08 November 2016
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.
25 October 2016
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!
16 August 2016
The brief for this Handmade In Hitchin kitchen was to create a modern day French Farmhouse style space with functional surfaces, ample storage space as well as contemporary finishes that would stand the test of time.
The mirrored glass splash back and chocolate bronze handles have brought it right up-to-date whilst the planked oak, Caesarstone worktops and beautiful paint finishes from Farrow & Ball (Elephant’s Breath) and Little Green (Light Peach Blossom 3) reflect both function and style.
See more lovely photos in the gallery.
08 June 2016
Kitchen walls don’t have to be just a functional space for cupboards, containers and the like. Break up the look with colour, quirkiness or beautiful photography.
Here are our top tips for choosing fabulous art for your kitchen
• If your kitchen is the heart of your home (and who’s isn’t?) let the art reflect who you are; A gourmet cook? Choose pictures of countries that inspire your favourite dishes. Into gardening? How about some vintage horticultural prints?
• Theming is the thing – with limited wall space think about what kind of look you’re after – and don’t let the architectural style of the kitchen dictate what type of art you hang.
• Opposites attract – Embrace contrast and go with contemporary graphics in a traditional setting or vintage posters in a modern, sleek kitchen.
• A high gloss kitchen will be a perfect backdrop to traditional art framed in aged gilts and distressed wood.
• Your choice of frame can help bring a modern, fresh look to a country kitchen – but making sure they’re a similar type will stop your walls looking mis-matched
• Kitchens with high ceilings will always have perfect hanging space above the wall cabinets – better than gathering dust! See this fantastic link http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/ways-to-add-art-to-your-kitchen-210855
• Beware the glare: when hanging art behind glass keep your pictures away from the walls directly opposite the windows – the art will be lost to the reflection
24 May 2016
We’ve taken the sleek, satin lacquer finish (Indigo Blue) and combined it with a warm, natural knotty oak to create something special.
A modern super-efficient space with oodles of personality.
The ingenious drawer and cupboard systems are a renowned feature of the next125 kitchens – maximising all available storage capacity. Very helpful for a minimalist look!
16 May 2016
We are delighted and excited to welcome ANDY DAVIES to the Planet team. He joins Ruth Gray who has been an established and popular designer in our Hitchin studio for the last 4 years.
With over 27 years’ experience of designing and building fully fitted original kitchens Andy considers himself a true cabinet maker coming from a background in high-end kitchens and high quality manufacturing.
Andy is keen to uphold Planet’s mission to bring a client’s dream to life; to interpret their brief and add his own inimitable style to the finished project. He says; “I believe that when you’re asking people to invest in their homes it should be an enjoyable process. Joining Planet Furniture has meant that I have found my niche – being able to work with a family run company that wants to produce the very best furniture whilst providing the best service”.
His approach to design is to ensure that every interior works ergonomically – making the best use of the space with a good visual balance. As a cabinet maker Andy loves to work with natural timbers but believes the key is to complement these with the fabulous contemporary materials that are available today.
“I am equally at home working with both our Handmade In Hitchin range as well as our German next125 range. It’s the attention to detail in putting a design together that really floats my boat”
As well as designing kitchens for Planet, Andy is hoping to find time to build his own timber frame home, knock up the odd cedar strip canoe and plunge into various extreme sports with his wife and 5 children.
19 April 2016
Copper is definitely having its moment!
It looks great anywhere in the house, but we think it’s especially fantastic in the kitchen. Its subtle glow and warm tones pair really well with the bright Glacier White Corian worktop here but also with the darker, contemporary finishes that are currently so popular.
And it certainly wows when coupled with natural timbers. Check out the solid oak breakfast bar here in this next125 Handleless kitchen which features a copper leaf glass splashback.
07 April 2016
Iconic styling and timeless design
The perfect partners for Planet – SMEG small domestic appliances now available from our showroom in Hitchin
SMEG Kettle, SMEG Stand Mixer, SMEG 2 & 4 slice Toaster, SMEG Blender in all colours
12 January 2016
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