Take a tour of this light and modern kitchen

Looking for decorating ideas for your kitchen? Be inspired by this contemporary kitchen-diner from Ideal Home. Find more kitchen and bathroom makeovers at housetohome.co.uk

The owners reconfigured an awkward ground-floor layout so that they could gain a spacious kitchen-diner. With its new glazing, the open-plan space is now filled with natural light.

1/7 Open-plan kitchen-diner

kitchen diner with white cabinet and wooden flooring

(Image credit: Future PLC/ David Giles)

Plenty of storage prevents clutter on worksurfaces, while intregrated appliances maintain a seamless look.

For similar units, try the Autograph range in Grey Gloss
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Metro wall tiles
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2/7 Calming kitchen colour scheme

kitchen with white walls and wooden worktops

(Image credit: Future PLC/ David Giles)

The same soft colours are used throughout the open-plan living area to create a sense of calm.

The central island gives extra worksurface and storage space as well as helping to break up the floor space a little.

Walls painted in Salisbury Stones 6
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For a similar stool, try the Como stool
World of Bar Stools (opens in new tab)

3/7 High-gloss kitchen units

kitchen with high gloss units

(Image credit: Future PLC/ David Giles)

The light grey, high-gloss kitchen units give the room its laid-back, yet elegant appeal.

The hob and cooker sit snugly inside the old chimney breast, flanked by units on both sides.

For a similar hob, try the Zanussi ZEV6240FBA
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For a similar oven, try the Baumatic BOD890SS
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4/7 Wood-effect kitchen worktops and flooring

kitchen with oak block effect laminate worktops

(Image credit: Future PLC/ David Giles)

Oak block-effect laminate worktops look like the real thing, but are easy to look after.

Engineered wood flooring is hardwearing and simple to clean.

For similar worktops, try Beech Prima laminate
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For similar flooring, try White Oak laminate
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5/7 Integrated kitchen storage

kitchen with wine rack

(Image credit: Future PLC/ David Giles)

The wine rack was a handy solution to a gap between the end of the units and the integrated fridge-freezer.

Indesit integrated fridge-freezer
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Evoke radio
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6/7 Kitchen dining area

kitchen diner with dining set

(Image credit: Future PLC/ David Giles)

An illustrated-style wallpaper on one wall softens the kitchen's sleek look and defines the dining area.

Mixing the same dining chairs in two colourways adds another point of interest.

Shelf wallpaper
Louise Body (opens in new tab)

Faux leather chairs
Dwell (opens in new tab)

7/7 The kitchen before the makeover

kitchen with wooden cabinet

(Image credit: Future PLC/ David Giles)

The old kitchen was small and dark and the layout of the ground floor was awkward, so the homeowner knocked down internal walls to transform it into one light-filled open-plan space.

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Heather Young
Heather Young

Heather Young has been Ideal Home’s Editor since late 2020, and also edits its sister title Style At Home. She is an interiors journalist and editor who’s been working for some of the UK’s leading interiors magazines for over 20 years, both in-house and as a freelancer.