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Discover summer’s most tempting kitchen colour trend
With the weather hitting tropical temperatures, it’s the perfect time to embrace the ice cream colour trend, combining pastel hues inspired by your favourite ice cream flavours.
From classic vanilla to mint choc chip and strawberry pink, this trend is sure to bring a refreshing hint of summer into your home. So how can you embrace these deliciously smooth hues within your new kitchen?
What’s your flavour?
Just like building the perfect ice cream sundae, designing a kitchen starts with choosing the right base, by deciding on your cabinet materials and colour palette. Cream kitchens are an easy way to incorporate the ice cream tones trend into your home, offering a blank canvas that works with a huge variety of accent shades and décor styles. Keep it traditional by opting for shaker style cabinets matched with caramel-coloured wood worktops, or match gloss cream cabinets with granite-effect worktops and copper-tone pendant lamps for a bold, contemporary feel.
One scoop or two?
One scoop of ice cream is never enough, so why not add a second shade into the mixture by opting for a feature wall or kitchen splashback in a complementary pastel shade? A hint of pistachio green, raspberry ripple pink or lemon sorbet yellow will draw the eye and lend the entire room a unique sense of character.
The cherry on top
No sundae is complete without toppings, and the right finishing touches will lend your new kitchen a sense of cohesion to complete the ice-cream inspired look. Feature accessories like toasters and kettles in a soothing shade of baby blue are a great way to add personality, or you could add subtle hints of colour through decorative prints, curtains in soft hues and pastel crockery.
Discover the perfect shaker kitchen to match your décor personality
Shaker kitchens refer to a classic cabinet style with a raised border framing each door panel, but that doesn’t mean you’re limited to traditional décor styles if you choose this option for your new kitchen. In fact, from the conventional to the contemporary, there are a diverse range of shaker cabinet colours available, combined with a whole host of different ways to personalise a shaker kitchen to make it your own.
Read on to discover which shaker style is right for your home.
The minimalist look doesn’t have to mean sticking to neutral-tone kitchens, so why not opt for a striking midnight blue shaker kitchen paired with chic marble-effect worktops and light wood herringbone flooring? This style works well when mixed with Scandi-inspired geometric tiles and house-plants dotted around the kitchen for a hint of vibrant greenery.
Pastels and personality
Looking for a décor style that’s full of personality? Then why not match a shaker kitchen in a contemporary shade of blue with contrasting dark wooden floors to create a truly unique look. To avoid overpowering a smaller room, stick to neutral shades for the walls and worktops, and add statement light fixtures and decorative accessories in a complementary shade of blue for a cohesive finish.
Let there be light
Create a light and airy look with open skylights over a natural wood shaker kitchen, fresh white splashback tiling and pale grey marble-effect worktops. Include a breakfast bar to create the ideal sunny spot to serve up a relaxing weekend brunch, and don’t forget a wine rack so you can enjoy late summer evenings with a relaxing glass of red.
Embrace countryside charm by pairing shaker cabinets in a classic shade of neutral pale grey with wood worktops, exposed brickwork and a traditional range cooker. Finish the look with copper-tone pans hanging above the cooker, fresh wildflowers on the kitchen table and a family-sized casserole dish full of something delicious bubbling away on the hob.
The kitchen trends designers can’t stop talking about this spring
Spring is the perfect time to renew your kitchen.
Brighter mornings create a fresher, airier feel within your home, but on the downside, they also shine a spotlight on areas that have seen better days and are looking a little worse for wear. So why not take this opportunity to finally get around to the renovation projects you’ve been putting aside during the cold winter months?
Let the outside in
With flowers beginning to bloom outside, there’s every reason to bring nature’s beauty into the kitchen too. Consider opting for French doors, floor-to-ceiling windows or skylights over your kitchen to let the sunshine in and make the room feel more spacious. Finish the look with rich green pot plants placed on an open-front shelf or fresh flowers to brighten up the kitchen countertop.
Geometric tiles are the latest way to put a subtle modern twist on a classic kitchen design, pairing perfectly with shaker style cabinets in soothing dove grey and rustic wood countertops. Experiment with tessellating shapes beyond the usual squares and rectangles, like hexagonal or diamond tiles, or use tiles in several different shades to create your own unique pattern.
Leading homeware bloggers and designers are quickly waking up to the power of blue kitchens to transform a room and create a kitchen with true personality. Choose paler shades for a low key approach, perhaps contrasted against white cabinets for a fresh approach, or create maximum impact with a high-impact midnight blue kitchen.
Terrazzo worktops are making a major comeback in 2018, as homeowners fall in love with terrazzo’s one-of-a-kind speckled texture. Since this material is made by binding small pieces of natural stone together within a poured base, terrazzo offers an endless array of colour combinations to suit any kitchen, and gives a smooth, hard-wearing worktop finish.
Why white kitchens are the perfect blank canvas to incorporate 2018’s biggest trends
Why white kitchens are the perfect blank canvas to incorporate 2018’s biggest trends.
Sleek and minimal, white kitchens are indisputably the most versatile colour palette to work with as they complement an array of striking colours and textures.
These blank slates of colour offer freshness and light which can brighten up any kitchen, offering opportunities to add contemporary accessories whilst maintaining a sophisticated finish.
We’ve highlighted four kitchen trends for 2018 to give your white kitchen an update.
Keep it simple whilst still making a bold statement with the addition of a striking pendant light. Give your kitchen a contemporary look with an industrial shade and vintage light bulb or keep it on-trend with copper tone dome lights. Use warm coloured bulbs to create calming contrast to the striking white, making for a homely finish.
Tap into one of the biggest trends for your white kitchen with chic metallic finishes to create an edgy and industrial look. The white kitchen offers the ideal sophisticated base to pair with shimmering metallic colours, from brass to rose gold, to create an ultra-modern and luxurious finish. Keep it minimal with worktop accessories and door handles or make a statement with large pendants or a feature wall.
Add a hint of the Mediterranean with the intricate designs of traditional Moroccan patterns to make a bold statement in your white kitchen. Striking mosaic tiles and splashbacks in vibrant hues nod towards this exotic style. Complete the look with solid wood worktops and gold pendant lights.
Getting back to nature
Plant some positivity by adding natural materials and textures to your kitchen. Use potted herbs to rework a classic country kitchen or emphasise a high gloss look with accents of rich green foliage. Create a calming serenity with muted tones and let rustic wooden worktops steal the show, with flourishes of green to finish. Let the natural brightness of a white kitchen reflect the light from the great outdoors.
Looking for a way to update your kitchen? Book a design appointment to talk to one of our expert kitchen designers about creating your ideal kitchen.
Four ways to embrace 2018’s most coveted kitchen texture trend
There’s a new texture trend that kitchen designers and homeware bloggers can’t stop talking about in 2018: terrazzo.
Originating in Renaissance era Venice, terrazzo is the name for a technique where fragments of precious natural minerals like granite, quartz or marble are fused together in a base material to create a one-of-a kind speckled mosaic effect.
This process means there are an almost limitless number of materials in different shades or fragment sizes that can be combined to create a diverse array of terrazzo looks. This not only allows versatility to match different kitchen styles and colour palettes, it also means no two pieces are ever quite the same, so it’s no surprise that designers have fallen in love with terrazzo’s one of a kind look.
If that wasn’t enough, the composite nature of terrazzo materials means they are hard wearing and highly durable, making them the perfect kitchen worktop choice for the pressures of family life. Likewise, since the base material for terrazzo is poured, this creates a sleek, smooth sealed finish that’s easy to clean and resists staining.
So since terrazzo offers such a brilliant blend of practical benefits and stylish appeal, we’ve highlighted four ways to embrace 2018’s most-coveted texture trend.
Keep your kitchen feeling airy and open by matching fresh white kitchen cabinets with a terrazzo worktop in a lighter hue, like the sparkling white Antarctica Corian worktop. This look is ideal for smaller kitchens, as the pale shades will help to make the room feel more spacious.
Combine terrazzo worktops with another of 2018’s biggest kitchen trends; blue kitchen cabinets. Opt for cabinets in a pale blue shade like the subtle Dunham Sky or vibrant Somerton Duck Egg, and match with a worktop in soothing Grey Terrazzo to create a unique yet timeless look.
A hint of glamour
Put a glamorous twist on classic wooden kitchen cabinets by combining with the glittering Copper Fleck worktop to achieve the terrazzo style. This luxurious style features flecks of shimmering copper and pale grey contrasted against a cool white backdrop, creating a sense of contemporary chic.
Make a statement
Dare to be bold by pairing a stand-out terrazzo worktop with an equally bold choice of kitchen cabinets, like the deep dark blue hues of the stunning Newbury Midnight. Finish the look with statement lighting features to bring an extra element of drama that won’t fail to make an impact.
Make a kitchen style statement with patterns & prints
It’s time your kitchen reflected the real you.
Functionality is key when it comes to designing one of the most practical rooms in the house, but that doesn’t mean you have to forego incorporating your own personal style into your new kitchen.
Interior design pioneers are rejecting the long-held tradition of neutral colour schemes and embracing the use of pattern to lend a sense of personality to the kitchen. So if you’re tempted to join them, here are four different ways to incorporate prints and patterns into your kitchen.
Cabinets with charisma
If you want your kitchen to feel truly unique, then accent cabinets like the chevron grey are the perfect choice. These stand-out styles work best when applied to a smaller section of the kitchen, to complement a more muted backing shade. For example a chevron grey kitchen island would create a stunning focal point against a backdrop of fresh white, cool blue or pale grey kitchen cabinets.
Treading the tiles
Flooring is an easy way to introduce a hint of pattern into the kitchen without making a smaller room feel too busy and cluttered. Tiling allows you the freedom to experiment with different combinations of colour tones and tile sizes to create a one-of-a-kind print, while laminate is a cost-effective and practical alternative to achieving a patterned tile effect.
Textiles and texture
Take the subtle approach to including prints within your new kitchen by selecting a single motif for several different textiles or soft furnishings within the room. By matching floral cushion covers and curtains or pairing a geometric rug with a statement lampshade in the same graphic print, you’ll create a cohesive look that’s full of character.
All in the detail
Not ready to replace your current kitchen just yet? That doesn’t mean you can’t still embrace the patterned kitchens trend. From framing quirky geometric prints on the kitchen wall to displaying patterned crockery on open shelving, there are a whole host of ways to introduce individuality into the room through smaller decorative details.
Take inspiration from one of this year’s biggest trends; mixed metallics
It’s no longer against the rules to use contrasting shades and textures in your kitchen. The emerging trend of mixing metals helps to bring vibrancy and a visually interesting look to your space.
Mixing metallics is all about layering textures, features and appliances in your kitchen to create a one-of-a-kind finish.
The key to achieving the mixed metallic look is all about balance; you don’t want one shade to be more visually striking than another. Create an attractive flow by blending both warm and cool metallic tones throughout the room.
So, if you want to give your kitchen an on-trend update, see our guide to mixing metallics and achieving this trend in your home.
Bold as Brass
Make a statement in a White Kitchen with stylish brass. Simple finishing touches like chairs, lighting and even smaller appliances will help to add a classic vibe and showcase your personal taste. Pair brass with silver undertones, including taps and fixtures, for a captivating juxtaposition.
A Silver Lining
A metallic shade we can never fall out of love with is silver. From ovens to cooker hoods, and door handles, sliver toned metals have always been a perennial kitchen favourite. Try silver cabinet handles in a blue kitchen and mix-and-match with different copper or gold accessories for a quirky and eclectic look.
The Midas Touch
Gold offers the most powerful impact of all the metals. Allow gold to take pride within a grey kitchen, whilst combining textures such as matte lampshades and a shimmery hammered splashback to create a luxurious atmosphere. Complete the look by layering with silver and rose gold accessories to guide the eye throughout the space.
As Good as Rose Gold
Rose gold has continued to soar in popularity this year as we’re still in love with this soft metallic shade. The Newbury Grey Kitchen is the ideal palette to create an elegant contrast with simple finishes such as cabinet handles and taps. Team rose gold with gold lighting and small appliances for an aesthetically pleasing finish.
Do you want to try the mixed metallic look in your kitchen? Book a design appointment to talk to one of our expert kitchen designers about creating your ideal kitchen.
The kitchen trends set to take design blogs by storm in 2018
With the busy festive period behind you, January is the perfect time to turn the home renovation ideas you’ve been considering for months into a reality.
So if you’re dreaming of a new kitchen in 2018, here are the four trends set to take interior design blogs by storm this year.
A touch of texture
This year’s home trends are all about taking elements of both modern and traditional looks to create a whole new style that’s bursting with personality. Textured worktops are a subtle yet effective way to bring a hint of uniqueness to a neutral kitchen, whether you choose the subtle flecked texture of quartz and corian, the speckled style of trendsetting grey terrazzo, or a chic marbled effect.
Pinterest’s trend forecast predicts we’re all going to be swapping doors in neutral hues for a bright pop of colour this year, and there’s no reason you can’t include the colourful doors trend in the kitchen too. If you want to avoid overwhelming a small kitchen, accent cabinets are a brilliant way to take a subtler approach to this trend. Pair one soothing neutral tone with kitchen cabinets in a brighter or darker accent hue to create a balanced yet bold look.
While copper kitchen accessories have long been in the spotlight, this year golden, brassy tones are set to become the most coveted metal finish for kitchens across the country. Update an existing kitchen with brassy gold cabinet handles to give it a fresh new feel, then add matching golden accessories like mixing bowls, tea canisters and fruit bowls to complete the look.
Pantone have announced Ultra Violet as their colour of the year for 2018 – a vibrant shade of purple described by the colour experts as ‘thoughtfully provocative’. Go all-out on the purple trend by opting for a Decoglaze splashback in this daring ‘Velvet’ shade, or take a muted approach by accessorising with purple photo frames, seat cushions and decorative vases.
Can’t wait to try one of these trends in your kitchen? Book a design appointment to talk to one of our expert kitchen designers about creating your ideal kitchen.
Colour is something that so many of us take for granted, but is such a powerful mood setter. It affects so many everyday life decisions and is such an important element when looking at interior design. It has hugely powerful connotations for the kitchen as Karen Haller, our guest blogger explains.
“We only have to imagine a world without it to realise just how much we use and rely on colour to make everyday decisions and navigate our way in the world around us. From the clothes we choose to wear, to waiting for the green light to cross the road, colour is a helpful guide throughout our life.
Being able to see colour and interpret what it is communicating to us is one of our most powerful sensory skills.
I’m seeing the shift from colour being seen and used as just something aesthetically pretty, to it becoming one of the key tools in the design industry - a powerful sensory tool that can influence human responses and behaviour in almost any way and in any environment.
When it comes to food, there’s a saying “we eat with our eyes”. We are taking in and making many decisions based on the colour of the food alone. Take your morning cup of tea as an example; whether you have it black or milky or any of the tones in between, you know how it is going to taste from the colour.
We judge if food is ripe or starting to go past its used by date, by its colour. You only have to think of a banana to know when it’s green it’s starchy and when it’s yellow it’s sweet.
Working alongside the other senses, we already have an idea what a food is likely to taste like, by the colour of it. The other important thing here is context. For example, when we see a red strawberry we already know it’s going to taste sweet. We see red chillies and we know the taste is going to be hot and fiery.
We are constantly making decisions based purely on colour and it’s just the same for the colours we choose for our home. Colours can reflect our personality, create a sense of positive well-being or that instant wow factor.
There’s one colour in particular you won’t find in food: blue. We instinctively avoid food that is blue. In nature, it’s seen as being poisonous. Our favourite blue berries are actually purple. You’ll rarely find this colour in restaurants, cafes, kitchens or places that serve food. Blue is also likely to have the effect of acting as an appetite suppressant.
Using accents of orange on the other hand can aid in stimulating the appetite and it’s a fun, playful hue that encourages socialising.
A popular colour for modern kitchens is white. Whilst it gives a sense of cleanliness and order, it can feel also feel a bit cold and sterile at times.
Ultimately, no matter what environment you’re in you’ll be amazed at the number of decisions and choices you’re making on a daily basis based on colour alone. This demonstrates just how important it is to take time choosing the best colour scheme and design for your kitchen.
Karen Haller is a leading international authority in the field of applied colour psychology. She has spent over 20 years studying, researching and working with colour and is a global specialist and teacher in colour psychology.
Tips for choosing the right lighting for your kitchen
Having strong enough light in the kitchen is fundamental, but there is so much more to it than overhead bulbs. Light can also be used to create a mood and atmosphere, and the right kind of lighting can completely transform a space and highlight key areas. We’ve put together some key tips to help you find the right kind of lighting for your kitchen.
1. Light up the right space
When you are planning your kitchen, the first thing to consider is where you need light. You can illuminate the whole room with rows of pendant lighting, but if you don’t highlight your task areas, you’ll be preparing dinner in the dark. Magnet have a fantastic range of under cabinet lighting which are great for areas where you cook and clean as they cast minimal shadow and light up the surfaces you use every day.
2. Different lights, different purposes
There are a myriad of different solutions to consider when you are illuminating your kitchen. Directional spotlights are great to highlight task areas, whereas a dimmer light with a warm glow is best for the dining area, where you can adjust the mood depending on the time of day. You can also use lighting to pick out a key design feature. For example, Magnet’s illuminated shelf light creates a dramatic feature for your units and lights up any cutlery or accessories on your shelves.
3. Match your lighting to your mood
Forget the colour of the walls; lighting can be the fastest way to achieve the right kind of ambiance in your room. Are you looking for something low, relaxed and calm, or something fresh, awakening and inspiring? Think about what you want from your lights and then dive straight in.
4. If in doubt, just ask
With the vast array of lighting solutions on offer, it can be easy to feel overwhelmed. Magnet have a range of experts on-hand to help and advise. They know that dark materials can reduce brightness, that lighter colours and materials do the opposite, and that glossy surfaces can lead to unwanted reflections from spotlights, so no matter what kitchen you’ve chosen, they’ll have the perfect solution for you and will help tailor your lighting to your kitchen.