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Monday, November 4, 2019

Kitchen Lighting Ideas

Lighting can make a huge difference to the look and feel of your new kitchen. So don’t treat it as an afterthought. For your lighting to be just right it needs to be planned at the kitchen design stage. Leave it till later and you’ll be more restricted as to what you can include in your lighting scheme. Bright lighting can transform a gloomy north-facing room. It can significantly enhance the sense of space in a small room, particularly when combined with reflective surfaces, such as mirrored splash backs. Thanks to the latest high-efficiency bulbs, you can add plenty of lighting without it costing the earth to run.

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Image of a Modern Kitchen Light
Friday, November 1, 2019

How to choose a fridge freezer for your new kitchen

The fridge freezer has come a long way from when it first became a common household item back in the 1970s. From stylish statement models to WiFi-connected fridge freezers, there’s a vast range for you to choose from.

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Inside of a Fridge Freezer
Monday, October 7, 2019

Kitchen Plinths

OK so plinths might not be the sexiest part of a new kitchen. But don’t underestimate the difference they can make. The main purpose plinths serve is to hide the functional, and arguably unsightly, appearance of cabinet legs and give the appearance that your units are built from the floor.

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Interior of a Kitchen
Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Why choose a kitchen island?

A kitchen island gives you so many benefits – once you have an island installed you’ll wonder how you ever managed without one. Much more than just a design feature, the kitchen island also offers a range of practical functions.

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Interior of a Modern Kitchen with an Island
Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Boiling Taps

As kitchen trends come and go there are some appliances which you just know will be forgotten before long. But the boiling water tap won’t be one of them. There are so many advantages to having a boiling water tap, you can be sure this is one appliance which is here to stay.

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Red Room with a Tap Running Hot Water into a Jug
Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Should I replace my kitchen before selling my house?

According to a 2019 survey by Propertymark, 65% of properties sold had recently had recently had a kitchen upgrade. So should you replace your kitchen before selling up? You probably expect us to answer this with a resounding YES! We do sell kitchens after all. But the honest answer is: maybe.

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Man, Woman and Child Carrying Stacks of Boxes
Friday, September 13, 2019

In The Hood

There are so many cooker hoods on the market today, it’s hard to know where to begin when it comes to choosing one. Take a look at our quick guide to what’s going down in the hood.

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Thursday, August 29, 2019

Be gentle, it’s my first time...

Is this your first time buying a kitchen? Never chosen a new kitchen before? Don’t worry, you’re not alone. You don’t need to be in your twenties to be buying your first fitted kitchen. Many people realise in their forties, fifties or later that they’ve never actually chosen a new kitchen before.

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Monday, August 19, 2019

Wren Kitchens – It’s just the same, isn’t it?!

All kitchens are basically the same, right? Wren have probably the best showrooms in the industry, and they look amazing – certainly the same as those German kitchens in the independent showrooms that you may have seen. And as the cost is really similar, you’d think that the kitchens must be similar too... And on the face of it you’d be right – doors, drawers, hinges and mfc carcases.

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A Wren Kitchen
Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Green Kitchen Trends

The latest trend in kitchen design: Green. Yes, that’s right – green! Don’t worry, we’re not suggesting you go out and order cabinets and wall tiles in avocado – although a pale shade of aqua could work nicely.

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Plant in a painted old baked bean can in a kitchen
Wednesday, August 7, 2019

New kitchen for Christmas? Now’s the time to buy!

It’s 30°C outside and the last thing on your mind is Christmas. But if you’ve offered to host all the family this year and you want a new kitchen in time for the festive season, now’s the time to choose it.

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Monday, July 22, 2019

How to get the most from a small kitchen

In a small space, it’s helpful to keep as little as possible on the worktops. Opt for a hot water tap and you can get rid of your kettle – or hide all your small appliances, such as the toaster and kettle behind doors in a breakfast cupboard.

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interior of a kitchen
Tuesday, July 16, 2019

5 benefits you didn't expect from your new kitchen

Dreaming of a new kitchen? You’re probably thinking gorgeous fresh look, shiny appliances, sleek cabinets and glossy worktops. Of course that’s all true. But a new kitchen gives you a whole lot more which you might not even have thought about.

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Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Creating a family friendly kitchen

We all feel protective of the special little people in our lives. So when statistics show that the kitchen is the room where children are most likely to suffer a serious injury, it can feel tempting to keep them out completely. This is one approach, but keeping young children out of the kitchen has its downsides.

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photo of a child reaching up to a kitchen worktop
Wednesday, June 19, 2019

‘Schwarz’ kitchen furniture vs ‘Schwarz+’ kitchen furniture

What’s the difference? How much extra does Schwarz+ cost? Why would I choose one over the other?? Let’s see if we can fill in the gaps about our two amazing German kitchen brands, and help you to make the decision about which is right for you.

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Monday, June 17, 2019

Does a new kitchen add value to my property?

If you are looking for a return on investment on your home improvements, having a new kitchen fitted is one of the best projects to choose. A study by Which? found that a new kitchen would typically add around 6% to the value of a property. With the average house price in the UK now over £308k, that works out at an average increased value of around £18.5k.

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photo of a beautiful new kitchen
Monday, June 17, 2019

The best gadgets for the cook in your life

Gadgets tend to fall into one of three categories – time-saving, specialist, and fun. Some of the specialist gadgets may also save you time, but the fun ones are more likely to have the opposite effect, enticing you to spend more time in the kitchen. Take pasta makers, for example – if you want a quick meal you’ll opt for ready-made pasta.

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photo of a happy couple cooking in their kitchen