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Our 5 Most Popular Farrow & Ball Colours

Posted by admin on March 22, 2019 at 9:20 am. Filed under: General

Are you planning on painting your kitchen or deciding on which colour would look best on your cabinet doors? There are so many popular Farrow & Ball colours to choose from that the decision can be overwhelming. To help you out we have compiled a list of our five most in-demand Farrow & Ball neutrals.


All White – The Purest Choice

As the name suggests, All White is pure white and has no other hues resulting in a mellow contemporary neutral. The lack of cool or warm pigments makes All White well balanced allowing it to be combined with any colour and can be used in both contemporary and traditional kitchens.

New White – The Freshest Choice

Particularly effective in a country kitchen design, New White contains additional warmer pigments and so has a creamier hue when compared to All White. This freshness helps to warm up any kitchen and softly illuminates the room. New White is also versatile and its appearance changes depending on the colours it is paired with – looking creamier when combined with purer colours and fresher when used with more vibrant colours.

White Tie – The Warmest

White Tie is a yellow based neutral that offers warmth. It also has a slight black pigment which subdues its freshness and adds a richness to the shade. With that in mind, it works particularly well darker neutrals like Farrow & Balls Matchstick or String, both of which have earthy hues.

Elephant’s Breath – The Darkest Choice

The darkest of our most popular Farrow & Ball colours, the distinctively named Elephants Breath is ideal for adding warmth to a modern kitchen. A mid-grey enriched with magenta, this neutral takes on a subtle lilac hue under certain light conditions and when combined with sultry browns, such as London Clay, an intense contemporary design can be achieved.

Hardwick White – The Versatile Choice

You would be forgiven if you thought that Hardwick White does not look very white, in fact, Farrow & Ball themselves describe it as a traditional grey. To bring out the white, combine it with deep shades such as Off Black or Tanner’s Brown. Whatever you decide, Hardwick White is incredibly versatile and can be used effectively in contemporary and traditional settings alike.

As one of the country’s favourite paint producers, Farrow & Ball are experts in creating high quality and evocative colours. For this reason, we have chosen them as our exclusive paint partner. If you are in the process of choosing a colour for your cabinet doors but are looking for something different from these choices, we offer a fully bespoke service that allows you to select any colour from the Farrow & Ball range. Contact us for more details or visit your local showroom for even more great inspiration.


Which of these popular Farrow & Ball colours would you choose to implement in your kitchen? Let us know in the comments below. Do not forget to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Pinterest for regular updates and ideas or subscribe to our newsletter for weekly updates on kitchens, trends, offers, and more.

 

Planning a New Kitchen with Martin Boyd

Posted by admin on March 19, 2019 at 2:05 pm. Filed under: General

Kitchens, Bedrooms & Bathrooms is a monthly magazine full of inspiration and expert guidance for the three most integral rooms of your home. In February’s issue, they had an article about planning a new kitchen, which featured our very own Solid Wood Kitchen Cabinets showroom manager, Martin Boyd. Based in Glasgow, Martin has 18 years of industry experience which made him an ideal candidate for this article. Continue reading this blog post to discover more about his project.


Planning a New Kitchen Design

For the article, Martin was tasked with planning a new kitchen design for clients Andrew and Mandy. Using his years of expertise, Martin set out to create a plan that was not only in keeping with the heritage of their house, but that also dealt with the difficult layout of the space. To achieve this, Martin aimed to maximise practicality by focusing on flow, worktop space and storage. By utilising a built-in oven and microwave integrated into full height cabinetry as well as a small peninsula, Martin was able to optimise worktop and storage space. To conserve floor space, he included curved and slimline base cabinets.

Open oak shelving and oak worktops add plenty of welcoming character to this kitchen design and is accentuated by a ceramic Belfast sink. To ensure the room does not feel too heavy, Farrow & Ball’s Mizzle has been used on the cabinet doors. This neutral colour will help to keep the space bright and airy. The final cost of this kitchen is £10,631, which includes furniture, appliances, worktops and installation.

Visit Kitchens, Bedrooms & Bathrooms website to subscribe to the magazine or buy issue 305 on back order to read Martin’s article and to discover what clients Andrew and Mandy thought of his design. You can visit our Glasgow Kitchen Showroom between 09:00 and 17:00, Monday to Saturday at Rosemount Business Park, Charles Street. Call 01415 527 431 to book your appointment today.

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Japandi – Exploring the Hybrid Japanese Scandinavian Design

Posted by admin on March 14, 2019 at 12:51 pm. Filed under: General
Japandi incorporates elements of Japanese and Scandinavian interior design.

Credit : eclectic trends

With modern-rusticity and traditional sophistication, an exciting and refreshing interior design movement is growing in popularity throughout the country. Japandi, also known as Japanordic, is a fusion of décors consisting of Japanese and Scandinavian designs. In this blog post, we explore how you can utilise it in your kitchen.


Japandi Design Explained

Central to the movement is the idea of simplicity, an element which is present in both Japanese and Scandinavian styles. ‘Wabi-sabi’ is a Japanese term which translates as ‘finding beauty in the imperfect’. This has then been united with the Scandinavian style trend, hygge, which aims to create a warm and comforting ambience.

Many of the colours in the Japanese palette, such as reds, blues and greens, are rich and so the pale neutral Scandinavian colours are used to create balance. Likewise, the rustic style of Nordic design is refined by Japanese elegance.

These two contrasting styles share a common principle and when unified, create a distinct design with minimalism at its heart.

Using Japanordic Design in Your Kitchen

There are four ways to introduce this hybrid design into your kitchen these are

  • Nature
  • Wood
  • Japanese and Scandinavian furniture
  • Functional accessories

Nature

One of the easiest ways to add nature to your kitchen is by introducing plants. In this example, we can see how these wall planters, which house a collection of air plants, have aspects of Scandinavian design.

Adding plants to a kitchen is one way of achieving a Japanordic style.

Credit : easy home décor

Wood

A quintessential design feature of Japandi is the combination of dark wood with pale tones. This contrast can be seen here in this example with the sleek full stave American walnut worktop atop base cabinets with frontals painted in Farrow & Ball’s All White.

Japanese and Scandinavian Furniture

To achieve this look, furniture needs to have clean lines and with that in mind Shaker doors and worktops with a square edge profile are ideal. Open space around furniture is typically Scandinavian and reinforces minimalism of Japanese design too. This example of a dining table exhibits both Nordic and Asian styles and colour palettes with pale wood combining perfectly with dark materials in a simplistically elegant design.

This Japanordic style dining table and chairs demonstrates Japanese and Scandinavian design principles.

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Functional Accessories

Japandi demands carefully contemplation of every item. When choosing accessories, ask yourself if it is functional. If so, is it beautiful? If either of those answers is no, consider removing or omitting it from your kitchen. This black Stelton Theo stoneware teapot is a fine example of Japanese influenced Scandinavian design.

This black Stelton Theo stoneware teapot perfectly demonstrates Japandi design.

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Would you consider including Japandi influences in your kitchen? Let us know in the comments below. Do not forget to follow us on Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter for inspiration or subscribe to our newsletter for weekly updates on kitchens, trends, offers and more.

 

Scandinavian Kitchen Mood Board

Posted by admin on March 12, 2019 at 11:05 am. Filed under: General

Our solid wood kitchens are ideal for creating a simple, pared-back look influenced by Scandinavian design. This Scandinavian kitchen mood board takes inspiration from Nordic design and landscape to offer ideas for your solid wood kitchen. Would you consider any of these features?


Colour

This Scandinavian kitchen mood board features a pale neutral colour scheme for an effortlessly contemporary style. To avoid a stark contrasting with the ash worktops, the cabinet doors have been painted white – which also matches the walls and the floor. The result is a light and airy room. Light wood and pastel shades used on the lighting adds colour to the largely monochrome colour scheme and is in-keeping with the simplistic design.

We recommend a lighter coloured worktop – in this case, solid ash. It is a good alternative to timbers such as oak or maple and features a soft golden grain. Likewise, the handles are also made from a light toned timber.


Features

A simplistic design is essential for any Scandinavian kitchen, and the ones featured in this mood board are prime examples of how effective this can be. Nature is also important to this style and we can see the use of plants as well as natural materials including wood. Clean lines, like those found in the lamps, help to keep the overall design modest whilst the use of natural light helps the kitchens feel more open and welcoming.


Which parts of this Scandinavian kitchen mood board would you feature in your kitchen? Let us know in the comments below. Do not forget to follow us on Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest for even more great inspiration or subscribe to our newsletter for updates and information about new products, special offers and competitions.

 

Solid Wood Kitchenette Ideas

Posted by admin on March 7, 2019 at 10:58 am. Filed under: General

Kitchenettes are small kitchens or a part of a room that has kitchen features such as worktops, cabinets, sinks or fridges. We share these solid wood kitchenette ideas to inspire you in your own home – whether you want to transform a spare room, hallway or basement.

Contemporary Kitchenette

This green kitchenette has everything you need to cook a meal, including a fridge, water supply and a microwave. The Shaker doors and fresh white worktop gives it a contemporary feel – made all the more stylish by the use of the stainless steel fridge door and brass coloured taps and handles.

This green Shaker style kitchenette features a sink, microwave, fridge, cabinets and open shelving.

Credit: Realivin

Pure White Kitchenette

For its size, this modest white kitchenette has a surprising amount of storage space. With three glazed wall cabinets and two drawers and base cabinets, this kitchenette even has a drinks fridge.

This elegant kitchenette has a total of five cabinets and a drinks fridge.

Credit: Sebring Design Build

Mixed Materials

This example features ample storage. With a plug socket for an appliance, such as a microwave or kettle, and a sink with a stainless steel cover, this is a great example of a fully functional kitchenette. The floating shelves, which draw the eye, also provide additional storage and make the most out of every available space.

This kitchenette has everything you could need for a fully functional kitchen, including a power supply for appliances.

Credit: Thrifty Décor Chick

Classic Colours

This well-balanced kitchenette has been painted in a colour similar to Farrow & Ball’s popular Lulworth Blue. Two of the four cabinets are glazed and are arranged in a pleasingly symmetrical design. The high gloss black worktop is a nice contemporary touch in an otherwise traditional style.

This kitchenette has a classic colour combination and a perfect balance between traditional and contemporary style.

Credit: Home Talk

Small Kitchenette Bar

With the majority of storage space taken up by a drinks fridge, this tiny kitchenette doubles up as a bar. Although this minimalist design features just one cabinet and a couple of shelves, it clearly fits the brief for the job.

Compact and efficient, this kitchenette doubles up as a personal bar.

Credit: Brooklyn Limestone

Bright and Modern

The first feature that catches your eye in this modern kitchenette is the full height mirror. The advantage of this is that light is reflected back resulting in a bright and airy space. Solid wood is the material of choice for the worktop and when combined with the Shaker doors, gives it a timeless appeal.

With the full height mirror, this modern kitchenette is bright and airy.

Credit: Architectural Digest

Which of these kitchenette ideas would you consider for your home? Let us know in the comments below. Do not forget to follow us on Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter for even more inspiration or subscribe to our newsletter for weekly updates on kitchens, trends, offers and more.

 

These Kitchen Discount Codes Save You up to £1,000

Posted by admin on March 5, 2019 at 12:23 pm. Filed under: General

As spring approaches so does the prospect of change, with many of us transforming our homes. These kitchen discount codes are ideal for those who are planning just that and help bring the dream of owning a beautiful solid wood kitchen a little bit closer. Throughout March, this offer will run across our entire product range enabling you to save up to £1,000 on everything* from cabinets to solid wood worktops. Use the codes below when you shop to claim your saving!

SAVE150 saves you £150 when you spend £1,500

SAVE500 saves you £500 when you spend £3,000

SAVE1K saves you £1,000 when you spend £5,000

This offer ends at 23:59 on Sunday 31st March 2019, so do not miss out and order your new solid wood kitchen today.

To see what you could achieve, let us take a look at some inspiration from our customers.


Steph’s Farmhouse Kitchen

This solid wood kitchen has been designed in a traditional farmhouse style. There are many great features including a full height bookcase, open cabinets, wine rack and an oak kitchen island complete with traditional bar stools.

Peter and Bronny’s Classic Kitchen

This kitchen has been designed to stand the test of time. With a large hearth and a range cooker, this kitchen has a traditional feel – several subtle modern features, such as the stainless steel sink and spotlights, keep it from looking old fashioned.

Melissa’s Contemporary Kitchen

With fresh, neutral colours, this contemporary kitchen is ideal for entertaining. The sink and tap are made from shiny stainless-steel – an ideal choice for this style of kitchen. A large island, with plenty of worktop and storage space, takes centre stage and the Shaker doors have been finished off beautifully with chrome knobs and handles.

There you have it – three great ideas to inspire you throughout our March sale. Why not follow us on Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest for even more inspiration or subscribe to our newsletter for updates and information about new products, special offers and competitions.

* Not available in conjunction with any other offer. The cost of delivery is not included in the minimum spend required.

 

Why Visit Our Kitchen Showrooms, Gloucester?

Posted by admin on February 28, 2019 at 12:52 pm. Filed under: General

As Solid Wood Kitchen Cabinets continues to expand, we have opened many showrooms up and down the country. Of all our kitchen showrooms, Gloucester is perfectly situated for anyone who lives in Gloucestershire and the surrounding areas. Continue reading to discover the benefits of visiting.

I Have No Idea Where to Start

If you are in the initial stages of planning a kitchen and need some ideas or inspiration, a kitchen showroom is the perfect place. We have several display kitchens to look around, each with different cabinet door and worktop styles. Our kitchen experts are always on hand and will be happy to advise about any of our products or arrange samples for you to take home.

At this stage, you will want to take your time so feel free to browse, take notes and speak to our staff. Here is an example of a kitchen from a customer who did just that.

I Know What I Want, I Just Need Help Finalising Some Things

Perhaps you are in the final stages of planning your kitchen and have a few decisions left to make. For example, you might want a second opinion when choosing the colour for your Shaker or Traditional cabinet frontals or some advice to help you decide whether to have solid wood or laminate worktops. At our Gloucester showroom, our mix and match display stand allows you to try different combinations together to help you make up your mind.

I Am Ready to Buy My Kitchen

You can order online or over the phone on 0345 22 22 990 but if you would prefer you can visit the showroom to place your order in person. To guarantee one of our showroom advisors is available, we recommend booking an appointment before you visit. That is just what these customers did and they received these beautiful kitchens within 10 working days.

We look forward to seeing you in our kitchen showroom in Gloucester or elsewhere, but until then follow us on Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter for inspiration or subscribe to our newsletter for weekly updates on kitchens, trends, offers and more.




 

Fascinating Kitchen Facts: The Most Unbelievable Kitchens

Posted by admin on February 26, 2019 at 2:48 pm. Filed under: General

Here at Solid Wood Kitchen Cabinets, we offer beautifully bespoke kitchens and although each one is different, they are not quite as unique as these unbelievable cooking spaces. From the world’s largest kitchen to the fastest – have a read of these fascinating kitchen facts.


The Largest Kitchen

The largest kitchen in the world is found in the Jagannath temple, India. It serves 5,000 to 10,000 people per day and so needs to be big. It measures 45.7m long (150 feet) by 30.4m wide (100 feet) and in total there are 32 rooms, containing 250 hearths. Around 1000 chefs (suaras) and assistants work in the kitchen at a time.

The Busiest Kitchen

If you thought that serving 5,000 to 10,000 people per day was a lot, think again. The Sikh Golden Temple in Amritsar, also in India, serves on average almost 100,000 people per day – and the food is 100% free. 200,000 rotis are cooked using a conveyor belt and mechanised oven, but incredibly they are all made by hand by volunteers. Each meal time they get through on average, 1,500kg of rice, 13,000kg of lentils and 2,000kg of vegetables.

The Most Expensive Kitchen on the Planet

The most expensive kitchen in the world costs an eye-watering £1,000,000. It was designed by Claudio Celiberti, took more than twelve months to create and includes cabinets made from Murano Crystal. The kitchen island alone cost £36,850 to make.

The Most Remote Kitchen on the Planet

This award goes to the Amundsen–Scott Scientific Research Station. Located on the South Pole it is also the most southernly kitchen on the planet. With temperatures dropping to −73 °C the inhabitants, which at its peak can reach 200, require plenty to eat so this kitchen needs to be prepared to cook high calorie meals for large numbers of people.

The Most Remote and the Highest, Fastest, Hottest, Coldest and, the Most Expensive

Believe it or not, the International Space Station actually has a cooking space on board and at 408km (253.5 miles) above the surface of the earth it is the highest kitchen “in the world”. Traveling 7.66 km/s (5 miles per second) it is also the fastest and with temperatures fluctuating from 121°C to -157°C, it is both the hottest and coldest too. The International Space Station cost 150 billion USD to build, so technically it’s the most expensive kitchen as well. Unsurprisingly, cooking can be tricky, so astronauts actually use duct tape to stick cooking accessories to work surfaces.

Which of these kitchen facts was most surprising and which of the kitchens would you love to cook in? Let us know in the comments below. Do not forget to follow us on Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter for inspiration or subscribe to our newsletter for weekly updates on kitchens, trends, offers and more.

 

Farmhouse Kitchen Mood Board

Posted by admin on February 21, 2019 at 10:28 am. Filed under: General

Looking particularly good in a traditional style kitchen, our solid wood products work perfectly in a farmhouse setting. This farmhouse kitchen mood board takes inspiration from a customer of Solid Wood Kitchen Cabinets. Which aspects would you consider?


Colour

This farmhouse kitchen features a simple yet effective contemporary monochrome colour scheme. Cabinet doors have been painted in Farrow & Balls All White to contrast with the black of certain aspects of the kitchen such as the wood burning stove and the fridge freezer. To add a splash of colour, a burgundy range cooker has been included. The rich colour creates an eye-catching focal point, accentuating the style of the kitchen.

Oak is the wood of choice here with its warming honey hue lifting the monochromatic colour palette of the rest of the kitchen – without overpowering or taking attention away from the design. All White has also been used on the end panels and drawers of the island, resulting in cohesion that links the whole kitchen together.


Features

Range cookers are a popular choice in any farmhouse kitchen, and this one blends style and functionality to take centre stage. Another feature that typifies a more traditional kitchen is a butler or Belfast sink. Here, mixer taps, which complement the style of the sink, have been added to match the knobs and pewter Lamont cup handles on the Traditional doors and drawers. The metal is buff so does not contrast too strongly with the other materials and so the traditional feel of the kitchen is retained.

Open cabinets are a fantastic way to display books and other kitchen items. Perfectly showcasing the natural beauty of solid wood, they work in harmony with the oak worktops to complement each other. Oak also features in the wine rack and to add a symmetry, a wine fridge has been fitted on the opposite side of the drawers.

Which parts of this farmhouse kitchen mood board do you particularly like? Let us know in the comments below. Do not forget to follow us on Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest for even more great inspiration or subscribe to our newsletter for updates and information about new products, special offers and competitions.

 

The Best Recipe Subscription Boxes

Posted by admin on February 19, 2019 at 11:09 am. Filed under: General

Sometimes coming up with new, exciting and delicious meal ideas can be tricky. Recipe subscription boxes are one solution that makes this decision easier and also takes the stress out of shopping too. Measured out, packaged and delivered straight to your door, cooking has never been so hassle-free – allowing you to enjoy your kitchen to its full potential. In this blog post, we give you the best recipe boxes available to subscribe to today.


Abel & Cole

Abel & Cole have been around since 1988, now delivering quality organic ingredients and produce across the country. They provide healthy, vibrant and delicious meals recipe boxes, meal kits and juicing and smoothie boxes. With loads of vegetable-focused choices and plenty of free recipe inspiration on their website too, you will never be stuck for dinnertime ideas again.

Gousto

Gousto are all about easy to follow recipes that use fresh ingredients to create many different styles of meals – from classics to fine dining. Containing the precise amount to cook 4 meals for between 2 and 4 people, Gousto provides 30 different recipes each week to choose from.

Hello Fresh

With a huge variety of delicious and easy to follow weekly recipes, Hello Fresh delivers high quality, fresh and pre-measured ingredients for convenient and exciting meals. Each week you can select from 18 recipes from a variety of British and world cuisines – vegetarian options are available too.

Mindful Chef

With 16 different recipes to choose from every week, the recipe subscription boxes from Mindful Chef contain a selection of meat, fish and vegan meals. Their innovative use of fresh vegetables and a reduced amount of sugar and refined carbs has resulted in them becoming the Official Nutrition Partner to the English Institute of Sport.

Riverford

Although not strictly a subscription box service, Riverford have a wide range of constantly changing recipes to choose from. Whether you are a keen meat eater or a passionate vegan, there is a recipe box for everyone. One of the nice things about Riverford is that their fruit and veg boxes contain 82% less plastic than major UK supermarkets.

Have you tried any recipe subscription boxes or are you tempted by these suggestions? Let us know which in the comments below. Do not forget to follow us on Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter for inspiration or subscribe to our newsletter for weekly updates on kitchens, trends, offers and more.

 

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