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  • Kitchen etiquette

    Britain’s Kitchen Etiquette Revealed

    The kitchen is the heart of the home; the place where we cook, eat, and socialise. But when it comes to keeping it clean, how fussy are we as a nation and what annoys us the most about those we share this sacred space with?

    Focusing on annoying habits, bad behaviour and dirty kitchen secrets, we surveyed the whole of the UK to discover our biggest pet peeves and find out which region has the best kitchen etiquette.

    Britain’s Kitchen Cleaning Habits

    The upkeep of a tidy home and a clean kitchen is a big task. From taking out the bins and loading and unloading the dishwasher, to cleaning work surfaces and tidying out the fridge, the list of kitchen cleaning jobs is endless.

    Our survey revealed that keeping a kitchen clean can feel like a bit of a chore, with nearly 70% of the UK failing to clean the heart of the home every day. However, the most common cleaning activities undertaken on a weekly basis include:

    • washing tea towels
    • cleaning the microwave
    • vaccuming

    In contrast, descaling the kettle and reorganising the cupboards are tasks that tend to happen on a monthly basis.

    The UK’s Dirty Kitchen Habits

    We discovered that 3 out of 5 people admit to having bad kitchen habits, and cite creating a mess in the kitchen, not taking out the rubbish, letting dishes pile up and not wiping down surfaces after use as the most common bad behaviours they are guilty of in their kitchens.

    It doesn’t stop there. Our survey discovered that as a nation, we have some pretty grubby habits when it comes to kitchen hygiene too. We found that 20% of people don’t clean their kitchen at least once a week, with nearly 70% of people admitting that they don’t clean their kitchen every day as a minimum.

    When it comes to appliances and other kitchen items, ovens, hobs, tea towels, bins and fridges are the most neglected. In fact, over half (51%) of people said they don’t clean their fridge more than once a month and only 32% of people clean their oven hobs every day. The oven itself is also often overlooked while cleaning, with 13% of people failing to clean theirs more than once a year.

    The kitchen bin is also overlooked, with 36% of people failing to clean their rubbish bins more than once a month, and even worse, 6% admit to never cleaning their bins at all!

    Our research has us wondering how often we should be cleaning our kitchens. On average, fridges should be cleaned before the weekly shop, with a deep clean carried out every 3-6 months¹, whilst ovens should be cleaned thoroughly between every two and 12 weeks².

    Hayley Simmons, Head of Merchandising at Magnet, says, “When it comes to ovens, the more often you clean them, the easier they are to maintain. A wire scourer and hot soapy water can make it far easier to clean the glass panes than a normal cloth”.

    It’s recommended that kitchen cloths and sponges should be replaced or washed a minimum of once a week³. However, we discovered that on average, only 26% of people change theirs this frequently. In fact, nearly a quarter of people don’t even clean their sponges more than once a month.

    The UK’s Biggest Kitchen Pet Peeves

    Digging deeper to uncover more of the UK’s pet peeves when it comes to a clean and tidy kitchen, we discovered the habits that annoy the nation the most - breaking this down even further to look at our cities.

    We found the biggest annoyance in the UK is people causing a mess in the kitchen whilst cooking or preparing food, and not wiping surfaces clean, with residents of Southampton guilty of doing this the most.

    Failing to wash dishes annoys the people of Birmingham the most (26%) and 19% of people living in Edinburgh are guilty of leaving dishes to pile up in the sink - despite it being their biggest pet peeve.

    Take a look at the map below to discover the biggest kitchen pet peeve in your city and find out how these kitchen habits compare when sharing a kitchen with a partner, flatmate, or family.

    Cohabiting Pet Peeves

    Admitting to having annoying habits in your own kitchen is one thing, but what about when sharing this space with partners, friends, and family?

    Our research discovered what annoys people the most when sharing their own kitchen, and whilst people admit to being guilty of not cleaning hobs, not cleaning after cooking, not washing the dishes and not cleaning out the fridge in their own homes, their kitchen etiquette changes when they're in someone else’s home.

    Brits are twice as likely to wash the dishes, clean the hob and help clean the kitchen at a partners’, friends’, or family members’ house than their own.

    For couples and families, causing a mess in the kitchen is the biggest pet peeve, whilst for flatmates, it’s not being offered help to clean the kitchen that really grinds their gears.

    Never washing the dishes annoys families and flatmates more than couples, yet it’s no surprise that leaving rotten food in the fridge and causing mess in the kitchen rank within the top 5 annoying habits of those who house-share.

    Maintaining house chores can be a laborious task, but caring for your home can keep it looking fresh and new. Our tips for keeping a clean and tidy kitchen are easy to follow, whether you’ve recently fitted a new kitchen or are looking for ways to keep the heart of the home in top condition to stand the test of time.

    For more food and kitchen inspiration, check out the Magnet blog or for kitchen design ideas take a look at our kitchen planner tool.

    Methodology

    Nationally representative survey of 2,000 respondents aged 16+ in GB in November 2020. The survey was conducted from a random sample of UK adults by Censuswide.

    ¹https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/uk/house-and-home/household-advice/a684998/how-clean-is-your-fridge/

    ²https://www.ovenu.co.uk/how-often-should-you-clean-your-oven/

    ³https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/uk/health/health-advice/a563627/how-dirty-is-kitchen-sponge/

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  • Winchester Midnight Main

    Two new kitchen styles for summer

    Which brand new kitchen design suits your home?

    Not every family is the same, so why should our kitchens be?

    This summer we’re introducing two fresh new kitchen designs to our collection, both offering a sense of timeless elegance with a chic, contemporary twist. Read on to discover which best suits your personal style, from the dark intensity of the Winchester Midnight to the fresh feel of the Tatton White kitchen.

    Midnight hues

    Bold, deep kitchen shades are here to stay. This 2018 trend makes a strong style statement yet provides a versatile backdrop to match a variety of accent colours and materials, ready to adapt to your own personal sense of style. The new Winchester Midnight is no exception, matching an intense midnight blue shade with a classic shaker style cabinet and antique grey handles to create a look that would be equally at home in a compact urban apartment or spacious country house.

    This design pairs perfectly with solid oak worktops, ceramic sink fixtures and fresh white brickwork, creating a stunning contrast with the dark midnight hue. Decorate with industrial-inspired bar stools, deep black kitchen accessories and vibrant green pot plants or herbs to complete the look.

    The lighter side of life

    Prefer the lighter side of life? Then you’ll love the open, airy feel of the new Tatton White kitchen. Featuring a pure matt white finish and traditional shaker style cabinets, this kitchen offers a blank canvas to reflect your design tastes and will create the illusion of extra space in smaller rooms.

    We love this look paired with classic laminate worktops and monochrome floor tiles set off against copper-tone handles and sink fittings, but it would work equally well with antique brass accents or a bold pop of colour through a feature wall or patterned tiles.

    Which brand new kitchen style would you love to make a part of your family this summer? Tell us which look is your favourite via Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, or get in touch to book a consultation with one of our kitchen design experts.

    Category: Kitchen

  • Luna Grey

    4 reasons to choose a kitchen island

    The benefits of including an island in your new kitchen design

    It’s no surprise that kitchen islands are one of the most coveted features for homeowners dreaming of renovating their kitchen.

    Stand-alone cabinets are packed with practical benefits and create an airy, open-plan layout, making them the perfect combination of style and substance.

    So if you’re thinking of including a kitchen island in your new kitchen design, here’s what you need to know.

    Storage made simple

    You can never have enough storage space in the kitchen, and an island unit is a great way to add a few extra places to hide away all your cooking gadgets and kitchen accessories when not in use. Beyond typical cupboard and drawers, you can also experiment with bespoke storage options like a built-in spice rack at the end of your kitchen island, or open-front shelving for easy access to items you use often.

    Worktop wonder

    Love cooking? Then you’re bound to appreciate the extra worktop space a kitchen island brings, and you can even opt to incorporate a sink or hob into your island unit to create extra space for preparing meals. Within an open-plan kitchen and living room, this layout also means you’ll be looking out onto the rest of your living space, so you can easily catch up with the family or your favourite TV programme while rustling up dinner or doing the dishes.

    Let’s do brunch

    Beyond extra storage and workspace, kitchen islands can also be designed to double up as a breakfast bar or eating area, with stylish stools to complete the look. This option is ideal for bringing families together, since parents can keep a close eye on young children in high-chairs while making lunch, or help older children out with homework while doing the washing up.

    Pet perfection

    If you share your home with a furry friend or two, then a kitchen island can be a brilliant way to give them a space of their own while reducing clutter in the kitchen. Instead of leaving cat bedding or dog toys strewn around the kitchen floor where you might trip over them, consider using end panels to create a cosy cubby hole within your kitchen island where pets can snuggle up, or concealing food bowls on a low shelf in the island.

    Category: Kitchen

  • Family baking Easter recipes

    Egg-citing Easter recipes

    Bake up a treat for all the family this Easter

    With the Easter holidays fast approaching, we challenged all our lovely fans on Facebook and Twitter to show us their best spring bakes for the chance to win a bundle of cake decoration goodies.

    You definitely didn’t disappoint, so we thought we’d share some of your best creations to inspire other families who are planning to whip up some tasty treats together in the kitchen this Easter.

    Easter nest cakes

    Nest cakes like these from Kirsty on Twitter are the ultimate Easter classic, since they’re so simple that children of all ages can get involved, yet still deliciously chocolatey! Simply melt 200g of chocolate, 75g of butter and 4 tablespoons of golden syrup then mix in 200g of your favourite cereal, from Cornflakes and Rice Crispies to extra-crunchy Shredded Wheat. Decorate with colourful mini eggs to complete the birds’ nest effect.

    Spring has sprung biscuits

    Jules on Twitter shared these gloriously colourful spring biscuits, complete with adorable sunflower smiles and Easter bunnies. Mix up a simple biscuit dough using 200g flour, 100g caster sugar, 90g butter an egg and half a teaspoon of ground ginger, then roll out and cut to shape using Easter themed cookie cutters. Set the oven to 170°C and bake your biscuits for 10-12 minutes.

    Use your biscuit cutters to cut shaped sections of ready-roll icing to perfectly fit your biscuits, stuck in place with a little jam. For the finishing touches, mix 150g of icing sugar with 1-2 tablespoons of water and a few drops of your chosen food colouring, then use a piping bag to add delicate details to your cookies.

    Decorated egg cake

    This egg-cellent idea comes from Hannah on Facebook, who baked up boldly-coloured Easter lemon cakes that are bound to impress. Create a zingy lemon cake batter using 225g each of self-raising flour, butter and caster sugar, mixed with four eggs, a teaspoon of baking powder, a few tablespoons of lemon juice and the grated rind of half a lemon.

    To achieve the patterned effect, transfer a few spoonful’s of batter into a small bowl and add a few drops of food colouring. Once mixed, pipe your design into the bottom of an egg-shaped cake tin and place in the freezer for an hour, then cover with the remaining cake batter and bake for 20-25 minutes at 180°C.

    Chocoholic’s dream cake

    There’s a reason why Easter is a chocolate lover’s favourite time of year! Recreate this decadent chocolate cake from Charlotte on Twitter by mixing up a batter using 200g each of caster sugar, butter and self-raising flour, plus four eggs, 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder, two tablespoons of milk and a teaspoon of baking powder.

    Bake in two 20cm cake tins for 20-25 minutes at 190°C then sandwich together with chocolate buttercream made by combining 100g melted milk chocolate, 200g butter, 400g icing sugar and 4 tablespoons of cocoa powder. Top with tempting Easter treats like caramel-filled eggs and chocolate rabbits for a truly indulgent family feast.

    Want to join in with our next fun family contest? Then follow Magnet Kitchens on Facebook and Twitter.

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    Trends 4 spring kitchen trends to watch

    The kitchen trends designers can’t stop talking about this spring

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  • Dunham Midnight kitchen

    3 brand new kitchen styles for spring

    Give your kitchen a new lease of life with these brand new Magnet Kitchen designs

    We know we’re not the only ones who can’t wait for winter to end.

    After too many weeks of having to wrap up against the snow, we’re ready to welcome spring’s first burst of sunshine, and we’re celebrating the new season by announcing three brand new additions to our kitchen collection. After all, what better time of year to swap a kitchen that’s seen better days for a gleaming new design?

    These three new styles offer a range of colour tones to suit every taste, from the intense blue hues of the Dunham Midnight, to the soothing subtlety of the Dunham Dove Grey and the classic wood panelling of the Winchester Acacia. Which would you choose?

    Midnight moments

    Looking for a kitchen with true wow factor? Then look no further. Kitchens in darker shades are one of 2018’s top décor trends since they lend a sense of drama to any home, and the Dunham Midnight’s intense shade of deep navy blue is no exception. Matching this stunning shade with a classic shaker style cabinet gives this design a sense of elegance that will stand the test of time. Pair this style with marble-effect worktops, Scandi-inspired geometric tiles and Herringbone flooring to convey a chic sense of understated luxury.

    A touch of tranquillity

    Grey is fast becoming the nation’s favourite neutral shade, since it offers a contemporary twist on more traditional neutral hues. The Dunham Dove Grey’s tranquil pale grey hues complement a broad range of colours and textures, making it the perfect blank canvas to reflect your own personal style. Why not mix with natural woodgrain flooring, open shelving and French doors for a peaceful feel, and add industrial black bar stools and statement lighting to complete the look.

    Back to nature

    Keep it classic with the Winchester Acacia’s shaker cabinets and pale wood grain effect finish, bringing a light and airy feel to your kitchen and an effortless sense of relaxation. Enhance this natural wood look with the rich green hues of potted herbs, grey marble worktops and crisp white tiling.

    Which of these three new styles have you fallen in love with? Let us know your favourite style on Facebook or Twitter.

    Category: Kitchen

  • Dunham Cashmere Sweater & Fresh Linen

    The wine storage guide

    Everything you need to know about the correct way to store wine

    There’s nothing better than a crisp glass of white wine at the end of the workday or a bold red to accompany a delicious dinner, but how much do you really know about the correct way to store wine?

    The conditions wine is kept in can have a major impact on the delicate flavour combinations within each bottle, making all the difference between a subtly balanced vintage and a vinegary glass of undrinkable wine.

    So to bring the best out in your bottle collection, we’ve put together the ultimate list of wine storage tips.

    In the dark

    Exposure to UV rays can cause wine to become ‘light struck’, particularly for white or rosé wines in clear glass bottles. This process ages wines prematurely and leaves them with an unpleasant aroma, so it’s always best to store bottles in a dark area of the kitchen away from direct sunlight, such as a built in wine storage rack.

    Stay horizontal

    If wines are stored standing up vertically for an extended period, this can cause the corks to dry out, allowing air into the bottle and spoiling the taste. To preserve delicate vintages for longer, make sure to place bottles on their sides for long-term storage.

    Keep your cool

    The perfect storage temperature varies for each type of wine so if you’re a real connoisseur, it might be a good idea to install a wine cooler with dual temperature control zones to store several wines at different temperatures. If that’s not an option, as a general rule the ideal temperature is usually around 12 degrees for a fridge containing several different varieties of wine. Never let temperatures rise above 24 degrees and always aim to keep heat levels as constant as possible, as fluctuations affect air-flow through the cork.

    Perfect timing

    Even in ideal conditions, there is a limit to how long you should store wine before the flavour will start to deteriorate, rather than improve. While most unopened red wines can happily be aged between 2-10 years, many white wines should be consumed within 2-3 years for their best flavour. Of course we don’t blame you if you can’t wait quite that long to taste them!

    The 70% rule

    You can also stop corks drying out by ensuring humidity levels stay at around the 70% mark. The simplest way to maintain steady moisture levels is to store bottles in a cooled environment such as a fridge, as these will automatically control for humidity.

    Say no to garlic

    The corks in wine bottles allow the wine to ‘breathe’, but this also means that storing a subtle Sancerre or fruity Sauvignon Blanc alongside strong-scented ingredients like garlic can affect the flavour of the wine itself. To avoid these unwanted flavours, store wine in a built in wine cooler, separate from potent ingredients in the fridge. As an added bonus, the extra space will also mean you always have room for a full wine collection – perfect for when unexpected guests turn up.

    Category: Kitchen

  • Fun family recipes

    Bring the whole together in the kitchen to cook up some tasty treats

    The kitchen is the heart of the home, so what better way to spend family fun month than getting the whole family to together to make tasty treats?

    Getting the little ones involved with cooking with can be no easy feat but our fun family recipes are a sure way to get them to enjoy food whilst working on their culinary expertise.

    Healthy Pizza

    Pizza is the ultimate go-to meal for kids, and an all-round family favourite. This is also great for the family to make together and fussy eaters can add any toppings they like.

    Ingredients: 200g wholemeal flour, 1tsp instant yeast, 2tsp rapeseed oil, tomato puree and toppings of your choice

    Heat your oven to 220°C/200°C fan gas 7. Simply create a dough by mixing flour, yeast, salt, oil and a little warm water and get the little ones involved by helping with kneading it for 5-10 minutes. Using an oiled knife, cut the dough into halves (or quarters) then sprinkle flour on the counter and help the kids to roll the dough out into any shape they want. Spread out tomato puree then add any toppings you like. Cook for 15-20 minutes.

    Make it more fun by letting the kids create faces and characters with the toppings. A sprinkle of rocket helps to up the healthy factor too.

    Squashed Avocado Fajitas

    Fajitas are another family favourite and a great sharing food. This recipe is ideal for making with the little ones as they can really get involved in making every part.

    Ingredients: 2 garlic gloves, 150g plain yogurt, a pinch of paprika, ground cumin, ground coriander and oregano, 200g chicken mini breast fillets, 2 tomatoes, 1 red onion, 1 avocado and wholemeal tortillas

    Create a marinade for the chicken by stirring the garlic into yoghurt and adding the herbs and spices then place the coated chicken on your hob in a griddle pan, turning until cooked. Get the kids involved by making their own salsa, mixing chopped tomatoes, onion, coriander and lime. Work together as a family to create your own wraps with the chicken, salsa and of course, smashed avocado.

    Lemon Cupcakes

    You can’t cook with the little ones without making dessert, and lemon cupcakes are a quick and easy way to make an after-dinner treat.

    Ingredients: 140g unsalted softened butter, 100g caster sugar, ½ lemon zest, 2 large eggs and 140g self-raising flour. For the icing sugar: 85g softened butter, 175g icing sugar, ½ lemon zest and juice and sprinkles or other decorations

    Heat the oven to 180°C/160°C fan gas 4. For these you will need to beat the softened butter and sugar in a bowl with a wooden spoon until soft, then add the zest of half a lemon. Slowly stir in beaten eggs and fold in self raising flour. Once the mixture is smooth, divide it into 12 cupcake cases and bake for 20 mins.

    Whilst the cupcakes are baking, you can make the butter cream icing. Beat the butter until it’s soft then gradually beat in icing sugar, juice of half a lemon. Place in the fridge until the cupcakes are baked and have cooled down, then decorate with the icing, sprinkles and sweets.

    Chocolate Brownies

    Chocolate brownies are a classic family treat. Serve these up with fresh fruit and ice cream for extra tastiness.

    Ingredients:

    100g butter, 175g caster sugar, 75g light brown sugar, 125g chocolate, 1tbsp golden syrup, 2 eggs, 1 tsp vanilla extract, 100g plain flour, ½ tsp baking powder and 2tbsp cocoa powder

    Pre-heat your oven to 180°C/160°C fan gas 4. Gently melt butter, caster sugar, brown sugar, chocolate and golden syrup in a pan on a low heat until smooth. Then, break the eggs into a bowl and whisk with a fork until light and frothy, then slowly add vanilla extract, flour, baking powder, cocoa powder and the chocolate mixture, mixing until smooth. Place in the oven for 20 mins and enjoy.

    Category: Kitchen

  • Fun family recipes

    Bring the whole together in the kitchen to cook up some tasty treats

    The kitchen is the heart of the home, so what better way to spend family fun month than getting the whole family to together to make tasty treats?

    Getting the little ones involved with cooking with can be no easy feat but our fun family recipes are a sure way to get them to enjoy food whilst working on their culinary expertise.

    Healthy Pizza

    Pizza is the ultimate go-to meal for kids, and an all-round family favourite. This is also great for the family to make together and fussy eaters can add any toppings they like.

    Ingredients: 200g wholemeal flour, 1tsp instant yeast, 2tsp rapeseed oil, tomato puree and toppings of your choice

    Heat your oven to 220°C/200°C fan gas 7. Simply create a dough by mixing flour, yeast, salt, oil and a little warm water and get the little ones involved by helping with kneading it for 5-10 minutes. Using an oiled knife, cut the dough into halves (or quarters) then sprinkle flour on the counter and help the kids to roll the dough out into any shape they want. Spread out tomato puree then add any toppings you like. Cook for 15-20 minutes.

    Make it more fun by letting the kids create faces and characters with the toppings. A sprinkle of rocket helps to up the healthy factor too.

    Squashed Avocado Fajitas

    Fajitas are another family favourite and a great sharing food. This recipe is ideal for making with the little ones as they can really get involved in making every part.

    Ingredients: 2 garlic gloves, 150g plain yogurt, a pinch of paprika, ground cumin, ground coriander and oregano, 200g chicken mini breast fillets, 2 tomatoes, 1 red onion, 1 avocado and wholemeal tortillas

    Create a marinade for the chicken by stirring the garlic into yoghurt and adding the herbs and spices then place the coated chicken on your hob in a griddle pan, turning until cooked. Get the kids involved by making their own salsa, mixing chopped tomatoes, onion, coriander and lime. Work together as a family to create your own wraps with the chicken, salsa and of course, smashed avocado.

    Lemon Cupcakes

    You can’t cook with the little ones without making dessert, and lemon cupcakes are a quick and easy way to make an after-dinner treat.

    Ingredients: 140g unsalted softened butter, 100g caster sugar, ½ lemon zest, 2 large eggs and 140g self-raising flour. For the icing sugar: 85g softened butter, 175g icing sugar, ½ lemon zest and juice and sprinkles or other decorations

    Heat the oven to 180°C/160°C fan gas 4. For these you will need to beat the softened butter and sugar in a bowl with a wooden spoon until soft, then add the zest of half a lemon. Slowly stir in beaten eggs and fold in self raising flour. Once the mixture is smooth, divide it into 12 cupcake cases and bake for 20 mins.

    Whilst the cupcakes are baking, you can make the butter cream icing. Beat the butter until it’s soft then gradually beat in icing sugar, juice of half a lemon. Place in the fridge until the cupcakes are baked and have cooled down, then decorate with the icing, sprinkles and sweets.

    Chocolate Brownies

    Chocolate brownies are a classic family treat. Serve these up with fresh fruit and ice cream for extra tastiness.

    Ingredients:

    100g butter, 175g caster sugar, 75g light brown sugar, 125g chocolate, 1tbsp golden syrup, 2 eggs, 1 tsp vanilla extract, 100g plain flour, ½ tsp baking powder and 2tbsp cocoa powder

    Pre-heat your oven to 180°C/160°C fan gas 4. Gently melt butter, caster sugar, brown sugar, chocolate and golden syrup in a pan on a low heat until smooth. Then, break the eggs into a bowl and whisk with a fork until light and frothy, then slowly add vanilla extract, flour, baking powder, cocoa powder and the chocolate mixture, mixing until smooth. Place in the oven for 20 mins and enjoy.

    Category: Kitchen

  • Can you handle this?

    Complete your kitchen makeover with the perfect cabinet handles

    Great style is all in the details.

    When you’ve spent many evenings browsing Pinterest and Instagram for new kitchen inspiration, then carefully chosen your new kitchen cabinets, worktops and appliances, the last thing you want to do is overlook the finishing touches that can transform a room.

    That’s why it pays to look at the little things, like your choice of kitchen cabinet handles.

    It may seem like a minor point, but matching your cabinet handles to the style and colour scheme for your new kitchen can make all the difference between a sleek, cohesive overall look and a jarring contrast between mismatched styles.

    So to help you out, we’ve taken a look at six of our most popular handle styles and the kitchens they’re best suited to.

    Modern minimalism

    A stand-out kitchen like the glossy Fusion Blue deserves a cabinet handle that really makes a statement, like the sleek torpedo shape of the Chrome Arrow Handle.

    Elegant arches

    An elegant half-dome handle is a perfect fit for the cool blue hue and classic shaker styling of the Dunham Sky kitchen. Complete the look with a timeless white marble-effect worktop.

    Copper chic

    Embrace one of 2018’s most coveted kitchen trends by swapping silvery steel for gleaming copper cabinet handles, which pair perfectly with the subtle gravitas of the Newbury Grey kitchen.

    Chiselled character

    Bevelled, rectangular handles create a subtle yet unique sense of character, meaning they’re the ideal option for darker kitchen styles like the Winchester Grey, particularly when combined with solid wood worktops or lightly speckled granite.

    Timeless simplicity

    Classic options like the gently rounded steel bar handle emphasise the peaceful calm of lighter kitchen cabinets and pale wood worktops.

    Streamlined & sleek

    Concealed handles make for a sense of uninterrupted flow within your kitchen, making them the perfect option for contemporary cabinet styles like the Luna Cashmere, particularly if you opt for smooth curved corner cabinets.

    Ready to start planning your dream kitchen, from the major style choices right through to the little details? Then book a design appointment with one of our kitchen experts or find your nearest showroom to pay us a visit.

    Category: Kitchen

  • Can you handle this?

    Complete your kitchen makeover with the perfect cabinet handles

    Great style is all in the details.

    When you’ve spent many evenings browsing Pinterest and Instagram for new kitchen inspiration, then carefully chosen your new kitchen cabinets, worktops and appliances, the last thing you want to do is overlook the finishing touches that can transform a room.

    That’s why it pays to look at the little things, like your choice of kitchen cabinet handles.

    It may seem like a minor point, but matching your cabinet handles to the style and colour scheme for your new kitchen can make all the difference between a sleek, cohesive overall look and a jarring contrast between mismatched styles.

    So to help you out, we’ve taken a look at six of our most popular handle styles and the kitchens they’re best suited to.

    Modern minimalism

    A stand-out kitchen like the glossy Fusion Blue deserves a cabinet handle that really makes a statement, like the sleek torpedo shape of the Chrome Arrow Handle.

    Elegant arches

    An elegant half-dome handle is a perfect fit for the cool blue hue and classic shaker styling of the Dunham Sky kitchen. Complete the look with a timeless white marble-effect worktop.

    Copper chic

    Embrace one of 2018’s most coveted kitchen trends by swapping silvery steel for gleaming copper cabinet handles, which pair perfectly with the subtle gravitas of the Newbury Grey kitchen.

    Chiselled character

    Bevelled, rectangular handles create a subtle yet unique sense of character, meaning they’re the ideal option for darker kitchen styles like the Winchester Grey, particularly when combined with solid wood worktops or lightly speckled granite.

    Timeless simplicity

    Classic options like the gently rounded steel bar handle emphasise the peaceful calm of lighter kitchen cabinets and pale wood worktops.

    Streamlined & sleek

    Concealed handles make for a sense of uninterrupted flow within your kitchen, making them the perfect option for contemporary cabinet styles like the Luna Cashmere, particularly if you opt for smooth curved corner cabinets.

    Ready to start planning your dream kitchen, from the major style choices right through to the little details? Then book a design appointment with one of our kitchen experts or find your nearest showroom to pay us a visit.

    Category: Kitchen

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