How to plan your kitchen - 20 October 2017
Nominated for a biz4biz Award! - 05 October 2017
How we design a traditional Shaker kitchen - 20 September 2017
We have a brand new showroom - 16 August 2017
It's Our Summer Sale! - 18 July 2017
Hard Working Storage - 14 July 2017
We're featured on Dear Designer! - 09 June 2017
Show room strip out! - 18 May 2017
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20 October 2017
The most important factor to consider when designing a new kitchen would be the size & flow of the room. Getting the layout correct is vital, as it needs to be practical to use on a daily basis, by the whole family. Other things to consider would be; How do you intend to use the kitchen e.g. do you entertain regularly? Do you prefer to eat in the kitchen? Which appliances would you like to include? How light is the room throughout the day?
Here at Planet Furniture we find Quartz work surfaces are, by far, the most popular choice as they are impervious to staining and are more heat and impact resistant than Granite. They come in a large variety of colours and in both polished and suede finishes. But other options are;
• Corian – this is a great option if you prefer a seamless look. All joints are virtually invisible plus you will also have the option of coved upstands and a moulded sink.
• Granite – If you prefer a natural product and unique variation to each slab.
We often mix two finishes, keeping the surfaces around sink and prep areas practical with one of the above and then introduce a timber to soften the scheme. This provides a more tactile, warmer surface to breakfast bars, tables and sideboards.
Sinks and taps are the most used items in the kitchen, so they should be made from a practical material that’s also easy to keep clean. Stainless Steel sinks are the most durable however they can scuff over time. Cast Iron and Ceramic sinks always look pristine, with the crisp white finish, although more care has to be taken with the enamel.
Wooden flooring will soften the overall feel of a kitchen, but it does require more maintenance than tiled flooring. Other flooring options include; Luxury Vinyl flooring such as Karndean which provides a warmer, non-slip surface.
A traditional shaker kitchen looks great with a tiled splashback, with the choice of darker grout options. Coloured Glass, Antique Mirror and Quartz are all great options for a modern look in your kitchen.
For lighting LED’s are a lot more efficient than other light sources, they give off less heat, use less power and last for years before needing to be replaced. We prefer to keep the cabinet lights concealed on our more traditional kitchens, so you can see the effect of the light and not the modern fitting.
A striking modern look is to bank all the built-in cooking appliances and coffee machines, horizontally at eye-level. This option allows the best ergonomic position for using and viewing the appliances.
If space is at a premium a tall vertical stack is another great way to keep most of the appliances at eye-level for ease of use.
Concealing the integrated appliances such as dishwashers and fridge freezers behind furniture doors provides a more uniform look to a shaker style kitchen.
So there you have it – that’s a fairly ‘broad brush’ of how we approach design. But if you prefer to come and talk to our lovely people they will consider your individual needs and wants so that you have the perfect kitchen for you!
05 October 2017
We’ve been nominated!
We’re absolutely delighted that Planet Furniture has been nominated in not just 1 but 3 categories of the biz4Biz Awards; Made in Herts; Best Family Business; Business of the Year.
We love our town of Hitchin and love being a local, family business so it’s great news to be recognised by this established award scheme.
If you would like to vote for us please click the link below;
20 September 2017
We’re often asked how we go about designing one of the most popular and enduring styles of kitchen – the traditional Shaker. Here’s what one of our designers, Ruth Gray, said;
Q. What is a Shaker style kitchen?
A. It has kitchen doors that replicate the traditional way all doors used to be made using simple stile and rail framework with a recessed centre panel.
The Shaker style is timeless and versatile giving the option of a slightly more traditional look, but it can also be given a sleeker, more contemporary feel.
Q. Are there any colours that lend themselves to this sort of style?
Traditionally Shaker kitchens would be kept light and neutral in one single colour, but it’s now very common to update them with bold and more contemporary colours, such as greys and navys. Having a strong island colour, with a lighter colour on the outer cabinetry is also very popular, or choosing lighter wall cabinets, which recede at eye level, allowing a darker colour on the base cabinets.
Q. Can this traditional style be given a contemporary look?
A. Handles are a great way to inject a modern twist on a Shaker style kitchen. Opulent finishes such as polished copper and satin brass are a fashionable way to lift a design especially when used alongside darker colours like anthracites, blacks and navys. Lighter worktops provide a great contrast against these deeper colours, especially when they are highly polished like Quartz. As well as being bang on trend they also bounce plenty of light around the room.
Q. What about lighting – is it possible to incorporate modern technology such as LEDs or are there particular types that are more suited to a Shaker style?
A. LED’s are a lot more efficient than other light sources as they give off less heat, use less power and last for years before needing to be replaced. We prefer to keep the cabinet lights concealed on our more traditional kitchens like the Shaker style, so you can see the effect of the light and not the modern fitting.
16 August 2017
We’ve decked out this low-ceilinged, grade II listed space with our Handmade in Hitchin range. This is a lay-on style with solid oak and hand painted in F&B’s Cornforth White which is perfect for optimising the light. The worktops are Silestone Blanco Orion which has been skillfully moulded into the sink. See more pictures in the gallery and spot the bespoke chopping board – created by our very own craftsmen from their favourite timbers!
If you’d like to come and see this kitchen close up please pop into our showroom in Hitchin.
18 July 2017
For the whole of July there is a discount of 10% on all 3 of our lovely kitchen ranges
Handmade in Hitchin – Our very own bespoke collection
The ‘C’ Collection from Schuller – A versatile, informal range to suit every budget
next125 – An innovative, sleek range of highly contemporary kitchens
Please note that the sale applies to the furniture only and not the appliances
14 July 2017
Tall larders are very much the order of the day in this Inframe Handmade In Hitchin kitchen. The brief was to design a large, traditional family kitchen that will store all manner of goods behind beautiful french-style cabinetry. Capacious drawers, plentiful storage underneath the island and ceiling height cupboards met the brief successfully.
Modular cabinetry, pull out shelves and an expert eye for spotting the potential in small gaps means that well designed storage makes even the smallest kitchen work well. It’s simply a matter of some logical thinking and skilled craftsmanship!
09 June 2017
For all those Interiors fans out there – you probably already know about Carole King’s popular blog; www.deardesigner.co.uk. Well one of our beautiful Handmade In Hitchin kitchens has made the cut and is featured here “http://deardesigner.co.uk/open-contemparary-modern-contemporary-kitchen/”
18 May 2017
So, if you’re interested in getting a real bargain here are some details;
The worktop is 30mm Caesarstone Quartz Oyster and the paint colour is Farrow & Ball’s Pavilion Grey. Included to take away is a brand new Siemens Induction Hob (never been used, but a discontinued model, a Bluetooth audio speaker system, 600mm integrated recycle bins. Oh and beautiful, handmade Oak spice and wine racks.
Just so you know – the mirror splashback, seen here, can’t be supplied but we do have a lovely range of other coloured glasses and contemporary (or traditional) splashbacks to purchase.
Call today if you’re interested 01462 452233