Tuesday, 7 April 2015

American Style Shaker Kitchen

We love our Rodenhurst American style kitchen, with its elegant cabinetry and regal colour scheme.

It has recently been featured on The Kitchen Think, please do take a look. The Kitchen Think 

Thursday, 2 April 2015

This week our fabulous Battersea Handleless Shaker kitchen was chosen as the 'Kitchen of the week' on Houzz.

Our Battersea kitchen has become very popular with our clients as it has all the elements of a traditional shaker style kitchen, yet it has thick Glacier White Corian worktops and is hand-painted in grey (Little Greene 'French Grey Pale' and 'Lead Colour'), giving it a modern edge.

The layout is simple but effective. The larders and American fridge/freezer house all the food and crockery, allowing us to keep the areas either side of the chimney relatively clear creating a contemporary open feel.

Houzz is a great website and helps you conjure up ideas for you home, no matter how big or small. If you haven't been on the website before and are starting your own project we would strongly advise you take a look and start your own idea book.

Friday, 20 March 2015

Beautiful Kitchens - April/May 2015

This month Higham Furniture kitchens appear in the April/May 2015 issue of Beautiful Kitchens magazine not once, not twice, but three times!

On page 112 you will find our Woking kitchen, a large Shaker kitchen which features additional traditional detailing and a pair of islands giving the client plenty of storage and seating space. Differing paint colours and contrasting Corian and oak worktops on the islands, help to break up the look. Pick up a copy to have a look for yourself.

You can also catch a glimpse of one of our bespoke, oak interior larders on page 45, and a sneak peak at one of our recent Handleless Shaker kitchens on page 73.

Tuesday, 10 March 2015

Open shelving – yea or nay?

When you look at photos of kitchens with open shelving on the walls, you tend to find perfectly arranged matching cups & plates. But will they really look as neat in reality in a family kitchen that has not been staged for a photo shoot? If you are not very organized and have a mishmash of cups and plates, closed cabinets may be a better option for you as open shelves can easily look cluttered. However, with a few little tricks you can make open shelving look great. For instance, choose your nicest crockery for display, even if they don’t all match, and hide the less attractive ones behind doors. If you plan to store food items on the shelves, you might want to invest in some glass jars for your oats and cereal instead of having them in their original packaging. Wicker baskets and wooden storage boxes can also look lovely.

When it comes to the actual shelves, there are plenty of options too. For a more traditional look, you may want to have corbels on the shelves but if you are after something a bit less fussy and more contemporary, you could just have plain shelves or ones with a small upstand, like in our Weybridge kitchen.

Open shelves can be practical since your crockery & food is at easy reach. They also bring some casualness to a kitchen. If you are not too keen on open shelves but would like to display your crockery, glass fronted wall cabinets may be the thing for you. Either way, a kitchen is for living, so you should not have to spend too much time arranging your cups for the next photo shoot!

What do you think of open shelving?

Friday, 27 February 2015

Thinking on our feet, well on a step to be more precise.

We are just getting into production on this stunning Shaker kitchen to be installed in London Hampton, in the spring.

For our original design we thought that the steps to the playroom would be contained in the playroom, however after visiting the property we soon realised that the steps would encroach into the kitchen. The design needed a re-think - time for some problem solving!

We had suggested doors either side of the step, but the opening of these would now be restricted. Access would be awkward and the doors would likely become damaged over time by colliding with the step.

We therefore decided to raise the doors up, so that they would clear the step and could be opened fully, without restriction. We then created deep drawers at the bottom, which could either be restricted in depth to prevent collision with the step, or full depth with restricted access due to the step. The second option does still require a bit of care to ensure the drawer doesn't sustain damage over time!

With its high vaulted ceiling, this kitchen should be absolutely stunning when completed, and we look forward to hopefully sharing it with you in the future.

Friday, 20 February 2015

Deep colours from Corian

Corian manufacturers Dupont are rolling out new 'Deep' colours. With pigmentation throughout the material, they offer a richer colour, and open up the options for colours for kitchens.

The Deep colours can be used for doors and drawer fronts in contemporary kitchens, as their stronger pigmentation means that light scratches will be much less visible, an issue which previously limited Corian kitchens to light colours such as Glacier White.

As you can see from the image below, which contrasts the new Deep Night Sky on the right with the original Night Sky on the left, the new colours are much stronger.

At present only two of the Deep colours are recommended for kitchen worktops, Deep Night Sky and Deep Black Quartz, however more are expected to follow soon, so watch this space!

Tuesday, 10 February 2015

Feature in EKBB March 2015

For those who love our Southfields Handleless Shaker kitchen, you might be interested in picking up a copy of the March 2015 issue of Essential Kitchen Bathroom Bedroom magazine.

The magazine has chosen to feature one of our recent kitchens which features our bespoke Handleless Shaker style and carrara marble worktops and splashback, in a beautiful open plan extension with large sliding doors.

If you would like to take a closer look then you will find us on pages 46 to 53.