Monthly Archives: May 2015

Enjoy Solid Oak Kitchens From Your Armchair: View Our Video and Browse Our Brochure!

Joseph & Kingsley has now been open for two years – where has the time gone?! – and we have been proud to design and install a wide variety of stunning solid oak kitchens during this period.

What better way to show off these fabulous designs and give customers a taster of our work than with our very own video? Last year we were delighted to shoot a short introductory video on location -from within a completed kitchen project and our showroom – detailing the process from start to finish.

If you are curious about the Joseph & Kingsley experience, we warmly welcome you to view this introductory piece, which can be seen on the homepage of our website, on our Youtube channel and below, should you prefer!

Our current brochure provides valuable insight into our service, too; not only does this brochure discuss our kitchen styles – Cotswold, In-Frame and Chatham – and free of charge bespoke design service, but also features a fantastic spread of images capturing real-life customer kitchens. Best of all, the brochure is fully available to view online.

We are proud to document our finished work and have been delighted with the overwhelming support from our customers, who have kindly allowed us back into the home to photograph and film; we hope that you find these examples equally inspiring. Should you require a hard-copy version of the brochure, or if you would like to discuss your kitchen project with us, please don’t hesitate to visit our Cheltenham showroom; alternatively, please contact us by telephone or email.

Design Inspiration: Dark Wood

The days are growing lighter and longer, and as such the introduction of dark tones into a colour scheme might not seem obvious; however dark wooden furniture can be the perfect injection of cool within a home. It’s a surprisingly versatile material, too, and can enhance all number of schemes – from bespoke kitchen designs to hallways, bedrooms, and beyond.


Design Inspiration: Dark Wood

Courtesy of House to Home

Here, dark browns of varying shades contrast with each other and the neutral grey/off-white tones of the wallpaper and cushion to create a traditional yet international feel: the design speaks of home whilst encouraging exploration. The sturdy dark brown cabinet adds to the classic feel. A familiar yet refreshing entrance hall.


Design Inspiration: Dark Wood

Joseph & Kingsley’s ’Haze’ kitchen

One of our most popular kitchen concepts. Note how the dark wood is a subtle yet crucial figure: from the unbroken chocolate tones of the wenge worktops to the matching upstands and feature mantel above the range cooker. The blend of luxurious dark timber, oak cabinetry hand-finished in Farrow & Ball’s Elephant’s Breath (a soothing pale grey-mauve shade) and a striking purple oven creates a sleek aesthetic that does not overwhelm.


Design Inspiration: Dark Wood

Courtesy of House to Home

A beautifully relaxed dining space. The dark wooden furniture, with its bench-style seating and carved armchairs, creates a whimsical effect alongside the riot of colourful fabrics and flowers; a great example of how versatile dark wood can be. Whilst it can be paired with neutral greys, purples or other brown shades (as seen above), here it works wonderfully well when juxtaposed with much bolder shades: hot pink, vibrant orange, and even minty green.

Farrow & Ball Key 2015 Colours: Light Blue and Luxury Kitchens


Farrow & Ball Key 2015 Colours: Light Blue and Luxury Kitchens

Courtesy of Farrow & Ball

For achieving a classic yet chic kitchen look, our designers believe that little can have more impact than a fine collection of furniture: and nothing will complete your aesthetic with more charm and style than a high-quality solid oak cabinet door, particularly if it has been hand finished in colours from paint specialists Farrow & Ball.

We recently discussed one of their new ‘neutrals’ in a blog about Pink Ground; but this week we’re taking a look at another favourite of theirs: Light Blue. This shade, along with Pink Ground, Breakfast Room Green, and Tanner’s Brown, is one of Farrow & Ball’s ‘key colour’ picks for 2015.

Comforting duck egg blue or eau de nil shades have been popular in luxury kitchens for many years, but Light Blue brings something slightly different to the mix; the shade has pale grey undertones that look silvery in certain lights, creating a shimmery, ethereal effect. Farrow & Ball note this versatile quality, describing Light Blue as best suited to creating ‘an interior where colours shift and change like the landscape’. To help appreciate ‘the softer side of life’, Light Blue can be complemented by the cool grey tones of Hardwick White, Dimpse or the more earthy Lamp Room Grey; or it can be used as a complex neutral in its own right, contrasting and tempering bolder shades like the rich navy of Hague Blue.

For more advice on door finishes, colour palettes or any other aspect of your kitchen renovation, please feel free to visit our showroom for a chat with one of our experienced designers. Our complimentary bespoke design service has been established to ensure that your kitchen-buying experience is pleasurable and stress-free – and we are always delighted to consider a range of ideas. Work with us to create your dream kitchen, whatever the colour scheme may be!

Design Inspiration: Natural Textures

Though a sleek, gloss look always looks superb in kitchens, the use of natural textures – even as a contrast – can create a wonderfully warming look.

Whilst working on our designs for solid oak kitchens this week, we’ve been inspired by a host of organic elements. Here are a few of our favourite ways to maximise on this trend (which is set to be key in spring/summer interiors in 2015):

Exposed brickwork


Design Inspiration: Natural Textures

Courtesy of House to Home

A popular look – and with good reason. The warm colours of the brick couple with a naturally understated – yet deliberately stylish – aesthetic to create a modern yet homely effect. Go all out with vintage copper pots, hanging from a rail, or add contemporary flair with minimal clutter and sleek stainless steel accessories.

‘Plantation style’ furniture


Design Inspiration: Natural Textures

Courtesy of Houzz

Innately casual but with a hint of the exotic, Plantation-style furniture typically melds woven elements (such as wicker) with light textiles and solid wood. The perfect way to add informal elegance to any space.

Solid wood

We are specialists in solid wood furniture – from fine oak cabinetry to wooden worktops – and so we may be a little biased about the charms of wood, but it certainly is one of our favourite natural textures. The unique character of each timber means that its charm simply cannot be replicated by a manmade material: and whether you’re looking for a darkly luxurious surface, like our wenge worktops or a classic timber like oak, there will be a choice that is sure to enhance your kitchen.

The above ‘inspirations’ were just a few of our favourite natural textures, but if you have any others to share – or if you’d like any more information about our kitchens – please do not hesitate to connect with us on Facebook, Twitter or Google Plus.