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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.

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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!