Posts tagged with "Trends"

  • Magnet Kitchens Nova White

    Buying a Contemporary Kitchen

    Factors to consider for modern design

    If you’re looking for a brand new kitchen with a more modern look, you’ll have a wide range of contemporary styles to choose from.

    You can adapt a contemporary look to suit your home and a good design will reflect both the function and style of your kitchen.

    Looking into colour schemes is a good place to start in kitchen design. Whilst monochrome is a timeless choice, you can give it a modern twist with smooth, high-gloss textures accompanied by metallic hardware. Magnet’s Nova White is accentuated with the sleek silver of the cabinet handles, an extractor hood and a Neptune tap for a gleaming contemporary feel.

    Bring your kitchen into the 21st century in style, with a unique grey and copper colour scheme. The impact of Magnet’s Newbury Grey kitchen is down to its moody mid-grey matt finish, complemented by on-trend copper handles and accessories. The combination is so chic it will be a guaranteed talking point in your home.

    Minimalism is often synonymous with a modern kitchen style, so try to keep your space clutter-free. Magnet has excellent options for subtle storage, including the Plinth Drawer, a neat little storage option that makes use of otherwise dead space at the bottom of your units, with a streamlined appearance.

    The Cabinet Plus Innovation is the ultimate in stealthy storage. The cabinet is located at the back of your units and slides in or out of sight at the flick of the switch. This innovation is as much a conversation starter as it is a functional storage space. Modern technology like this is another great way to create a kitchen that personifies contemporary design.

    Finish and texture also play a large part in the contemporary style. Aim for smooth lines and sleek surfaces that can be achieved with stone worktop surfaces and glass splashbacks for example.

    Tags: Designs, Kitchen, Trends

  • Magnet Kitchens Fusion Blue

    Kitchen Worktops

    Magnet’s top picks of work surfaces

    No kitchen is complete without worktops. It’s important that your surface works with your chosen design and at Magnet we have got lots of colours and materials for you to choose from.

    Our experts share their top picks with you to help you decide your favourite.

    Star Galaxy granite is an incredibly stylish choice. This option is a dark black with grey tones and stunning metallic flecks. Because granite is a natural material, the pattern of every single worktop is unique, making your kitchen one of a kind.

    Magnet’s Corian range is available in over 70 colourways, however we love Glacier White. This simple choice might be subtle, but is highly effective. The plain white surface can create quite the impact in a monochrome kitchen when paired with dark walls. The sleek feel reflects the easy maintenance of Corian in the kitchen.

    Quartz is a natural and durable worktop material. To add a touch of sparkle whilst keeping your space elegant and sophisticated, we recommend Metalico. The silver surface has metallic flecks that will reflect the light and breathe some life into your kitchen. This is a great choice to create an impressive modern feel, with a high gloss finish.

    For a traditional, warm kitchen, our top pick from the bespoke solid wood collection is Oak. An incredibly versatile wood that can be cut into any shape required and adds a timeless charm to the heart of the home.

    A great value worktop option is Laminate, and with stylish finishes such as Capitol Pine you can achieve the look of more expensive options like wood and granite for a price that will make you #lookagain. Capitol Pine even has a textured finish to achieve a realistic wood look.

    Whether you opt for a natural or manmade surface, we have a worktop at Magnet to suit your taste. Take inspiration from the experts and browse the full collection online.

    Tags: Designs, Kitchen, Trends

  • Magnet Kitchens Gloss White Slab

    Brights Vs Neutrals

    Choosing your perfect colour scheme

    You can be spoilt for choice choosing the perfect colour scheme when updating your kitchen, and the choice between brights and neutrals is a common debate. It is important that you choose a colour scheme that fits your personal tastes so you are happy with it for years to come.

    Whilst neutral colours can be quite traditional, they are also very adaptable, and will easily fit the style of a modern kitchen. Going for a neutral scheme when decorating your kitchen gives you the freedom to switch up accessories and appliances, without having to worry about a colour clash.

    Whether you go for a splash of colour with a feature wall, or go all out and decide to brighten up your kitchen, it will give the feel of enlivening your entire house. Bright colours are great if you want your kitchen to feel warmer, or if you just want to illuminate your space. Everyone needs a pop of colour in their lives, and where better to do it than in the heart of your home?

    Neutral colours still allow the kitchen to feel light and are great for making a space appear bigger, as seen in Magnet’s City White. This contemporary design has a stylish feel, with a clean-cut finish. The urban undertones created by the combination of white and grey allow a simplicity which can be easily adapted to fit your personal tastes.

    For a brighter approach, check out the Vienna Oak design. The textured grain effect of the kitchen presents a retro but stylish look, which is the perfect combination to be paired with a bright wall colour. The green toned wall patterns accentuate the traditional style, while still keeping the theme of the kitchen from feeling outdated.

    Alternatively, try out the Gloss White Slab design, demonstrating how easily the simplistic gloss finish units can combine with a splash of colour, to create a truly beautiful kitchen design. The green glass square edge worktops add the perfect dash of colour so as not to overwhelm, while still making an impact to the kitchen’s aesthetic.

    Tags: Designs, Trends, Kitchen

  • Hudson Cream

    Creating an Eco-Friendly Kitchen

    Tips to make your kitchen greener

    As we become more aware of the impact our lifestyles have on the environment, demand is growing for eco-friendly homes.

    There are several benefits to engaging a small green initiative in your home, reducing energy consumption will not only help the environment but save money on your bills too.

    The kitchen is a great place to start with an eco-friendly approach as there are many ways to begin. From energy efficient food preparation and clever choices in cleaning products, to using environmentally friendly materials.

    At Magnet, we work with Shock, one of the leading manufacturers of sinks worldwide. Shock sinks and taps are all made of durable and ecologically sound materials and manufactured to extremely rigorous standards, so a great choice if you are looking to incorporate eco-friendly materials into your home.

    There is always potential in the kitchen to use a lot of appliances at once, so an energy efficient cooker is a great investment. The Rangemaster Professional Plus 100 FX is A-rated for energy efficiency and provides dual fuel cooking in four different colour finishes, so you don’t have to compromise on style.

    The kitchen is also guilty of generating the most waste of any room in the home, which is why recycling in the kitchen is key. Make recycling easy for yourself with Magnet’s three-part recycling bin, the separate compartments make light work of sorting your rubbish and tucks away neatly out of sight.

    Similarly, collecting food waste is an easy, natural way to recycle and create your own compost. There are great ranges of countertop compost bins for food waste that will complement your kitchen, some are so pretty that they’re a recycling incentive in themselves.

    Magnet’s Waste Bin sits neatly in the top of an in-drawer dustbin and is a clever compartment to dispose of food waste. Peelings and cuttings can be subtly scooped into the bin, positioned conventionally just under the worktop surface.

    Furthermore, re-use and up-cycle glass jars and even tin cans that you might discard when cooking. These can be made into something decorative and useful such as candleholders or cutlery storage and will make for unique personal touches to your kitchen. Take a look at our Pinterest page for some great inspiration.

    Tags: Designs, Kitchen, News, Trends

  • Plinth sound unit

    Kitchen Gadgets for Summer

    Make the most of your kitchen this season

    Summer is the perfect season for entertaining, whether it’s this year’s Olympics, a garden party or just celebrating the appearance of British sun.

    A drink mixer comes in handy for all of the above. You can whip up milkshakes and smoothies or add a dash of your favourite tipple for frozen cocktails. Friends will love you for the endless strawberry daiquiris and with models available in all kinds of colours, the mixer is a pretty kitchen accessory.

    Even in the warmer weather, us Brits can’t resist a cup of tea. A great new gadget allows us to enjoy our favourite beverage American style, iced. The Ice Tea Maker is a large pitcher that stores and serves ice tea. Choose a model combining steel and glass that will look sleek on the kitchen counter, keeping it in reach during the summer months.

    If you’re entertaining this summer or braving the weather for a BBQ, the preparation starts with food in the kitchen. If you grow your own herbs or buy them fresh, a freezable herb stick preserves fresh herbs in a stick that you can twist to use at a moments notice. Simply fill with your fresh picks and a little oil and freeze and slice or grate into any dish you prepare, ideal for seasoning some barbequed steaks.

    The ultimate in kitchen entertainment is the Magnet Plinth Sound Bar. The Bluetooth speaker sits subtly at the bottom of the cabinet and can be controlled remotely to fill your kitchen with a superior sound and really set the tone.

    Tags: Technology, Trends

  • Nova Cream

    Bring the Nautical Trend into Your Kitchen

    How to achieve coastal chic

    Almost every summer sees the return of the nautical style, in some form of trend. In fashion and interiors, coastal chic is synonymous with the warmer months.

    You may have noticed that the colour blue was a big hit in interiors this spring and that paved the way for the nautical themes of summer.

    Pair spring’s popular indigo blue walls with white or glossy cream cabinets for an instantly stylish yet versatile kitchen, as seen in Magnet’s Apollo Cream.

    Opt for a natural or natural looking worktop surface such as beech wood or a colmar oak laminate to give your coastal style an authentic beach-front feel. The warmness added by the appearance of used natural materials such as wood, works much better than impeccable glossy veneer of granite for example.

    The galley kitchen is an incredibly popular layout, but don’t forget the roots of this design, originating from the formation of the kitchen in a ship’s galley. So if you have this layout in your home, what better way to be true to your kitchen’s roots than with a nautical style design?

    A splashback can create an attractive focal point within the kitchen, and with such a wide variety of colours and materials to choose from it is easy to choose one to fit your coastal theme. Magnet’s laminate splashbacks comes in a green glass effect that mirrors the deep sea’s shimmery hues.

    Think past the anchor motifs and boat accessories that you might associate with bathroom décor, coastal chic can be more understated and perfect for a timeless look in your kitchen.

    Tags: Designs, Trends, Kitchen

  • Shelf Plus

    How Plants Bring Your Kitchen To Life

    Incorporate the botanical trend into the home

    This season sees the rise of botanical trends in homes, spurred on by the recent warm weather. These plant inspired trends can range from an urban jungle style incorporating modern metallics, to a fully tropical feel with leafy green prints and exotic floral motifs.

    The simplest, most natural way to incorporate the botanical trend into the home is with plants, and living plants do more for your home than just accessorise it.

    A great benefit to having plants in the home is that they purify the air and increase oxygen levels, converting carbon dioxide into oxygen - not just a pretty flower.

    For budding chefs, what better fit for your kitchen then a herb garden? Miniature versions are available for indoors and a sprinkle of fresh herbs gives cooking an extra special something, and gives you pride in what you’ve grown. Magnet’s Shelf Plus is the perfect innovation to display your herb garden, either on a counter or mounted on the wall.

    It may sound obvious, but keeping plants on the window ledge gives you something nice to look at even when it’s gloomy on the other side of the window, as well as providing them with the light they need to flourish.

    If you’ve gone for another of SS16’s biggest trends, retro, consider the 70’s staple, a macramé hanging planter. Bring your planter up to date with plain white rope and a clear bowl vase for a subtle update on the look.

    For kitchens with an island, this is the perfect location to showcase a beautiful bouquet or home-grown ingredients. Small chilli, lemon or lime trees can be grown in the home and make a great conversation piece when showcased in the kitchen.

    Don’t fall into the thinking that a botanical feel is just for summer time, as we know how quickly that can fly by, but keep your kitchen energised with plants all year-round to avoid letting the grey days of winter get you down.

    Tags: Designs, Trends, Kitchen

  • Integra Alpine Oak

    Summer Kitchen Styles

    How to update your kitchen for the new season

    When a new season begins, many of us start thinking about updating our wardrobes and interiors. Some choose to add new accessories in the living room and refresh the linens in the bedroom and bathroom. Other people might feel the need for a complete overhaul.

    If you are considering a new kitchen, Magnet has something to suit every taste and budget, the brand new 2016 styles are perfect for the warmer months.

    Pastel colours are synonymous with summer and if there was ever a time to incorporate them into the home, it would be this season. Lustrous deep cream cabinets and beautiful Nebraska Oak worktops are wonderfully complemented by soft pink walls in the new Apollo Cashmere kitchen. The wood of the units and Classic Oak Natural flooring give the room a warm feel that will take it through to colder seasons too.

    The new Integra Alpine Oak is refreshingly simple for the summer months and the lighter grain of the units is so versatile that you can match it with almost any colour. Neutrals will bring the light into the kitchen and help achieve that airy feel, or go for bold to get a summer look that is unique to you. The textured cabinets are free from handles, helping everything in this contemporary kitchen flow nice and smoothly.

    For a kitchen to team with the botanical trends of SS16, Winchester Grey looks unique when paired with a pine green feature wall. The industrial mid-grey palette may not feel immediately summery but when topped with oak timber worktops and paired with green, brings a feeling of the outdoors inside. The sleek, stylish kitchen has a classic edge with the wood grain effect shaker doors.

    Tags: Designs, Kitchen, News, Trends

  • Apollo White feat Viva Grey

    Five Flooring Ideas for Your Kitchen

    Flooring options to consider in your home

    As one of the busiest rooms in the home, kitchen décor is important and it’s likely your flooring will be here to stay. A new floor can transform any room and whilst it’s likely that you’ll want your kitchen flooring to be practical, that doesn’t mean boring.

    Flooring is also a great way to tie the kitchen and dining room together, and in terms of colour, it often works well to choose flooring that matches your cabinets to create a good base pallet.

    Magnet’s engineered flooring is made up of three layers of wood in a cross-grain lamination, making it even more resistant to temperature change and moisture. Engineered wood is perfect for use throughout the home and so a great option for a cohesive feel throughout.

    For a traditional feel, solid wood brings a natural beauty to your kitchen. The long life of wood will also add value to your home as well as a touch of elegance. Warm shades of oak work well with pale coloured cabinets.

    Laminate is often an affordable choice, available in a versatile range of designs to suit any kitchen. Slate black is a stylish, contemporary choice that looks particularly effective when paired with glossy white cabinets for a sleek, modern style.

    For added practicality, consider Quick-Step Impressive flooring. Ideal for the kitchen, Impressive flooring has a unique hydroseal water-resistant coating, making it extra resistant to those inevitable spills.

    Make a bold move with printed flooring to create a feature floor in the kitchen. Go for porcelain tiles for a modern effect, stylish and stain resistant is a winning combination.

    Don’t forget that great flooring needs a good foundation, so be sure to prepare for your chosen style.

    Tags: Kitchen, Designs, Trends

  • Magnet Kitchens Eton Cream

    Loving Your L-Shaped Kitchen

    Make the most of your kitchen space

    Kitchens come in all shapes and sizes. Over the years, extensions combining rooms and reduced living space has meant new layouts in the kitchen have emerged. The L-shape kitchen is found in many homes and consists of two adjacent, perpendicular walls. The open feel to the layout makes it suitable for both small and larger kitchens.

    The L-shape is a perfect setting to allow a good flow around the kitchen, with key appliances located conveniently along each leg you will have everything to hand so your kitchen is a joy to use. This layout is also popular within households that like to entertain, as the L-shape has the ability to facilitate multiple cooks and allow for social gatherings at the same time.

    Combine tall units with wall and floor units along the legs of the L to create ample, flexible storage space, as seen in Magnet’s Integra Astral White. This mixture of units is ideal to hold all your kitchen gadgets, crockery and utensils.

    Smaller L-shape kitchens can be packed a little tighter and often include a dining table, perfect for family households. The Viva Oak kitchen can be the hub of a family home whilst still maintaining a little of the open-plan feel.

    In a larger L-shape kitchen, if you have enough space to accommodate, consider adding a central island to the layout to break up the space. Also great for entertaining kitchens, an island allows the host to face the festivities whilst cooking, rather than having their back to guests. Magnet’s Era kitchen has a crisp and clean contemporary style, the clean lines of the matt white cabinets have a clutter-free impact making the kitchen perfect for dinner or cocktail parties.

    Tags: Designs, Kitchen, Trends

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