Archive: June 2015

Bringing Natural Kitchen Trends into your Home

June 25th 2015 by .

Whilst contemporary kitchen trends come and go – classic, natural styles will always be at the forefront of kitchen design. But don’t think natural kitchens can’t have modern styling; there are some incredibly sleek modern wood kitchens out there, from oak worktops to mdf wraps. In this week’s blog post, we look at some of the ways you can use natural materials to give your kitchen that much-admired nature-inspired look.

Oak Worktops and Wooden Work Surfaces

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They’ve always been popular, and here at Kitchen Door Workshop we have no doubt that they will remain so for many years to come. There are a vast array of options available, each with their own unique style and flair. For a vintage look, a classic oak worktop with matching kitchen doors is perfect for a country themed house. Pair a lighter wood worktop with a classic cream Shaker kitchen door for a tried and tested, stylish kitchen combination. Alternatively, dark wood oak worktops look brilliant in a contemporary cooking space, especially when paired with some high gloss black kitchen doors.

Stylish Kitchen Flooring

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Flooring, as always, is an important decision to make, as it really can make or break your kitchen. Yet again, there are so many choices out there for a natural looking kitchen. Wood flooring lends unmatched warmth and character to a room, and looks brilliant in more traditional kitchens. Away from wood, stylish slate is another popular option, and for good reason. Large slate tiles not only look great, but are extremely easy to clean and maintain. For a more modern style, high gloss white tiles are the epitome of a contemporary kitchen, yet still retain that natural feel.

Natural Kitchen Doors

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While you should you never forget the importance of things like flooring and worktops, kitchen doors are arguably the most important element of every kitchen, and if you’re looking to go natural, there are more options than ever. For more modern kitchens, there are high gloss woodgrain kitchen doors which have all the character of a natural kitchen door, with the added style of a mirror-like sheen. Visions Ultragloss Mira Cosa is a fantastic example of this. There is also a massive range of wood-effect finish kitchen doors, such as Beech, Swiss Pear, and Ontario Maple. These are generally light and have a wonderful soft tone. For natural shades with a twist, look at our Legno kitchen door range of more orthodox colours with a textured wood grain finish. You can get free samples of any of these colours here.
There so many ways you can give your kitchen the natural finish it deserves from wooden oak worktops to natural kitchen doors, so get planning today.

5 Top Tips for an Open Plan Kitchen

June 16th 2015 by .
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Ultragloss White Kitchen Doors

Open plan kitchens are currently the pinnacle of contemporary kitchen design, and their rapid rise to the top doesn’t show any signs of slowing down. An increasingly attractive way for homeowners to refurbish their kitchen, open plan kitchens are a stunning way of not only making your cooking space look nicer, but bigger to.
Gone are the days of when the kitchen was used for cooking and nothing else. It’s the heart of the home, a social hub; kitchens these days are so much more than just a cooking space. It’s no surprise that open plan kitchens are so popular with families, as they allow for areas for cooking, dining and general living in one striking, spacious room. So it makes sense that your kitchen furniture should be every bit as important as your living room furniture, especially as the two often intertwine. So we’ve put together our 5 top tips for an open plan kitchen living space.

1. Enjoy the Space

The main attraction of an open plan kitchen is the space, so make sure you utilise it as much as you can. Multi-functional breakfast bars are perfect for this and with such a wide selection of kitchen doors available, including curved ones, you will be able to style it however you wish. Not only do breakfast bars they look stunning, but they can add so much storage space to your home, meaning the room will be free of clutter and feel so much bigger as a result, leaving you to enjoy your spacious new kitchen.

2. Colour is crucial

As always when designing a room in the home, colour is arguably the most important decision. Especially in an open plan kitchen/living area, ensuring the colour scheme is consistent throughout is of the utmost importance. Once you have decided on a scheme for your kitchen doors and furniture, pick out elements in the same shade and style in order to make the whole room blend harmoniously.

3. Pick your flooring

In essence, floor space is the main reason people opt for an open plan kitchen, so it is imperative that it looks good. There are so many options to consider when choosing an open plan kitchen. Tiles are so popular for good reason, a massive range of options, hard wearing and most of all they look great. They can sometimes feel cold so think about underfloor heating as an option. Wood is a beautiful, natural choice for living and dining areas, again with a huge variety of options in terms of colours, plank size and design. Whatever you choose, it is important that each area of your open plan space should fit together seamlessly together, whilst still working individually, which brings us to…

4. Distinguish your zones

Whilst it is important that your open plan space flows, a multipurpose bar can look messy and even unfinished without clear divisions for each activity. Flooring can again be a good way of dividing areas, although it can be expensive. Furniture on the other hand is much more cost effective and you can still achieve great results. Rugs for example a brilliant at subtly differentiating the areas of your space, while still allowing you to add your own personally touch. Alternatively, twin sofas placed in a square arrangement around a coffee table is a brilliantly stylish look.

5. Create Links

Although distinguishing the zones is significant, it is still important to make visual links between each “zone”. For example, using the same kitchen doors for storage in the living area as well or the same accessories across the open plan space. Simple things like this can create a seamless transition between the zones which leads to the whole room feeling bigger – which is the main goal of an open plan room.

To conclude, there are a number of ways to create a super stylish open plan kitchen. Just remember to stick to the same design themes throughout and you’ll have a trendy, spacious open space in no time.
What are your top tips for an open plan kitchen?

Kitchen Door Workshop Launches Mobile Website

June 11th 2015 by .

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With so many people using mobiles and tablets these days, we wanted our visitors to have the best possible experience when using any kind of device any kind of device.

Our very own web consultant and developer, Olimpio Romanella, has upgraded the website with new features, focusing on improving user experience, reliability, and speed.

The new template of Kitchen Door Workshop’s website has adopted the latest modern techniques to create a website that is responsive and mobile-friendly. It was developed with a Responsive Web Design approach so it fits their layout, content and functionality for the proper screen size.

The mobile site comes as part of the ongoing improvement to the site, along with the dealer locator and delivery date picker. Whilst we recommend completing the quote from on desktop pcs, the mobile site has full functionality, allowing users to do everything from ordering samples to watching our DIY video guides. Whether browsing the iPad on a Sunday afternoon, or looking for a new kitchen on the way to work, it’s now easier than ever to get the kitchen of your dreams at an affordable price.

Kitchen Door Workshop Director, Robert Clark, was thrilled with the site, saying: “Here at Kitchen Door Workshop we strive to give our customers the best possible user experience, something that is incredibly important for an online business. In a world dominated by smartphones and tablets, a mobile friendly website is key to any business – and the updated site gives us this.”

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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