A dull kitchen was given an injection of colour and pattern for less than £250

Eye-popping pastels and gallery walls galore make this scheme pretty unique

One homeowner spent less than £250 on a pastel kitchen makeover with a gallery wall, transforming the space from drab to fab.

Annabelle Taylor and her partner Joe transformed their dark, lifeless kitchen into a colourful paradise, filled with pastel kitchen ideas.

Pastel kitchen makeover

'I love anything bold and eye-catching,' she told sofa start-up Swyft Home. 'I love being individual and always putting my own spin on everything I do, so decorating my house was going to be no different.'

A pastel coloured kitchen with a coffee sign

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Before, the room felt small and dark. Annabelle documented its transformation with some clever budget kitchen ideas on her Instagram account @built.on.love.and.shenanigans.

small pastel kitchen with a pastel blue microwave

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When the couple first moved in, they found the kitchen to be a dark space and were keen to brighten it up. Not only that, but Annabelle longed for more luxurious-looking worktops.

'I really wanted a white marble surface, however that would have cost a fortune,' she says. 'Instead, I found white marble vinyl wrap for £7 a roll and managed to do the whole kitchen for £28!'

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Kitchen renovation with neon sign and white marble effect worktop

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The first thing you'll notice is all the artworks that flow around the walls, peppered with shelves, garlands and a large neon sign.

'I recommend shopping around and being imaginative,' Annabelle says. 'We did a lot of upcycling after finding things super cheap on Facebook Marketplace. Also try accessorising what you already have, as this can be a great way to give something a new lease of life and transform a space.'

kitchen renovation with lots of pictures on the wall

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A small pink wood trolley slots neatly into an alcove and is home to pet treats and bowls, while the breakfast bar has had stick-on tiles used underneath to give it a new look.

'The other big change I made was to our tea and coffee station, which was originally a big set of cupboards that did nothing for the space,' says Annabelle.

'I managed to get a free Welsh dresser from my family and used the top part as a shelving system, which I painted using tester pots (to keep costs down).'

A pastel coloured kitchen with a coffee sign

(Image credit: @built.on.love.and.shenanigans / Swyft Home)

Annabelle also attached hooks at the bottom of the shelves to hang some pretty pastel mugs, and used the same stick-on floor tiles as on the breakfast bar for the wall, to give it the look of a splashback.

'It's completely opened up the room and transformed the space,' she says.

Kitchen renovation with lemon print wallpaper and a pastel blue microwave

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On another wall, a fun lemon-print wallpaper has been used and even the appliances fit into the scheme, with a pastel blue microwave taking pride of place, rather than hidden away.

Have you been inspired to give your space a colourful transformation?

Laurie Davidson

Laurie Davidson is a professional stylist, writer and content creator, who lives and breathes interiors. Having worked for some of the UK’s leading interior magazines, styled homes up and down the country and produced sets for TV shows, adverts and top brands, it’s safe to say Laurie has had a pretty exciting career. Find her on Instagram at @lifeofaninteriorstylist or over at lauriedavidson.co.uk