Be inspired by this contemporary open-plan kitchen

Using Scandinavian inspiration, the owners decorated the kitchen in muted tones of bleached wood, off white, and soft grey green, in a classic Shaker style with a modern, updated twist.

Using Scandinavian inspiration, the owners decorated the kitchen in muted tones of bleached wood, off white, and soft grey green, in a classic Shaker style with a modern, updated twist.

The worktop and wooden cabinets are all from Wickes (opens in new tab)

1/9 Contemporary open-plan kitchen makeover

kitchen with sink and kitchen cabinets

(Image credit: Future PLC/David Parmiter)

Click ahead for the before shot...

2/9 Kitchen before

kitchen room with dining table and chairs

(Image credit: Future PLC/David Parmiter)

This dated and impractical kitchen was transformed by the owners who were eager to create a large, airy family space. Knocking through to the adjacent garage enlarged the space, and folding glass doors connect the kitchen with the outside.

Overall cost: £21,260

Click ahead to see the dramatic transformation...

3/9 Breakfast bar

kitchen with kitchen worktop and wooden flooring

(Image credit: Future PLC/David Parmiter)

A breakfast bar in the middle of the room, creates a useful U-shape kitchen, and pulls on natural divisions in the room. Black bar stools match the sleek black worktops, and contrast with the bleached wood flooring.

The black bar stools are from Argos (opens in new tab), and the flooring was sourced form Atkinson & Kirby (opens in new tab).

4/9 Built-in appliances

kitchen room with sink and kitchen cabinets

(Image credit: Future PLC/David Parmiter)

A stainless-steel sink with simple filter tap sits on the breakfast bar within easy reach of these built-in appliances. The owners chose to keep the coffee machine and microwave in a separate unit also housing the built-in fridge freezer.

This filter tap was sourced from Wickes (opens in new tab), and for appliances look at Appliances Direct (opens in new tab).

5/9 Range cooker

kitchen with range cooker and induction hob

(Image credit: Future PLC/David Parmiter)

The owners chose a contemporary range cooker with induction hob to keep the kitchen looking fresh and modern. A matching stainless-steel cooker hood, and utensil rack unifies the look.

The range cooker, induction hob, and matching cooker hood are all from Appliances Direct (opens in new tab).  For similar utensil storage, head to IKEA (opens in new tab).

6/9 Plate drawers

kitchen with crockery and plate drawer

(Image credit: Future PLC/David Parmiter)

Space is maximised in the breakfast bar, with deep Shaker-style drawers providing useful storage for pots, pans, and crockery.

These drawers, along with all the cabinetry is from Wickes (opens in new tab).

7/9 Cooker hood

kitchen with kitchen chimney and kitchen cabinets

(Image credit: Future PLC/David Parmiter)

A range cooker, takes centre stage in this U-shaped kitchen, with the simple glass splashback adding depth and texture. Red kitchen accessories provide flashes of vibrancy.

For similar red kitchen accessories, look at Cath Kidston (opens in new tab).

8/9 Built-in storage

kitchen with wooden shelves and white bowl

(Image credit: Future PLC/David Parmiter)

Exposed wooden shelves break up the long run of grey units on the breakfast bar, and provide a useful storage space for cookery books.

All of the built in storage was created by Wickes (opens in new tab).

9/9 Clever storage

kitchen with larder drawers and induction hob

(Image credit: Future PLC/David Parmiter)

The owners added clever pull-out larder drawers around the kitchen, to create a really useable and practical space.

This storage unit was sourced at Wickes (opens in new tab).

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Thea Babington-Stitt
Thea Babington-Stitt

Thea Babington-Stitt is the Assistant Editor for Ideal Home. Thea has been working across some of the UK’s leading interiors titles for nearly 10 years. 

She started working on these magazines and websites after graduating from City University London with a Masters in Magazine Journalism. Before moving to Ideal Home, Thea was News and Features Editor at Homes & Gardens, LivingEtc and Country Homes & Interiors.