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Using Pinterest to Find Ideas for Kitchens – Our Top Five Boards

Posted by admin on April 12, 2017 at 12:05 pm. Filed under: General

Pinterest is a great place to start when looking for inspiration for your new kitchen. Our Pinterest boards have been carefully curated to bring you the most up-to-date kitchen trends, providing plenty of ideas for you to repin when creating your own motivational kitchen design boards. This blog lists our five most popular Pinterest boards, all of which cater for a variety of different tastes and room sizes:

In a farmhouse kitchen, a Belfast sink is a feature in its own right.

Image credit to Pinterest

1. Creating Farmhouse Oak Kitchens

Farmhouse or country styles have been popular for a number of years; as such the prominence of this board should come as no surprise. Providing an overview of the room as a whole rather than focusing in on smaller components, this board is a fantastic place to start when looking for new kitchen ideas. Farmhouse kitchens are a classic, timeless style and are a fantastic choice in any home.

Subway tiles provide endless ideas for kitchens as they can be used to blend in or stand out.

Image credit to Pinterest

2. Trend Watch: Subway Tiles For Solid Wood Kitchens!

Subway tiles have been a hugely popular kitchen feature over the last year, and this trend shows no signs of abating! These glossy, rectangular tiles are a sleek and contemporary option that can provide striking ideas for kitchens when paired with contrasting colours – we love this monochrome look that combines white tiles with dark wooden cabinets and worktops.

This kitchen island provides additional worktop space along with a stylish seating area.

3. Wooden Kitchen Islands

Looking for a kitchen centrepiece that will create a lasting impression? Look no further! Wooden island worktops can be incorporated into any style of kitchen, and even look good when combined with worktops made from other materials.

This country kitchen features full stave oak worktops with solid oak cabinets in Farrow & Ball’s Pointing.

4. Pointing Kitchen Case Study

Harvesting ideas from other people’s kitchen designs can be very useful: it allows you to see how different components work together in a real-life setting. This kitchen features traditional cabinet frontals with frontals painted in Farrow & Ball’s Pointing. Classical styling and a neutral palette help make this room widely appealing, with a country kitchen look that is sure to be popular for years to come.

Hygge interiors provide perfect ideas for kitchens if you are looking for a quick update.

Image credit to Pinterest

5. Trend Watch: Hygge

One of the biggest interior trends of the last year, Hygge (pronounced “hoo-gah”) has no direct translation from Danish, but roughly equates to a feeling of cosiness and warmth. Fur, soft knits and candles play a big part in gesturing towards this concept within one’s home. But – although Hygge is still going strong – there is now another new Scandi-trend to watch: Lagom. Swedish for ‘just enough’, Lagom focuses on simple designs and minimalist stylings. If you are looking to give your kitchen a quick refresh, both looks are achievable on a limited budget and minimal time.

What’s your favourite Pinterest board? We would love to hear from you, so do let us know in the comments below.


Colours of the Month: A Colourful Kitchen for April

Posted by admin on April 5, 2017 at 1:13 pm. Filed under: General

Whether you’re redecorating or completely remodelling your kitchen, colour will play an important part in the final look that is achieved. Fortunately, the arrival of spring provides the perfect motivation for picking colourful, verdant kitchen shades! Inspired by this period of seasonal change, our selected colours of the month for April are sure to look fantastically fresh in any kitchen.

Calke Green is a rich mossy hue, inspired by nature
The perfect shade for a colourful kitchen, Citron is sure to inject some zest into any room!
Cook’s Blue is a fantastic colour for kitchens, and is even said to deter flies!

Calke Green is a mossy hue that looks like it has been plucked straight from the forest. This shade pairs splendidly with solid wood, enhancing the natural qualities of timber for a kitchen that brings the charms of the outdoor world into your home. Like Old White, Calke Green is best used with darker neutrals to ensure the depth and richness of the colour is honoured.

Acid yellow Citron, with its beautiful lemon hues, is simply ideal for a colourful kitchen. This zesty bright shade would really make a statement if used on cabinet frontals – and, for a sophisticated and modern look, could be combined with varying shades of grey on the walls and worktops. For a more subtle aesthetic, Citron could be used to create a great feature or accent wall, especially if used in a larger kitchen.

The aptly named Cook’s Blue is a rich, bright shade that works well in a traditionally-styled solid wood kitchen. The calming hue looks fantastic when paired with fresh, clean neutrals like All White or Wimborne White (Farrow & Ball even suggest that the colour deters flies!).

Which shades are you thinking of using in your colourful kitchen? We would love to hear about your plans over on Facebook or Twitter. Still searching for inspiration? Have a look at our Pinterest for more kitchen colour ideas!


New Birmingham Kitchen Showroom Coming Soon

Posted by admin on March 22, 2017 at 2:55 pm. Filed under: General

The latest Solid Wood Kitchen Cabinets showroom is almost ready for launch! Construction work in our new Birmingham kitchen showroom is fully underway, with plans to open by the end of April (if not sooner). When finished, the space will feature nine complete kitchen sets, showcasing a selection of our solid wood kitchen cabinets and worktops. Kitchen showrooms are fantastic places to visit – whether you’re looking for inspiration or already know which look you’d like to achieve. Our kitchen planner is great for looking at colour schemes and different styles, but our kitchen showrooms really bring our cabinets and worktops to life, making it easy to picture them in your own home.

Construction in our Birmingham kitchen showroom being done

Currently, we have showrooms in Gloucestershire, Essex, Derbyshire, Cheshire, Surrey and London, so we are pleased to be able to announce this new, centrally-located addition. The new Birmingham kitchen showroom will be based in Oldbury, which is just outside of the city. We will release further information about the exact location closer to the opening date.

Plans for our Birmingham kitchen showroom, once construction has finished

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Adding Value To Your Home With A New Kitchen

Posted by admin on March 15, 2017 at 4:30 pm. Filed under: General
This traditional frontal in Farrow & Ball’s All White gives any style of kitchen a quick update whilst providing potential buyers a blank canvas.

With the steep increase in house prices through the last few years, it is no wonder that homeowners are looking for ways to maximise the value of their investment, should they ever decide to sell. Recent studies have shown that a new kitchen is a fantastic way of adding value to your home, with Phil Spencer stating that “with limited funds, the kitchen is the room to focus on”.
This is Money compiled research from a variety of sources and suggest that a new kitchen can add, on average, 5.8% to the value of your home.

Adding value to your home by fitting a new solid wood kitchen may seem counterproductive if you are saving up funds to move house, but a new kitchen may help you not only sell your home quicker, but at a better price, too. To help you keep costs down, we recently put together a guide detailing how to create custom kitchens on a budget. Our mix-and-match oak cabinets allow you to build a luxurious looking kitchen for a fraction of the cost of a bespoke option, especially if you are willing to do some of the work yourself.

The amount spent on updating your kitchen needs to be directly proportional to the value of your property if you are looking for ways of adding value to your home – so how can you make your kitchen look brand new if you don’t have the budget to install an entirely new one?

Our solid oak worktops are a popular choice, and could be a great way to increase the value of your home.

Start by replacing existing cupboard and cabinet doors with solid wood frontals. This will help tidy up the appearance of any kitchen, whilst our selection of bespoke colours means we have a choice to suit any style of kitchen – perfect for giving yours a speedy refresh.

A new kitchen worktop is also a cost-effective option for adding value to your home. Arguably the centrepiece of any kitchen, a new work surface can change the entire look of your kitchen. Fixing a new countertop to older units can give your home a new lease of life, and at a much lower cost than an entire new kitchen. A fresh coat of paint and some new handles provides another choice for those looking to update an existing kitchen on a budget.

Do you have any tips for increasing the value of your home by fitting a new kitchen or updating your existing one? We’d love you to share them with us in the comments, or you let us know your thoughts on our Facebook or Twitter pages!


Kitchen Trends for 2017: is Lagom the new Hygge?

Posted by admin on March 8, 2017 at 2:35 pm. Filed under: Uncategorized

In 2016 the Scandinavian notion of ‘hygge’ (pronounced ‘hoo-gah’) had a huge impact on the UK. The concept has no direct English translation, but means a feeling of cosiness and warmth – think comfort food, candles, cosy knits and spending time with friends and family – which made it a key feature in kitchen trends last year (we even wrote a blog about creating hygge in your solid wood kitchen last September!)

In 2017 the thirst for Scandinavian lifestyle trends is set to continue, but this year the focus will be on lagom (not hygge). Lagom comes from Sweden and – like the Danish hygge – has no direct translation. This movement concerns the notion of having just the right amount – neither too much nor too little. Décor for lagom focuses on being streamlined and functional and typically without unnecessary adornment or fuss. The emphasis is on quality rather than ostentatious luxury; a perfect design concept for solid wood kitchens.

This set up is perfect for creating lagom with neutral colours and minimal detailing.

Shaker cabinet frontals are perfect for lagom as they feature sleek lines and can be used to create a minimalist look. Keeping work surfaces clean and clear from clutter is also important, as it is in keeping with the streamlined aesthetic of lagom. To create this Swedish look in your kitchen, start with simple handles or pulls – these cup handles or solid wood knobs are our favourites. Colour should also be considered: neutral hues, muted tones and monochrome are the shades that you need to employ when creating lagom in your kitchen.

This monochrome kitchen features shaker frontals, a neutral colour palette and minimalistic handles and pulls.

If you’d like to keep up to date with the latest kitchen trends, have a look at our Pinterest page, or check out our Instagram. Are there other kitchen themes you’d like us to feature? Please do get in touch via Facebook or Twitter and let us know!


Limited Time Left to Get 10% Off!

Posted by admin on March 5, 2017 at 9:09 am. Filed under: General

If you want to benefit from our fantastic 10% off everything offer, you have just a few days in which to place your order! The 10% discount that is currently available across our website applies until the end of March only, so you have until 23:59 this Friday (31st March) to make the most of it.

Whether you’re planning a new kitchen or your existing set up just needs a refresh, our discount code can be applied to everything on the website, from our solid wood cabinets to wooden worktops and even our wide range of kitchen accessories. If you’re planning on buying, there has never been a better time!

Save 10% on everything until the end of March 2017

To save, all you need do is use the code SOLID10 at the checkout when you place your order. If you are ordering over the phone or via email, just mention the code to our advisors and the discount will be applied for you.

Don’t hesitate to make your purchases before 23:59 on Friday 31st March to enjoy some excellent savings on your new solid wood kitchen! If the timing isn’t right for you, though, and you’d like to make a purchase in future, never fear: all discounts and sales are featured on our current offers page which is updated regularly, so do check back often!


Colours of the Month: Beautiful Blue Kitchen Colours for March!

Posted by admin on March 1, 2017 at 12:56 pm. Filed under: General

However you choose to apply it, colour can be utilised in a number of ways to make your kitchen truly unique. We have compiled this list of our favourite kitchen colours for March – a selection of blue hues that are a great way to brighten up any room. Whether you are planning a completely new kitchen or just want to give yours a quick refresh with a lick of paint, these beautiful shades are sure to inject a new lease of life into the heart of your home.

St Giles Blue is a bright and cheerful kitchen colour that is sure to put a spring in your step
Stiffkey Blue is an on trend shade for kitchen cabinets in 2017
Blue Ground offers a softer take on blue for a more subtle look

St Giles Blue is a bright, bold shade that’s perfect for spring. This cheerful colour is a great choice for a feature wall, and can create a bright, summery feel in any kitchen. It could also be used on cornices and pelmets to create a striking contrast against paler kitchen cabinets.

Stiffkey Blue is a deep hue with cool undertones. Dark blue kitchen cabinets are hugely popular right now, and this shade is the perfect way to achieve the look. Suitable for use in both modern and traditional settings, applying Stiffkey Blue to your cabinet frontals really creates a sense of drama. If you are worried about using such a dark shade, this colour looks fantastic paired with a crisp, clean white, to provide contrast and lift the look.

Lastly, Blue Ground is a fun shade that will add a touch of playfulness to any kitchen. This blue works well with both light and dark colours which can be used to create very different looks. We think this colour looks great in a retro kitchen paired with pastel pinks.

If you are undecided on the kitchen colours you will choose, why not visit one of our kitchen showrooms to get some more inspiration? If our existing showrooms are simply too far away, our frontal samples can be finished in any of Farrow & Ball’s colours to illustrate how different hues will work in your home.


Kitchen Decorating Ideas for Solid Oak Kitchens – Part 3

Posted by admin on February 22, 2017 at 12:54 pm. Filed under: General

When designing your kitchen, the space you have available is an important consideration. Kitchen decorating ideas that fully utilise the area and incorporate existing features or accents can create a truly unique style for your home. In the third and final part of this blog series, we have taken a look at the ways in which you can make the most of what you have – whether you’re redecorating an existing kitchen or planning a complete remodel.

Utilising Space in Kitchen Decorating Ideas

Open up the Room

This open kitchen features our lacquered oak Shaker frontals

Choosing to combine kitchen and living areas – such as a kitchen with a dining room – can be a great way to create additional space. This is perfect if you have little room available, or if either of the areas you are looking to merge are lacking in size. In the kitchen shown above, though the room is fairly large, the wall space is limited. By extending the work surface into the available space, a greater worktop area is created as well as additional dining room. The forward-facing hob is perfect for those who entertain frequently: it looks wonderful within this open plan design.

Natural Accents

The exposed stonework in this kitchen combines beautifully with Traditional frontals in Farrow & Ball’s Lulworth Blue

This kitchen is a beautiful illustration of how existing architectural features can be utilised to their full potential. The exposed stone wall is the perfect complement for the solid oak used throughout the room. Choosing tiles that mimic the look of stone gives the design a sense of intention whilst balancing the overall aesthetic. Traditional frontals in Farrow & Ball’s Lulworth Blue add a bright and breezy accent colour to the mix, ensuring that the sandy stone and golden timber do not overwhelm the room. The beams overhead – coupled with the window frames – tie everything together nicely, completing the seamless look of the kitchen.

This is the final blog in our three-part series – we hope we have given you some kitchen decorating ideas for your own home. Please read parts one and two if you missed these previously, and let us know if you’ve utilised any of these ideas in your kitchen by sharing photos on our Facebook or Instagram.


Kitchen Decorating Ideas for Solid Oak Kitchens – Part 2

Posted by admin on February 15, 2017 at 3:46 pm. Filed under: General

Last week we looked at colour and how it can be utilised to bring a unique sense of style to your kitchen. In the second of our three-part series on kitchen decorating ideas, we are discussing how texture can be used to create different looks in a kitchen. Smooth, glossy finishes will often be associated with more contemporary designs, whilst solid wood creates a sense of tradition. Components like worktops, cabinet frontals, handles for kitchen cabinets and tiles offer an opportunity to introduce different textures into your home – as we will explore below.

Surfaces and Textures for Kitchen Design

Mix and Match

This kitchen contrasts the natural grain of wood against the high gloss work surfaces and glass splashbacks.

Combining a variety of different finishes can provide an interesting and unique kitchen aesthetic. The kitchen pictured here features a stylish mix of gloss surfaces and natural wood grain which creates an unusual contrast between textures. The cabinet handles are a brushed satin, and a matching tap has been chosen to ensure that the gloss backsplash really stands out despite its pastel green hue.


High gloss teal subway tiles look striking against a black American walnut worktop and traditional frontals in Hardwicke White.

Tiles can be used in a number of ways to create a striking look within your kitchen. The black American walnut work surface complements the floor tiles, and the cabinet pulls, appliances and electrical sockets are all a dark silver shade, which contrasts with the neutral cabinets and walls. As the centre of the kitchen, the teal subway tiles used are a stunning focal point and brighten up a kitchen that could otherwise have been muted in terms of colour. The tiles are also the only fixed part of the kitchen that is high gloss – another feature that really draws the eye.

We hope you’ve enjoyed these examples, which have been chosen to give insight into how texture can be used in kitchen decorating ideas. Our blog series will conclude next week with part three, so don’t forget to check back next Wednesday!


Kitchen Decorating Ideas for Solid Oak Kitchens – Part 1

Posted by admin on February 8, 2017 at 9:50 am. Filed under: General

There are a number of different style options to consider if you are planning to redecorate your kitchen. Indeed, if you are thinking about how you want your kitchen to look – and how it might relate to the rest of your home – this compilation of kitchen decorating ideas offers the perfect place to start. It is important to consider the room you have available as well as the features and benefits of the space – whether that is limited natural light, a beautiful view, or interesting architectural characteristics.

Colour Schemes for Decorating Kitchens

All White Shaker cabinet frontals with worktops in a monochrome look that is softened by the introduction of colour through pastel grey walls.


One of the first things most will contemplate when planning their new kitchen is the colour scheme. A monochrome kitchen like the one pictured can be translated to a plethora of home styles, from a fresh take on a traditional country kitchen to a very up-to-date, modern look. This clean and classic style is timeless; it’s also easy to update by introducing colourful accessories or by changing the wall colour. As such, monochrome is the perfect choice for those who are prone to changing their minds or redecorating frequently. Cabinet frontals are also easy to paint, with a white shade providing the best base should you decide to do this later down the line.

Although this wallpapered pillar stands out, it still integrates seamlessly with the kitchen.

Wallpaper Accents

A wallpaper accent is a great way to draw focus to a particular part of a room. If you are looking for kitchen decorating ideas, it is important to ensure you make allowances for the shape of your room when making plans. This wallpapered pillar is a beautiful example of how to use available space effectively. The pillar protrudes into the room, thus preventing an additional wall cabinet from being hung, and as such floating shelves are used instead; these shelves follow the angles of the room and – rather than trying to conceal the pillar – break briefly to draw attention to it. The resultant effect is that of an interesting focal point for the room: an eye-catching feature. Choosing wallpaper with a pattern that includes colours from the rest of the kitchen is important, too, as it helps tie the room together.

This is part one of a three-part blog series, the second of which we’ll be publishing next week – so don’t forget to check back next Wednesday!


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