Take a look at this bespoke budget kitchen

Discover how quality finishes don't have to be bank-busting, with this beautiful handmade kitchen, chosen by Ideal Home. For more decorating ideas go to housetohome.co.uk

contemporary country style with a slight industrial edge.

1/9 Bespoke shaker style kitchen with panelled island unit

kitchen with hanging light and white stool

(Image credit: Future PLC/ David Parmiter)

Kitchen units
Handmade Kitchens of Christchurch

2/9 Neutral kitchen with lavender painted island

kitchen with white stool and hanging light

(Image credit: Future PLC/ David Parmiter)

The practical central island is the main focal point in the room. Hand-painted lavender woodwork gives the room depth and makes an attractive subtle contrast against its white marble worktop. Three aluminium pendant lights hang above, adding an industrial and modern twist.

Lavender island paint
Farrow & Ball
Foto pendant lights

3/9 Cream kitchen with shaker style cabinets

kitchen with kitchen cabinet teapot and chimney

(Image credit: Future PLC/ David Parmiter)

As fans of solid wood, the owners employed a kitchen design company to design a layout, and had unpainted, handmade cabinets installed. They then commissioned a local decorater to paint the units in situ, which kept the costs low. Cute, colourful accessories - like the heart-printed tea pot - add a touch of fun to the neutral scheme.

Similar granite worktop
Marble Granite Craftsmen
Similar bespoke units
Handmade Kitchens of Christchurch

4/9 Contemporary white kitchen with undermount sink

room with sink area tomato and marble

(Image credit: Future PLC /David Parmiter)

Contemporary elements like the undermount sink and a sleek, square mixer-tap built into the island creates a modern look. This makes a great option for those with a sociable kitchen space. A white and grey marble worktop is stylish and hygienic and will work well in a modern or traditional scheme.

Similar mixer tap
Similar undermount sink
Modern Living

5/9 White kitchen with mix and match cupboard handles

kitchen with oven and kitchen cabinet

(Image credit: Future PLC /David Parmiter)

Limestone floor tiles and white painted walls keep the kitchen looking minimal, allowing the lavender island to take centre stage. Intergrated appliances are practical and sleek. Mixing cup handles and knob handles adds subtle interest to the drawers and cupboards. Glass storage jars for pasta, flour and so on are pretty as well as practical and are cheap to buy, too.

Floor tiles
London Stone

6/9 White kitchen with handmade drawers and vintage handles

wooden drawer with metal handle

(Image credit: Future PLC /David Parmiter)

Handmade drawers and units made with good-quality wood are professional and long-lasting, so well worth the investment. Vintage style metal pull handles stay in-keeping with the shaker period. Cup handles like these will also work in a more industrial scheme - on an apothecary-style chest, for example.

Similar metal pull handles


7/9 White and lavender kitchen with industrial-style breakfast bar

kitchen with white stool hanging light and worktop

(Image credit: Future PLC/ David Parmiter)

Three white metal stools convert the island into a breakfast bar - a simple look that creates a laid-back, relaxed feel. The pendant lights and worker-style stools are a nod to the industrial trend, but are softened thanks to their white finish. The combination of the country-style wood panelling on the island unit and the more urban lines of the stools sums up exactly what it is about this kitchen that makes it so effortlessly chic.

Bar stools
Cult Furniture

8/9 White and lavender kitchen with floor-to-ceiling cupboards

kitchen with marble worktop cabinet and hanging light

(Image credit: Future PLC /David Parmiter)

Floor-to-ceiling cupboards make good use of space and continue the streamlined flow of the room. A pull-out larder is ideal for keeping groceries organised and within easy reach. If you need an extra boost to reach the top shelves, a white-painted step ladder tucked away in a corner will come in handy and will also pick up on the softened industrial theme started by the bar stools and pendant lights.

Similar metal knobs

9/9 The kitchen before the renovation

kitchen before makeover with brick wall

(Image credit: Future PLC/ David Parmiter)

The owners employed builders to remove walls, install electrics and fit the new bespoke cupboards. The project took five months to complete, transforming the kitchen from a cramped, impractical space to an open-plan, family-friendly room which looks more expensive than it actually was. 

Lisa Fazzani
Deputy Editor

Lisa is Deputy Editor of Style at Home magazine and regularly contributes to sister title Ideal Home. She has written about interiors for more than 25 years and about pretty much every area of the home, from shopping and decorating, crafts and DIY to real home transformations and kitchen and bathroom makeovers. Homes and interiors have always been a passion and she never tires of nosying around gorgeous homes, whether on TV, online, in print or in person.