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6 of the Best Kitchen Design Blogs to Follow – After Ours

Posted by admin on January 17, 2019 at 4:08 pm. Filed under: General

The internet is a great place for kitchen design ideas and here at Solid Wood Kitchen Cabinets, we post inspirational content regularly. However, if you need a little extra inspiration here are some of the best kitchen design blogs to read.


Homedit are an interior design and architecture blog that have great kitchen content.

Homedit provides extensive inspiration and information about design and style. Although their beautiful and unique ideas cover every aspect of the home, their kitchen section is an invaluable source of written and photographic content that focuses on form and function in kitchen design.


If you are looking for kitchen furniture and interior design articles, Decoist is the blog for you.

As a web magazine, Decoist publishes regular articles on architecture, furniture and interior design but we love it for its kitchen insight. For a place to discover the latest trends, Decoist is hard to beat. It covers everything from modern design to using the natural world as inspiration.


K!tchn have lots of great articles about the very best in kitchen designs.

As a digital design and lifestyle magazine, K!tchn scours the world for the very best in kitchen designs. Produced by Grundig, an appliance brand, it shares inspiration and exclusive insights into the chicest kitchens. K!tchen provide insider tips and solutions that you can implement in your own kitchen for a contemporary look.

Apartment Therapy

Maxwell Ryan and his team bring you fantastic kitchen related content via Apartment Therapy.

Inspiring people to live a more beautiful and happy life at home, Apartment Therapy is the brainchild of interior designer, Maxwell Ryan. The articles they post, and the images they use, come directly from their readers and so provide real-life solutions.

The Kitchen Think

For brilliant ideas for functional kitchens, have a read of The Kitchen Think.

As their tag line suggests, The Kitchen Think shares brilliant ideas for functional kitchens. They have reviews of latest kitchen gadgets and appliances as well as kitchen lifestyle categories to help you make the most out of your cooking area.

The Spruce

Practical advice for designing and decorating kitchens to suit your lifestyle.

The Spruce is all about helping you to create a beautiful kitchen through providing advice on designing and decorating a cooking area to suit your lifestyle. Their practical, real-life tips and inspiration help over 30million user each month to create the kitchens of their dreams.

These are the best kitchen design blogs that we have found on the web. Do you read any of these or have we missed off your favourite? Leave your 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.


Three of the Best Methods for Displaying Cookbooks in Kitchens

Posted by admin on January 15, 2019 at 3:29 pm. Filed under: General

If you have a collection of recipe books but do not know what to do with them, keep reading. Displaying cookbooks in your kitchen not only looks great but also comes in useful when you are planning your meals – mainly because they are on hand in the place that has all of your ingredients. In this guide, we take a look at three ways you can show off your cookbooks in your kitchen.

Floating Shelves

Nothing says beauty and charm more than solid wood floating shelves. Useful as storage for your cookbooks in both contemporary and traditional kitchens, they can also be installed where space is at a premium. By positioning one shelf above another you can create a bookcase effect – this works particularly well in an alcove. To aid in finding the perfect style for your kitchen, our range includes a variety of timber in a selection of widths from 300mm up to 1500mm. These floating shelves are 200mm deep and so offer plenty of space to store your collection of recipe books. Alternatively, our regular oak kitchen shelves, also offer a solution for displaying cookbooks.

Curved Base and Wall Cabinets

Curved base and wall cabinets are wonderful features to include at the end of a run of cabinets or on the corners of a kitchen island. By installing them without door fronts you can use them for displaying cookbooks. With a radius of 190mm as standard, they include two shelves that have been manufactured from durable 18mm thick solid European oak to ensure the highest quality possible. Curved cabinets can be incorporated with other open cabinets to create even more storage.

Open cabinets

As the foundation to many kitchen islands, open cabinets are an invaluable solution to storage. As such, they are perfect for organising your cookbooks and, due to the depth of the individual shelves, larger books can be displayed with ease. In this example, an open cabinet has been used in an island and as you can see there is space for plenty of books even on a single shelf. One of the advantages of this option is that you can arrange seating around it. Combine this with your recipe book storage and you have a convenient place to write down ingredients for your weekly meals.

These are our suggestions for displaying cookbooks in kitchens – how do you arrange yours? Leave your 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.


Beautiful Kitchen Art Ideas

Posted by admin on January 10, 2019 at 10:37 am. Filed under: General

As the heart of any home, a kitchen needs to be not only functional but beautiful too. One way of putting your stamp on a room is by displaying pictures and with that in mind, we offer you some kitchen art ideas as inspiration.

Pantone Colour Fruit Prints

These Pantone colour fruit prints add vibrancy to a contemporary kitchen.

Credit : Missing Pixels

These Pantone colour fruit prints by Missing Pixels are ideal for anyone who loves colour and design. Featuring real still life photography of fruit set against vivid Pantone colour swatches, they will undoubtedly add vibrancy to your kitchen. Display all five of them like this or one at a time, changing them as you please to add even more interest throughout the year.

Gin Cocktails Print

This gin cocktails print is the perfect kitchen art idea for gin lovers.

Credit : Everlong Print Co.

If you consider yourself a bit of a gin connoisseur, this gin cocktails print by Everlong Print Co will fit perfectly into your kitchen. From a classic gin and tonic to a vesper, the 18 stylised illustrations of cocktails are captioned with their recipes – nice to look at and informative too. If gin is not your drink of choice, Everlong Print Co also have a range of other cocktails including rum, vodka, whisky and even champagne.

Coffee and Tea Plant Prints

These coffee and tea botanical prints by Daves Office

Credit : Daves Office

If you prefer your drinks alcohol free, these coffee and tea botanical prints by Daves Office might be more suitable for your kitchen. They are available in a variety of paper colours including parchment, light parchment, ivory and vintage white. Botanical prints, especially those linked to the culinary world, will fit perfectly into any traditional kitchen.

Fruit and Vegetables Print

This fruit and vegetables print by Latte Design fits perfectly into a contemporary kitchen.

Credit : Latte Design

Another ideal print for a kitchen is this fruit and vegetables print by Latte Design. The style of the picture makes it well suited to contemporary kitchens as in this example. The vibrant colours stand out beautifully against the dark walls and wall cabinets, plus the white background and frame ties in nicely with the white marble effect worktop.

Handmade Moroccan Encaustic Tiles

These Moroccan encaustic tiles have been handmade in Marrakech by artisans.

Credit : Moroccan Tiles Shop

Although not pictures, these handmade Moroccan tiles by Moroccan Tiles Shop are definitely a work of art. As they are individually made in Marrakech by artisans, they add originality to your kitchen and create a talking point. These are encaustic tiles so the patterns are produced using different coloured clay rather than glaze. There are many styles to choose from each adding their own special charm. They are also functional and can double up as kitchen splashbacks.

Would you display any of these kitchen art ideas in your home? 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.


The Most Anticipated Kitchen Trends in 2019

Posted by admin on January 8, 2019 at 2:15 pm. Filed under: General

2018 saw popular design features such as warm neutrals, mixed metals and concrete effects. As the new year sets in, we take a look at the most anticipated kitchen trends for 2019. Which will you be trying?

Raw Materials

As the number of people who are trying to find a connection with nature increases, the use of raw materials in kitchens is set to grow. Stone and wood are just two natural materials that will be big in 2019 and using them in their unprocessed state within kitchens will become more popular as the year progresses.


Wood is an excellent material for creating a calm and welcoming environment. Here at Solid Wood Kitchen Cabinets, we love it for its versatility and timeless value. As well as our solid oak cabinets, we offer a range of wooden worktops in a selection of timbers, from traditional to exotic.

Coloured Cabinets

Already popular, coloured cabinet will continue to lead the way in kitchen design. Our striking bespoke accent colours are one way to introduce this trend into your kitchen. We have chosen Farrow & Ball as our exclusive paint partner, so if you have a specific colour in mind why not use our bespoke service?


In 2019, green will be a popular colour for kitchens.

Credit : ideal Home

Of all the colours to paint your cabinets this year, green will be the most popular – specifically, Hunters or Olive Green. Farrow & Ball have a range of green tones which are suitable. Studio Green is the darkest shade that they offer and is perfect for all types of light.

Tall Splashbacks

Tall splashbacks will be popular this year and we expect that marble, as a raw material, will be the prevalent choice for this kitchen feature. Unfortunately, it is expensive. Installing marble effect kitchen splashbacks is a great low-cost alternative.

Matt Finishes

Cabinet frontals with a matt finish will become increasingly popular.

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Matt finishes will lead the way in 2019. This design style can be applied to cabinets, as in this example, or to countertops. A non-shiny work surface, such as our grey slate effect worktop not only works perfectly in contemporary kitchens, but also recreates the look of real stone.

Wooden Drawer Pulls

Natural raw materials will make an appearance in the form of wooden drawer pulls. The simplistic design of our oak bow handles makes them ideal for both contemporary and traditional kitchen styles plus they perfectly complement solid oak cabinetry and worktops.

These are our predicted kitchen trends for 2019. How do they compare to your kitchen at the moment? Which would you most like to see in your own kitchen? Let us know by commenting 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.


Using the Pantone Colour of the Year 2019 in Your Kitchen

Posted by admin on January 3, 2019 at 2:42 pm. Filed under: General

“An animating and life-affirming coral hue with a golden undertone that energizes and enlivens with a softer edge.”

The Pantone colour of the year 2019 is Living Coral – a beautiful shade of orange/pink.

Credit : Pantone

The Pantone colour of the year 2019 has been announced as Living Coral – a vibrant, warm and nourishing shade of orange/pink. In this blog post, we take a look at how you can use Pantone’s Living Coral in your kitchen.

Living Coral was created as a response to the overuse of social media and digital technology and how it has irrevocably embedded itself into our daily life. Pantone developed this colour to enable connection and intimacy by providing an authentic and immersive experience. By engaging the natural tones of Living Coral, this welcoming and light-hearted tone conjures up our need to express our playful sociable and spirited nature.

How to use the Living Coral in Your Kitchen

Although vibrant, Living Coral offers a mellowness and so works particularly well with white. By using a muted palette alongside the colour of the year 2019, a dramatic effect is easily achieved, allowing it to take centre stage and intensify its warmth. In this example, Living Coral has been applied to the Shaker doors.

Use Living Coral on Shaker doors to add a warmth to your kitchen.

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Not just a touch of colour for a monochrome scheme, Living Coral can be combined with other colours too. Turquoise, which is also calming, is a perfect complementary colour and has been paired with black drawers, worktops and upstands for even more impact.

Combine Living Coral with turquoise for a colourful kitchen.

Credit : Apartment Therapy / Pinterest

Combine Living Coral with turquoise for a colourful kitchen.

Credit : Apartment Therapy / Pinterest

Instead of painting whole walls or cabinet doors with the Pantone colour of the year 2019, you could use it sparingly like in these examples. Chairs or stools are an effective source of colour, and provide an ideal option for those who want to introduce a pop of colour without it dominating the room. Accessories too, such as these bowls and plates, are great for adding a temporary pop of colour and are perfect for complementing a wider colour scheme or for adding interest at meal times.

Living Coral used sparingly can be just as effective as using it to paint walls or cabinet doors.

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Living Coral used sparingly can be just as effective as using it to paint walls or cabinet doors.

Credit : The Pioneer Woman

You could add an appliance in a complementary colour such as this turquoise toaster. Set this against a Living Coral wall and it will lift the welcoming and light-hearted tones and add to the oceanic theme of the colour of the year. The metal front panel of this toaster will pick up the coral hues of your kitchen and add further interest.

This toaster is turquoise and is complementary of Living Coral.

Credit : Dualit

What are your thoughts on the Pantone colour of the year 2019? Would you add it to your kitchen and if so which of our ideas would you consider? Let us know by commenting 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.


Happy New Year from Solid Wood Kitchen Cabinets!

Posted by admin on December 31, 2018 at 2:55 pm. Filed under: General

2019 has officially begun, happy new year! If 2018 is anything to go by, this year should be great too. Whether you have a new year’s resolution or not, now is the perfect time to start planning a new kitchen – regardless of if you want to update an old worktop or a complete redesign.

Speaking of redesigns – our website was updated to make it easier for you to navigate and find your perfect kitchen, and our Gloucester showroom had a facelift too.

If you have had a new kitchen from us this year, we would love to see pictures of it. Please share them with us on Facebook and whilst you are there, do not forget to follow us. Thank you to all of our regular readers of the Solid Wood Kitchen Cabinets blog, we look forward to share more kitchen inspiration with you throughout 2019.


How to Style a White Worktop for a Traditional Kitchen

Posted by admin on December 27, 2018 at 10:07 am. Filed under: General

White worktops are often associated with contemporary kitchen design, however, this colour work surface can be used in other styles too. In this blog post we show you how to style a white worktop for a traditional kitchen.

White on White

White worktops and cabinets create an airy feel in this kitchen.

Credit : Allegiance Builders

White worktops atop white cabinets look effective in a traditional kitchen, especially if you have a dark floor. The black pull handles contrast with the doors whilst the high ceiling accommodates traditional pendulum lanterns – both features accentuate the traditional style.

Marble Effect Worktops with Green Cabinets

Marble worktops look great with these green kitchen cabinets.

Credit : My Domaine

This kitchen features a white marble worktop. This stone, although beautiful, is expensive and difficult to install. As an alternative, you could replace it with a marble effect laminate worktop and still achieve a similar effect. Here, the dark pattern in the marble complements the colour of the cabinets and adds continuity throughout the kitchen. Consider a colour such as Green Smoke by Farrow & Ball, or, for something darker, Studio Green. Brass kitchen handles and knobs work particularly well with these colours.

Islands and Full height Cabinetry

Kitchen islands are ideal for traditional kitchens.

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If you have the space, an island is a great feature to include in your kitchen because they offer additional worktop, storage and seating space – they also look fantastic. This island has a large white worktop atop blue cabinets which have been fitted with Shaker doors. The overhang on the island gives plenty of room for seating, whether at breakfast time or whilst entertaining in the evening. Full height cabinetry, in a lighter colour, helps to separate the two areas.

Glass Fronted Wall Cabinets

This kitchen allows in maximum light, giving it a welcoming feeling.

Credit : Lovely Interior

Glass fronted cabinets allow you to store all of your kitchen equipment whilst making them visible – the perfect balance between storage and display. This style of cabinet works particularly well in this kitchen because there is a lot of natural light. The addition of glass maintains the open airy feeling that this kitchen achieves so easily.

Combine with Natural Wood

These cabinets have been left unpainted to show of the beauty of natural wood.

Credit : Deco Design Furniture

So far, all of the kitchens we have seen feature coloured cabinets. In this example, white worktops have been combined with unpainted doors. This highlights how beautiful solid wood can be when left natural – we offer both lacquered and sanded finishes. In addition to the white worktops, the walls are also pale and so reflect the light back into the room, creating an airy atmosphere.

Which of these traditional kitchens do you like the most? Leave your thoughts in the comments below. Do not forget to follow us on Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter for updates or subscribe to our newsletter for weekly updates on kitchens, trends, offers and more.


Merry Christmas from Solid Wood Kitchen Cabinets!

Posted by admin on December 21, 2018 at 10:36 am. Filed under: General

Another year has passed and the festive celebrations are well underway. We hope that if you have bought your kitchen cabinets or worktops from us that they are coming in handy when preparing your Christmas dinner.

As one year comes to an end, another begins and with it the prospects of exciting changes. New cabinets, worktops, doors or even handles and knobs can brighten up your kitchen and give you a fresh start for 2019. If you have some time between your Christmas celebrations, why not visit one of our showrooms. Our opening times are here.

Our Showroom Christmas Opening Hours

Dec 25th – 26th: CLOSED

Dec 27th – 29th: 09:00 – 17:00

Dec 31st : 09:00 – 17:00

Jan 1st: CLOSED

Jan 2nd: 09:00 – 17:00

The opening hours for our Camden showroom are slightly different, as follows:

Camden Showroom Christmas Opening Hours

Dec 21st: 09:00 – 13:00

Dec 22nd – 26th: CLOSED

Dec 27th – 29th: 09:30 – 18:00

Dec 31st: 09:30 – 18:00

Jan 1st: CLOSED

Jan 2nd: 09:30 – 18:00

If you are too busy, why not use our kitchen style tool for inspiration? Already decided on your new kitchen? You can still place your order now for delivery in the new year.

Best wishes from everyone at Solid Wood Kitchen Cabinets.


Choosing a Kitchen Layout

Posted by admin on December 20, 2018 at 5:02 pm. Filed under: General

The kitchen is the heart of any home. At Solid Wood Kitchen Cabinets, we understand that choosing a kitchen layout can be difficult. Although we appreciate that there is more than one way to design your kitchen, this flowchart has been created to help make your choice a little easier. Simply answer the questions until you get to your ideal kitchen layout.

Kitchen Layout Inspiration

Now you know which layout will work best for you, let us offer you some inspiration. We have scoured the internet to find some of the most inspirational kitchens for both large and small homes. Let us know which one is your favourite in the comments below.

U-Shaped Kitchen Inspiration

U-shaped kitchens are perfect for smaller and large houses alike.

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Adhering to the working triangle, the U-shaped kitchen layout is one of the most efficient. It is also suitable for both large and small kitchens. Although tiny, this kitchen has the perfect balance of storage, efficiency and worktop space.

L-Shaped Kitchen Inspiration

Suitable for open or closed plan designs in large or small houses, L-shaped kitchens are becoming more popular in UK homes. It is also a great layout if you want to include an island.

G-Shaped Kitchen Inspiration

G-shaped kitchens are U-shaped kitchen with a peninsula added to one end for extra storage and worktop space.

Credit : Ideal Home

G-shaped kitchens are ideal if you want an open plan kitchen with lots of storage space. If you do not have the room, need or budget for an island, a peninsula, which typifies the g-shaped kitchen, is an ideal solution.

One Wall Kitchen Inspiration

With cabinets running along a single wall, one wall kitchens are perfect for saving space.

Credit : savvy home blog

Although we have suggested that one wall kitchens are suitable for small spaces, there is no reason why you can have one in a large open plan design. You can also add a kitchen island for more storage and worktop space if required.

Galley Kitchen

The galley design is the most suitable layout for long narrow kitchens.

Credit : home bunch

Where one wall kitchens are built along a single wall, galley kitchens feature parallel cabinetry down two walls and so offer more worktop and cupboard space. Although often restricted by width, galley kitchen design can be incredibly versatile.

We hope that you have enjoyed discovering your new potential kitchen layout. Do not forget that our blog is filled with other inspirational posts. Alternatively, why not visit one of our showrooms to see our kitchens first hand. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest for other great ideas or subscribe to our newsletter for updates, information about new products, special offers and competitions.


Contemporary Kitchen Mood Board

Posted by admin on December 19, 2018 at 4:21 pm. Filed under: General
This contemporary kitchen mood board features Inky colours, whites, reflective metals and geometric patterns.

Credit : Farrow & Ball, smeg, i.pinimg, Tesco, world of wallpaper, design gallerist.

Inky colours combine with white and reflective metals to create an atmospheric, sophisticated and elegant kitchen. This contemporary kitchen mood board has been designed to inspire you as you create your new contemporary kitchen.


This mood board features several dark colours which inject an air of sophistication. These deep shades vary from Stiffkey Blue to Pitch Black, both by Farrow & Ball, and can be used on Shaker cabinet doors to introduce a contemporary elegance to your kitchen. The dark colours are also used on the wall clock and stylish fridge-freezer by Smeg. The beautiful matt finishes on both are ideally suited to a modern kitchen.

Brass, copper and steel have been introduced to complement the darkness and can be found on the clock, fridge freezer, handles, light fixture and wallpaper. To contrast against the dark colours, a lighter surface – like our white sparkle Andromeda worktop – is ideal and will also bring balance to the deeper hues used. The flecks of reflective metals in this work surface mirror the metals in the light, fridge and clock, adding continuity to the kitchen. We have included a wallpaper that is predominantly white as this is a great way to ensure the dark cabinets do not overwhelm – this is especially important in a smaller space..


Geometry features heavily in this contemporary kitchen mood board. The wallpaper has an overlapping diamond pattern, which, although reminiscent of 1920s style, fits perfectly into a 21st century design. Clean lines and sharp angles dominate and add a distinctly contemporary feel. Where there are curves, i.e. in the wall clock, the lines have been made purposefully simple. The blocky shape of the fridge-freezer complements the geometric panelling of the Shaker doors whilst the ceiling light, although subtle, offers enough difference to work as a focal point for the room. Fixing bold stainless steel pull handles to the cabinets will continue the geometric design.


An open plan layout would work particularly well with this colour scheme as it would let maximum light into the room. Consider utilising a kitchen island to separate the kitchen from the other living areas and to create a modern feature.

Which aspects of this contemporary kitchen mood board do you prefer? Leave your thoughts in the comments below. Do not forget to follow us on Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest for more inspiration or subscribe to receive updates about new products, special offers and competitions.


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