Home Decor Ideas and Home Interiors


From Backstage To Centre Stage

Many decades ago, the kitchen was small dark space hidden at the rear of the house. It was a place where meals were prepared and dirty plates were washed by hand. Jump forward a few years to 2019 and the kitchen has a much different role. The kitchen has become the focal point of the home, a place that brings the family together at the start and the end of a long day. The kitchen now takes centre stage and is a clean modern space at the very heart of the home.

Kitchen from circa 1930 courtesy of E2BNGallery

Kitchens have changed a lot over the decades and planning for your kitchen remodel is very important. Changes in social dynamics have contributed greatly to the rise of the modern kitchen and it is now the main gathering space for conversation and entertaining. The example shown above in white is a Nova style kitchen, with Alpine Graphite worktops from Magnet Kitchens. Its bright clean lines reflect the modern look people are looking for today. Coloured cabinet also have become extremely popular. More on this below.

Integral Alpine https://www.magnet.co.uk/kitchens/all-kitchens/integra-alpine/

Open plan rooms that combine cooking and dining in one space have transformed homes and the majority of new homes are build this way today. The removal of a wall in older property can add not only space, but value, so its a win win around. As with any modern design trend, clean and simple styles have become favorites for homeowners with natural light becoming an essential aspect of the overall look and function of the kitchen space

1. Smart Kitchens

Technology has entered the kitchen in full force and has become Smart. Today, you can have a kitchen with technology integrated into every function and appliance–from the taps (faucets) to displays in the the fridge to the mood lighting.

Smart kitchens are an evolving aspect of design. Most modern kitchens today are designed to be smart from the planning stage. Older kitchens don’t miss out either, they can be easily brought into the 21st Century with smart sensors and fridges from companies like Samsung, with build in displays and other devices can be added for convenience to the homeowner.

Easy add-ons are motion sense-equipped kitchen taps (faucets) that can sense the presence of hands underneath and will come on automatically or try a one-touch feature.Your lighting system–allowing you to control all the lights from your smartphone or tablet. Philips hue are one company that provide controllable LED mood lighting to enhance any kitchen

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Technology integrated kitchens are becoming more popular as homeowners experiment with novel technologies. This is one of the biggest trends going into 2019.

2. Cabinet Colors: Dark Colors

Integra Soho from Magnet https://www.magnet.co.uk/kitchens/all-kitchens/integra-soho/

Although white cabinets are a classic look that can be used in almost any kind of kitchen style, we are slowly starting to a change. White cabinets to start declining in popularity and we expect a change towards more colourful kitchens throughout 2019 . The introduction of an island may also be used to break up the all-white kitchen so expect to see islands in a variety of different colours and finishes. The mixing of colours create a accent piece and additional pops-of-colour

In addition to these neutral nature shades is another colour palette that is making its way into the kitchen–dark jewel tones: black, navy, emerald green and even plum. It will surprise you at how well dark kitchen cabinets can work in and/or enhance a kitchen space with its dramatic and luxurious feel.
Dark kitchen cabinets portray full-on elegance and a deep rich luxurious atmosphere that the other options just don’t. They cast the kitchen in a subtle dramatic essence. However, you have to be careful that it does not overpower the room, making it feel perpetually dark. But more and more homeowners are getting bolder and opting for a kitchen with dark cabinet colors in 2019. Expect to see tons of black and darker color shades in the trendiest home of 2019.

3. Streamlined Designs, Materials and Textures

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Homeowners are getting more streamlined in their overall aesthetic, designs and alternative materials for kitchens. The kitchen is the heart of the home and needs to be a stress-free environments were everyone can gather.  This usually means, simplicity. Simple looks are all about modern clean lines. They will continue to be a huge hit throughout 2019. 

Removing upper wall cabinets has become a growing trend in the last few years since it opens up the visual space making the kitchen appear much larger and brighter.  It allows you to utilise the countertop space more productively. Open shelves are also a great alternative if the added storage space is needed or to create a focal point.

Consider materials with texture.  If you are using open shelving, rough cut wood to bring in natural elements or metal for a more industrial feeling. Floor tiles in a natural stone or backsplash tiles that are Glass, textured, beveled, or stone. These interesting textures are very different than the usual standard polished or glossy finishes we see everywhere. Ceilings can get an update too with cornices, recessed lighting, vaulted or beams.

4. Kitchen Work Tops

Soho kitchen from Magnet https://www.magnet.co.uk/kitchens/all-kitchens/soho/

For high-end kitchen worktops in the UK, Granite is still number 1. The material is extremely strong and long lasting, extremely hygienic and easy to clean. Granite, is the main choice in the high-end bracket kitchen design.

Thanks to technology, manufacturers have provided a wide range of colors to choose from as well as patterned design.. Quartz is the next best choice although some would say this should be the number one, as it is in the US. Price points usual dictate the choice for the consumer during the design and budgeting stage but Granite looks stunning. The pros and cons of worktops are highlighted in this great post from HC Supplies.

While we are still on the topic of work tops, it is important to mention the rising popularity of composite sinks. These are sinks made from the similar material to some worktops.  This creates a cleaner uniform look, blending in with the worktop and makes cleaning and maintenance much easier. Stainless steel and farmhouse sinks are still very popular in kitchen in the UK.

5. Effective Storage Solution

I-move from Magnet https://www.magnet.co.uk/accessories/innovations/i-move/

One of the biggest annoyances with kitchen cabinets is the unnecessary waste of space. The way the basic shelves and drawers are structured leaves a lot of wasted or awkward ro reach spaces. Available space is often too small or too large things or it’s too wide and does not give you a way to properly and efficiently organise the space.

One of the foundations to a functional kitchen is kitchen storage. If it is inadequate or ineffective, you will be faced with endless frustrations and challenges. To counter these storage challenges, homeowners are starting to look for better storage solutions within the cabinets. These can include:drawer dividers for cutlery & utensils, pull-outs for spices, tray dividers, roll-out trays and caddies for pots & pans; as well as wastebasket cabinets for household waste and recyclables and/or deep drawers. These will make it easier to store foods, drinks and small appliances. Magnet Kitchens have a great race of Kitchen accessories so make sure you speak to them at the planning stage.

2019 will also see a range of new kitchen storage options throughout the whole kitchen–focused on making daily lives more effortless and making cooking end entertaining fun. Our own kitchen was designed and installed by Magnet Kitchen who provided and excellent service.

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