3 Cool New Colours In Our Trends Range

Summer may be drawing to a close but we’re keeping things light and bright here at Kitchen Door Workshop. We’ve got three new colours joining our Trends range, so allow us to introduce them…

Denim Blue Kitchen and Bedroom Doors

The Lewes door in Denim Blue

Denim Blue is a beautiful shade, somewhere between duck-egg and cornflower blue. Like the late-afternoon sky on a sunny spring day, Denim Blue is striking yet serene. If you need to give your kitchen or bedroom an instant lift, adding doors in this pretty blue shade will do the trick.

In an airy, spacious kitchen, doors in Denim Blue will work perfectly against crisp white or cream walls. Pale grey is also a great partner for this colour, and by using a blue and grey palette, you can give your kitchen an almost seaside feel. In a smaller room, pair Denim Blue doors with paint or wallpaper in warm neutrals, or even lemon yellow. The same ideas apply for the bedroom, too: choose cool-toned shades to maximise that feeling of space, and golden-toned neutrals and shades of yellow or dusky pink to add warmth.

High Gloss Denim Blue Kitchen and Bedroom Doors

The Brighton door in High Gloss Denim Blue

You don’t have to be Sherlock Holmes to have realised that High Gloss Denim Blue is Denim Blue’s gloss-finish counterpart. The mirror-smooth shine adds a layer of contemporary cool to this gentle colour – so if you love a rustic look, High Gloss Denim Blue doors are a great choice. They’ll give you that pastel prettiness without looking too sweet or ‘wishy-washy’. Doors in High Gloss Denim Blue are also ideal if you love the idea of a bright colour but don’t want anything overpowering. The blue makes a statement, the gloss finish keeps the style looking ultra-modern, but the overall effect won’t dominate the room.

Again, you can pair your High Gloss Denim Blue doors with pale greys and neutrals for an airy, relaxed ambience, or you can create a warm, cosy space with buttery yellows and blond wood furniture.

High Gloss Ivory Kitchen and Bedroom Doors

The Westfield door in High Gloss Ivory

Sleek, gleaming doors in a creamy shade will work in any room and with any existing colour palette, so you can’t go wrong with High Gloss Ivory. The light colour and the gloss coating make this combination perfect for smaller spaces that don’t get a lot of natural light – it’s a great brightener. Equally, if you are blessed with a spacious kitchen or bedroom, High Gloss Ivory will make it seem bigger and more airy.

If you’re inspired by low-key, timeless elegance, you could use High Gloss Ivory with dark, contrasting shades like charcoal or navy to create a modern take on monochrome. For a cosy, restful sleeping space, the warm undertones of High Gloss Ivory also make it a great partner for muted autumnal shades like taupe, caramel and russet.

Which of our new colours do you like best? Let us know on our Facebook page or tweet us. If you like pictures of beautiful kitchens and plates of cake, we’re also on Instagram and Pinterest.

 

New Managing Director Joins Kitchen Door Workshop

Exciting times here at Kitchen Door Workshop – in July, Ken Ebenezer joined us as our new Managing Director.

Ken has a wealth of experience in working with consumer-facing businesses, both online and offline. He was Managing Director at Filofax, and has also worked for Microsoft and a number of car brands.

Ken’s extensive knowledge of the e-commerce world will be a tremendous asset to Kitchen Door Workshop, and his leadership will undoubtedly bring exciting new opportunities for the business. He has spent his first few weeks working alongside founder Robert Clark, learning about what we do and how we do it. With the rest of the business, they’ve already made a lot of progress in identifying new ways to improve the website – so keep your eyes peeled for some changes in the coming months!

When he’s not in the office, Ken can be found tackling half-marathons, renovating old houses and running around after his three children.

Real Wood Kitchen Doors: What You Need To Know

 

A minimalist look in the kitchen is great: fresh, timeless and easy to keep clean – but the heart of your home should be cosy too. The place where you cook, eat, chat over a cup of tea, and unwind with a glass of wine needs to be comfortable and inviting. Effortless cool is fine in moderation, but to give your kitchen a warm, homely feel, there’s nothing better than real wood doors.

How to choose your real wood kitchen doors

The first thing you’ll want to think about is the overall look of the room. Having real wood cupboard doors undoubtedly brings a hint of rustic style to the kitchen – visible woodgrain and knots catch the eye and add detail to your chosen door design. But even if you’re not looking for a country cottage-inspired look, you can still have woodgrain doors. Choosing paler wood types like Maple or Ash will keep things bright and fresh, which is especially important in smaller spaces. You can enhance the more modern details of a natural wood door by selecting the right handles – sleek bow/bar-shaped handles in brushed nickel or stainless steel will add a more current look. Browse our collection of Accessories for more inspiration.

Oak doors will give you a more mid-toned, golden finish, so will suit a wide range of room sizes and styles. Oak is also one of the more hard-wearing woods, making it an excellent choice for the kitchen – oak doors can withstand a little more wear-and-tear than softer woods like pine. It’s a good idea to do a little bit of research into the types of wood that will work best in a busy family kitchen – soft woods will be a little more fragile than hard woods, so they’ll need more care and attention. Colour is also a key factor to consider – do you want a blond wood, an intense dark wood or something in the middle? Lighter or more middling shades will be the most versatile, but if you’ve got a spacious kitchen, a darker wood will look really striking.

Classic or contemporary?

Real wood doors are of course perfect for creating that farmhouse-inspired look, and if that’s what you’re after, our Windsor door is ideal. This oak Shaker door has the recessed central panel and four-part solid wood frame typical of Shaker design, but it also has delicate beading around the panel, which softens the style a little and adds a touch of traditional character. The Windsor door is a mid-toned honey shade – not too pale, not too dark – so it will suit a huge range of interiors. If you want to redecorate a few years down the line, the Windsor door in Oak gives you plenty of freedom when it comes to choosing colours for your walls, worktops and flooring.

The Windsor door

If you’re going for a more contemporary look, real wood doors can still work beautifully. Natural woodgrain will soften a simple, unfussy door design, and stop it looking too cold and clinical. Our Chartwell style is another solid oak door, but it’s a classic Shaker, with the crisp lines, a four-part frame and a recessed central panel. The Chartwell door sits somewhere between conventional design and something a little more up-to-date, so it will be a real asset in a fresh, modern kitchen.

The Chartwell door

Caring for your real wood doors

While it’s true that real wood doors may need a little more TLC than MDF or acrylic doors, a real wood door will last for years and years. It’s easy to touch up any small imperfections that may appear through daily use – small scratches can be easily sanded away, and a coat of varnish with have them looking as good as new in no time. You’ll just need to keep an eye on your real wood doors – like you would any piece of furniture, really! What’s great about natural wood doors is that if, after a few years, you fancy a change, you can add a layer of paint or lacquer to change up the colour and finish of the doors.

We’d love to know your thoughts – whether you’ve got real wood doors already and love them, or if we’ve convinced you to consider them for your home. Let us know what you think on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

My Summer Kitchen: Pinterest Competition

To celebrate the official start of summer, we’re thrilled to announce the launch of our ‘My Summer Kitchen’ Pinterest competition.

What’s the prize?

Most important things first: one lucky winner will receive a £100 Amazon voucher to spend however they like. (That’s a lot of kitchen utensils!)

How to enter

  1. To enter, first follow Kitchen Door Workshop on Pinterest: @kitchendoorw
  2. Then, create your ‘My Summer Kitchen’ Pinterest board and include the hashtag #mysummerkitchen and @kitchendoorw on each pin
  3. Add the competition Pin (below) to your board, then get Pinning your own images, inspired by the theme – we recommend Pinning at least 5 images so we can get a sense of what your ideal summer kitchen looks like. Have a look at our ‘My Summer Kitchen‘ board for some ideas to get you started.
  4. Once your board is complete, leave a comment on our board with the URL of your board. The deadline is Thursday 21st September 2017.

 

What we’re looking for

We want to see light, bright kitchens – colour combinations that are fresh and pretty, and materials and textures that make us think of warm, sunny days.

Maybe you like the cool, crisp look of a nautical theme – blues, white, pale greys and splashes of red. Perhaps candy-coloured pastels are more your thing – pale pink, lemon yellow, gentle green and baby blue. Or maybe your perfect summer kitchen has the feel of an exotic garden, with fiery reds and oranges, and vivid pinks and purples.

We don’t just want to see doors, drawers and floors – think about your dream accessories, the kitchenware you’d treat yourself to if you won the prize, even your favourite summer recipes. Got a signature salad, a fail-safe barbecue dish, or a refreshing cocktail idea? We want to see how you’d use your kitchen to make the most of summer.

We can’t wait to see what you come up with, so get started. Best of luck, and remember – you have to Pin it to win it!

 

 

2 New Styles In Our Trends Range

The weather is finally getting warmer, the shorts and t-shirts are out and we’re making plans for barbecues and beach getaways. As we get into the swing of summer, we’re thrilled to announce we have not one but two new door styles joining our Trends range. So let us introduce the Hartfield and the Buxted.

Hartfield

The Hartfield door offers a modern twist on a rustic style. With a gentle cathedral arch surrounding a lined central panel, the Hartfield will evoke the ambience of a farmhouse kitchen, and will help you create a space for cooking, eating and entertaining that’s cosy and inviting all year round. In contrast with the design of the door, the drawer-fronts are plain, the only detail being a delicately chamfered edge, which creates definition.

Because the Hartfield strikes an elegant balance between traditional door design and fresh, modern lines, it will suit a wide range of colours and finishes. Bring out the country-cottage feel of the door by choosing a woodgrain finish – in smaller rooms, opt for a light wood like Tiepolo Light Walnut, and in larger kitchens, you can go darker with something like Dark Walnut or Avola Grey. Alternatively, give the Hartfield a hint of contemporary cool by selecting an on-trend colour like Matt Cashmere or Legno Nordic.

Buxted

The second of our new door styles is the Buxted door. With its neatly profiled central panel, and elegant chamfered edges, the Buxted door will give your kitchen or bedroom a classic look that won’t date. The drawer-front echoes the design of the door, with the same central panel and defined edging.

The simplicity of the Buxted’s design means you have plenty of scope when it comes to choosing a finish. If you have a spacious kitchen, why not take advantage of the Buxted door’s crisp lines and choose an dramatic shade like Graphite or Melinga Oak? If space is in short supply, add light with a fresh, pale finish such as Silk White or Legno Linen.

So if you’re planning on give your home a bit of a spruce-up for summer, why not consider one of our new styles? Or if neither of those are quite what you’re looking for, have a browse of our full range of doors. We offer a wealth of help and advice too – replacing your own doors has never been simpler.

Which one of our new door styles do you like best? We love hearing from you, so tell us what you think on Facebook or Twitter.