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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.
How to update your kitchen for the new season
When a new season begins, many of us start thinking about updating our wardrobes and interiors. Some choose to add new accessories in the living room and refresh the linens in the bedroom and bathroom. Other people might feel the need for a complete overhaul.
If you are considering a new kitchen, Magnet has something to suit every taste and budget, the brand new 2016 styles are perfect for the warmer months.
Pastel colours are synonymous with summer and if there was ever a time to incorporate them into the home, it would be this season. Lustrous deep cream cabinets and beautiful Nebraska Oak worktops are wonderfully complemented by soft pink walls in the new Apollo Cashmere kitchen. The wood of the units and Classic Oak Natural flooring give the room a warm feel that will take it through to colder seasons too.
The new Integra Alpine Oak is refreshingly simple for the summer months and the lighter grain of the units is so versatile that you can match it with almost any colour. Neutrals will bring the light into the kitchen and help achieve that airy feel, or go for bold to get a summer look that is unique to you. The textured cabinets are free from handles, helping everything in this contemporary kitchen flow nice and smoothly.
For a kitchen to team with the botanical trends of SS16, Winchester Grey looks unique when paired with a pine green feature wall. The industrial mid-grey palette may not feel immediately summery but when topped with oak timber worktops and paired with green, brings a feeling of the outdoors inside. The sleek, stylish kitchen has a classic edge with the wood grain effect shaker doors.
Flooring options to consider in your home
As one of the busiest rooms in the home, kitchen décor is important and it’s likely your flooring will be here to stay. A new floor can transform any room and whilst it’s likely that you’ll want your kitchen flooring to be practical, that doesn’t mean boring.
Flooring is also a great way to tie the kitchen and dining room together, and in terms of colour, it often works well to choose flooring that matches your cabinets to create a good base pallet.
Magnet’s engineered flooring is made up of three layers of wood in a cross-grain lamination, making it even more resistant to temperature change and moisture. Engineered wood is perfect for use throughout the home and so a great option for a cohesive feel throughout.
For a traditional feel, solid wood brings a natural beauty to your kitchen. The long life of wood will also add value to your home as well as a touch of elegance. Warm shades of oak work well with pale coloured cabinets.
Laminate is often an affordable choice, available in a versatile range of designs to suit any kitchen. Slate black is a stylish, contemporary choice that looks particularly effective when paired with glossy white cabinets for a sleek, modern style.
For added practicality, consider Quick-Step Impressive flooring. Ideal for the kitchen, Impressive flooring has a unique hydroseal water-resistant coating, making it extra resistant to those inevitable spills.
Make a bold move with printed flooring to create a feature floor in the kitchen. Go for porcelain tiles for a modern effect, stylish and stain resistant is a winning combination.
Don’t forget that great flooring needs a good foundation, so be sure to prepare for your chosen style.
Make the most of your kitchen space
Kitchens come in all shapes and sizes. Over the years, extensions combining rooms and reduced living space has meant new layouts in the kitchen have emerged. The L-shape kitchen is found in many homes and consists of two adjacent, perpendicular walls. The open feel to the layout makes it suitable for both small and larger kitchens.
The L-shape is a perfect setting to allow a good flow around the kitchen, with key appliances located conveniently along each leg you will have everything to hand so your kitchen is a joy to use. This layout is also popular within households that like to entertain, as the L-shape has the ability to facilitate multiple cooks and allow for social gatherings at the same time.
Combine tall units with wall and floor units along the legs of the L to create ample, flexible storage space, as seen in Magnet’s Integra Astral White. This mixture of units is ideal to hold all your kitchen gadgets, crockery and utensils.
Smaller L-shape kitchens can be packed a little tighter and often include a dining table, perfect for family households. The Viva Oak kitchen can be the hub of a family home whilst still maintaining a little of the open-plan feel.
In a larger L-shape kitchen, if you have enough space to accommodate, consider adding a central island to the layout to break up the space. Also great for entertaining kitchens, an island allows the host to face the festivities whilst cooking, rather than having their back to guests. Magnet’s Era kitchen has a crisp and clean contemporary style, the clean lines of the matt white cabinets have a clutter-free impact making the kitchen perfect for dinner or cocktail parties.
How to achieve the style that always comes back around
Retro kitchens are back on the scene for interiors, particularly that 60’s-70’s feel, and the vintage style is perfect for summer.
A retro design is a great way to have fun with your kitchen, whether it is through colour palette, units, furniture and appliances, or just through accessories and accents.
When choosing a colour scheme, select two or three primary colours. How you interpret these colours depends on your personal style, however consider a bright worktop surface, Magnet’s Quartz comes in two eye-catching primary shades, Pimenta and Azul.
White or cream is the perfect base to create a vintage feel, the Gloss Cream Slab kitchen is a stylish, kitsch take on the trend. The sleek gloss finish of the cabinets is complemented with pastel polka-dot wallpaper and quirky bright accessories for a truly retro 50’s style.
Simple, cosy cabinets or even retro cabinets with a touch of modern style, such as Shaker, work perfectly to create a retro feel. For a stylish twist on the classic Shaker theme, Magnet’s Hudson Cream units feature Shaker style doors, with an updated, sleek cream finish and curved D handles to give a modern edge.
For a more subtle adaptation, you can give your kitchen that retro edge with vintage inspired accessories or appliances. Microwaves, fridges and ovens are available in a whole range of colours and even fully retro styles. Rangemaster ovens look wonderfully kitsch and come in a selection of primary colours and even pastel shades of blue, yet perform like a brilliantly modern oven.
Take inspiration from the swinging 60’s and the stylish 70’s or choose an era that you love to be perfectly on-trend and achieve a stylish retro kitschen.
Broken-plan is the new kitchen trend
Broken-plan is a modern spin on open-plan living, describing a space that still has the flow of well known open-plan, yet has other elements such as different levels and walls to create distinctive zones and areas with privacy.
The new trend is a compromise that allows for the spacious feel of open-plan, yet lets your rooms retain that feeling of having a specific use. This is perfect for homes that want to combine a kitchen with living or dining space for example.
There should be a natural flow from the kitchen to the dining room in your home, and some have a fully open feel across the two, however there may be occasions where the two rooms work best when separate. Sometimes after a particularly difficult recipe you may want to just relax and enjoy your culinary work at the dining table, without the threat of the dishes and cooking aftermath looming over you. A partial wall is a great way to still allow the flow between rooms whilst providing just the right amount of separation.
Magnet’s Hudson Oak kitchen has a spacious feel, with an open arch leading to the sitting area, subtly dividing the space. Other ways to create a broken-plan feel include half walls, glass walls, split levels and mezzanines.
Sliding doors are the perfect way to separate rooms for a broken-plan feel. Magnet has the option of stunning internal oak veneered fold flat doors, or internal white folding doors, with glass panels to allow the flow of light.
There are plenty of ways to incorporate the new interior trend into the home and broken-plan is great news for kitchens, as a room that often shares its space with living and dining areas.
This season everything will be all white
Update your interiors for summer with the season’s most paired-back trend, white on white.
The classic colour has associations with simplicity and cleanliness in interiors and therefore is ideal for kitchens, but don’t fear, double white doesn’t have to mean stark and sterile.
The beauty of this versatile colour is that it can be adapted to both modern and traditional kitchens. Creamy white pairs well with thick wooden worktops for a traditional style, whereas high gloss white cabinets with integrated handles is perfect for that lacquered modern look.
Magnet’s Nova White demonstrates how well a double dose of white can work, by combining different textures. The kitchen features pristine white units, walls and a shimmering marble effect splashback for a stunningly simple look
There is a trend for metal hardware within the home, and appliances are no exception as they often come in slick metal finishes such as stainless steel. Since the kitchen is home to a number of appliances, these metal accents are best paired with neutral colours such as white. Copper handles can also be added to cabinets to add a touch of glamour to the crispness of the white.
Strip away unnecessary embellishment in the kitchen for your all-white room, to focus attention on a few carefully chosen pieces. Whether that is art or a display unit, draw visitors’ attention in with no distractions.
Don’t underestimate the power of white as a fresh start. Remember that starting off with a white room is like a blank canvas for your chosen accents and personal touches.