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Taking a look at the changes in kitchens through the century
In its humble beginnings the kitchen was once a scullery, a very small space where people spent little time. The modern kitchen now is 121 sq ft on average and we spend more time in them than we do our living room.
In the 1950s, American styles began to influence our interior design and fitted kitchens were introduced. American styling included, diner-style seating that has been adapted to now become our breakfast bar stools, and the classic shaker cabinet. Magnet has 21 stylish shaker kitchens, from the traditional Shaker Oak to modernised shaker options such as Leighton Gloss White.
The Sixties was a colourful decade and this translated into kitchens too. White walls and cupboards were out, and vibrant greens, oranges and pinks were in. Appliances were also becoming increasingly available in this time, revolutionising kitchens for families. If you want to achieve a bold Sixties look today, look no further than the Vienna Oak. Bringing the Sixties style up to date with textured effect cabinets that will sit perfectly on statement Sixties coloured walls.
The 1980s was the decade that kitchens became places of entertainment. The Eighties was all about status symbols, and the ultimate in the kitchen was the dishwasher, if you had one, you’d made it.
By the 2000s, interior décor had embraced open plan living, especially kitchen/dining combinations. New styles such as shabby chic and industrial were embraced, and for the most part have been here to stay, shaping the kitchens that a lot of us have today. To achieve an industrial feel that still has warmth, Magnet’s Astral Blue is perfect for a modern home. The high gloss blue cabinets are paired with bright white worktop surfaces and sleek appliances like the Elica Star hood, finished with chrome arrow handles to add an industrial touch.
Modern day kitchens as we know them now are the heart of the home and are no longer just a food prep space. The kitchen has become a dining, cooking, living and entertaining space and Magnet has a style to suit every taste.
Factors to consider for modern design
If you’re looking for a brand new kitchen with a more modern look, you’ll have a wide range of contemporary styles to choose from.
You can adapt a contemporary look to suit your home and a good design will reflect both the function and style of your kitchen.
Looking into colour schemes is a good place to start in kitchen design. Whilst monochrome is a timeless choice, you can give it a modern twist with smooth, high-gloss textures accompanied by metallic hardware. Magnet’s Nova White is accentuated with the sleek silver of the cabinet handles, an extractor hood and a Neptune tap for a gleaming contemporary feel.
Bring your kitchen into the 21st century in style, with a unique grey and copper colour scheme. The impact of Magnet’s Newbury Grey kitchen is down to its moody mid-grey matt finish, complemented by on-trend copper handles and accessories. The combination is so chic it will be a guaranteed talking point in your home.
Minimalism is often synonymous with a modern kitchen style, so try to keep your space clutter-free. Magnet has excellent options for subtle storage, including the Plinth Drawer, a neat little storage option that makes use of otherwise dead space at the bottom of your units, with a streamlined appearance.
The Cabinet Plus Innovation is the ultimate in stealthy storage. The cabinet is located at the back of your units and slides in or out of sight at the flick of the switch. This innovation is as much a conversation starter as it is a functional storage space. Modern technology like this is another great way to create a kitchen that personifies contemporary design.
Finish and texture also play a large part in the contemporary style. Aim for smooth lines and sleek surfaces that can be achieved with stone worktop surfaces and glass splashbacks for example.
Magnet’s top picks of work surfaces
No kitchen is complete without worktops. It’s important that your surface works with your chosen design and at Magnet we have got lots of colours and materials for you to choose from.
Our experts share their top picks with you to help you decide your favourite.
Star Galaxy granite is an incredibly stylish choice. This option is a dark black with grey tones and stunning metallic flecks. Because granite is a natural material, the pattern of every single worktop is unique, making your kitchen one of a kind.
Magnet’s Corian range is available in over 70 colourways, however we love Glacier White. This simple choice might be subtle, but is highly effective. The plain white surface can create quite the impact in a monochrome kitchen when paired with dark walls. The sleek feel reflects the easy maintenance of Corian in the kitchen.
Quartz is a natural and durable worktop material. To add a touch of sparkle whilst keeping your space elegant and sophisticated, we recommend Metalico. The silver surface has metallic flecks that will reflect the light and breathe some life into your kitchen. This is a great choice to create an impressive modern feel, with a high gloss finish.
For a traditional, warm kitchen, our top pick from the bespoke solid wood collection is Oak. An incredibly versatile wood that can be cut into any shape required and adds a timeless charm to the heart of the home.
A great value worktop option is Laminate, and with stylish finishes such as Capitol Pine you can achieve the look of more expensive options like wood and granite for a price that will make you #lookagain. Capitol Pine even has a textured finish to achieve a realistic wood look.
Whether you opt for a natural or manmade surface, we have a worktop at Magnet to suit your taste. Take inspiration from the experts and browse the full collection online.
Choosing your perfect colour scheme
You can be spoilt for choice choosing the perfect colour scheme when updating your kitchen, and the choice between brights and neutrals is a common debate. It is important that you choose a colour scheme that fits your personal tastes so you are happy with it for years to come.
Whilst neutral colours can be quite traditional, they are also very adaptable, and will easily fit the style of a modern kitchen. Going for a neutral scheme when decorating your kitchen gives you the freedom to switch up accessories and appliances, without having to worry about a colour clash.
Whether you go for a splash of colour with a feature wall, or go all out and decide to brighten up your kitchen, it will give the feel of enlivening your entire house. Bright colours are great if you want your kitchen to feel warmer, or if you just want to illuminate your space. Everyone needs a pop of colour in their lives, and where better to do it than in the heart of your home?
Neutral colours still allow the kitchen to feel light and are great for making a space appear bigger, as seen in Magnet’s City White. This contemporary design has a stylish feel, with a clean-cut finish. The urban undertones created by the combination of white and grey allow a simplicity which can be easily adapted to fit your personal tastes.
For a brighter approach, check out the Vienna Oak design. The textured grain effect of the kitchen presents a retro but stylish look, which is the perfect combination to be paired with a bright wall colour. The green toned wall patterns accentuate the traditional style, while still keeping the theme of the kitchen from feeling outdated.
Alternatively, try out the Gloss White Slab design, demonstrating how easily the simplistic gloss finish units can combine with a splash of colour, to create a truly beautiful kitchen design. The green glass square edge worktops add the perfect dash of colour so as not to overwhelm, while still making an impact to the kitchen’s aesthetic.
Magnet kitchen makeover winner’s story
Rudy Roversi was the lucky winner of a brand new Magnet kitchen in a competition run in partnership with House to Home.
Rudy’s kitchen in his London home was poorly designed and made inefficient use of the small space. This was undesirable for a city full of notoriously small flats, making space a precious luxury.
Rudy was picked out of thousands of competition entrants and expert designers at Magnet accepted the challenge. They were tasked with maximising the space and storage of a small kitchen that was in need of a dose of TLC.
The room was cluttered with utensils and electronics, leaving barely any worktop space. The kitchen didn’t allow much room for cooking, or plate juggling, which is practically what Rudy had to do considering all but one of his shelves were too shallow to store a plate.
Rudy went for the stylishly simple Nova White, a far cry from his previous cluttered, cramped kitchen. The high gloss finish of the units reflects the natural light, brightening the whole space, whilst the natural oak of the worktops help to lift the room and add to the new, airy feel.
One of Rudy’s favourite additions was the Magnet Sound Bar, fitted subtly into the side of a cabinet. The slick Bluetooth controlled speaker boasts incredible sound and was a welcome update to Rudy’s clunky 90’s speaker system.
The new design is much more efficient and makes Rudy’s space work harder for him. The finished product created by Magnet, was a brand new functional, beautiful kitchen with ample storage.
Watch the transformation for yourself here.
Use Magnet’s QDP tool to design your dream kitchen
Magnet’s QDP (quick design price) is an online tool to help you design your dream Simply Magnet kitchen.
Simply Magnet is Magnet’s most affordable collection, but the high style options make you #lookagain at the price.
Start off your design journey by selecting the approximate layout and the number of cabinets that best suits your kitchen. Layout examples include L shape, galley, U shape and kitchens with islands.
You will then be prompted to personalise your kitchen, beginning with the main aspects including flooring, worktops and of course your chosen Simply Magnet kitchen range. There’s something to suit every taste, from classics such as Hudson Oak or Classic Cream Shaker, to the more modern Gloss White Slab and Apollo White. At this stage you will also select the essentials, cookers, hobs, hoods and details such as cabinet handles.
Watch your vision come to life with a high definition CGI and real-time price updates as you review your kitchen creation. Make sure your design is suited to your home by refining your kitchen measurements and selecting the best cabinet layout to work with your room.
Next you can take a virtual tour of your new personally designed 3D kitchen, and with 360º of detail you will practically see your future self preparing dinner in there.
Once your happy with your masterpiece you can save your kitchen and create a print out to take along to a Magnet design consultation, or even send a copy directly to your local showroom. Leave your creation in the hands of the professionals and you’re one step closer to achieving your dream kitchen with Magnet.
Tips to make your kitchen greener
As we become more aware of the impact our lifestyles have on the environment, demand is growing for eco-friendly homes.
There are several benefits to engaging a small green initiative in your home, reducing energy consumption will not only help the environment but save money on your bills too.
The kitchen is a great place to start with an eco-friendly approach as there are many ways to begin. From energy efficient food preparation and clever choices in cleaning products, to using environmentally friendly materials.
At Magnet, we work with Shock, one of the leading manufacturers of sinks worldwide. Shock sinks and taps are all made of durable and ecologically sound materials and manufactured to extremely rigorous standards, so a great choice if you are looking to incorporate eco-friendly materials into your home.
There is always potential in the kitchen to use a lot of appliances at once, so an energy efficient cooker is a great investment. The Rangemaster Professional Plus 100 FX is A-rated for energy efficiency and provides dual fuel cooking in four different colour finishes, so you don’t have to compromise on style.
The kitchen is also guilty of generating the most waste of any room in the home, which is why recycling in the kitchen is key. Make recycling easy for yourself with Magnet’s three-part recycling bin, the separate compartments make light work of sorting your rubbish and tucks away neatly out of sight.
Similarly, collecting food waste is an easy, natural way to recycle and create your own compost. There are great ranges of countertop compost bins for food waste that will complement your kitchen, some are so pretty that they’re a recycling incentive in themselves.
Magnet’s Waste Bin sits neatly in the top of an in-drawer dustbin and is a clever compartment to dispose of food waste. Peelings and cuttings can be subtly scooped into the bin, positioned conventionally just under the worktop surface.
Furthermore, re-use and up-cycle glass jars and even tin cans that you might discard when cooking. These can be made into something decorative and useful such as candleholders or cutlery storage and will make for unique personal touches to your kitchen. Take a look at our Pinterest page for some great inspiration.
Magnet kitchen makeover winner’s story
Norma Hornby was the lucky winner of a brand new Magnet kitchen in a recent competition we ran with House to Home.
Charity worker Norma beat thousands of entrants to the prize of a lifetime, and won her dream kitchen in a Magnet makeover. After sending in photographs of her 1980’s time warp kitchen (Norma’s own words), she was selected for an £8,000 overhaul.
Norma went with a great choice of the Nova Cream, a kitchen with a sophisticated cream gloss finish and simple, uncluttered styling that is a polar opposite of her previous kitchen nightmare.
Charity is close to Norma’s heart as she runs Warrington’s Canal Boat Adventure Project and this was to play a key part in the new design. The kitchen also doubles as an office where Norma spends hours on her philanthropic work, so, of course, she deserves somewhere relaxed and stylish to do this.
The Table Plus Innovation was incorporated into the design as somewhere for Norma to concentrate in comfort without compromising on the kitchen’s functionality and style. Doubling up as a sophisticated storage unit, the Table Plus folds down into a space to work and dine from when required.
We asked Norma what she thought of the finished kitchen;
“It’s been an incredible process and I’m absolutely delighted with the finished product, my friends and family are so impressed.”
Watch the transformation for yourself here.
How to achieve coastal chic
Almost every summer sees the return of the nautical style, in some form of trend. In fashion and interiors, coastal chic is synonymous with the warmer months.
You may have noticed that the colour blue was a big hit in interiors this spring and that paved the way for the nautical themes of summer.
Pair spring’s popular indigo blue walls with white or glossy cream cabinets for an instantly stylish yet versatile kitchen, as seen in Magnet’s Apollo Cream.
Opt for a natural or natural looking worktop surface such as beech wood or a colmar oak laminate to give your coastal style an authentic beach-front feel. The warmness added by the appearance of used natural materials such as wood, works much better than impeccable glossy veneer of granite for example.
The galley kitchen is an incredibly popular layout, but don’t forget the roots of this design, originating from the formation of the kitchen in a ship’s galley. So if you have this layout in your home, what better way to be true to your kitchen’s roots than with a nautical style design?
A splashback can create an attractive focal point within the kitchen, and with such a wide variety of colours and materials to choose from it is easy to choose one to fit your coastal theme. Magnet’s laminate splashbacks comes in a green glass effect that mirrors the deep sea’s shimmery hues.
Think past the anchor motifs and boat accessories that you might associate with bathroom décor, coastal chic can be more understated and perfect for a timeless look in your kitchen.
Incorporate the botanical trend into the home
This season sees the rise of botanical trends in homes, spurred on by the recent warm weather. These plant inspired trends can range from an urban jungle style incorporating modern metallics, to a fully tropical feel with leafy green prints and exotic floral motifs.
The simplest, most natural way to incorporate the botanical trend into the home is with plants, and living plants do more for your home than just accessorise it.
A great benefit to having plants in the home is that they purify the air and increase oxygen levels, converting carbon dioxide into oxygen - not just a pretty flower.
For budding chefs, what better fit for your kitchen then a herb garden? Miniature versions are available for indoors and a sprinkle of fresh herbs gives cooking an extra special something, and gives you pride in what you’ve grown. Magnet’s Shelf Plus is the perfect innovation to display your herb garden, either on a counter or mounted on the wall.
It may sound obvious, but keeping plants on the window ledge gives you something nice to look at even when it’s gloomy on the other side of the window, as well as providing them with the light they need to flourish.
If you’ve gone for another of SS16’s biggest trends, retro, consider the 70’s staple, a macramé hanging planter. Bring your planter up to date with plain white rope and a clear bowl vase for a subtle update on the look.
For kitchens with an island, this is the perfect location to showcase a beautiful bouquet or home-grown ingredients. Small chilli, lemon or lime trees can be grown in the home and make a great conversation piece when showcased in the kitchen.
Don’t fall into the thinking that a botanical feel is just for summer time, as we know how quickly that can fly by, but keep your kitchen energised with plants all year-round to avoid letting the grey days of winter get you down.