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Susan Donnelly wins a Magnet makeover for her family kitchen
Susan Donnelly was the lucky winner of a brand new Magnet kitchen in a competition we ran with House to Home.
Members of the Donnelly family are keen cooks and had the best intentions of spending time getting creative in the kitchen together. However, the badly planned space just wouldn’t allow it. The narrow kitchen had an awkward cooker protruding from one side of the room, and very little worktop space, with most of the surface encompassed by a huge, impractical display unit.
Storage was also sparse, especially due to a broken corner unit that had been out of use for five whole years.
But the family had bigger plans for their kitchen, and with the help of the Magnet experts, knocked down the wall to a seldom used utility and created a whole new space.
After spending years with faded green cupboards, Susan chose the effortlessly stylish Eton Cream, a contemporary update on the much-loved Shaker style and a complete contrast to what the family were used to.
The main aim of the new Donnelly family kitchen was to create a welcoming, family space for everyone to get involved with the cooking. A brand new breakfast bar was the perfect way to encourage the kids to spend time with Mum Susan in the new space, creating a relaxed area that now sees the family spending more time together than ever before.
Storage has increased, with some of Magnet’s most innovative solutions including deep pan drawers with shallow internal drawer units and a smooth moving twin corner unit to replace the broken old one.
Susan was so thrilled with the transformation, saying:
“Going from a small, barely functional kitchen to something that has built in storage, where we can spend more time together as a family, really has transformed our lives!”
Take a look at the full transformation video here.
Be bold and incorporate colours into the kitchen
When you begin looking at a new kitchen, you have your pick of various design choices: traditional or modern, wood or granite, shaker or slab. While all these things contribute to the overall style of your kitchen, choosing the perfect colour scheme can make it truly personal.
It’s things like colour pallets that can give your kitchen a personal feel and make it truly covetable. People find themselves leaning towards a white kitchen, due to its simplicity and clean feel. White cabinets are popular for a reason and paired with a creative paint choice or bright splashback, a glossy white can really make colour pop.
Recent times have seen a rise in popularity for grey as a key kitchen colour. Magnet’s Newbury Grey is a sophisticated kitchen that makes an impressive focal point in the home. Following this, Magnet recently extended the Grey collection to include five new styles. Grey is universally flattering and can complement almost any kitchen style, or adorn with rose gold or copper accents for one of this year’s biggest colour pallet trends.
Vienna Grey can be teamed with another creative kitchen colour, blue, for a daring combination. The unique texture of the cabinets works well on the simple slab door design and is matched with a contrasting light blue wall for a striking look.
Traditionally, people might avoid pink in interiors for anything other than a girl’s bedroom. But get creative and give it a go, thanks to Magnet’s new Apollo Cashmere, pink is now a fully acceptable kitchen colour. The beautiful beige cabinets and tasteful Nebraska Oak give the feminine pink walls a mature elegance and a warming glow to the home.
With so much choice available, and new collections from Magnet, there has never been a better time to get creative with colour in your kitchen.
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.
Increase your kitchen’s functionality
Those with smaller kitchens, will appreciate that in modern times we need our space to work harder for us. The kitchen is an incredibly multifunctional room so why shouldn’t this extend to the furniture?
The demand for space-saving, multifunctional furniture has lead to a niche trend of modular furniture. Pre-made units can be combined in different ways to build modular furniture, often for functional purposes such as cabinet/desk combinations. This is seen as a home solution as it can operate as a variety of different products.
Similarly, Magnet’s Table Plus is a dual-purpose innovation, perfect for a kitchen that functions both as a cooking and dining area. The fold down table is mounted on the wall and easily concealed by folding back into the wall. When in its folded position, the Table Plus forms a handy storage cabinet, perfect for keeping any dining equipment you might need when the table is in use. When unfolded, the Table Plus is a great space to snack, drink and spend time with friends or family.
Even larger kitchens should make the most of their space. If your kitchen is large enough for a central island, consider extending the worktop surface to create a chic breakfast bar area for dining and relaxing, as seen in the Leighton Gloss Cream. The extended Walnut worktop provides extra space, making this island much more than extra surface area to prepare food, and by featuring the kitchen’s hob on the island also, it becomes a sophisticated serving area.
There are many multifunctional options to consider for your home, and space is valuable, so be sure that your furniture is as practical as it is stylish.
To view our Innovations video, click here.
Simple ways to make your house feel more homely
Whether your house is new, recently decorated or you just want it to feel that little bit more homely, there are many ways to make a house a home.
Firstly, you should enjoy your space and the people in it. Entertaining is a great way to do this, hosting a dinner party or just relaxed drinks will make you feel appreciative of your home when you see everybody enjoying it. Where better to host a gathering than the heart of the home, the kitchen?
This may sound unusual, but play music. Sound can be one of the most evocative senses, and music often links to our memories, so by having a house filled with sounds you can build new memories in your home. Similarly, spritz your home with fragrance, as sense of smell has a similar effect on our memories. Cultivate scent with flowers, perfume, hand soap or even freshly baked breads and cakes.
As we’ve recently talked about in posts, get creative. Make things in your house that you enjoy and can even put on display. There are hundreds of DIY tips, tricks and upcycling hacks on the internet, although you don’t have to be artistic, if all else fails, make cocktails. The creative process will have you engaging with your house and making those homely connections, and if you have something handmade and personal at the end, that’s a bonus.
Adding a touch of colour can make a room feel more personal, it could be accessories, furniture or a whole wall. We might not see much colour day to day here in the UK, so coming home to your favourite shades will make your house more inviting. Magnet’s Tatton Cream is a great example, as the glazed shaker units are complemented by a duck egg blue feature wall, oven and splashback.
Finally, adorn your home with pictures and symbolic items that mean something to you. Having memories on show is guaranteed to make you feel at home in your space. Magnet has a selection of great products to help you showcase your personal pieces, including the innovative Shelf Plus.
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.