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Factors to consider for an ideal family room
Some homes might include impressive kitchens that will host endless dinner parties and some might opt for a space that will accommodate the busy lives of the families that live there. A functional family kitchen doesn’t have to compromise on style.
There are lots of options you can consider to make your kitchen family friendly, from both a design and organisational point of view. A great place to start is to ask yourself, “how does each family member use the kitchen?” Because the chances are, it isn’t just for cooking.
If you often find the little ones keeping you company whilst you’re preparing meals, consider making the kitchen two rooms in one with a seating area. If you’re a little more restricted on space, a breakfast bar or island with bar stool style seating provides the perfect perch for children to hang around. Magnet’s Astral Crème demonstrates an ideal relaxed seating area for kitchen conversations.
If your children are a little older and can find their own way around the kitchen, organisation will be key. If children get their own snacks or breakfast, consider a designated kids drawer or section. A pull-out larder contains five easy access wire baskets and the bottom layers are great to allocate to children’s food such as cereal.
Similarly, Magnet’s Table Plus is a wall-mounted innovation, folding down from a storage cabinet into a table. Table Plus makes the perfect breakfast and snacking area for children and the handy storage space means you can stash away their favourite kitchen crockery when not in use.
Do consider a splash of colour in the kitchen to complement your style. This will not only lift the room but will make it a space that children want to spend time in. You don’t have to commit to a bright feature wall, even colourful utensils and appliances can lift a room.
The great thing about family kitchens is the personal touches. A family blackboard is a lovely way to keep family memos and leave notes for busy families, whether it be sentimental messages or this week’s shopping list. This Gloss White Shaker is paired with a whole chalkboard wall, with the matte black nicely complementing the gloss white units.
Two styles to consider for your kitchen
The matt kitchen has been an increasingly popular choice for kitchen surfaces and cabinets in recent years due to its contemporary feel, but a classic gloss will also never go out of style.
When each finish creates a dramatically different look, how do you choose the finish that’s best for you and your home?
A high gloss finish works well with flat cabinet doors, allowing the surface to fully reflect the light. The paler the colour, the more light is reflected. For this reason white kitchens are particularly suited to a gloss because the brightness can make a space feel bigger and more open.
However don’t overlook gloss for a darker coloured kitchen, the Astral Oro has a unique retro feel with the eye-catching colour variation. Gloss cabinets can also be a saviour for family kitchens, as the smooth surfaces make for much easier cleaning.
On top of cabinets, you can also consider the material and finish of your worktop surface. Real wood can have a more textured finish than other worktop options and can sit nicely on top of matt units. Magnet’s Newbury White features a naturally attractive timber worktop and subtle off-white cabinetry to give a classic yet contemporary feel.
On the other hand, the contrast of matt units and sleek granite worktop surfaces can be equally complementary. The Harrogate Cream cabinets feature wide rails and slim grooves for a traditional feel, with finishing touches of walnut timber knobs.
Shaker styles generally work well with a matt finish, as demonstrated by Magnet’s Grey Shaker with the sophisticated grey units.
When choosing your kitchen, you don’t necessarily have to pick one finish and stick to it, remember that incorporating both can be equally effective, although it is key to choose the right finish for your home and cabinets.
How to achieve a low maintenance kitchen
A beautiful kitchen doesn’t have to mean high maintenance or low functionality. There are many aspects of a kitchen that combine stunning design and minimum upkeep.
A glass splashback is a vital addition for an easy to clean kitchen, and will fit neatly behind your sink or cooking space as they are available in almost any size. The wipeable glass is easy to clean and catches any splashes to save you from any potential wall stains. Also available in standard glass, Decocolour and Deco Glaze ranges from Magnet, you can choose a colour and finish to suit your kitchen style perfectly.
Magnet’s Smart Cube is a convenient waste bin tucked into a pull-out cabinet under your worktop. For minimal effort when preparing food and cleaning surfaces, waste can simply be swept off the surface and into the bin, out of sight.
Similarly, some worktop surfaces require less up-keep and are easier to clean, such as Magnet’s High Definition Laminate. Laminate is practical and hardwearing as well as water and stain resistant, so the perfect worktop surface for a low-maintenance kitchen. The surface has a smooth finish that can be wiped down easily and doesn’t require the treatment natural materials such as wood may need.
Organisation within your cabinets is more of a behind-the-scenes tip for an easy-clean kitchen. Make sure your cleaning products are quick to hand with a deep pan drawer unit with top sink drawer. The ingenious storage maximises on space surrounding the underneath of the sink and is the perfect home for your cleaning products as they can still be kept beneath the sink without being tucked away at the back of a bottom cupboard.
Magnet’s essentials include the Base Unit Liner, which protects sink units and cupboards from damage and spillages. The liner can be removed for cleaning, to save you trying to reach all the way into that far back corner in the case of a spillage.
Enough work is done in the kitchen whilst cooking, so why spend more time cleaning up, when you could be relaxing and enjoying your new kitchen?
Expert advice from Kate Watson-Smyth
Storage is one of the key elements of a kitchen. Who hasn’t at some point bemoaned the lack of it, wished for more, or spent an infuriating 10 minutes rummaging in the dark at the back for the thing that, when you find it, turns out to have gone past its sell-by date? I’m pretty sure it isn’t just me.
Kitchen designers are under pressure to come up with ever more ingenious ideas to create more space out of nothing. A tall order if ever there was one.
The team at Magnet has designed something clever though. It’s called the Pull-Out Larder - a tall cupboard for all your dry goods, the door is fitted with narrow shelves so that you can instantly see what you have and grab what you need as soon as you open it.
Inside the cupboard is a shelf that is about two-thirds the depth of the space. This is to accommodate the shelves on the door when it’s closed. But, we’re not done yet. When you open the door, the shelves in the cupboard slide forward.
Suddenly, everything is there in front of you, it’s easy to see and it’s easy to reach.
There are no more excuses for keeping out of date foods or, and this is my particular problem, buying more and more tins of tomatoes because you can’t see into the cupboard to know that you already have enough for several weeks. By which I mean months.
It’s a simple idea but then many of the best ones are. If you’re redoing your kitchen then this is definitely one to put on the list.
How to highlight your personal touches
Many see the kitchen as the most functional room in the home, however we believe that style and personality are as important to kitchen design as they are any other room in the home.
Whilst your chosen kitchen design can say a lot about your individual style, it’s the finishing touches and accents that allow you to inject some personality to your decor.
A great way to highlight those key touches and illuminate your space is with well-placed lighting. Magnet’s Illuminated Shelf Light is an effective way to draw attention to any functional pieces that you might want to have on show, such as your favourite wine glasses and decanter.
The functional and decorative Shelf Plus can be lined along the back of your worktop surfaces or mounted on the wall to truly exhibit those key pieces. Designed to de-clutter your space, it’s also the perfect platform to display decorative items.
The display cabinet that features in Magnet’s Newbury Grey and White kitchens is the ultimate showcasing opportunity. The tall, elegant unit gives pride of place to items you would like to display in your kitchen. Perhaps the dinner set that you reserve for special occasions, a prized plant, or the expensive bottle of wine you haven’t yet opened?
Magnet’s selection of Display Plus drawers are more subtle options to present your favourite kitchen features. The Illuminated Drawers quite literally highlight your personal favourites when they light up inside. Feature Drawers incorporate into your units with a glass top, allowing guests to peek into your hobbies and passions.
Add some photographs or personalised pieces as the finishing touches to your make your kitchen space truly your own.
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.