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.
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.
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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?
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!
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.
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.
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!
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, 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.