• Show room strip out!

    Show room strip out!

    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

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  • How to make a dark kitchen work

    How to make a dark kitchen work

    The trend for dark kitchens looks set to become a classic of our time – creating a timeless warmth in a space where function has traditionally been prioritised over comfort. As our kitchens morph from single-use, practical spaces into the multi-use, beating heart of the home they’ve become an expression of our personal taste.
    As a design-led kitchen manufacturer here’s our tips to make a dark kitchen work for you;
    If an entire kitchen in a dark colour is too brave a move then a solid block of a striking colour can emphasise a freestanding unit or mark out different zones, offering an effective contrast to a lighter or more subdued colour scheme.
    Deep navy, smoky greys, rich khaki – all work equally well with, both, traditional shaker-style cabinetry or contemporary handless designs. Contrast with crisp whites and sharp marble for worktops or small touches of pastel shades on accessories to really let the darkness sing. Consider popping in the odd cabinet in a contrasting colour or painting an island in a lighter shade.
    Accents of brass and copper are not only bang on trend but perfect for lightening the tone whilst the inclusion of natural wood tones will add warmth and character to the most contemporary of kitchen designs.

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  • Fabulous Fitted Bedroom Furniture

    Fabulous Fitted Bedroom Furniture

    We’re all a little bit in love with this handmade, bespoke, lay-on fitted bedroom furniture. Painted in Farrow & Ball’s Pavillion Grey, it’s cool, calm, collected as well as meeting the brief. Gives us all something to aspire to on the ‘tidy front’

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  • New Year, new-look kitchen?

    New Year, new-look kitchen?

    A kitchen renovation is the ideal solution if it’s in need of a make-over but you can’t justify the expense of a brand new kitchen which is often the case if you’ve recently moved into a new house that has a perfectly functioning kitchen, yet isn’t to your taste.
    Work with what you’ve got and tap into the 2017 trends and you’ll be surprised at just how different you can make that 80’s style kitchen or how you can inject new life into the kitchen you loved less than a decade ago but is now simply a little shabby (without the chic!).
    Repainting the units is the most effective way of restoring your tired kitchen to its former glory. It makes perfect sense if you (or the previous owner) have invested in solid wood cupboards that are still functioning well. At Planet we are often asked to return to repaint a kitchen that we fitted some years ago. The carcasses (insides of the cupboards) can be in tip top condition but it’s the doors and worktops that suffer from wear and tear. A new colour – sometimes two if you really want to be on trend! And a new set of handles and your kitchen can look completely different. If you’re unsure about colour consider how the natural light affects the room and if you’re a trend follower greys and strong blues continue to top the colour charts whilst soft pinks are starting to make an appearance. If your kitchen boasts an island make it a statement piece by choosing a darker shade here with a lighter shade on the outer cabinets.
    Tired tiles can sometimes dominate the ‘look’ of a kitchen especially behind a range cooker, where they tend to collect hard-to-remove grease. Try replacing with an up-to-the-minute glass or mirrored splashback (don’t forget to get that cooker professionally cleaned – especially after the Christmas cook!).
    Replacing handles and hinges is an easy fix. Look at bronze, copper or brass for a contemporary yet traditional finish.
    Remember, whilst this may be a refurbishment project rather than a new kitchen investment, it’s still worth investing in professional assistance to get the job done properly. The kitchen is the heart of the home and worthy of the very best care you can afford.

    The abridged version of this blog is published this month in Hertfordshire Life

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  • New Brochure Hot Off the Press

    New Brochure Hot Off the Press

    Call us today on 01462 452233 if you would like us to pop one in the post to you. Even better, come and chat with us, at our Showroom in Hitchin, Hertfordshire.

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  • Load up the larder Autumn is here!

    Load up the larder Autumn is here!

    What could be better at this time of year than having a beautifully and efficiently shelved larder ready to pack with homemade jams and chutneys – in readiness for the dark winter months ahead and, yes, the impending Xmas season?
    Luckily the larder or pantry is enjoying something of a revival as we go back to our roots and embrace the good life. As we reject the chiller cabinet for home cooked food and swap costly dining out in favour of entertaining at home we are loving the built in (or sometimes freestanding) larder of days gone by. Where the larder was once a necessity – providing the only cool store room for what we now load our large fridges up with (who can’t remember their Granny’s bottle of gold top perched on the larder shelf?) – it’s now a prized addition to new kitchens providing the kind of envy factor that walk-in wardrobes generate.
    The latest buzzword hitting the trend channels is ‘hygge’ (pronounced ‘hooga’) a Danish term for doing what we Brits do almost as well as our Scandinavian cousins – ‘cosy up and hunker down’ – and the larder plays a key role here by storing our homemade goodies and tasty purchases from the local Farmer’s market (for those of us not actually living the rural idyll!) which we feast on in front of the log burning stove on chilly afternoons. It has, in fact become the ‘must-have’ asset for all the home cooks and ‘grow your own’ gardeners because who can resist the idea of a beautifully organised store room filled with home-made jams, piles of home-grown apples and tins of freshly baked cakes?
    Nowadays larders can be designed for the tightest of spots – it’s simply a matter of some logical thinking and skilled craftsmanship. Or, where space is available free standing larder cupboards proudly incorporating the all-important cold shelf – slate, granite or quartz – whatever tickles your fancy!

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