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The HOCKLEY Super Matt In-Frame by Howdens

If you have undertaken serious DIY or a home renovation in the UK, you have surely come across a local Howdens depot. Howdens work with trade professionals/builders but also offer kitchen design services to the general public - provided you already have a builder who will then price products and the work needed to fit. They are the place to go if you are looking for more than just revamping your kitchen.

Helpfully, Howdens release their trends catalogue annually, giving home owners ample inspiration for the look and feel of kitchens to suit all tastes and budgets. What might not be widely known, is that Howdens also sell the full package when it comes to kitchen design - that is, not just the cabinets but also appliances and worktops. Their offering extends to popular fixtures like boiling water taps from Quooker and well known brands for cooking and refrigeration including NEFF and Bosch.

Today, I am taking one of my favourite Howdens kitchens, the Hockley Super matt In-Frame and playing around with a different combination of worktops to come up with something a little more unique.


1. The HOCKLEY Super Matt In-Frame by Howdens

The basis of my design is the Hockley Super matt In-Frame Kitchen by HOWDENS.

  • To buy this kitchen, you need to find a builder who already has a trade account with Howdens, as Howdens only sell to trade people and not to the public.

  • Once you've found your builder, go ahead and book a design appointment at your nearest Howdens depot.

2. The Hockley Super Matt colour ways

The Hockley Super Matt in Frame comes pre-painted only in 7 matt colour ways: white, sandstone, dove grey, slate grey, marine blue, navy and charcoal. With seven colours to choose from and the limitless combinations between lower and wall cabinets, you really are not restricted in choices you can make.

3. How to make your Howdens Hockley Super Matt look more expensive

Making your new kitchen look very expensive can be easily achieved if you splash some money on the backsplash/ worktops and the appliances. In the designs below, I feature:

  • a Hockley Super Matt in Frame in DOVE GREY

  • a Rangemaster ELS110EIWH/ Elise 110cm Electric Induction Range Cooker in White available from KNEES.

  • The backsplash is Arabescato Corchia extra honed from Nile Stone.

  • Alternative colour-way further below: Use charcoal for the wall cabinets and hidden hood.

4. The Howdens Hockley Super Matt in Sandstone

If you are looking for something a little warmer, why not try blending sandstone with a brown based granite and add a black range cooker?


  • the Howdens Hockley Super Matt in Sandstone

  • a RANGEMASTER ELISE ELS90EIGB Gloss Black with Brushed Chrome Trim 90cm Electric Induction Range Cooker available from Marks Electrical

  • Bianco Antico granite available from Nile Stone.

5. The Hockley Super Matt in Marine Blue and Navy

I love blue and there are so many spaces that benefit from this colour way. Marine Blue is a lovely colour, whether you use it on its own or in combination with dove grey or sandstone! Below I am sharing a few ideas using the blue colour ways: marine blue and navy.

  • For a contemporary look, you can use a stainless steel range cooker

  • For a more traditional look, try a blue coloured or cream range cooker.

Below: Navy bridge and white cabinets with a Lacanche range cooker in Slate Grey. The backsplash is based on 3 large format ceramic tiles by Mandarin Stone.

The last example is a Navy kitchen with an Ivory Lacance Cooker and a bridge in Sandstone. I love the calming effect here and I cannot imagine how fun it would be to own a kitchen like this!

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