Take a tour around this colourful kitchen

Take a tour around this country kitchen with painted units in splashes of bold colour and retro-style flooring

With a small budget and small space to work with, the owners of this Victorian semi had to plan carefully. They couldn't afford to extend their kitchen but a few simple updates were all it took to create a stylish space that works for them.

1/6 Clever face-lift

kitchen with storage and counter

(Image credit: Future PLC/Lizzie Orme)

2/6 Kitchen before

kitchen with red wall and mirror

(Image credit: TBC)

This before shot shows the kitchen prior to the makeover. The dated pine units were updated with a lick of paint, worktops replaced and a new floor and tiles fitted. The owners were keen to add more storage but without altering the layout.

3/6 Improved layout

kitchen with fridge and white drawers

(Image credit: Future PLC/Lizzie Orme)

Swapping a separate fridge and freezer for a single slimline model left room for a unit next to the cooker. The butcher's block was £35 from Ikea - the owners painted it to match the other units and topped it with a new worktop.

4/6 Paint effect

kitchen with shelf and plates

(Image credit: Future PLC/Lizzie Orme)

Like the units, the pine plate rack was revamped with a lick of paint. The owners painted them a slightly darker shade than the walls to add depth.

5/6 Home-made touches

kitchen with red wall and cups

(Image credit: Future PLC/Lizzie Orme)

The owner saved money by making her own blind and sink curtain from ticking fabric.

6/6 Smart storage

kitchen with storage and cane basket

(Image credit: Future PLC/Lizzie Orme)

In a small kitchen you need to maximise storage so the owners added a second shelf to this unit. The baskets help keep the open space clutter-free and fit the country scheme perfectly.

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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.