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New Managing Director Joins Kitchen Door Workshop

August 14th 2017 by .

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.

My Summer Kitchen: Pinterest Competition

June 21st 2017 by .

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

June 16th 2017 by .

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.

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.

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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