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  1. Function Vs. Style – How To Create the Perfect Kitchen

    More and more people are embracing home cooking in the UK today. So if you’re going to be spending so much time in your kitchen, you want it to be a room you enjoy being in; a room with style. Does having a stylish kitchen compromise the way a kitchen functions, is there a way to balance style and function? We reckon so. We’ve rounded up a few tips to ensure your kitchen walks the fine line between style and practicality.


    The main thing to remember when planning your kitchen design is that you will require ample storage. All your food, plates, cutlery and cooking utensils will be stored in this room, so make sure this is taken into account during the design process. Consider these ideas for maximum storage.

    • Use wall cupboards and overhead cabinets; put them all the way up to the ceiling to avoid dust collecting at the top – this saves you some cleaning too!
    • If you have ornate crockery that you want to show off, build in some glass cabinets for display purposes.
    • Have covered spaces to hide appliances such as toasters and blenders away, so they only have to come out when in use, to avoid your kitchen looking overly cluttered.
    •  If you are working with a small space, it may be worth considering building a separate pantry room, something Oakland Leicester would be happy to work with you to do.


    Another essential for any kitchen is having enough space to work on. Whether you’re preparing Sunday lunch for 10 or a packed lunch for the kids, you will require plenty of surface space.

    • Ensure you use a material which looks good, whilst being easy to maintain, such as marble or granite.
    • Glass splashbacks and worktops are an innovative kitchen design which can add sophistication and colour to the room, whilst being extremely easy to clean and maintain.
    • Add in a kitchen island or breakfast bar for additional surface space. They’re great for extra preparation space, as well as for gathering and eating around for casual occasions.


    • You’re not going to get very far in creating meals unless you can see what you are doing! There are a wealth of options when it comes to kitchen lighting, and here’s a few you could try.
    • Illuminate from behind shelves to light up your utensils or display items.
    • Add spotlights under your cabinets. They are subtle, but can assist in lighting your cooking station while preparing and cooking food.
    • Install lighting into your flooring for an ambient mood.

    At Oaklandswe specialise in creating bespoke designer kitchens in Leicestershire and are happy to work through the entire process with you, from concept to completion. For more information, call us today on 0116 2272252.

  2. Essential Design Advice For A Classic, Traditional Kitchen

    When it comes to redesigning kitchen, there are two big styles which are top of the popularity charts at the moment – one of these being the sleek, ultra-modern kitchens. The other is something a little more classic and traditional.


    The design ideas behind this style of kitchen are simple yet effective in creating a warm, welcoming and very homely feel that still gives a modern touch to those who aren’t fans of contemporary styled kitchens. These handy tips, along with our kitchen fitting services here at Oakland Leicester, will get you well on your way to a brand new kitchen with that touch of tradition.

    1. Warm Colour Schemes Are Essential

    Since classic kitchens are all about traditional designs, particularly wood finished furniture, having a colour scheme that complements this is vital for creating the perfect look. When it comes to choosing flooring, tiles colours, furniture colours (like rugs) or paint schemes for walls then choosing warm palates and traditional Heritage colours are ideal for the perfect traditional feel – whether it’s throughout the room or just at intervals to punctuated muted whites or creams.

    2. Classic Flooring & Traditional Furnishings

    Don’t think that you’re limiting yourself with your traditional style. You’ve got a whole host of great options when it comes to flooring in your classic kitchen – you could continue the warm colour/natural wood theme and go for hardwood or wood-style laminate flooring, or you could choose traditional natural stone or red quarry tiles. Either would work well, and help round of the rest of your room’s design perfectly.

    Traditional furnishings are a must, too. Choose modern appliances, like cookers, that will seamlessly blend in with the rest of your room and consider classic furnishings like traditional wood tables and chairs, and a big ‘farm sink’ for the classic kitchen feel.

    3. Wood Works Well

    When it comes to classic kitchens, you can never have too much wood. Moving on from the flooring, wooden cabinets and other natural wood finish units and furnishings all help to create your desired design. From chairs and cabinets to worktops and furnishings, natural finished wood has the ability to look incredibly stylish and homely at the same time.

    If you’ve got any wooden beams in your kitchen then these are definitely worth taking advantage of – finish them to match the wood colours in the rest of the room for the perfect look. It’s even possible to retrofit wooden beams purely for an aesthetic purpose, if you’re really dedicated to getting that authentic traditional kitchen look.

    If your kitchen is in need of a renovation and you want to go for that classic kitchen look, then call us today on 0116 2772252 for expert advice and a free quotation on your dream project. We’ll happily help you design your ideal classic kitchen, supply you with everything you need and get it installed for a flawless and professional all-round service in Leicester and the wider Leicestershire area.

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