Choosing the right colour can be one of the most difficult decisions when designing your new kitchen. Not only do you want a colour that you really like, but it should also go well with the floor, walls, worktops and the soft furnishing… And if that wasn’t enough maybe you also need to consider the potential resale of the property and what would appeal to potential buyers.

White has been a popular and very safe choice for quite some time. Lately however, grey has started to emerge as an increasingly popular alternative to white.

Grey is a beautiful and fantastically versatile colour that can be matched with almost any other colour, depending on the shade of grey that you use. Light grey cabinets can be combined with dark grey worktops and vice versa. Different shades of grey can be used for different parts of the kitchen, such as a light grey kitchen with a dark grey island. Grey can also be spiced up with some fun accessories, such as a brightly coloured splashback or tiles.

Shown here is one example of a beautiful dark grey kitchen with light worktops. Also, if you haven’t seen it, The English Home features this kitchen in its January issue, see the article here. If you want more inspiration, have a look at our other kitchen photos for more grey options or pop in to Sola Kitchens’ Fulham Design Centre for a chat with one of our designers!

The Scandinavian design team continues in London. At the weekend 8-9 October 2011, the yearly Scandinavian Show takes place at Earls Court. The show will offer a diverse programme with a range of exhibitors showing off Scandinavian design and food. There will also be live entertainment with music, dance and the chance to meet the stars Sofie Gråbøl and Søren Malling from the BBC4 crime hit ‘The Killing’! For more information, look at http://www.scandinaviashow.co.uk/index.html

The yearly London Design Festival is now in full speed. Between 17 and 25 September, London is bubbling of fantastic design events, and Scandinavian design is one of the main focus area. Scandinavian design has been popular in the UK for a long time and there is a constant stream of new Scandinavian products available. But what is the reason that the Brits are so in love with Scandinavian design? Apparently it is all down to the concept of Hygge.

Hygge is a Danish expression that translates roughly as “wellbeing” but in fact embraces all things simple, warm, cosy, calm and comforting. And it’s apparently the hygge-factor that may explain why we are so in love with Scandinavian design!

Read more in this enlightening article in The Guardian: http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2011/sep/16/scandinavian-design

The Sola Kitchens Showroom is now open!

Sola Kitchens’ new showroom is now officially open!

On Thursday last week we held the official launch party with about 70 people attending. It was a great evening and the showroom was very well received.

This was what the Beautiful Kitchens Magazine thought: http://beautifulkitchens.wordpress.com/2011/03/25/sola-kitchens/

Here you can see some photos of the new showroom. But even better would be to see them “live”, so please pop in and see us and our beautiful kitchens!

This week we have been working very hard to finalise the new kitchen showroom on Munster Road in Fulham, and we are very nearly there! The kitchens are looking absolutely lovely and it will look fantastic when all the final details are in place! We are still waiting for a few bits and pieces, mainly the lovely darkblue AGA range cooker that we will have, which will arrive in a couple of weeks. This week we shall also paint the shop front and put the new signs up, so that you can find us!

I will keep you posted on the progess, but do pop in and visit us for a sneak preview and a coffee if you are in the area!

We are very exited to let you know that Sola Kitchens is opening a new Showroom on Munster Road in Fulham, London! The Showroom is currently being renovated and fitted out with six new bespoke solid wood kitchens, three from our classic range and three from the contemporary range. The Showroom will have something for everyone, whether you are looking for a traditional handpainted Shaker kitchen, classic Swedish or Scandinavian minimalism. The styles we will show are all very different, but what they have in common is that they are all made in solid wood, to the same exacting standard and with the same attention to detail. We will also display some of the other type of interior we do, such as integrated wardrobes and bookshelves.

The renovation is progressing well despite the chilly weather! The floor and one of the kitchens were put in last week and the other kitchens will arrive next week. We will officially open the the showroom in mid-January and look forward to welcoming you for a coffee and to look at our beautiful kitchens and interiors!

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