Check out this colourful kitchen

Love painted kitchens? Ideal Home takes a tour of this Shaker-style kitchen in fresh blue with a black granite worktop and tongue-and-groove splashbacks.

A Shaker-style kitchen fits right in with a Victorian house, enhanced by tongue-and-groove panelling around the island. The bespoke units are painted in Farrow & Ball’s Parma Gray and the island is painted in in Blue Blood by the Paint & Paper Library. The black granite worktop brings modern feel to this country kitchen

1/7 Painted, Shaker-style country kitchen

tongue and groove splashback kitchen

(Image credit: Future PLC/Douglas Gibb)

2/7 Country dining and display shelves

kitchen with island unit is pine table with matching chairs and alcove shelving wraps

(Image credit: Future PLC/Douglas Gibb)

On the other side of the island unit is a pine table with matching chairs, which adds to the country feel of the kitchen. Alcove shelving wraps around the dining area, creating a display space for ceramics and storage for cook books.

3/7 Tongue-and-groove splash back

tongue and groove splashback kitchen with freestanding stainless steel dishwasher white panelling and walls blue units and island

(Image credit: Future PLC/Douglas Gibb)

tongue-and-groove splashback adds to the relaxed country feel, as does a freestanding stainless steel dishwasher. The panelling and walls are painted in White Tie by Farrow & Ball to provide a contrast to the blue units and island.

4/7 Go for open shelves

kitchen with open shelves kitchen storage unit and white sink

(Image credit: Future PLC/Douglas Gibb)

Open shelving, rather than wall units, give this kitchen a more casual feel and is perfect for displaying decorative pieces. A white ceramic Franke Belfast sink reflects the traditional styling of the units, while the Target tap with pull-out spray by Bristan adds a contemporary touch.

5/7 Fill every nook and cranny

kitchen with shelves kitchen island and white wall and panel

(Image credit: Future PLC/Douglas Gibb)

Going bespoke means no alcove space is wasted. More open shelving keeps small appliances close to hand.

6/7 Make the island the centre of the kitchen

kitchen with open shelves white wall and panel and kitchen island

(Image credit: Future PLC/Douglas Gibb)

The island unit is the focal point of this kitchen. It's painted in Blue Blood by Paint & Paper Library, which provides a beautiful contrast to the black granite worktop.

7/7 Painted kitchen – Before

kitchen with plain white units and yellow walls

(Image credit: Future PLC/Douglas Gibb)

Plain white units and yellow walls have given way to a painted kitchen that's much more in keeping with the proportions of this Victorian home.

Thea Babington-Stitt
Managing Editor

Thea Babington-Stitt is the Managing Editor for Ideal Home. Thea has been working across some of the UK’s leading interiors titles for around 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.