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I’m passionate about insightful design and practical applications, and I'm continually excited by how shifts in lifestyle and sentiment affect contemporary design and people's behavior. Great design creates harmony and an emotional response that can change people's lives.

Creating your dream kitchen isn’t something you should rush into. The key is in understanding how you intend to use your space. It’s crucial to invest time with your kitchen designer, and others who will use the space such as family members, to plan a layout that meets all your needs. Once you have a clear vision of how your kitchen should function, making the right design choices becomes much simpler.

As Head of Design, my role is to create a distinctive Design language, curate our colour palette, guide and influence product development, and be the voice of the customer. My aim with all of these is to help you create your dream space.

Think of me as your go-to kitchen guru - giving you the confidence you need to transform your kitchen.

Customer Jen looking through samples by her laptop

Our Colour Expert

At Magnet Kitchens, colour palette development is a meticulous journey, curated by Jen. Every hue is chosen with intention, reflecting a commitment to timeless elegance, contemporary trends, and the diverse personalities that make each kitchen uniquely extraordinary.

"Let me spill a little secret – colour is like the heartbeat of your home. It sets the vibe, tells your story, and turns a space into a place that's uniquely yours."

"Infusing colour into your kitchen is like adding strokes of personality to a canvas, reflecting not just your taste but the soul of your home."

Jen's tips for choosing your kitchen colour scheme

Mood Boarding

First up, mood boarding. Grab those magazines, hit Pinterest, or even get hands-on with paint swatches. Start collecting anything that catches your eye – from bold hues to subtle shades. Lay it all out, and you'll see your style unfold right in front of you.

Find inspiration

Now, don't be shy about finding inspiration. Nature, fashion, your favorite coffee shop, a stately home – draw inspo from everywhere! What colours make you feel cosy or energised? Your kitchen's got to gel with you, so go with what speaks to your soul.

Book a design appointment

Feeling a bit overwhelmed? No worries! Our expert designers are here to save the day. Swing by, spill your colour dreams, and let us work our magic. We'll guide you through the tones, textures, and trends, making sure your kitchen becomes the masterpiece you envision.

Think about natural lighting

Natural light is the unsung hero here. Consider how that sunshine spills into your kitchen haven. Bright and airy, or moody and cozy? Your call! And think about how you'll actually use the space. Are you a culinary genius in the making, or is your kitchen more of a social hotspot? Your choice should reflect you!

Which kitchen colours are trending right now?

Statement colors are making waves in kitchen design, with blues and greens emerging as favorites. These hues add a touch of drama and personality, turning the kitchen into a vibrant and dynamic space. Pink tones are also popular choice for adding personality to a space. Pink doesn’t have to be sickly sweet either! Pair with earthy tones to offset or pick a shade with a touch more brown and yellow like Chalk Blush for a grounding feel.

Warm terracotta tones are gaining popularity for those who crave a warm and inviting atmosphere. These hues infuse the kitchen with a cosy charm, creating a welcoming environment for both cooking and socialising. 

Earthy palettes are not just a visual treat but also a nod to sustainability and a desire for a deeper connection to the environment. Greens evoke nature, warm neutrals bring in a comforting vibe, and muted blues provide a serene backdrop. It's about creating a kitchen that feels grounded and in harmony with the natural world. 

The enduring appeal of off white, beige, navy and grey continue to reign supreme. These timeless classics serve as a versatile canvas that allows homeowners to experiment with statement colours or introduce diverse textures effortlessly. Whether it's a pop of colour or a play with patterns, off-whites and greys offer endless possibilities for personalisation.

Remember, it's not just a colour, it's your kitchen's personality shining through!

"If your surroundings bring you joy and contentment, then my purpose as a designer is fulfilled."

Jen's own kitchen

How did Magnet's head of design approach her own kitchen renovation?

 

When designing my kitchen, I embraced a diverse mix of natural textures and finishes that have almost a cocooning effect. I wanted to curate a space that not only reflected a refined aesthetic but also celebrated the playful interaction of textures and finishes.

The warmth and organic appeal of the kitchen is amplified by Magnet’s Nordic Craft range, which features finger-joint solid timber exposed drawers to add a tactile quality. The worktop’s veined marble pattern introduces an element of luxury and dynamism, while its practical attributes ensure the kitchen remains a space of culinary creativity without the worry of wear and tear.

I wanted the space to truly feel like an extension of myself and my partner and one of the ways I achieved this is through artwork and plants, which add layers of texture and life to the kitchen. The artwork brings pops of colour and interest, while the greenery injects vibrancy and a sense of well-being.

The choice of colours and materials was also deeply personal. I gravitated towards hues and textures that speak to me on a personal level, creating a backdrop that’s both calming and inspiring. The open shelving in my kitchen not only serves a practical purpose but also offers a canvas to display cherished items – from heirloom dishes to favourite cookbooks, each piece tells its own story. Your kitchen should reflect your lifestyle and the things that make you happy, making it not just a place to cook, but a space to live and create memories.

For anyone looking to personalise their kitchen, start with what you love. Whether it’s a collection of pottery, a palette of your favourite colours, or even the use of shapes and lines that appeal to you, let these elements guide your design choices.

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Jen's advice on renovating your kitchen

For those embarking on a kitchen upgrade without a clear vision, my advice is to start by exploring what truly resonates with you.

Consider your lifestyle, preferences, and the overall atmosphere you want to create. Look at elements that inspire you – it could be a favourite colour, a material, or even a piece of artwork.

Let these foundational choices guide your decisions, creating a cohesive and personalised aesthetic.

Don’t be afraid to seek inspiration from various sources, whether it’s interior design magazines, Pinterest, or even visiting showrooms. Take note of styles and features that catch your eye, and gradually a theme will emerge. Additionally, consulting with a professional kitchen designer can provide valuable insights and help you navigate the multitude of options available.

Remember that your kitchen is a space where functionality meets personal expression, so take the time to envision how you want to use it. Trial and error can be part of the process, the key is to enjoy the journey of discovering a look that truly feels like home.

Ultimately, trust your instincts and choose elements that make you excited to spend time in your new dream space every day.

Ask Jen

The kitchen island isn’t a new concept – it’s actually the oldest form of kitchen space planning. Think heritage refectory table in a Georgian scullery! It’s a timeless way to prepare food that has stood the test of time because it fits so easily into modern day open plan living. Open plan living is also not a new concept, at one point in time we would have lived mainly in one room and it wasn’t until after the war that homes started to become divided and spaces separated by function. People are still longing to go back to social living and the island is really well placed to quickly return us to that. The hub of the space.

Islands don’t have to feel intrusive, keeping the floor visible underneath with legs or columns will create a dainty furniture feel. If socialising is important then it’s the perfect addition. People who have one almost always say their friends don’t leave the island all night! The perfect place to perch and get topped up. There’s probably something of a status symbol attached to a hefty island, and if it fits the space why not! It feels a bit dated to buy a sports car now people are much more comfortable investing in their homes instead.

Our homes are being turned to as places to retreat and enjoy. With less going out, we will stay in! Spa, Bar & Restaurant – 1 word, Joy! Many consumers are anticipating cutting back on experiences outside of the home, fuelling a rise in the ‘insperience’ trend. We are also desperate to find JOY which suggests people will want their homes to be able to switch up from peaceful retreat to home cocktail bar or restaurant. We are calling this “In-In”, think Home bar, Hotel luxury or intimate restaurant all in the home.

The power of personal expression, is also something we are seeing growing. Gone are the days when everyone has the same grey shaker kitchen. People want to create their own personal statement, a reflection of them. Our Paint to order range is a great example of this, people are opting to pick from a wide range and mix and match rather than go for the standard options. Powerful marble decors and eccentric accessories are also really trendy and give people that bespoke décor feel – like jewellery for the kitchen! Open shelves are also a lovely way to bring personality into the kitchen, displaying treasured objects and people are certainly moving away from lots of wall cupboard s a to a more open feel, but this doesn’t mean that you loose lots of storage. Wall cupboards are not actually a great way to store things. Tall larders and pull-out storage will give you a way more versatile, practical way to store so try using less wall space for a few strategically placed super tall storage units rather than lots of wall cupboards.

On the other hand, Ultra Comfort is in demand. Consumers are surrounding themselves with reassuring design to counteract turbulent times. Whether it be cocooning calm neutrals, colour drenching in one shade to feel totally nurtured, biophilic connection to nature or comfort in nostalgic charm. In-fact Nostalgia seems to be how people feel comfortable to make a bolder choice, it feels recognisable somehow - the bold colour or dark timber is easier to punt for. There was a time when people wanted to go one way or another because it was the trend. But for years now, it’s really come down to how an individual wants to feel in their home.

From a tech perspective, the number 1 purchase has to be a boiling water tap. What a great bit of kit, once you’ve had one there is no going back :) It also used to be that you would have to compromise on other features, like pull outs, different colours (like brass and black) etc. etc. but not anymore, you can get the tap of your dreams! Even sparkling and filtered water from brands like Quooker. 

Tech can also be a bit off-putting too, people want the convenience, but they don’t want it to feel like it’s intrusive. Integrated appliances are definitely in demand, hiding everything behind a door is definitely the way to go. But handleless/ push to open, matt black and even built in that looks more classic is what people want.

Another really big trend is people wanting a more furniture feel, rather than traditional “fitted kitchens”. Adding dainty feet to an island, using an antique or feature unit to store crocks in or even hiding most of the kitchen so it feels more like a living space. It’s probably as people reassess their spaces and move to open plan living that they realise a big lumpy kitchen feels overwhelming in a space. But even in a small space lifting units up and seeing the floor below can provide a much-needed feeling of spaciousness.

Midnight has done so well for us but we are being asked for bolder, brighter, marine shades so it will be exciting to bring more saturated, playful statements into the range. For quite some time grey dominated and it’s lovely to see people really embracing colour, moving toward personal choices rather than doing what next door did! Green has been the most adopted colour – ranging from airy aqua, saturated olive and dark forest tones it’s almost become the new neutral.

Lots of warmth coming through too, peach, terracotta and even enriched brown. There has been a move toward neutrals too but that doesn’t have to be boring. It can be quite beautiful to build that layered tonal look.

Painted timber is another one people love and I guess apart from the obvious association with quality you can re-paint it in the future, should you want, which people love because it gives them a licence to be braver with their choices.

The kitchen island isn’t a new concept – it’s actually the oldest form of kitchen space planning. Think heritage refectory table in a Georgian scullery! It’s a timeless way to prepare food that has stood the test of time because it fits so easily into modern day open plan living. Open plan living is also not a new concept, at one point in time we would have lived mainly in one room and it wasn’t until after the war that homes started to become divided and spaces separated by function. People are still longing to go back to social living and the island is really well placed to quickly return us to that. The hub of the space.

Islands don’t have to feel intrusive, keeping the floor visible underneath with legs or columns will create a dainty furniture feel. If socialising is important then it’s the perfect addition. People how have one almost always say their friends don’t leave the island all night! The perfect place to perch and get topped up. There’s probably something of a status symbol attached to a hefty island, and if it fits the space why not! It feels a bit dated to buy a sports car now people are much more comfortable investing in their homes.

Storage, storage, storage! …. Number 1 must have is storage to suit you. There are so many units and nifty storage solutions that make storing stuff a pleasure it’s the easiest thing to get right but so many people trip up. When someone is honest about how they will use the space, what stuff they have and what stuff they might need, the kitchen is a success.

People are also desperate for value for money, not necessarily the cheapest but quality stuff that lasts. Like real, solid brass handles rather than a faux finish or technical stone worktops are hugely popular and a great choice too. The decors are beautiful and really look and feel like real stone and often better for the planet than real stone like Dekton, which is carbon neutral choice. Dekton is also 5x stronger than Granite allowing for greater surface spans. Dekton does not fade over time and the colour lasts a lifetime. Dekton is the most scratch resistant surface available. Resistant to abrasive acids, oils, vinegar, and most importantly wine!

Most of our suppliers are really pushing their efforts into initiatives to help our planet. Like our Seacycle handle that’s made from 100% recycled sea plastics, like fishing nets tec. There’s also a big focus on energy saving appliances including quicker &/or more efficient cooking times which is double benefit for us right?

Venting hobs (with the extractor built in the hob) are also getting better and better and they are a great bit of kit for a streamlined look.

In regard to finishes we have seen some amazing innovations in timber veneer imitations. Although natural and authentic materials are synonymous with quality and beauty sometimes an alternative can be more sustainable and more durable. The technology we are starting to see is in the processes creating texture. Texture and haptic homes are an important way to connect us to nature and poor imitations can do the opposite! 

Our design service

Starting with your first, free consultation, your experienced Magnet designer will be by your side to walk you through the design process and give expert advice at every step. Same-day appointments are available on a limited basis.

Our design service

Starting with your first, free consultation, your experienced Magnet designer will be by your side to walk you through the design process and give expert advice at every step. Same-day appointments are available on a limited basis.

In-Store Design Consultation

Meet with your designer at your chosen showroom.
Duration:
90 min
Outcome:
3D kitchen design & quote

Virtual Design Consultation

Meet with your Magnet designer on a video call.
Duration:
60 min
Outcome:
3D kitchen design & quote