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Design Capsules: Decorate Your Room Like A Pro

We firmly believe that a good room can become a great one with the right furniture which is why we are proud that so many homes are enjoying our bespoke furniture in London and the surrounding areas. However, as important as the right furniture is when it comes to creating a room that makes a statement, it is equally important to consider how you will bring the room together so it does your bespoke furniture justice. The devil is in the details and that means you need to pay attention to all the finishing touches like accessories and soft furnishings, as well as colour palettes and layouts. This is where interior design comes in.

Contrary to popular belief, interior design is not just for the professionals. You don’t have to come up with some weirdly wonderful design concept that turns your home into a living art sculpture; it simply means having a theme and sense of coherency that ties together all of the different elements in the room and gives it a particular feel. Below is a quick guide to one of the most in vogue design capsules, the French style.

French Style

The French style is classic, chic and embodies a sense of understated elegance. There are a lot of French-inspired home accessories on the market at the moment and this, combined with how in vogue French and shabby-chic styles have been for the past few years, suggests that the French design capsule will make your home bang on trend in a classic way that will last throughout many trend cycles. Here’s how to achieve the French design capsule:

Colour Palette

There are two distinct French palettes; the first is monochromatic French blue and white, the second is composed of neutral tones ranging from champagnes and creams to light blush and mocha. Keeping the colours but adding sparkles and pearlescent finishes where appropriate can turn a French country palette into a chic, almost decadent palette


Vintage or antique style furniture is always fitting for a French capsule. Painted pieces lend themselves to a country style whereas gold, silver or glass pieces add a sense of luxury fit for Marie Antoinette and her lavish parties. Upholstered pieces are also a must, whether in soft or vibrant tones, they should be of a decadent material like velvet, brocade or silk

Accents and Accessories

Wallpaper is a fabulous accent for rooms decorated with the French design capsule; especially as typical French patterns like Fleur De Lys, Baroque and Damask are popular wallpaper prints. Other accents like mirrors and typically French artwork (like Monet) can give the room a bit more character whilst accessories such as antique keys, books, old clocks, neutral ornaments and silk table lamps can be the perfect finishing touches. If you want a statement piece then a chandelier is a very French way to go about getting one

This is just a quick guide to one of the many design capsules out there you can use for inspiration (be sure to check back to our blog for more design capsules!). The most important thing is that you think of each and every room in your home as a blank canvas, an empty shell waiting to be transformed. Once you add fitted features like practical but attractive flooring and quality bespoke furniture, you need to address the details and dress it up. The end product is a room designed and executed perfectly, ready and waiting to be enjoyed.

Advice on Bespoke Kitchen Design

What Can Suit Your Preferences and Those of Future Buyers

Unless you are planning to spend the rest of your life in the home you are currently living in, you would be well advised to think of a kitchen design that is appealing not only to you  but also one that will be appealing to any potential future owner. The kitchen is one of the important rooms in a house and it is therefore well worth thinking quite hard about your bespoke kitchen design – remember, many people look at the kitchen first when buying a home, and will consider it a part of their overall costs if they think they’re going to have to renovate immediately upon moving in .

Bespoke KItchen Design by Russell Blake, Crystal Palace, London, 2012
Bespoke KItchen Design by Russell Blake
Crystal Palace, London, 2012

At Russell Blake, based in London and serving both London and the Home Counties, we will be delighted to use our wealth of experience to guide you through the bespoke kitchen design process – future saleability is just one strand of a complicated web that you’ll be wanting to take into account and an experienced helping hand can assist you in avoiding pitfalls and realising your perfect dream coming true.

There are many aspects of kitchen design that can help you to increase the value of your property and / or make it attractive to potential future buyers. The first idea that you’ll want to be accustomed with when it comes to designing your kitchen is  that the vast majority of people like their kitchen should be warm and functional. This is, naturally, a matter of personal taste but we can use some guidelines to help us along the way (should you wish of course – the ultimate and wonderful truth with bespoke kitchen design is that you are the boss and the choice is all yours!)

There are several materials that are generally thought top evoke warm feelings: examples include stone, wood and laminate for kitchen worktops and flooring. When it comes to the kitchen worktops, many things that can make them look elegant and stylish. Some people prefer using stones but you can also use granite or composite stones. Alternatively you can use laminate worktops, which are available in a wide range of inspiring colours. You just need to select the colour that matches the theme of your kitchen. When it comes to cabinetry, many experts suggest that natural finishes and hand painted cabinets give a great touch and a homely feeling to your kitchen.

Always remember that a successful contemporary design is the result of good research and sharp eyes. It is always important and advisable to conduct thorough research on the kitchen design you want before making conclusions. Other things that your kitchen design should consider are good ventilation for health reasons and good lighting. You should always remember that your kitchen design can increase the chances of selling your home in the future or reduce them. Therefore, in order to avoid frustrations when it comes to selling your property, it is advisable to choose your kitchen design wisely remembering that it should suit your tastes and hopefully not be too off-putting for any potential future owner.

Therefore, it is advisable to choose wisely especially if you are planning to live in your current home only for a few years. Call  us on 020 7277 9919 or use our contact form and we’ll be delighted to have a friendly chat and give you  a free, no obligation, estimate.

Greenwich Woodworks

We were sad to hear of the recent demise of local bespoke furniture firm Greenwich Woodworks.

According to the Greenwich Phantom site:

“Sadly high-end joinery company Greenwich Woodworks died at the beginning of the year. I don’t know the exact details, but I’m guessing it’s yet another victim of the current financial climate.”

Greenwich Woodworks
The old Greenwich Woodworks site

They were  one of the leading design and manufacturing companies in South East London, specialising in bespoke furniture services for private clients since 1981. Like Russell Blake, the Greenwich Woodworks offered a bespoke service with unique designs.

If you’ve arrived at this page because you were searching for Greenwich Woodworks, then you’ll be pleased to know that we at Russell Blake offer the same bespoke design service – offering bespoke kitchens and bespoke furniture design for the London area and beyond (you can see some of our Lewes design on the Galleries pages). PLEASE NOTE THAT RUSSELL DOES NOT WORK FOR GREENWICH WOODWORKS.

Whilst we know that Greenwich Woodworks will be missed, we’re sure that we can offer you every bespoke design service that you could want. In these times of recession, we offer fantastic value for money and what’s more, all our timber is sourced from suppliers certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) so you can sleep soundly as far as the environment is concerned.

Please give us a ring on 020 7277 9919 or use our contact form to get in touch and we’d be delighted to have a chat with you about meeting all your bespoke design needs and exceeding all your expectations! We look forward to hearing from you.


Areas in London we cover for bespoke kitchens and fitted furniture design

If you don’t live in one of these areas, please still get in touch – a look at our galleries section will show you that we actually operate far further afield than London. So please feel welcome to give us a ring on 020 7277 9919 and we’ll be happy to discuss working with you to achieve your perfect dream bespoke kitchen, bedroom furniture or other fitted furniture!

That said, here’s a list of areas we cover in London, along with their postcodes:

LondonAbbey Wood SE2, Kennington SE11,
Acton W3, Kensal Green NW10,
Aldgate EC3, Kensington central W8,
Alexandra Palace N22, Kensington North W10,
Anerley SE20, Kensington South SW7,
Archway N19, Kensington West W14,
Balham SW12, Kentish Town NW5,
Barbican EC1, Kidbrooke SE3,
Barnes SW13, Kilburn NW6,
Barnsbury N1, Kingsbury NW9,
Battersea SW11, Ladbroke Grove W10,
Bayswater W2, Lambeth SE11,
Beckton E6, Lambeth north SE1,
Belgravia SW1, Lambeth South SW8,
Bellingham SE6, Lee SE12,
Belsize Park NW3, Lewisham SE13,
Bermondsey SE1, Leyton E10,
Bermonsey South SE16, Leytonstone E11,
Bethnal Green E2, Liverpool Street EC2,
Bishopsgate EC2, Maida Hill W9,
Blackfriars EC4, Maida Vale W9,
Blackheath SE3, Manor House N4,
Bloomsbury WC1, Manor Park E12,
Borough = The Borough SE1

Bow E3, Marylebone north NW1,
Brent Cross NW4, Marylebone south W1,

Brixton central SW2, Mayfair W1,
Brixton North SW9, Merton SW19,
Brixton southern SW2, Mile End E1,
Brockley SE4, Mill Hill NW7,
Bromley-by-Bow E3, Millwall E14,
Brompton part SW1, Monument EC3,
Brompton part SW7, Moorgate EC2,
Brompton SW3, Mortlake SW14,
Brompton West SW10, Mottingham SE9,
Brondesbury Park NW6, Muswell Hill N10,
Camberwell SE5, Neasden NW2,
Camden Town NW1, New Cross SE14,
Canning Town E16, New Cross Gate SE14,
Canonbury N1, New Southgate N11,
Castelnau SW13, Nine Elms SW8,
Catford SE6, Norbury SW16,
Charlton SE7, Norwood central SE19,

Chelsea SW3, Norwood New Town SE19,
Chingford E4, Norwood South SE25,
Chiswick W4, Norwood Upper SE19,
City north eastern EC2, Norwood West SE27,
City south eastern EC3, Notting Hill W11,

City western EC4, Nunhead SE15,
Clapham Junction SW11, Paddington W2,
Clapham SW4, Palmers Green N13,
Clapton E5, Parson’s Green SW6,
Clerkenwell EC1, Peckham SE15,
Colindale NW9, Penge SE20,
Collier’s Wood SW19, Pimlico SW1,
Cottenham Park SW20, Plaistow E13,
Covent Garden WC2, Plumstead SE18,
Cricklewood NW2, Poplar E14,
Crofton Park SE4, Putney SW15,
Crouch End N8, Queens Park NW6,
Crystal Palace SE19, Raynes Park SW20,
Dalston E8, Regent’s Park NW1,
Deptford SE8, Roehampton SW15,
Dollis Hill NW2, Rotherhithe SE16,
Dulwich East SE22, Seven Sisters N15,
Dulwich SE21, Shepherd’s Bush W12,
Dulwich West SE21, Shoreditch E2,
Ealing W5, Soho W1,
Ealing West W13, South Bank SE1,
Earl’s Court SW5, Southgate N14,
Earlsfield SW18, Southwark SE1,
East Ham E6, St John’s Wood NW8,
East Sheen SW14, St Paul’s EC4,
Edmonton Lower N9, Stamford Hill N16,
Elephant & Castle SE17, Stepney E1,
Eltham SE9, Stockwell SW9,
Fenchurch Street EC3, Stoke Newington N16,
Finchley Central N3, Strand WC2,
Finchley Church End N3, Stratford E15,
Finchley East N2, Streatham Hill SW2,
Finchley North N12, Streatham SW16,
Finsbury EC1, Surrey Docks SE16,
Finsbury Park N4, Swiss Cottage NW3,
Fleet Street EC4, Sydenham SE26,
Forest Gate E7, Temple EC4,
Forest Hill SE23, Thamesmead DA18 (Kent),
Friern Barnet N11, Thamesmead SE28,

Fulham SW6, Thamesmead South SE2,
Golders Green NW11, The Borough SE1,
Gray’s Inn WC1, The Hyde NW9,
Greenwich SE10, Tooting SW17,
Grove Park SE12, Tottenham N17,
Hackney E8, Tottenham South N15,
Hackney E9, Totteridge N20,
Hackney South E9, Tower Hill EC3,
Hammersmith W6, Tufnell Park N19,

Hampstead Garden Suburb eastern N2, Tulse Hill SE27,
Hampstead Garden Suburb western NW11, Upper Edmonton N18,
Hampstead NW3, Upton Park E7,
Hampstead South NW6, Vauxhall SW8,
Hampstead West NW6, Victoria Docks E16,

Hanwell W7, Victoria SW1,
Harlesden NW10, Walthamstow E17,
Hendon NW4, Walworth SE17,
Herne Hill SE24, Wandsworth SW18,
Highams Park E4, Wanstead E11,
Highbury N5, Warwick Avenue W9,
Highgate N6, Waterloo SE1,
Hither Green SE13, West End W1,
Hither Green SE6, West Ham E15,
Holborn WC2, Westcombe Park SE3,
Holland Park W11, Westminster SW1,
Holloway Lower N7, Whetstone N20,
Holloway N7, Whitechapel E1,
Holloway Upper N19, Willesden NW10,
Homerton E9, Wimbledon SW19,
Honor Oak Park SE4, Wimbledon South SW20,
Hornsey N8, Wimbledon West SW20,
Hyde = The Hyde NW9, Winchmore Hill N21,
Hyde Park W2, Wood Green N22,
Isle of Dogs E14, Woodford, IG8,
Islington N1, Woodford South E18

Here’s a list of the London boroughs we cover for the same services:

  • Camden
  • Greenwich
  • Hackney
  • Hammersmith and Fulham
  • Islington
  • Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea
  • Lambeth
  • Lewisham
  • Southwark
  • Tower Hamlets
  • Wandsworth
  • Westminster

  • Barking and Dagenham
  • Barnet
  • Bexley
  • Brent
  • Bromley
  • Croydon
  • Ealing
  • Enfield
  • Haringey
  • Harrow
  • Havering
  • Hillingdon
  • Hounslow
  • Kingston upon Thames
  • Merton
  • Newham
  • Redbridge
  • Richmond upon Thames
  • Sutton
  • Waltham Forest

Please contact us for further details and we’ll be very pleased to hear from you!


Green Kitchen Design

You spend a lot of time in your kitchen, so it’s a very important area to get right on every level, and for many people, ‘Green Kitchen Design’ will be an important part of their decision – knowing that, a well as a great bespoke design, all timber products come from sustainable sources.

green kitchen designOf course, today, green materials are easier to come by than they have been for many a year. So in this respect you should really be expecting your London kitchen designer to be sourcing their timber responsibly. At Russell Blake, we are careful to maintain a  responsible sourcing policy, which means that we make sure that absolutely all the timber we use has been supplied by suppliers who are fully certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). The Forest Stewardship Council enables you to buy timber from responsible green sources  so you that you can rest safe in the knowledge that you are not contributing to global forest destruction. FSC certified forests are managed to ensure long term timber supplies while protecting the environment and the lives of forest-dependent peoples.

Durability in Green Kitchen Design

Your kitchen is often the busiest room in your house and will therefore take a lot more wear and tear than other rooms. So as well as the look of your green kitchen design, you’ll want to take into account the durability of any materials in the design – not just whilst they are in your kitchen but also after they might leave your home. Russell Blake be delighted to discuss these issues with you if you call 020 7277 9919 where we can also offer you, should you wish,  a free, no obligation, estimate.

Design and Functionality

Remember that you’ll be looking at all the elements of your kitchen several times a day. Therefore you’ll be looking at your design all the time. So make sure your design looks great as well as functioning in the optimum manner. If you get these two aspects right, then your kitchen will be a pleasure to spend time in and brighten up your life. Because you’re worth it!

As you can see, there are many aspects to take into account when looking at the design of your kitchen, and talking to an expert can tale a lot of the weight off your mind – just one phone call can turn stress into excitement, and doubt into inspiration. Russell Blake is based in London (and serves much farther afield) and available for just such a friendly chat on 020 7277 9919ring us now and see how impressed you are!

Sustainable Made To Measure Furniture for London

Sustainable made to measure furniture London

As you’ll no doubt know if you’re searching for bespoke furniture for your kitchenbedroom or elsewhere, there are significant benefits to be had:  a major benefit of having bespoke fitted furniture, and in particular  fitted wardrobes, is that you can make the absolute most of every last inch of space, even if your dwelling has problematic shapes and angles to be filled. The same, of course, applies to our luxury bespoke kitchens for London and beyond.

Bespoke furniture design, then, is simply the best way forward to maximise storage space and get the design you really want, right down to the last detail – you get what you want, in your colour, in your style and to your exact taste.

But you’ll also doubtless be aware that the environment is a major issue in this day and age and doubtless you’ll want to know that you’re doing as much as you can in that direction. At Russell Blake, we have taken the care to make sure that all the timber we use has been purchased from suppliers certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), so you can sleep easy knowing that your fitted bedroom furniture is not only beautiful but also from reliable sources.

About FSC

FSC is an international, non-governmental organisation dedicated to promoting responsible management of the world’s forests. It was founded in 1993 in response to public concern about deforestation and demand for a trustworthy wood-labeling scheme. There are national working groups in 28 countries including the UK. FSC UK is a registered charity. It is supported by NGOs including WWF, Greenpeace, Friends of the Earth and the Woodland Trust.*

What It Means to You

The Forest Stewardship Council enables you to buy forest products of all kinds with confidence that you are not contributing to global forest destruction. FSC certified forests are managed to ensure long term timber supplies while protecting the environment and the lives of forest-dependent peoples.*

* Source: The Forest Stewardship Council’s website, March 2007.

If you have any questions regarding our Sustainable furniture policy for London and beyond, please feel welcome to give us a call on 020 7277 9919 and we’ll be delighted to discuss it with you. We’ll also be pleased to offer you a free, no obligation quote for any work you might have in mind.

Luxury Bespoke Kitchens London

If you’re looking for luxury bespoke kitchens in the London area or beyond then you’re in the right place!

Luxury Bespoke Kitchen LondonAt Russell Blake we have been designing, manufacturing and installing high specification kitchens and fitted furniture since 1995. From our base in south east London, we specialise in fitting bespoke kitchens, meaning we can take your kitchen space and build a kitchen according to your exact needs and desires and in total harmony with the existing space as it is.

Kitchen fitting London is our speciality, and our legions of satisfied customers (see a few examples in the right hand column) are testament to our design excellence. Coupled with our green credentials (all our woods come from sustainable resources), this ensures that all our products stand out above others and you can be happy that any search for fitted kitchens London (or indeed further afield) can safely and happily stop right here!

So please contact us for a free, no obligation estimate and we’ll look forward to hearing from you and discussing all your luxury bespoke kitchens needs!

How to search for Fitted Kitchens London

Searching for any business on the internet can be a minefield, so when you search for Fitted KItchens London or similar phrases, you’ll want to be sure you know what you’re doing.

Firstly, let’s have a little look around Google – here’s a search I just did for Fitted Kitchens London (please click on the image for a larger version):

Fitted Kitchens London Google Search
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Sections 1 and 2 are paid adverts, so be aware that Google is getting paid to put their results there.

Section 3 is relatively new and is the Google Places section – you’ll only see this if you’ve searched specifically for a location (in this case Fitted Kitchens LONDON).

Section 4  is the organic results, the sites that Google returns that it considers the most relevant to your search. Many people – myself included – still trust these search results much more than the other sections.

Once you’ve arrived at your Fitted Kitchens London site, there are some requirements you’ll want to be on the lookout for from the company:

Do they have a testimonials page? You’ll want the reassurance of other satisfied customers.

Is there a clearly displayed physical address on the contact page? Obviously there would be a massive warning light over any site that wasn’t giving you an address.

Is it nicely designed? If you looking for contemporary kitchen design, you’ll be wanting a company with a nicely designed website.

If the company deals with wood, does it have a ethical sourcing policy? You’ll want a company that operates a responsible sourcing policy, ensuring that all the timber  has been purchased from suppliers certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC).

Do the company offer free advice and quotes? Another warning light if they want to charge you for this.

Hopefully this will help you in your search for Fitted Kitchens London or any other search for that matter, be it kitchen design or anything else.


Kitchen Fitting London

Kitchen Fitting in London couldn’t be any more fulfilling than with Russel Blake.

Kitchen Fitting LondonLooking for a kitchen fitter in London? You’ve come to the right place! For kitchen installation and kitchen design in the London area and beyond, Russell Blake will handle all aspects of your kitchen fitting. So whether you want a classic or traditional look of if you’d lean to contemporary and cutting edge designs, we at Russell Blake pride ourselves on delivering the absolute best quality work, as our roster of happy customers will show you.

Call 020 7277 9919 for a free, no obligation, estimate or use our contact form and we’ll get right back for you.

Our past projects speak for themselves – please have a look through our galleries to see examples. Our design excellence, coupled with our green credentials (all our woods come from sustainable resources), ensure that all our products stand out above others.

We are also happy to  talk to you about our Fitted Wardrobes London and Custom Furniture London. Or pop along to see as at the Grand Designs Excel Exhibition Centre, May 5-13 (click link for more information).


Contemporary Kitchens London

If you’re looking for contemporary kitchens in London then Russell Blake can meet all your requirements. Based in London, we specialise in bespoke handmade kitchens designed to your personal requirements and lovingly crafted by our bespoke kitchen London experts.

Russell Blake offers competitively priced, professional design & bespoke handmade kitchens London services. We can furnish you with beautiful & elegant bespoke fitted kitchens, studies, wardrobes, and more.

Russell Blake has been designing, manufacturing and installing high specification kitchens and fitted furniture for London since 1995.

We apply the same rigorous credentials and attention to detail – fitted kitchens with the latest high tech appliances. We are based in South East London and design, supply and fit our hand-made kitchens throughout the whole of London, the home counties and further afield.

Contemporary Kitchens London

Our past projects speak for themselves. Our design excellence, coupled with our green credentials (all our woods come from sustainable resources), ensure that all our products stand out above others.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us for a friendly chat or alternatively first look at our testimonials for the thoughts of our many satisfied customers who now have  Contemporary Kitchens London.