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SOLID WOOD KITCHEN CABINETS BLOG

Kitchen Trends: Black Kitchen Cabinets

Posted by admin on April 26, 2017 at 2:40 pm. Filed under: General

Darker colours have been increasingly popular for kitchens throughout the last few months, partly due to the recent resurgence in industrial trends. Black kitchen cabinets frontals are perfect for creating a striking look that is as contemporary as it is timeless. Below we have compiled some of our favourite design ideas for black cabinets.

A major concern for many when choosing colours is that the selected shade will make the room look dark or dreary. This kitchen is proof that black cabinets can still look bright when properly balanced out. Combined with marble walls and surfaces, these black kitchen cabinets have been strategically placed to ensure the maximum amount of light gets in. Glass cabinet frontals prevent the dark painted wood from drawing all the attention away from the elegant marble island.

If choosing black kitchen cabinets, the other textures and materials you use throughout the room can have a big impact on the overall theme created. This farmhouse kitchen combines black cabinets with warm wooden worktops and exposed brickwork, for a cosy feel that is not dominated by the darker colour. Warmer woods like cherry and oak are the perfect complement for softening darker kitchen cabinets.

Using darker kitchen cabinets is a popular way of creating kitchens with an industrial feel. Combining crisp, white subway tiles with black kitchen cabinets, minimalist details and exposed lighting creates an industrial air whilst still maintaining a good balance of light. Navy blue and charcoal grey shades are often the first choice for industrial kitchens, but this monochrome room shows that black and white can work just as well – perfect for a smaller kitchen.

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White Kitchen Designs Perfect for Summer

Posted by admin on April 19, 2017 at 2:50 pm. Filed under: General

An all-white kitchen may seem impractical to some, but the single colour scheme has been a popular look for years and doesn’t appear to be going anywhere. Kitchen designs boasting all-white components may seem suited to ultra-minimalist homes only, but we think they can work well in any setting. We have put together this collection of ideas for white kitchens to help you gather inspiration for your new-look room just in time for summer.

Farrow & Ball’s Pointing  makes this traditional kitchen a warm, inviting space

Style

Many people think that white kitchen designs suggest a contemporary aesthetic. We think white is fantastic in any style of kitchen, as the traditional kitchen shown here illustrates. Choosing the right white to suit your interior is important: it must complement not only your preferred design, but also the space as a whole. This country kitchen uses Farrow & Ball’s Pointing, which has warm undertones for a softer look. The full stave oak worktops break up the white cabinets and walls nicely, with the range and fridge boasting the same white shade (and thus blending nicely with the rest of the scheme). More modern white kitchen designs may choose to use the same colour everywhere for a lighter, airier feel.

This monochrome kitchen colour scheme works particularly well with traditional cabinets in Farrow & Ball’s All White

Colour

Selecting the right shade for your white kitchen designs is an integral part of the process that can have a huge impact on the finished look. Our bespoke cabinet painting service uses Farrow & Ball colours exclusively, and they have a wide selection of white shades to suit a number of different settings. All White contains no pigments to ensure it is as pure as possible, creating a bright and breezy colour. We think it looks fantastic as part of a monochrome colour scheme in the traditional kitchen shown here. For something a little less stark, Wimborne White and White Tie have warmer undertones; however, if you are looking for something cooler, Wevet and Strong White both have grey undertones and work particularly well with paler timber worktops for a clean, modern aesthetic.

Accessories

If white kitchen designs seem daunting, accessories are the perfect way to add some colour into the room. A bright wall canvas or some unusual light fittings will soften all white kitchen designs. We might be biased, but we really love the use of wood in this kitchen. If you don’t have as much space, these vintage pendant shades from Primrose & Plum are available in a variety of colours – ideal for choosing an accent to continue throughout your kitchen. The main benefit of using accessories to brighten up your kitchen design is that they can be changed quickly and easily, allowing you to update your style as often as you please.

This wooden panelling adds a softness to the room whilst breaking up the white shades used throughout

Image credit to Pinterest

These vintage pendant lights can be used to pick out an accent if all white kitchen designs aren’t for you

Image credit to Primrose and Plum

We think white is the perfect shade for summer and we would love to see your white kitchen designs – please feel free to tag us in photos on Facebook or Instagram so we can see them!

 

Using Pinterest to Find Ideas for Kitchens – Our Top Five Boards

Posted by admin on April 12, 2017 at 12:05 pm. Filed under: General

Pinterest is a great place to start when looking for inspiration for your new kitchen. Our Pinterest boards have been carefully curated to bring you the most up-to-date kitchen trends, providing plenty of ideas for you to repin when creating your own motivational kitchen design boards. This blog lists our five most popular Pinterest boards, all of which cater for a variety of different tastes and room sizes:

In a farmhouse kitchen, a Belfast sink is a feature in its own right.

Image credit to Pinterest

1. Creating Farmhouse Oak Kitchens

Farmhouse or country styles have been popular for a number of years; as such the prominence of this board should come as no surprise. Providing an overview of the room as a whole rather than focusing in on smaller components, this board is a fantastic place to start when looking for new kitchen ideas. Farmhouse kitchens are a classic, timeless style and are a fantastic choice in any home.

Subway tiles provide endless ideas for kitchens as they can be used to blend in or stand out.

Image credit to Pinterest

2. Trend Watch: Subway Tiles For Solid Wood Kitchens!

Subway tiles have been a hugely popular kitchen feature over the last year, and this trend shows no signs of abating! These glossy, rectangular tiles are a sleek and contemporary option that can provide striking ideas for kitchens when paired with contrasting colours – we love this monochrome look that combines white tiles with dark wooden cabinets and worktops.

This kitchen island provides additional worktop space along with a stylish seating area.

3. Wooden Kitchen Islands

Looking for a kitchen centrepiece that will create a lasting impression? Look no further! Wooden island worktops can be incorporated into any style of kitchen, and even look good when combined with worktops made from other materials.

This country kitchen features full stave oak worktops with solid oak cabinets in Farrow & Ball’s Pointing.

4. Pointing Kitchen Case Study

Harvesting ideas from other people’s kitchen designs can be very useful: it allows you to see how different components work together in a real-life setting. This kitchen features traditional cabinet frontals with frontals painted in Farrow & Ball’s Pointing. Classical styling and a neutral palette help make this room widely appealing, with a country kitchen look that is sure to be popular for years to come.

Hygge interiors provide perfect ideas for kitchens if you are looking for a quick update.

Image credit to Pinterest

5. Trend Watch: Hygge

One of the biggest interior trends of the last year, Hygge (pronounced “hoo-gah”) has no direct translation from Danish, but roughly equates to a feeling of cosiness and warmth. Fur, soft knits and candles play a big part in gesturing towards this concept within one’s home. But – although Hygge is still going strong – there is now another new Scandi-trend to watch: Lagom. Swedish for ‘just enough’, Lagom focuses on simple designs and minimalist stylings. If you are looking to give your kitchen a quick refresh, both looks are achievable on a limited budget and minimal time.

What’s your favourite Pinterest board? We would love to hear from you, so do let us know in the comments below.

 

Colours of the Month: A Colourful Kitchen for April

Posted by admin on April 5, 2017 at 1:13 pm. Filed under: General

Whether you’re redecorating or completely remodelling your kitchen, colour will play an important part in the final look that is achieved. Fortunately, the arrival of spring provides the perfect motivation for picking colourful, verdant kitchen shades! Inspired by this period of seasonal change, our selected colours of the month for April are sure to look fantastically fresh in any kitchen.

Calke Green is a rich mossy hue, inspired by nature
The perfect shade for a colourful kitchen, Citron is sure to inject some zest into any room!
Cook’s Blue is a fantastic colour for kitchens, and is even said to deter flies!

Calke Green is a mossy hue that looks like it has been plucked straight from the forest. This shade pairs splendidly with solid wood, enhancing the natural qualities of timber for a kitchen that brings the charms of the outdoor world into your home. Like Old White, Calke Green is best used with darker neutrals to ensure the depth and richness of the colour is honoured.

Acid yellow Citron, with its beautiful lemon hues, is simply ideal for a colourful kitchen. This zesty bright shade would really make a statement if used on cabinet frontals – and, for a sophisticated and modern look, could be combined with varying shades of grey on the walls and worktops. For a more subtle aesthetic, Citron could be used to create a great feature or accent wall, especially if used in a larger kitchen.

The aptly named Cook’s Blue is a rich, bright shade that works well in a traditionally-styled solid wood kitchen. The calming hue looks fantastic when paired with fresh, clean neutrals like All White or Wimborne White (Farrow & Ball even suggest that the colour deters flies!).

Which shades are you thinking of using in your colourful kitchen? We would love to hear about your plans over on Facebook or Twitter. Still searching for inspiration? Have a look at our Pinterest for more kitchen colour ideas!