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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!