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Ways to make the most of your kitchen island
Besides being a stylish addition to your kitchen, an island is also a great functional asset.
Firstly, an island provides the potential for additional storage space in kitchens that might be lacking in units.
The obvious option is to install cabinets inside the island, however consider taking advantage of each side of the island. An integrated spice rack can provide a neat and handy storage area for essential ingredients.
Aside from storage, an island can act as a functional dining area, with a relaxed, informal feel. The option to add some sophisticated bar stools is a chance to bring even more personality to your kitchen.
Similarly, for a little extra casual dining and drinking space, and create a relaxed cocktail bar feel. The perfect combination of functionality and showcasing is found with an island. However, if your space doesn't allow for an island. You can use our Smart Space Storage Solutions to make the most of the space you do have. Get some inspo here.
How to incorporate the trend into your kitchen
Monochrome is the classic combination of black and white, timeless because of its striking contrast and effortless style.
This popular colour pairing has graced the catwalks and featured in wider home trends for many years, but this year we see the rise of monochrome in kitchens. As a result of its timeless appeal, monochrome can work for both modern and traditional homes.
When you’re designing your monochrome kitchen, be sure to choose your prominent colour, rather than an equal balance, to avoid an obvious chequer board feel.
The easier choice is a predominantly white kitchen, such as Magnet’s Luna White, which allows you to make the most of the light in your space. The flowing lines and simple yet sharp white gloss design is complimented by the contrasting black tiles and worktops.
Although sometimes trickier to execute, a black or dark colour scheme is the more unusual option for sophisticated elegance in your kitchen. Mix up the bold, dark colours with a variety of textures. Matt black walls and sleek jet black granite worktops add depth.
If you’re looking for a monochrome kitchen but are concerned about limiting yourself to black and white, oak and walnut features bring variation and warmth to make a welcoming kitchen.
Which shape will work best for you?
Whether you’re looking for a dining table as a functional eating space or a focal point, there are many factors to take into consideration to find one that is perfect for your kitchen.
Firstly, such a substantial piece of furniture needs to be the right shape for your kitchen or dining area.
The most traditional dining table shape is rectangular, this works well for households that seat more than four people at once, as they allow for everyone to be seated in a social setting.
If you’re concerned about squeezing a rectangular table into a limited space, measure your dimensions beforehand and take the measurements along with you when shopping for tables. This ensures your table fits perfectly and the area is not overfilled.
Oval tables naturally lend themselves slightly better to medium and small spaces than rectangular tables. The curved edges allow for more space around the table and you can move more easily around them as there are no harsh lines or corners. For more decorative or traditional, medium sized kitchens, a long oval table with pedestal legs gives a more grand, ornamental feel.
Square shaped tables can be a very effective addition to a stylish kitchen, although not always the most practical option as the amount of space they require is generally underestimated. A square table is therefore often best suited to large kitchens, as a dramatic focal point.
A round table is a lovely option for families as the layout encourages conversations and enables the group to be close. The round table lends itself well to small spaces, but if you are looking to fit more than four around the table, it will need to be at least 150 centimetres in diameter.
Consider stools and pedestals for tight dining spaces, as they can be tucked neatly away under tables, allowing for more room and movement in the kitchen.
Chic, modern kitchens are the perfect setting for a breakfast bar. Popular options are a central island, or sometimes on the leg of a U shaped kitchen. Breakfast bars are great in social households and, as they are typically long and narrow with stools tucking neatly underneath. Consider a breakfast bar for smaller spaces as a practical way to make the most of the social setting.
Magnet’s Astral White kitchen perfectly demonstrates how well a breakfast bar can work in a contemporary setting, whilst being both functional and stylish.
Tips for the home to increase your general happiness
There are many factors that contribute to our general happiness, but science has found that the home is the best place to start. Our homes are an extension of ourselves and these top tips, colours, scents and accessories can be incorporated to increase your chance of happiness.
1. Yellow and green are found to evoke the most feelings of happiness in the home. Whilst a fully green kitchen may seem a bit bold, these bright hues make great accent colours. Think green splashback, statement wall or appliances.
2. Giving you a perfect excuse to have flowers in the house all year round, research has found that the presence of flowers stimulates positive emotions, so treat yourself.
3. Provoke a sense of calm throughout the house by displaying sentimental photographs and positioning them proudly on shelving with Magnet’s Illuminated Shelf Light.
4. The scent of vanilla beans has been found to be incredibly mood improving and uplifting, so make some space on your kitchen worktops for vanilla scented candles. Freshly lit on your return from work, they will encourage relaxation.
5. Our scent receptors are linked to the part of our brain that triggers emotions. Boost your mood with a light floral scent by opting for a subtle rose bud air freshener or perfume to increase feelings of happiness.
6. Research has established a link between the stress hormone and the amount of household objects in a woman’s home, suggesting that clutter causes stress. So clear the clutter and make way for the calm, Magnet’s clever storage solutions help to keep your kitchen organised.
7. No matter which side of the bed you wake up on, start the day right by making your bed. Research showed that 71% of those who take time to make their bed each day consider themselves happy. Conversely, of those who skip this morning ritual, 62% would label themselves as unhappy.
8. Treat yourself to things that encourage experiences in the home. Spending time at home and making positive memories there is key, whether it’s new cutlery for dinner parties or DVDs for family movie nights. Don’t forget to document the good times with a photograph to display later.
9. Pull up a seat at the dining room table and take a couple of minutes over a coffee to jot down your thoughts and feelings. Research has found that writing a journal helps us manage emotions and contributes to future moods, making us happier.
This popular layout can work for all kitchen sizes
The U shaped kitchen layout is an efficient design, popular for large kitchens. Whilst the design maximises available kitchen space for worktop surfaces and storage, design requires care and attention to detail in the positioning of corner cabinets and ovens.
Popular with keen chefs, the U shaped kitchen allows for maximum efficiency whilst moving about the space to cook, usually with key appliances located on each of the three walls to allow a fluid triangle of movement within the work space.
Smaller U shaped kitchens may not always allow for a table, however consider transforming one leg of the U, into a chic breakfast bar by eliminating any bottom cabinets to allow for a sophisticated, comfortable dining area.
A central island is a perfect addition to a larger U shaped kitchen, adding valuable worktops and storage space. A granite surface adds value and style to an island as well being incredibly durable, resistant and practical.
Illuminate your beautiful kitchen with some well-placed lighting. Traditionally there may not be enough wall space to accommodate wall lighting so opt for a central hanging light, accompanied by neat under cabinet spotlights to highlight your favourite areas.
The U shape can provide two valuable corner cabinet storage spaces, make the most of these with Magnet’s latest innovation in corner storage, the Smart Space twin corner cabinet. The cabinet opens with a sleek mechanism to reveal double layered racks within the cabinet, to maximise cabinet space and allow effortless access to the hard to reach corners.
How to increase storage in any size kitchen
Everyone would like more space in their kitchen, but making the best use of the space you have is one way to ensure that your kitchen works for you, whatever the size.
It may not always be possible to build a bigger kitchen, but by focusing on some of the design aspects you don’t see, you can maximise on every centimetre of your storage space.
A key aspect of space is organisation. An organised kitchen adds aesthetics and naturally gives the impression of a larger space. Clear out and organise your pantry into a pull-out larder with smooth-close door for a sleek, subtle, yet great storage space.
Using new technology, Magnet Smart Space collections allow you to discover space in your kitchen that you didn’t know existed. A simple plinth drawer underneath ovens or appliances adds a neat, floor level storage option.
Magnet’s Table Plus instantly creates a new area for dining, drinking or relaxing, making your kitchen a multi functional living space. Transforming with ease from a handy storage cabinet, the innovative table design adds both valuable storage and dining space to your kitchen.
Take a look at the innovative Table Plus in action in use here: http://www.magnet.co.uk/accessories/innovations-plus/table-plus-page/
Different Ways To Incorporate Light Fittings Into Your Kitchen
Lighting is compulsory in a kitchen we all know this, and whether you have a small or large space it’s essential to brighten up the kitchen and choose the right lighting to create the perfect ambience for the room.
In addition to general spotlights and ceiling lighting there is a whole host of different kitchen lighting you can choose to illuminate drawers, cabinets and plinths.
Shelf Lighting can be lit from the back or the shelf itself and brightens up the entire wall as well as the accessories and crockery on the shelf.
An illuminated Feature Drawer enables you to display small items and utensils in a lit drawer, providing subtle hints of light around your kitchen.
Plinth Lighting brings light to your kitchen right from the floor. Thin strips of LED lighting can line the bottom of your cupboards and create a very modern setting. Accentuate this plinth lighting further by having mirrored plinths placed around your kitchen to really reflect the light.
Under Cabinet Lighting provides great light when working or cooking on the worktops. The lights and cables that come with it can also tuck neatly under the cabinets. This could also be a great opportunity to place sockets under your cabinets to clean up your worktop and kitchen.
To view the complete range of lighting options available please take a look online.
Incorporate Grey Into Your Kitchen
Grey is the biggest kitchen colour of the moment, as a versatile shade and acting as a perfect complement to bright hues, copper, rose gold and natural materials like metal and wood.
Newbury Grey is the latest addition to the Uniquely Magnet collection with its moody, mid-grey matt finish there is no denying the impact that it will make in your home. You might choose to brighten a room by opting for a glossy white worktop and copper features to contrast with the darker cabinets.
As popular as white cabinets are for their easy to clean and wipe aspects, grey cabinets are soon to take over as the preferred kitchen cabinet. Whether you choose a matt or gloss grey, the surface is not just beautiful but also durable to stay that way.
A complementary element to grey cabinets is industrial style lighting lining your kitchen island or worktop. Adding in a glossy kitchen work station with wood worktops and a strong metal lighting feature creates a perfect centrepiece.
Finally, it is important to accessorise with bright colours and maximise on lighting, whether that be through sky lights built into the roof or extra cabinet and plinth lighting. Grey is bold enough to stand out, yet natural enough to team with all sorts of different colours.
Integrate Your Kitchen, Dining And Living Space
Open plan living can be hugely beneficial in your home. It can improve the overall appearance of your kitchen living room and dining room, increases lighting opportunities and aids in communal living and bringing the family together.
As an alternative to traditional interior design, open plan living can create an easy and beautiful flow right from your front to back door. The lack of walls creates a more comfortable space that is clear and spacious where light can reach every corner of the room and brighten up your house and life.
A constant worry in many families is the lack of communication and intrusion of TV screens and mobile phones. But with an open plan living space whether someone is cooking by the oven, chopping vegetables on the worktops or sat at the dining table, open plan living encourages interaction between family members.
A combined kitchen, living and dining area looks truly stunning and provides a modern and cutting edge kitchen style. Newbury White, one of Magnet’s newest kitchen styles, provides a light and airy open plan living area plus a feature-packed design with top class Innovation products.
If a bright and airy atmosphere is top of your wish list, go one step further and place sky lights in your kitchen roof to receive as much natural light as possible.
A Home Smoker Of Course
Earlier in the year we told you what the top kitchen gadgets of 2016 are set to be, including a heated ice cream scoop and spiraliser, but there is a latecomer to the list.
According to retailers home-smokers are creeping up the list and will soon take centre stage in your kitchen. There has been a 200% rise in sales compared to the previous year*
As we learn to enjoy our kitchens more and acquire new culinary skills, the smoker is the perfect addition to create new and exciting dishes. From eggs and vegetables, to cheese and meat, the possibilities really are endless.
When attempting to recreate these smoky flavours and effects at home there are a few pointers to watch out for:
- Be prepared for failure as the smoking process is not as simple as putting something in the oven
- Patience is key as the smoking process is to nurtue the food in question
- Like all small appliances do not leave unattended
Forget the large smokehouse in your garden it is all about what can be cooked on your worktop. Accentuate this smoky wood theme further by adding warm wood features to your kitchen.
*Amazon figures, Daily Mail article 01/02/16