19 December 2014
*Planet Furniture Christmas Period Closure
We will be closed over the Christmas period from 12pm Tuesday 23rd December until Monday 5th January 2015.
Don’t forget to take advantage of our Winter Sale!*
16 December 2014
Well what another busy year it’s been! We’ve been lucky enough to work on some amazing projects and meet some lovely new clients.
Our showroom has evolved to reflect the new next125 and ‘C’ Collection ranges which we are now offering and have been well received and we’re excited to work on more of these ranges in the new year.
Over the festive period we will be closed from 12pm on Tuesday 23rd December and will re-open on Monday 5th January.
We’d like to take this opportunity to wish all our Customers past and present a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year!
01 December 2014
06 November 2014
As you know here at Planet we love nothing more than designing fabulous furniture to suit your home! Once we have finished our part, we’re often asked to recommend a place which can help with the interior furnishings and this is where our friends at Gilroy Interiors come in.
We’re probably asked the most about paint and window treatments, windows are often the focus of a room and with so many furnishing options available its hard to know where to start. Gilroy Interiors have a beautiful showroom based in the market square in Hitchin and will help and guide you through the number of choices available. They have been kind enough to share with us below some inspirational photo’s based on different window types.
This pretty roman blind draws your eye and is perfect in this country style kitchen.
The pretty fabrics are also continued on the table and seat cushions, bringing the whole scheme together.
Folding sliding doors are still so popular and can be dressed in a variety of ways such as with a beautiful single curtain on a hidden track…
or these overlapping fabric panels are a striking alternative.
The pretty sheer patterned roller blind is perfect for these french doors and still allows light through giving a soft effect.
And finally we thought we would include our own shutters here in the showroom which were also from Gilroy Interiors and we’re very happy with them! Shutters are a really popular option and can work in both a traditional and contemporary setting with their smart and clean look.
Well we hope this gives you a few ideas for finishing off your scheme. If you do require any further information then please get in touch with Gilroy Interiors and they’ll be more than happy to help.
21 October 2014
We have an exciting new build to show you today, with many beautiful features including a white high gloss kitchen by Planet. The brief for the build was to create a modern family home which was achieved by using plenty of contemporary finishes such as glass and stone. The large windows and feature skylight flood the house with light which also adds to the spacious modern feel.
The imposing front façade of the house.
The large entrance hall has a dramatic glass ceiling above which brings light into the space.
The stunning skylight and glass floor in the landing floods light into the entrance hall below.
The large kitchen space is zoned into different areas by use of furniture and feature lighting creating a wonderful place to gather and entertain and take in the wonderful views of the garden.
The kitchen itself features white high gloss Parapan doors with walnut accents complimented by a beautiful Corian work surface. It has a combination of base units, lift-up wall units and a full height storage wall maximising the amount of space available. It also has a large sit at breakfast bar and state of the art stainless steel appliances from Miele.
The breakfast bar showcases the capabilities of Corian beautifully with its curved design.
The area has a great chill out sofa space…
and a large dining area for entertaining.
The stunning view of the house from the garden.
What do you think of the style of this house? Do you like the contemporary look and feel or would you prefer something more traditional? We’d love to hear what you think.
Here at Planet Furniture we provide a range of furniture styles so we’re sure to have something to suit you, call us today for a free no obligation design quotation.
07 October 2014
Today we’d like to share with you more exciting changes taking place here at Planet! In conjunction with the same German manufacturer, we’re now offering a new competitive range called The C Collection.
The collection offers more choice here at Planet and although an alternative to our luxury hand-built and high-end Next125 ranges, neither design, style or durability are compromised as you will see in the photo’s below. It offers great versatility due to it’s vast range of door styles, colours and cabinet sizes which are all made to order. The collection is available in 28 beautiful colours from muted to vibrant so whatever your taste there’s sure to be one to suit you.
Look out for our new displays in the showroom next door which will be on their way very soon! These will include country and contemporary style kitchens, storage, bedroom and home office furniture, once again demonstrating the versatility of this beautiful product.
We hope you like the new C Collection, we’d love to hear your thoughts. If you require any further information then please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
29 September 2014
We would like to say a big thank you to all those who came to our Macmillan Coffee Morning last week. We managed to raise over £250 so we are really thrilled and we had a lot of fun (and cake!) in the process!
As you can see there were plenty of delicious treats to choose from and we’d like to thank our bakers who contributed!
The cakes are ready for their close up before they’re gone!
A couple of our Designers hanging around the cakes!
Just a little bit more cake then…
Our lovely Leanne and Russell outside the showroom, ready for their cake run into town!
Seeking out cake buyers…
Bingo! We managed to sell the rest of our cakes in the town, helping us raise even more money for Macmillan.
19 September 2014
We’d like to invite you to our coffee morning on Friday 26th September at 10.30am at our showroom in Hitchin. There will be coffee, cake, games, a raffle and the chance to have a good old natter!
It’s all in aid of Macmillan Cancer so why not pop in, we hope to see you there!
01 September 2014
We have one of our recently completed projects to share with you today. This storm grey shaker kitchen is part of a beautiful new extension which provides a perfect family space to gather and entertain.
The lay-on style furniture is painted in the wonderfully muted tones of Farrow and Ball with the perimeter cabinets in Pavilion Grey and the island painted in Mole’s Breath. The 30mm Caesarstone Osprey worksurfaces contrast beautifully with the rest of the kitchen.
Below you can see the beautiful light flooded extension with its large folding, sliding doors to the garden and roof lights.
The Franke Ariane undermounted sink is complimented with a Franke Eiger tap and a Quooker Design boiling hot water tap. The island is given extra focus with these simple hanging pendant lights and the under pelmet cabinet lighting gives a subtle wash of colour to the kitchen back wall.
We hope you like this kitchen? If you have a furniture project you’d like to discuss whether it be domestic or commercial then please don’t hesitate to get in touch!
07 August 2014
We wanted to share a cool, calm and collected Kitchen with you today situated in a wonderful space full of character.
The cabinets are lay-on shaker in style, hand-painted in Pearl Ashes (also an Aga colour) with stunning Silestone Bianco Rivers work surfaces.
The accents of stainless steel and polished nickel feature throughout the area. The triple fridge unit is from John Lewis and we designed the surrounding piece of furniture specifically to house this.
The large kitchen area is further accentuated by the tall vaulted ceiling with stunning oak beams. The back wall features two Neff CircoTherm built-under ovens with a Neff Flexinduction hob and the bespoke canopy holds the Miele integrated extractor neatly.
Light floods through the beautiful arched window below.
We’d love to hear your thoughts on this kitchen. If you would be interested in finding out more about us and how we can help you with a future project then please get in touch.
22 December 2021
We are very proud to introduce our latest project – a large open kitchen with utility and boot rooms that do everything they should, and more! The super-smart, Shaker kitchen includes all sorts of classic Planet features; deep, accessible dove tail drawers, beautiful yet functional kitchen island, cocktail cabinet with bespoke wine racks and hand-built cabinetry that’s built to last.
The classic pairing of dark navy and bright white is a winning combination which will stand the test of time whilst looking fresh and contemporary.
And, who would object to all the Xmas prep if you had this utility room to work in? The large, spacious farmhouse sink with Quooker Flex tap are just what you need for messy pans (and dogs!) and the hanging rail above the worktop is genius for hanging freshly ironed shirts. We give the design of our utility rooms as much thought as we do the kitchen as it’s such a functional space – known by some as the engine room of a family home!
15 November 2021
We love the pairing of the modern marble worktops and splashback with the rich and atmospheric ‘Minster Green’. The contrasts in colour and texture look stunning and the Aga range cooker looks properly at home in this classic setting.
All the details have been carefully considered; the Armac Martin handles in Burnished Brass, the taps in Satin Brass and the Perrin & Rowe Belfast Sink all tap into the Victorian era yet the modern touches provide all the convenience without looking out of place.
The bespoke dresser combines classic styling with modern touches to create a stand-alone piece of furniture that is perfect for displaying favourites pieces and family photos. Using the same paint colour and work top unifies the whole look.
Moving into the spacious utility room, the bespoke cabinets (again, in a Layon Shaker style) but this time hand painted in Treron – another traditional colour but softer and accented with the pretty pink tiling. The run of tall cabinets and open shelving unit are designed to be functional in a room that needs different considerations than a kitchen. Together with the shelving and hanging hooks there’s a place for everything and everything has its place.
08 October 2021
The large cabinets designed in the Inframe Cockbead Shaker style (in the kitchen) are the real feature of this project. Hand built and painted in Off Black, the detailed beading is classic and traditional yet with the beautiful Armac Martin handles and colour choice, the overall look is timeless and contemporary in equal measure. Complementing the entire look are the Perrin & Rowe taps in English Bronze and the Range Cooker in Matt Graphite with Bronze Trim.
27 August 2021
As always, our bespoke kitchens are designed and built to suit lifestyle and family needs and this one is no exception. Plenty of island seating and really importantly, lots of room to move around it. Large cabinets and deep drawers for convenient storage plus accessible shelving for cook books and a wine fridge perfectly positioned for the cook! Look closely and you’ll see that the larder is shallow in depth. This was deliberately (and cleverly!) designed to accommodate a large beam behind the back of the cabinet, yet still allows this run of cabinets to look balanced.
We’re loving the distinctive brass handles by Armac Martin against the Hardwicke White paint colour on the cabinetry – along with the Hand Silvered Antiqued mirror splashback there’s plenty of up-to-the-minute design details which ensure this classic shaker is contemporary yes classic in equal measure.
24 May 2021
It was a lovely end-of-the-week treat to receive a visit from Quooker who teamed up with Smart Bar, to bring us some delicious Quooker goodies. At Planet we love their taps so were delighted to be part of this promo to mark their much anticipated re-opening.
26 February 2021
Spring is in the air and hope is on the horizon as we reflect on the last 12 months of doing business in such challenging times.
As so many small (and large!) companies have floundered through this pandemic, here at Planet, we are eternally grateful to still be in business and to be doing well. Thanks, in part to us operating in an industry that has always put the home centre stage, which for the best part of a year has become our sanctuary as well as our workplace, school and playground! But, also thanks to our brilliant suppliers, who have gone all out to help us deliver on our promise time and time again despite the, sometimes, slimmed down workforce, and supply limitations further down the supplier chain.
Obviously, like all businesses no matter what sector, we’ve had to adapt to doing things differently and the biggest shift has been the use of tech. Whilst we might be getting a bit Zoom weary, it has been vital at enabling us to present and share designs and to carry on consulting with clients. And, although it’s not quite the same as face-to-face, which is obviously a more natural way of building a relationship with our clients, we actually think video technology will have a permanent role in our business post-Covid, as it’s proved so beneficial for clients who live a bit further away from our showroom.
The adaptions have continued onto our site visits (which we undertake at the onset of a project and then again later on for the technical survey) where our employees wear the necessary protection, as per the Government guidelines and we have to, kindly, request that clients and other trades vacate the room, if possible, whilst we complete the surveying. Again, everyone we work with (clients and suppliers) have been amazingly supportive and understanding. We’re looking forward to ‘normal’ times when we can all gather on the site, cuppa in hand and discuss the progress of the project.
We’ve been extremely lucky that the only delays our clients have had to experience is sometimes with appliances – some of the lead times on certain items are extremely long so we have to manage this and always make our clients aware of any potential delays in the soonest time possible. Happily, everything else has been fairly normal in terms of supply and lead times. Even our workshop has been able to operate as normal, producing even more bespoke furniture and cabinets than in pre-Covid times. We are fortunate to have enough space for our team of craftsmen to be spaced apart, along with all the current safety guidelines which are in place to ensure the health and safety of all our employees.
Which is all just as well as we have, very happily, noticed a spike in enquiries for home improvements, especially home office areas, studies and media units. And whilst the trend for large open family kitchens has been growing, steadily, for a number of years now, this trend continues at a pace as the hope of entertaining is finally creeping back on to the agenda for most of us.
So yes, we know we’re one of the lucky small, local businesses to be here some 12 month after this pandemic landed, and as long as people want their homes improving and/or extending we plan on being around a lot longer!
19 December 2020
The large, open plan space lends itself, perfectly , to the rich colour of the bespoke Shaker cabinets, creating a kitchen zone where the vibrancy of the blue/green pops in the otherwise neutral colour scheme of the wider space. We’re excited to see how much green is taking off in kitchen trends and this particular shade is bang on trend!
Providing ample space for sitting as well as prepping and storage, the large kitchen island with its CRL Quartz Calacatta worktop is as functional as it is beautiful. The sharp white marble finish is durable enough for family living and pairs beautifully with the integrated Neff hob and downdraft extractor.
The shelving above the sink run looks fab with the integrated lighting and adds the touch of personality that comes with a totally bespoke design, whilst the Quooker Flex Tap in Stainless Steel looks elegant against the Quartz worktop. Finally, check out the tall cupboard with its spice rack (or bottle holder) built into the door. All of our cabinetry is built to your specification so that no space, no matter how small is wasted. Genius!
29 September 2020
We’re delighted to see one of our recent projects featured in November’s issue of House & Garden. This project is from our Handmade in Hitchin range and can be seen, in full, here https://www.planetfurniture.co.uk/gallery/album.php?s=shaker-kitchen-living-room