Before and after: this outdated kitchen has been given a practical, modern facelift

A monochrome palette, infused with bright colour gives this scheme a fun, fresh feel

Planning your own kitchen makeover? Have a wander through this fabulous transformation that proves how planning and preparation can help to create a truly unique space.


When the owners bought this house, the kitchen was impractical and dated with a large arch and breakfast bar that cut the room in two. They wanted the space to look bright and modern and to be practical with lots more storage. It needed to feel like one room again, rather than two.

kitchen with oven and cabinet

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Here’s how the owner turned her kitchen into a colourful, practical space that is functional and family-friendly.

The builders altered the archway space and put up stud walls for the utility room. The space was plastered throughout and the walls were painted. Eight weeks later, the kitchen units were fitted, the floor laid and then the worktops put in place.

modern kitchen with wall oven and cabinet

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The kitchen feels much more spacious; its new, better design making it much practical and everything’s at hand. The owners gained much more storage while retaining the open, uncluttered feel. It goes to show what can be achieved with proper planning.

cooking area

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Finishing touches

The new room was beautifully organised but the onwers felt that it lacked colour. To add vibrancy, a pink glass splashback is fitted behind the range cooker and this dictated the colour scheme. Glossy grey units and white walls look crisp and the accent colour adds energy.

living room with glossy grey cabinet white walls photo frame on wall and flower vase

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Thea Babington-Stitt
Assistant Editor

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