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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!

 

Kitchen Trends for 2017: is Lagom the new Hygge?

Posted by admin on March 8, 2017 at 2:35 pm. Filed under: Uncategorized

In 2016 the Scandinavian notion of ‘hygge’ (pronounced ‘hoo-gah’) had a huge impact on the UK. The concept has no direct English translation, but means a feeling of cosiness and warmth – think comfort food, candles, cosy knits and spending time with friends and family – which made it a key feature in kitchen trends last year (we even wrote a blog about creating hygge in your solid wood kitchen last September!)

In 2017 the thirst for Scandinavian lifestyle trends is set to continue, but this year the focus will be on lagom (not hygge). Lagom comes from Sweden and – like the Danish hygge – has no direct translation. This movement concerns the notion of having just the right amount – neither too much nor too little. Décor for lagom focuses on being streamlined and functional and typically without unnecessary adornment or fuss. The emphasis is on quality rather than ostentatious luxury; a perfect design concept for solid wood kitchens.

This set up is perfect for creating lagom with neutral colours and minimal detailing.

Shaker cabinet frontals are perfect for lagom as they feature sleek lines and can be used to create a minimalist look. Keeping work surfaces clean and clear from clutter is also important, as it is in keeping with the streamlined aesthetic of lagom. To create this Swedish look in your kitchen, start with simple handles or pulls – these cup handles or solid wood knobs are our favourites. Colour should also be considered: neutral hues, muted tones and monochrome are the shades that you need to employ when creating lagom in your kitchen.

This monochrome kitchen features shaker frontals, a neutral colour palette and minimalistic handles and pulls.

If you’d like to keep up to date with the latest kitchen trends, have a look at our Pinterest page, or check out our Instagram. Are there other kitchen themes you’d like us to feature? Please do get in touch via Facebook or Twitter and let us know!

 

Colours of the Month: Beautiful Blue Kitchen Colours for March!

Posted by admin on March 1, 2017 at 12:56 pm. Filed under: General

However you choose to apply it, colour can be utilised in a number of ways to make your kitchen truly unique. We have compiled this list of our favourite kitchen colours for March – a selection of blue hues that are a great way to brighten up any room. Whether you are planning a completely new kitchen or just want to give yours a quick refresh with a lick of paint, these beautiful shades are sure to inject a new lease of life into the heart of your home.

St Giles Blue is a bright and cheerful kitchen colour that is sure to put a spring in your step
Stiffkey Blue is an on trend shade for kitchen cabinets in 2017
Blue Ground offers a softer take on blue for a more subtle look

St Giles Blue is a bright, bold shade that’s perfect for spring. This cheerful colour is a great choice for a feature wall, and can create a bright, summery feel in any kitchen. It could also be used on cornices and pelmets to create a striking contrast against paler kitchen cabinets.

Stiffkey Blue is a deep hue with cool undertones. Dark blue kitchen cabinets are hugely popular right now, and this shade is the perfect way to achieve the look. Suitable for use in both modern and traditional settings, applying Stiffkey Blue to your cabinet frontals really creates a sense of drama. If you are worried about using such a dark shade, this colour looks fantastic paired with a crisp, clean white, to provide contrast and lift the look.

Lastly, Blue Ground is a fun shade that will add a touch of playfulness to any kitchen. This blue works well with both light and dark colours which can be used to create very different looks. We think this colour looks great in a retro kitchen paired with pastel pinks.

If you are undecided on the kitchen colours you will choose, why not visit one of our kitchen showrooms to get some more inspiration? If our existing showrooms are simply too far away, our frontal samples can be finished in any of Farrow & Ball’s colours to illustrate how different hues will work in your home.

 

Kitchen Decorating Ideas for Solid Oak Kitchens – Part 3

Posted by admin on February 22, 2017 at 12:54 pm. Filed under: General

When designing your kitchen, the space you have available is an important consideration. Kitchen decorating ideas that fully utilise the area and incorporate existing features or accents can create a truly unique style for your home. In the third and final part of this blog series, we have taken a look at the ways in which you can make the most of what you have – whether you’re redecorating an existing kitchen or planning a complete remodel.

Utilising Space in Kitchen Decorating Ideas

Open up the Room

This open kitchen features our lacquered oak Shaker frontals

Choosing to combine kitchen and living areas – such as a kitchen with a dining room – can be a great way to create additional space. This is perfect if you have little room available, or if either of the areas you are looking to merge are lacking in size. In the kitchen shown above, though the room is fairly large, the wall space is limited. By extending the work surface into the available space, a greater worktop area is created as well as additional dining room. The forward-facing hob is perfect for those who entertain frequently: it looks wonderful within this open plan design.

Natural Accents

The exposed stonework in this kitchen combines beautifully with Traditional frontals in Farrow & Ball’s Lulworth Blue

This kitchen is a beautiful illustration of how existing architectural features can be utilised to their full potential. The exposed stone wall is the perfect complement for the solid oak used throughout the room. Choosing tiles that mimic the look of stone gives the design a sense of intention whilst balancing the overall aesthetic. Traditional frontals in Farrow & Ball’s Lulworth Blue add a bright and breezy accent colour to the mix, ensuring that the sandy stone and golden timber do not overwhelm the room. The beams overhead – coupled with the window frames – tie everything together nicely, completing the seamless look of the kitchen.

This is the final blog in our three-part series – we hope we have given you some kitchen decorating ideas for your own home. Please read parts one and two if you missed these previously, and let us know if you’ve utilised any of these ideas in your kitchen by sharing photos on our Facebook or Instagram.

 

Kitchen Decorating Ideas for Solid Oak Kitchens – Part 2

Posted by admin on February 15, 2017 at 3:46 pm. Filed under: General

Last week we looked at colour and how it can be utilised to bring a unique sense of style to your kitchen. In the second of our three-part series on kitchen decorating ideas, we are discussing how texture can be used to create different looks in a kitchen. Smooth, glossy finishes will often be associated with more contemporary designs, whilst solid wood creates a sense of tradition. Components like worktops, cabinet frontals, handles for kitchen cabinets and tiles offer an opportunity to introduce different textures into your home – as we will explore below.

Surfaces and Textures for Kitchen Design

Mix and Match

This kitchen contrasts the natural grain of wood against the high gloss work surfaces and glass splashbacks.

Combining a variety of different finishes can provide an interesting and unique kitchen aesthetic. The kitchen pictured here features a stylish mix of gloss surfaces and natural wood grain which creates an unusual contrast between textures. The cabinet handles are a brushed satin, and a matching tap has been chosen to ensure that the gloss backsplash really stands out despite its pastel green hue.

Tiles

High gloss teal subway tiles look striking against a black American walnut worktop and traditional frontals in Hardwicke White.

Tiles can be used in a number of ways to create a striking look within your kitchen. The black American walnut work surface complements the floor tiles, and the cabinet pulls, appliances and electrical sockets are all a dark silver shade, which contrasts with the neutral cabinets and walls. As the centre of the kitchen, the teal subway tiles used are a stunning focal point and brighten up a kitchen that could otherwise have been muted in terms of colour. The tiles are also the only fixed part of the kitchen that is high gloss – another feature that really draws the eye.

We hope you’ve enjoyed these examples, which have been chosen to give insight into how texture can be used in kitchen decorating ideas. Our blog series will conclude next week with part three, so don’t forget to check back next Wednesday!

 

Kitchen Decorating Ideas for Solid Oak Kitchens – Part 1

Posted by admin on February 8, 2017 at 9:50 am. Filed under: General

There are a number of different style options to consider if you are planning to redecorate your kitchen. Indeed, if you are thinking about how you want your kitchen to look – and how it might relate to the rest of your home – this compilation of kitchen decorating ideas offers the perfect place to start. It is important to consider the room you have available as well as the features and benefits of the space – whether that is limited natural light, a beautiful view, or interesting architectural characteristics.

Colour Schemes for Decorating Kitchens

All White Shaker cabinet frontals with worktops in a monochrome look that is softened by the introduction of colour through pastel grey walls.

Monochrome

One of the first things most will contemplate when planning their new kitchen is the colour scheme. A monochrome kitchen like the one pictured can be translated to a plethora of home styles, from a fresh take on a traditional country kitchen to a very up-to-date, modern look. This clean and classic style is timeless; it’s also easy to update by introducing colourful accessories or by changing the wall colour. As such, monochrome is the perfect choice for those who are prone to changing their minds or redecorating frequently. Cabinet frontals are also easy to paint, with a white shade providing the best base should you decide to do this later down the line.

Although this wallpapered pillar stands out, it still integrates seamlessly with the kitchen.

Wallpaper Accents

A wallpaper accent is a great way to draw focus to a particular part of a room. If you are looking for kitchen decorating ideas, it is important to ensure you make allowances for the shape of your room when making plans. This wallpapered pillar is a beautiful example of how to use available space effectively. The pillar protrudes into the room, thus preventing an additional wall cabinet from being hung, and as such floating shelves are used instead; these shelves follow the angles of the room and – rather than trying to conceal the pillar – break briefly to draw attention to it. The resultant effect is that of an interesting focal point for the room: an eye-catching feature. Choosing wallpaper with a pattern that includes colours from the rest of the kitchen is important, too, as it helps tie the room together.

This is part one of a three-part blog series, the second of which we’ll be publishing next week – so don’t forget to check back next Wednesday!

 

Drawer Units Discounts: 10% Off Selected Styles for Solid Wood Kitchens

Posted by admin on February 1, 2017 at 11:00 am. Filed under: General
10% Off Drawer Units Solid Wood Kitchens

If you’re looking for a brilliant bargain, you’ve come to the right place: we’re offering 10% off our Intivo drawer units in Silk White or Terra Black throughout the month of February! Ordered separately or as part of one of our solid wood kitchens, these drawer units are available in a number of different sizes and configurations (which means we have something to suit every kitchen!). When purchasing your Intivo drawer units, all you need do is use the code DR10 at the online checkout and you’ll receive 10% off. If you would prefer to speak to one of our friendly sales team, you can use the discount code for orders placed over the phone or via email, too.

Our drawers feature solid oak bases and backs that are 16mm thick (to match our cabinets) and are finished with the same hardwearing clear lacquer as our oak cabinet panels. Intivo drawer units also feature Blum™ BLUMOTION™ drawer sides and runners, with soft close mechanisms included as standard on every drawer. Silk White and Terra Black sides add a contemporary touch which creates a beautiful contrast against the solid oak units. With frontal options to match the rest of our solid wood kitchens, you can create something to suit your own personal style – a huge selection of Farrow & Ball colours are available, for example, if you’re looking for a painted finish.

If you would like to learn more about our drawers for solid wood kitchens, our guide to drawers explains the benefits of each available type. Alternatively, we have a number of kitchen showrooms across the country, so please feel free to visit us if you would prefer to see the drawers up close before you place your order.

This amazing offer ends at 23:59 on February 28th – don’t hesitate to make your purchase today!

 

Kitchen Larder Units: Practical Storage Trends for 2017

Posted by admin on January 25, 2017 at 3:30 pm. Filed under: Products

In recent years, consumers have been considering function as well as form when it comes to kitchen trends. Kitchen larder units- for example – are a perfect, practical way to ensure your work surfaces are clear and clutter free, whilst fully optimising all available space. Moreover, thanks to the flexibility offered by customisable additions like wirework and bespoke frontals, our range can cater to the needs of any kitchen.

Traditional frontals in Parma Gray.

The first consideration when looking at kitchen larder units for your home is the space you have to house it. Our full height cabinets are great for bigger spaces, and – if you have plenty of room – can be fitted side by side for the ultimate storage unit (as depicted in the stunning example above). A great place for housing dry store cupboard goods, full height cabinets also provide an easy-to-access storage system for chinaware, pots and pans, and smaller appliances like kettles. The addition of pull and swing pantry units makes the unit even easier to utilise. Alternatively, our Blum space tower is a popular choice as it comes fitted with sturdy built-in drawers and a spacious shelf.

When designing kitchen larder units to suit your style, cabinet frontals offer an important customisation option. For a more classically-styled kitchen, Traditional frontals in a soft neutral Farrow & Ball shade (such as New White) look fantastic and create a cosy country look. Shaker frontals add sleeker lines to a kitchen for those seeking a more modern feel, and, when painted in bolder hues, they can make a real statement.

A solid oak spice rack is a fantastic addition to any kitchen unit, working especially well in a full height kitchen larder.

A solid oak spice rack is another great way to customise or update kitchen larder units. Fitting snugly on the inside of a door, this handy rack will keep everything tidy, easy to access, and neatly hidden. Keeping your kitchen clear of worktop clutter creates the illusion of additional space, whilst freeing up valuable room on your work surfaces. We recently put together an installation guide for attaching our spice racks to cabinet doors.

Shaker frontals in Lulworth Blue.

For kitchens in which space is at a premium, base cabinet pull-out wirework provides an excellent opportunity to utilise all available room. The two 150mm soft close pull-out larders shown in the kitchen above include two baskets that are ideally shaped for storing bottles, herbs, spices, and other store cupboard essentials – and they look fantastic either side of the wide drawers below the hob, too! We can also supply full height soft close larders which feature five moveable baskets for fully-customised storage.

If your kitchen design features larder units like those mentioned above, we would love to see how you have customised and styled yours. Please feel free to send any images through to our Facebook, Instagram or Twitter pages.

 

Five of the Best Gadgets for Solid Wood Kitchens to Keep You Healthy in January

Posted by admin on January 18, 2017 at 3:53 pm. Filed under: General

After the excesses of the festive season, it’s understandable that so many people make the decision to eat more healthily throughout January. With this in mind, we’ve put together a list of health-oriented gadgets that pair perfectly with solid wood kitchens, thus helping you to stay on track with your new diet – we know it isn’t always easy!

This three-tier tier food steamer, available from Russell Hobbs, is a great way to keep your diet on track.

1. Steamer

A steamer is the perfect way to cook food and keep it moist without using fatty oils or sauces. There are a variety of different steamers available to suit any budget, from economic microwave options to more robust stovetop choices and – for those more serious about steaming – standalone electronic versions. Some even have settings for cooking eggs or rice!

An air fryer, like this Viva Philips one, is a must-have for those who want to watch their waistline but refuse to give up the foods they love.

2. Air Fryer

Air fryers are becoming a must-have kitchen gadget, and it isn’t difficult to see why. Fancy perfectly golden, crispy chips every time without needing to deep fry in oil? You had us at ‘perfectly golden’! You can cook a variety of different foods in an air fryer, which only needs a tablespoon of oil to produce deliciously crisp food. We think these make a great addition to solid wood kitchens and offer the perfect compromise when you’re craving comfort food but don’t want to break your diet!

Make sure you get the portion perfect every time with this spaghetti measure from Joseph Joseph.

3. Spaghetti Measurer

Portion control plays a huge part in any diet and this spaghetti-measuring tool will ensure that you only cook the quantities needed. Different options are available but we think that this classic red and black colour combination looks fabulous in solid wood kitchens.

Small and unassuming, this oil mister from NuCasa is a great way to control the amount of oil you use.

4. Oil Mister

An oil mister is a great tool if you’re trying to limit the amount of oil used to that which is truly needed. Not only is it ideal for cooking or frying food, it can also be used to spray oil lightly on salads as an alternative to a high-fat dressing. It might be a small gadget, but we think it’s one worth having in your kitchen.

This soup maker from Morphy Richards will save you time in the kitchen.

5. Soup Maker

Soup is the perfect winter staple; warm, filling, and a great low-calorie option if you are watching your weight. Making your own soup from scratch can be time consuming and produces a lot of washing up, however: but with a soup maker, all you need do is chop your ingredients and pop them in – what you do with the additional free time is up to you! Capable of both blending and cooking, a soup maker will also reduce the time spent washing up.

If there is anything you think we’ve missed, please feel free to let us know on Facebook or Twitter!

 

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