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Howdy ho deTerrarinos!

Greenery is Pantone’s colour of the year for 2017.

Image Credit: Pantone 2017

Boy do I have something exciting to share with all you lovers of natural kitchens. Pantone have announced their colour of the year and this one is a real doozy! 15-0343 is now the shade for 2017, which for those of you not up on Pantone’s colour numbers, is known as ‘Greenery’. Awesome!

I am so stoked that the folks at Pantone have chosen a colour that is so fabaroony. Bright and zesty, this natural hue really makes me feel pumped up for the year to come! It also makes a great selection for natural kitchens, as its luscious and fresh feeling will get you inspired to create delicious healthy meals to kick off the New Year.

Not only have they bestowed upon us this magnificent shade, the ever generous gang at Pantone have put together some colour pairings for ‘Greenery’, and they really are perfect picks. ‘Forest Floor’ is great for natural kitchens; featuring beautiful greens that range from the pastel ‘Silt Green’ to the jewel toned teal ‘Hydro’. ‘Grape Kiss’ breaks it up a bit with a purple pop, and dusty red ‘Redwood’ adds a bit of variety – though I don’t think you can ever have too much green!

The Forest Floor collection from Pantone has a number of greens that are perfectly complemented by jewel toned purple, red and teal.

Image Credit: Pantone 2017

‘Moody Blooms’ is a personal favourite, but there is nothing moody about this collection! This selection warms things up with reds, oranges, pinks and yellows that could provide a great source of inspiration for natural kitchens that are in need of a shake-up.

These Moody Blooms have been chosen to pair perfectly with Greenery and we couldn’t agree more with the selection!

Image Credit: Pantone 2017

‘Deep Rooted’ brings things right back down to earth with more neutral tones like ‘Tofu’ and ‘Brown Rice’ – perfection if you want to make ‘Greenery’ really stand out!

Neutral shades like those from Pantone’s Deep Rooted collection are great for natural kitchens.

Image Credit: Pantone 2017

Feeling inspired to add some pizzazz to your natural kitchens, compadres? Don’t forget, we offer bespoke painting on our cabinet frontals, and you’re sure to find some similarly sumptuous hues in the extensive colour range from Farrow & Ball!

Ta ta for now,

The deTerra Diarist


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Greetings, wooden kitchen fans!

sleeping trees against a starry backdrop.

Today I have an interesting new tree factorino to share with you all, my fellow timber appreciators! I love learning about trees and what I am about to share with you really is big news. Recent studies have shown that every night, trees relax their branches and hunker down to take a little snooze – Incredible!

Unbe-leaf-ably, this was the first known study of its kind. Some super brainbox researchers in Austria, Finland and Hungary used high-tech laser scanners to see if the trees studied really were having a little siesta, or if they were just resting their bark. It was found that the position of the leaves and branches drooped through the night by up to 10cm! Slowly but surely the trees reached their slouchiest position a couple hours before sunrise, and by mid-morning, the trees were back to the original state again. I don’t know about you but it usually takes me that, plus a couple of coffees to get going in the morning!

Apparently this isn’t news; Charles Darwin himself studied the effects of the night on potted plants, but now we have evidence that trees need to get shut-eye – or should that be shut-leaf? Either way, living organisms – including mammals – have circadian rhythms, which is not a new-fangled dance move but the patterns of day and night within a 24 hour period. Fascinating stuff that really makes me appreciate a wooden kitchen in a totally different light!

When I’m not caressing the solid oak kitchen units in one of the deTerra Kitchens showrooms I just love learning new things about trees, so if you find any interesting facts please do share them on our Facebook or Twitter pages!

Ta ta for now,

The deTerra Diarist


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Howdy kitchen enthusiasts!

Here we are at the beginning of the second week of the year – I can only hope you’ve been having as much fun as Cabineto and I have so far! I was recently perusing one of those fancy style blogs that reckoned solid wood has had its day, and that stone will be the new natural material du jour for 2017. So it got me thinking; could oak kitchens (which our kitchen style of choice) ever really be considered dated?

I mean, if you think this kind of thing will ever be out of style, then sure…

An oak kitchen with Traditional frontals in Farrow's Cream and large range in alcove.

I guess oak kitchens could be dated. But then what about this?

Shaker frontals in Pitch Black in an oak kitchen with walnut worktops and complementary black frenchie.

Sleek lines and dark brooding colours – it’s right in the here and the now in terms of current trends. The walnut worktops work great alongside the painted oak cabinets, and I’m sure you’ll agree that the adorable matching doggo adds an extra little “je ne sai quoi” too.

This next oak kitchen may be less dramatic but still has just as much style – paired again with walnut surfaces, plinths and pilasters, it’s the shiny chrome accessories that really bring this kitchen into the 21st century. Just check out that space-age extractor fan!

Modern oak kitchen with Shaker frontals painted in Mizzle with subway tiles.

Still think oak kitchens are outdated? A splash of red and curves in all the right places are what give this kitchen a little va-va-voom. Warm and inviting, just like a kitchen should be. Iroko Worktops are ideal for families as they are naturally water-resistant and provide a subtle contrast between the surfaces and lacquered oak frontals is stunning.

A lacquered oak kitchen with Shaker frontals, red accents and a breakfast bar.

I don’t believe anybody could need any more convincing, but if you are still unsure, come to a deTerra kitchens showroom and see what else we can do with oak kitchens.

Ta ta for now,

The deTerra Diarist


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Happy New Year, kitchen lovers!

Well who’d have thought it? 2016 really has shot by in a flash and we’re already in the futuristic-sounding year of 2017. In this New Year, many of you might still be mulling-over brand new wood kitchens to perk up your homes, but it’s time to stop dreaming, and start doing!

deTerra Kitchens are an affordable and unique choice for any home, and can be customised with a variety of wooden worktops, painted kitchen unit doors and many other kitchen accessories.

To learn more about the four types of kitchen you can create with deTerra’s solid wood components, choose one of the options below:

Our wood kitchens feature lacquered oak frontals and matching oak worktops.

Wooden Kitchens

Make a classic kitchen featuring our traditional frontals and matching accessories.

Traditional Kitchens

Shaker-style kitchens are a perfect choice for combining modern features with wooden accents.

Shaker Kitchens

Wooden kitchens can be easily painted in the colour of your choosing.

Painted Kitchens

If you can’t decide which kitchen might suit your home, then why not pop along to one of the deTerra showrooms? We have a variety of locations across England, each with a cool collection of kitchen setups to give you oodles of inspiration.

Ta ta for now,

The deTerra Diarist.


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