Ok, you would be correct in noticing this isn't a pink kitchen. It's the kitchen we installed just before we moved in (5 Years ago), following an extension to square the L-shaped room to create a kitchen/diner. The house we had left had a gorgeous bespoke wooden kitchen made to our specifications, but budget just didn't allow for us to do that all over again so soon. At the time I wanted something pretty simple and we opted for these sleek contemporary units in grey, combined with a Corian worktop and wood splash-back to compliment the wooden floor. I am not sure it ever really felt like 'me', but decisions had to be made very quickly and I was definitely influenced by the grey that was very much still a big part of everyone's decorating choices. Plus, I hadn't at this point begun the shop, which has given me so much more courage to really experiment with colours. Although I have always indulged in interior mags, I never had the reason to immerse myself in the world of interiors or go sourcing as much as I do now. I just didn't realise how much I loved colour. Pretty soon after the kitchen was fitted I started to experiment with colour in the house and I suppose a theme started to develop and the grey slowly started to disappear and be replaced with richer, earthier tones, neither dark nor light.
I change paint colours, a little bit like some people change shoes. I think nothing of repainting rooms in a weekend, only to change my mind a few months later. However, the more a scheme throughout the house develops, the harder it is to change individual rooms without affecting the whole flow. I do however have a consistent palette of colours running through house, so for example, if I decided against the kitchen cabinets in the 'now' pink, I could in theory change to a warmer neutral colour, similar to that on the skirting boards and then change the walls to the pink, or the sage green, as all these colours feature throughout the house in some way.
By using these rich tones, the house feels cosier, and works with the period of the house and compliments the mix of old and new. I still have the chrome fixings from the original kitchen, and if I was going to be 'correct', I would opt to change these fixings to a copper, but money absolutely is a consideration and everything I do is done on a relatively small budget, especially as I change everything so frequently.
The walls are painted in Sage Green by Little Greene and the Cabinet doors are painting in Sulking Room Pink by Farrow & Ball. When we decided to change the kitchen doors, we organised for the doors to be made by a company online, where you simply send in the dimensions and then I painted them and they were fitted in an afternoon. You can either do this yourself if you are very handy, or ask a carpenter to do it for you. It's the measuring in the first place that needs to be precise as this is where the mistakes can be made.The costs of the doors was around £900.
I had to also consider the grey Corian worktop, as this couldn't be replaced, so all the new colours needed to be o.k with the worktop.
The pendant lights were found in Home Sense, a lot of the ceramics are from Wattle & Daub, and the vintage artwork, copper pans, tins are all sourced from the many markets I visit.
When we did the extension, we created a new doorway from the kitchen through to the living room. The doorway was left without a door, so lots of chasing the whippets in circles was a frequent game, whilst I hummed the Benny Hill Music. When it was too much to bare, we sourced a barn door (£80) from ebay and fitted it on to a sliding mechanism, which is lovely as it allows the living room to be closed off when others are sat in the kitchen.
The pic below shows the new (but old) daybed I found recently on Vinteior. It has a gorgeous magenta thread which runs through it. The last pictures show a cabinet I bought and had painted in a similar colour, which links to the daybed and also the living room next door which has a chocolate and antique gold / magenta combination. The butterflies in the beautiful cork display cabinet have the same yellow pop and rustic earth tones coming through.
To pick up on the sage green walls, I have started to fill the room with house plants, both fresh and faux. I am hoping to soon create a suspended platform above this area with more plants trailing down.