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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.

Tiles

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.

Monochrome

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!

 

Drawer Units Discounts: 10% Off Selected Styles for Solid Wood Kitchens

Posted by admin on February 1, 2017 at 11:00 am. Filed under: General
10% Off Drawer Units Solid Wood Kitchens

If you’re looking for a brilliant bargain, you’ve come to the right place: we’re offering 10% off our Intivo drawer units in Silk White or Terra Black throughout the month of February! Ordered separately or as part of one of our solid wood kitchens, these drawer units are available in a number of different sizes and configurations (which means we have something to suit every kitchen!). When purchasing your Intivo drawer units, all you need do is use the code DR10 at the online checkout and you’ll receive 10% off. If you would prefer to speak to one of our friendly sales team, you can use the discount code for orders placed over the phone or via email, too.

Our drawers feature solid oak bases and backs that are 16mm thick (to match our cabinets) and are finished with the same hardwearing clear lacquer as our oak cabinet panels. Intivo drawer units also feature Blum™ BLUMOTION™ drawer sides and runners, with soft close mechanisms included as standard on every drawer. Silk White and Terra Black sides add a contemporary touch which creates a beautiful contrast against the solid oak units. With frontal options to match the rest of our solid wood kitchens, you can create something to suit your own personal style – a huge selection of Farrow & Ball colours are available, for example, if you’re looking for a painted finish.

If you would like to learn more about our drawers for solid wood kitchens, our guide to drawers explains the benefits of each available type. Alternatively, we have a number of kitchen showrooms across the country, so please feel free to visit us if you would prefer to see the drawers up close before you place your order.

This amazing offer ends at 23:59 on February 28th – don’t hesitate to make your purchase today!

 

Kitchen Larder Units: Practical Storage Trends for 2017

Posted by admin on January 25, 2017 at 3:30 pm. Filed under: Products

In recent years, consumers have been considering function as well as form when it comes to kitchen trends. Kitchen larder units- for example – are a perfect, practical way to ensure your work surfaces are clear and clutter free, whilst fully optimising all available space. Moreover, thanks to the flexibility offered by customisable additions like wirework and bespoke frontals, our range can cater to the needs of any kitchen.

Traditional frontals in Parma Gray.

The first consideration when looking at kitchen larder units for your home is the space you have to house it. Our full height cabinets are great for bigger spaces, and – if you have plenty of room – can be fitted side by side for the ultimate storage unit (as depicted in the stunning example above). A great place for housing dry store cupboard goods, full height cabinets also provide an easy-to-access storage system for chinaware, pots and pans, and smaller appliances like kettles. The addition of pull and swing pantry units makes the unit even easier to utilise. Alternatively, our Blum space tower is a popular choice as it comes fitted with sturdy built-in drawers and a spacious shelf.

When designing kitchen larder units to suit your style, cabinet frontals offer an important customisation option. For a more classically-styled kitchen, Traditional frontals in a soft neutral Farrow & Ball shade (such as New White) look fantastic and create a cosy country look. Shaker frontals add sleeker lines to a kitchen for those seeking a more modern feel, and, when painted in bolder hues, they can make a real statement.

A solid oak spice rack is a fantastic addition to any kitchen unit, working especially well in a full height kitchen larder.

A solid oak spice rack is another great way to customise or update kitchen larder units. Fitting snugly on the inside of a door, this handy rack will keep everything tidy, easy to access, and neatly hidden. Keeping your kitchen clear of worktop clutter creates the illusion of additional space, whilst freeing up valuable room on your work surfaces. We recently put together an installation guide for attaching our spice racks to cabinet doors.

Shaker frontals in Lulworth Blue.

For kitchens in which space is at a premium, base cabinet pull-out wirework provides an excellent opportunity to utilise all available room. The two 150mm soft close pull-out larders shown in the kitchen above include two baskets that are ideally shaped for storing bottles, herbs, spices, and other store cupboard essentials – and they look fantastic either side of the wide drawers below the hob, too! We can also supply full height soft close larders which feature five moveable baskets for fully-customised storage.

If your kitchen design features larder units like those mentioned above, we would love to see how you have customised and styled yours. Please feel free to send any images through to our Facebook, Instagram or Twitter pages.

 

Five of the Best Gadgets for Solid Wood Kitchens to Keep You Healthy in January

Posted by admin on January 18, 2017 at 3:53 pm. Filed under: General

After the excesses of the festive season, it’s understandable that so many people make the decision to eat more healthily throughout January. With this in mind, we’ve put together a list of health-oriented gadgets that pair perfectly with solid wood kitchens, thus helping you to stay on track with your new diet – we know it isn’t always easy!

This three-tier tier food steamer, available from Russell Hobbs, is a great way to keep your diet on track.

1. Steamer

A steamer is the perfect way to cook food and keep it moist without using fatty oils or sauces. There are a variety of different steamers available to suit any budget, from economic microwave options to more robust stovetop choices and – for those more serious about steaming – standalone electronic versions. Some even have settings for cooking eggs or rice!

An air fryer, like this Viva Philips one, is a must-have for those who want to watch their waistline but refuse to give up the foods they love.

2. Air Fryer

Air fryers are becoming a must-have kitchen gadget, and it isn’t difficult to see why. Fancy perfectly golden, crispy chips every time without needing to deep fry in oil? You had us at ‘perfectly golden’! You can cook a variety of different foods in an air fryer, which only needs a tablespoon of oil to produce deliciously crisp food. We think these make a great addition to solid wood kitchens and offer the perfect compromise when you’re craving comfort food but don’t want to break your diet!

Make sure you get the portion perfect every time with this spaghetti measure from Joseph Joseph.

3. Spaghetti Measurer

Portion control plays a huge part in any diet and this spaghetti-measuring tool will ensure that you only cook the quantities needed. Different options are available but we think that this classic red and black colour combination looks fabulous in solid wood kitchens.

Small and unassuming, this oil mister from NuCasa is a great way to control the amount of oil you use.

4. Oil Mister

An oil mister is a great tool if you’re trying to limit the amount of oil used to that which is truly needed. Not only is it ideal for cooking or frying food, it can also be used to spray oil lightly on salads as an alternative to a high-fat dressing. It might be a small gadget, but we think it’s one worth having in your kitchen.

This soup maker from Morphy Richards will save you time in the kitchen.

5. Soup Maker

Soup is the perfect winter staple; warm, filling, and a great low-calorie option if you are watching your weight. Making your own soup from scratch can be time consuming and produces a lot of washing up, however: but with a soup maker, all you need do is chop your ingredients and pop them in – what you do with the additional free time is up to you! Capable of both blending and cooking, a soup maker will also reduce the time spent washing up.

If there is anything you think we’ve missed, please feel free to let us know on Facebook or Twitter!

 

Style Ideas for Solid Oak Kitchens

Posted by admin on January 11, 2017 at 2:54 pm. Filed under: General

Solid wood has a number of advantages in kitchen design when compared to engineered wood alternatives. Solid oak kitchens are a popular choice due to the attractive grain patterns and natural durability of the timber. They’re also very well suited to a more traditional theme, which can be achieved without sacrificing a sense of modern style; indeed, classic doesn’t mean dated, and there are a number of ways to make an oak kitchen your own. Our list below includes some of our favourite ideas for styling your oak kitchen to help give it the right personality and feel for your home.

A modern solid oak farmhouse kitchen in All White with gloss white subway tiles

This example illustrates how colour can be used to give classic solid oak kitchens a 21st century makeover. In this modern monochrome twist on a well-established farmhouse look, Traditional All White frontals with pewter handles and knobs contrast with black appliances and ultra-modern white gloss subway tiles, bringing together a room that mixes classic and contemporary seamlessly.

An oak kitchen with Shaker frontals painted in Lulworth Blue with solid oak worktop.

Our frontals are available in a variety of Farrow & Ball colours, but for those who really want to make a statement, we also have a bespoke option. Solid wood kitchens look great with a pop of colour, and this Lulworth Blue example is no exception. The bright pastel combined with the wooden worktops lives up to its namesake (a picturesque cove in Dorset) and creates a beachy feel in this light and airy kitchen.

Solid oak plate rack with plates in and a shelf above for bowls.

Even the accessories used in a kitchen can have a huge impact on the overall look. Plate racks are ideal for smaller solid oak kitchens, freeing up more cupboard space and allowing you to utilise all available areas. Whilst providing a practical solution, this traditional space-saving option also produces a classically-styled country kitchen look.

Minimalistic oak kitchen with large windows.

If you choose to create a minimalistic feel in your kitchen, selecting the right accessories helps to complete the look. Matching door and drawer knobs to appliances – whilst keeping them small and simple – means that the natural beauty of the worktop really stands out. Opting for furniture and appliances that keep work surfaces clean and clear from clutter also creates an innate focal point: the views from the kitchen itself. This design truly makes the most of its stunning natural setting.

Traditional frontals in Farrow’s Cream and twisted pilasters for a classic style.

Classically-styled handles and knobs help to create a traditional look. The bright white of the handles used in this kitchen (which can be found in our Camden showroom) contrasts against the Traditional frontals to create a classic look. The colour for the frontals – Farrow’s Cream – was selected to create a cosier, more intimate feel, which suits the small space perfectly. Twisted pilasters under the sink enhance the timeless design.

A solid oak kitchen with solid oak worktops broken up by glazed doors.

Using solid oak worktops in wooden kitchens allows the natural beauty of the timber to speak for itself. Glazed doors with unobtrusive, cast iron knobs provide a great highlight for the wood, too: you can clearly see the grain and the traditional detailing on the frontals.

These are just a few examples of ways that you can style solid oak kitchens. If you have a stunning solid oak kitchen you would like us to feature, why not get in touch on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram? We would love to share your beautiful kitchen with our community.

 

Pick a New Palette For 2017: Pastel Hue for Solid Wood Kitchens

Posted by admin on January 4, 2017 at 3:57 pm. Filed under: General

A new year calls for a fresh new palette for solid wood kitchens! This January we have concocted a beautiful collection of pastel shades that are right on trend and will look beautiful in your kitchen throughout spring and summer.

Our latest ‘Colours of the Month’ come straight from Farrow and Ball, our favoured paint manufacturers and specialists in creating unique paint shades (all of which are the perfect choice for painting walls, doors, and other parts of wooden kitchens).

Cooking Apple Green is a beautifully organic shade for painting walls in wooden kitchens.
Parma Gray is a very popular shade for kitchen cabinet frontals, particularly when paired with bright white walls and accessories.
Dayroom Yellow is a delightfully light shade for brightening kitchen walls and other areas of solid wood kitchens.

Cooking Apple Green is a beautiful organic shade that infuses a feeling of health and vigour into any home environment. It’s an ideal shade for painting walls in well-lit kitchens, especially when contrasted with a bright white hue.

Parma Gray is one of the most popular colours in our ‘Signature’ range of Farrow & Ball colours for kitchen cabinet doors. This clean, crisp shade of grey looks simply superb on solid oak door and drawer frontals, and is a particularly trendy colour that pairs well with white or stainless steel accessories.

The last colour in this collection is Dayroom Yellow: a refreshing shade that looks gorgeous alongside Parma Gray in kitchens that are lacking in natural light. We would recommend using it to paint feature walls that are bathed in sunlight, thus reflecting a warming golden hue back into your kitchen.

If your new kitchen deserves a suitably stunning theme but you are yet to decide on the colours, why not order one of our painted cabinet door samples? These miniature versions of our full-size oak doors can be hand-finished in any Farrow & Ball colour of your choice, and better still, we will happily refund the sample’s cost if you place an order that includes ten or more of our cabinet frontals.

Alternatively, why not visit one of the Solid Wood Kitchen Cabinets showrooms to get some inspiration for your new kitchen? We have locations across the country, with new branches set to open this year!

 

START THE YEAR WITH 10% DISCOUNT ON NEW SOLID OAK KITCHENS

Posted by admin on December 27, 2016 at 9:00 am. Filed under: General
START THE YEAR WITH 10% DISCOUNT ON NEW SOLID OAK KITCHENS

From Boxing Day onwards – and throughout the month of January – you can bag a terrific 10% off any component in our oak kitchens collection. Whether you are shopping for oak kitchen units, solid oak cabinet doors, wooden worktops or anything else in our range, huge savings can be enjoyed simply by entering the discount code JAN10 at the online checkout.

Over the last year we have made some fantastic improvements to our service whilst introducing many new products to our catalogue. Every kitchen cabinet now comes pre-assembled as standard, and we also offer solid oak floating shelves, kitchen sinks, kitchen taps and much more besides.

Whichever kitchen components you require, don’t hesitate to place your order – this sale must end on January 31st at 23:59.

If you would like to see our oak kitchens up close before placing your order, why not visit one of our kitchen showrooms? We currently have 6 locations across England, with more due to open very soon. Our showroom managers will be happy to provide all the information you will need about our kitchen products, and have samples of our worktops on hand for you to take away, too.

 

Merry Christmas! Festive Greetings to Customers of Our Wooden Kitchens

Posted by admin on December 21, 2016 at 2:49 pm. Filed under: General

We have just experienced our busiest month ever here at Solid Wood Kitchen Cabinets – it seems that wooden kitchens are booming in popularity!

Since the start of the year there have been big changes to the way we work – all of which have helped us deliver the best possible products to our fantastic customers – including three fantastic new kitchen showrooms and pre-assembly as standard on all of our kitchen orders.

Our website has undergone a host of fantastic updates and improvements, including the launch of our innovative Kitchen Style Tool, whilst on social media our #BrilliantBakeOffer Facebook competition was the biggest ever, with nearly 5,000 entries across the 10 weeks of the competition.

We have also been incredibly lucky to see big investments in our future, with the British Growth Fund recently pledging to invest £3 million in Direct Online Services – the company behind ourselves and our sister brand, Worktop Express®.

There are plenty more exciting developments to look forward to in 2017, including new showrooms, further additions to our collection of solid wood kitchen products, and much more that we will be sure to update you on via this very blog.

It only remains for us to wish you all a merry Christmas and a happy New Year!

Don’t delay – start planning wooden kitchens for 2017 today!

If you’re dreaming of a new solid wood kitchen for 2017, why not order some of our kitchen samples and start planning today? Have a wonderful Christmas!

 

Perfect Wooden Gift Ideas for Friends & Family with Oak Kitchens

Posted by admin on December 14, 2016 at 12:00 pm. Filed under: Products

At this time of year, finding the perfect gift for friends and family can be particularly tricky. If any of your friends or family are lucky enough to have one of our oak kitchens, we offer a complementary range of kitchen accessories that would make the ideal gift this Christmas.

Here are some of our festive favourites:

Chopping boards make a great Christmas gift and look superb in all oak kitchens – whether modern or traditional.

Solid Wood Chopping Boards

Whether or not your friend or loved one has a new kitchen, anyone can appreciate the elegance of our luxurious solid wood chopping boards. Priced from just £20, these chopping boards are made from the same hard-wearing timber as our wooden worktops, and are available in a wide variety of attractive hardwoods, including oak, walnut, and maple (as well as exotic alternatives such as wenge, zebrano or bamboo).

Our solid oak spice rack is a fantastic gift idea for smaller oak kitchens, as it provides plenty of additional storage space for herbs and spices.

Solid Oak Spice Rack

Every culinary whizz needs a place to store their selection of herbs and spices; and in a wood kitchen, our solid oak spice rack is the perfect companion. This three-tier storage solution holds approximately twenty bottles of herbs or spices, and is made from solid oak to match our oak kitchen cabinets perfectly.

Measuring 400mm (W) x 400mm (H) x 70mm (D), this storage rack is suitable for fixing to the inside of cabinet doors, or can be mounted to a wall if preferred.

A kitchen island trolley is ideal for providing additional food preparation space in oak kitchens during the busy Christmas period.

Kitchen Island Trolley

Do you know someone who struggles for food preparation space in their kitchen, or at the dining table? Our solid beech kitchen island trolley is a moveable solution that includes two handy shelves and a solid wood tabletop.

Two choices are available: a solid beech trolley with a matching beech tabletop, or a beech trolley painted in Farrow & Ball’s New White with an oak tabletop.

Our solid oak floating shelves are an ideal companion for oak kitchens. Available in two thicknesses and in a range of lengths.

Floating Kitchen Shelves

Our range of oak floating shelves are a fantastic storage solution for solid oak kitchens, and would make a great gift, too!

These floating solid oak shelves come in a variety of lengths and in two thicknesses: a slim 30mm option, or 40mm thick for a slightly chunkier appearance. Both thicknesses have a square edge profile that suits the contemporary design of floating shelves beautifully.

Specialist ‘invisible’ brackets – supplied with each shelf – are totally hidden once the shelf is installed. They are suitable for mounting to a solid stone wall or into the studs of plasterboard walls.

We hope this selection of accessories has provided some gift inspiration for your friends and family. However, if you come across any other wooden kitchen accessories that you think would suit wooden kitchens, don’t hesitate to share them with us via social media. You can post a message on our Facebook page, contact us on Twitter, or tag us in an Instagram post.

 

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