Personalise your kitchen

Put your own stamp on a plain kitchen in next to no time by adding a splash of easy-to-change colour with a lick of paint or a few choice accessories

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Mixing classic and contemporary pieces is a sure way to create a one-of-a-kind look. Here, mod stools in sunshine yellow from Chair Crazy make a sharp contrast to the traditional style of the rest of this kitchen and add a fun, quirky touch. Kitchen by Holly Wood Kitchens and Furniture.


Red always makes a statement and the addition of a red-painted dresser brought this grey-toned kitchen to life. “Not only does it add character, but the bold colour makes the kitchen feel less clinical and more connected to the rest of the house,” comments the owner. Kitchen by Holly Wood Kitchens and Furniture.

As they provide both task and ambient lighting and add a stylish design element, pendant lights have become all the rage in kitchens. Plus, they’re one of the easiest ways to add a pop of bright, jazzy colour. When you want to change the look, all you need to do is recover the shade.


Wanting to give her neutral kitchen some oomph, Caroline Young called in Shannon Howard of Bella Interiors who added a jaunty candy striped blind, made up in Lovely Stripe from U&G Fabrics, and painted the splashbacks in Modo Chalkboard Paint in Ballet Pink from Builders Warehouse. “This, plus a few pink accessories, was all that was needed to make this space more cheerful and welcoming,” says Caroline.

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