The Kitchen Makeover

I’ve finally made a start on our tactical kitchen makeover today. I call it ‘tactical’ because, in time, we hope to reconfigure the layout of that part of the house which will involve replacing pretty much everything, so this is more of quick refresh to lighten the space up.

We’re lucky in that the kitchen that was in the house when we bought it is a painted wooden one that is in fairly reasonable condition considering it’s over ten years old. For now it just needs a lick of paint and some new handles. We’ve opted for an off-white for the walls as we want to cover up the dark yellow colour which really absorbs the light and makes the room quite gloomy. The yellow and blue wall tiles are proving a headache as I’m not convinced painting them will look especially good, but I might give it a go.

I’ll post some before and after pictures when I’m done, but in the meantime, I thought I’d share some kitchen eye candy with you and give you a sense of the look that I’m hoping to achieve.

As you can see, it is pretty clear that I’m drawn to the Shaker style. I’ve been thinking about what it is that appeals so much and I think it boils down to the fact that it has a timeless quality to it. I also like the handcrafted look and the softer shades that these kitchens lend themselves to so well; such neutral colours can look incredibly elegant.

That’s not to say the kitchen will be devoid of all colour, it’s just I prefer to be able to ring the changes using accessories, rather than with a statement cupboard colour.

What do you think of the Shaker style? Timeless or lacking the ‘wow’ factor?

Images: NeptunePlain English DesignDeVol1st Option via Colporter

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