What Are The Benefits Of A Wooden Kitchen Worktop?

Discover why a wooden worktop should be at the top of your spec list for your new kitchen, providing a great looking, hard wearing worktop for years to come!

Your kitchen worktop will see a lot of use over the years, so it makes sense to choose a material that not only looks good but is easy to maintain and simple to repair if it becomes damaged or marked. The natural choice is solid wood. Wooden worktops have many advantages over surfaces like granite and corian, which we’ll explore in this article!

A solid wood worktop will add warmth, homeliness and character to your kitchen and, if well-looked-after, can last you a lifetime. Wood has a timeless and welcoming natural rustic beauty that other materials lack, which makes it an ideal choice for both traditional and contemporary kitchen designs. Granite and stone can look stark, soulless and cold in some kitchens. Using wood is a great way to soften the look of a kitchen that is otherwise all white and will add a dramatic accent.

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Modern v Contemporary Kitchen Design – What’s The Difference?

Contemporary and modern kitchen design may sound like they’re the same, but they actually refer to different styles. Learn more in this article!

modern kitchens

If you thought modern and contemporary were one and the same, particularly when talking about design – think again. Put simply, modern design refers to a specific period of time, usually from the 1920s to the 1950s, a period we might actually think of as retro these days, while contemporary design is what’s happening now – a constantly changing entity that can’t be pinned down in the way modern design can.

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5 Tips For Choosing The Right Kitchen Colours

Colours have a major impact on the look and feel of your kitchen. Make sure you choose colours that complement the room with our tips!

It may seem like an easy thing to do, but choosing colours for your blank canvas of a kitchen needs careful consideration so that you don’t make a decision you later come to regret. Your kitchen is more often than not the busiest room in your house so it’s important to set a tone that suits everyone. If you’re introducing colour with the paint you choose to put on your walls then that’s an easy fix if you change your mind or decide that perhaps bright yellow wasn’t the best colour to go with your blue cabinets. But if colour is added with expensive appliances and cabinets then you’re looking at a much bigger bill. Here are a few tips that will help you come to the right decision.

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How To Plan A Kitchen Layout That Works Best For You

Choosing the right kitchen layout is essential to make best use of the space, turning your kitchen into a functional and fun room to be in. Learn more here…

Planning, designing and installing a new kitchen in your home doesn’t come cheap so it’s important to get the layout right by thinking ahead. No amount of whizzy appliances and expensive cabinetry can rescue a poorly thought-out design that’s difficult to cook, eat and entertain in.

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Distinct Kitchen Styles

Due to our recent blog on the lovely photos we received from our customers, a few more have sent in photos of their new kitchens.

Here are a couple of images of two very distinct bespoke kitchens we recently received from customers that really show the sheer diversity of kitchens we design.

The Muswell Hill Kitchen

This stylish NAKED Frame kitchen has the shaker cabinets painted in a gorgeous dark shade which provides a contrasting edge against the white walls.

shaker rustic kitchen

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Why Our Ply?

The birch plywood used to create our kitchen cabinets comes from the heart of the Scandinavian forests, the European birch species that grows there produces a light coloured, fine textured and dense timber; the perfect properties for our state-of-the-art manufacturing processes.

Birch plywood has always been used widely in the construction, furniture, packaging and even automotive industries due to its excellent strength and durability. Although most birch plywood have these brilliant physical properties, there are certain plywood’s which are superior…

oak veneered birch ply cabinet walls

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Our Bespoke Kitchen Cabinet Samples

Our cabinet samples are a marvellous way to see the level of craftsmanship, the innovative design, and the quality of materials used to create our bespoke kitchens in the comfort of your own home. Although you can order a small selection of kitchen components from our website, the reality is that we can provide any component that you would like to sample.

As much as our component samples provide you with a small insight into what a NAKED kitchen feels like, we wanted you to get a real sense of what one of our cabinets is like to assemble. Thinking outside the box, we decided there was a better and more involving approach to discover our quality design and materials than offering only a standard door sample.

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Measuring Your Kitchen

Tools: Tape Measure, Grid Paper (download here), Pencil, Ruler, Rubber

One of the key elements to building a kitchen that perfectly utilises the space you have available is an accurate measuring procedure. Following our guide will ensure we build the kitchen you desire.

measuring tape and pencil

Before planning anything, we need to know the exact dimensions of your kitchen. Don’t worry if your sketch isn’t completely accurate or neat, it will at least be topographically precise which is more important. With this in mind, we recommend following the traditional joiners practice of measuring twice, so we only have to cut once!

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Planning For Your Kitchen

Kitchen Planning

Although it is said that spring is the time for a new kitchen, we know that anytime during the year is perfect for planning one. With the handy hints in this guide, you’ll discover how to transform your kitchen into a beautiful and functional hub of your home.

Always keep one thing in mind when designing your very own bespoke kitchen; why restrict myself?

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