Choosing a kitchen layout that suits your home and family can seem like a tricky task. If you are looking for the best kitchen designs for entertaining, there are a number of features that you should be thinking about when creating new kitchen plans. As the heart of any home, guests tend to gravitate towards a kitchen and so we have complied a list below to help you create the perfect space for entertaining.
As a person who enjoys entertaining, the layout is potentially the most important factor to think about when considering the best kitchen designs. Broken or open plan kitchens are a fantastic option for those who regurarly host parties, integrating the kitchen with living or dining space that will provide additional seating for guests, without segregating yourself from action.We have written about creating open plan kitchens previously, and there are a number of different options for creating more usable space.A kitchen island is the perfect option for any style of entertaining as it creates a central focus. Add a sink and a few bar items and it is a great place to host a cocktail party; swap the sink for a hob and you can be present with the guests even when you are preparing food. Think carefully about the kitchen triangle to ensure that your new kitchen is as functional as possible.
Kitchen appliances are an integral part of any new plans and it is important to think carefully about the positioning of these to ensure you are creating the best kitchen designs for your home. As mentioned in the layouts section, considering what will be used most frequently and how to position this to ensure you can still socialise is important if you are looking to build a kitchen that is perfect for entertaining. A well-placed kitchen island that features a hob will keep you at the centre of any dinner party, but if you completely free to accommodate snacks and drinks. Consider cupboard space too – can cabinets hide small applainces if the work surface space needs to be kept free?
A great workop will wow your guests, but thinking about the practicalities of the material you choose is important when selecting the best kitchen designs for entertaining. Wooden worktops may look incredibly striking, but how likely is it that spills are mopped up immediately in the middle of a party, or that coasters are constantly in use? Natural stone options like granite and marble are visually appealing and incredibly hard-wearing, but come with high cost attached so they may not be a feasible option. People typically congregate in kitchens at parties, so if you throw them regularly, a laminate worktops could provide a more practical and economical choice for your home.
There you have our tips on the best kitchen designs for entertaining. Stay up to date with out information guides and blogs by following us on Facebook and Twitter.
There are a number of common kitchen layouts, and – more often than not – they will be dictated by the size and shape of the kitchen in a home. Galley kitchen designs feature two opposing runs of cabinets, and are a common feature in smaller properties, such as Victorian terraces. If correctly planned, a galley kitchen can be a highly-functional design, as the limited space within the kitchen triangle can work favourably. The downsides of this design are that it can present difficulties for busy families as typically, there is not much space for more than one person to occupy the kitchen at any one time. We have put together some key points to consider when planning your kitchen that can help integrate a gallery layout into a family home.
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Can the space be opened up at all?
open and broken plan kitchens have seen an increase in popularity and this can be attributed to their social aspect. Whilst an open or broken plan design can be fantastic for entertaining, they are also great for families as it provides space for children and teenagers to be close-by, regardless of the activities they are doing. Whilst incorporating seating or dining space in a galley kitchen design may be impossible due to the limited space, the simple act of turning a door into an archway can really open up the room-integrating the kitchen with the next room, and allowing a closer eye to be kept on the inhabitants of it!
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Do you really need two runs of cabinets?
Most galley kitchen designs will feature two opposing rows of cabinets to make the most of the space available, but if the space is there, removing unused cupboards along one side of the room could provide a small seating area. This may seem counter-productive as the storage space may be needed, but consider the possibility of a full height or larder unit to compensate for the loss of base units. The worktop surface area lost can be retained by using a small table, Which also provides an area for family to sit whilst food is being prepared.
Our blogs and information guides are a fantastic source of inspiration if you are planning a new kitchen and our showrooms have a number of examples on display if you would like to see our oak kitchens before making a purchase. Alternatively,our sample service offers miniature cabinet frontals and sections of any of our kitchen worktops. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you would like to discuss any aspect of our service further!.
Purchasing and installing a new kitchen can be a costly investment, and even with prior planning there can be unexpected expenses that arise. Our interest-free kitchen finance is available for purchases over £3,000 and provides customers the opportunity to spread the cost of their new wood kitchen over a whole year. All we require is an up-front deposit of a minimum 25% of the total order value, whilst the remaining balance can be spread across the following 12 months.
All of our showrooms are able to setup purchases with this fantastic kitchen finance offer – so long as the order is above the minimum spend and meets the requirements set out in the terms and conditions. This is a fantastic way to ensure that you have funds available for any situations that may arrive whilst having your new kitchen fitted, without paying over-the-odds for the convenience. Any of the products available in our showrooms can be purchased through this offer, including our extensive collection of kitchen accessories, appliances and worktops.
If you would like to benefit from our generous kitchen finance offer, simply visit your local kitchen showroom to speak with one of our knowledgeable advisors. All of the Solid Wood Kitchen Cabinets display kitchens showcase the exceptional quality of our solid oak kitchens and provide examples of a variety of style and colour options.
There are a variety of factors to consider when planning a new kitchen, most importantly of which is deciding how to maximise the available space. In more compact rooms, it is important to ensure every space is used as effectively as possible, and small kitchen design ideas often incorporate clever storage solutions to provide maximum capacity in the minimum space. We have compiled this list to provide some ideas that can be incorporated in your design.
There are a number of different ways that kitchen cabinets can be configured to make the most of a small space. Our cabinet wirework is perfect for ensuring that every inch of every cupboard is utilised, even when they are fitted in tight corners or other awkward spaces. By using only base cabinets, you can create the illusion of additional space in the top half of the room.
If you need the extra storage space, using shelving in the top half of the room is a great solution, and – for a similar effect – white or light cabinets with glass frontals are also an ideal when planning small kitchen design ideas. At the opposite end of the scale, tall cabinets can be used effectively to provide additional storage without losing space in the middle for a worktop, provided you have sufficient surface space.
Using colour to make your small kitchen appear larger is a common route to explore when considering different designs. The obvious choice is white or a light colour when trying to create the illusion that a room is bigger than it actually is, but darker colours can be used just as effectively in small kitchen design ideas without creating a cave-like atmosphere. ‘Tuxedo cabinets’ have been gaining popularity, and are a fantastic alternative to an all-white kitchen design. This is where lower or base cabinets are painted a darker colour and a lighter colour is used for the wall cabinets. Don’t forget to consider the colour of your walls when thinking about the palette for the entire room – the visible wall area will vary from kitchen to kitchen but it is an important aspect of the design that often gets overlooked.
Cabinets are not the only storage to consider in your small kitchen design ideas. We have a variety of solid oak storage solutions, from spice racks to kitchen trolleys. Adding these optional space savers can be a stylish and functional way to make sure every inch of your kitchen is utilised in the most effective way possible.
If you are looking for more inspiration, we have written guides on creating solid oak kitchens in small spaces and also provided small kitchen design tips if you wish to read more about creating a beautiful kitchen in a compact space!
As a supplier of solid wood kitchens, we work hard to ensure that all of our products are responsibly sourced; there are a number of benefits of using solid wood and its sustainability is one that is incredibly important to us. A range of governing bodies exist to regulate the supply chain of timbers within different areas, and as such, all of our oak is sourced from within Europe and is FSC-certified.
The FSC, or Forest Stewardship Council, is a global organisation that offers a certification system for forest management and chain of custody, which ensures that any products created using material from well-managed forests or recycled timber can be easily identified by consumers. Every year, FSC Friday is held on the last Friday in September to educate and inform people how important responsible forestry is.
There are a number in ways you can get involved with FSC Friday, and we have listed our top tips for raising awareness below:
- 1. Baking
- Getting creative in the kitchen is a delicious way to raise awareness, and is something that will work for any organisation as it is rare to find somebody who is not a fan of cake, biscuits, or a tray bake. If sugar craft is not your forte, the FSC logo is easy to create when you have a green icing pen!
- 2. Create a Display
- Displays can be created in a number of different ways depending on the organisation you are involved with. For schools, social groups or guiding organisations, asking students or members to make a display showcasing the work that the FSC does can be a fantastic way to raise awareness for the importance of responsible forest management. If you work for a business that would like to educate staff or customers, this can be a fantastic opportunity to showcase FSC certified products and use them as a tool to communicate to people the importance of sustainable and responsibly forestry.
- 3. Visit an FSC Forest
- What could be better than celebrating FSC Friday in an FSC certified forest? Find your local FSC forest and plan your visit today!
- 4. Go Green
- Asking staff, pupils or members to wear an item of green clothing for FSC Friday is an easy way to get everybody involved. You could also consider asking for donations that can be contributed towards local tree-planting or forestry charities.
These are just a few ways that you can raise awareness for FSC certified items. Sourcing the timbers we use in a sustainable and responsible manner is important to us, and you can learn more about our dedication to this on our environmental policy page.
We are pleased to announce that the first of our kitchen showrooms in Scotland opened its doors yesterday. Our Glasgow showroom is perfectly placed to serve our customers in Scotland, and is also easily accessible from the north of England. A short distance from the M8, and reachable from the city centre via public transport or even on foot, our latest showroom is simple to get to from any direction.
The new Glasgow showroom contains eight full kitchen sets, and a multitude of additional worktops and kitchen accessories, displaying everything you need for your new kitchen. A selection of different styles are showcased in the latest of our locations, from contemporary designs featuring All White Shaker cabinet doors with Ipanema Grey stone effect laminate surfaces, to more classic looks containing Traditional cupboard doors in Hardwick White complemented by full stave oak worktops.
Alongside our impressive collection of kitchen cabinets and work surfaces, we have a stylish selection of accessories and appliances to ensure we have every aspect of your new kitchen covered. The Glasgow showroom has a whole wall dedicated to the bespoke cabinet frontal options we offer, and our entire selection of cabinet handles and knobs. Dedicated and knowledgeable staff are on hand to answer any questions or queries you may have, and samples of products that are not on display in the showroom will be available for you to peruse – and even take home if you desire.
Further details of our latest showroom, including information regarding the products displayed, can be found on our Glasgow kitchen showroom page. If you would like to learn more about any of our other seven showrooms, location details can be found on our dedicated Solid Wood Kitchen Cabinets showroom page.
Our generous 10% saving on complete kitchen units is only available until Thursday 21st September – make sure you order soon if you want to benefit from this fantastic offer! The savings can be applied to any complete oak kitchen units purchased, applying to all kitchen cupboard and drawer units purchased alongside kitchen doors and drawer frontals.
You have less than a week left to make the most of this generous promotion, so do not hesitate in placing your order. All you need to do is add the products you wish to purchase to your shopping cart and, type in the discount code ‘KIT10’ at our online checkout, and 10% will be deducted from all qualifying items. This includes any of our bespoke frontal options, allowing you to create your dream kitchen. We have a number of kitchen showrooms located conveniently across the country, should you wish to see our kitchens up-close before placing your order.
If you would prefer to order over the telephone or in one of our showrooms, simply mention the offer to one of our friendly sales advisors who will be happy to apply the savings to your purchase. Hurry, because you only have until 23:59 on Thursday 21st September to get the offer!
To view the full details of this 10% off sale and to stay up to date with our latest deals, please visit our current offers page.
At solid wood kitchen cabinets we are proud of our natural solid oak cabinets and wooden worktops. If you want to extend the natural look and create a completely nature inspired kitchen, there are a variety of accessories available to perfectly complement your oak cabinetry and solid wood surfaces.
This on-theme acorn trivet is a stylish and practical option for protecting your work surfaces if either you have not opted to have hot rods in your solid wood surface, or if you have a laminate worktop. Acorns are the perfect complement for oak furniture and this trivet is ideal for a nature inspired kitchen.
Bird Pan Stand Kit
The Dolce Stil Novo Aesthetic from Smeg has taken inspiration from nature with the new range of hob rings they have recently announced. The rings will be available with insects, leaves, or this charming bird design, which would look right at home in any nature inspired kitchen.
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Wallflower Double Oven Mitt
The Wallflower Double Oven Mitt from Emma Bridgewater features an attractive floral design for a natural kitchen theme. Emma Bridgewater designs are a popular option in many country style kitchens, and we think this oven mitt is a beautiful choice if you want to easily bring a touch of nature into the heart of your home.
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This porky salt pig is a great option for a foodie who doesn’t take themselves too seriously. This snouted salt storage is designed to keep salt dry whilst keeping it at close hand for recipes that call for a pinch of salt.
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Not on the High Street
This sunflower apron is a cheery addition to any kitchen. Perfect for any nature lover, this bright design features sunny shades that will liven up even the darkest of days.
Do you have any nature inspired accessories in your oak kitchen? Tag us in your pictures on Facebook or Instagram, or let us know in the comments below.
Open and broken plan kitchens have seen a recent resurgence in popularity, with many people opting for more flow between the kitchen, dining and living areas. If you are considering an open kitchen design, they can provide a number of benefits for your home. We have compiled a list of our top reasons to choose an open or broken plan kitchen below, to assist you in deciding if it is the right for you.
One of the main benefits of an open kitchen design is the illusion of additional space it provides. Although the extra space is not necessarily used in the kitchen, the flow between a kitchen and dining or living space can give the appearance that the room is more spacious. Removing walls between rooms will often mean wall cabinets need to be taken down too, and this can have a huge impact on the feeling of space.
Allowing light to flow freely between combined rooms maximises the natural light available, creating a bright and airy home. An open kitchen design is a fantastic way to make the heart of your home seem fresher and cleaner without the expense, cost or inconvenience of adding windows. An added bonus of a brighter, more airy room is that it will often appear larger than it really is.
An open kitchen design is an excellent option for those who regularly entertain. By combining dining or living space with the kitchen, you can ensure that guests are not left for long periods of time when cooking or preparing food. It also combats the problem of guests congregating in the kitchen at parties – as with an open plan space, it is easier to have the furniture to accommodate people, rather than having to leave them standing as in a traditional kitchen.
Using an open kitchen design for your family home is a fantastic way to maximise the amount of time you get to spend together. Watching young children whilst cooking is not always an easy task, and similarly, engaging teenagers to spend time with you can be a tough ask. With an open plan or broken plan space, there is plenty of room for loved ones to be close by whilst food is prepared or cleaning tasks are tackled.
These are just a few of the benefits of having an open kitchen design. We would love to see your open plan kitchens featuring our products – feel free to tag us in photos on Instagram or Facebook.
Until September 21st, we are offering a 10% discount on orders of our complete solid wood kitchen cabinets. If you are looking for a brand new solid wood kitchen it’s the perfect time to buy your units and frontals!
Any complete kitchen cabinets are eligible for this discount, which is applied to any solid oak units purchased with matching cabinet doors or drawer frontals. All you need to do is add the required items to your shopping cart, then use the code KIT10 at the online checkout to claim your discount.
If you would like to see our solid oak kitchens up-close before placing your order, we have a number of kitchen showrooms conveniently located across the country. This discount is available for orders placed online, via our sales advisors in our showrooms, over the telephone on 0345 22 22 990 or email at email@example.com, simply mention the offer when placing your order.
This fantastic discount is available until 23:59 on Thursday 21st September, so place your order today to make sure you benefit from these generous savings!
Cabinets and frontals purchased singly, work surfaces and cabinet accessories are not eligible for this offer and will not be discounted when purchased in conjunction with qualifying items. To view the full details of this sale, and to stay up to date with our latest offers, please visit our current offers page.