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The ultra-luxe kitchen appliances loved by the A-list
Celebrities are known for their opulent lifestyles and expensive homes, but what goes into their kitchens? What are the most coveted items the rich and famous have to have?
We’re allowing you an exclusive look into some of the most luxurious kitchens in the world, and giving you hacks to help fake it until you make it.
Tommy Hilfiger is rumoured to be a huge fan of his Miele built-in coffee machine. This self-cleaning appliance makes professional style coffee and is a focal point in celebrity kitchens. If your budget doesn’t stretch so far, create your own coffee bar. Make a statement of your chosen machine with some well-placed stools and your favourite coffee, for an at-home barista experience.
Jennifer Lopez has splashed out on a La Cornue Grand Palais range cooker in her home on the block. The Grand Palais comes with cast iron, steel, solid brass and porcelain enamel as standard and can be custom designed to your exact specifications. If you’re looking for the high-end customised feel from your cooker but aren’t looking to spend like a celeb, Rangemaster cookers come in great shades including red, blue, orange and cream to suit your taste. Add an on-trend, high-end look by hanging chic copper cookware above any oven to draw the eye towards the simple, luxe details.
Celebrities like their kitchens as professional looking as possible, and Justin Timberlake is no exception. As a fan of the SubZero PRO 48 Series, Timberlake’s restaurant-grade fridge-freezer features a dual refrigeration system and signature glass doors. Now, whilst the high street may not offer glass door refrigerators, the overall feel is an uncluttered, editorial look. Fake it with a little savvy fridge organisation, place condiments in neat baskets, cover shelves and store food in stylish Kilner or mason jars for a similar photo-ready feel.
So there may be many aspects of the lifestyles of the rich and famous that we aspire to, but with a little help from Magnet, it’s easier to achieve a celeb-style kitchen than you may think.
Take inspiration from the Far East this season
The Asian trend is emerging slowly but surely in both fashion and interiors as the seasons change.
Major high street retailers have been drawing inspiration from Far Eastern culture to create on-trend collections. Brands have even collaborated with London’s Victoria and Albert Museum to create capsule collections that feature the most authentic prints and colours.
The Oriental trend embodies femininity, with floral prints and pastel colours featuring heavily. Prints are often inspired by nature, and the delicate detail and occasional metallic accents give the overall trend a rather tranquil feel, making it perfect for interiors.
On the other hand, for a bolder look combine stronger colours such as red, royal blue and tangerine with dark furniture and luxurious fabrics.
To incorporate the Asian trend into the kitchen, light coloured woods represent the essence of nature that is present throughout the trend.
The kitchen is also a great place to introduce bold Oriental colours, through eye-catching feature walls, splashbacks and accessories. The vivid red splashback featured in Magnet’s Nova Cashmere is paired with glossy dark Max-Top worktops and Amtico Slate Jet Stone flooring to create an opulent Far Eastern feel.
If you’re looking to choose the calmer pastels of the trend, consider your cabinets as a neutral base. Cream or off-white shades are ready to be accessorised with pastel accents, or even jade green paint, another classic colour from the Far East, as seen in Magnet’s Newbury White.
Don’t be afraid to experiment with textures throughout the home to capture the style. Prints or motifs can range from cherry blossom to koi so, there are no set rules for this trend. A great way to start is by making a mood board, so be bold and see what you can create.
What not to do with your interior design
Designing a new home is an exciting job with many choices, so having a checklist to hand is always helpful.
A lot of checklists will tell you which steps to take and everything you need to do throughout the process, but it’s always handy to know what not to do too.
During the design process, it’s normal to look at many places for inspiration, such as magazines and Pinterest. Whilst these are great sources of inspiration, they should be just that. A common mistake is to try and re-create what you have seen in a glossy magazine. The danger here is that the finished product doesn’t always translate from the published image and also that the end result feels a little impersonal. Your rooms make up your home, and not a catalogue or magazine, so use these for ideas to create something that is true to your own style. With Magnet’s QDP tool, you can design a kitchen that is personal to you.
Too much of the same shade is, a common faux pas across both interiors and fashion. When you choose a colour you love, whether it be a sofa or a dress, it seems tempting and easy to try and match everything else in the room or the outfit to this colour. Try to avoid furniture that is all one colour or pattern and will leave the room feeling flat. Ideally, you can choose either contrasting or complementing shades that will break up the space whilst adding depth and variety. Bear in mind the colour ratio rule, 60 - 30 - 10. 60% of the room is your chosen dominant colour, 30% is the secondary colour, saving 10% for accent colours. Metallics make for great accent colours, Magnet’s Newbury Grey demonstrates how well the colour ratio works with stylish copper accents.
Fashions are constantly changing, and when designing interiors it’s normal to want our homes to look up to date. It is good to accessorise your home with on-trend pieces, however be sure to put the most investment into more classic pieces and features rather than anything likely to come and go. Solid wood surfaces in the kitchen for example will add value to your home and have a timeless feel that will prove its worth with any trends that pass through the kitchen.
So with your list of interior to dos, bear in mind these three faux pas to avoid and you will be on your way to designing your dream home.
How to use pink for grown ups
In previous times, it was a common belief that in interior design, pink should be kept for young girls’ bedrooms. However, recently designers have realised the power of pink and our perception of the colour is being transformed to a more sophisticated and stylish shade, whilst maintaining that cheery feel.
New for 2016, Magnet’s Apollo Cashmere perfectly demonstrates how pink can create a feminine, sophisticated space. The beautiful beige cabinets are paired with pale pink walls to infuse the room with a warming glow, aided by well-placed under cabinet lighting. The clean lines of the high gloss units and classic Nebraska Oak worktops bring a mature elegance to the overall feel, proving that pretty pink can be used in the kitchen too.
Whilst pink can be used as a statement colour, it can actually be very flattering when paired with shades such as taupe, grey or purple. Think of pink the way you would other neutral colours to incorporate it into the home in a more subtle way. This option makes for a much more delicate, light feel, where the alternative could be a rich and dramatic feature wall for example.
The love for pink has also given rise to the huge trend for all things copper or rose gold in recent years. A trend that seems to be here to stay, copper and rose gold has out-done other metallics recently, from interiors and kitchen accessories to clothing and jewellery. Take a look at our copper kitchen Pinterest board here for inspiration.
Don’t be afraid to experiment with the colour, there is a lot of inspiration out there, as pink is becoming more and more versatile within interiors.
Bring a piece of southern Europe into your home
Interior design and trends are often inspired by nature, culture and international influences. Take spring’s tropical trend for example, drawing inspiration from the lush greenery of rainforests and hotter climates.
Popular interior style, Mediterranean has become more than a trend as it seems to remain present in interiors throughout the years.
A Mediterranean home embraces rich textures and warm, earthy colours and generally has a welcoming, rustic feel. As we’re very rarely lucky enough to experience the Mediterranean sun, it’s nice to bring our own piece of the Med into our homes, in the way of décor.
Terracotta is a colour synonymous with Mediterranean interiors, but also consider building your palette around earthy whites, greens and browns. Greens represent the bright plant life that often adorns Mediterranean homes, and white is a common base colour for homes in hotter climates.
Textures play a large part in décor design, tiles and rough cut stone bring a great outdoorsy feel to the home, generally inspired by the landscapes surrounding Mediterranean homes. Tiles are also often printed with colourful patterns; the simplicity of Magnet’s Hudson Grey is dressed up with accenting geometric floral tiles.
Give your dining room the Med feel with a rustic wooden table, perfect for serving up tasty tapas or delicious mezze for a real European feel.
The relaxed, friendly lifestyle of Europe’s southern coast is present in their interior design, and with a touch of romance, you can understand why people wish to emulate the overseas style.
Susan Donnelly wins a Magnet makeover for her family kitchen
Susan Donnelly was the lucky winner of a brand new Magnet kitchen in a competition we ran with House to Home.
Members of the Donnelly family are keen cooks and had the best intentions of spending time getting creative in the kitchen together. However, the badly planned space just wouldn’t allow it. The narrow kitchen had an awkward cooker protruding from one side of the room, and very little worktop space, with most of the surface encompassed by a huge, impractical display unit.
Storage was also sparse, especially due to a broken corner unit that had been out of use for five whole years.
But the family had bigger plans for their kitchen, and with the help of the Magnet experts, knocked down the wall to a seldom used utility and created a whole new space.
After spending years with faded green cupboards, Susan chose the effortlessly stylish Eton Cream, a contemporary update on the much-loved Shaker style and a complete contrast to what the family were used to.
The main aim of the new Donnelly family kitchen was to create a welcoming, family space for everyone to get involved with the cooking. A brand new breakfast bar was the perfect way to encourage the kids to spend time with Mum Susan in the new space, creating a relaxed area that now sees the family spending more time together than ever before.
Storage has increased, with some of Magnet’s most innovative solutions including deep pan drawers with shallow internal drawer units and a smooth moving twin corner unit to replace the broken old one.
Susan was so thrilled with the transformation, saying:
“Going from a small, barely functional kitchen to something that has built in storage, where we can spend more time together as a family, really has transformed our lives!”
Take a look at the full transformation video here.
Be bold and incorporate colours into the kitchen
When you begin looking at a new kitchen, you have your pick of various design choices: traditional or modern, wood or granite, shaker or slab. While all these things contribute to the overall style of your kitchen, choosing the perfect colour scheme can make it truly personal.
It’s things like colour pallets that can give your kitchen a personal feel and make it truly covetable. People find themselves leaning towards a white kitchen, due to its simplicity and clean feel. White cabinets are popular for a reason and paired with a creative paint choice or bright splashback, a glossy white can really make colour pop.
Recent times have seen a rise in popularity for grey as a key kitchen colour. Magnet’s Newbury Grey is a sophisticated kitchen that makes an impressive focal point in the home. Following this, Magnet recently extended the Grey collection to include five new styles. Grey is universally flattering and can complement almost any kitchen style, or adorn with rose gold or copper accents for one of this year’s biggest colour pallet trends.
Vienna Grey can be teamed with another creative kitchen colour, blue, for a daring combination. The unique texture of the cabinets works well on the simple slab door design and is matched with a contrasting light blue wall for a striking look.
Traditionally, people might avoid pink in interiors for anything other than a girl’s bedroom. But get creative and give it a go, thanks to Magnet’s new Apollo Cashmere, pink is now a fully acceptable kitchen colour. The beautiful beige cabinets and tasteful Nebraska Oak give the feminine pink walls a mature elegance and a warming glow to the home.
With so much choice available, and new collections from Magnet, there has never been a better time to get creative with colour in your kitchen.
Taking a look at the changes in kitchens through the century
In its humble beginnings the kitchen was once a scullery, a very small space where people spent little time. The modern kitchen now is 121 sq ft on average and we spend more time in them than we do our living room.
In the 1950s, American styles began to influence our interior design and fitted kitchens were introduced. American styling included, diner-style seating that has been adapted to now become our breakfast bar stools, and the classic shaker cabinet. Magnet has 21 stylish shaker kitchens, from the traditional Shaker Oak to modernised shaker options such as Leighton Gloss White.
The Sixties was a colourful decade and this translated into kitchens too. White walls and cupboards were out, and vibrant greens, oranges and pinks were in. Appliances were also becoming increasingly available in this time, revolutionising kitchens for families. If you want to achieve a bold Sixties look today, look no further than the Vienna Oak. Bringing the Sixties style up to date with textured effect cabinets that will sit perfectly on statement Sixties coloured walls.
The 1980s was the decade that kitchens became places of entertainment. The Eighties was all about status symbols, and the ultimate in the kitchen was the dishwasher, if you had one, you’d made it.
By the 2000s, interior décor had embraced open plan living, especially kitchen/dining combinations. New styles such as shabby chic and industrial were embraced, and for the most part have been here to stay, shaping the kitchens that a lot of us have today. To achieve an industrial feel that still has warmth, Magnet’s Astral Blue is perfect for a modern home. The high gloss blue cabinets are paired with bright white worktop surfaces and sleek appliances like the Elica Star hood, finished with chrome arrow handles to add an industrial touch.
Modern day kitchens as we know them now are the heart of the home and are no longer just a food prep space. The kitchen has become a dining, cooking, living and entertaining space and Magnet has a style to suit every taste.
Increase your kitchen’s functionality
Those with smaller kitchens, will appreciate that in modern times we need our space to work harder for us. The kitchen is an incredibly multifunctional room so why shouldn’t this extend to the furniture?
The demand for space-saving, multifunctional furniture has lead to a niche trend of modular furniture. Pre-made units can be combined in different ways to build modular furniture, often for functional purposes such as cabinet/desk combinations. This is seen as a home solution as it can operate as a variety of different products.
Similarly, Magnet’s Table Plus is a dual-purpose innovation, perfect for a kitchen that functions both as a cooking and dining area. The fold down table is mounted on the wall and easily concealed by folding back into the wall. When in its folded position, the Table Plus forms a handy storage cabinet, perfect for keeping any dining equipment you might need when the table is in use. When unfolded, the Table Plus is a great space to snack, drink and spend time with friends or family.
Even larger kitchens should make the most of their space. If your kitchen is large enough for a central island, consider extending the worktop surface to create a chic breakfast bar area for dining and relaxing, as seen in the Leighton Gloss Cream. The extended Walnut worktop provides extra space, making this island much more than extra surface area to prepare food, and by featuring the kitchen’s hob on the island also, it becomes a sophisticated serving area.
There are many multifunctional options to consider for your home, and space is valuable, so be sure that your furniture is as practical as it is stylish.
To view our Innovations video, click here.
Simple ways to make your house feel more homely
Whether your house is new, recently decorated or you just want it to feel that little bit more homely, there are many ways to make a house a home.
Firstly, you should enjoy your space and the people in it. Entertaining is a great way to do this, hosting a dinner party or just relaxed drinks will make you feel appreciative of your home when you see everybody enjoying it. Where better to host a gathering than the heart of the home, the kitchen?
This may sound unusual, but play music. Sound can be one of the most evocative senses, and music often links to our memories, so by having a house filled with sounds you can build new memories in your home. Similarly, spritz your home with fragrance, as sense of smell has a similar effect on our memories. Cultivate scent with flowers, perfume, hand soap or even freshly baked breads and cakes.
As we’ve recently talked about in posts, get creative. Make things in your house that you enjoy and can even put on display. There are hundreds of DIY tips, tricks and upcycling hacks on the internet, although you don’t have to be artistic, if all else fails, make cocktails. The creative process will have you engaging with your house and making those homely connections, and if you have something handmade and personal at the end, that’s a bonus.
Adding a touch of colour can make a room feel more personal, it could be accessories, furniture or a whole wall. We might not see much colour day to day here in the UK, so coming home to your favourite shades will make your house more inviting. Magnet’s Tatton Cream is a great example, as the glazed shaker units are complemented by a duck egg blue feature wall, oven and splashback.
Finally, adorn your home with pictures and symbolic items that mean something to you. Having memories on show is guaranteed to make you feel at home in your space. Magnet has a selection of great products to help you showcase your personal pieces, including the innovative Shelf Plus.