Choosing your splashback - 08 February 2018
We're Hiring! - 21 December 2017
We're featured in Real Homes! - 06 December 2017
Another Stupendous Showroom Sale - 20 November 2017
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
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08 February 2018
So we know that splashbacks and tiles are there predominantly to protect walls and appliances from the hazards of cooking and cleaning but – and, it’s a big ‘but’ – nowadays the choice is so great that they are just as likely to become the statement piece of the kitchen or, at the very least, a significant part of the overall décor.
With so many different options available designers and home-owners are experimenting with a range of different materials – including eye-catching metallics, distressed mirrors and even bespoke artwork installations.
To help you decide what will work for your kitchen let us share some of the trends we’ve noticed in the last few months;
Stainless steel is both practical (heat resistant and hard wearing) but also taps into the industrial look that shows no sign of abating.
Brightly coloured toughened glass remains a popular choice for contemporary kitchens as it can be cut to size and offers up a vast choice of colours – just be sure it’s a colour that you can live with for a long time!
At Planet we’ve noticed a trend towards mirrored splashbacks – an antique, distressed mirror can look fabulous when paired with traditional style ranges or an AGA. Also, the reflective surface of a mirrored splashback will bounce light around the room, enlarging a smaller space.
We’re seeing more and more metallic finishes especially copper which has reflective properties and can add a dramatic ‘wow factor’ to any kitchen. All live metals will naturally patina with age adding to the rustic charm.
For a simple, pared back look natural stone finishes are an elegant choice and very effective when matched with neutral paint colours and chalky finishes.
For individuality Granite is still a favourite as it works so well in contemporary or traditional schemes. Polished granite is often chosen for more traditional kitchens whereas honed granite has a matt finish and can be textured so tend to suit a contemporary kitchen more. This kitchen has a beautiful splashback that is Dekton, which is a compact Quartz.
Tiles are experiencing something of a ‘come-back’ due to the vast array of designs and finishes available – from the quirky and vibrant (used either to contrast or compliment) to the sophisticated dark tones or muted colours which will enhance almost any worktop and cabinet style.
Finally the last word goes (as usual!) to lighting; because whatever splashback you choose, if the finish is a key factor in your choice, it will only be enhanced by clever down and back lighting.
21 December 2017
Good news! Our popular kitchen designer, Ruth Gray, is off to have her first baby! However this leaves us with a vacancy – to fill Ruth’s boots in our rapidly growing family business in the lovely market town of Hitchin. If you have experience in bespoke kitchen and furniture design and would like to know more please get in touch on 01462 452233 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
06 December 2017
From Schuller’s C Collection we designed this fabulous kitchen for local customers, here in Hitchin. The kitchen was the perfect choice for their new, rear extension. The Crystal Grey cabinetry is handleless and the Lava Black units with recessed handles were the perfect contrast to the beautiful copper accents. Providing the wow factor is the breakfast bar in solid walnut. Find out more about this project in Real Homes!
20 November 2017
This Inframe Display with Cockbead Detail is for sale at just £2k and includes all base cabinets and solid oak drawers, the Cooks Pantry, Glazed Wall Cabinets, Mantel and Pigeon Hole Wine Rack. The worktop is 30mm Kashmir White Granite and knobs and hinges are Pewter. You’re very welcome to come and measure but the general dimensions are; 4008mm (width) x 600mm (depth) x 2400mm (height). Finally all painted in F&B’s Hardwick White. The Range Cooker and Pink Glass Splashback are not included.
For just £1500 you can take away this Inframe Display which measures 3200mm (width) x 700mm (depth) x 2305mm (height). It’s painted in Fired Earth’s ‘Pearl Ashes’ with Britannium Cup Handles and Knobs.
This fantastic offer includes all the base units (with solid walnut drawer boxes and interiors), the glazed Wall Cabinets, the Chalk Board and Walnut Shelf and Scalloped Wine Rack. It does, however, exclude the AGA!
This Lay-On Display with Curved Quad Pilasters is available for just £2k. It measures (approx.) 3600mm (width) x 702mm (depth) x 2300mm (height). The worktop is 30mm Caesarstone Quartz Oyster and the paint colour is F&B’s Pavilion Grey. Included to take away are all base units, dresser cabinets, canopy, a brand new Siemens Induction Hob (never been used, but a discontinued model), a Bluetooth audio speaker system, 600mm integrated recycle bins plus the handmade Oak spice and wine racks.
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.
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.