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The three main kitchen looks for your home
When the time comes to update your kitchen, it can be tricky to choose a look that is on trend, suits your home and will last for years to come.
If you’re thinking about a brand new kitchen, you may want to consider a modern style. Modern kitchen designs often incorporate the latest colour trends and a mixture of textures to create that contemporary feel. The high gloss pale blue finish in the Astral Blue kitchen is on trend for Spring/Summer 2016.
A modern style is also the perfect setting for cutting-edge technologies such as Magnet’s Innovations Plus ranges. The Sound Plus sound bar blends seamlessly into unused plinth space beneath cabinets, choose ones with integrated handles for a super slick look.
For something equally stylish but perhaps a little cosier, traditional kitchen styles can come in a range of stunning looks. From rustic farmhouse designs to classic Edwardian styling, a traditional kitchen will stand the test of time. You can see the Edwardian influence in Magnet’s Arlington Cream, with the panelled doors, glazed units and decorative corners, which lend themselves to the architecture of the era.
Look into a range of wooden worktop options from oak to maple for that classic finishing touch.
The Shaker kitchen is an infinitely popular style, again inspired by history, the Shaker was originally created by America’s Shaker community in the 18th century. The quality of a Shaker kitchen is in the cabinet doors, the classically proportioned front features a frame and inset panel. However the historical roots don’t mean old-fashioned, Magnet’s collection of Shaker kitchens includes contemporary interpretations with gloss finishes. The soft curves of the Shaker Cream give the style a modern makeover.
Take inspiration from the three main design groups, adding personal touches to make it your own and create your dream kitchen.
Bring shabby chic into your home
Weathered is the latest home trend for Spring/Summer 2016, a style deriving from the natural effects of water and sun bleaching.
The weathered trend radiates a true feeling of relaxation that evokes both natural and minimal qualities. This enables products to convey a wonderful calm that fuses both natural and minimal aspects, allowing products to exude a simple yet organic quality. This style is particularly effective within kitchen design, and can be easily accomplished.
To bring shabby chic into the home we recommend adding weathered accessories to rustic style kitchens. Our Studio Grey works perfectly for this especially when paired with Nebraska Oak worktops. The Tatton Oak expresses a similar texture, with the natural warmth of its oak cabinets alongside the stone brick wall injecting a grainy yet stylish feel. This trend could also be implemented through the use of wooden beams, marbled coffee tables and weathered painted dining chairs, all of which achieve a homely design with charm and character.
Your home is typically a place of serenity and tranquillity, so why not utilise this trend to heighten that sense of natural environment.
How to organise your kitchen
The kitchen is often referred to as the heart of the home, so a well-organised kitchen can make all the difference to the overall efficiency of your home.
They say a great test to determine how organised your own kitchen is, is to ask someone else to prepare a meal and then clean up in your kitchen. Not just a ploy to get out of the cooking, but you’ll actually be able to determine how organised your space is, by how long it takes them to find their way around the kitchen. Two birds with one stone…
Whilst there are the basic tips and hacks for kitchen organisation, such as stacking pans within each other and storing cleaning products under the sink, Magnet offers some great products to help get your kitchen organised.
The three-part recycling bin makes easy work of sorting your rubbish before collection day. Made up of three individual colour-coded compartments, the bin folds neatly away into cabinet space so you can avoid cluttering your space with numerous recycling bins.
Create multiple layers of storage for food or crockery by incorporating an internal drawer system, which is neatly hidden within your kitchen units. The unit works great with base cabinets and allows for maximum storage without compromising on style. Other innovative additions to your drawers include drawer dividers and plate holders, to neatly lay out cutlery, crockery and pans.
Take your organisation to the next level and give your kitchen the technical edge with one of Magnet’s most recent innovations, the Cabinet Plus. Ingeniously located shelves at the back of your cabinets reveal themselves at the flick of a switch for instant access to your kitchen tools and accessories.
Organisation in the kitchen can only make it easier when it comes to cooking and cleaning, and who doesn’t want that?
How to achieve an on-trend Scandi style kitchen
Understated Scandinavian styling is sought after in many design aspects, namely fashion and interiors. A style synonymous with clean lines and effortless chic is naturally covetable for the home.
There’s a number of ways to incorporate Scandinavian flare into the kitchen and Magnet demonstrates the demand for the move of Scandi style to kitchens with a number of designs in its current collection.
Key aspects of a modern Scandinavian design include that paired-back feel and muted neutrals as base colours. For a truly authentic feel, start with pale wood flooring, which features heavily throughout traditional Scandinavian homes.
White and cool grey are a classic colour combination to achieve the minimalist feel, the bright white units of Magnet’s Astral White work well with the grey tones of the ceiling and floor. This colour pairing also allows you to experiment with textures, such as high gloss cabinets against warm, grainy wood.
Texture is a major aspect in Scandi style, and natural materials like wood are prominent in Scandinavian home design. Magnet’s selection of Bespoke Solid Wood worktops are the perfect way to add warmth to the neutral colours of your kitchen with deep tones such as Walnut and Wenge.
Although it’s best to keep your key colours earthy and muted, don’t be afraid to accent with vibrant pops of colour, just be sure to keep any ornamentation in the kitchen minimal. Magnet’s Integra Astral White features the classic white/grey combination with two-tone units and an exciting yellow splashback.
A great positive about Scandinavian style is that it is traditionally functional, so your kitchen will be as practical as it is beautiful.
Which surface works best for you?
Worktops are a key feature in your kitchen and there are a number of factors to take into consideration when choosing a new worktop besides budget.
Magnet knows that your surfaces occupy a large part of your kitchen space, so whilst it is important that worktops work with your chosen design, maintenance and practicality should also be key influences in selecting kitchen worktops.
The original solid surface for kitchen worktops, Corian is a fantastic, flexible option that can be cut to fit any surface shapes, with endless design possibilities.
Granite is the ultimate worktop surface, adding value to your kitchen and home. The nature of this natural material means that each worktop is unique, whilst being one of the most durable materials on earth, and so the perfect surface for hard working kitchens.
For a similar sleek and elegant style, with comparable durability, Quartz is a man-made surface. Available in a large range of unique shades, from subtle to statement to suit your style.
A solid wood worktop is a beautifully traditional way to add value and warmth into your kitchen. Wood can suit a range of styles, from classic to rustic, however be aware of the maintenance involved in a wood worktop surface. This natural surface requires some care to maintain its attractive appearance, oiling and treating will help prevent staining and water damage.
For cost-effective alternatives to natural kitchen surfaces, see Magnet’s range of laminate worktops. With core, square edges and high definition laminates, you can achieve the look that you want at the price you wish to pay. Shades and colours range from pine to stone, with textured designer finishes in the High Definition range to allow you to express your style in the kitchen.
Magnet has plenty of styles and finishes for you to choose from, to achieve a worktop that perfectly complements your design.
How to incorporate the colour of the season into your kitchen
You may have noticed that the colour blue is having a moment this season in interiors. This versatile primary colour comes in plenty of shades that flatter different rooms in the home, but what works best in the kitchen?
From deep, moody indigos to sweet baby blue, this doesn’t have to be a cold colour. Magnet’s Tatton Cream kitchen is an example of how to incorporate blue into a classic style kitchen, with soft cornflower blue accents. Cream Shaker units are mounted on the subtle blue statement wall and complemented with a colourful Rangemaster oven to create a focal point.
For a modern kitchen, the stony blue high gloss cabinet doors of Magnet’s Astral Blue kitchen is complemented by colour contrasting with light greys. The stylish combination of colours has a contemporary feel that is complemented with shining chrome accents.
The combination of greys and blues works well in a whole range of different colour tones. Darker grey is brightened up with vibrant teal walls in Magnet’s Astral Grey kitchen. Other complemented colours that sit well with blue in the home and kitchen include light ivory and citrusy yellow. If blue is your base colour, consider using these as 10% of the colour scheme as accents.
To use the colour to make a focal point in the kitchen, consider grey or ivory unit options, topped with Magnet’s Azul high gloss worktop, the pop of blue makes a stylish statement.
Expert advice from Kate Watson-Smyth
Kitchens are messy places. We seem to spend as much, if not more, time clearing up as we do preparing and eating the food we have made. There’s all the waste from the preparation and packaging and then there’s all the tidying afterwards.
In recent years, with the move towards a more environmentally friendly lifestyle, and the insistence that we recycle more, we have needed to find more space to store that waste. Most of us now have a recycling bin, a normal bin and, often a food waste bin. This often sits on the worktop, is unsightly and takes up valuable space. And anyway, who wants the food waste sitting next to the fresh ingredients?
Well, the Magnet Innovations team has come up with a clever solution and, this is one that I would definitely like to have in my kitchen.
It’s a bin in a drawer. So far, so normal. Many already have a bin in the cupboard under the kitchen sink. However, this is high up and sits directly under the worktop. This means you can peel your potatoes, spiralise your courgettes, or slice your carrots and then simply open the drawer and sweep everything in.
There’s no grabbing handfuls of peelings out of the sink and trying to get to them to the bin without dropping any. There’s no having to separate peelings from carrier bag as that involves two different bins. And, crucially, no food waste on show.
Of course, you don’t have to use this bin just for food waste. At that height it’s ideal for those who have difficulty bending over a traditional bin.
There is one more element that appeals to me too. I have never liked those large free-standing bins. Firstly, they take up space and secondly, you probably don’t need to empty them every day which means you are keeping rubbish in your house. I have a small bin under the sink which I empty daily – no smells, no indoor rubbish.
This Waste Bin is the perfect solution and it might even free up some space under the kitchen sink.
How to achieve a feminine kitchen
There is a kitchen to suit everyone’s personal style. Whilst minimalists might prefer clean lines and sleek surfaces, traditionalists may favour wood and tiling. Modern design makes it possible to achieve a feminine kitchen whilst maintaining a level of chic.
Your feminine style doesn’t necessarily mean pink accents or floral appliances and Magnet has plenty of designs that can be tailored suit your personality and taste.
Cream as a base colour can easily be adapted for an elegantly feminine kitchen. The cream cabinets in Magnet’s Gloss Cream Shaker kitchen are finished with a high gloss and complemented with a burgundy splashback to add a touch of personality.
Also consider light or mid-grey as a base colour for a feminine kitchen with flair. The matt finish units in Magnet’s Newbury Grey kitchen are accented with on-trend copper handles. The current trend for copper and rose gold is a tasteful way to incorporate feminine rosy tones into the kitchen, through handles, hardware or appliances.
A unique way to express a feminine style within the kitchen is to showcase your favourite, personal pieces and create a focal point, as demonstrated in the showcasing unit in the Newbury Grey kitchen. The ultimate focal point for a luxuriously feminine kitchen is the Elica Star Island Hood, a stunning crystal effect hood that will always attract attention when hanging elegantly and catching light in the centre of the kitchen.
Choose a sink that works best for your kitchen
The kitchen sink is often one of the most used fixtures within the home, so why not spend some time designing and choosing the perfect one for your kitchen?
There are more options than you may realise, with free-standing, double sinks, draining boards and tap styles, which will work best for you? Choose from ceramic, stainless steel or quartz settings in a range of different colours to suit every kitchen style.
A beautifully sleek and traditional option from Magnet is the Illusion Sink, a design that you can see one minute, but not the next. The Illusion Tap can be pushed down into the sink, out of sight. Slide over the Corian panel, to cover the sink and provide instant extra worktop surface that functions as well as it looks. The Illusion sink is an innovation that combines dream gadgetry with practical functionality, whilst looking the part.
A practical, modern addition to your kitchen sink is a boiling water tap. Separate to the traditional cold and hot taps, with boiling water on demand this time efficient addition to your sink will allow for a lovely hot tea or coffee at any time. What’s more, Magnet also offers an additional filtered cold-water tap with refreshing, chilled, filtered water direct from the tap.
Another key consideration when designing your kitchen is the worktop surface surrounding the sink. For large family households, wood may not be the best option, as this requires the most up-keep and needs to be prepped and protected for water exposure. On the other hand, quartz is a suitable surface to surround a kitchen sink, as it is less porous and much more resistant to water and general damage that can occur around the sink.
Three colour schemes that never fail
Many of us often don’t know where to start when it comes to the colour scheme part of the design process, but like black and white, there are a selection of colour schemes that will never go out of style.
White is a popular choice for kitchens, but be adventurous and try brights with your white for the happiest colour scheme of all. Magnet’s Gloss White Slab kitchen is a perfect demonstration of how well bright accents work against the glossy white background units. Don’t be afraid of choosing geometric prints and patterns for focal points such as selective tiling or green glass worktops. Achieve unique pops of colour with Magnet’s range of Quartz worktops, in Azul and Pimenta shades.
For those who may be wary of the stark contrast of monochrome schemes, stone and black is a more laid-back approach to contrast. Stone will be your backdrop, which can be layered with other neutrals for depth and touches of black accents adding structure and definition.
Keep it interesting with a mixture of textures, the units within Magnet’s Integra Fantasy Grey are textured to complement the sleek finish of the black worktop.
Although blush and grey can be a fail-safe theme throughout the home, adapt the blush tones to include copper metallics to make an impact in your kitchen.
This scheme can be adapted to most tastes, from industrial to muted or mellow. The mid-grey cabinets with the matt finish of Magnet’s new Newbury Grey kitchen is given a luxury feel with metallic copper touches, lifting the grey to avoid it looking flat. Keep the theme running through your kitchens appliances for maximum impact.