See how a coat of paint and some new tiles have transformed this kitchen

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  • ‘When we moved here, we painted throughout, but then decided to wait before making any big changes,’ say the owners, who bought the house back in 2007. Eight years later, when they were expecting their third daughter, they needed more space, so they decided to add an extra bedroom. It made sense to look at how they used the whole house and reconfigure some other elements of it at the same time.

    As the kitchen is at the back of the house, the owners decided to put bifold doors across the end wall to open it up to the garden. There was a little-used patio to the side of the kitchen, so they built a snug in its place with an extra bedroom on top. And to create some unity and flow to the space, they chose ceramic tiles that look like wood and laid a new floor throughout the downstairs.

    There was a good layout in the kitchen, but the doors and wall tiles looked too country. The solution was to change the cabinets to a colour that would complement the flooring. The owners found a company, ProSpray London, which, after a site survey, sprayed the carcasses in the room, while the doors were taken away and sprayed off-site. It was a surprisingly quick and easy process.

    The kitchen was looking much better, but it was still a bit bland, so the addition of Moroccan tiles from Topps Tiles was perfect because they added pattern and colour in tones that work with the room. The next step was to bring some warmth to the walls and, after a long search, the owners chose Blackened by Farrow & Ball.

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