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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

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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


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.


Top 5 Accessories for an Industrial Style Kitchen

Posted by admin on June 21, 2017 at 2:04 pm. Filed under: General

Accessories are the perfect way to easily incorporate a new trend into your living space if you are unable to commit to a complete kitchen remodel. An industrial style kitchen aesthetic can be easily achieved using a cohesive mixture of accessories throughout. The popular industrial style works well in a number of different types of kitchen, and looks great when combined with either laminate or wooden worktop surfaces.

Cabinet frontals in deeper colours, such as Farrow & Ball’s Stiffkey Blue, Tanner’s Brown or Railings are recommended, but lighter neutrals can work just as well – we think Pointing and Slipper Satin are the perfect way to create a striking contrast. Copper has been a popular option in industrial kitchens, but other metals, including brass and gunmetal, can stand out just as well.

1.Karlsson Caseless Flip Clock
This flip clock makes a feature of the mechanical workings, lending it perfectly to an industrial style kitchen. In black, white and brass this clock can blend in seamlessly with any colour scheme and looks great whether wall mounted or free standing on a work surface.
2.Hairpin Stool with Natural Wood Seat
Hairpin legs have been an incredibly popular part of the industrial trend, and this stool is a great way to incorporate the look into your kitchen. The perfect addition to a breakfast bar or kitchen island, this stool from Cult Furniture features copper legs and has a wooden seat which is fantastic match if you also have a wooden worktop.
3.Concrete & Copper Pendant Cage Light
Continuing with the copper theme, this unusual light fitting combines tough concrete with a softer, pink-hued copper for a striking look. Both materials used are typical in industrial style kitchens and can combine well with any colour scheme. The unobscured bulb will ensure you get plenty of light in every corner of your kitchen.
4.Hardy Copper Cup Handles
Our Hardy Copper Cup Handles are a stylish addition to any kitchen cabinets
Changing the hardware on your kitchen cabinets is quick, easy and can be incredibly low cost, but it can also have a big impact on the overall look of your kitchen. Our Hardy Copper Cup Handles look great in an industrial kitchen and are particularly striking on a dark background.
5. Exposed Kitchen Shelving
Open storage options, like our oak shelves, have become incredibly popular and are a fantastic addition to an industrial style kitchen
Paired with industrial supports or brackets, exposed storage is a stylish and practical way to incorporate the industrial look in your kitchen. Our oak shelving provides additional storage space whilst creating the look that you want for your kitchen. This shelving works well with rooms of any size, but is particularly useful in a small or irregular kitchen.

Do you have an industrial style kitchen? We’d love to know how you achieved the look! Feel free to add photos to Facebook or Instagram and tag us in them.


Transform your Kitchen with New Kitchen Doors

Posted by admin on June 14, 2017 at 9:17 am. Filed under: General

A new kitchen can increase the value of your property, but, if you are planning on moving, you may not have the funds readily available to completely replace everything. New kitchen doors are a fantastic way to give your kitchen an update without breaking the bank. Installing cabinet doors is a relatively simple job that requires no specialist equipment so it is an easy job to do yourself, which keeps the costs down further.

These Traditional frontals in Farrow & Ball’s Pointing provide a fresh, clean look in this kitchen

The most important part of replacing cupboard doors is ensuring that your selection works well with the rest of the kitchen – if this other parts are remaining the same. We offer Shaker frontals with a sleek, minimalist design for a more modern look or Traditional frontals that are better-suited to a classical interior theme. Choosing the right colour for your new kitchen doors is made easy by the wide range of options we have available. Our signature selection has been handpicked to showcase the most popular choices from Farrow & Ball’s extensive catalogue of colours, but we are able to paint our cabinet frontals in any shade from their range, allowing you to find something that is right for your kitchen.

Traditional cabinet frontals in Lulworth Blue are a great option for new kitchen doors, making a bright and cheerful addition to any home

Cabinet frontals are the most obvious aspect in any kitchen, so new kitchen doors can really transform the look of the entire room. Drawer frontals start at only £17.50, whilst our lowest price cupboard door is just £42.50, making these a great option if you want to change the look of your kitchen without the cost or disruption of replacing the cabinets and work surfaces entirely.

We recently wrote a guide on picking kitchen colours to compliment wooden worktops and we frequently feature colours of the month on our blog, which is a great place to start when looking for inspiration for the colour of your new kitchen doors.

If you have purchased new kitchen doors from us recently, we would love to see how they look in your home – please feel free to add photos to Facebook or Instagram and tag us in them!


Our Top 5 Smart Kitchen Gadgets 2017

Posted by admin on June 7, 2017 at 2:38 pm. Filed under: General

There are a number of ways in which you can upgrade your solid wood kitchen to bring it into the 21st century. Whilst no smart kitchen gadgets exist to completely take over the kitchen for you, there are a variety of technologies available to make your life easier – here we have compiled a list of our top five favourites.

1. Smarter Coffee Machine
Top of our list of smart kitchen gadgets, this Smarter Coffee Machine is a stylish way to get  a few extra Zs in!
Available in three stylish shades, the Smarter Coffee Machine is a great addition to any kitchen. This appliance offers both grind and brew functions and can be connected to your smartphone via an app – meaning you can get an extra few minutes in bed whilst it gets your perfect coffee ready. This smart kitchen gadget even allows you to customise your coffee strength and flavour, for the perfect cup every time. It will let you know when your drink is ready and it can keep the pot warm for you, which is perfect if you work from home (or have a very generous boss)!
2. Samsung Family Hub Fridge Freezer
The Samsung Family Hub Fridge Freezer packs an impressive number of features into one appliance
Smart fridges were launched a few years ago and it looks like they are finally here to stay. The Samsung Family Hub Fridge Freezer offers a number of functions designed to make your life simpler. The built -in cameras allow you to see exactly what you need whilst you are out doing the grocery shop, and you can even track the freshness of certain items. Reminders pop up on the fridge screen and on your phone via the accompanying app when you need to top up certain things. The screen also serves as a whiteboard, calendar or photo album and can be used to stream music or television – and on top of all that, it actually functions as a fridge too! What more could you want?
3. Smarter Fridge Cam
Small but powerful, the Smarter Fridge Cam offers a range of different functions and claims to be able to save you up to £400 a year!
Whilst the Smarter Fridge Cam does not offer some of the same functions as the Samsung Family Hub, it costs a fraction of the price of a Samsung smart fridge – available to pre-order for £99.99. A great option if you want to bring your home up to date with smart kitchen gadgets but have no plans for a major remodel, the Smarter Fridge Cam is set to be released ‘soon’ in 2017 and will work in any fridge. The Smarter app, which works on both iOS and Android operating systems, allows you to see what you have in the fridge so you know exactly what you need to buy. It is also capable of making recipe suggestions based on the contents of your fridge, can provide automatic reminders of food expiration dates and will link up to your favourite supermarket to order replacements for eaten or expired foods.
4. Drop Scale
The Drop Scale may not look like much, but this small gadget could revolutionise your cooking skills
The smartest way to prepare food and drink, the Drop Scale accurately measures ingredients on the scale in your smartphone app whilst providing step by step instructions for a huge variety of recipes. It can also measure drinks and best of all – it cuts down on washing up by measuring everything in the same bowl. We’re sold!
5. Hoover Wizard Oven
The Hoover Wizard Oven is an incredibly stylish option for any home and has a number of features designed to make your life easier
The Hoover Wizard Oven is the final gizmo in our list of smart kitchen gadgets. It can be managed from your mobile phone, offers advice on selecting the best cooking programme for your recipe as well and offers a handy oven cleaning reminder. You can store an infinite number of your own programmes and recipes to use at a later date too. The Wizard range from Hoover includes a full selection of kitchen appliances that can all be controlled via an app on your phone – you’ll barely have to lift a finger!

So there you have our top picks for smart kitchen gadgets to bring the heart of your home right up to date. Do you have anything similar in your kitchen? Let us know on Facebook or Twitter!


Order Now to Save 10% on Oak Kitchens

Posted by admin on May 30, 2017 at 1:45 pm. Filed under: General
Order Oak Kitchens before 23:59 on Wednesday 31st May to save 10% on all complete kitchen units.

For the last two weeks we have offered customers the chance to save 10% on all complete kitchen cupboard or drawer units using discount code KIT10.

To take advantage of this great offer, simply enter the discount code at our online checkout before 23:59 tomorrow, Wednesday 31st May. Alternatively, your can order oak kitchens at one of our kitchen showrooms, via telephone or over the phone with one of our sales advisors.

All kitchen furnishings from Solid Wood Kitchen Cabinets are made from high-quality solid European oak. Doors can be chosen in either Shaker or Traditional styles, and in a wide range of finishes including excellent colours from Farrow & Ball’s extensive collection.

Our kitchen units allow anyone to create a stunning solid wood kitchen, without the high costs involved in creating a bespoke kitchen. To find out more about the collection, visit our solid oak kitchens page.


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.


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