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Interest-Free Kitchen Finance Available At Solid Wood Kitchen Cabinets

Posted by admin on October 9, 2017 at 9:22 am. Filed under: General

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.

Spread the cost of your new investment with kitchen finance at Solid Wood Kitchen Cabinets.

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.

 

Small Kitchen Design Ideas for Compact Kitchens

Posted by admin on October 2, 2017 at 9:42 am. Filed under: General

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.

CABINETS

This kitchen uses a tall cabinet to make the most of the available space and light available

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.

COLOUR

The two-tone cabinets in this compact kitchen are a fantastic design idea as they create the illusion of additional space

Credit: Pinterest

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.

SMART STORAGE

Our solid oak spice racks fit neatly to the inside of a cabinet door, leaving valuable space inside free - a small kitchen design idea not to be 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!

 

Celebrate Environmental Initiatives with FSC Friday!

Posted by admin on September 25, 2017 at 10:01 am. Filed under: General
The FSC logo identifies products that have been FSC certified

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.

 

First Scottish Solid Wood Kitchen Cabinets Showroom Launched in Glasgow!

Posted by admin on September 20, 2017 at 2:10 pm. Filed under: General
First Scottish Solid Wood Kitchen Cabinets Showroom Launched in Glasgow!

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.

 

Only Four Days Left to Save 10% on Complete Solid Oak Kitchen Units

Posted by admin on September 18, 2017 at 3:42 pm. Filed under: General
Save 10% on Solid Wood Kitchens in September

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.

 

Perfect Accessories for a Nature Inspired Kitchen

Posted by admin on September 11, 2017 at 9:00 am. Filed under: General

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 acorn trivet from H&M Home is the perfect place to rest your pots and pans, protecting your worktop

Credit: H&M

Acorn Trivet

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.


This hob ring from Smeg for their Dolce Novo Stil range features birds that look like they are meeting at a bird bath or feeder

Credit: Smeg

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.


This pretty floral oven mitt is the perfect complement to a nature inspired kitchen

Credit: Emma Bridgewater

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.


This salt pig is a fantastic play on words and will bring a touch of humour to your nature inspired kitchen

Credit: Alexanders of Welshpool

Salt Pig

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.


This sunflower apron is the perfect way to bring a touch of nature into your kitchen

Credit: Hannah Turner
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Sunflower Apron

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.

 

The Benefits of an Open Kitchen Design

Posted by admin on September 4, 2017 at 1:38 pm. Filed under: General

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.

This kitchen shows how an open kitchen design can create addtional light and space

Space

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.

Light

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.

Entertaining

This open kitchen and dining space is perfect for keeping your family close whilst you are cooking

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.

Family

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.

 

Save 10% on Solid Wood Kitchens in September

Posted by admin on September 1, 2017 at 12:30 pm. Filed under: General
Save 10% on Solid Wood Kitchens in September

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 sales@solidwoodkitchencabinets.co.uk, 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.

 

Want to Win a KitchenAid Mixer?

Posted by admin on August 29, 2017 at 12:29 pm. Filed under: General
Win a KitchenAid Mixer!

If you want to win a KitchenAid Mixer worth £350, you have come to the right place! Whilst the Great British Bake Off has not been without controversy through its move to Channel 4, it will be back on our screens tonight and we are looking forward to seeing the culinary creations conjured up in the tent this year! To celebrate, our #BrilliantBakeOffer is back for a fourth year, giving you the chance to win a superb KitchenAid K45SS Stand Mixer.

Entry into our #BrilliantBakeOffer competition is simple – all you need to do is ‘like’ our Facebook page, ‘like’ one of the competition posts and leave a comment on the post to let us know you have entered. Make sure you complete all three steps to be in with a chance of winning the fantastic prize we have up for grabs, so you can get ready, set, and BAKE!

This fantastic competition starts today, Tuesday 29th August, and closes on Tuesday 31st October. One winner will be chosen at random from the entries collected within this period. More information and the terms and conditions can be found on our current offers page.

We always love seeing your Great British Bake Off inspired goodies, so feel free to share your culinary creations with us on Facebook and Instagram!

 

Different Ways to Style a White Wood Kitchen

Posted by admin on August 22, 2017 at 12:32 pm. Filed under: General

There are a multitude of decors for a solid wood kitchen and our bespoke cabinet options can help you pick right shade to suit your kitchen design. A white wood kitchen is a great blank canvas to start from and there are a number of different ways a white kitchen can be styled. White provides a clean slate to work from – whether you are after a fresh, modern look or a more traditional country feel; they can be dressed up or pared down to create the perfect kitchen for your home.

Country

The wood burning stove in this white wood kitchen gives it a strong country style, which is further enhanced by the natural timber used to create work surfaces and open shelving

White wood kitchens are a fantastic foundation for a country kitchen. A slightly off-white is best for more traditional designs, to help create a gently aged look. Pair with solid wood work surfaces to add warmth, and use classic features like pilasters, cornices and pelmets in the same shade gives a more traditional feel. White, or off-white cabinets in a country style kitchen work incredibly well with a variety of colours but can look just as good with a monochrome scheme as this kitchen illustrates.

Shabby Chic

The accessories used here illustrate how well white works in a shabby chic kitchen

Styled with a variety of pastel shades, a shabby chic look is a great choice for white wood kitchens. We previously wrote about shabby chic kitchens, and mentioned that neutral shades such as white and off-white are the perfect base for building up a shabby chic look. Working with a white backdrop is a great way to prevent a colourful palette from appearing too cluttered.

Modern

This modern white wood kitchen is perfectly complemented by black appliances and polished chrome cabinet hardware

Different shades will come in and out of popularity, but a white wood kitchen that features shaker frontals is perfect for clean, minimalistic modern style. White is perfect for creating a light, airy space that works incredibly well in smaller rooms. Bold lines and smooth, gloss surfaces will add to the impact of a modern kitchen in white.

How would you style a wooden kitchen with white frontals? Let us know in the comments below, or get in touch on Facebook or Twitter.

 

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