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Valentine’s Day Kitchen Inspiration

Posted by admin on February 14, 2019 at 10:25 am. Filed under: General

As today is the 14th of February, we thought we would explore some romantic ideas for your cooking space. In this blog post, we offer you some Valentine’s Day kitchen inspiration that you can utilise in a number of creative ways – from redecorating to gift ideas.

Five Farrow & Ball Pinks

Farrow & Ball shades of pink. Left to right: Middleton Pink, Pink Ground, Nancy’s Blushes Cinder Rose, Rangwali

From the wildly romantic rose pink of Cinder Rose to the delicate neutral shade of Middleton Pink, Farrow & Ball have a hue to suit everyone. Here we have selected a few of our favourites from the pretty to the exotic. Of course, you do not have to paint your walls or even your cabinets, instead you could apply them in moderation to add a splash of colour to your chairs, shelves and other kitchen accessories.

Pink Kitchens

If you are looking to update your kitchen to create a romantic, exotic or playful atmosphere, take a look at these kitchens for ideas.

Grey shades of pink are a stylish alternative to white and grey.

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This kitchen cabinet idea helps you to see how greyer hues of pink work as an alternative to white and grey. The Shaker doors feature just such a shade.

Dappled pink kitchen walls offer a striking effect, especially when set against white tiles.

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The dappled pink of this kitchen wall gives a wonderful texture. When paired with the white tiles and gold coloured pole for hanging kitchen utensils, the result is striking.

Combining Shaker doors, contemporary materials and bold colour combinations, this kitchen demonstrates how versatile pink can be. Here it is paired with black and teal – the result is dramatic and eye-catching.

Valentine’s Day Kitchen Gift Ideas

If your loved one is a keen cook and you are stuck for some practical gift ideas, take a look at these.

These pretty pastel pink coloured Le Creuset cooking pots are a stylish kitchen accessory.

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These Le Creuset cooking pots are a pretty pastel pink colour and are a beautiful alternative to their classic orange version. From large stews to individual servings, this set is the perfect gift for the chef in your life – professional or otherwise.

Ideal for making all types of bakes, this pale pink KitchenAid mixer makes the perfect gift.

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Does your partner love to bake? Then this pale pink KitchenAid mixer will make the perfect Valentine’s day gift for them. From cakes to meringues, it can mix them all and look great doing it.

Another gift idea for the baker in your life, these vintage inspired rolling pins with painted handles are available in a variety of pretty pastel colours and are the perfect accessory to complement a solid oak kitchen.

What do you think of these Valentine’s Day kitchen ideas? Let us know which you would want in your home 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.


Beautiful dining table ideas for solid wood kitchen diners

Posted by admin on February 12, 2019 at 10:49 am. Filed under: General

Are you trying to find a seating area that will suit your lifestyle and kitchen? These five beautiful dining table ideas for solid wood kitchen diners are here to offer inspiration for your own space. Whether you are looking for a large table for big family meals or a small space for a quick snack, this blog post has something for everyone.

Suitable for contemporary and traditional kitchen, this dining table matches the Shaker doors.

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This dining table features chairs and table legs that match the colour of the cabinets. Comfortably seating six, it is perfect for the average sized family. With its straight edges, this dining set perfectly complements the Shaker doors. It is versatile enough to work well in both contemporary and traditional kitchen settings.

A pale coloured dining table to complement a light and airy kitchen.

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Here is another example of a dining table that can comfortably seat six. The legs have a beautiful curved design that gives it a more traditional feel and yet it would not look out of place in a contemporary kitchen. With pale colours, this table adds to the light and airy feel of the rest of the kitchen.

This kitchen island doubles up as a dining table for two.

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Technically a kitchen island, this dining space is ideal for couples. Although there is already a dining table in this kitchen, this island makes a great alternative if you want a quick snack. Fitted with a solid oak worktop it perfectly matches the countertops of the rest of the kitchen, adding to the overall design.

This reclaimed rustic wooden dining table and bench is perfect for large families or for entertaining.

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Although contemporary in style, this kitchen, with its metro tiles and Shaker doors, benefits from this reclaimed rustic wooden dining table and benches. Many of the features in this kitchen, including the lighting, clock and stools, are also traditional and help to tie everything together to create one cohesive design.

Dining Table Ideas Using Worktops

These next examples have actually been made from worktops. They vary in size from 10 to four-seaters and show just how versatile solid wood worktops can be.

For Entertaining

Here, a worktop has been used to create a large dining table for a restaurant.

Although this example is in a restaurant, it is a good demonstration of how you can use a worktop to create a large dining table for big families or for entertaining.

For Families

This taller dining table is perfect for families of four.

This simplistic dining table is ideal for families of four. It is higher than the average table but uses stools. This gives it a contemporary feel.

For Traditional Kitchens

This dining table literally fits well into a traditional kitchen.

This worktop has been finished to give it a scalloped edge and then integrated into the kitchen to save space and to add interest.

For Contemporary Kitchens

Dark wood and a simplistic design gives this integrated dining table a contemporary feel.

Here is another dining table that has been added on to the kitchen, this time in a contemporary style.

What do you think of these dining table ideas for solid wood kitchen diners? Let us know which you prefer 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.


11 Kitchen Guides to Read Before Installation

Posted by admin on February 7, 2019 at 12:47 pm. Filed under: General

Are you planning on installing your kitchen yourself? Do not do anything until you have read these 11 kitchen guides. From installing a worktop to fitting a Belfast sink here is everything you need to know.

How to Fit a Kitchen: Solid Wood Base Cabinets

Our solid oak kitchen cabinets arrive fully assembled, saving time, effort and stress when fitting your solid oak kitchen. If you opt to have your kitchen delivered flat-packed, it has been constructed to be easy to install even if you do not have any experience. By following these 5 simple steps you can perfectly fit your new base cabinets.

How to Fit a Worktop on Solid Oak Kitchen Cabinets

We have a wide selection of beautifully crafted worktops to choose from including solid wood and laminate countertops. This guide also explores installation of other types of work surface too, so even if you are planning on having a stone countertop, it will be useful throughout the fitting process.

How to Fit a Kitchen: Solid Wood Wall Cabinets

Fitting wall cabinets may seem like a daunting task, but our guide has just five simple steps to follow that makes fixing yours in place easy. Once you have your wall and base cabinets in place, you will be able to add worktops, handles and all the finishing touches – keep reading for more.

How to Choose and Install Cabinet Doors

What is the difference between our Shaker and Traditional cabinet doors? Find out in this guide and then learn how to fit them to your cabinets and drawers.

How to Choose and Install Handles and Knobs in Oak Kitchens

Your doors are going to need handles. Fortunately, we have a great selection of bow, bar, D and cup handles, as well as wooden and metal knobs. This guide explores the available options and offers valuable information on installation.

Installing Cabinet End Panels in Solid Oak Kitchens

Whether you are planning on attaching end panels to the end of a cabinet or to cover an appliance, you will not find a more detailed guide on how to do so anywhere on the internet.

How to Install Pilasters and Corner Posts in Solid Wood Kitchens

Pilasters and corner posts help to add beautiful details to your kitchen and installation could not be simpler. Learn how in this guide.

How to Pick and Install Cornices and Pelmets in Solid Wood Kitchens

Cornices and pelmets help to complete the look in any kitchen. Our selection includes Traditional and Shaker designs in straight and curved styles. Find out which is more suited to your kitchen and how to install them here.

How to Choose and Install Solid Wood Upstands and Plinths

This useful kitchen guide has plenty of information regarding upstands and plinths – two features that obscure worktop expansion gaps and kitchen unit legs. Discover why they are perfect for finishing a kitchen off in style.

How to Choose and Install Splashbacks in Solid Wood Kitchens

Why choose splashbacks for your kitchen? They protect your walls from splashes and stains as well as adding colour and interest. Learn about the different styles we offer and how easy it is to fit them.

How to Install Belfast Sinks in Oak Kitchens

Every kitchen needs a sink and none are more beautiful or practical than a ceramic Belfast sink. Find out all you need to know about installing them in this concise guide.

These are all of the guides you will ever need when installing a kitchen. Which has been most useful to you? Leave your comments below. Do not forget to follow us on Facebook,Twitter or Pinterest for even more great information or subscribe to our newsletter for updates and information about new products, special offers and competitions.


10 Inspirational Utility Room Cabinet Ideas

Posted by admin on February 5, 2019 at 11:53 am. Filed under: General

Having an additional room for storage and white goods, such as washing machines or tumble driers, is undoubtedly useful. In this blog post, we give you some utility room cabinet ideas to inspire you in your own home.

Black on Greige

This utility room has black and greige colour scheme.

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Our first utility room idea comes from Real Homes. It demonstrates how you can contrast light and dark colours with black worktops atop greige cabinets. Learn more about how to use greige in this blog post.

Light and Airy

Matching the colour of white goods with cabinets and worktops creates a striking effect.

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To reflect light back and to tie the design of your utility room together, why not match your cabinet colour to your appliances. For example, you could fit light colour countertops such as our Duropal Glacial Storm worktops to pale cabinets.

Storage Baskets and Shelving

Smaller utility rooms can utilise shelves for additional storage space.

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Utility rooms do not have to be large. If you have a small room that cannot fit cabinets, make the most of the space by adding worktops and oak shelves above your appliances, and fill it full of storage baskets.

L-shaped Utility Rooms

This L-shaped utility room has solid wood worktops.

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Much like kitchens, utility rooms can have many different layouts. In the case of this example by Home 4rt, this laundry room has an L-shaped design complete with Shaker doors and solid wood worktops.

No Space, No Problem

Utility rooms do not have to be large as this example proves.

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This example of a small utility room demonstrates the effectiveness of symmetry in design. Two wall cabinets positioned above the washing machine and tumble drier have been separated by a single shelf. Simple but effective.

Elegant and Sophisticated

This utility room has an elegant and sophisticated design.

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Make the most of colour by selecting a bold hue for your cabinet frontals. Farrow & Ball’s Stiffkey Blue paired with warm coloured handles results in an elegant and sophisticated design.

Simple yet Effective

By matching worktops and floating shelves you can create a beautiful utility room.

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Sometimes all you require is a worktop and a shelf. In this example, oak worktops and matching floating shelves have been installed for a minimalistic design. An inexpensive solution that is also quick and easy to install.

Single Wall and Full Height Cabinetry

This example of a single wall utility room has plenty of storage space.

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Again, we see another classic kitchen layout being used in a utility room – the single wall layout. It offers plenty of storage and frees up space for a seating area.

Ceramic Sinks and Open Cabinets

Utility rooms with ceramic sinks have a traditional feel.

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In this example by Good House Keeping, the ceramic sink takes centre stage. There are plenty of closed cabinets but by leaving one set open and including in baskets, more interest is added.

Fresh and Easy to Clean

Laminate worktops are a great choice if you want a low maintenance utility room.

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By adding light coloured cabinets and easy to clean white laminate worktops, this example is not only airy but easy to clean too – exactly what you want from a functional utility room.

What do you think of these utility room cabinet ideas? 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.


Traditional Kitchen Mood Board

Posted by admin on February 1, 2019 at 4:39 pm. Filed under: General
This traditional kitchen mood board offers inspiration for your own kitchen.

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Are you looking for a classic kitchen design that works well in either period or modern houses? This traditional kitchen mood board not only demonstrates what characterises this style of cooking space but also offers plenty of inspiration to utilise in your own home.


This mood board features predominantly light colours, with Farrow & Ball’s Pointing taking centre stage. Ideal as a wall colour in a traditional kitchen, this fresh, warm and uncomplicated neutral can be combined with a wide variety of shades. An example of this is the Batik patchwork tiles that have been arranged in several colours including red, blue, yellow and green.

The worktop we have chosen is solid ash – an alternative to other similar traditional timbers like oak or maple. Staying with the light colour palette, both the ceramic undermount Belfast sink and Edison knob are white, but to introduce some depth of colour, the AGA is pale grey.


Ash worktops add plenty of character thanks to their stunning grain – a pattern that is mostly straight with the occasional curl. As one of our harder traditional timbers, ash is highly durable and therefore suitable for busy kitchen settings.

Of the two styles of solid oak doors we sell, unsurprisingly we have included traditional doors in this traditional kitchen mood board. We have paired them with ‘White Tie’ from Farrow & Ball – a gently warming yellow based neutral to complement ‘Pointing’.

Ceramic Belfast sinks are a mainstay of the traditional kitchen – their large dimension and simplistic design combine to deliver equal parts style and functionality. To tie in with the ceramic sink, Edison knobs have been included in this mood board. The cracked glazed ceramic design is elegant and bright and the worn effect will give added character to your kitchen – Edison D handles can be installed on drawers.

What traditional kitchen would be complete without an AGA? Of course, AGAs are not always practical, especially if space is at a premium. If this is the case consider a cooker in a similar style. If you want a truly traditional design, we would suggest avoiding contemporary materials such as stainless steel. Batik patchwork tiles could be used behind the cooker as a splashback but if you prefer a more pared back look, consider plain terracotta tiles or something similar.

Which parts of this traditional kitchen mood board would you consider using? 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.