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Welcome to the Kitchen Compare Blog. Here we introduce you to many of the key sections of the website, focused on saving you time and money in the search for your dream kitchen. Don't forget to check back regularly for new posts.

  • 27th Feb 2023

    Designing a low maintenance kitchen – Part 2

    Designing a low maintenance kitchen is often high on the wish-list for those renovating or installing one. After all, who wants to spend more time than necessary cleaning and maintaining the kitchen! Our January blog explored the importance of low maintenance worktops and splashbacks as well as different options for cabinets and flooring. This follow-on blog focuses on the best paints, sinks, appliances, and waste disposal to achieve that easy-to-maintain kitchen.

  • 13th Feb 2023

    Guide to kitchen wall décor – Part 2

    Last month’s blog focused on alternative coverings for kitchen walls beyond standard paint and tiles and explored specialist wallpaper, panelling and in-jet printed tiles.

  • 30th Jan 2023

    Designing a low maintenance kitchen – Part 1

    The kitchen is the heart of most homes and one of the hardest rooms in the house to keep clean. So much happens in the kitchen – prepping, cooking, eating, socialising, relaxing – it’s no wonder there’s a lot of cleaning and tidying to do. From crumbs, spillages and grease to dust, dirt, and stains, it never ends!

  • 16th Jan 2023

    Guide to kitchen wall décor – Part 1

    Tiles and paint were once the only products found on kitchen walls.

    But times have changed.

  • 19th Dec 2022

    Hottest Kitchen Trends for 2023

    There is no disputing the fact that 2022 has had its challenges, and as it finally draws to a close, now is the time to look forward to the year ahead. Even though many of us have returned to the office either full or part-time, overall, we are still spending more time at home than pre-Covid and it is, therefore, only natural that freshening or sprucing up the kitchen is at the top of the wish list for several homeowners.

  • 21st Nov 2022

    Kitchen Christmas Countdown

    The countdown to Christmas has begun!

  • 7th Nov 2022

    Mindful Living in the kitchen

    Due to current financial pressures that many homeowners are under, the refurbishment or installation of a new kitchen may not be top of mind right now. It is far more likely that smaller kitchen update projects will be taking place the length and breadth of the country instead. Financial pressures unite us all. So too does the need for us all to look after our mental as well as physical being.

  • 24th Oct 2022

    Easy and cost-effective ways to refresh – upstands and splashbacks

    With cost-of-living top of the current agenda, many are keeping a close eye on household expenditure. In some cases, homeowners have made the decision to put on hold or even cancel kitchen projects, while others continue to press on with original plans building, renovating, or refreshing.

  • 10th Oct 2022

    Flexible design ideas – open shelving

    Following last month’s flexible design idea blog featuring the pocket door, this month we focus on open shelving. Often controversial, open shelving is loved by some and hated by others. Are open shelves a great way to house favourite things and an easy way to introduce colour and texture, or a place that easily turns into a dumping ground and harbours dust?

  • 26th Sep 2022

    Flexible design ideas – the pocket door

    Whether you live in a flat, apartment, terraced, semi-detached or detached property, there is one thing that most homeowners agree on – the need for space. Space is key - key for storage, key for zoning and key for privacy.

  • 12th Sep 2022

    Easy and cost-effective ways to refresh - Handles

    With cost-of-living top of the current agenda, many are keeping a close eye on household expenditure. In some cases, homeowners have made the decision to put on hold or even cancel kitchen projects, while others continue to press on with original plans building, renovating, or refreshing.

  • 29th Aug 2022

    Easy and cost-effective ways to refresh - Taps

    With cost-of-living top of the current agenda, many are keeping a close eye on household expenditure. In some cases, homeowners have made the decision to put on hold or even cancel kitchen projects, while others continue to press on with original plans building, renovating, or refreshing.

  • 18th Jul 2022

    Thinking of an outdoor kitchen?

    Summer is finally here. Time to relax, unwind and spend a little more time outdoors. While many households enjoy the odd barbecue on a weekend or summer’s evening, this is the time of year when an outdoor kitchen becomes highly desirable.

  • 30th May 2022

    Take a seat

    Kitchens are often the hub of the home – the place where family and friends regularly gather. Key to a successful space for socialising, eating, and relaxing is the creation of a comfortable seating area. Whether your kitchen is a large open-plan design or is a smaller compact multi-functional one, there are great solutions to suit.

  • 18th Apr 2022

    What’s your preferred kitchen style?

    You’ve made the big decision. Time to refurbish, remodel or renovate your kitchen. In terms of home improvement, the kitchen is often considered one of the costliest projects albeit one of the most rewarding. Getting it right first time is key. There are so many decisions to make from layout, flow and appliances to worktops, unit and tap design!

  • 28th Mar 2022

    Best kitchen design ideas for entertaining – Part 2

    It’s often said that the best parties end up in the kitchen! More and more often socialising and entertaining with friends and family takes place in an open plan environment which encompasses a space to chill and relax as well as a space to prepare food and cook.

  • 14th Mar 2022

    Best kitchen design ideas for entertaining - Part 1

    It’s been some time since our homes have been the hub for entertaining friends and family. Rather than opening our doors and welcoming guests, it’s been a case of adhering to guidelines, navigating lockdowns and respecting social distancing.

  • 14th Feb 2022

    Improve your kitchen without breaking the bank – Part 2

    As mentioned in part 1, the start of 2022 has been tough on many. Hardly a day goes by when increasing energy bills, rising food costs and the pressure to increase National Insurance contributions doesn’t feature in the news. So, when it comes to planning home improvements the dream of a brand-new kitchen may need to go on hold.

  • 31st Jan 2022

    Improve your kitchen without breaking the bank – Part 1

    The start of 2022 has been tough on many. News bulletins continue to announce increasing energy bills, rising food costs and the pressure to increase National Insurance contributions, so when it comes to planning home improvements the dream of a brand-new kitchen may need to go on hold.

  • 10th Jan 2022

    New Year’s resolution to declutter the kitchen

    Now that Christmas and the New Year have passed, it’s time to look forward to 2022 and a period of new beginnings. A popular new year’s resolution is to make more space and January is the perfect time to get rid of all the clutter that’s accumulated over the previous 12-24months and to make a fresh start.

  • 27th Dec 2021

    Interior Trends for 2022 – Part 2

    Ahead of the curve:
    Seeking comfort in our homes and cocooning from the world is not a new trend, but this lifestyle choice has moved on a notch with our design preferences. From gently arched walls to shapely sofas and mirrors, it’s all about curves.

  • 13th Dec 2021

    Interior Trends for 2022 – Part 1

    Colour and the New Neutrals: Interior design in 2022 will be dominated by colour and there is lots of it, bringing vibrancy and energy into our homes.

  • 29th Nov 2021

    Getting the kitchen ready for Christmas

    Last year Christmas was unlike any other.

  • 15th Nov 2021

    Kitchen Trends Over Time

    More so than any other room in the house, kitchens respond to changing tastes, trends, and technology a bit faster. At Kitchen Compare we love all things kitchen – whether that’s past, present, or future - so thought it would be interesting to look back at some of the key kitchen trends over the last five decades. This includes several trendy features that came and went (and in many cases, came back again!)

  • 25th Oct 2021

    How long should a kitchen last?

    Investing in a kitchen is probably one of the costliest home improvements project a homeowner can undertake. Not only is a new kitchen demanding in terms of financial investment, but also in terms of time – researching and planning – as well as the disruption experienced during installation.

  • 11th Oct 2021

    Wooden shutters as a window dressing solution

    Long ago before homes had glass windows, a form of early shutters were used – propping up wooden boards in window openings. Hundreds of years later and wooden shutters remain one of the most popular form of window dressing. Bright and bold or simply stained, shutters are also practical and easy to maintain. Louvred slats can be adjusted to reduce or improve light flow and shutter panels can be swung in various formations to provide style and flexibility.

  • 20th Sep 2021

    Need-to-know guide to buying a kitchen, Part 3

    For many the idea of buying a new kitchen is daunting. For others it is hugely exciting. Whether it is fear or over - enthusiasm which drives you, one thing for sure is that installing a new kitchen or refurbishing an old one will be one of the costliest (and time consuming) home improvement projects you will undertake.

  • 16th Aug 2021

    Need-to-know guide to buying a kitchen. Part 2

    For many the idea of buying a new kitchen is daunting. For others it is hugely exciting. Whether it is fear or over - enthusiasm which drives you, one thing for sure is that installing a new kitchen or refurbishing an old one will be one of the costliest (and time consuming) home improvement projects you will undertake.

  • 19th Jul 2021

    Need-to-know guide to buying a kitchen. Part 1

    For many the idea of buying a new kitchen seems daunting. For others it is hugely exciting. Whether it is fear or over - enthusiasm which drives you, best ensure that any decisions made are well thought through up front.

  • 28th Jun 2021

    Increased importance of hygiene in the kitchen

    If nothing else, the last 18months have made us all aware of the importance of maintaining hygiene, at a personal level as well as at home. While hand hygiene continues to be critical, the relevance and importance of surface disinfection is also key. To reduce the chances of infection, it is expected that the enhanced focus on wellness and demand for hygiene products will continue to grow in the future and that it won’t be long before many of these behavioural changes become long-term habits.

  • 14th Jun 2021

    Do I need building control when installing a kitchen?

    Building control can be confusing and, as a result, can often be overlooked. Official approval is required from the authorities for certain work or projects undertaken in and around the home. It is so important, in fact, that there is a whole law surrounding it. Unfortunately, if it is ignored you could get prosecuted and fined. Your local authority could make you pay for faulty work to be fixed and, without approval, you will not have certificates of compliance which you may need when it comes to selling your home.

  • 31st May 2021

    Essential ingredients for creating the perfect professional-style kitchen at home

    If you are a budding chef, a top priority is most definitely the kitchen. You have made the big decision to invest – now the hard work really begins as you start to think through all the possibilities of how you might like your kitchen to look. Whether planning a kitchen from scratch, refurbishing, or renovating an existing one, deciding on the style, look and feel of your kitchen is key.

  • 10th May 2021

    Decorating the kitchen: Part 2 – How to apply paint in a kitchen

    Whether starting with a brand-new kitchen and bare plastered walls or painting over existing paint, the most important thing is preparation even though both routes need to be treated in different ways.

    What both have in common however, is the order in which to paint the kitchen. Always start at the top and work down towards the bottom to avoid drips landing on freshly painted areas.

  • 26th Apr 2021

    Decorating the kitchen : Part 1 - Best paint to use

    April and we are well and truly into spring. In general, most of us have still got a little more time on our hands than usual even though the country is starting to open up slowly and as we approach two bank holiday weekends, DIY jobs are often top of mind. One of the simpler DIY jobs is decorating and the kitchen, while it might feel overwhelming, can quite often be one of the easier rooms in the house to decorate as most of the walls are covered by either base or wall units making it an ideal candidate for a quick lick of paint over the extra-long weekend.

  • 12th Apr 2021

    Advice on buying the right cooker hood for your kitchen.

    Whether undertaking a complete kitchen refurbishment and needing to purchase several appliances all at once, or simply needing to replace an item due to everyday wear and tear, the decision can be a daunting one. If a refurbishment project, then time is generally on your side as decisions are made in advance. However, if an appliance suddenly breaks down, quick decisions need to be made – unless you are prepared to live without your oven, dishwasher, washing machine, or fridge for a while! Our ‘Advice on …..’ series provides help when it comes choosing bigger ticket kitchen electricals.

  • 29th Mar 2021

    Buying a kitchen post lockdown

    It has been 12 months since we browsed kitchen retailers and wandered around showrooms without restrictions. A year ago, we didn’t need to think twice about inviting a kitchen designer or installer into our homes and there were no issues with trade people working alongside each other in an enclosed space.

  • 8th Mar 2021

    Advice on buying the right cooker, oven or range for your kitchen.

    As we have said in our blogs before, buying a new appliance often happens when you least expect it! Wear and tear and breakages are the main reason while a kitchen refurbishment or remodelling project often requires multi appliance purchases all at one.

  • 22nd Feb 2021

    Time to spring clean the kitchen

    As we officially head into Spring and with a little more time on our hands than usual, what better opportunity is there than to give your kitchen and utility room (if you have one) a decent spring clean. As the hub of most homes, kitchens are often the hardest to keep clean and tidy and, by default, are left to last when it comes to a deep clean.

  • 8th Feb 2021

    Advice on buying the right hob for your kitchen.

    As we all know, buying a new appliance often happens when you least expect it! Wear and tear and breakages are the main reason for having to replace a single kitchen appliance while a kitchen refurbishment or remodelling project often requires multi purchases all at one.

  • 18th Jan 2021

    Inspiration for your kitchen island

    With the move towards larger broken plan downstairs living over the last 12 months, it is hardly surprising that a kitchen island has been high on the list of demands. With so many varied activities taking place every day at home during lockdown, the kitchen island has become more important than ever.

  • 14th Dec 2020

    Hottest kitchen trends for 2021

    There is no disputing the fact that 2020 has been difficult all round, and as it finally draws to a close, now is the time to look forward to the year ahead. Since March most of us have been spending more time than ever before at home, and it is, therefore, only natural that freshening or sprucing up the kitchen is at the top of the wish list for a number of homeowners. With the kitchen being the heart of the home, the one place where so many of life’s most meaningful moments occur, this is not at all surprising. So here in our December blog, we aim to inspire those looking to make changes to their kitchen and highlight some of the hottest kitchen trends for 2021.

  • 24th Nov 2020

    How to add a touch of festive cheer to your kitchen

    Without doubt this coming Christmas will be unlike any other. None of us know yet what guidelines will be in place when we come out of this second lockdown and who we will be able spend the days before, the days after and Christmas Day itself with.

  • 16th Nov 2020

    Advice on buying the right fridge or fridge-freezer

    Last month’s blog tackled the more general issues when choosing new kitchen appliances, providing useful hints and tips of things to think about before hitting the shops or online stores. Buying a new appliance often happens when you least expect it. Wear and tear and breakages are the main reason for having to replace a single kitchen appliance while a kitchen refurbishment or remodelling project often requires multi purchases all at one. Most homeowners find the final part of any renovation process, the part where it is time to select shiny new appliances, an exciting one. Some can find it daunting and then there are those that simply dread it!

  • 26th Oct 2020

    Choosing kitchen appliances

    Whether you are starting from scratch, renovating, or refurbishing a kitchen, it can be quite a lengthy and stressful project. Finally, the time has arrived to start selecting your new appliances, the part of the process you have been looking forward to. Then the reality hits. Buying appliances can be complicated too – pro-style gadgets with bells and whistles, appliances focused on good looks, reliable mid-range brands, brands you’ve never heard of … it can all be a bit of a minefield!

    Here are some general hints and tips to help you along the way when thinking about, selecting, and purchasing kitchen appliances.

  • 12th Oct 2020

    How to make the most of a small kitchen

    Many of us dream of having a large spacious kitchen with plenty of room to prepare food, sit and chat with family and friends and entertain guests. The reality, however, is often quite different and we find ourselves trying to achieve far too much in a much more restricted space.

    There are, nevertheless, a few tricks and design ideas which help make the most of a small kitchen whilst giving the impression that it’s a lot larger.

  • 28th Sep 2020

    Using a kitchen designer

    The time has come to plan your new kitchen. The question is, where to begin?

  • 14th Sep 2020

    New year, new look

    It can be hard right now to envisage ‘normal’. Without doubt 2020 has been difficult for everyone in so many ways. The coronavirus pandemic has brought immense change to almost every facet of everyday life – how we live, where we live, where we work, what we do for work and of course what we judge as important. However, one thing is for sure, home is where most of us have spent plenty of time over the last seven months which has given us time to reflect on our surroundings.

  • 20th Aug 2020

    10 great kitchen floor ideas

    A lot of time and energy goes into planning and designing a new kitchen however, flooring can often be an after-thought. Think of the floor as another wall when you plan, and it will instantly be easier to envisage what will work and what won’t. Make sure you include flooring at the start of your project as it could impact heavily on other decisions such as underfloor heating, power, and water supplies.

  • 6th Aug 2020

    Heating your kitchen

    It’s a glorious summer’s day. The sun is shining. The windows are wide open. The last thing on your mind right now is how best to heat your kitchen! However, like so many home improvement projects, putting a little leg work in early on and doing the research will reap the benefits in the long run. Choose wisely and the right form of heating will not only keen you warm, but can also add interest to your kitchen, save you both space and money and could even provide extra storage space!

  • 23rd Jul 2020

    Open kitchen or broken kitchen?

    Open plan living may not be new, but it’s as popular as ever. However, in recent years there has been a shift in terms of how we use our kitchen space to fit in with our everyday lives. Welcome the arrival of the broken plan kitchen.

    Broken plan kitchens include more structural elements such as dropping a floor level or installing framed glazing for a spacious appearance while also creating more defined areas

  • 9th Jul 2020

    How cluttered is your kitchen? ……. time to get organised!

    While lockdown has been eased and some restrictions have been lifted, we still can’t travel far this summer so there's no better time to give our homes a bit of care and attention. Getting organised and decluttering is great for providing a sense of purpose. It feels good to tackle head-on one or two projects that we've been meaning to do for some time, but just never get around to … and where better to get started than in the kitchen.

    Below are some key tips to help:

  • 24th Jun 2020

    How much to spend and what do you get for your budget?

    When it comes to spending money on a kitchen, it is easy to get carried away! A kitchen forms the heart of the home. It is the place where families regularly come together. Not only immediate family, but a wider circle of friends and extended family have found their way into the inner sanctum in recent years to eat, socialise and relax as the popularity of open plan living has grown.

  • 10th Jun 2020

    The beauty of a boot, or utility, room

    When planning a complete kitchen makeover or renovation, one of the most popular requests in the design brief is a boot, or utility room. Whether the intention is to use the space for laundry, hanging coats, storing boots, or drying off the dog after a wet and windy walk, the reality is often different. This practical space can easily become a dumping ground, no longer serving the purpose for which it was originally designed.

  • 26th May 2020

    Achieving the right balance

    There are so many decorative decisions to be made when planning a new kitchen. What style do you like? What is the latest look? What fits my space? ….. and the list goes on and on!

  • 13th May 2020

    Quick kitchen lockdown wins

    It is not uncommon for many of us to come up with every excuse in the book as to why we put off undertaking DIY tasks! The reasons most often cited are lack of time, lack of know-how or lack of money. However, with most of us housebound during this global pandemic, why not spend time giving your home a bit of extra attention. At best it may add a little extra value to your property, or simply just put a smile on your face and fill you with a sense of pride.

  • 27th Apr 2020

    5 great ways to store wine

    We are all in the same boat right now - managing our way through a global pandemic. This may not be the be the best time to renovate, refurbish or install a new kitchen, but we do have more time to dream. Many of us also have more time than usual on our hands which could be put to good use, amongst other things, to research future projects for our homes.

  • 16th Apr 2020

    Is it worth considering a range cooker?

    For many a range cooker is synonymous with farmhouse kitchens, large families and good cooks! – but think again – the range cooker has moved on substantially. Still the kitchen powerhouse, the latest models maintain their timeless look but now also include the latest innovations and technology you’d expect from a hi-tech oven such as touch displays and induction cooking.

  • 23rd Mar 2020

    Loving a larder

    Once considered something only your grandmother used to have, today the kitchen larder is very much on trend and a must-have for keen cooks or for busy households. Whether referred to as a larder or pantry, they come in all shapes and sizes and can be found in both traditional and more contemporary kitchens. If you have a large kitchen and are looking for a walk-in one or have a smaller kitchen and are looking for a pull-out unit to help maximise storage, there are many practical and stylish options available.

    The key to a successful larder is choosing the right one for your needs. Make it work for you – after all, space is a priority in most kitchens and a kitchen larder enables you to create this. Larders are very practical as they allow you to keep everything accessible in the one place. For examples, herbs and packets often get lost at the back of cupboards and are forgotten about. A larder can prevent this. With handy racks on the back of the doors and deep shelves, a larder makes it easy to see instantly what you have.

  • 10th Mar 2020

    Best layout to optimise your kitchen configuration – Part 2

    Last month’s blog highlighted the importance of taking time to plan and optimise the best layout for your kitchen and focussed specifically on the galley style kitchen. Part 2 explores the L-shaped, U-shaped, single and double island layouts.

    As mentioned previously, fitting all the appliances you want into your kitchen and getting enough storage space for all your crockery, cutlery, cookware, glassware and cleaning materials comes down to a well-planned layout. It really doesn’t matter how much space you have, the first thing to consider is your working triangle (ergonomic flow between fridge, sink and oven) and how this will fit into your kitchen. Once this has been established, only then should you consider your other must-have appliances.

  • 24th Feb 2020

    Best layout configuration to optimise your kitchen space – Part 1

    Fitting all the appliances you want into your kitchen and getting enough storage space for all your crockery, cutlery, cookware, glassware and cleaning materials comes down to a well-planned layout. Whether designing a brand-new kitchen or refurbishing an existing one, the more time you can put into the planning process, the better. Whether working with a blank canvas or having to work within the restrictions of your existing space, it is important to start by establishing exactly what you have both in terms of floor space and budget.

  • 16th Feb 2020

    Life’s little essentials…

    It’s February. We’ve just about survived storms Ciara and Dennis. It’s cold and grim outside and most of us are longing for blue, balmy skies and summer sun. But rather than wishing our lives away, let’s embrace the warmth and hospitality we can offer within our own homes right here and now. Perhaps it’s time to consider investing in a designer hot water tap or built-in coffee machine which will, without doubt, bring a sense of style and convenience to our kitchens. Then, simply invite friends and neighbours round for one of life’s little essentials …. a good old cuppa or a coffee!

  • 31st Jan 2020

    Hot Kitchen Trends for 2020

    Homes continually evolve. New trends regularly emerge. January welcomes in the start of a new decade. What better reasons do we need to refresh or overhaul our kitchens, often cited as the hub of any home!

    To keep your kitchen up to date, below are 5 of the hot kitchen trends for 2020 together with tips on how to introduce them into your own space.

  • 21st Jan 2020

    How to buy a new kitchen in 2020. Part 2

    Last month we looked at breaking down the process of buying a kitchen into stages to help make the journey easier and more enjoyable - from making a wish-list to reviewing the space, deciding on style to thinking about must-have appliances, and of course, setting that all-important budget.

    With kitchen sales still going strong, finding the right designer and supplier is paramount and can make all the difference

  • 18th Dec 2019

    How to buy a new kitchen in 2020

    Sales in the New Year can be tempting if you’re thinking of a new kitchen for 2020. However, for many people the idea of buying a new kitchen seems daunting. Fear not. Kitchen-compare’s guide breaks down the process into stages to make the journey easier and, hopefully, more enjoyable!

  • 9th Dec 2019

    Island Living (Part 2)

    Island Living (Part 1) highlighted the popularity of islands when planning a new kitchen. While looks are important, deciding on the functionality of the design is key. Have a look at the options below to help you decide which set-up is right for you.

  • 18th Nov 2019

    Island Living (Part 1)

    Kitchen islands are the focal point in many modern kitchens supplementing worktops and providing an extra cooking, food prep or socialising area.

    Open-plan living is a key trend and one of the most important features of an open-plan kitchen design is arguably, the island. As well as providing the focal point and a casual dining and entertaining area, it often marks the space where the kitchen ends and the living space begins.

  • 4th Nov 2019

    Can social media help with your kitchen project?

    Technology and social media continue to advance at a pace. While having access to so many different platforms can seem overwhelming at times, there are many advantages which can be hugely beneficial when it comes to renovating or refurbishing your kitchen.

    Research shows that most of us spend a few months gathering and looking for inspiration prior to starting a project. The most common sources of inspiration continue to be home interest magazines, retailer brochures, visits to showrooms and talking to friends and looking at their kitchens.

  • 30th Oct 2019

    The perfect kitchen for home cooks and bakers

    No matter what time of year, you can always rest assured that there will be a cookery show on television! The popularity of home cooking and baking is as strong as ever - The Great British Bake Off and Masterchef are just two examples that never fail to deliver impressive viewing figures.

    The BBC Good Food Nation survey recently reported a 10% increase in the number of people who cook and prepare meals from scratch in the home at least once a week, and there’s now a majority (just over half) who would describe themselves as “good” cooks.

    So, with all this encouraging continued interest in home baking, what are the best ways to create a professional cook-inspired kitchen at home?

  • 10th Oct 2019

    5 of the coolest interior kitchen trends for Autumn/Winter

    Homes continually evolve and, with new fashion trends emerging each season, we are constantly tempted to update them.

    There’s no reason why kitchens shouldn’t be treated and updated like any other room in the house. While stripping out kitchen cabinets and completely redecorating may be a rather extreme (and costly!) way to keep up with the latest trends, there are many other ways to reflect the latest look in the kitchen.

    Below are Kitchen-compare’s top 5 coolest interior kitchen trends for this autumn / winter together with tips on how to introduce them into your own space.

  • 27th Sep 2019

    Waste not, want not

    Being more mindful of the environment in which we live is a topic regularly discussed and debated in the media and homes up and down the length of the country.

    Over the last couple of years there have been startling statistics regarding the overuse of disposable plastics. It has prompted many of us to rethink how we live, to start making changes and to seek more planet-friendly alternatives. But single-use plastics are not alone putting pressure on the planet.

  • 10th Sep 2019

    Ways to add colour to your kitchen (Part 2)

    A shot of colour can create quite an impact in the kitchen. Whether it’s adding a splash or undertaking a complete overhaul, there are many ways to create a colourful environment in the heart of your home.

    Ways to add colour to your kitchen – Part 1 explored injecting colour via cabinets, appliances, paint, tiles and accessories. However, there are many more alternatives – possibly some of these may inspire ….

  • 30th Aug 2019

    Ways to add colour to your kitchen (Part 1)

    Colour plays a vitally important role in the world in which we live and has a crucial role to play in our everyday lives. It is a form of non-verbal communication which can sway our thinking, change our actions, cause reactions and affect well-being. Colour matters… and incorporating colour into our kitchens matters too!

    There are many ways to add colour – below are some great ideas that might inspire.

  • 20th Aug 2019


    When it comes to refurbishing or renovating a kitchen inevitably there is a lot to think of – units, flooring, lighting, appliances, colour schemes… and then, of course, there’s a worktop to choose.

  • 15th Jul 2019

    How to pay for a new kitchen?

    Kitchens can be the singular most expensive home improvement project when refurbishing, renovating or updating your home. On average, people in the UK purchase a new kitchen every 12 years and of course, like so many things, the cost of the project can vary enormously.

  • 8th Jul 2019

    Essential ingredients for creating the perfect industrial style kitchen

    Last month’s blog focussed on creating the perfect country kitchen look. This month the focus is the industrial kitchen – a style far removed from the country kitchen but one that is equally popular and very much on trend

  • 18th Jun 2019

    Essential ingredients for creating a perfect county kitchen

    You’ve made the big decision to invest in your kitchen – now the hard work really begins as you start to think through all the possibilities of how you might like your kitchen to look. Whether planning a kitchen from scratch, refurbishing or renovating an existing one, deciding on the style of your kitchen is key.

  • 27th May 2019

    How SMART is your kitchen?

    As technology is continually advancing at a pace, kitchens too are developing and adapting to become more and more efficient and intelligent.

  • 3rd May 2019

    Let there be light (top tips for a dark kitchen)

    Kitchens can often be quite dark. All is not lost. There are many ways to lighten up a dark room… including a dark kitchen!

  • 8th Apr 2019

    Don't forget the floor

    Research shows that in the UK kitchens are replaced or refurbished on average every 12 years. It is generally the singular most expensive home improvement project we undertake and most homeowners spend a fair amount of time looking for inspiration online, in showrooms and in magazines and brochures before committing to a new kitchen.

  • 15th Feb 2019

    Where to begin when choosing kitchen cabinet doors?

    Let’s be honest, choosing the all-important kitchen cabinet doors can all be a bit of a minefield!

  • 2nd Jan 2019

    Transform your kitchen with a glass splashback

    The purpose of a splashback in the kitchen is primarily to protect the walls behind the kitchen surfaces, including the cooker tops and hobs. They are also really useful behind microwaves or worktop ovens, as they prevent steam and heat from damaging the wall behind.

  • 17th Dec 2018

    Beware the January Sales!

    As the UK plunges headfirst into the discount season – from Boxing Day sales to January clearance – consumers are urged to be wary of deals and special offers that may not be quite all they seem. Wickes, Wren Kitchens and Magnet have today been called out within the kitchen industry as using sneaky promotional mechanics that have the potential to mislead customers.

  • 8th Nov 2018

    Are flat-pack kitchens poor quality?

    One of the things you need to consider when buying a kitchen is whether you want a flat-pack kitchen or a rigid, otherwise known as a constructed kitchen. Flat-pack kitchens are delivered as components, just like an IKEA wardrobe, that needs to be assembled on site, whereas rigid kitchens are delivered fully assembled. Flat-pack kitchens use the cam and dowel method of assembly, where the unit is usually held together with a combination of wooden dowels and metal cams. Rigid kitchens are assembled in the factory using the glue and dowel method of assembly. All of the components are placed inside a jig which gently squeezes them together and holds them in place for several minutes to allow the glue to dry.

  • 20th Oct 2018

    Buying a new kitchen in 2019?

    Welcome to the Kitchen Compare Buying Guide, a blog where we have collated all of our 'insider knowledge' of the kitchen market, to help you save both time and more importantly money in the search for your dream kitchen. One of the most important things to remember is that spending more on a kitchen does not guarantee a better quality kitchen. In a recent survey by Which? the more expensive kitchen brands did not have the most satisfied customers. On the contrary, the best scoring kitchen retailer was one of the far less expensive national brands.

  • 19th Dec 2017

    How to plan your perfect kitchen

    With a new year upon us, now is a good time to look ahead to the home improvements you want to make this year. For many of us, a kitchen update tops the list; but how do you go about planning your perfect kitchen and what should you consider? Read on for our top tips...

  • 21st Nov 2017

    Kitchen Design: How to get a Luxury Kitchen on a Budget

    The festive celebrations can make saving and budgeting seem near impossible, but if you’re dreaming of a new kitchen for the New Year, don’t despair!

  • 7th Nov 2017

    5 Signs it’s time for a New Kitchen

    Not sure if it’s time to think about getting a new kitchen? Do you think you could get away with a fresh lick of paint rather than a full refit? Take a look at our top five signs it’s time for a new kitchen to help you figure out where you stand.

  • 24th Oct 2017

    Kitchen Design: How To Avoid Fads

    A kitchen packed full of the latest gadgets, appliances and design trends may seem like a dream but when choosing a new kitchen, it’s important to focus on the long term. Will those brightly coloured cabinets still look great in ten years’ time? Do you have space for an island or will it ultimately get in the way?

    Do your best to avoid kitchen fads with our top tips…

  • 10th Oct 2017

    Kitchen Installation: How To Deal With The Unexpected

    The key to a smooth kitchen installation is first understanding the correct process (get clued up with our installation guide here.) Once you’re familiar with the process, it’s a good idea to prepare yourself for any problems that may occur so you know how to tackle them.

    We’ve compiled out list of the most common kitchen installation problems with a few suggestions on how to resolve them:

  • 26th Sep 2017

    Kitchen Storage Solutions

    The kitchen is the hub of the home and it’s most likely the room that’s most in need of some extra storage space. From your groceries and cleaning supplies to dinnerware and cooking utensils, it’s easy for your kitchen to become overcrowded.

  • 12th Sep 2017

    Trend Watch: Kitchen Wall Tiles

    Tiles are an increasingly popular decorating choice for kitchen walls and floors as they offer a cost-effective, low-maintenance and durable solution. Ceramic tiles in particular are hard-wearing and easy to clean (simply use a damp sponge to wipe away dirt and grime) so it’s no surprise that for many of us, tiles are the number one kitchen decorating solution.

    For 2016/17, tiles are becoming an ever more key part of kitchen design with more patterns and textures available than ever before. Tiles no longer just blend into the background, but can provide a splash of colour or an interesting twist to your chosen kitchen. Here’s our pick of the top tile trends for 2016/17:

  • 29th Aug 2017

    Kitchen Finance Deals Explained

    If you can’t afford to pay for a new kitchen in full upfront, then you’re certainly not alone! Thankfully, most kitchen retailers offer a number of flexible finance deals to help you spread out the cost. While many people don’t hesitate to shop around when it comes to finding the best price for their kitchen, we recommend you also take good look at the finance plans available as these can make all the difference to your final decision.

    The types of finance deals can generally be broken down into three: interest-free credit, “buy now, pay later,” or a standard interest-bearing loan with fixed rate interest. Read on to find out what each plan offers to help you decide which is best for you…

  • 15th Aug 2017

    5 materials not to use in your kitchen

    From cabinets to flooring, choosing which materials to use in your kitchen can be a difficult decision. There are pros & cons of all materials and selecting the right one for you is more about considering what your requirements are. Most of us are after a low-maintenance, durable kitchen so we’ve made that our basis when rounding up the top materials to avoid using in your kitchen.

  • 1st Aug 2017

    Kitchen Quality: Criteria Explained

    In our last blog we gave you a brief overview of what to look for when assessing the quality of a kitchen. Here at Kitchen-Compare, we compare kitchens from major retailers including IKEA and B&Q based on price, quality and finance. There are a number of quality indicators we look for, from construction to materials and we award each kitchen a quality score out of 10. Read on for a more detailed insight into just what we’re looking for in a quality kitchen…

  • 18th Jul 2017

    Kitchen Installation - Budgeting & Cost

    A large chunk of your kitchen renovation will need to be set aside for installation fees. Here are some useful tips on how to budget for your kitchen fitting and reduce your costs:

  • 4th Jul 2017

    Kitchen Quality: What You Need To Know

    With so many styles of kitchen available in seemingly endless materials and finishes, distinguishing between several very similar kitchens can be a tough task. Cost is always a top factor to consider but quality is equally as important. At Kitchen-Compare we carry out a number of quality checks on the kitchens we feature, scoring each out of 10. There are a few key things to consider when determining the standard of a kitchen. (Hint: it’s all in the details)

  • 20th Jun 2017

    A Guide to Kitchen Worktops

    Confused about kitchen worktops? Here’s our concise guide to the pros and cons of granite and laminate to wood and stainless steel:

  • 6th Jun 2017

    B&Q announced as iKBBI Installation Standards Partner

    The Institute of Kitchen, Bedroom & Bathroom Installers (iKBBI) has recently announced that retail giant B&Q have pledged support to the Installation Standards Partnership – an initiative that was launched in 2012.

    B&Q, the largest UK home improvement retailer, has joined the 5-stage initiative, which has an objective to define best practice and create the UK’s first independent industry standard for the installation of Kitchen,Bedroom and Bathroom products.

  • 23rd May 2017

    Designing your kitchen (4) Kitchen Lighting

    Here’s are our guide on the pros and cons of different types of kitchen lighting:

  • 9th May 2017

    Designing your kitchen (3) Kitchen Cabinets

    Style and functionality are the two key things you’ll need to consider when selecting your kitchen cabinets. The perfect marriage of these two elements will result in a kitchen that looks fantastic and improves your style of living.

  • 25th Apr 2017

    Designing your kitchen (2) Kitchen flooring

    Make a start on your kitchen plans by focusing on flooring first.

    From tiling and hardwood to cork, vinyl and laminate, there are plenty of flooring choices to investigate. Here’s our guide to making that choice easier:

  • 11th Apr 2017

    Designing Your Kitchen (1) Where do I start?

    Designing a kitchen for the first time? Feel a bit lost about where to start? Here’s our handy guide to taking those first steps to creating the kitchen of your dreams:

  • 28th Mar 2017

    What kitchen should I buy, and when?

    Insight Retail Group was established in 2010 and owns and runs the first price comparison websites within the Home Improvement Industry, focusing on the high-ticket categories of Kitchens and Bathrooms. The company is independent, is owned by the founder Steve Collinge and is not linked to any of the retailers and is dedicated to helping consumers who are looking to purchase a new kitchen or bathroom saving them time and money in the process.

  • 14th Mar 2017

    The tricks played by big kitchen retailers (4) Product Guarantees

    In the last of our series highlighting the tricks and practices of the large kitchen retailers, we will be discussing product guarantees; a genuine necessity or an excessive additional cost?

  • 14th Feb 2017

    How to budget for your kitchen

    Chances are you’ll be investing a large chunk of your savings into your new kitchen, so making a budget is vital to ensuring you make the most of your money. Here are our top tips on kitchen budgeting:

  • 31st Jan 2017

    To colour or not to colour

    Should you opt for a single neutral colour throughout your kitchen to create a uniform look or go for splashes of colour that add interest and depth to your design? Here are the pros and cons:

  • 17th Jan 2017

    The tricks played by big kitchen retailers: (1) Price Match Guarantees

    In this four-part blog series, we will highlight the selling tricks and practices of the nation’s kitchen retailers. From price match guarantees to model kitchens, retailer promotions to product guarantees, we will help you save time and money by demystifying the kitchen market.

  • 3rd Jan 2017

    The tricks played by big kitchen retailers (2) Model Kitchens

    Buying a new kitchen requires a significant investment of time, money and energy. With consumers purchasing a new kitchen on average only every 15 years, UK consumers are faced with a bewildering array of designs, prices, promotions and information when they begin the search for their new kitchen, says Insight Retail Group (IRG), the owners of the Kitchen Compare website.

  • 20th Dec 2016

    Top 5 Tips when designing your kitchen

    Designing your kitchen is both fun and daunting. Here’s where to start if you feel overwhelmed:

  • 6th Dec 2016

    How To Choose A Kitchen Fitter

    Finding the right installer to fit your kitchen takes homework. You've invested in the perfect cabinets and accessories so you'll need someone you can trust who'll do the job well, at the right price and in a suitable time frame.

  • 22nd Nov 2016

    What solutions are available for awkward shaped kitchens?

    The 3 common layouts for kitchen design are galley, L-shaped and U-shaped. But what can you do if your kitchen space doesn’t fit the traditional mould? Here are some ideas on how to handle an unusual shaped kitchen:

  • 8th Nov 2016

    Most Popular Kitchen Styles of 2015

    Need a little inspiration to get you started on creating your dream kitchen? Here are some details on our most popular 2015 ranges to give you some insight into what’s in vogue and on trend.

  • 25th Oct 2016

    Purchasing a fitted kitchen – your consumer rights

    When you purchase a fitted kitchen, as with other goods and services, you have certain rights in law.

  • 11th Oct 2016

    Handling common kitchen installation problems

    In a recent survey carried out by Which? the main installation problems identified by their members were:

  • 27th Sep 2016

    Choosing a Kitchen Installer

    Your kitchen is the heart of your home. It’s a place where you want to feel comfortable and relaxed and it needs to work on a practical level too. Buying a new kitchen is a big purchase and you’ll want to get it right first time. Having spent plenty of time, money and resource on the actual kitchen itself, sadly, the less glamorous part of the overall process, the installation, can often be overlooked.

  • 13th Sep 2016

    Kitchen Installation Process

    Understanding the correct order of the kitchen fitting process is important. The different stages of the installation need to take place in a certain order. If both you and your fitter are working to the same schedule from the offset then the project should get finished more quickly and issues should be kept to a minimum.

    All kitchen fitters do things a little differently, but the order of work will be more of less the same. This general guide will help you understand what is involved and what to expect from each stage.

    Prior to arrival: Make sure that you have emptied out all your units and drawers before the installer arrives and make sure that you have thought through how you will manage without your kitchen services. In the case of a refurbishment, you will be without hob, oven and sink for a few days.

  • 30th Aug 2016

    Kitchen Installation Costs

    How long is a piece of string?

    The cost of an installation by a professional fitter varies massively and is dependent on:

    a) The amount of work involved (expected and relatively unexpected)
    b) The quality and amount of material used

  • 16th Aug 2016

    Key Installation Association & Institute Contacts

    If you should have any issues with your kitchen installation, here are the details of the key associations and institutes that you may wish to contact for further information and help.

  • 2nd Aug 2016

    Solutions For Awkward Shaped Kitchens

    While the average shaped kitchen has four straight-ish walls, not all are so accommodating! Often a kitchen is L-shaped or has an odd niche. There may be a fireplace or an awkwardly placed window or door to consider. The options are i) work around or ii) turn to your advantage and work with.

  • 19th Jul 2016

    Good Looking Kitchen Walls!

    You’ve spent months planning your dream kitchen. You’ve spent weeks researching your ideal units. You’ve spent ages reading the best appliance reviews and you’ve spent many an hour deliberating in showrooms. You’ve even considered the less exciting elements of the kitchen planning process …. the impact of the actual kitchen installation itself.

  • 5th Jul 2016

    Top Tips On Selecting The Ideal Oven

    Buying a new oven demands serious attention to every aspect of making what is a high value purchase. It is not simply a question of deciding on the appliance that looks the smartest or has all the latest bells and whistles imaginable. Some bigger issues need to be addressed, in addition to a little background research into which oven is going to give you good service and value for money over the years.

  • 21st Jun 2016

    Kitchen Jargon Buster

    Buying a new kitchen is a rewarding process but there is so much choice out there that time invested in research and planning is time well spent. Whether talking to retailers, designers or simply reading up in books and magazines, the kitchen design process has a whole language

    of its own!

    Below are some key terms that are frequently used...along with an explanation of what they really mean!

  • 7th Jun 2016

    How to get a Shaker look kitchen

    Choose a Shaker kitchen and you’re buying into a tradition of craftsmanship. There are no frills just straight forward design reduced to the minimum. With panelled doors and warm wood surfaces, Shaker kitchens create a sense of calm.

  • 24th May 2016

    Move or Improve?

    Most of us have had occasion to think about either moving house or improving our current home to suit our needs and lifestyle. The answer to staying put is often to embark on an extension with kitchens being top of the list.

    Today, kitchens are far more than the space in which to prepare meals. Extending the kitchen is a popular solution to integrate dining and relaxing alongside preparing and cooking food and ultimately makes a more sociable space to spend time with family and entertain friends.

    Not for the faint-hearted, a kitchen extension is a major undertaking. Research and planning is critical to a smooth project and a happy end result. Experts at Kitchen-compare have compiled their top tips for consideration.

  • 10th May 2016

    Kitchen Innovation From Ikea

    Who doesn’t like to hear about something truly innovative? At we love innovation! By which we don’t mean something that has been tweaked or adapted slightly, we mean something completely new, something that genuinely changes the way we do things for the better, something that makes you sit up, take note and want to tell others.

  • 26th Apr 2016

    Worktops Made Easy!

    You’ve spent months planning your dream kitchen. You’ve spent weeks researching your ideal units. You’ve spent ages reading the best appliance reviews and you’ve spent many an hour deliberating in showrooms but one area that can get overlooked or can be a source of confusion is the actual kitchen worktop itself.

    For some, the choice of worktop is easy and how to go about getting one cut and installed is straightforward. However, for others, it’s just confusing and another headache in the kitchen planning process.

    Together, the experts at Kitchen-Compare and Made To Fit have compiled a few tips to help you along the way and ensure that your final finished kitchen looks the best it possibly can.

  • 12th Apr 2016

    How to Judge Kitchen Quality

    It sounds obvious, but alongside price, layout and design, quality is a key factor when it comes to choosing a brand new kitchen.

    However, the fact of the matter is that, here in the UK, we buy a kitchen on average only once every 15 years. So, how do consumers keep up with all the changing features and specifications and, even more importantly, how should kitchen quality be judged?

    As we have already established, the kitchen market is a complex and ever-changing one. Kitchens come in all different shapes and sizes and it’s often really difficult to reach a clear view on the differences in quality between the ranges available from different retailers. To date there has been no universally industry accepted method to compare and measure kitchen quality – but it is possible.

  • 29th Mar 2016

    Top 10 Essential Tips for Buying, Planning and Designing a Kitchen

    1. Work out what your budget is prior to starting and don’t forget to factor in the cost of installation. You might also want to think about setting some of your budget aside just in case of a kitchen-related emergency.

  • 15th Mar 2016

    How Retailers Price Kitchens

    “How much is it going to cost?” is the key question we have on the tip of our tongue as we enter the dragon’s lair commonly known as a kitchen showroom. I’ve already decided what style I like as I’ve seen it on the TV, in a glossy magazine or even at friend’s house but is this dream kitchen really within my budget?

  • 1st Mar 2016

    UK Kitchen Buying Habits

    A survey of *100 independent kitchen retailers recently conducted by KBB Review highlighted some interesting findings regarding our kitchen buying habits including who wears the trousers when it comes to making financial and design decisions and what we really know about how muc

  • 16th Feb 2016

    Create your own Kitchen Mood Board

    Why create a Kitchen Mood Board?

    Buying a new kitchen is a big commitment. Not only will it require a large sum of money, but it will also require a great deal of planning. Knowing what accessories and finishes you want in your kitchen will help you determine your plan of attack as well as your budget.

    Creating a mood board is probably the best first step as looking at magazines and pictures online can be really overwhelming. However a mood board can help gather your thoughts and narrow down exactly what you want before making any big decisions which you might regret.

    A mood board can help to filter and organise your style and design preferences, for example do you love white cabinets and dark worktops? Do you love hardwood floors or are you more of a tile person? Collating pictures and ideas and putting together a mood board allows you to pick out common themes and narrow down your choices.

    If you are planning a new kitchen, whether it’s in the near future or years away, Pinterest can be of significant benefit to designing your dream kitchen.