Catch up with us on Pinterest!

We warmly welcome you to connect with us on social media – we’re always thrilled to hear from customers or other design fans, and we’re always on the lookout for new things to talk about!

You can find us on Twitter, Facebook and Google Plus, but our particular favourite at the moment is probably Pinterest! Please do visit our Pinterest profile to browse some of our latest boards; these include bespoke kitchen designs, boards inspired by our popular ‘Design Inspiration’ blog series, and key colour trends. Indeed, we’ve recently added one of our favourite case studies: entitled ‘Dream Kitchen Case Study: Modern White’, this board contains plenty of gorgeous pins that show different aspects of a kitchen we completed in Westbury-on-Severn – a beautiful design with granite worktops, a feature island, and solid oak cabinetry finished in Farrow & Ball’s White Tie.

So, if you are seeking inspiration for a new kitchen project or simply dreaming of delightful interiors, do find us on Pinterest – we’d love to hear from you!

Luxury Kitchens Deserve Lavish Finishing Touches: Cornices, Pelmets and Pilasters

The crowning glory to a gorgeous kitchen may not be quite what you expect: for us at Joseph & Kingsley, the devil is in the detail, and we think that little touches like cornices, pelmets, and pilasters can really make a difference to the overall aesthetic.

Our solid oak cabinetry looks exceptional in luxury kitchens; however, without a pilaster or two, there may still be gaps between doors. There are a wide variety of pilasters on the market which can finish the design perfectly. If opting for wooden worktops, why not try a pilaster in the same timber as your surface? We can provide pilasters in everything from classic oak to the more exotic zebrano. Pilasters can be square-edged or more ornate, depending on your preference, and can also be supplied in the Farrow & Ball colour of your choosing.

Cornices and pelmets can be similarly customised – our solid oak versions are available in lacquered or painted finishes – and also make a great addition to your wall cabinets. Without these extra hints of decoration, wall cabinetry can often feel unfinished, so we highly recommend choosing a pair of cornices and pelmets that add a sense of wow factor.

Feeling inspired? Why not pop into our Cheltenham showroom or get in touch: one of our friendly designers will be happy to discuss your kitchen project and the comprehensive range of options that are available – creating your dream kitchen has never been simpler!

Design Inspiration: The Nixon Table

As the weather turns cooler and nights are longer, we are always inspired to bring a bit of sparkle into our solid oak kitchens.

Jonathan Adler’s ‘Nixon Table’ provides an ideal combination of comforting natural tones and a special, luxurious finish. The designer, who is famed for his vibrant graphics and bold detailing, gestures towards both a modern sense of ‘liveable luxury’ and contemporary pop culture with this gorgeous piece.

With tops available in burnt oak, blackened or cerused elm and glossy lacquer, and steel bases finished in either golden brushed brass or silvery polished nickel, this is a versatile table with swathes of style. Perfect for all events: whether that means pre-dinner cocktails, entertaining friends, or something more relaxed, this table will be a centrepiece fit for any occasion.

Reminder: 10% off all bespoke kitchens in September!

To celebrate the move from summer into autumn (one of our favourite seasons), we’ve been offering 10% off kitchens ordered in September.

This fantastic promotion allows you to enjoy bespoke kitchen designs at a lower price than ever: not only is our furniture – including wonderful oak cabinetry and solid wood worktops – on sale, but our impressive project management and design service remains free of charge. Moreover, if you order from us during September, we’ll add a complimentary handy wireless worktop charger or Bluetooth sound system to your order.

Reminder: 10% off all bespoke kitchens in September!

Pop into our showroom today or contact our designers to discuss your project; but don’t delay – you can only enjoy luxury kitchens for less until the end of September, which is less than two weeks away!

Farrow & Ball Key 2015 Colours: Tanner’s Brown


Farrow & Ball Key 2015 Colours: Tanner's Brown

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For achieving a warm yet sophisticated kitchen look for autumn, there is little that can beat solid wood furniture: whether that means investing in gorgeous oak luxury kitchens with an unvarnished, natural appearance, or injecting a sense of seasonal colour with solid oak frontals painted in one of Farrow & Ball’s finest shades.

This brings us nicely to our last focus feature on Farrow & Ball’s key colours for 2015: Tanner’s Brown. Whilst we have already covered Light Blue, Pink Ground, and Breakfast Room Green, we felt that it was best to save Tanner’s Brown —a rich, smoky shade — until the fall.

Farrow & Ball gesture towards Tanner’s Brown’s aptness for the latter months of the year by explaining that ‘although we are craving lighter, paler tones in 2015, darker tones remain best where natural light is lacking.’ The earthy feel of this brown shade means that it is perfect for creating a sense of drama and contrast: used on walls, it will produce an invitingly smoky feel, whilst if used on doors to contrast with other colours in your design, it will imbue a hint of warmth and make the other colours seem lighter and brighter. Choose autumnal neutrals like Tallow or purple-greys like Brassica for a chic, classic scheme; or mingle with blues (we like Oval Room Blue) and cold greys for a modern look.

If you would like to learn more about the door finishes that we offer, or if you need advice on the best colour schemes for your space, please do pop into our showroom and discuss your kitchen project with one of our expert designers. Kick off the new season in style and create your dream kitchen with us today!

Stunning solid oak kitchens now on sale: 10% off in September!

Kick off fall with a fabulously affordable new kitchen courtesy of Joseph & Kingsley’s seasonal sale.

Our impressive collection of kitchen furniture – including solid oak cabinets, frontals and timber worktops – can be purchased with a fantastic 10% discount across the entire range. As ever, our design and project-management service is available on a complimentary basis; and, for the duration of the promotion, we’ll even throw in a free-of-charge wireless worktop charger or Bluetooth sound system to make your kitchen even more enjoyable!

For more insight into our stunning solid oak kitchens, please browse our dedicated ‘style’ pages: Chatham, Cotswold or In-Frame. We’re also proud to showcase a selection of recent work within our Case Studies section.

If you’d like to learn more about the sale or our service, please do pop into our Cheltenham showroom or contact us; our expert design team will be happy to discuss your kitchen project with you. Orders must be placed by the end of September to qualify for the discount, so don’t hesitate to get in touch!

Stunning solid oak kitchens now on sale: 10% off in September!

Design Inspiration: Butcher Blocks

If you need an extra surface for food preparation that also offers a warm aesthetic, strong finish, and anti-bacterial properties, end grain butcher block worktops may be just what you are looking for.

Butchers blocks have a long – if not exactly illustrious – history! Originating in China, the blocks were traditionally made out of anything that was available: a long tree stump or log, or even a smooth stone! But what is it that sets a butcher block apart from a regular chopping board? The construction, for one thing: the material needs to be suitable for direct cutting and meat preparation (such as deboning, chopping and filleting, which can be extremely intensive); the board also needs to be thick enough to withstand this pressure.

An end grain butchers block is the perfect combination, therefore: the construction means that the end of the wood’s fibre is exposed. This edge is resistant to cuts and is very dense and durable. It also creates an extremely attractive, natural finish.

There a number of ways in which an end grain butcher block can be integrated into your kitchen; whether as an addition to an island, a standalone item, or even as a surface for a portable trolley (an excellent space-saver). We provide end grain butcher blocks in a variety of different timbers, ensuring that there is a choice for all bespoke kitchen designs – whatever the layout or style.

Design Inspiration: Butcher Blocks
Design Inspiration: Butcher Blocks

Summer Sponsorship: Ballet in Prague

This year we’ve been delighted to continue our sponsorship of talented young ballet dancers; and over the summer this has enabled two promising second-year students from the English National Ballet School, Isabella Swietlicki and Drew Jackson, to attend a summer school in Prague. It’s a city close to our heart, of course – we not only sell luxury kitchens from our Cheltenham showroom, but also have a base in Cestlice, Prague.

Anyway, back to ballet (!): we caught up with the Isabella and Drew recently and gleaned some insight into how they’ve been spending their days – from dining to sight-seeing (and a little bit of dance, too!)

What’s an average day been like at the summer school?

Isabella: The day would typically start with a lovely walk through some of Prague’s historical streets to the beautiful studios. The first class of the day was general ballet class, for both boys and girls. We were divided into three groups, and we had different teachers on different days, which gave us the benefit of different teaching styles and helped us to become more versatile dancers. After this would be variations (solos) class, with girls being taught separately from boys. Lunch was in the canteen, in a beautiful part of the building, and offered us a nice selection of healthy food. The afternoon would be a single session of either pas-de-deux, or repertoire or contemporary –the different groups were rotated on different days. The classes were always challenging but also really enjoyable; the atmosphere was hard working but very friendly.

What’s your favourite thing about studying abroad?

Drew: My favourite thing about studying abroad is meeting other young aspiring dancers from all over the world. You can learn a lot from watching how they dance with a different technique or style depending on where they come from. It’s amazing to see students from so many different places and schools all sharing their love for dance together. It is actually really inspiring.

Best moment so far?

Isabella: I have to say I had two best moments –at the end of the first week I was chosen by Evgenia Obraztsova for the girls’ solo prize, and the second week I was awarded it again, chosen by Roberta Marquez. That was a lovely surprise, as I never expected anything like that.

Drew: The best bit so far has to be taking part in Isaac Hernandez’ technique classes and solo coaching. His passion for ballet blew me away and he was able to inspire a whole room of young men to work hard and improve their dancing. It was an absolute pleasure to experience his coaching along with all the other teachers on the course.

It’s been lovely to hear from Isabella and Drew, and we’re so glad to hear that their time in Prague has been stimulating and successful. We wish them all the best for the rest of the summer and new school year!

How to choose worktops for solid oak kitchens

Choosing which surfaces would best suit your kitchen can be tricky – but this is one of the most important considerations for any new design. Fortunately, there are many fantastic options for solid oak kitchens: from laminate to granite and, of course, solid wood.

Each material has its own benefits. Here are some key considerations for the three most popular worktop materials:

Laminate worktops


How to choose worktops for solid oak kitchens

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Positives:

  • Easy to maintain
  • Easy to fit – can be installed on a DIY basis rather than by a professional.
  • Fairly durable – stains and chemicals are easy to wipe off, though take care not to place anything heated on the surface.

Negatives:

  • Can mimic other worktop materials such as granite or even wood, but cannot replicate the natural quality of these materials.
  • Arguably less pleasing in terms of aesthetic/style than other worktop options.

Solid wood worktops

Positives:

  • Easy to maintain. A regular programme of oiling is required but once sufficient protection has been achieved, little is required to keep wood worktops looking their best.
  • Easy to repair. It’s best not to leave anything hot, wet, or dirty on the surface as this can cause marks to appear; however, scratches and stains can be easily repaired by sanding the worktop and re-oiling.
  • Naturally hygienic. Hardwoods possess antibacterial properties and some are rich in oil, which means that they are naturally water-resistant.
  • Unique, versatile aesthetic. No two timbers are exactly alike so the finish is guaranteed to be unique from kitchen-to-kitchen; moreover, there are a wide selection of timbers on the market, so there is a stylish choice for any design scheme.
  • Easy to fit. Can be installed on a DIY basis.

Negatives

  • Not suitable for direct cutting and more prone to scratches (though these tend to be easy to repair) than a harder material like granite.
  • A natural product so correct maintenance and installation procedures must be followed to allow the wood to move (a natural occurrence due to changes in environmental climate) and prevent warping.

Granite worktops

Positives:

  • Extremely durable. Granite is water-tight and almost completely resistant to staining – though wine and citric acids must be mopped up immediately if spilt. It can also withstand high temperatures.
  • Easy to maintain. Requires an initial sealing but then nothing for about ten years – simply clean with a damp cloth and detergent and granite worktops will remain in fine condition.
  • Luxurious, versatile aesthetic. A popular material that will never go out of style, and suits both modern and more traditional kitchens. A variety of colours and finishes are available.

Negatives:

  • Specialist fitting required. Granite can be cut into a number of bespoke shapes but this must be done by a specialist; an experienced fitter is also required. The process can be lengthy and costly.

Ultimately, the worktop that you choose should reflect your own needs and style. If you have a young family, for example, heavier materials like granite may not be ideal – bumping into overhanging edges would be painful. However, if you are a keen cook, a highly-resistant material like granite may be ideal. Wood worktops, by contrast, offer a fantastic ‘middle-ground’ for those looking for an attractive worktop that is easy to customise (edges can be smoothened for high traffic areas, for example) and is fairly durable, whilst providing a unique and attractive aesthetic.

If you would like to discuss surfaces or any other aspect of your kitchen, our team of designers are happy to offer expert advice; simply pop into our Cheltenham showroom or contact us to chat about your kitchen project.

Get Ready for Baking: Three Tips for Luxury Kitchens

Well, it’s official: baking fever has swept the country! The first episode of the new series of the ever-popular BBC television programme, the Great British Bake Off, aired last night: and since the familiar theme tune trilled to a close, we’ve been dreaming about the perfect kitchen for baking.

So, whether you’re considering revamping your own space or would like an entirely new bespoke kitchen design, here are some of top tips for preparing your kitchen for baking bliss!

1. Consider your counters.

As much space as possible is welcomed when it comes to baking, so if you can squeeze some extra surface area in, go for it. If not, why not purchase a rolling trolley? This can be handy for storage as well as providing an extra butcher block type surface for chopping and rolling (and can then be tucked away when not needed). Material and height are also important considerations; marble is ideal for baking, as it provides a cool, smooth surface for pastry making. Serious bakers should also give thought to investing in counters of custom heights – one size does not fit all when it comes to rolling out dough!

2. Invest in the right appliances.

Range cookers or double ovens are often considered a necessity for bakers – finished with a warming drawer, if you can find one. Less essential but still handy would be a bottom-freezer refrigerator: plenty of recipes require refrigeration prior to baking, and side by side fridge-freezers often don’t provide the width to accommodate baking pans. And don’t forget to reserve space for a ‘tech’ corner. There are lots of recipes online, along with instructional videos; many modern bakers now include a dedicated space for an iPad stand, television or computer within their kitchens (perhaps close to their vast array of cookbooks, for baking cross-comparison!)

3. Don’t skimp on storage.


Get Ready for Baking: Three Tips for Luxury Kitchens

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As a baker you will need easy access to various things – recipes can contain many steps and time can also be of the essence. Consider open shelving, pull-out shelves, and storage pegs for easy access to items like mixing bowls, ingredients, pots and pans, and rolling pins.


Get Ready for Baking: Three Tips for Luxury Kitchens

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We hope that this post has inspired you to roll those sleeves up and get baking! Though do remember, if you’re looking for help to design the culinary kitchen of your dreams, our team aren’t just Bake Off fans – we’re designers and fans of luxury kitchens, first and foremost. Please pop into our showroom or contact us if you’d like to discuss a kitchen project.