Kitchen makeover ideas - 10 of the best

Bored of your kitchen? We understand. Sometimes you just want a little change but can't seem to find the right inspiration to kickstart your makeover journey.

Bored of your kitchen? We understand. Sometimes you just want a little change but can't seem to find the right inspiration to kickstart your makeover journey. Luckily, we have done all the hard work for you and have picked some of the finest kitchen makeover jems to really get you thinking about your new kitchen design.

Be adventurous by adding patterned floor tiles to a neutral colour scheme for a bright, traditional-style kitchen. Or, go for the modern look by accessorising with silver and high shine work tops to give your kitchen that sleek, contemporary glow.

1/10 Kitchen makeover ideas

kitchen room with white walls and wooden flooring

(Image credit: David Still)

Maybe you like the country theme instead, in which case pair some tartan accessories with a brightly coloured cooker to act as a feature and make your country kitchen pop. Whatever your style, this gallery is filled with different ideas to inspire your new kitchen, browse until your heart's content!

White galley kitchen with patterned floor tiles

A wooden window seat adds extra seating and bold, blue floor tiles have been used to border the island unit in this classic kitchen. Galley and linear kitchens are the obvious choice for narrow rooms, but can be the star of larger spaces, too. Galleys are designed to be both compact, ergonomic and ultra-efficient, maximising every inch of space for both storage and preparation.

Kitchen units
Lewis Alderson & Co
Similar oak flooring
Floor tiles
Mosaic del Sur

2/10 White and sage green kitchen with wall cupboards

kitchen room with white cabinets and kitchen chimney

(Image credit: Alexander James)

Not every home is blessed with a vast open-plan kitchen but, if your room is on the small side, there's plenty to feel positive about. Keep surfaces free of clutter, too. Look for smaller appliances, choosing premium models that give the optimum internal space while still fitting a standard or smaller space. To avoid cluttering the worktops, plenty of cupboards have been incorporated into this kitchen design.

Kitchen units and slate laminate floor tiles
Ceiling light
Green Blue by Farrow & Ball

3/10 Modern kitchen with silver fixtures

kitchen room with grey tiled flooring and white walls

(Image credit: Robert Sanderson)

Sleek kitchen units and bar stools make this space both practical and stylish. A trio of glass pendants adds a touch of up-to-the-minute sparkle - a nice contrast to the tradtional leaded casement windows. Using the same materials gives a seamless look that will make a kitchen recede in a multifunctional room.

Kitchen units

Bar stools

4/10 Lime green painted kitchen with white cabinetry

kitchen room with lime green walls and white cabinets

(Image credit: Richard Gadsby)

A large, light-filled room often benefits from strong colour to add definition and interest, and to prevent a space looking bland. In this traditional kitchen-diner a feature wall has been painted in a lime green to match the blinds and tablecloth, which ties the whole scheme together.

Kitchen units
Vinyl flooring

5/10 Black-and-white U-shaped kitchen

kitchen room with white walls and kitchen chimney

(Image credit: Polly Eltes)

A simple monochrome scheme in this open-plan kitchen gives this spacious U-shaped area a crisp and clean look. The versatility of this design means it will work no matter what the size or style of your kitchen. To maximise brightness, opt for an all-white scheme. To add an element of contrast, worktops are covered in black slate.

Similar kitchen
Harvey Jones
Farrow & Ball

6/10 White Shaker-style kitchen with storage

kitchen room with tiled flooring and kitchen countertop

(Image credit: Niall McDiarmid)

Shaker-style cabinetry frames the bold red range cooker in this country-style kitchen, while wooden worktops echo the traditional-style dining table. Maximise your storage space with clever shelving units installed above and around the cooking area - perfect for housing cookery books and utensils. This simple red, white and neutral colour scheme helps to keep the finish tailored and smart.

Similar units
John Lewis of Hungerford
Range cooker

7/10 Modern kitchen with purple island unit

kitchen room with white tiled flooring and white cupboard

(Image credit: Richard Gadsby)

This large-scale island unit provides a utility sink and an abundance of storage solutions in this smart kitchen extension. The fabulous purple paintwork comes centre stage against a backdrop of white wall cupboards and glass alcove cabinet. The skylight window adds architectural interest.

Cabinets and bar stools

8/10 White kitchen-diner with oak beams

kitchen room with white walls and wooden flooring

(Image credit: Richard Gadsby)

This open-plan kitchen-diner includes all the ingredients of a timeless kitchen scheme - original oak beams, whitewashed walls and shabby-chic dining table. However other elements, such as the Perspex chairs, freestanding units and stainless-steel appliances are decidedly modern. It's a juxtaposition that brings a refreshing modern edge to a traditional interior.

Kitchen units
Tick Tock Clocks

9/10 Pale blue and grey kitchen with tiled splashback

kitchen room with grey tiled flooring

(Image credit: David Giles)

This classic country kitchen is fitted with pale blue painted kitchen cabinets with black granite worktops and has a matching Aga. Metro tiles have a verstaile look that can suit all styles of kitchen, from modern industrial to country and classic. If you feel daring, don't stop at the traditional splashback - tile all the way up to the ceiling to maximise the feeling of space.

Little Greene
Similar Aga
Aga Shop Cobham

10/10 Modern kitchen with oversized pendant

kitchen room with white tiled flooring and kitchen countertop

(Image credit: Eleri Griffiths)

This modern kitchen with sleek accessories and a stylish kitchen island is ideal for entertaining. An oversized pendant hung over the island anchors the space and, when connected to a dimmer switch, it can provide a range of light levels to suit the mood and time of day. The brown and yellow is a great retro combination reminiscent of the 1970s.

SieMatic cabinetry with Miele appliances
Pure Design UK

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.