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How to Update Your Kitchen With £50, £250 or £500

Posted by admin on February 12, 2018 at 12:04 pm. Filed under: General

At this time of year, you might be starting to think about updating your kitchen. It may seem expensive to make changes, but there are some things you can do to jazz up your cooking area for a relatively small amount of money. As the kitchen is the heart of the home, these simple improvements will have a big effect and help to freshen the space up before spring.

How to update your kitchen for £50

£50 might not feel like a lot of money if you want to make improvements to your kitchen, but you can make it go much further than you might expect. One of the easiest changes to make for very little money is changing the handles on your cabinets. We stock a huge range of handles, with everything from contemporary Metropolis Bow handles to period doorknobs and Edison handles. Starting from as little as £2 each, it is one of the least expensive ways to improve your kitchen.

Alternatively, £50 is enough to create a feature wall with a 2.5-litre tin of Farrow & Ball paint. A neutral kitchen will be lifted by painting just one wall, whether you choose a restrained grey such as Mole’s Breath or a brighter colour like Vardo or St. Giles Blue. This kitchen uses a colour similar to Cooking Apple Green, should you wish to take inspiration from the look shown here.

Looking for a less permanent way to add some colour or change the walls? Hanging pictures, paintings or photographs is a quick and inexpensive option and is incredibly easy to do. Bring the outside into your kitchen and invite some summery vibes with a print from Whistlefish. Many of the pieces are centred around a summery seaside, lush countryside or humour, and prices start from just £8.50.

How to update your kitchen for £250

For £250, you can start to make some bigger alterations to your kitchen. If you have considered changing your worktop, this is a great way to make your cook space look brand new. Whether you would like solid oak surfaces, or are eyeing up one of our many laminate worktops, we have a variety of options available. Whatever you choose, you will receive a countertop of the highest quality that will look great for years to come.

You could use our worktops and table legs to create a new dining table, or choose to buy a new one. This varnished and painted rubberwood table from Wayfair will look fantastic in both modern and traditional styles, and its white paint means it will complement any colour theme.

A rug, meanwhile, is a sure-fire way to add colour and style to a space, whether you choose to lay it in the kitchen, or in the dining or living space of an open plan design. You can choose from any number of styles and price points, but we think this one, currently on sale for £99, deserves a mention because its Moroccan style and rich colour will suit a range of themes.

How to update your kitchen for £500

A budget of £500 offers more opportunity to update, whether you wish to make a series of small changes or one large one. If you are looking to upgrade your worktop, our more exotic timbers are now within budget, and dramatic options like our wenge or zebrano worktops, which start from £310 and £290 respectively. Wenge is our darkest, densest and most opulent material, while zebrano is exotic, dramatic and eye-catching.

You may also want to change your appliances, especially if your fridge, hob or oven are looking a bit past their best now. At this price point, you will be able to replace two appliances with less expensive models, or you could instead decide that you would rather have one appliance that costs a bit more.

Alternatively, this budget means you can change up a number of things in your kitchen. In fact, you could buy all of the £50 and £250 options listed above, and have change to spare! Even with a reasonably modest spend, you could enjoy a new worktop, dining table, feature wall, rug, cabinet handles and a lovely picture too.

You do not have to spend a fortune to get a gorgeous kitchen – the changes listed here show that concentrating on smaller aspects can have a massive impact on the style and feel of your cooking area. Of course, this list is not exhaustive – you could buy vividly coloured small appliances, for instance – so if you are planning to update your space, tell us what you would choose below!


5 Ways to Create a Moroccan Kitchen in Your Home

Posted by admin on February 9, 2018 at 3:40 pm. Filed under: General

With warm, vibrant tones used to create a homely, traditional feel, a Moroccan kitchen style is a popular option for 2018. A simple splashback or a tiled wall can be enough to evoke this look without requiring a complete kitchen redesign, helping to lift your cooking area and inject a splash of holiday feelings. If you are looking to recreate this style in your home, here are a few inexpensive ways to achieve it.

A light-coloured wooden kitchen with Moroccan tiles and a feature wall

Credit: Pinterest

Tiles and splashbacks

Tiling a wall or using a patterned splashback is an excellent way to easily and affordably jazz up your kitchen. Moroccan tiles typically feature intricate, eye-catching patterns, and there are hundreds of different styles and colours available to suit your tastes. If you cannot decide, why not combine a few varieties in a patchwork design – one benefit of Moroccan style is that this mix-and-match style adds further character.

In the beautiful kitchen shown here, the tile design creates a focal point with striking patterns and blue tones, complemented by the light-coloured paint around the feature. Farrow & Ball’s Parma Grey or Borrowed Light offer similar colours if this is a look you would like to recreate in your home. The wooden worktop and shelves instil a traditional feel, but these tiles would work equally well in a modern kitchen.

The white dining table, chairs and furniture are offset by a grey Moroccan style rug

Credit: Wayfair


One of the quickest and easiest ways to add a dash of Moroccan style into your home is to focus on the flooring; an often-overlooked kitchen feature. The change is often very effective and noticeable, whether it is a smart and sophisticated rug – like the one here, from Wayfair – or a completely new tiled floor. While tiling can be a bit costlier, the floor becomes a statement piece of your kitchen design. In this image, the pattern provides a contrast to the monochrome minimalism, but you may want to use the floorspace to play with fun colours and patterns.

Painted cabinets

Painting cabinet doors or replacing them for a different colour or style may feel like a small change, but it will make a big difference to the style and feel of your kitchen. Whilst not typically associated with a Moroccan look, a light, pastel colour will bring the outside in and freshen your cooking space up. If you combine painted cabinetry with the patterned tiles or flooring above, it will invigorate your kitchen with exotic, faraway vibes and provide a homely sanctuary – especially if the weather is a bit dull! For a similar look to this kitchen, choose Farrow & Ball’s Lulworth Blue on our traditional cabinet doors.

Many Moroccan-style pendant lamps hanging from a ceiling

Credit: Pixball


Ceiling lights often hang low enough to be in your eyeline, so it is important to consider their impact when you are creating a Moroccan kitchen style. Many different styles are available, from low-cost patterned fabric lampshades to ornate glass and metal sculpted lamps that could have been plucked straight from a souk. These industrial and vintage lamps strike a balance between the two extremes – still vibrant and classic, with enough of a hint of Morocco. They are frosted so will light up your kitchen tiles or floor very nicely, but different coloured lamps are available if you want to bathe the heart of your home in red, green or blue.

Moroccan kitchen accessories and Mediterranean foods

Credit: Casablanca

Cookware, tableware and accessories

Top off the Moroccan aesthetic by picking up some themed kitchen accessories. There are a variety of options available, from the lovely utensil pot in the photo to tea towels, patterned bowls and chopping boards – and much more besides. These items can add an authentic feel by themselves, without the need for drastically changing your kitchen, or can complement other styles.

If you have taken inspiration from these ideas and have decided to choose this gorgeous style for your kitchen, we would love to see your finished look! Get in touch on Facebook and Twitter, or send us an email.


The Best Pancake Recipe for Kids – Big and Small Alike!

Posted by admin on February 5, 2018 at 11:04 am. Filed under: General
The Best Pancake Recipes for Kids

Credit: My Fussy Eater

Serves 8

Forget Valentine’s Day – there is only one day in February to look forward to. In 2018, pancake day is Tuesday 13th, so you still have a bit of time to perfect your batter making and flipping skills. Pancake day is a fantastic excuse to get the whole family involved, and we have found the best pancake recipe for kids and adults alike for easy mixing and tossing – although we cannot guarantee your ceiling will remain pancake-free!

This recipe, originally from BBC Good Food, is super-easy making it great if you are cooking with children. It only needs a few ingredients which are all kitchen staples, and then whichever ingredients you choose to top them with. These pancakes can be frozen too – reheat in the oven for 10-15 minutes with foil on top, or for just one minute in the microwave.

You will need:

  • 140g plain flour
  • 4 eggs
  • 200ml milk
  • 50g melted butter
  • A dash of oil or low-calorie cooking spray

How to make super-easy pancakes:

  1. First, get a mixing bowl and add in the flour and eggs. Beat the mixture with a whisk or fork until it is smooth.
  2. Slowly pour the milk in and continue to mix it all up until it is lump-free, and then add the melted butter to the mix to create the batter.
  3. Oil your pan with your oil or low-calorie cooking spray, before placing the pan on a medium heat.
  4. Using a ladle or large spoon, pour some of the pancake batter into the pan and tilt it to ensure the mixture spreads out over the entire pan.
  5. Cook the batter for about 30 seconds until golden (if you enjoy a slightly thicker pancake, this may take longer), then flip it over and cook on the other side for a similar length of time.

Now comes the fun bit – topping your pancakes! They are great because they are so versatile, whether you like traditional lemon and sugar, fruit or something a bit naughtier. What will you put on yours? Comment below!

Nutritional information (per pancake)

209kcal, 17g fat, 4g saturates, 10g carbs, 1g sugar, 0g fibre, 4g protein, 0.14g salt


Bring the Future into your Home with these Gadgets

Posted by admin on January 29, 2018 at 12:13 pm. Filed under: General

If you want to haul your kitchen into the 21st century, or you would simply like the latest technology and gadgets to make life in your cooking area as easy as possible, we have rounded up some of the best items that could well be in your future kitchen. We have resisted the temptation to completely fill this list with app-connected appliances, although a few smartphone-compatible gadgets have crept in – ones we think will revolutionise cooking.

Philips Viva Airfryer

This Philips Airfryer cooks chips and other meals using very little oil

Credit: Philips

It might not be an appliance to keep out on the worktop at all times, but the Philips Viva Airfryer proves its worth by being incredibly versatile, and cooking healthily too. It will fry chips using little or no oil, making them much less fattening, as well as being great for baking, roasting and grilling. Being able to cook up to 800g of food at one time means it is perfect for family dinners, and the small amount of oil used and dishwasher-safe parts make it very easy to clean. Prices vary from £75 – £180 for the range.

Samsung Family Hub smart fridge

Samsung’s Family Hub fridge is smart enough to tell you what is in your fridge and when it expires

Credit: Samsung

Smart fridges have been on the horizon for a while, but this Samsung Family Hub is one of the most well-executed. Cameras inside the fridge let you know what is in there, which is a practical option for those who prefer to go list-free when doing the grocery shop, and it will even send you notifications when food is close to its expiry date. Not only that, but the 21.5-inch screen can mirror a smart TV, play music and act as a calendar, note pad or photo frame. This technology is seriously impressive, and it seems to be one of those gadgets that you cannot live without once you have sampled it. That said, with the smallest version costing £2,000, it is a rather more expensive option for keeping your food fresh.

Tefal Cook4Me Connect

The Tefal Cook4Me Connect has Bluetooth and can cook food in as little as 3 minutes

Credit: Tefal

The Tefal Cook4Me Connect might look like a slow cooker, but it is actually far more useful. Download the app and you will have a host of delicious-looking recipes at your fingertips, and the cooker can tell you exactly what you need to buy and how to cook or prepare the meal. Most meals cook very quickly – according to the website, chicken tikka masala takes just three minutes – and it is suitable for a variety of different foods and even soups. At the time of writing, you can find this on Amazon for £269.99.

Maxi-Matic Multi-Function 3-in-1 Breakfast Station

Cook your whole breakfast at once with this 3-in-1 breakfast station

Credit: Amazon

If saving counter space and time is the order of the day, you may be interested in this 3-in-1 breakfast maker which cooks your whole breakfast at the same time. The main section is perfect for toast or croissants, there is a frying pan on the top and the coffee pot can brew enough for four cups. It might be an appliance that lives behind a cupboard door – it is not the most aesthetically pleasing item on this list – but there is no questioning its usefulness, especially for those with more compact kitchens. Buy it from Amazon here.

Amazon Echo and Dash Buttons

Amazon Dash Buttons are useful for restocking your household items

Credit: Amazon

Amazon’s latest ventures will make kitchen life easier and more streamlined. The Echo has been getting a lot of attention recently, promising to be useful by setting timers, adding items to your shopping list and switch connected lights on and off, amongst other things. For added convenience, the Dash Buttons automatically order your household essentials when you press the button. For the time being it is only for certain brands, but for everything else you can get a ‘Dash Wand’ that works with the Echo device.

Which smart gadget would you have in your kitchen? Let us know below!


Practical Kitchen Bin Ideas

Posted by admin on January 22, 2018 at 3:33 pm. Filed under: General

Kitchen waste disposal is no longer solely catered for by large, ugly plastic boxes with lids – although they are still available if that is all you are after. Instead, the right freestanding bin can add a finishing touch to your kitchen, or you can integrate them into a cupboard and hide them out of sight for a more streamlined and modern look. These kitchen bin ideas have been compiled to help you decide on the right option for your home.

Stash away the trash

Traditional freestanding bins take up valuable floor or worktop space, so consider dedicating a cupboard to clever rubbish solutions if you want to free up kitchen real estate or keep waste out of sight. With this idea, you can easily separate general rubbish and recycling, or use different bins for each recyclable material.

An under-sink cabinet is the perfect option as it will often be used for miscellaneous cleaning products and have limited space due to the sink and pipes behind it. Alternatively, use a cupboard under your food preparation area so you can quickly and easily sweep waste straight into the bin with minimal mess.

Our Easy-Cargo waste bins are made of food-safe and easy-clean plastic, and are a light grey colour ensuring they are inconspicuous in both traditional and modern kitchens. Each box can be lifted out and emptied individually, and the metal frame is strong enough to hold both full bins even when fully extended.

To reduce smells and mess, the bins come with a lid that stays in place in the cupboard. We recommend using bin liners or plastic bags to make emptying and cleaning it much easier.

Less is more

With recycling being a high priority for many UK councils, the need for a massive bin to throw everything in is now almost non-existent. We know that it can be a chore to empty your waste containers regularly, but smaller bins make it easier to segregate different recyclable materials and they will smell much less if taken out more often.

If you do want to be able to dedicate a whole cupboard to waste management, you might have to think outside the box – literally. Consider storing frequently used pans and crockery on racking on the side of a cupboard, or on the doors.

Credit: Lookslikewhite

Show your bin off

You might not have the cupboard space to spare, or you may just prefer to have a freestanding bin – but either way there are plenty of options for all budgets and kitchen designs. It is a good idea to consider placement of a bin early on in the design process of a new kitchen to ensure it fits and is not placed near to a heat source. The heat will make the bin smell more quickly, and you do not want to be tripping over it if its location is an afterthought.

A bin needs to keep to your kitchen style – otherwise it will draw unwanted attention and become a centrepiece for all the wrong reasons. For a modern kitchen, we would recommend a stainless steel push-top or pedal bin such as this Brabantia 30-litre unit, complete with a 10-year guarantee.

In a more traditional kitchen, like the one pictured here, a classic metal can continues the retro look achieved by the Smeg fridge, subway tiles, slightly distressed cabinetry and vintage clock. You can imagine that a modern-looking receptacle would not look right here.

Both freestanding and integrated bins can work in any style, and offer practicality, substance and even style too. Visit your nearest Solid Wood Kitchen Cabinets showroom for some inspiration for your new kitchen today, and see our practical kitchen bin ideas in action!


Modern Kitchen Design Ideas for a Contemporary Retro Look

Posted by admin on January 15, 2018 at 3:50 pm. Filed under: General

Retro kitchen designs are a popular option for those looking to create a fun look featuring sleek cabinetry with splashes of colour and homely feel that comes with the familiarity of nostalgia. In any modern kitchen design, little touches are often enough to give a retro twist to a contemporary style without sacrificing usability. Make your cook-space stand out with mid-century zing with the ideas below.

Keeping Cool

A fridge freezer can be an integral part of a kitchen redesign and – especially if you are going for the retro look – you might have seen one of Smeg’s 1950s-style refrigerators. This Fab50 model is available in a suite of colours including pastel blue, green, cream and black, and is an easy way to add jet-age gloss to your kitchen. Add to the look with a matching kettle, toaster or citrus juicer.

Colour splash

If a wantonly retro 1950s look is too bold, why not combine shiny white kitchen units with smaller, brightly coloured additions such as clocks, tea and coffee jars or knife blocks. Pastel shades and vibrant hues work equally as well, and a contrasting monochrome scheme provides a stylish backdrop for a retro-inspired look, as shown in the image here.

A lick of paint

You might decide that brightly coloured kitchen utensils or appliances do not fit in with the rest of your home, but still want a modern kitchen design inspired by retro styles. Looking instead to the walls is a fantastic way to inject some character into your kitchen– a pastel colour combined with subtler retro details can create a striking overall look without going all-out with the accessories.

Irish Inspiration

There is one type of sink that suit all retro designs – a traditional Belfast sink. A practical addition to any kitchen, the ample size and sturdy construction has made these stylish sinks a popular choice for a number of styles. This kitchen combines contemporary pastel blue cabinets and contrasting white laminate worktops for a fun take on a classic retro look. The addition of red accessories creates a bold style that works incredibly well for a young, family home!

Metro station

A popular inclusion in modern kitchens is a set of subway or metro tiles, so called because they resemble the tiles fitted in vintage tube and metro stations. They will look great utilised as a splashback or as wall tiles throughout the kitchen. A selection of different colours and finishes of subway tiles can be found from various suppliers for a kitchen look completely tailored to your individual style with a subtle nod to years gone by.

Repurposed signage

Vintage signage looks fantastic in a modern kitchen and is readily available due to its popularity. This ‘99’ ice cream sign is a reproduction – costing just £9.99 – but its vintage style will add suitably old-school appeal to your kitchen or diner and creates a talking point. One sign may be sufficient to achieve the style, but a handful of themed vintage signs can heighten the look – though be warned, if you are after a real, salvaged vintage sign, you can expect to pay a lot more.

The full diner experience

Create an authentic old American diner feel by incorporating a booth and classic fast food-like chairs. Diners were designed for socialising, so this stylish corner adds another dimension to the seating in a kitchen that provides much more than a practical space for eating dinner. This booth looks incredibly inviting thanks to its comfy seating, but you could further the vintage appeal with striped upholstery and matching bar stools. The table in the centre enhances the look with its cast iron table legs – recreate the look by ordering a solid oak restaurant table top and a cast iron table base from our sister company, Worktop Express.

A truly gorgeous modern kitchen

Add some of these ideas together and this could be the end result – a stylish, modern kitchen design with retro in all the right places. Recreate the kitchen shown here with our Shaker cabinet doors, painted in Farrow & Ball’s Pitch Black, and pair with a timeless solid oak worktop. Mint-coloured appliances – large and small – add a zip of fresh colour into the room, and the subway-style tiles and contrasting flooring make the kitchen stand out. With the colour injected from the appliances, the dark cabinetry contrasts perfectly against the grey walls – we recommend a neutral grey shade such as Farrow & Ball’s Elephant’s Breath or Manor House Grey.

Our blogs are the perfect place to search for inspiration for your new kitchen – stay up to date with our latest posts on Facebook and Twitter.


L-Shaped Kitchen Design Ideas to utilise Space Effectively

Posted by admin on January 8, 2018 at 4:34 pm. Filed under: General

L-shaped kitchens are great for creating social spaces in a large kitchen, or making a smaller kitchen feel more roomy. With the kitchen centred on two walls, an L-shaped kitchen design allows the rest of the room to be opened up for entertaining or to achieve a more open-plan effect. If two sides of a kitchen aren’t enough – and the space allows – consider putting an island in for extra storage and workspace.

Open up a small kitchen

This custom-made cook-space may be small, but the L-shaped kitchen means the rest of the room is free, creating the feeling of additional space. The off-white cabinetry, simple white walls and large bay window allow light to flood in, making the kitchen far more welcoming and spacious than its proportions may suggest. Meanwhile, the striking iroko worktop provides an interesting contrast, creating a statement in this compact kitchen.

An island in the stream

If you have enough space, an island is a great way to maximise worktop space and increase storage. It is the perfect complement to an L-shaped kitchen and ensures you can cook or prepare food without facing away from family or guests. In the kitchen pictured, the island includes space for seating, which opens up the area and creates a sociable and inclusive space. The rustic country style of the cabinetry and worktop is offset by the modern lights for a contemporary look.


A peninsula might be your go-to option if you do not have space for an island. It offers a lot of the benefits of an island – more storage and countertop space, and you avoid having your back to people when cooking – but is attached to the worktop. An L-shaped kitchen does not have to have both sides against the wall – a peninsula could make up the second side to create a subtle divide between the kitchen and the living or dining room.

Space for a dining table

An L-shaped kitchen design can open up the space available to provide enough space for a dining table. We have written several guides on open plan and broken plan layouts as these designs are increasingly popular – and both work fantastically well with an L-shape kitchen.

There are a number of benefits to an L-shaped kitchen layout – if you have been inspired by this post, why not visit your local Solid Wood Kitchen Cabinets showroom to see what you could achieve in your kitchen.


Happy New Year From Solid Wood Kitchen Cabinets

Posted by admin on January 2, 2018 at 4:21 pm. Filed under: General

January is typically a time where people re-assess their diet – why not take a look at your kitchen at the same time? We are offering a fantastic 10% off the products on the Solid Wood Kitchen Cabinets website, making now the best time to purchase – whether you have been considering a complete kitchen renovation or are just looking to replace the cabinets in your utility room.

Research conducted by Houzz, an online community for home improvement and design, suggests that a new kitchen could improve and reinforce healthy lifestyle habits. 69% of homeowners who recently renovated their kitchen suggested that they used it more to spend additional time with family, 43% reported cooking or preparing meals at home more with 36% ordering fewer take-aways and 23% increase the number of fruits and vegetables consumed. This research suggests that a new kitchen could be just what you need to keep your healthy living new year’s resolutions on track!

This generous offer is available until January 31st, and can be used online as well as on orders placed via any of our Solid Wood Kitchen Cabinets showrooms, or over the telephone. Stay up to date with us by following us on Twitter or Facebook -for details of our offers and sales, visit our current offers page.

Happy New Year!



Posted by admin on December 26, 2017 at 9:00 am. Filed under: General

From Boxing Day until January 31st 2018, there are fantastic savings to be made on our solid oak kitchens. The Boxing Day Sale at Solid Wood Kitchen Cabinets offers you the chance to save 10% on everything in our collection.

Whether you are planning a complete new kitchen, or you are just looking to replace your cabinet doors, you can claim 10% off your entire order. All you need to do is add the products you need to your shopping cart and enter the discount code SAVE10 at the online checkout if ordering online. Should you prefer, you can still claim your 10% savings if ordering in our showrooms or via telephone or email – simply mention the offer to the sales advisor who is taking your order.

You need to act fast if you want to benefit from this generous saving – the discount code can only be used on orders placed from now until 23:59 on January 31st 2018. For full terms and conditions, please visit our current offers page, and to ensure you stay up to date with the latest offers at Solid Wood Kitchen Cabinets, follow us on Facebook and Twitter.


Merry Christmas from Solid Wood Kitchen Cabinets

Posted by admin on December 22, 2017 at 9:00 am. Filed under: General

At the end of a busy year, we would like to take the opportunity to thank all of our solid wood kitchen customers. We have made a number of changes over the last 12 months and look forward to what is yet to come in 2018!

The Solid Wood Kitchen Cabinets showroom network expanded with two additional locations in 2017 – including our first Scottish showroom in Glasgow. We also introduced kitchen finance for orders of £3,000 or more placed in our showrooms.

Merry Christmas from Solid Wood Kitchen Cabinets

With more planned for 2018, make sure you are following us on Facebook and Twitter, or sign up to our newsletter to stay up to date with the latest events and offers. If you do plan on visiting us over the festive break, please check our opening times first – either on our kitchen showroom information pages, or our recent blog post detailing our Christmas opening hours.

From all of us at Solid Wood Kitchen Cabinets, we wish you a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year!


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