Posts tagged with "Trends"
Add some seasonal touches to your kitchen
It’s that time of year to embrace the cold, and as we enjoy the upcoming holidays we are looking at quick seasonal updates to adapt your kitchen ready for autumn.
But don’t think you need a total kitchen revamp, with these simple steps and useful hacking tips your kitchen will be left looking and feeling like a whole new space.
The simplest of steps is a lick of paint. Pick a feature wall in your kitchen, maybe between your kitchen cabinets, around your window or as a centre piece above your oven, therefore doubling up as a splashback. A set of autumn paint colours inspired by warm earth tones of falling leaves, including browns, yellows, oranges and bold reds will work beautifully.
Go one step further and accessorise with appliances, crockery and dining sets in the same hues.
Take advantage of the abundance of fallen leaves and collect them to make some beautiful unique pieces for your kitchen. You could even get the kids or grandchildren involved. Use an old vase and glue the rich orange and red leaves around it then seal with a PVA glue, once dry use this as a table centre piece or a container for utensils.
Finally put your apron on and get the beautiful smell of ginger and cinnamon running through your kitchen by baking, don’t forget to send your pictures into @MagnetUK
How to work wallpaper in your kitchen
Are you looking to add some character and depth to your kitchen but just not sure how? Wallpaper is your answer to this. The intricacy of the designs cannot be mirrored with just tiles or paint alone.
As impractical as wallpaper in your kitchen sounds, it is time to alter that mind-set and incorporate it alongside tiles and splashbacks.
As kitchens are becoming increasingly more like living rooms and acting as the hub of the home for the family, the décor needs to reflect this and be warm and inviting in its approach.
We would suggest only applying wallpaper to one feature wall. But avoid the space above your sink or oven and stick to tiles and splashbacks here to help with grease and damp.
2015 however has seen the introduction of waterproof wallpaper that can be used indoors and outdoors. This is particularly practical if you have little ones with sticky fingers running around your kitchen, as it can be easily wiped down.
If you’re not quite daring enough to wallpaper an entire wall, run a small border wallpaper along your worktops, down the side of units or above windows. To take this one step further protect it with a panel of clear glass to create your own colourful splashback.
Update your modern kitchen with a vintage twist
The vintage, country look is a hugely popular trend at the moment. It is also a very simple look to achieve simply through accessorising or changing the wallpaper in your kitchen.
Take an unfussy design such as Magnet Planar in a crisp white colour to keep the look fresh and accessorise with vintage florals and bright colours for a modern twist.
Choose pretty colours in pink, pastel shades of blue as well as a range of textures throughout your kitchen by accessorising with canisters, place mats, kettles and toasters. To avoid an overly feminine look add depth to your kitchen with a richer tone, such as deep pink or navy blue.
To really revamp your kitchen, stick with contemporary kitchen cabinets and worktops but choose a bold wallpaper to really make the colour pop in your kitchen. Go for a check, tartan or stripe for the wow factor.
Finally recycle items to accessorise your kitchen; an old watering can makes a great vase, or a wicker basket to store recyclable paper. These finishing touches will accentuate that vintage feel.
Check out our blog post on great hacking projects: http://www.magnet.co.uk/blog/2015/june/have-a-go-hacking/
Why an open plan kitchen is perfect Christmas party space
Christmas is just around the corner and our thoughts turn to entertaining guests over the party season. Traditionally, hosting was always done in the living room, but as the trend for open plan kitchens increases, so does the number of parties in our favourite room.
Adding some simple kitchen accessories in warm festive colours like gold and red is the first way to get your kitchen party ready. By making sure your kitchen looks the part, you can create the perfect ambience for your Christmas extravaganza.
A wooden table or island unit complete with a solid worktop is the perfect place for gathering guests. Wood has a natural beauty and warmth that makes it perfect for party furniture. To enhance the effect further, you can dress the surface with Christmas decorations or candles.
In addition, use cushions and throws on your table and chairs to create a warm and inviting atmosphere. Make sure you choose suitable lighting too. You’ll need to be able to see what you’re doing when you’re getting the food ready, but you don’t want to make the room too bright. Under cabinet lighting can offer an effective solution.
Finally, the main advantage to having the Christmas party in an open plan kitchen? Guests won’t end up in groups spread in different rooms over the house, so you can all have fun together.
Choose a white kitchen this season
One of the common questions our kitchen designers are asked is ‘should we choose light or dark cabinets?’ The choice affects the colour, mood and ambience of everyone’s kitchen.
By choosing a white kitchen you can make the space look bigger, cleaner and it will go with almost any colour worktop and wall colour. At Magnet there are 10 types of pure white kitchen styles to go for, just to spoil you for choice.
A white kitchen will look timeless and fresh and never go completely out of style - it can be adapted as a modern, contemporary, traditional or country kitchen look. If you are someone that likes to update the overall look of your kitchen frequently, you will find this easier with a white kitchen as the base colour.
At very little cost you can switch out the splashback, small appliances and accessories to revamp your kitchen.
Don’t be put off by mucky hands, dirt and smudges on your worktops and units. By choosing a glossy surface marks and dirt should wipe straight off and be much easier to maintain than painted white cabinets.
Finally, in these dark wintery months a white kitchen can make the space look much brighter, making the most of even small amounts of natural daylight.
Colours and accessories to choose in winter
As you well know - or should know if you have been reading the Magnet Kitchenista Blog – minimalist, industrial kitchens have been a huge trend in 2015 and will continue to be long into 2016.
The use of copper, metal and wood combined with clean lines along units, white walls and streamline kitchen furniture provides an aesthetically beautiful kitchen with a modern, fresh look. But as winter approaches, bringing with it cold nights and mornings we need to add some simple colour changes and accessories to cosy up your kitchen.
An all white kitchen makes for the perfect base to switch up your kitchen as quickly as the season changes. Choose red accessories, warm golds or burnt orange for your walls, ornaments and paintings now that winter has arrived.
Soft furnishings such as your toaster, kettle and bread bin are a great way to inject some colour into your kitchen for very little expense. If you are working with a large open-plan kitchen try adding a rug to add warmth and bring your kitchen colour scheme together.
In addition, use cushions and throws on your dining table and chairs to create a warm and inviting atmosphere. We all know the kitchen table is the hub of any home so lets make it as cosy as possible.
Finally, open shelving can make a kitchen seem less regimented and stiff by creating shelves and space to display knick-knacks, ornaments and maybe even now that it is time – Christmas decorations!
Do you want a Japanese kitchen?
台所, or kitchen in Japanese to you and I, is a word we should all be learning and more importantly taking inspiration from.
We are moving on from the stripped back Scandi style kitchens where functionality is key, to a Japanese kitchen that embodies simplicity, and a back to nature style.
One popular idea most Japanese kitchens seem to subscribe to is bringing people together, to create a space that can be lived in – a communal space that incorporates cooking, eating and relaxing. Which is an idea definitely shared here in the UK.
Japanese interior design uses exposed wood in the walls, worktops, furniture, floor and ceiling. This way the design stays simple but feels warm and inviting.
Straight, clean lines run throughout Japanese kitchens with minimal fuss. Often the only creative element is by bringing nature back into the kitchen with a small, zen, indoor garden. Or maybe in the UK a bonsai tree perched on your windowsill.
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Kitchen Trend: Inject wood tones to add depth and warmth
There’s something enchanting about the warmth and timeless beauty of real wood so it isn’t surprising that it remains a big player in kitchen design for 2016.
The versatility of wood means it fits seamlessly into both contemporary and traditional homes and it’s perfect for bridging the two styles together too.
If you’ve opted for a modern style but want to inject warmth into a sleek and minimalistic design then wood is the perfect material for the job. Whether it’s subtle hints or a statement piece such as a wooden worktop, incorporating wood into your design will instantly create a more homely touch.
For discreet accents of wood with maximum effect, opt for good quality wooden utensils and use wall storage to display. Or if you’re looking for a more permanent home for wood in your kitchen, invest in a solid wood kitchen worktop. Guaranteed to keep your kitchen homely and always on trend, wood worktops add an element of luxury to any home.
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.
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.