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How to achieve the style that always comes back around
Retro kitchens are back on the scene for interiors, particularly that 60’s-70’s feel, and the vintage style is perfect for summer.
A retro design is a great way to have fun with your kitchen, whether it is through colour palette, units, furniture and appliances, or just through accessories and accents.
When choosing a colour scheme, select two or three primary colours. How you interpret these colours depends on your personal style, however consider a bright worktop surface, Magnet’s Quartz comes in two eye-catching primary shades, Pimenta and Azul.
White or cream is the perfect base to create a vintage feel, the Gloss Cream Slab kitchen is a stylish, kitsch take on the trend. The sleek gloss finish of the cabinets is complemented with pastel polka-dot wallpaper and quirky bright accessories for a truly retro 50’s style.
Simple, cosy cabinets or even retro cabinets with a touch of modern style, such as Shaker, work perfectly to create a retro feel. For a stylish twist on the classic Shaker theme, Magnet’s Hudson Cream units feature Shaker style doors, with an updated, sleek cream finish and curved D handles to give a modern edge.
For a more subtle adaptation, you can give your kitchen that retro edge with vintage inspired accessories or appliances. Microwaves, fridges and ovens are available in a whole range of colours and even fully retro styles. Rangemaster ovens look wonderfully kitsch and come in a selection of primary colours and even pastel shades of blue, yet perform like a brilliantly modern oven.
Take inspiration from the swinging 60’s and the stylish 70’s or choose an era that you love to be perfectly on-trend and achieve a stylish retro kitschen.
Broken-plan is the new kitchen trend
Broken-plan is a modern spin on open-plan living, describing a space that still has the flow of well known open-plan, yet has other elements such as different levels and walls to create distinctive zones and areas with privacy.
The new trend is a compromise that allows for the spacious feel of open-plan, yet lets your rooms retain that feeling of having a specific use. This is perfect for homes that want to combine a kitchen with living or dining space for example.
There should be a natural flow from the kitchen to the dining room in your home, and some have a fully open feel across the two, however there may be occasions where the two rooms work best when separate. Sometimes after a particularly difficult recipe you may want to just relax and enjoy your culinary work at the dining table, without the threat of the dishes and cooking aftermath looming over you. A partial wall is a great way to still allow the flow between rooms whilst providing just the right amount of separation.
Magnet’s Hudson Oak kitchen has a spacious feel, with an open arch leading to the sitting area, subtly dividing the space. Other ways to create a broken-plan feel include half walls, glass walls, split levels and mezzanines.
Sliding doors are the perfect way to separate rooms for a broken-plan feel. Magnet has the option of stunning internal oak veneered fold flat doors, or internal white folding doors, with glass panels to allow the flow of light.
There are plenty of ways to incorporate the new interior trend into the home and broken-plan is great news for kitchens, as a room that often shares its space with living and dining areas.
This season everything will be all white
Update your interiors for summer with the season’s most paired-back trend, white on white.
The classic colour has associations with simplicity and cleanliness in interiors and therefore is ideal for kitchens, but don’t fear, double white doesn’t have to mean stark and sterile.
The beauty of this versatile colour is that it can be adapted to both modern and traditional kitchens. Creamy white pairs well with thick wooden worktops for a traditional style, whereas high gloss white cabinets with integrated handles is perfect for that lacquered modern look.
Magnet’s Nova White demonstrates how well a double dose of white can work, by combining different textures. The kitchen features pristine white units, walls and a shimmering marble effect splashback for a stunningly simple look
There is a trend for metal hardware within the home, and appliances are no exception as they often come in slick metal finishes such as stainless steel. Since the kitchen is home to a number of appliances, these metal accents are best paired with neutral colours such as white. Copper handles can also be added to cabinets to add a touch of glamour to the crispness of the white.
Strip away unnecessary embellishment in the kitchen for your all-white room, to focus attention on a few carefully chosen pieces. Whether that is art or a display unit, draw visitors’ attention in with no distractions.
Don’t underestimate the power of white as a fresh start. Remember that starting off with a white room is like a blank canvas for your chosen accents and personal touches.
Two styles to consider for your kitchen
The matt kitchen has been an increasingly popular choice for kitchen surfaces and cabinets in recent years due to its contemporary feel, but a classic gloss will also never go out of style.
When each finish creates a dramatically different look, how do you choose the finish that’s best for you and your home?
A high gloss finish works well with flat cabinet doors, allowing the surface to fully reflect the light. The paler the colour, the more light is reflected. For this reason white kitchens are particularly suited to a gloss because the brightness can make a space feel bigger and more open.
However don’t overlook gloss for a darker coloured kitchen, the Astral Oro has a unique retro feel with the eye-catching colour variation. Gloss cabinets can also be a saviour for family kitchens, as the smooth surfaces make for much easier cleaning.
On top of cabinets, you can also consider the material and finish of your worktop surface. Real wood can have a more textured finish than other worktop options and can sit nicely on top of matt units. Magnet’s Newbury White features a naturally attractive timber worktop and subtle off-white cabinetry to give a classic yet contemporary feel.
On the other hand, the contrast of matt units and sleek granite worktop surfaces can be equally complementary. The Harrogate Cream cabinets feature wide rails and slim grooves for a traditional feel, with finishing touches of walnut timber knobs.
Shaker styles generally work well with a matt finish, as demonstrated by Magnet’s Grey Shaker with the sophisticated grey units.
When choosing your kitchen, you don’t necessarily have to pick one finish and stick to it, remember that incorporating both can be equally effective, although it is key to choose the right finish for your home and cabinets.
How to highlight your personal touches
Many see the kitchen as the most functional room in the home, however we believe that style and personality are as important to kitchen design as they are any other room in the home.
Whilst your chosen kitchen design can say a lot about your individual style, it’s the finishing touches and accents that allow you to inject some personality to your decor.
A great way to highlight those key touches and illuminate your space is with well-placed lighting. Magnet’s Illuminated Shelf Light is an effective way to draw attention to any functional pieces that you might want to have on show, such as your favourite wine glasses and decanter.
The functional and decorative Shelf Plus can be lined along the back of your worktop surfaces or mounted on the wall to truly exhibit those key pieces. Designed to de-clutter your space, it’s also the perfect platform to display decorative items.
The display cabinet that features in Magnet’s Newbury Grey and White kitchens is the ultimate showcasing opportunity. The tall, elegant unit gives pride of place to items you would like to display in your kitchen. Perhaps the dinner set that you reserve for special occasions, a prized plant, or the expensive bottle of wine you haven’t yet opened?
Magnet’s selection of Display Plus drawers are more subtle options to present your favourite kitchen features. The Illuminated Drawers quite literally highlight your personal favourites when they light up inside. Feature Drawers incorporate into your units with a glass top, allowing guests to peek into your hobbies and passions.
Add some photographs or personalised pieces as the finishing touches to your make your kitchen space truly your own.
The three main kitchen looks for your home
When the time comes to update your kitchen, it can be tricky to choose a look that is on trend, suits your home and will last for years to come.
If you’re thinking about a brand new kitchen, you may want to consider a modern style. Modern kitchen designs often incorporate the latest colour trends and a mixture of textures to create that contemporary feel. The high gloss pale blue finish in the Astral Blue kitchen is on trend for Spring/Summer 2016.
A modern style is also the perfect setting for cutting-edge technologies such as Magnet’s Innovations Plus ranges. The Sound Plus sound bar blends seamlessly into unused plinth space beneath cabinets, choose ones with integrated handles for a super slick look.
For something equally stylish but perhaps a little cosier, traditional kitchen styles can come in a range of stunning looks. From rustic farmhouse designs to classic Edwardian styling, a traditional kitchen will stand the test of time. You can see the Edwardian influence in Magnet’s Arlington Cream, with the panelled doors, glazed units and decorative corners, which lend themselves to the architecture of the era.
Look into a range of wooden worktop options from oak to maple for that classic finishing touch.
The Shaker kitchen is an infinitely popular style, again inspired by history, the Shaker was originally created by America’s Shaker community in the 18th century. The quality of a Shaker kitchen is in the cabinet doors, the classically proportioned front features a frame and inset panel. However the historical roots don’t mean old-fashioned, Magnet’s collection of Shaker kitchens includes contemporary interpretations with gloss finishes. The soft curves of the Shaker Cream give the style a modern makeover.
Take inspiration from the three main design groups, adding personal touches to make it your own and create your dream kitchen.
Bring shabby chic into your home
Weathered is the latest home trend for Spring/Summer 2016, a style deriving from the natural effects of water and sun bleaching.
The weathered trend radiates a true feeling of relaxation that evokes both natural and minimal qualities. This enables products to convey a wonderful calm that fuses both natural and minimal aspects, allowing products to exude a simple yet organic quality. This style is particularly effective within kitchen design, and can be easily accomplished.
To bring shabby chic into the home we recommend adding weathered accessories to rustic style kitchens. Our Studio Grey works perfectly for this especially when paired with Nebraska Oak worktops. The Tatton Oak expresses a similar texture, with the natural warmth of its oak cabinets alongside the stone brick wall injecting a grainy yet stylish feel. This trend could also be implemented through the use of wooden beams, marbled coffee tables and weathered painted dining chairs, all of which achieve a homely design with charm and character.
Your home is typically a place of serenity and tranquillity, so why not utilise this trend to heighten that sense of natural environment.
Set the mood with the Plinth Sound Bar
It’s been said that music has the power to move us, that it defines who we are and that we are constantly making room for the sounds that inspire us. If this is the case, then why not make room for it in your kitchen?
Whether you’re preparing a meal, doing the dishes or hosting a summer party, a kitchen full of music is sure to heighten the experience. Welcome your guests with superior sound, perhaps classical or something more upbeat. Either way, setting the mood will ensure a night to remember. As music should be wherever you are, let us introduce the Sound Bar.
Standing as a proud member of the Innovations Plus selection, the Plinth Sound bar encompasses a stylish Sound bar system that can blend effortlessly into the plinth of your kitchen cabinets, helping you to effectively utilise dead space and to make better use of idle kitchen areas.
Offering an entirety of music at your feet, the Bluetooth Plinth speaker can be synced with any enabled device. The power really is in your hands to transform the tunes, set the tone and create a magically musical atmosphere whenever you see fit.
By giving your kitchen a musical edge you can really allow your personality to shine through. This fantastic Magnet innovation is sure to get your toes tapping
How to achieve an on-trend Scandi style kitchen
Understated Scandinavian styling is sought after in many design aspects, namely fashion and interiors. A style synonymous with clean lines and effortless chic is naturally covetable for the home.
There’s a number of ways to incorporate Scandinavian flare into the kitchen and Magnet demonstrates the demand for the move of Scandi style to kitchens with a number of designs in its current collection.
Key aspects of a modern Scandinavian design include that paired-back feel and muted neutrals as base colours. For a truly authentic feel, start with pale wood flooring, which features heavily throughout traditional Scandinavian homes.
White and cool grey are a classic colour combination to achieve the minimalist feel, the bright white units of Magnet’s Astral White work well with the grey tones of the ceiling and floor. This colour pairing also allows you to experiment with textures, such as high gloss cabinets against warm, grainy wood.
Texture is a major aspect in Scandi style, and natural materials like wood are prominent in Scandinavian home design. Magnet’s selection of Bespoke Solid Wood worktops are the perfect way to add warmth to the neutral colours of your kitchen with deep tones such as Walnut and Wenge.
Although it’s best to keep your key colours earthy and muted, don’t be afraid to accent with vibrant pops of colour, just be sure to keep any ornamentation in the kitchen minimal. Magnet’s Integra Astral White features the classic white/grey combination with two-tone units and an exciting yellow splashback.
A great positive about Scandinavian style is that it is traditionally functional, so your kitchen will be as practical as it is beautiful.
Which surface works best for you?
Worktops are a key feature in your kitchen and there are a number of factors to take into consideration when choosing a new worktop besides budget.
Magnet knows that your surfaces occupy a large part of your kitchen space, so whilst it is important that worktops work with your chosen design, maintenance and practicality should also be key influences in selecting kitchen worktops.
The original solid surface for kitchen worktops, Corian is a fantastic, flexible option that can be cut to fit any surface shapes, with endless design possibilities.
Granite is the ultimate worktop surface, adding value to your kitchen and home. The nature of this natural material means that each worktop is unique, whilst being one of the most durable materials on earth, and so the perfect surface for hard working kitchens.
For a similar sleek and elegant style, with comparable durability, Quartz is a man-made surface. Available in a large range of unique shades, from subtle to statement to suit your style.
A solid wood worktop is a beautifully traditional way to add value and warmth into your kitchen. Wood can suit a range of styles, from classic to rustic, however be aware of the maintenance involved in a wood worktop surface. This natural surface requires some care to maintain its attractive appearance, oiling and treating will help prevent staining and water damage.
For cost-effective alternatives to natural kitchen surfaces, see Magnet’s range of laminate worktops. With core, square edges and high definition laminates, you can achieve the look that you want at the price you wish to pay. Shades and colours range from pine to stone, with textured designer finishes in the High Definition range to allow you to express your style in the kitchen.
Magnet has plenty of styles and finishes for you to choose from, to achieve a worktop that perfectly complements your design.