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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.

 

Shop Now to Receive Oak Kitchens Before Christmas

Posted by admin on December 9, 2016 at 10:10 am. Filed under: General

As the festive season approaches it will become increasingly busy here at Solid Wood Kitchen Cabinets. The team will deservedly be taking a little time to celebrate the holiday, and as such we have introduced a set number of cut-off dates to ensure that we can fulfil orders of solid oak kitchens before Christmas.

If you are looking to place an order before Christmas, please note the following cut-off points/key dates within our delivery schedule:

Friday 9th December

Last chance to place your cabinet order for delivery by the 22nd December (orders must be placed before 12 noon). Includes oak kitchen units, frontals and painted accessories.

Wednesday 21st December

Final day to order solid wood worktops in time for pre-Christmas delivery (if ordered before 12 noon).

Thursday 22nd December

Last pre-Christmas delivery date for cabinets, worktops and any other kitchen components.

Friday 23rd December

Sales lines and showrooms open 9am – 2pm.

Saturday 24th, Sunday 25th and Monday 26th December

CLOSED

Tuesday 27th December

Sales lines and all showrooms open 10am – 2pm.

Wednesday 28th – Friday 30th

First post-Christmas delivery date for worktops and pre-made cabinet orders.

Saturday 31st December

Sales lines and showrooms open 9am – 2pm.

Sunday 1st January

CLOSED

Monday 2nd January

Sales lines and showrooms open 9am – 2pm.

Tuesday 3rd of January

Normal opening hours resume

Please note: all dates are subject to availability and are on a first-come first-served basis.

Please do not hesitate to get in touch via telephone or email if you have any queries about our opening times or delivery schedule.

 

November’s Gadget of the Month: A Mini Tabletop Pizza Oven for Solid Wood Kitchens

Posted by admin on November 30, 2016 at 1:14 pm. Filed under: General
The Artesa Mini Tabletop Pizza Oven is a fantastic talking point for solid oak kitchens.

It may be getting rather chilly outside, but here at Solid Wood Kitchen Cabinets, we’re dreaming of warmer climes, sunny skies and tasty treats to whip up for the impending party season.

We have featured a range of fabulous gadgetry for solid wood kitchens in recent posts, but hadn’t yet settled on a ‘Gadget of the Month’ for November – something we are now pleased to remedy!

The Artesà Mini Tabletop Pizza Oven from KitchenCraft is – as you might have realised – a miniaturised version of the pizza ovens that most commonly adorn Tuscan terraces. With an artisan design and terracotta finish, it is a perfect centrepiece for your dining table, or can be used in the kitchen to create as many mini pizzas as your party guests can handle.

This tabletop pizza oven comes with two mini pans for cooking individual pizzas or garlic breads, allowing your guests to pick their own toppings at their leisure whilst another pizza is cooking.

If you think this fun little pizza oven would be right at home in your kitchen, it is available from KitchenCraft on Amazon for just £39.99 including delivery.

Don’t forget that if you are planning on using the Artesa Mini Tabletop Pizza Oven on wooden worktops, we recommend you sit it on top of stainless steel hotrods. We sell a protective worktop hotrod set for just £20, which fits into routed groves on any wooden worktop.

If you know of any other kitchen gadgets you think should be featured on our blog, please don’t hesitate to leave a message on our social media pages. You can find us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and also Pinterest.

 

Spotlight on The Reginox Elbe Kitchen Sink Tap for Solid Oak Kitchens

Posted by admin on November 23, 2016 at 1:07 pm. Filed under: General
The Reginox Elbe kitchen sink tap is ideally suited to solid oak kitchens with a traditional design.

At Solid Wood Kitchen Cabinets, we have just introduced a brand-new range of kitchen taps that are the perfect complement for our beautiful kitchen sinks.

Whether you are planning modern or traditional solid oak kitchens, you will find a tap and sink combination in our collection that suits your requirements.

This month, the spotlight is on our Reginox Elbe Kitchen Sink Tap, which is priced at just £60 – a highly-affordable choice for classic country kitchens. It features a swivelling single-spout design that is ideal for accommodating sinks with an additional half bowl (or one of our double Belfast ceramic sinks).

The spout features an aerator to produce a smooth flow of water – even in high-pressure systems – whilst the smooth-action levers make it easy to control the temperature and the speed of flow. This tap has an overall height of 220mm, and a reach of 190mm, making it suitable for deck or sink mountings with a 35mm diameter hole.

To find out more about this elegant kitchen tap, visit our kitchen taps page. If you are struggling to choose a kitchen sink and tap combination, please refer to our ‘How to Choose Sinks and Taps for Solid Oak Kitchens’ information guide.

 

Colours of the Month: Warming Hues for Oak Kitchens

Posted by admin on November 16, 2016 at 12:05 pm. Filed under: General

The nights are drawing in and it is time to wrap up warm and prepare ourselves for winter. If you are currently in the midst of a kitchen redesign, now is the perfect time of year to be considering warm and homely shades for new oak kitchens.

This November, we have picked a cosy colour palette for our ‘Colours of the Month’: a range of comforting shades that are sure to keep your kitchen toasty and bright throughout the winter months.

Charlotte's Locks - a fiery orange tone that's perfect for accents in oak kitchens.
Babouche is an exotic yellow hue that is dignified, but never garish.
Radicchio is a magenta hue with a bright and modern feel - ideal for kitchen cabinet frontals.

Charlotte’s Locks is a colour named after the auburn hair of Farrow & Ball’s Head of Creative. This deep orange hue may not be the most suitable shade for painting an entire wall in, but it is a beautiful accent colour that looks superb on doors, solid oak kitchen cornices & pelmets and other frontal accessories. It can be paired alongside Strong White or All White as a bright feature colour, or as an accent to a variety of blues and greys.

Babouche is a saturated yellow with red undertones that is inspired by the colourful Moroccan shoes of the same name, and is a light enough shade to work as a cosy feature wall alongside either creams and whites or deep blues such as Drawing Room Blue.

The last of our ‘Colours of the Month’ is Radicchio – a warm magenta that takes its name from the deep red leaves of Italian chicory. It is a perfect colour for painting oak kitchen cabinet doors in a wooden kitchen, and looks particularly elegant alongside lighter timber surfaces such as our maple worktops.

If you’d like to bring a little warmth to your new kitchen but are undecided on the colour, why not order one of our painted cabinet door samples? These samples can be hand finished in any of Farrow & Ball’s colours; better still, the cost will be refunded if you go on to place an order that includes ten or more of our cabinet frontals.

 

Taps for Solid Wood Kitchens – Now Available!

Posted by admin on November 9, 2016 at 12:11 pm. Filed under: Products
Our double Belfast sink with Rangemaster Belfast Mixer Tap.

We are pleased to announce that we have recently expanded our extensive portfolio of quality components for solid wood kitchens with a fantastic selection of kitchen taps.

The new collection offers a variety of styles that have been carefully collated to complement our kitchen sinks range. Our Rangemaster Belfast Mixer Tap and Reginox Elbe Tap both incorporate elegant white twin levers, and look stunning alongside single and twin-bowl Belfast sinks. They are also well suited to our white ceramic overmounted sinks.

If you are looking for a contemporary tap for your stainless steel overmounted or undermounted sink, the Rangemaster Chrome Mixer Tap or the WEX Delta Tap would work equally well.

To purchase wood or laminate worktops with cut-outs for tap holes and sinks, our sister brand Worktop Express offers a comprehensive worktop cutting service to save you the time and trouble of arranging this after delivery.

If you would like to speak with a member of our team to purchase your new kitchen taps, don’t hesitate to contact us; we’d be delighted to help!

 

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