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Top 5 Accessories for an Industrial Style Kitchen

Posted by admin on June 21, 2017 at 2:04 pm. Filed under: General

Accessories are the perfect way to easily incorporate a new trend into your living space if you are unable to commit to a complete kitchen remodel. An industrial style kitchen aesthetic can be easily achieved using a cohesive mixture of accessories throughout. The popular industrial style works well in a number of different types of kitchen, and looks great when combined with either laminate or wooden worktop surfaces.

Cabinet frontals in deeper colours, such as Farrow & Ball’s Stiffkey Blue, Tanner’s Brown or Railings are recommended, but lighter neutrals can work just as well – we think Pointing and Slipper Satin are the perfect way to create a striking contrast. Copper has been a popular option in industrial kitchens, but other metals, including brass and gunmetal, can stand out just as well.

1.Karlsson Caseless Flip Clock
This flip clock makes a feature of the mechanical workings, lending it perfectly to an industrial style kitchen. In black, white and brass this clock can blend in seamlessly with any colour scheme and looks great whether wall mounted or free standing on a work surface.
2.Hairpin Stool with Natural Wood Seat
Hairpin legs have been an incredibly popular part of the industrial trend, and this stool is a great way to incorporate the look into your kitchen. The perfect addition to a breakfast bar or kitchen island, this stool from Cult Furniture features copper legs and has a wooden seat which is fantastic match if you also have a wooden worktop.
3.Concrete & Copper Pendant Cage Light
Continuing with the copper theme, this unusual light fitting combines tough concrete with a softer, pink-hued copper for a striking look. Both materials used are typical in industrial style kitchens and can combine well with any colour scheme. The unobscured bulb will ensure you get plenty of light in every corner of your kitchen.
4.Hardy Copper Cup Handles
Our Hardy Copper Cup Handles are a stylish addition to any kitchen cabinets
Changing the hardware on your kitchen cabinets is quick, easy and can be incredibly low cost, but it can also have a big impact on the overall look of your kitchen. Our Hardy Copper Cup Handles look great in an industrial kitchen and are particularly striking on a dark background.
5. Exposed Kitchen Shelving
Open storage options, like our oak shelves, have become incredibly popular and are a fantastic addition to an industrial style kitchen
Paired with industrial supports or brackets, exposed storage is a stylish and practical way to incorporate the industrial look in your kitchen. Our oak shelving provides additional storage space whilst creating the look that you want for your kitchen. This shelving works well with rooms of any size, but is particularly useful in a small or irregular kitchen.

Do you have an industrial style kitchen? We’d love to know how you achieved the look! Feel free to add photos to Facebook or Instagram and tag us in them.

 

Transform your Kitchen with New Kitchen Doors

Posted by admin on June 14, 2017 at 9:17 am. Filed under: General

A new kitchen can increase the value of your property, but, if you are planning on moving, you may not have the funds readily available to completely replace everything. New kitchen doors are a fantastic way to give your kitchen an update without breaking the bank. Installing cabinet doors is a relatively simple job that requires no specialist equipment so it is an easy job to do yourself, which keeps the costs down further.

These Traditional frontals in Farrow & Ball’s Pointing provide a fresh, clean look in this kitchen

The most important part of replacing cupboard doors is ensuring that your selection works well with the rest of the kitchen – if this other parts are remaining the same. We offer Shaker frontals with a sleek, minimalist design for a more modern look or Traditional frontals that are better-suited to a classical interior theme. Choosing the right colour for your new kitchen doors is made easy by the wide range of options we have available. Our signature selection has been handpicked to showcase the most popular choices from Farrow & Ball’s extensive catalogue of colours, but we are able to paint our cabinet frontals in any shade from their range, allowing you to find something that is right for your kitchen.

Traditional cabinet frontals in Lulworth Blue are a great option for new kitchen doors, making a bright and cheerful addition to any home

Cabinet frontals are the most obvious aspect in any kitchen, so new kitchen doors can really transform the look of the entire room. Drawer frontals start at only £17.50, whilst our lowest price cupboard door is just £42.50, making these a great option if you want to change the look of your kitchen without the cost or disruption of replacing the cabinets and work surfaces entirely.

We recently wrote a guide on picking kitchen colours to compliment wooden worktops and we frequently feature colours of the month on our blog, which is a great place to start when looking for inspiration for the colour of your new kitchen doors.

If you have purchased new kitchen doors from us recently, we would love to see how they look in your home – please feel free to add photos to Facebook or Instagram and tag us in them!

 

Our Top 5 Smart Kitchen Gadgets 2017

Posted by admin on June 7, 2017 at 2:38 pm. Filed under: General

There are a number of ways in which you can upgrade your solid wood kitchen to bring it into the 21st century. Whilst no smart kitchen gadgets exist to completely take over the kitchen for you, there are a variety of technologies available to make your life easier – here we have compiled a list of our top five favourites.

1. Smarter Coffee Machine
Top of our list of smart kitchen gadgets, this Smarter Coffee Machine is a stylish way to get  a few extra Zs in!
Available in three stylish shades, the Smarter Coffee Machine is a great addition to any kitchen. This appliance offers both grind and brew functions and can be connected to your smartphone via an app – meaning you can get an extra few minutes in bed whilst it gets your perfect coffee ready. This smart kitchen gadget even allows you to customise your coffee strength and flavour, for the perfect cup every time. It will let you know when your drink is ready and it can keep the pot warm for you, which is perfect if you work from home (or have a very generous boss)!
2. Samsung Family Hub Fridge Freezer
The Samsung Family Hub Fridge Freezer packs an impressive number of features into one appliance
Smart fridges were launched a few years ago and it looks like they are finally here to stay. The Samsung Family Hub Fridge Freezer offers a number of functions designed to make your life simpler. The built -in cameras allow you to see exactly what you need whilst you are out doing the grocery shop, and you can even track the freshness of certain items. Reminders pop up on the fridge screen and on your phone via the accompanying app when you need to top up certain things. The screen also serves as a whiteboard, calendar or photo album and can be used to stream music or television – and on top of all that, it actually functions as a fridge too! What more could you want?
3. Smarter Fridge Cam
Small but powerful, the Smarter Fridge Cam offers a range of different functions and claims to be able to save you up to £400 a year!
Whilst the Smarter Fridge Cam does not offer some of the same functions as the Samsung Family Hub, it costs a fraction of the price of a Samsung smart fridge – available to pre-order for £99.99. A great option if you want to bring your home up to date with smart kitchen gadgets but have no plans for a major remodel, the Smarter Fridge Cam is set to be released ‘soon’ in 2017 and will work in any fridge. The Smarter app, which works on both iOS and Android operating systems, allows you to see what you have in the fridge so you know exactly what you need to buy. It is also capable of making recipe suggestions based on the contents of your fridge, can provide automatic reminders of food expiration dates and will link up to your favourite supermarket to order replacements for eaten or expired foods.
4. Drop Scale
The Drop Scale may not look like much, but this small gadget could revolutionise your cooking skills
The smartest way to prepare food and drink, the Drop Scale accurately measures ingredients on the scale in your smartphone app whilst providing step by step instructions for a huge variety of recipes. It can also measure drinks and best of all – it cuts down on washing up by measuring everything in the same bowl. We’re sold!
5. Hoover Wizard Oven
The Hoover Wizard Oven is an incredibly stylish option for any home and has a number of features designed to make your life easier
The Hoover Wizard Oven is the final gizmo in our list of smart kitchen gadgets. It can be managed from your mobile phone, offers advice on selecting the best cooking programme for your recipe as well and offers a handy oven cleaning reminder. You can store an infinite number of your own programmes and recipes to use at a later date too. The Wizard range from Hoover includes a full selection of kitchen appliances that can all be controlled via an app on your phone – you’ll barely have to lift a finger!

So there you have our top picks for smart kitchen gadgets to bring the heart of your home right up to date. Do you have anything similar in your kitchen? Let us know on Facebook or Twitter!

 

Order Now to Save 10% on Oak Kitchens

Posted by admin on May 30, 2017 at 1:45 pm. Filed under: General
Order Oak Kitchens before 23:59 on Wednesday 31st May to save 10% on all complete kitchen units.

For the last two weeks we have offered customers the chance to save 10% on all complete kitchen cupboard or drawer units using discount code KIT10.

To take advantage of this great offer, simply enter the discount code at our online checkout before 23:59 tomorrow, Wednesday 31st May. Alternatively, your can order oak kitchens at one of our kitchen showrooms, via telephone or over the phone with one of our sales advisors.

All kitchen furnishings from Solid Wood Kitchen Cabinets are made from high-quality solid European oak. Doors can be chosen in either Shaker or Traditional styles, and in a wide range of finishes including excellent colours from Farrow & Ball’s extensive collection.

Our kitchen units allow anyone to create a stunning solid wood kitchen, without the high costs involved in creating a bespoke kitchen. To find out more about the collection, visit our solid oak kitchens page.

 

Kitchen Colour Palettes: Shades To Complement Copper

Posted by admin on May 24, 2017 at 9:17 am. Filed under: General

Copper has become hugely popular in a variety of interior design trends and is now an option available for a number of different fixtures, fittings and furnishings for every room of the house. This week we have devised a set of kitchen colour palettes that lend themselves particularly well to copper accessories and have compiled the following list featuring our favourite selections from our paint supplier of choice: Farrow & Ball. Copper has a versatile look that can be used to create a range of different styles, from the luxurious to the industrial.

Pastel Shades

Copper pairs perfectly with these pastel kitchen colour palettes

When looking for colours to pair with copper, pastel shades are some of the most favoured choices. The shades we have picked out above are; Calamine, Tunsgate Green and Calluna – perfect picks for a shabby chic kitchen, each colour works just as well together as they do on their own, and pair particularly well with light wood surfaces such as our maple worktops.

Jewel Tones

Jewel tones bring a touch of luxury to any home and make copper features look opulent

Deeper, jewel tones are a luxurious option to include in kitchen colour palettes alongside copper accents. These bold hues are ideally suited to a zebrano worktops, and as suggested in our recent kitchen colours for wooden worktops guide, the shades we have selected are; Pitch Blue, Vardo and Brinjal. Dark kitchen cabinets have been a popular choice during the first few months of 2017, and we think that any of these colours would work well on bespoke frontals with our stylish copper cup handles.

Monochrome

A monochrome colour scheme is great if you want to make the copper stand out more

Copper is a fantastic way to bring warmth to an otherwise neutral palette, and we think it works especially well in conjunction with a monochrome colour scheme. Pitch Black on the left side of the image and All White on the right are at the opposite ends of Farrow & Ball’s extensive colour spectrum; we have selected Mole’s Breath (middle) as it looks good with both cool and warm shades, and will work well with both stark neutrals as well as warm copper tones.

If you are in need of any more inspiration, we recently wrote about bringing white cabinets to life with colourful accessories, including the use of copper accessories. If you have used copper in your kitchen, we would love to see how you have incorporated it into your colour scheme – feel free to share a picture with us on Facebook or Instagram using the hashtag #SolidWoodKitchenCabinets.

 

10% Off All Complete Units At Solid Wood Kitchen Cabinets

Posted by admin on May 17, 2017 at 9:14 am. Filed under: General
Save 10% On Kitchen Units Using Discount Code KIT10

Until Wednesday 31st May, we are offering customers who purchase any of our complete kitchen cupboard or drawer units (including frontals) 10% off! All of our solid wood kitchen cabinets are discounted in this offer, which means now is the perfect time to treat yourself to a new kitchen.

All furniture at Solid Wood Kitchen Cabinets is all made from high-quality solid oak with the option for Traditional or Shaker cabinet frontals in a selection of different finishes including colours from Farrow & Ball’s range. The wide range of choices available means that there is something to suit any style of kitchen.

All you need to do to claim your 10% discount is select the units and frontals you require, and enter the discount code KIT10 in the online checkout. 10% will be deducted from the cost of any complete kitchen units in your shopping cart. If you would like to place your order over the telephone or via one of our kitchen showrooms, simply mention the offer to the sales advisor assisting with your order and they will be happy to discount it for you.

You only have until Wednesday 31st May to claim this fantastic deal, so make sure you order soon to avoid missing out! Visit our current offers page to stay up to date on the latest savings!

 

Solid Wood Kitchen Cabinets Sponsors Lucy Waine

Posted by admin on May 10, 2017 at 2:46 pm. Filed under: General

At Solid Wood Kitchen Cabinets, the work we do to support our local community is incredibly important to us. Our founding director, Martyn Rees, has links with a local ballet school in Gloucestershire and through this relationship we have sponsored an up and coming ballerina, Lucy Waine. We caught up with Lucy during the Easter break to discuss some exciting news about her future at the Royal Ballet School.

Now aged just 16, Lucy began dancing over a decade ago with the Sally Prout School of Dancing, and was selected as one of twelve girls to attend the Royal Ballet Lower School at the age of eleven. Following years of hard work and training, Lucy has recently been successful in earning a place at the Royal Ballet Upper School. She will commute from the school residence in Pimlico to the school in Covent Garden, opposite the Royal Opera House, where Lucy says that “the hours will become much more intense”, but she is looking forward to doing “more advanced work”.

Here is Lucy Waine in our Solid Wood Kitchen Cabinet showroom in Gloucestershire

Whilst at the Royal Ballet Lower School, Lucy was selected to dance in a piece by Liam Scarlett, a world renowned choreographer with the company. Her progression to the upper school will afford a number of opportunities in the future, as graduates often go on to dance with the world’s leading dance companies. In the 3 years Lucy will spend at the upper school, she will also have the chance to be involved in productions with the Royal heritage groups and told us: “The school does a performance at the Opera House every summer, which is a really nice opportunity to be seen and get on stage.”

We would like to congratulate Lucy on her success in being awarded a place at the Royal Ballet Upper School and wish her all the success for the future. Keep an eye on our Facebook and Twitter if you would like to stay up to date with Lucy’s progress!

 

Visit Our Showrooms For a Free Montpellier Appliance on Solid wood Kitchen Orders Over £3,000!

Posted by admin on May 3, 2017 at 10:49 am. Filed under: General

Our Birmingham showroom opened at the end of April and we wanted to do something to celebrate the launch, so we’re offering a FREE Montpellier appliance on orders over £3,000 placed in any one of our fantastic kitchen showrooms!

If you are considering a new solid wood kitchen, there has never been a better time to buy. For the entire month of May, we are offering a free Montpellier dishwasher (model number MDI600) to kitchen furniture orders totalling between £3,000 and £3,999 (not including worktops, worktop accessories or the cost of delivery). If your order comes to £4,000 or more (not including worktops, worktop accessories or the cost of delivery), we are offering a free Montpellier oven and hob pack (model number SFOP94MFGG) instead.

The Montpellier dishwasher available as part of this offer is worth more than £290, whilst the hob and oven pack retails at more than £320 – making it a fantastic way to save when building your new solid wood kitchen. Not only are our kitchen showrooms the perfect place to get some inspiration for your kitchen, this great deal now means you have another reason to pay us a visit. This offer is only available for a limited time and on orders placed through any one of our kitchen showrooms, so plan your visit today.

This stylish Montpellier built in oven is available FREE with kitchen furniture orders over £4,000
This Montpellier hob is available on qualifying orders over £4,000 - the perfect way to finish your kitchen
This sleek Montpellier dishwasher is perfect in any kitchen, available FREE on eligible orders costing between £3,000 - £3,999

Although you can always find details of our latest offers on our current offers page, why not sign up to our mailing list so that you can be the first to hear all the most up to date news from Solid Wood Kitchen Cabinets.

 

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.

Visit our Pinterest and Instagram pages for more kitchen inspiration!

 

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!

 

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