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Introducing the Vivo Range!

March 2nd 2016 by .


For the first time in our 20 year history, Kitchen Door Workshop is now offering next day delivery on our new range of Standard Size kitchen and bedroom doors. We’re also proud to offer what we believe are the cheapest kitchen doors on the market, with prices starting from an incredible £2.99 On top of this, order before 11:30 for next day delivery of your kitchen doors.

The first of our next day doors is the Vivo, a sleek and sophisticated modern slab door. With its plain square edging and minimalist style, this standard sized door is the epitome of contemporary design. The versatility of the Vivo allows it look good as a kitchen door or even a wardrobe door, both of which are possible with a selection of over 50 standard sizes available on kitchen drawers – all available for next day delivery.

All our new standard sized doors, including the Vivo, are made from high quality, hard wearing MDF wood which is more than capable standing up to the everyday wear and tear of the kitchen.

Giving these high gloss doors their signature mirror like shine is painted lacquer finish. Lacquer is a spray painted wood finish that dries to produces a hard and durable finish that above all looks fantastic.

The Vivo selection comes in a stunning contemporary range of Slab High Gloss colours that will help give your kitchen or bedroom the makeover it deserves.


High Gloss White


No range of doors would be complete without a High Gloss White offering and the Vivo is no different. This wonderful shade is everything has everything you could want in a door colour. A glistening reflective sheen complements the purity of the white finish and reflects any natural light that enters the room.


High Gloss Grey


Grey is the “in” colour right now and its popularity shows no signs of diminishing. With colours like Slab High Gloss Grey it’s so easy to see why grey has fast become one of the nation’s favourite colours. This sumptuous shade is a gorgeous light grey that is capable of brightening up even the dreariest of homes.


High Gloss Ivory


A stylish glossy a take on a traditionally popular colour, High Glossy Ivory is an effortlessly simple shade. Commonly described as off-white, High Gloss Ivory is the perfect alternative to the often stark and clinical feel of high gloss whites. The versatile nature of this colour lends itself to woodgrain accessories.


High Gloss Cashmere


Cashmere is an increasingly popular alternative to the traditional kitchen colours such as white, ivory and vanilla. Looking at the Vivo’s High Gloss Cashmere offering it becomes clear as to why many people are ditching the outdated shades in favour or more stylish modern offerings. High Gloss Casmere is a soft and warm brown shade that will fill the room with a natural positivity.


High Gloss Anthracite

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Our final Vivo choice is the stunning Vivo Anthracite. This delightfully dark shade is like no other in our collection. It is best described a blackish-grey thanks to its strong tone. But thanks to the mirror-like shine of the high gloss finish you don’t have to fear your kitchen or bedroom becoming too dark if you opt for this colour.


The Vivo range is it out now with next day delivery and a massive range of standard sizes available. Click the Buy/Get Quote button on your chosen door’s colour or give us a call on 01825 765 041 and start planning the makeover your kitchen deserves.

Top 5 Kitchen Colour Combinations

February 26th 2016 by .


As anyone who has ever updated their kitchen will know, choosing the right colour scheme can be the most difficult decision you make but will have the biggest pay off when your kitchen is complete. Colours are powerful tools capable of making the same kitchen looking completely transformed from something traditional to a contemporary masterpiece with little more than a lick of paint.

Whether you want to make your kitchen feel bigger, warmer, more welcoming or all three, colours can give your kitchen the look you crave at a fraction of the cost of a full makeover. But before we take a look at our 5 favourite colour schemes here’s some of the items that you can change the colour of to bring your tired kitchen back to life.

After painting the walls, replacing your kitchen doors is one of the easiest ways of updating the room’s style and allows you to choose from a near endless supply of colours and styles. Worktops and Splashbacks are more complex, but brilliant in adding a contrasting colour to your cooking space and when done correctly will look impeccable. Finally, whilst you may not think it, everything in the room has the potential to complete, or ruin, a colour scheme so take the time to pick your furniture and accessories as they could potentially make or break your new kitchen. See our Top 10 kitchen colour schemes below.

1) Black and White

Whilst black and white may seem old fashioned (think old-school televisions), a kitchen in this palette is anything but. A popular choice amongst kitchen designers and DIYers alike, this contrasting combination is capable of giving your cooking space the modern transformation it deserves. We’re huge fans of pairing high gloss white doors with a matte black worktop, as it emphasises the modern feel. However, there are so many stylish possibilities we’re certain you’ll be able to find one you like.

2) Spice it up – Reds, Yellows and Oranges

In the bitter cold of dark winter days, the right colours can make your kitchen feel a million times brighter and warmer. Warm colours such as deep reds, vibrant oranges and bright yellows will give the room a comfortable feel, especially when paired with a neutral backdrop. We love seeing high gloss kitchen doors in bold colours as a stylish kitchen island feature.

3) Contemporary Woodgrain and Matte

Historically woodgrain colours have been reserved for more traditional kitchens but they’re making a comeback and some of the high gloss options are truly exquisite. Pair these with some matte black or grey and you have a recipe for an ultra-stylish new kitchen.
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4) Natural – Green and Woodgrain

While it may not immediately strike you as a match made in heaven, pairing woodgrains with light greens has proven immensely popular. Both colours have a natural feel, yet contrast enough to make the room standout. Furthermore, as a natural pairing, you have near limitless opportunities as to how you wish to accessorise the room. While pricy, an AGA oven can give the room an extremely trendy finish.

5) Pastel Chic

If there’s one colour craze that is in style right now it would be pastel. Generally found in – bright pinks and baby blues, these super stylish shades will give any home a trendy look. While having your kitchens doors in these colours may be a little overpowering for some tastes, accessories look exquisite.

When paired with the increasingly popular shabby chic, this creates a kitchen at the cutting-edge of modern style.

These are just some of our favourite colour combinations, but there’s a wealth of possibilities for you to transform your kitchen.
Re-designing your kitchen? Tell us what colour combination you’re going for.

2016’s Hottest Kitchen Trends

January 6th 2016 by .

The New Year is here, which means it’s almost time to wave goodbye to the kitchen trends that ruled in 2015, and welcome in the new and revitalised looks that will soon take their crown. While all home refurbishing trends come and go, as the kitchen is arguably the heart of the home it is important to get an idea of what other people are doing in case you ever decide to sell.

2016 Hottest Kitchen Trends

Before all that though, our top tip when refreshing your kitchen is to only adopt trends that you are actually passionate about or you risk ending up with a kitchen that not only do you not like, but is out of fashion too. Put your own spin on these in-style looks to ensure your kitchen offers long lasting appeal and will serve you well for years to come.

As you’ll see below, many of the styles that rose to prominence in 2015 have shown little signs of going away, but there are plenty of new and exciting ideas that we can wait for!

1. White, Grey and Neutral Kitchen Doors

This trend is 100% here for the long haul. High Gloss White kitchen doors especially have almost become a byword for contemporary kitchen doors, while Grey kitchen cabinets have just gone from strength to strength in 2015. It’s also easy to see why more and more homeowners are opting for the neutral colours and earthly tones that work seamlessly with a number of different options. These colours give the room not just a sense of warmth, but give you the design freedom to add bolder colours elsewhere.

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With hundreds of white, grey and earthly kitchen doors available, there is a colour pallet to suit every home in 2016. We love contemporary high gloss white slab kitchen doors paired with super stylish matt black worktops.

2. Contemporary Country

A style that really began to take off towards the back end of 2015, the art of combining traditional kitchen doors with a modern environment can look incredible when done right. The contrast between the shabby-chic effect of vintage style and the modern elements of your cooking space creates a stunning visual effect the perfectly pairs both classic and contemporary style – leaving you with a kitchen that will surely stand the test of time.

We find that pairing off-white Shaker kitchen doors with woodgrain worktops and flooring is a match made in heaven, worthy of gracing any age kitchen.

3. Heavy Metal

Over the past few years metals and metallic colours have soared in popularity thanks in part to them beautifully complementing shabby-chic design. We envisage heavier, warmer metals such as brass, gold and copper to outshine the cooler metals such as stainless steel and silver due to the cultured warmness they bring to the room. Some of the ways we like to incorporate these styles are through drop down lighting and stylish taps.

4. Defined Textures

Textures really help to add a personal touch to your kitchen as there are near-limitless possibilities and so many places you can put them. Adding textures to a minimalist white kitchen helps to give the room depth and interest. Incorporating a textured splashback is an easy and increasingly popular way of working the terrific trend into your home.

5. New Age Worktops

Here at Kitchen Door Workshop, few things infuriate us more than seeing gorgeous kitchen doors and attractive kitchens being brought down by old and unfashionable worktops. It’s amazing how a mismatched or run-down worktop can completely ruin the aesthetics of your kitchen. Thankfully, there are plenty of options out there. As with everything modern these days, newer worktops are smart and sleek. Ultrathin porcelain worktops will be massive next year as not only they look impeccable, but they outperform traditional quartz worktops when it comes to heat, flame and stain resistance. Check out some of our favourites below.

Tell Us

What do you think of these kitchen trends? Will they be a hit or miss in 2016? What else do you think will be big in 2016? Let us know!

Get the Best from your Kitchen this Christmas with these Decoration Ideas

December 18th 2015 by .

As the nights fall earlier and earlier, we get more and more into the Christmas spirit – it really is the most wonderful time of the year. One of our favourite festivities is without a doubt the decorating of the home and in particular the kitchen. Barring the roasting of the turkey, it is a room that can often be forgotten through the winter, but if, like us, the kitchen is a room where everyone gathers in your home and you are likely to be entertaining people over the holiday period, then it is certainly worth decorating it to really bring home the Christmas cheer.


Where to Start?

Although it may not seem like it at first, the Kitchen has near endless possibilities when it comes to Christmas design ideas, from traditional ones such as covering the room in tinsel to more adventurous ideas such as livening up your kitchen cabinets.


The Tree of Course!

Nothing screams Christmas more than a beautiful green tree. So if you’re fortunate to have the room for one in your kitchen, then what are you waiting for? We’d suggest an artificial one as turkey and pine needles aren’t an ideal cooking combination, plus it makes for easy movement as you find the ideal position for it. You can go big or small, but we find a miniature tree on some spare worktop space is an ideal solution. The Christmas tree will form the focal point of the kitchen, so ensure the rest of the room is decorated similarly to avoid having a messy and disjointed looking kitchen.

Reds and whites are a perfect Christmassy combination, especially for the kitchen as the red brings the festive joy and offers a great contrast to the neutral yet snow-inspired white. However, remember to choose a colour scheme that complements the colour and style of your kitchen doors, which brings us nicely onto…


Christmassy Cabinets

Many people often forget, neglect or even don’t consider their kitchen doors when it comes to sprucing up their cooking space, understandably so as they are not the most obvious candidate for merry décor. However, just like the rest of the room, there are actually plenty of options when it comes to decorating, from the smart and simple to the bold and brilliant. As kitchen doors are used frequently, especially during Christmas, we prefer decorations that don’t obstruct your cabinets; however it purely comes down to personal preference. Take a look at some of our favourites below.

Bright is Beautiful

Nothing makes a kitchen gloomier than darkness and with the glum British winters we experience plenty of it. Therefore lighting up your kitchen is paramount – plus it means we can have fairy lights, lots of fairy lights! There’s no reason not to put them somewhere in your kitchen, as they never fail to lift the mood. We find placing some across the window sill or along the top of the cabinets are the ideal solutions.


This is when you can really get your creative juices flowing. There are so many possibilities. From holly to candy cane and mistletoe to tinsel, words just can’t do them justice. That’s why we’ve created a collection of our absolute favourites that you can see below.

Christmas Cuisine

Last but certainly not least, how could any Christmas kitchen be complete without some festive food. Apart from the Christmas day roast there is lots of fun things you can cook to make your kitchen look and smell more Christmassy than ever. Gingerbread men, candy canes and chocolates are the order of the day here.


So there we have it, some of our top tips for decorating your kitchen this Christmas. What are you waiting for? Get into the Christmas spirit and start decorating.

Have already decorated your kitchen? We’d love to see your pictures! You can post them on our Facebook page here.

The True Cost of Replacement Kitchen Doors

November 26th 2015 by .

how much it costs to replace kitchen doors

Here at Kitchen Door Workshop one of, if not the most common question we get asked is – how much will it cost to replace my kitchen doors?
The answer of course, varies from kitchen to kitchen – a small flat’s cooking space will obviously be cheaper than a large open-plan kitchen with a breakfast bar.

However, in this week’s blog post we’ve done all we can to make understanding how much it will cost as simple as possible. We’ll take you step-by-simple-step through the process from initial measurements to receiving your quote. To begin, let’s take the standard kitchen seen in the photo above. A nice and simple design with eight kitchen doors (including a larder door) and three kitchen drawer fronts – we’ll use this as an example of how much your replacement kitchen doors will cost.


First step: Take measurements of your kitchen

To get a price, first and foremost you’ll need to ensure you know what size doors you need. It’s incredibly simple and you can see all you need to know in the video below.

Don’t worry if your kitchen includes some non-standard sizes, framed doors or sloping doors. Kitchen Door Workshop can provide you custom doors made to measure – any size – including framed and sloping.

Also, it’s also not a problem if you want to use your previous hinges: we can drill the hinge holes to your exact specification.

To help you to measure and fit your kitchen doors properly, we offer several free video guides and a DIY book.

In true cooking-show fashion, here’s one we made earlier.
These are the measurements of the eleven elements that compose our kitchen model:

  • 3 door fronts 715mm x 596mm (n. 1, 4, 5 in the figure);
  • 2 door fronts 715mm x 496mm (n. 2, 3 in the figure);
  • 2 door fronts 355mm x 596mm (n. 9, 10 in the figure);
  • 1 door front 1245mm x 596mm (n. 11 in the figure);
  • 1 drawer front 140mm x 596mm (n. 6 in the figure);
  • 2 drawer fronts 283mm x 596mm (n. 7, 8 in the figure);


Measured Kitchen Layout


Second Step: Choose the colour and style of the doors

Now we know what size doors we need, it’s time to decide what style and colour we want. In our opinion the most difficult decision of the lot, so take your time and be sure that the colour and style is exactly what you want. To help you make the right choice, we drew up a list of aspects to consider (click here for more information).

Thankfully, we have thousands of style and colour combinations to suit every home, you can even order free colour samples to get a proper appreciation for what colour your kitchen will be.

Do bear in mind however, that the colour and style door you choose may have an impact on the price – a plain and flat white door will obviously be cheaper than a High Gloss Aubergine Shaker. For the purpose of simplicity, we’ve gone for a Lewes kitchen door in Silk White.

If you’re looking for a very quick price, then check out our online price calculator – find it in the price section of your chosen door’s page.

High Gloss Aubergine Lewes Silk White

Third Step: Request your free Quote

Once you’ve chosen your colour, it’s time to get some prices. Using our straightforward online quotation form, getting prices is simpler than ever. Choose your style and colour, enter your measurements and voila!

We’ve also opted for some T-bar handles as they’re just 99p, but you can keep your current ones if you wish. There’s also a wide array of accessories available from plinth and pelmet to wine racks, but to keep things simple here, we’re sticking to doors and handles. Within working hours (9 to 5:30) you’ll receive your quote within an hour.

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We’ve now received our quote and it’s just £287.18 to completely replace our kitchen doors and give the room the makeover it deserves.

Compare that to fully replacing a plain white kitchen and you’re looking at savings of over £2000. Obviously a full kitchen makeover has its benefits, but when your cabinets are still in good condition (they should last for upwards of 15 years) there is no point spending thousands of pounds on needlessly replacing them when changing just the doors makes it look just as good. So there we have it, getting the cost for your replacement kitchen doors is so much easier (and cheaper) than many people believe.

So what are you waiting for? Get a quote now and give your kitchen the makeover it deserves.

Colours shown on this website can vary from one door range to another (even if the name of the colour is the same) and may not be accurately displayed on your computer screen. You can order free colour swatches so that you can see exactly what your chosen colour looks like before ordering.

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