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How to incorporate the colour of the season into your kitchen
You may have noticed that the colour blue is having a moment this season in interiors. This versatile primary colour comes in plenty of shades that flatter different rooms in the home, but what works best in the kitchen?
From deep, moody indigos to sweet baby blue, this doesn’t have to be a cold colour. Magnet’s Tatton Cream kitchen is an example of how to incorporate blue into a classic style kitchen, with soft cornflower blue accents. Cream Shaker units are mounted on the subtle blue statement wall and complemented with a colourful Rangemaster oven to create a focal point.
For a modern kitchen, the stony blue high gloss cabinet doors of Magnet’s Astral Blue kitchen is complemented by colour contrasting with light greys. The stylish combination of colours has a contemporary feel that is complemented with shining chrome accents.
The combination of greys and blues works well in a whole range of different colour tones. Darker grey is brightened up with vibrant teal walls in Magnet’s Astral Grey kitchen. Other complemented colours that sit well with blue in the home and kitchen include light ivory and citrusy yellow. If blue is your base colour, consider using these as 10% of the colour scheme as accents.
To use the colour to make a focal point in the kitchen, consider grey or ivory unit options, topped with Magnet’s Azul high gloss worktop, the pop of blue makes a stylish statement.
How to achieve a feminine kitchen
There is a kitchen to suit everyone’s personal style. Whilst minimalists might prefer clean lines and sleek surfaces, traditionalists may favour wood and tiling. Modern design makes it possible to achieve a feminine kitchen whilst maintaining a level of chic.
Your feminine style doesn’t necessarily mean pink accents or floral appliances and Magnet has plenty of designs that can be tailored suit your personality and taste.
Cream as a base colour can easily be adapted for an elegantly feminine kitchen. The cream cabinets in Magnet’s Gloss Cream Shaker kitchen are finished with a high gloss and complemented with a burgundy splashback to add a touch of personality.
Also consider light or mid-grey as a base colour for a feminine kitchen with flair. The matt finish units in Magnet’s Newbury Grey kitchen are accented with on-trend copper handles. The current trend for copper and rose gold is a tasteful way to incorporate feminine rosy tones into the kitchen, through handles, hardware or appliances.
A unique way to express a feminine style within the kitchen is to showcase your favourite, personal pieces and create a focal point, as demonstrated in the showcasing unit in the Newbury Grey kitchen. The ultimate focal point for a luxuriously feminine kitchen is the Elica Star Island Hood, a stunning crystal effect hood that will always attract attention when hanging elegantly and catching light in the centre of the kitchen.
Choose a sink that works best for your kitchen
The kitchen sink is often one of the most used fixtures within the home, so why not spend some time designing and choosing the perfect one for your kitchen?
There are more options than you may realise, with free-standing, double sinks, draining boards and tap styles, which will work best for you? Choose from ceramic, stainless steel or quartz settings in a range of different colours to suit every kitchen style.
A beautifully sleek and traditional option from Magnet is the Illusion Sink, a design that you can see one minute, but not the next. The Illusion Tap can be pushed down into the sink, out of sight. Slide over the Corian panel, to cover the sink and provide instant extra worktop surface that functions as well as it looks. The Illusion sink is an innovation that combines dream gadgetry with practical functionality, whilst looking the part.
A practical, modern addition to your kitchen sink is a boiling water tap. Separate to the traditional cold and hot taps, with boiling water on demand this time efficient addition to your sink will allow for a lovely hot tea or coffee at any time. What’s more, Magnet also offers an additional filtered cold-water tap with refreshing, chilled, filtered water direct from the tap.
Another key consideration when designing your kitchen is the worktop surface surrounding the sink. For large family households, wood may not be the best option, as this requires the most up-keep and needs to be prepped and protected for water exposure. On the other hand, quartz is a suitable surface to surround a kitchen sink, as it is less porous and much more resistant to water and general damage that can occur around the sink.
Three colour schemes that never fail
Many of us often don’t know where to start when it comes to the colour scheme part of the design process, but like black and white, there are a selection of colour schemes that will never go out of style.
White is a popular choice for kitchens, but be adventurous and try brights with your white for the happiest colour scheme of all. Magnet’s Gloss White Slab kitchen is a perfect demonstration of how well bright accents work against the glossy white background units. Don’t be afraid of choosing geometric prints and patterns for focal points such as selective tiling or green glass worktops. Achieve unique pops of colour with Magnet’s range of Quartz worktops, in Azul and Pimenta shades.
For those who may be wary of the stark contrast of monochrome schemes, stone and black is a more laid-back approach to contrast. Stone will be your backdrop, which can be layered with other neutrals for depth and touches of black accents adding structure and definition.
Keep it interesting with a mixture of textures, the units within Magnet’s Integra Fantasy Grey are textured to complement the sleek finish of the black worktop.
Although blush and grey can be a fail-safe theme throughout the home, adapt the blush tones to include copper metallics to make an impact in your kitchen.
This scheme can be adapted to most tastes, from industrial to muted or mellow. The mid-grey cabinets with the matt finish of Magnet’s new Newbury Grey kitchen is given a luxury feel with metallic copper touches, lifting the grey to avoid it looking flat. Keep the theme running through your kitchens appliances for maximum impact.
Ways to make the most of your kitchen island
Besides being a stylish addition to your kitchen, an island is also a great functional asset.
Firstly, an island provides the potential for additional storage space in kitchens that might be lacking in units.
The obvious option is to install cabinets inside the island, however consider taking advantage of each side of the island. An integrated spice rack can provide a neat and handy storage area for essential ingredients.
Aside from storage, an island can act as a functional dining area, with a relaxed, informal feel. The option to add some sophisticated bar stools is a chance to bring even more personality to your kitchen.
Similarly, for a little extra casual dining and drinking space, and create a relaxed cocktail bar feel. The perfect combination of functionality and showcasing is found with an island. However, if your space doesn't allow for an island. You can use our Smart Space Storage Solutions to make the most of the space you do have. Get some inspo here.
How to incorporate the trend into your kitchen
Monochrome is the classic combination of black and white, timeless because of its striking contrast and effortless style.
This popular colour pairing has graced the catwalks and featured in wider home trends for many years, but this year we see the rise of monochrome in kitchens. As a result of its timeless appeal, monochrome can work for both modern and traditional homes.
When you’re designing your monochrome kitchen, be sure to choose your prominent colour, rather than an equal balance, to avoid an obvious chequer board feel.
The easier choice is a predominantly white kitchen, such as Magnet’s Luna White, which allows you to make the most of the light in your space. The flowing lines and simple yet sharp white gloss design is complimented by the contrasting black tiles and worktops.
Although sometimes trickier to execute, a black or dark colour scheme is the more unusual option for sophisticated elegance in your kitchen. Mix up the bold, dark colours with a variety of textures. Matt black walls and sleek jet black granite worktops add depth.
If you’re looking for a monochrome kitchen but are concerned about limiting yourself to black and white, oak and walnut features bring variation and warmth to make a welcoming kitchen.
Which shape will work best for you?
Whether you’re looking for a dining table as a functional eating space or a focal point, there are many factors to take into consideration to find one that is perfect for your kitchen.
Firstly, such a substantial piece of furniture needs to be the right shape for your kitchen or dining area.
The most traditional dining table shape is rectangular, this works well for households that seat more than four people at once, as they allow for everyone to be seated in a social setting.
If you’re concerned about squeezing a rectangular table into a limited space, measure your dimensions beforehand and take the measurements along with you when shopping for tables. This ensures your table fits perfectly and the area is not overfilled.
Oval tables naturally lend themselves slightly better to medium and small spaces than rectangular tables. The curved edges allow for more space around the table and you can move more easily around them as there are no harsh lines or corners. For more decorative or traditional, medium sized kitchens, a long oval table with pedestal legs gives a more grand, ornamental feel.
Square shaped tables can be a very effective addition to a stylish kitchen, although not always the most practical option as the amount of space they require is generally underestimated. A square table is therefore often best suited to large kitchens, as a dramatic focal point.
A round table is a lovely option for families as the layout encourages conversations and enables the group to be close. The round table lends itself well to small spaces, but if you are looking to fit more than four around the table, it will need to be at least 150 centimetres in diameter.
Consider stools and pedestals for tight dining spaces, as they can be tucked neatly away under tables, allowing for more room and movement in the kitchen.
Chic, modern kitchens are the perfect setting for a breakfast bar. Popular options are a central island, or sometimes on the leg of a U shaped kitchen. Breakfast bars are great in social households and, as they are typically long and narrow with stools tucking neatly underneath. Consider a breakfast bar for smaller spaces as a practical way to make the most of the social setting.
Magnet’s Astral White kitchen perfectly demonstrates how well a breakfast bar can work in a contemporary setting, whilst being both functional and stylish.
This popular layout can work for all kitchen sizes
The U shaped kitchen layout is an efficient design, popular for large kitchens. Whilst the design maximises available kitchen space for worktop surfaces and storage, design requires care and attention to detail in the positioning of corner cabinets and ovens.
Popular with keen chefs, the U shaped kitchen allows for maximum efficiency whilst moving about the space to cook, usually with key appliances located on each of the three walls to allow a fluid triangle of movement within the work space.
Smaller U shaped kitchens may not always allow for a table, however consider transforming one leg of the U, into a chic breakfast bar by eliminating any bottom cabinets to allow for a sophisticated, comfortable dining area.
A central island is a perfect addition to a larger U shaped kitchen, adding valuable worktops and storage space. A granite surface adds value and style to an island as well being incredibly durable, resistant and practical.
Illuminate your beautiful kitchen with some well-placed lighting. Traditionally there may not be enough wall space to accommodate wall lighting so opt for a central hanging light, accompanied by neat under cabinet spotlights to highlight your favourite areas.
The U shape can provide two valuable corner cabinet storage spaces, make the most of these with Magnet’s latest innovation in corner storage, the Smart Space twin corner cabinet. The cabinet opens with a sleek mechanism to reveal double layered racks within the cabinet, to maximise cabinet space and allow effortless access to the hard to reach corners.
Different Ways To Incorporate Light Fittings Into Your Kitchen
Lighting is compulsory in a kitchen we all know this, and whether you have a small or large space it’s essential to brighten up the kitchen and choose the right lighting to create the perfect ambience for the room.
In addition to general spotlights and ceiling lighting there is a whole host of different kitchen lighting you can choose to illuminate drawers, cabinets and plinths.
Shelf Lighting can be lit from the back or the shelf itself and brightens up the entire wall as well as the accessories and crockery on the shelf.
An illuminated Feature Drawer enables you to display small items and utensils in a lit drawer, providing subtle hints of light around your kitchen.
Plinth Lighting brings light to your kitchen right from the floor. Thin strips of LED lighting can line the bottom of your cupboards and create a very modern setting. Accentuate this plinth lighting further by having mirrored plinths placed around your kitchen to really reflect the light.
Under Cabinet Lighting provides great light when working or cooking on the worktops. The lights and cables that come with it can also tuck neatly under the cabinets. This could also be a great opportunity to place sockets under your cabinets to clean up your worktop and kitchen.
To view the complete range of lighting options available please take a look online.
Colour Love Match Of 2016
As Valentine’s Day approaches there are two colours that have been growing ever closer in the kitchen this year – rose pink and copper.
We have all witnessed the increased popularity of copper in the kitchen but the pairing with rose pink really is a match made in the kitchen. Rose quartz is one of the pantone colours of the year and a gentle tone that conveys compassion and serenity.
Rose pink is the perfect platform for copper accessories to strive, the bold metallic colour will really pop out in your kitchen against this backdrop.
The latest Magnet kitchen for 2016, Newbury Grey, incorporates beautiful touches of rose pink and copper in a grey setting. Opting for handles, taps and accessories in a brushed copper and accentuating this theme further with lined cupboards and drawers in the same hue.
To brighten up this dark wood cabinet finish try painting your walls a light shade of pink to brighten the room and create a stunning contemporary space.
Finally accessorise your kitchen with fresh pink roses, copper pans, oven hoods, light shades and canisters to bring your cabinets and work tops to life.
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