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Three Shades for a Neutral Kitchen Colour Scheme

Posted by admin on April 23, 2018 at 2:59 pm. Filed under: General

If you are upgrading your kitchen, you will have toyed with whether you should choose a minimalist style or opt for bolder shades. A neutral kitchen may be considered slightly conservative, but it will look incredibly smart if done correctly. Picking a muted palette offers another benefit – a timeless appeal that will not need to be changed frequently.

Personality can be injected into a restrained design style by picking a suitable colour scheme. Many grey and off-white shades are on trend at the moment, as they offer more warmth and contrast than choosing a clinical-looking pure white colour. We have selected a handful of our favourite colour pairings for a neutral kitchen.

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Wimborne White – An ageless white colour that is an excellent base to showcase your personality

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Elephant’s Breath – Timeless, crisp and versatile; this colour is a Farrow & Ball classic

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Downpipe – A lead colour that looks striking on kitchen cabinets or walls

Neutral colours such as Wimborne White, Elephant’s Breath and Downpipe can permit brighter touches in your kitchen. They can allow you to personalise your space with coloured accessories or appliances, while still retaining a sophisticated base. And, whilst often thought of as classic colours, neutral shades can be used to create both modern and traditional schemes.

These three colours can combine to make an excellent neutral kitchen colour scheme. They work well together if you want to vary the colours of the room in a beautiful yet largely subtle way. Applying these shades to your walls, cabinets or flooring sets the tone for the rest of the space, meaning you can furnish with complementary accessories or inject a dash of bright colour.

Would you choose one of these shades for your neutral kitchen upgrade? Let us know in the comments below. If you have chosen one of these colours for your kitchen, we would love to see it on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

 

What is Maximalism and Will It Work in your Kitchen?

Posted by admin on April 20, 2018 at 11:24 am. Filed under: General

Minimalist style has dominated the last few years, in everything from timeless white-on-white kitchens to the sleek aesthetic of Apple’s phones and tablets. The response to this pared back school of thought is maximalism, where bright colours and striking patterns are chosen to make a room as eye-catching as possible.

If you like sets of matching furniture, maximalism may not be for you. The concept is often characterised by items that are deliberately chosen for their individuality. Avoid a messy and uncoordinated look by ensuring there is a connection between some of the pieces. This connection could be a colour scheme, pattern, texture or fabric.

A vibrant kitchen with bright coloured chairs and accessories
A solid wood kitchen with mis-matched worktops and a blue island

Maximalism also centres around items you love. Displaying curios and decorative pieces is a fantastic way to show your personality, making the kitchen unique to your own tastes. Build your collection of items over time, as this style works excellently if you are constantly adding items to it. Shelving or other storage can be used to curate your items without them being obstructive.

Start with a large area of the room, such as a wall or the floor. Kicking off your maximalist design like this will coordinate the look you want to achieve and prevent the room seeming muddled and chaotic. Different objects can then be introduced, such as mis-matched kitchen chairs or influences from across the globe.

A mostly white kitchen with many neutral coloured accessories
An oak bookshelf with books laid out haphazardly. There is a chalkboard and wooden stool in the background

It is very easy to incorporate this style to your kitchen. Consider mixing and matching your work surfaces using our solid wood and laminate worktops, especially if you have a kitchen island. Alternatively, you could paint a feature wall or use one of our many splashbacks to provide extra patterns or colour to your cook space. A kitchen is a superb place to apply this decor, as the vibrancy of varying shades and textures complements rich, flavourful food.

How would you apply maximalism to your kitchen? Let us know below, or on our Facebook or Twitter pages.

 

Choosing Kitchen Lighting: How to Find the Right Light for Your Cook Space

Posted by admin on April 17, 2018 at 4:33 pm. Filed under: General

Lighting is an incredibly important aspect to consider when you are upgrading your kitchen. It is surprising how choosing kitchen lighting can affect the feel of your kitchen, as different levels can change the atmosphere and usability. Correctly illuminating your kitchen is imperative for practical reasons, such as having a space bright enough to safely prepare food. We have picked out a few options to help you find the right one for your cooking area.


Pendant Lamps

Classic pendant lamps add personality and a homely welcome to kitchens. These fixtures will bathe the room in a warm glow making them perfect for smaller spaces. In a larger kitchen, combine with spotlights or task lights to create individual ‘zones’ for food preparation, eating or entertaining.

Spotlights and Task Lights

Spotlights present a minimalistic and sleek look, and are equally at home in both modern and traditional settings. On top of aesthetic appeal, they are also incredibly useful for lighting up specific areas of your kitchen, making them great for high-use areas. Spotlights and task lights do not have to be mounted in the ceiling – consider utilising the underside of your cabinets or your extractor hood. Placing the lights in these locations can improve the brightness and usability of your spaces.

Multi Direction

When choosing kitchen lighting, multi-directional fittings are a halfway house between pendants and spotlights. These lamps offer the ability to illuminate different areas of your kitchen while only having one fixing point in the ceiling. They are more affordable than spotlights but will still substantially brighten your kitchen. In the kitchen shown here, the stainless-steel lamps match the appliances, which reflect the light back into the room.

Chandeliers

For a more opulent method of lighting up your room, nothing competes with a chandelier. Whilst it may not be the most energy-efficient way to brighten your kitchen, a candelabra is incredibly elegant and will evenly cast light across the room. To prevent your kitchen feeling small and cramped, it needs to be large enough to comfortably accommodate this feature.

This particular kitchen has a traditional feel, and the combination of cream cabinetry and green paint offers a country theme. If you love hosting special occasions or have an abundant source of natural light, a chandelier is the perfect choice.

A traditional oak kitchen with plinth lighting

Credit : Love Lights

Plinth Lighting

Have you considered installing bulbs underneath your base cabinets? Plinth lighting is a unique way to add gleaming shine to your kitchen, instilling an elegant yet relaxed feel. This type of illumination can make your kitchen appear larger and more welcoming, with the light reflecting off the floor. This photo features a kit that can be retrofitted onto your existing plinths or our range of solid wood plinths.

Choosing kitchen lighting right can completely transform your cook space, and there is a perfect fitting for you whether you are looking to create ‘zones’ or more atmosphere. Which would you pick? Let us know below, or on our Facebook or Twitter pages.

 

Our Top Five Wooden Kitchen Gadgets

Posted by admin on April 9, 2018 at 10:36 am. Filed under: General

Wooden utensils and kitchen accessories are timeless, and are at home in contemporary and traditional settings. But their ongoing popularity is not just down to aesthetic appeal – wood is a durable, practical and heat-resistant material that is incredibly useful. We have compiled a shortlist of our top five wooden kitchen gadgets that no kitchen is complete without!


Chop Chop

In most cases, worktops are incredibly durable. Our solid wood and laminate worktops are designed for years, but you can minimise the risk of scratches and damage occurring by using a chopping board. Our solid wood chopping boards are stylish, low-maintenance and the perfect complement to your kitchen. We offer a huge range of different timber types, which have all been cut from our worktop stock. Choose to match your chopping board to your worktop for a cohesive look, or order a contrasting board to add a lively touch.

Spice It Up

If you love cooking, you will want your most-used herbs and spices readily available – whether you keep them on display, or hide them inside a cabinet door. Using one of our stunning three-tier solid oak spice racks will place your seasonings within easy and convenient reach. With these spice racks being created from the same wood as our worktops and chopping boards, you may want to display them – however – if you are looking to de-clutter your countertop, these spice racks can easily be fixed to cabinet walls.

A solid wood tablet holder with an iPad on

Credit : Worktop Express

Hold It Steady

It can be frustrating trying to keep recipe books flat when you are following the instructions in them. Download the recipe onto your phone or tablet and use one of these holders instead. Supplied by our sister company Worktop Express, these tablet holders will keep your device securely in place to allow you to concentrate on weighing out ingredients. If you are entertaining guests, these holders are perfect for controlling music via Bluetooth.

Two Peugeot salt and pepper grinders

Credit : Peugeot

Daily Grind

If you cook regularly, you will likely use salt and pepper grinders often. Shakers and grinders are available at any budget, and wooden ones will be a fantastic accessory for wooden worktops or cabinets. In a recent consumer test, these Peugeot salt and pepper grinders scored highly. Peugeot may be most famous for producing cars, but in fact it has been producing grinders since 1842! These particular grinders are not the most budget-friendly on sale, but look smart and are said to grind very well.

Wooden kitchen utensils

Credit : Pixabuy

Useful Utensils

You may not consider utensils to be wooden kitchen gadgets, but they are an important addition to any cooking area. Whether you use it for baking, cooking or to prevent damage to non-stick pans, most will be used on a very regular basis, as they are heat-resistant and versatile. Utensils tend to be inexpensive and will last a long time.

All of these items are recyclable and reusable, meaning they are great options for an eco-friendly kitchen – and you can read more about eco kitchen ideas for your home on our blog.

Would you like these wooden kitchen gadgets in your home? Tell us below or start a conversation on Facebook and Twitter.

 

Top Tips for Keeping Your Children Safe in the Kitchen

Posted by admin on April 6, 2018 at 11:20 am. Filed under: General

Kitchens have many appliances that are potentially dangerous, especially to inquisitive young children. They may see you using the hob, dishwasher or fridge and want to copy you without understanding the consequences of touching a hot oven or grabbing for something that might fall off. If the appliance is on, they are much more likely to be interested in it. We have compiled a few ideas to keep your kids safe in the kitchen, but there are many other steps you can take to prevent accidents.


Keeping Children Safe Around the Hob

Your hob may be just low enough for your kids to explore. Whilst they may not be able to see over the hob, the dials and gas rings or hot plates might be within reach. Prevent injury by using the rings closest to the back wall and turning your pan handles away from the front of the stove. These steps will help to ensure that children cannot reach the hot pans and rings, and prevent them from being tempted to try and reach the pan handles.

Keeping Children Safe Around the Oven

If you use the oven as frequently as your hob, it can be just as dangerous – if not more. Once again, the knobs may be positioned where your children can reach them. A handle on the door of an oven could be a temptation for young minds – which could cause injury as they may open it and get burned or scalded by the heat. Burns caused by ovens are amongst the most common causes of injury in the kitchen.

This advice is also pertinent for dishwashers, as young children could be scalded by the hot air and hot plates when the dishwasher is opened.

Keeping Children Safe Around the Fridge Freezer

Fridges are a popular target for curious kids to explore because they are usually tall and, of course, are where food is stored. If a child manages to pull the door open, it may cause heavy items to fall out and hurt them. Avoid placing products in the fridge doors if you think they are likely to fall out. To child-proof your kitchen, we recommend using a lock or latch to ensure they cannot get in.

Keeping Children Safe Around Kitchen Cabinets

The cabinets themselves are unlikely to be the cause of harm (especially our sturdy solid oak cabinets) but the products inside could be dangerous. Keep items such as knives, scissors, alcohol, medicine and cleaning products out of sight and reach. If you are using base cabinets to store some of these things – cleaning products under the sink, for example – then it is advisable to use childproof latches and locks.

All of these steps may seem like common sense, but children can be unpredictable and it is easy to forget that they do not know the dangers. As children get older, hopefully all these measures will not be necessary. Children will begin to understand the dangerous aspects and potential causes of injury, and will have learned how to safely use these appliances.

For an easy-to-cook recipe that you can create with your children, read our pancake recipe here. How do you keep your children safe in the kitchen? Tell us in the comments section below or start a conversation on our Facebook and Twitter pages.

 

Top Colour Combinations for Mix and Match Cabinets

Posted by admin on April 3, 2018 at 2:06 pm. Filed under: General

Kitchen cabinets are no longer limited to one colour. One of the biggest trends for 2018 is creating a two-tone scheme with sets of cupboards painted different colours. This technique can be used to make the kitchen more eye-catching and modern, or to mark out different areas. There are a few different ways to mix and match cabinets, but which is the best for your home?


A modern kitchen with black base cabinets and white wall cabinets

Credit : Designs by Katy

Tuxedo Style

Named after the stark black-and-white contrast of a tuxedo, this look has base cabinets painted in a different colour to the wall cabinets. Generally, base cabinets will be painted in a darker colour than wall units, which are often painted the same colour as the wall to blend in. This effect is used to give the kitchen a sleek, breezy look while retaining the practicality and space. Whilst ‘tuxedo’ suggests a monochromatic appearance, like in the kitchen shown here, any dark grey or blue will also work equally well. The beauty of working with white is that it can pair with almost any colour.

Colour Mix

A kitchen island is the perfect place to use a brighter colour. Choosing a different shade for the island will make it an accent piece and the centre of the room. Not using the same colour will also make it a much more interesting space to entertain guests. Here, the difference is subtle yet noticeable. The grey cabinetry and white walls create a neutral backdrop, allowing the blue island and warm wood worktops to stand out with a welcoming feel.

Keep It Neutral

Opting to paint one set of cabinets does not necessarily mean you have to choose a contrasting or brighter colour. You could pick two very similar neutral colours which, at first glance, look the same. That is the case for this kitchen shown here, as the colour difference is so subtle that you may not see it immediately. But this spacious cook space delicately balances contemporary and traditional.

The bright white base cabinets and full stave worktop imbue a clean, crisp feel, while the cream wall cabinets blend in with the wall colour. Keeping the colour scheme neutral has allowed the owners to opt for a statement purple range oven and extractor hood.

Mixing Materials

Another way to achieve mix and match cabinets is to mix materials. Popular combinations include wooden and gloss cabinets or – as shown in this kitchen – having varnished wooden cabinets alongside painted ones. The mint green colour of the island makes it pop out against the traditional style of the wooden cabinets, enticing people to spend time at it. This combination certainly is bolder than the blue-grey mix above.

There are a few different ways to mix and match your kitchen cabinets. Which is your favourite? Let us know below or share your thoughts on Facebook and Twitter.

 

When Are We Open Over the Easter Weekend?

Posted by admin on March 29, 2018 at 4:22 pm. Filed under: General
Solid Wood Kitchen Cabinets logo on a glass door

Easter is the perfect time to upgrade your kitchen, and Solid Wood Kitchen Cabinets will be open over the bank holiday weekend. Our opening times are different, but you will still be able to visit or phone us on Good Friday, Saturday and Easter Monday.

On Friday 30thMarch (Good Friday), we will be open between 10am and 2pm. The change of opening times extends to all our showrooms and phone lines. Our premises and customer services department will be closed outside of these times. We are also operating these opening hours on Monday 2nd April (Easter Monday).

We are open as usual on Saturday, March 31st, so you can contact us between 9am and 5pm. The showrooms are all open during these hours except our Camden showroom, which welcomes visitors between 9.30am and 6pm.

Saturday is also the last day of our fantastic spring offer, and you can save a generous £200 on all orders of £2,000 or more. For full terms and conditions for this promotion, please visit our current offers page. Hurry – there is not long left to take advantage of this saving!

Stay up to date with our opening times, latest news and much more by following us on Facebook and Twitter.

 

Only 5 Days Left to Save In Our Spring Offer!

Posted by admin on March 26, 2018 at 10:04 am. Filed under: General

There are only five days left in our spring offer, which runs until Saturday, March 31st. You can save a generous £200 when you spend £2,000 or more on our kitchen cabinets, worktops and accessories.

It is very easy to take advantage of this fantastic saving. Simply add the products you are after to your online shopping cart and enter the discount code SAVE200 at the checkout. You can also place your order over the telephone, via email or at one of our UK showrooms – you will need to quote the code to the staff member taking your order.

Please be aware that this offer does not include delivery charges, and you can only use the SAVE200 code once per each account.

Remember, you only have until 23:59 on Saturday, March 31st 2018 to complete your purchase, so buy your new cabinets and worktops today! For full terms and conditions, please visit our current offers page, and keep up to date with our latest promotions on our Facebook and Twitter accounts.

 

The Best Colour Pairings for Gold Kitchen Hardware

Posted by admin on March 23, 2018 at 3:04 pm. Filed under: General

Brass and gold tones are currently enjoying a revival, with designers and homeowners using them in everything from quick revamps to complete redesigns. Many still consider gold to be a brave choice, as it can be overpowering and chintzy if not . With the right colour pairings, however, gold kitchen hardware can look opulent and feel stunning.



A modern kitchen with black cabinets, gold hardware and a wooden worktop

Credit : Pinterest

Black and Grey

Dark, neutral colours are a classic combination with gold. The brighter colour of the gold provides a beautiful contrast and makes it a focal point in any kitchen. This pairing suits both modern and traditional settings, providing a timeless and elegant style. Putting these colours together can cultivate a nature-inspired theme – gold is an organic material and is surrounded by sombre-coloured rocks and soil. Use potted plants or other green touches to bring the outside in.

Recreate the kitchen shown here by choosing our shaker cabinets painted in Farrow & Ball’s Railings or Manor House Gray, our wonderful walnut or iroko worktops, and one of our many different handles.

A clean white kitchen with a wooden herringbone floor, a marble worktop and gold handles

Credit : Décor Apartment

White and Off-white

Choosing to pair gold kitchen hardware with a crisp white shade will produce an ultra-modern aesthetic. A white kitchen is timeless and clean, and is given warmth with brass-toned touches like handles and lights. Only using gold on small parts of the cook space means it is easier and more affordable to replace. Off-white shades will pair with gold equally well, introducing additional texture and character.

You can achieve a similar look to this kitchen by opting for our cabinets, handles and either our marble effect or concrete effect laminate worktops.

A kitchen with blue base cabinets, white wall cabinets and gold handles

Credit : Pinterest

Complimentary Colours

Colours opposite each other on the colour wheel are guaranteed to pair successfully. Gold is complemented very well by blue and dark purple shades. Blue is a time-honoured accompaniment to gold hardware, imbuing a refined yet laidback quality to family kitchens. These dark shades allow gold touches to take centre stage, just like the black and grey colours above. Paint our cabinets in Farrow & Ball’s Drawing Room Blue or Stiffkey Blue to recreate this style in your kitchen.

A red and gold China tea cup and saucer

Credit : Pinterest

Analogous Colours

Gold is one of the few colours to pair well with the colours around it, so red and orange shades can be considered. This pairing is fantastic for creating a regal, opulent look, evoking an Oriental ambience in your kitchen. However, this combination is commonly used at Christmastime, which may suggest why red and gold is not as popular.

A green kitchen with gold toned lights and accessories

Credit : Coco Lapine Design

Green and Teal

Gold can pair with almost any colour – even green and turquoise tones. Opting for a darker shade such as emerald will create a sophisticated and luxurious feel. Dark green will enhance the gold kitchen hardware in a similar way to dark blue, grey and black. Lighter green and teal shades add playfulness and intrigue, inviting you and your guests to spend longer in the kitchen. In the kitchen shown here, the matt green cabinets contrast with the polished brass accessories, which are very eye-catching.

There are different colour options if you are pairing with gold kitchenware. All of these pairings allow the gold to be the prominent colour without being too intense. Would you choose gold for your kitchen? Comment below, or start a conversation on Facebook and Twitter.

 

Is Open Shelving Right for Your Kitchen?

Posted by admin on March 19, 2018 at 11:20 am. Filed under: General

Open shelving has become more popular recently as many people are moving away from wall cabinets. Displaying items on shelving offers a modern, minimalistic aesthetic, and prevents a kitchen lacking personality. Whilst it looks fantastic on Instagram and Pinterest, will it work in your kitchen?

Storage

One of the main benefits of open shelving is that your crockery is on show. Dedicate your space to your favourite or most stylish pieces, or have your most-used items close by and conveniently located. Shelves are also useful for filling spaces that are too small for cabinets.

However, shelving may offer less storage space than a similarly sized cabinet. The usability of these shelves – and what you will put on them – needs to be considered before you decide if they are a practical addition to your home.

Adding Space

Opting for open shelving can make your kitchen feel airier and larger than it would with wall cabinets. The breezy feel is especially true for smaller cooking areas – your space can be made brighter and more appealing by replacing cabinets with shelves. Not only will you notice the difference, but your kitchen will feel more open and welcoming for guests too. Shelves imbue a relaxed kitchen style, and guests will not need to ask where your mugs or crockery are kept.

More Affordable

You may be thinking of switching to open shelves for a more practical reason. Shelves are a great choice if you are upgrading on a budget, as they are usually more affordable than whole cabinets. Our wooden kitchen shelves start from just £9.50 each, and our stylish floating shelves begin at just £20 each. We stock a range of sizes to allow these products to be suitable for your kitchen.

All of our shelves are supplied with sufficient fixings and supports. Before you decide whether open shelves are suitable for your kitchen, you will need to ensure that the wall can support enough weight. If you currently have cabinets on the wall, it is more than likely that you will be able to put shelves up instead.

Try It Before Committing

See if open shelves work in your kitchen by removing your cabinet doors. As a good halfway step, it will help you decide whether to choose cabinetry or shelves. Should you choose to leave the cabinets in place and the doors off, the back of the cabinet will provide a place to add a splash of colour or pattern.

Open shelves are worth considering if you want to display your items on show. Would you choose shelves in your kitchen? Let us know below, or on Twitter and Facebook!

 

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