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Hack your way to a happy kitchen
Revamping your kitchen doesn't mean spending a fortune on shiny new cabinets and appliances.
Hacking is a popular kitchen trend that’s cost effective and puts a personal stamp on your kitchen. Whether you're a DIY pro or new to recycling, we've come up with some hacking tips perfect for the kitchen:
1. Open your eyes and your mind
Everything has potential and multiple functions, you just need to see beyond the purpose objects are categorised into. An old rake can easily become a wine glass holder, a couple of wooden slacks can be transformed into a coffee table and a sanded down tree stump make great tablemats.
2. Hacking is about cutting costs, not corners
It may take a few attempts but persevere and you'll achieve the look you want. It's always a good idea to have a practice first so grab more wood than you expect to use or experiment on other objects first, it may take longer but the end product will be more than worth it.
3. Be yourself
No matter how 'out there' your vision is, go for it. Hacking is all about injecting personality into your home so be confident in your project and your ability. Whether it’s subtle touches like changing kitchen cabinet door handles or revamping an entire kitchen worktop, each hack is important and adds to the overall character of your kitchen.
If your modern kitchen isn’t made up of multifunctional units containing and underpinning multi-functional appliances well, it just isn’t truly modern.
Today’s Thoroughly Modern Millie, as far as kitchens are concerned, has to be a jack of all trades and master of them all.
As homeowners begin to embrace boundary-less living - where kitchen, dining and living areas are no longer restricted by obvious divides – so, the furniture we use in those spaces has to adapt.
As a result, the introduction of multifunctional furniture, like kitchen storage units that double as informal low level seating, is beginning to be seen more commonly.
And what was traditionally kitchen space is now also considered as an extension of what we previously considered a social space.
The traditional lines are blurring by the day.
The most popular new choice, reflecting this movement in today’s kitchen is the multi-functional kitchen island.
Some of these islands play host to a refrigerator and storage, some even host the main cooker or hob. Most double as some form of breakfast bar and worktop surface too.
They are also the natural home for all kitchen socials – a ready made elevated dining space for more informal culinary get-togethers.
Magnet’s Astral Blue is a great example of what can be achieved with multi-functional units.
Take a look at how its pale blue beauty can transform a space from workhorse kitchen into sociable living space.
This modern kitchen has a stunning high gloss pale blue finish. It makes for a bright and open kitchen, but the acrylic surface is also really durable.
All the cabinet doors feature a contrasting colour trim that add a touch of style to the overall design. And you can even do the same with all the end panels by opting for a contrasting finish.
But it’s the multi-functional island that really gives this beauty its soul.
The Medieval kitchen was nothing more than a functional space, it turns out.
Experts have discovered that today’s modern kitchen – a hotbed for discussing gossip, the main family social space, homework room and the place where we eat our meals – couldn’t be further removed from the kitchen of the Dark Ages.
These same experts are working to conserve one of the world's few surviving medieval kitchens at Glastonbury Abbey.
The Abbot's Kitchen, in the grounds of the abbey, was built in the 14th Century.
Work on site will preserve and show off the best and most historic aspects of the kitchen.
And there’s not a sniff of brushed chrome or a flat-screened TV anywhere, we’ve been told. No LED TV - what were they thinking?
Back in the Middles Ages, when Robin Hood was the main focus of the tabloid press’ attention, the medieval kitchen was used simply for roasting, boiling, baking and washing up.
And while we still do all those things today, the kitchen is so much more than simply a functional space to cook, isn’t it?
The Abbot’s Kitchen at Glastonbury Abbey is one of only a handful of medieval kitchen surviving in the world, according to the abbey.
The kitchen's eight-sided interior includes four huge corner fireplaces, each with a different function: roasting, boiling, baking and washing up.
Being the richest monastery in England after Westminster, the abbot at Glastonbury lived and entertained in considerable splendour.
The kitchen was built to reflect that wealth, at some time between 1320 and 1370, and formed part of a lavish suite of rooms for the abbot and his guests.
And while it may seem a little basic by today’s lofty high-spec kitchen standards it was the very height of elegance and totally on-trend back in the day.
Check out this video to see the work in progress:
It can sometimes be difficult to think about a new kitchen design if you’re unsure of the best layout for your space.
This month we’ll be sharing some expert advice with you on the three main kitchen layouts. Hopefully our tips will help you out a little with any design plans…
First up are galley kitchen layouts. Perfect for small spaces as the placing of units against the walls maximises a narrow space and keeps appliances close together without appearing too busy.
Small appliances will make the room feel bigger – a large farmhouse sink won’t work in kitchens short on space – you’ll need things on a smaller scale to make the space appear as large as possible.
In small kitchens, too many wall units can make the kitchen feel cluttered as this is where the eye is drawn first. Instead, choose tall wall units that provide plenty of space without taking up too much room.
The colours and materials used in a galley kitchen can make a huge difference to how spacious it feels. For example, using reflective surfaces is a great way to create the illusion of more space. Light colours work in a similar way. Cream, white and pastels will all bounce light around the room to make it look larger.