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If you've been watching the catwalks at the best designer shows recently you won't have failed to notice that the moody & bold floral is back in vogue and beginning to invade our interiors.
From catwalk to kitchen in one single bounce – big, bold and moody florals are this season’s must-have for designer-dependent kitchenistas everywhere.
In fact you can kiss goodbye to subtlety and delicateness inside your home as we head in to 2014 – it will be all about colour and pattern from January onwards.
Not only are large floral prints being used on wallpapers but they're being woven, as we speak, into the very best fabrics and rugs too.
If you are serious about breathing new life in to a room but still want to be bang on trend with your interior design, then this is one bandwagon you need to be clambering aboard.
Think wallpapers emblazoned with hugely colourful or dark and mysterious floral prints.
As long as it’s floral, large and bold or moody, you’ll not be far away from the centre of this revolution.
Floral patterns don’t have to be restricted to the walls of your house either - floral fabrics are massive once more.
Cushions, duvets, pillows and rugs, are all being given a floral makeover by the design-savvy ready for the New Year.
Get your floral on now and think BIG!
If you believe certain so-called experts, in 50 years time we’ll be cooking from hologram cookbooks, eating a much more varied diet and sharing 3D printed food.
While that might still seem a little space age, these experts also predict that kitchens in 2063 will all be ‘intelligent’ and ‘multifunctional’, which seems a little closer to what we can probably expect.
Apparently, in half a century, we’ll be wary of eating anything but ‘hyper-local’ produce and will shun supermarkets in favour of fruit and vegetables grown in decorative ‘food walls’ in our own kitchens and gardens.
We’d argue, the first bit of this, at least, is already true – the provenance of what we consume is right at the top of most family’s agendas in 2013.
So, in 2063, the futurists reckon computer systems within kitchen walls will be able to control the speed at which our vegetables grow, meaning that if owners take a week’s holiday, they can simply opt to digitally slow the growth of their plants by controlling their metabolism.
It all sounds a bit Sci-Fi, doesn’t it?
They also reckon we’ll be breeding our own fish in aquariums built into our kitchen walls. If we do buy food from outside sources the packaging will be edible, too, meaning chefs can dice it into the dish they are making alongside its contents.
Let’s be honest here – not many families are going to breed their own fish, risk the kids adopting them as pets and giving them names, only to then serve them up on a plate with a Parsley Sauce, are they?
We’d argue the shape of our future kitchen, be that one from 2063 or 2113, is already being shaped in domestic environments we are familiar with today.
We’re already well used to the technology and gadgetry of the modern home environment. We’re accustomed to the space-age design and breathtaking innovation that has seen the kitchen become the social hub of the modern family home.
We believe things are changing, that the kitchen is evolving but, that the final outcome won’t look too dissimilar to what we know and love as the modern kitchen in 2013.
Sometimes, despite being renowned for our innovative design, something comes along that makes us want to stand back and applaud its design brilliance.
We’ve all done it, no matter how fantastic we are at designing our own schemes – walked into somewhere, past somewhere or just seen somewhere in a magazine that has taken our breath away and made us go ‘Wow!’.
In Paris they’ve turned abandoned Metro stations (their version of London’s Tube) into some of the most jaw dropping new uses we’ve seen.
Look at this swimming pool formed out of an abandoned metro station neglected for 75 years – it is gorgeous.
It is the inspiration of Paris mayoral candidate, Nathalie Koziuscot-Morizet, who would become the first female to ever hold the post in the capital if she wins. Nathalie has released the first sketches of her plans to reclaim the city of light’s abandoned stations.
And we wholeheartedly approve.
Nathalie has plans to transform the stations into a swimming pool, a theatre, a restaurant, an art gallery and a nightclub. Participating architects Manal Rachdi and Nicolas Laisné are only getting started however, and these are just a few examples from their vault of ideas should Nathalie win the elections in March.
We don’t know about you, but Nathalie would certainly win our vote for her gorgeous ideas to breathe new life into the sub-terranean city of light.
Read more about the plan here:
These days, we're finding ingenious ways of bringing some natural touches into our metropolitan lives, and the kitchen is a great place to start
You see, nature makes us feel good.
It may come as surprise to know that plants and greenery do more for our wellbeing than earning money does, but nature helps ease stress and relax. It is a great antidote to our hectic existences.
So how can we incorporate nature into our kitchens?
To get a gentle, harmonious feel, science (Biomimetics to be precise!) tells us that it’s all about having smooth shapes and curves, which are inherently pleasing on the eye. Wooden details can do wonders in creating an organic feel, while adding images or colours with a natural feeling work as well.
Of course, there’s more to our kitchens than just looks - how we use our kitchens and the food we cook in them is just as important in creating a natural feeling.
Cultivating vegetables and herbs is a fantastic way of bringing nature into our homes and all you need is a simple window box. Not only to these additions lift our kitchens, but they make us healthy too, which is ideal.
So let’s bring nature back. With just a few simple changes we can have greener, more relaxing kitchens and healthier, happier lives.
To function as the social hub it has fast become, a kitchen must possess that unseen but inspirational quality we look for subconsciously in every aspect of our life – soul.
Your kitchen is far more than a simple food factory, isn’t it?
It has become the heart of the home in the 21st Century – the place where family business of any order is sorted out, where broken hearts are mended, where important life decisions are made and where we are most honest about our deepest held feelings.
So we’re posing you a simple question today. Does your kitchen have soul?
Kitchen soul underpins everything we are doing this year – all designed to give you the best chance of enjoying your kitchen ambience to the max.
Kitchen soul is a simple enough concept too. You know when you’re in a restaurant, how you feel and ‘taste’ – the whole experience - is hugely affected by the décor, the ambient music and the lighting? Well it’s exactly the same in your kitchen.
Consider the overall experience you get from your kitchen – what you hear, the scent, what its ‘touch’ feels like. And, it’s much easier and cheaper to change the atmosphere - smell, sounds and lighting - of a kitchen than it is to totally renovate the space.
Research shows that all sensory impressions register large with us. So a meal enjoyed to the full won’t just be about the food, it’ll be a result of all the factors surrounding the meal like the taste, the lighting in the room, the sounds and so forth.
That’s why Magnet has just introduced its own integrated Sound Bar – built into the kitchen units so you can’t see ugly wires trailing across your kitchen surfaces – for its new range of kitchens.
It not only sounds great and means you can change the ambience of the room with just your choice of music – beamed via Bluetooth from your smartphone – but it looks cool and discreet too.
There’s so much more to the sensory Kitchen Soul but the beauty of it is you can do as little or as much as you want and make it totally you.
Magnet Launches Latest Addition to Astral Range
MAGNET LAUNCHES LATEST ADDITION TO ASTRAL RANGE
Imagine all the beauty of Astral Blue combined with the sleek, handle-free design of Integra. Now you don’t have to thanks to Magnet’s new range Integra Astral Blue.
Why not take your spring refresh to the next level and give your home a completely new look with one of our exciting new kitchens.
Crisp and contemporary, with a sleek linear design, the Integra Astral Blue gives your kitchen a fluid, flowing feel throughout.
The fuss free handle-less signature of the Integra kitchens, combined with the durable, high gloss metallic finish of the Astral Blue brings you the perfect minimalist look with plenty of impact.
For more information click here
We’ve taken the streamlined look of Integra and combined it with the Fantasy Oak to create a stunning kitchen, with oozing natural elegance.
The crisp, clean lines of the Integra Fantasy Oak create a distinctive streamline look that lends itself to the modern home.
The handle free unit fronts accentuate the kitchen’s sleek design and is a key trend for 2014.
The light grain and natural beauty of Integra Fantasy Oak adds an extra dimension and the stunning textures add a contemporary look to the kitchen.
Paired perfectly with either neutral colours or bold shades, the Ingetra Fantasy Oak kitchen offers a highly versatile look, and would look perfect in any home.
For more information click here
With ever changing trends and technology, it’s so important to be ahead of the curve and up to date with innovative launches.
The Eurocucina kitchen show in Milan, which took place recently, brings together the changes in direction for the kitchen industry and where it is headed.
Don’t worry if you’ve not heard of it…
Eurocucina is an international kitchen furniture exhibition that takes place every two years. It plays host to a wealth of cutting edge kitchen specialists all willing to pass on their insights from across the continent.
Marco Rossi, Nobia’s Category Range Development Manager, was in attendance and picked up some great design ideas.
This year Marco and the team learnt more about creative storage solutions, particularly between the worktop and wall units where tiles and backsplashes are being displaced by clever “slide and hide” designs.
“There was a significant emphasis on the transparent kitchen, with a number of designs utilising glass and integrated plastic drawers that can show your fruit and vegetables.”
Marco added that “many of the kitchens on display there were “industrial” in their appearance, with grey and dark 'thermo' coloured units featuring regularly.
“Eurocucina never fails to inspire us, and always gives us food for thought when it comes to creating new ranges.
“This year was no different and you can expect see some more innovative and on-trend designs from us in the future!”
1. The key consideration when planning a new kitchen is, of course, the budget. Always have a realistic idea of how much you’re willing and able to spend so that your designer can create a kitchen that is right for you.
2. Make sure you have an idea of the kitchen you’re looking for – do you prefer a clean, modern look or a traditional, cosy feel? Once you know this, you can eliminate any kitchens that don’t fit your chosen look.
3. When preparing to meet a kitchen designer, gather inspiration from magazines and websites. This helps to build a picture of your preferred kitchen colour scheme, style and fit.
4. Photos of your current kitchen make planning a new one much easier so try to take as many as possible to build up a clear image of the space you’re working with, for example any tricky corners or angled walls. Combined with accurate room measurements, this will make the planning of your kitchen much simpler.
5. Make a note of any questions and preferences so you can be honest and realistic with the designer from the start, ensuring all your needs are addressed.
6. Understand what your budget will have to include – do you need to pay for building work, plastering and flooring? Unexpected issues can appear when building work is involved so make sure you factor this into your budget.
7. Know where to splash out, for example a well-fitted kitchen can make a huge difference to the look and feel of the home so installation isn’t an area to scrimp on. Opt for quality worktops as they’re a dominant feature in the kitchen.
8. Equally, know where you can save money. Appliances can be expensive so look for something high quality but simple. Only pay extra for something high-tech if you’re likely to get the use out of it.
9. Make the most out of free extras, for example Magnet offer Full Circle Service as standard which includes a home survey, smart design, personalisation, installation, home check and smart care.
The whole of the UK has fallen in love with coffee again, hasn't it?
So we’ve done something about it here at Magnet.
You can’t walk down a single street in Britain without that gorgeous chocolatey tinge of freshly brewed Americano permeating your mood.
But it is simply not good enough to be able pop out to your local coffee shop and grab a skinny latte – now Brits want to have the best coffee available in their own homes.
Makes sense to us. We love nothing more than the taste of that just made fresh coffee from our own espresso machine.
In the past coffee machines may have been stuffed in a cupboard, out of sight, and pulled out only when guests came round. And we don’t think that’s the way these glorious and, frankly, beautiful machines should be treated.
So we’ve done something about it here at Magnet.
We’ve designed a unique space in our range of kitchens dedicated solely to those who simply can’t get through the day without a taste of their favourite fresh coffee and the smell of freshly ground Arabica beans filling their kitchen
Magnet’s new coffee unit boasts an elegant backlight to make your pride-and-joy espresso machine look its glorious best and we’ve even given you gorgeous glass shelves for your espresso cups and a handy drawer to store all your other coffee accessories.
It means your lovely chrome coffee machine can take centre stage, where it rightly deserves to be. It also means you’ll be far more likely to enjoy fresh coffee more often.
Check out this fantastic video, with Girl About Tech’s Amy Cutmore, to see the Coffee Unit in action - see more here