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Modern Kitchen Design Ideas for a Contemporary Retro Look

Posted by admin on January 15, 2018 at 3:50 pm. Filed under: General

Retro kitchen designs are a popular option for those looking to create a fun look featuring sleek cabinetry with splashes of colour and homely feel that comes with the familiarity of nostalgia. In any modern kitchen design, little touches are often enough to give a retro twist to a contemporary style without sacrificing usability. Make your cook-space stand out with mid-century zing with the ideas below.

Keeping Cool

A fridge freezer can be an integral part of a kitchen redesign and – especially if you are going for the retro look – you might have seen one of Smeg’s 1950s-style refrigerators. This Fab50 model is available in a suite of colours including pastel blue, green, cream and black, and is an easy way to add jet-age gloss to your kitchen. Add to the look with a matching kettle, toaster or citrus juicer.

Colour splash

If a wantonly retro 1950s look is too bold, why not combine shiny white kitchen units with smaller, brightly coloured additions such as clocks, tea and coffee jars or knife blocks. Pastel shades and vibrant hues work equally as well, and a contrasting monochrome scheme provides a stylish backdrop for a retro-inspired look, as shown in the image here.

A lick of paint

You might decide that brightly coloured kitchen utensils or appliances do not fit in with the rest of your home, but still want a modern kitchen design inspired by retro styles. Looking instead to the walls is a fantastic way to inject some character into your kitchen– a pastel colour combined with subtler retro details can create a striking overall look without going all-out with the accessories.

Irish Inspiration

There is one type of sink that will suit all retro kitchen designs – a traditional Belfast sink. A practical addition to any kitchen, the ample size and sturdy construction has made these stylish sinks a popular choice for a number of styles. This kitchen combines contemporary pastel blue cabinets and contrasting white laminate worktops for a fun take on a classic retro look. The addition of red accessories creates a bold style that works incredibly well for a young, family home!

Metro station

A popular inclusion in modern kitchens is a set of subway or metro tiles, so called because they resemble the tiles fitted in vintage tube and metro stations. They will look great utilised as a splashback or as wall tiles throughout the kitchen. A selection of different colours and finishes of subway tiles can be found from various suppliers for a kitchen look completely tailored to your individual style with a subtle nod to years gone by.

Repurposed signage

Vintage signage looks fantastic in a modern kitchen and is readily available due to its popularity. This ‘99’ ice cream sign is a reproduction – costing just £9.99 – but its vintage style will add suitably old-school appeal to your kitchen or diner and creates a talking point. One sign may be sufficient to achieve the style, but a handful of themed vintage signs can heighten the look – though be warned, if you are after a real, salvaged vintage sign, you can expect to pay a lot more.

The full diner experience

Create an authentic old American diner feel by incorporating a booth and classic fast food-like chairs. Diners were designed for socialising, so this stylish corner adds another dimension to the seating in a kitchen that provides much more than a practical space for eating dinner. This booth looks incredibly inviting thanks to its comfy seating, but you could further the vintage appeal with striped upholstery and matching bar stools. The table in the centre enhances the look with its cast iron table legs – recreate the look by ordering a solid oak restaurant table top and a cast iron table base from our sister company, Worktop Express.

A truly gorgeous modern kitchen

Add some of these ideas together and this could be the end result – a stylish, modern kitchen design with retro in all the right places. Recreate the kitchen shown here with our Shaker cabinet doors, painted in Farrow & Ball’s Pitch Black, and pair with a timeless solid oak worktop. Mint-coloured appliances – large and small – add a zip of fresh colour into the room, and the subway-style tiles and contrasting flooring make the kitchen stand out. With the colour injected from the appliances, the dark cabinetry contrasts perfectly against the grey walls – we recommend a neutral grey shade such as Farrow & Ball’s Elephant’s Breath or Manor House Grey.

Our blogs are the perfect place to search for inspiration for your new kitchen – stay up to date with our latest posts on Facebook and Twitter.


L-Shaped Kitchen Design Ideas to utilise Space Effectively

Posted by admin on January 8, 2018 at 4:34 pm. Filed under: General

L-shaped kitchens are great for creating social spaces in a large kitchen, or making a smaller kitchen feel more roomy. With the kitchen centred on two walls, an L-shaped kitchen design allows the rest of the room to be opened up for entertaining or to achieve a more open-plan effect. If two sides of a kitchen aren’t enough – and the space allows – consider putting an island in for extra storage and workspace.

Open up a small kitchen

This custom-made cook-space may be small, but the L-shaped kitchen means the rest of the room is free, creating the feeling of additional space. The off-white cabinetry, simple white walls and large bay window allow light to flood in, making the kitchen far more welcoming and spacious than its proportions may suggest. Meanwhile, the striking iroko worktop provides an interesting contrast, creating a statement in this compact kitchen.

An island in the stream

If you have enough space, an island is a great way to maximise worktop space and increase storage. It is the perfect complement to an L-shaped kitchen and ensures you can cook or prepare food without facing away from family or guests. In the kitchen pictured, the island includes space for seating, which opens up the area and creates a sociable and inclusive space. The rustic country style of the cabinetry and worktop is offset by the modern lights for a contemporary look.


A peninsula might be your go-to option if you do not have space for an island. It offers a lot of the benefits of an island – more storage and countertop space, and you avoid having your back to people when cooking – but is attached to the worktop. An L-shaped kitchen does not have to have both sides against the wall – a peninsula could make up the second side to create a subtle divide between the kitchen and the living or dining room.

Space for a dining table

An L-shaped kitchen design can open up the space available to provide enough space for a dining table. We have written several guides on open plan and broken plan layouts as these designs are increasingly popular – and both work fantastically well with an L-shape kitchen.

There are a number of benefits to an L-shaped kitchen layout – if you have been inspired by this post, why not visit your local Solid Wood Kitchen Cabinets showroom to see what you could achieve in your kitchen.


Happy New Year From Solid Wood Kitchen Cabinets

Posted by admin on January 2, 2018 at 4:21 pm. Filed under: General

January is typically a time where people re-assess their diet – why not take a look at your kitchen at the same time? We are offering a fantastic 10% off the products on the Solid Wood Kitchen Cabinets website, making now the best time to purchase – whether you have been considering a complete kitchen renovation or are just looking to replace the cabinets in your utility room.

Research conducted by Houzz, an online community for home improvement and design, suggests that a new kitchen could improve and reinforce healthy lifestyle habits. 69% of homeowners who recently renovated their kitchen suggested that they used it more to spend additional time with family, 43% reported cooking or preparing meals at home more with 36% ordering fewer take-aways and 23% increase the number of fruits and vegetables consumed. This research suggests that a new kitchen could be just what you need to keep your healthy living new year’s resolutions on track!

This generous offer is available until January 31st, and can be used online as well as on orders placed via any of our Solid Wood Kitchen Cabinets showrooms, or over the telephone. Stay up to date with us by following us on Twitter or Facebook -for details of our offers and sales, visit our current offers page.

Happy New Year!



Posted by admin on December 26, 2017 at 9:00 am. Filed under: General

From Boxing Day until January 31st 2018, there are fantastic savings to be made on our solid oak kitchens. The Boxing Day Sale at Solid Wood Kitchen Cabinets offers you the chance to save 10% on everything in our collection.

Whether you are planning a complete new kitchen, or you are just looking to replace your cabinet doors, you can claim 10% off your entire order. All you need to do is add the products you need to your shopping cart and enter the discount code SAVE10 at the online checkout if ordering online. Should you prefer, you can still claim your 10% savings if ordering in our showrooms or via telephone or email – simply mention the offer to the sales advisor who is taking your order.

You need to act fast if you want to benefit from this generous saving – the discount code can only be used on orders placed from now until 23:59 on January 31st 2018. For full terms and conditions, please visit our current offers page, and to ensure you stay up to date with the latest offers at Solid Wood Kitchen Cabinets, follow us on Facebook and Twitter.


Merry Christmas from Solid Wood Kitchen Cabinets

Posted by admin on December 22, 2017 at 9:00 am. Filed under: General

At the end of a busy year, we would like to take the opportunity to thank all of our solid wood kitchen customers. We have made a number of changes over the last 12 months and look forward to what is yet to come in 2018!

The Solid Wood Kitchen Cabinets showroom network expanded with two additional locations in 2017 – including our first Scottish showroom in Glasgow. We also introduced kitchen finance for orders of £3,000 or more placed in our showrooms.

Merry Christmas from Solid Wood Kitchen Cabinets

With more planned for 2018, make sure you are following us on Facebook and Twitter, or sign up to our newsletter to stay up to date with the latest events and offers. If you do plan on visiting us over the festive break, please check our opening times first – either on our kitchen showroom information pages, or our recent blog post detailing our Christmas opening hours.

From all of us at Solid Wood Kitchen Cabinets, we wish you a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year!


Christmas Opening Hours at Solid Wood Kitchen Cabinets

Posted by admin on December 18, 2017 at 3:54 pm. Filed under: General

If you are considering your new solid oak kitchen this December, you’ll be pleased to hear we are open between Christmas and New Year. Should you wish to visit Solid Wood Kitchen Cabinets over the festive period, please take note of our opening hours in the table below.

Date Opening Hours
Friday 22nd December 09:00 – 14:30
Saturday 23rd December CLOSED
Sunday 24th December CLOSED
Monday 25th December CLOSED
Tuesday 26th December CLOSED
Wednesday 27th December 09:00 – 17:00
Thursday 28th December 09:00 – 17:00
Friday 29th December 09:00 – 17:00
Saturday 30th December 09:00 – 17:00
Sunday 31st December CLOSED
Monday 1st January CLOSED
Tuesday 2nd January 09:00 – 17:00

Please be aware that our London kitchen showroom in Camden opens at 09:30 and usually closes at 18:00 – for more details, please visit our Camden kitchen showroom Page. Plan your new kitchen with us over the festive period and get 2018 off to a fantastic start with a brand new solid wood kitchen. The opening times for Solid Wood Kitchen Cabinets shown above apply to all of our kitchen showrooms and sales lines, and normal hours will continue from Tuesday 2nd January.

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Kitchen Colours in 2018: Our Predictions for the New Year

Posted by admin on December 11, 2017 at 4:38 pm. Filed under: General

We love the industrial styles, dark blue cabinets and gold hardware that have been so popular in kitchens throughout 2017. What about kitchen colours in 2018? In this blog, we will take a look at the shades predicted to be big in the New Year, which is perfect if you are looking for some inspiration for your new kitchen.

Darker hues look like they may still be a popular option, but blue may no longer be the only option to be considered. Dark green hues create a heritage look that works particularly well with our solid wood cabinets, and Farrow & Ball’s Studio Green looks fantastic on both Shaker and Traditional cabinet doors.

Pantone’s colour of the year for 2018 is Ultraviolet, a rich purple tone. Whilst this shade may be a little bright for some, Farrow & Ball’s Pelt is a more muted option for those who still want to make a statement. The aubergine colour is a striking look for any kitchen, and it pairs perfectly with gold accessories which are set to replace the copper, brass and rose gold accents that have been popular through 2017.

Blue has become a classic kitchen colour, but for an update in 2018, murkier options like Inchyra Blue from Farrow & Ball give this contemporary trend a twist. This grey-blue is a fantastic way to add colour and works well as an alternative to more neutral white, black or grey kitchens.

What do you think of the kitchen colours we have chosen for 2018? We would love to see the colours you have selected for your kitchen – feel free to tag us in your pictures on Facebook or Instagram, or let us know which colours you think will be popular next year in the comments below.


Christmas Delivery Reminder for Solid Wood Kitchen Cabinets

Posted by admin on December 4, 2017 at 3:50 pm. Filed under: General
Christmas Delivery Reminder for Solid Wood Kitchen Cabinets

The big day is rapidly approaching and we wanted to take the opportunity to remind you that there is not much time left if you are looking for a new kitchen! If you would like to purchase any of our solid wood kitchen cabinets, the last order date for delivery before Christmas is Friday 8th December – and your order must be placed and paid for no later than 12 noon.

At Solid Wood Kitchen Cabinets we pride ourselves on the variety of different sizes available, as well as the options we have for storage customisation, like wirework, cutlery trays and wine racks. Our solid oak cabinet doors can be painted in any shade from the Farrow &amp Ball range, and whilst our final cut-off date for bespoke doors was Friday 1st December, any of the options available in our ‘Signature’ range can be purchased until 12 noon on Friday 8th December for delivery on Thursday 21st December. Orders placed after the 8th December will be delivered in the new year.

Our solid oak cabinets are delivered pre-assembled as standard, which ensures they are constructed to our high standards and also makes them much easier to install. Our two-man delivery service covers the majority of England, Scotland and Wales, and as this is an in-house team, we have full control of our products, from the purchasing of our timber to delivery to your home. If you would like to learn more about our delivery service, please visit our delivery details page.


Last Chance to Save 15% at Solid Wood Kitchen Cabinets

Posted by admin on November 27, 2017 at 12:58 pm. Filed under: General

Our generous 15% saving expires today at 23:59 – so if you want to save on your new kitchen, order now to benefit from this fantastic offer. At Solid Wood Kitchen Cabinets, we work incredibly hard to ensure our pricing is fair and kept as low as possible, which is what makes our current 15% off everything a much more enticing deal!

Last Chance to Save 15% at Solid Wood Kitchen Cabinets

Claiming 15% off your order could not be easier: all you need to do is add the items you need to your online shopping cart and use the discount code BLK15 when you make your purchase in the checkout. If you would prefer to order in one of our showrooms or via telephone or email, simply mention the offer to the sales advisor who is assisting with your purchase and they will be happy to apply the code to your order.

This Black Friday weekend promotion must finish at 23:59 on Monday 27th November, so there is not much time left to save. Place your order with us today and make the most of this fantastic offer whilst it lasts!


Black Friday Weekend at Solid Wood Kitchen Cabinets

Posted by admin on November 24, 2017 at 12:01 am. Filed under: General
Black Friday Weekend at Solid Wood Kitchen Cabinets

There has never been a better time to buy your new kitchen. This Black Friday weekend, Solid Wood Kitchen Cabinets is offering a fantastic 15% off orders placed – from 00:00 on Friday 24th November to 23:59 on Monday 27th November. With such generous savings to be made, whether you need to remodel your entire kitchen, or simply need some cabinets to fit out a utility room, order now and get everything in time for Christmas!

Claiming 15% off your order is incredibly easy. All you need to do is add the items you wish to purchase to your shopping cart, and enter the discount code BLK15 in at the online checkout. This will deduct 15% from the price of the eligible items in your shopping cart! If you would prefer to order via the telephone or email, or in one of our showrooms, this deal is still applicable. Simply mention the offer to our sales advisor who will be happy to apply the 15% saving to your order.

Available for a limited time only, this Black Friday weekend offer expires at 23:59 on Monday 27th November – so order now to ensure you benefit from this fantastic deal! Our current offers and promotions page contains all the details of any sales, and our Facebook and Twitter accounts are a fantastic way to stay up to date with us.


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