the comments below!

 

5 Reasons to Use Open Kitchen Shelving

Posted by admin on August 9, 2017 at 5:05 pm. Filed under: General
This shelving ensures the space between the pillar and window are still used for storage, despite their small size

The industrial kitchen trend has been incredibly popular throughout 2017, but it is not a look for those who want something subtle. Open kitchen shelving is just one of a number of ways the style can be incorporated without creating such a dramatic look, and has seen a resurgence in use of late. For many, having exposed kitchen shelves may seem like an impractical option, but it might not mean condemnation to the hours of dusting you might think (although you do need to be organised to pull it off). We have compiled our top five reasons to use open shelving in your kitchen below!

The Illusion of Space

Open kitchen shelving is fantastic for creating the appearance of additional space, making it the perfect option for a smaller room. Taller cabinets or wall cabinets can be imposing, and can make your kitchen seem smaller or more closed in – especially if you have opted for darker colours. Exposed shelves look great in an industrial kitchen for this reason, but they can work in any style of interior and are a great way to create a more spacious look and feel.

Actual Space

Working around awkward spaces in a kitchen can be tricky when trying to find the best position for cabinets, and this is where open shelving is the obvious answer. Unlike wall cabinets, shelves can be fitted to work in tight corners and around features like chimney breasts or boxed in pipework. Open kitchen shelving can also make the space used work harder. It is not uncommon to see three or four shelves where one cabinet – with perhaps two or three shelves in – could have been. Shelves are typically narrower than cabinets but as they can extend to reach places that cupboards cannot, the space is often gained back.

It’s Inexpensive

A new kitchen is an investment whether you are simply swapping the worktop or going through a complete remodel. Our shelves are a practical option that will not cost you the earth – starting at just £9.50, there are huge savings to be made when compared to our wall cabinets – however reasonably priced they may be!

This small shelf allows additional colours to be worked into this bright and cheerful kitchen.

Dinnerware in your Decor

Open kitchen shelving allows you to keep dinnerware and crockery on display that would often be hidden away in cupboards and drawers. It is a great shame to keep beautiful crockery out of sight, and shelves are a great way to incorporate them into your home design. This can be a stunning way to add a pop of colour into an otherwise neutral theme, or it can be an extension of the existing style in your kitchen. The benefit of using these items in your décor is that they can be changed easily and quickly if you feel in need of a new look.

Keeping Organised

Shelves that provide storage in a kitchen are not compatible with hoarders or the disorganised, but don’t let that put you off! Open kitchen shelving allows you to see exactly where everything belongs at a glance, and will discourage from items being put haphazardly into the back of a wall cabinet. Exposed shelves ensure that everything is within arm’s reach and prevent things from being put behind others and forgotten about. A big worry people tend to have with shelves is the amount of cleaning that will be necessary, but the key is keeping only as many items as you need so they are used frequently enough to remain dust free – great if you need to declutter!

So whilst they may need an additional wipe down every once in a while, we really love shelves in kitchens and we think that you could too. If you love your open kitchen we would love to hear from you! Get in touch on Facebook, Twitter, or let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

 

Your Home Magazine Competition – Win £1,000 Towards a New Kitchen!

Posted by admin on August 2, 2017 at 9:16 am. Filed under: General

Want £1,000 towards your dream kitchen? In conjunction with Your Home Magazine , we are offering one lucky winner the chance to win £1,000 to spend on oak kitchen cabinets and other components for their new kitchen. Our solid oak kitchen cabinets are an attractive and practical option, providing a range of durable storage solutions suitable for use in any home.

Whatever your dream kitchen looks like, you could win £1,000 towards it in the competition we are running in conjunction with Your Home magazine

Our kitchen cabinets are available in a variety of sizes, with a variety of configurations available to suit many different kitchen layouts. Our full height cabinets are perfect as tall larder units, offering plenty of storage for busy families. Alternatively, we stock full-height options to incorporate inbuilt appliances, which are ideal if your oven needs to be at a more accessible height.

If space is at a premium, our corner cabinets can be equipped with convenient wirework that allows you to make the most of the space you have available. Alongside these and our more conventional cabinetry choices, we also have a range of drawers available, including extra-deep pan drawers that are suitable for housing even the largest pots and saucepans.

We supply cabinet doors in either a Traditional or Shaker design, and both of these options are available lacquered (for a more natural look), or painted in the colour of your choice. Our cabinet frontals can be painted in any of the shades from Farrow & Ball’s extensive library, with popular options included in our ‘bespoke pastels’ and ‘bespoke accents’ collections. Choosing a unique colour to suit your home is easy with their vast range, and is the perfect way of customising your kitchen to get the look you want.

The competition runs until the end of August and is incredibly easy to enter – all you need to do is purchase Your Home magazine, fill out your details in the correct section and cut out to send back to be in with a chance! Alternatively, you can also enter online on the Your Home Magazine website.

 

Last Chance to Save 10% on Our Solid Wood Kitchens

Posted by admin on July 26, 2017 at 9:00 am. Filed under: General
Last Chance to Save 10% on Our Solid Wood Kitchens

Our current offer of 10% discount on all complete kitchen cabinets is ending soon! Solid wood kitchens are a fantastic investment for your home and we have been offering a 10% discount on any complete cabinets ordered throughout July, meaning you have just less than a week remaining to benefit from this generous discount.

All of our cabinets are constructed from beautiful solid European oak and are delivered fully assembled, so the most difficult thing you will need to do is decide where to position them in your kitchen once they have arrived. This offer is applicable to full units consisting of oak kitchen cabinets and cabinet and drawer frontals.

Whether you want to use Traditional frontals to create a country style or Shaker frontals for a more minimalist, modern look, the cost of your new kitchen can be discounted. To qualify, simply add the products you want to order to your shopping cart and use the code OAK10 at the online checkout. If you are purchasing over the phone, via email or in one of our showrooms, simply mention the offer to the sales advisor taking your order, and they will be happy to apply the discount for you.

You only have until 23:59 on Monday 31st July to make the most of this amazing offer; if you are considering a new solid wood kitchen, now is the time to place your order! This discount is not applicable to our worktops, any cabinet products purchased separately (doors without cabinets or cabinets without doors) or in conjunction with our finance offer.

 

Fully Assembled Kitchen Cabinets Now Available in Scotland

Posted by admin on July 24, 2017 at 2:00 pm. Filed under: General
Fully assembled Solid Wood Kichen Cabinets 2Man delivery now available in Scotland

At Solid Wood Kitchen Cabinets we offer a two-man delivery service to ensure our products are delivered with the same care that is taken when they are made. Fully assembled kitchen cabinets have been available from us for almost two years, and we have now rolled out our in-house delivery coverage further to include the majority of Scotland meaning our pre-built oak cabinets can now be delivered to the vast majority of Britain.

The assembly service makes it easy to fit your new kitchen as the cabinets are ready to install as soon as they arrive. Our dedicated cabinetry team has extensive carpentry experience that allows us to ensure your kitchen cupboards are constructed to the highest possible quality, and as they quality check each and every item that leaves our warehouse, it is much easier for them to identify any potential issues before your products are delivered – the only thing you will need to do is decide how best to fit everything into your kitchen.

This extended two-man delivery coverage area that now includes large portions of Scotland means we are able to offer this higher standard of service across the country. Attention to detail is hugely important to us and we believe this is what sets us apart from the competition. Our fully assembled kitchen cabinets are constructed from solid oak and are exceptionally high quality, so we are pleased to be able to now match this with the level of delivery service offered in Scotland.

If you would like to know more about the areas covered by our two-man delivery service, please visit our delivery details page.

 

Are William Morris Tea Towels the Next Big Thing?

Posted by admin on July 19, 2017 at 10:57 am. Filed under: General

William Morris once said “have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful”; fortunately we think our solid wood kitchens are both. The textile designer with a penchant for nature themed prints has remained popular throughout the century following his death, but it has now been suggested that William Morris tea towels are responsible, at least in part, for a resurgence in popularity.

During his lifetime, William Morris designed a huge variety of block printed wallpapers, embroideries, ceramics, furniture and stained glass, and his popular prints have now been featured on a huge range of products from curtains to cushion covers and clothing. The symmetrical patterns make Morris a British icon, and for those wishing to pay homage we have compiled a list of our favourite themed kitchen products below.

Willow Boughs is a hugely popular William Morris print and one that works perfectly in traditionally styled kitchens

Image Credit: william-morris.co.uk

Willough Boughs Wallpaper

Arguably the most popular William Morris design, this instantly recognisable print has not been out of production since its inception in 1887. This would look particularly striking in a country kitchen and is not an overpowering option for walls as it features fewer colours than many other William Morris patterns. The delicate print is immediately recognisable with stems and leaves entwined throughout.

Strawberry Thief curtains are a stylish way to incorporate William Morris in your kitchen

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Strawberry Thief Curtains

For a more subtle look, these Strawberry Thief curtains provide a large enough area for the print to be showcased in all its beauty without being overwhelming in a smaller space. The playful design has small birds stealing strawberries from plants that are woven across the pattern. With a number of different hues featured, this could work well in a variety of kitchen styles and colour schemes.

Brother Rabbit is a fantastic choice for William Morris tea towels

Image Credit: laurasbeau.co.uk

Brother Rabbit Tea Towel

The Telegraph recently suggested that William Morris tea towels were partially responsible for the resurgence in popularity, and looking at this design from Laura’s Beau, it is easy to see why. The intricately detailed Brother Rabbit print is two-tone, making it easy to work into any style of kitchen. The white base of this pattern gives it a more modern feel, and the inky blue tones would look great alongside Royal Doulton or Cornishware dinner sets.

This Golden Lily China Mug is the perfect way to bring a little William Morris into your kitchen

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Golden Lily China Mug

If the thought of a William Morris tea towel seems a bit much, this beautiful mug is a fantastic way to bring a subtle hint of William Morris into your kitchen. The Golden Lily pattern was actually designed by John Henry Dearle, who was trained by William Morris. This print is less symmetrical than other patterns and although it is recognisable as a ‘Morris’ design, it is clear that it has a slightly different origin than others in the collection.

We think William Morris tea towels could be the next big thing – do you have any William Morris in your kitchen? We would love to see it, so why not tag us in your photos on Facebook or Twitter.

 

3 Reasons to Love Glazed Kitchen Cabinets

Posted by admin on July 12, 2017 at 9:48 am. Filed under: General

Exposing the contents of your cabinets for the world to see can seem like a terrifying thought, but glass fronted cupboards are a big trend for 2017. Glazed kitchen cabinets are available in a variety of styles and can be incorporated into a huge number of different designs – so there is something to suit every kitchen. In this blog we have compiled the top three reasons why we love glazed cabinet frontals, in order to provide some inspiration for your new solid wood kitchen cabinets.

This country style kitchen features traditional glazed frontals for a classic look

Versatility

As mentioned above, we offer a selection of different designs available for glazed kitchen cabinets. Shaker frontals look fantastic in modern designs and can be painted to match your kitchen theme. Our Traditional glazed frontals feature individual glass panes between wooden frames which, can also be painted to suit your style. We also have frosted or tinted glass available, and plain, clear glass options can also be sourced easily from other kitchen manufacturers. Our extensive selection of customisable components allows you to create a look that is perfect for your kitchen.

Glazed kitchen cabinets can make a fantastic alternative to open shelves in a modern design

Shelving Alternative

The recent industrial trend has seen a resurgence in popularity for exposed shelving storage solutions in place of closed cupboards to keep dried goods and crockery close at hand. This is a sleek, stylish look that can work well in a number of spaces, but will mean there’s another exposed surface that needs dusting. Glazed kitchen cabinets are the perfect compromise, providing a stylish and practical alternative to exposed shelves without hiding away all your most stylish kitchenware.

Frosted glass Shaker frontals look fantastic in this traditional style kitchen painted in Farrow & Ball’s All White

Country Style

Whilst glazed kitchen cabinets are a great option for a contemporary kitchen, our Traditional frontals featuring glazed panels lend themselves particularly well to creating a country kitchen look. We wrote a guide about using these and other details to create a shabby chic design, but they also look fantastic in classic farmhouse or country interiors.

Do you have glazed kitchen cabinets in your home? Let us know why you love glass fronted cupboards in the comments below, and feel free to share your snaps with us on Facebook and Instagram.

 

Colours of the Month: A Green Kitchen for July

Posted by admin on July 5, 2017 at 9:41 am. Filed under: General

There are a number of ways to inject colour into your home, and our bespoke cabinet frontals allow you to create a unique look that suits your kitchen perfectly. Inspired by Greenery, Pantone’s colour of the year, we have been looking for green kitchen hues that work well on cabinet doors, walls, or as an accent colour. Green is a fantastic choice for creating a traditional looking kitchen, but can be used in more modern settings just as effectively. We have compiled the three green hues that we think are best for decorating a kitchen this July.

Green Ground is a pale, calming green
A bright, cheery shade, Breakfast Room Green is a bold choice in any home
Vert De Terre is a cooler option that looks particularly good in a country style kitchen

Farrow & Ball’s Green Ground is a great pale hue to introduce a subtle hint of green into your kitchen. Green Ground pairs particularly well with bright whites such as All White or Wimbourne White to create a fresh, clean look. This calming shade is perfect for a family kitchen and is a great choice for a shabby chic look.

Breakfast Room Green is a bright, cheerful colour that adds character to any home. It is a bold option that could be used on cabinet frontals to create a strong, Georgian look that works particularly well with a solid wood worktop. We would suggest combining this Farrow & Ball colour with lighter, more neutral shades, to avoid it becoming overwhelming. For a less striking look, Breakfast Room Green looks great as an accent colour on skirting and door or window frames.

With blue undertones, Farrow & Ball’s Vert De Terre can be used to create a cooler green kitchen. This sage hue is a stunning option for a number of different styles, but we think it works well in a country kitchen.

Which of our green shades is your favourite? Let us know in the comments below! If you would like to share your green kitchen with us, please feel free to tag us in your pictures on Facebook or Instagram.

 

10% Discount on Oak Kitchen Units Throughout July with Discount Code OAK10

Posted by admin on July 1, 2017 at 11:00 am. Filed under: General

For the entire month of July we are offering a 10% discount to all customers who purchase any of our complete kitchen cupboard or drawer units (including frontals). Every size and style of our solid wood kitchen cabinets are included in this offer, making it a great time to buy a new kitchen or spruce up the one you already have.

Solid Wood Kitchen Cabinets constructs all kitchen units from high-quality solid oak, with the option for cabinet matching oak frontals in a Traditional or Shaker design and a selection of different finishes including paints from Farrow & Ball’s range. The wide range available makes it easy to design a kitchen to suit all tastes and styles.

To claim your 10% discount simply choose the units and frontals required, add them to your cart and enter the discount code OAK10 in the online checkout. Your discount will be automatically deducted from the cost of any complete kitchen units in your order. Alternatively, orders can be placed over the telephone or via one of our kitchen showrooms; simply mention the offer to one of our sales advisors and they will be happy to apply the discount for you.

You only have until Monday 31st July to claim this fantastic discount, so make sure you order soon to avoid paying more! Visit our current offers page to stay up to date on the latest savings!

 

White Kitchen Doors: The Best Colours For A Country Style

Posted by admin on June 28, 2017 at 3:49 pm. Filed under: General

Solid wood kitchen cabinets are a popular option for country style homes and choosing bespoke colours for your cabinet frontals is a great way to create the look you want. With a range as wide as Farrow & Ball’s, even choosing between different shades of white for your kitchen doors can seem daunting! We have compiled this guide to provide guidance on the best colours to use in a country style kitchen, for those looking to achieve a homely, rustic look.

The white kitchen doors in this home are the perfect way to create a country style

The white kitchen doors featured in this kitchen are painted in Farrow & Ball’s All White and are a perfect example of how the shade can be used to create a country look. Attention to detail includes the use of traditional-looking appliances and features that have been used to enhance the country appearance of this inviting kitchen. All White is the purest white offered by Farrow & Ball, and is a brightening shade that creates a traditional look in any home. Creating a cosy, country style with such a stark hue can be achieved through use of complementary accessories and details – the full stave solid oak worktop provides a lot of warmth.

Clunch is a soft, chalky white with a yellow undertone. The chalkiness of the shade evokes a familiarity with period properties and the yellow base provides warmth for a welcoming feel. A solid oak worktop paired with white kitchen doors in Clunch is a fantastic way to create a traditional look for a country kitchen. This shade would work well with a walnut worktop, or any similar deep-hued timber, to create more of a contrast. Paired with matching kitchen shelves, Traditional frontals in Clunch are the perfect white kitchen doors for a country kitchen.

James White has a calming, green undertone that works particularly well in a country kitchen thanks to the pastoral feelings it evokes. These white kitchen doors featuring this slightly off shade are a great way to hint to the look with a less bold statement, whether a subtle nod to period British racing green cabinets or modern sage green options. We love wicker storage baskets as an alternative to drawers in a country kitchen, and think Traditional frontals in James White would be the perfect complement to these.

Which white do you think is best for country kitchen doors? Let us know in the comments below or get in touch on Facebook or Twitter.

 

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