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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.
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.
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.
Styling tips to make the blue kitchens trend match your personal aesthetic
Never considered blue for your kitchen? You should.
So to help you imagine how this striking shade could look in your kitchen, here are four very different ways to style a blue kitchen to make it your own.
If you dream of a kitchen that really stands out from the crowd, there’s no better choice than deep midnight hues. Dark kitchens immediately draw the eye and create a sense of drama, particularly when contrasted with solid marble worktops in icy white. Finish this luxurious yet daring look with brushed steel handles, classic wooden kitchen furniture and eye-catching pendant lighting or even a statement cooker hood.
Prefer a lighter touch? Pastel blue shades offer a modern alternative to white and cream shades and are perfect for making a compact kitchen feel light and airy. Continue with the pastel theme by pairing a sky blue kitchen with subtle grey terrazzo worktops and decorative accessories in complementary shades of petal pink, butter yellow or mint green.
COUNTRY MEETS CONTEMPORARY
If you think blue won’t work in a traditional country kitchen then think again. Classic shaker style cabinets in a timeless shade of midnight blue look particularly beautiful against a backdrop of dark wooden beams and exposed brick work. Accentuate the deep blue shade further with solid wood worktops and cabinet handles in rich copper or antique gold.
Take inspiration from Nordic style icons by pairing soothing blue lower kitchen cabinets with crisp white upper cabinets, framed against pale wood worktops for a sense of understated chic. Complete the look with kitchen accessories in varying shades of blue, tiled splashbacks and statement geometric lighting.
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 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.
Hide and show is not only the epitome of style, it captures the essence of clever space solutions.
Find the perfect balance of personal and minimal in your kitchen by choosing the right items to display. Whether it’s precious pictures or quirky crockery, showing off your favourite pieces will put your stamp on any room for all of your visitors to see.
A home is the platform for personality, so be confident in how you present it. Exposing snippets of character in communal rooms will spark interest and add other dimensions to your home. Exploit utilitarian functions such as spotlights to draw attention to these objects and emphasise their importance.
Be careful not to expose too much- no one likes to see clutter. Choose exclusive items that you’re most proud of and showcase their beauty in dedicated zones.
Hide and show is not only the epitome of style, it captures the essence of clever space solutions. Intelligent drawers and storage mean that bits and bobs can be stored away to keep your kitchen looking sleek and minimalist.
Magnet’s Illusion Sink adds another dimension to Hide and Show; the innovative design means you can quickly flip between a sink and a worktop helping to maximise your work surface space. It features a unique telescopic tap and solid Corian ‘lid’ that’s smooth on one side with draining grooves on the reverse. Now all you have to do is decide whether to Hide or Show…?
The Illusion Sink is also available with glass covers that achieve the same, streamlined effect and can be installed onto any Magnet kitchen.
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!”
We all love a bit of chocolate, don’t we?
But how much do we actually know about the sweet brown treat that rules our world?
Did you know, for example, that chocolate is actually a fruit? That’s one in the eye for those who demand we stick rigidly to our five-a-day, isn’t it?
In pursuit of Choccy-Nirvana Magnet has teamed up with Rococo Chocolates, an award-winning chocolatiers famous for pushing the limits of what’s possible in chocolate production.
And we’ve produced a video to shed some light on the deliciously dark stuff.
In the video below, Principal Chocolatier Barry Johnson talks us through Rococo’s chocolate philosophy and shows us that we’ve still a lot to learn about the humble chocolate bar.
Rococo has won awards at the Academy of Chocolate Awards and the International Chocolate Awards for its pursuit of chocolate excellence. And we’ve harnessed that wealth of knowledge to bring you some surprising detail about which chocolate is best for your purposes – whether its just an evening treat for yourself or the main ingredient in a wickedly delicious chocolate pudding at a dinner party - and added insight into how your average chocolate bar is produced.
Rococo’s acclaimed Couture chocolates, made in small batches fresh every week, might be very different from the bar in your corner shop but they start out exactly the same way.
From humble beginnings as a plain, simple cocoa bean, your luxury chocolate is transformed via celebrated age-old methods into one of the culinary wonders of the modern kitchen.
Check out the video – you’ll learn something new about your favourite treat. We guarantee it.
See for yourself, you won’t be disappointed!
If the kitchen caught your eye, it was filmed in the Astral Grey in the Magnet Kensington showroom
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.
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