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It’s All In The Details: How To Fit Your Drawer & Door Handles

May 8th 2017 by .

You’ve decided that your kitchen or bedroom needs a bit of a face-lift, and you’ve chosen new doors in a design and colour that truly reflects you and your style. Now it’s time for the all-important finishing touches – the drawer and door handles.

The handles you choose for your new doors and drawer-fronts can really make or break the new look, so it’s worth putting some time aside to think about what you want. As well as choosing handles that suit the style of doors you’ve got, you’ll want to consider the general look and feel of the whole room – whether you want bar, latch-style or simple round handles, and if you have young children, how easy you want it to be for small fingers to get into your cupboards.

We have a wide range of handles available – we stock every style, from sleek bow handles to antique latches with pewter finishes. Whether your new-look kitchen has a crisp, minimalist look, or you’re looking to create a cosy, country cottage-inspired feel, we’ve got the perfect door accessories for you.

But how to position those handles once you’ve chosen them?

It sounds like it should be obvious, but a little time and care can go a long way to make your kitchen feel fresh while being functional and family-friendly.

On wall units

Positioning the handle as near to the bottom of the door as you can will make it easy to open and will prevent you having to stretch too far when you need to find your favourite mug or grab that all-important ingredient. Shorter styles of bow, bar and D-handles will look great on the vertical edge of the door, while longer designs of these handles will sit beautifully along the bottom edge. You’ll want to place shell or curl-style handles along that bottom edge too, due to their ergonomic shape.

On base units

Place the handle at the top of the door – you won’t want to stoop to open the door every time you need something from the cupboard. Depending on the design of the door, the style of handle and your personal preferences, you can place the handle along the top edge of the door or at the top of the vertical edge. Longer styles of bar and bow handles will look best attached to the horizontal edge, while shorter styles of these handles could be fixed to the vertical edge. Shell and curl handles will need to be placed on the horizontal edge due to their shape. Round door handles can sit neatly in one of the top corners of the door.

On drawers

A good rule of thumb is that if the drawer is wider than 600mm, you’ll need two handles for it, and if it’s under 600mm, you can have just one. However, this can vary, depending on the style of handle you choose. If you’ve selected round handles, you may need two of them on even a small drawer, and similarly, you may be able to get away with having one handle on a large drawer if the handle style is long and sturdy.

How to fit your new door handles

For an easy, step-by-step guide to fitting your new door handles, watch our video below. And if you need any other DIY help, visit our HelpZone.

4 New Legno Colours in our Trends Range

March 10th 2017 by .

The arrival of spring is the perfect time to think about refreshing your home. The longer days, warmer weather and re-appearance of blooms and blossom make us think of summer parties, entertaining at home, and new starts.

And speaking of ‘new’, we’re incredibly excited to introduce 4 new Legno colours in our Trends range:

 

Read on to find out more about our new shades, and let them inspire you to make those little changes to your home. Bring a little springtime inside!

Legno Linen

This fresh, cool shade will brighten any room and really open up the space. The woodgrain finish adds texture and interest, and stops the white looking too stark. In the kitchen, use Legno Linen to create a rustic look – add pastel accessories and natural woodgrain worktops to complete the look. In the bedroom, doors in Legno Linen would look fantastic against pale grey walls. Legno Linen is also ideal for creating a crisp, monochrome look, which won’t date, and is easy to liven up with accessories when you fancy adding a splash of colour.

Legno Quartz

Legno Quartz is a soft, light grey with warm undertones. If you’re aiming for a modern take on a country-cottage style, this gentle shade will work beautifully. Grey is still very much in fashion, but the creamy undertones give Legno Quartz a homely, slightly rustic feel. The woodgrain effect adds to this natural, unfussy look. In either the kitchen or the bedroom, Legno Quartz would look stunning when paired with white walls or tiles, and accessories and soft furnishings in dusky pinks. Handles in a matt nickel finish will complement this light grey shade perfectly, so don’t forget to have a look at our Accessories page.

Legno Nordic

This is a striking shade – Legno Nordic is a strong mid-grey, with undertones of chocolate brown that add richness and luxury. The woodgrain finish softens the grey and stops it looking too cold. Legno Nordic would look fantastic in either your kitchen or bedroom. In the kitchen, pair this bold shade with lighter greys and whites or creams for a room that always looks fresh. In the bedroom, use Legno Nordic to create a cosy space that’s as stylish as a boutique hotel – accessories in colours like deep pink or mustard yellow will really pop against the grey. Antique-style handles with a pewter finish will complete the luxe look.

Legno Jet

This black shade is bold and not for the faint-hearted, but wherever you choose to use this colour, it will create a talking point in your home. As with all darker shades, Legno Jet would look especially eye-catching in a larger room. If space is in short supply, it would look fantastic when paired with other lighter-coloured doors. In the kitchen, you could have Legno Linen doors on wall units and Legno Jet on floor units, or Jet on an island and Linen surrounding it. Wooden flooring and white or cream walls would provide the perfect backdrop to doors in Legno Jet. Contrasting the black doors with light, airy surroundings means the colour won’t dominate the room.

We’d love to hear which of our new shades you like the best, so let us know on our Facebook page or via Twitter.

8 Flippin’ Fantastic Pancake Day Recipes

February 22nd 2017 by .

Pancake Day, or Shrove Tuesday, falls on 28th February this year, which means it’s time to get the family together in the kitchen for some pancakes.

Shrove Tuesday was traditionally dedicated to using up any rich foods in the house before Lent, such as eggs, milk and sugar. And as Lent coincides nicely with the last few weeks of winter and the beginning of spring, it’s a great time to think about getting those little DIY jobs done and refreshing your kitchen in time for the better weather. Maybe you want to modernise your kitchen and create a cool, sophisticated space for dining and entertaining – high gloss doors are a great choice. Or perhaps it’s a cosy, slightly rustic look you’re after, in which case, cathedral doors would work beautifully. Or maybe you simply fancy a change that strikes the balance between traditional and timeless – the Shaker door is a classic design that never goes out of style.

The great thing about Pancake Day is that it’s really easy to celebrate – chances are, you already have all the ingredients you need in your cupboards. Depending on how confident you feel with a frying pan, you can try beating the world record for number of pancake tosses: 140 in one minute. If you’d rather not risk pancakes stuck to the ceiling and batter on the floor, we don’t blame you. So we’ve scouted out the best pancake recipe ideas to make your mouths water and your pans sizzle, and all you need to do is feast.

Lemon and sugar

It’s a classic for a reason – the sharpness of the lemon and the slight crunch of sugar make an unbeatable combination. Golden syrup was also a popular choice here in the Kitchen Door Workshop office.

Chocolate in any form

The chocoholic in your life will adore these crepe-style pancakes – cocoa powder in the mixture adds a bit of richness to the pancake itself, while the chocolate spread and berries make a delicious filling. Berries also work beautifully with white chocolate. You’ll find bags of frozen berries in your local supermarket – they’re slightly cheaper than buying fresh fruit and they’ll last until you need them.

Fruit

Strawberries and whipped cream, blueberries and syrup, banana and peanut butter – you could even try adding berries or mashed banana directly to your pancake mixture. We love these oaty pancakes with raspberries and honey, and think this mango and coconut topping sounds different, but delicious.

Why not try something a little different?

Take inspiration from around the globe and give this Finnish pancake dessert a try – you cook it in a roasting tin rather than a frying pan, which means it rises like a sweet Yorkshire pudding. Serve with your topping of choice. Alternatively, make pancakes part of your main course, and fill them with something savoury. Cheese, ham and mushrooms make great savoury pancakes, or why not give your pancakes a decadent upgrade by adding smoked salmon and cream cheese?

5 Ways To Celebrate Valentine’s Day At Home

February 13th 2017 by .

The perfect excuse for a bit of romance, or clichéd and commercialised? Whatever you think of Valentine’s Day, there’s no denying that in the middle of February, when Christmas is a distant memory and spring is taking ages to arrive, we could all do with something to celebrate. But you don’t need to spend huge sums or plan grand gestures – true romance lies in the small, everyday things. The last few weeks of winter are also the ideal time to think about showing your kitchen some love – give the room a refresh now, and it will be ready for you to enjoy when the weather brightens up and the spring-time socialising begins. So, this Valentine’s Day, skip the crowded restaurants and petrol station flowers, and spend it where the heart really is – at home.

 

1. Go bold in the kitchen.

Red may be the colour of love and passion, but it’s also a great fit in the kitchen. In a spacious room, red is a strong, bold talking-point, and in a smaller room, it creates a real sense of warmth and cosiness. Rather than committing to crimson walls or trying to source scarlet furniture, why not go for red doors with a gloss finish? If you’re not totally convinced, red doors on lower units and a neutral shade like white or cream on wall units would look really striking.

2. Cook up a storm.

You could book a table at a busy restaurant and pay over-the-odds for a bottle of wine – or you could dodge the crowds and enjoy a delicious Valentine’s dinner in the comfort of your own kitchen. Make the most of your cosy night in and cook something indulgent – a roast works well if you want to let the oven do the work, while steak is a lovely treat (serve with thick-cut chips and your favourite green veg). Homemade pizza also makes a great Valentine supper – you can buy pizza bases ready-made and simply pile them high with your favourite toppings, or get stuck into some energetic kneading and make your own.   

3. Give a homeware gift.

It’s always nice to give a present you know someone will definitely use, so perk up your cooking space with something fun. Pretty cups and mugs usually go down well – especially if your special someone needs their caffeine fix to get them out of bed in the morning. Lightboxes also make great homeware gifts – they look cool, and you can leave messages on them. Better than a Post-it note on the fridge, don’t you think?  

4. Say it with cake.

On a chilly, grey February day, there’s nothing nicer than doing a spot of baking in a cosy kitchen. Biscuits are perfect if you’ve got little ones who want to help out – they’ll love stamping out the shapes and getting creative with some icing. And no Valentine’s Day dinner is complete without a decadent pudding – this torte sets in the fridge so there’s no cooking involved, and who can resist chocolate?  

5. Create a country-cottage kitchen.

Another way to bring a little romance into your kitchen is to go for rustic-style doors. There’s something incredibly warm and welcoming about doors with woodgrain finishes and traditional cathedral arch designs – they’re the very opposite of stark and clinical. Add accessories in gentle pastels for a charming, pretty look.

 

 

8 Kitchen Trends To Watch In 2017

February 2nd 2017 by .

If your New Year’s resolution was to give your kitchen a bit of a make-over, and you’re looking for some inspiration, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve had a look at the colours, styles and design features that we’ll be seeing in kitchens over the coming year, so read on for some ideas on how to update and refresh the most important room in your home.

1. Grey

Grey has been popular for the last two or three years, and there’s no sign of this changing in 2017. The great thing about grey is its versatility – there’s a shade for every kitchen. From pale Matt Dove Grey to the deep, dark Graphite, it’s hard to go wrong. Lighter shades work well with accessories in blues and greens, whereas darker greys make warmer colours like pink, red and yellow really stand out.

2. High-tech kitchens

Like phones and TVs, kitchens are getting smart this year. From kettles that can be boiled remotely via an app and coffee machines that will have your morning espresso ready and waiting, to fridges that make your shopping list for you, 2017 looks set to be the year of the smart appliance. Treat yourself to a new gadget and pair it with High Gloss doors for a futuristic look.

3. Kitchen islands

Again, this is a feature that has been popular for a few years now, but previously, islands have been reserved for spacious kitchens. It is possible to fit an island into a smaller room – it just requires a bit of creative thinking. An island unit with integrated storage means you get extra space for food prep, as well an other home for your pots and pans. Consider fitting dark-coloured doors on a central island and pale doors on your wall units for an eye-catching contrast.

4.Copper

Copper accents are a great way to add a little warmth to a monochrome or grey kitchen. Copper is also a great alternative to the usual chrome and stainless steel fixtures and fittings. If you don’t want to invest in copper taps or light fittings (for example), a copper kettle or some pans will add a splash of colour to the room.

5. Green

The official colour of the year – according to colour experts Pantone – is a fresh, slightly yellow green. Lighter than grass green, softer than lime green, it would make a great colour for the kitchen. Pair darker-toned doors like Anthracite with areas of green paint for a bold, striking look. Or consider our  Sage Green doors to give the room an airy, spring-like feel.

6. The “industrial” look

This look is all about letting raw materials shine – exposed brick and concrete, brushed-steel appliances and unpainted wood. As well as being incredibly stylish, the industrial look has the advantage of being practical; with open shelving and hard-wearing materials, you’ll have everything on hand, so you can simply grab your pans and cook up a storm. Our range of Woodgrain doors will help you bring a little of that natural, pared-down style into your kitchen.

7. Handleless doors.

They’re perfect for modern, minimalist kitchens, they’re easy to keep clean and they allow the colour and design of your chosen door to take centre-stage. They suit every size of kitchen too – the uncluttered look makes compact kitchens seem bigger, and really helps to maximise the space in larger rooms. Have a look at our range of Handleless kitchen doors and see if there’s a look you love.

8. Soft-closing doors and drawers

Noiseless doors are a must for the modern kitchen, and once you’ve got soft-closing doors, you won’t want to go back to loud slams and trapped fingers. We’ve got soft-closing door hinges and drawers available, so your new kitchen doors will swing into place with a whisper, not a bang.

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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