Behold, the kitchen that converted me to coloured kitchens

19 Apr

Even though they’re a bit boring I’ve always been a white kitchen girl, mainly because I think 99.9% of coloured kitchens are garish and I find wood cupboard doors oppressive.

However, I now can’t imagine a more beautiful kitchen than this one…

{Petra Bindel via 79 Ideas / Elle Interior}

I once styled a kitchen similar to this for a magazine where the clever homeowners had installed cheap IKEA carcasses then had a carpenter make doors from MDF, which they painted. It’s a great idea because it’s a really inexpensive way to get a kitchen that looks bespoke and you can have whatever paint colour and finish (flat matte please) you like. This eau de nil teamed with white marble is just gorgeous, don’t you think?

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6 Responses to “Behold, the kitchen that converted me to coloured kitchens”

  1. Tom May 2, 2012 at 15:26 #

    would anyone know how to achieve this – presumably you can buy an ikea or howdens carcass, but where do you find the doors or a carpenter to spray paint them? any ideas

    • Decorator's Notebook May 2, 2012 at 16:40 #

      Any carpenter should be able to cut pieces of MDF to size for the doors – ask for recommendations locally. I just Googled ‘painter for kitchen doors’ and a few specialist firms came up so you could see if any of them are local to you.

  2. Mademoiselle Poirot April 19, 2012 at 14:48 #

    It’s gorgeous, I really like the mix of the rather restrained colour and the wooden furniture pieces. Works for me! ;-)

  3. Decorator's Notebook April 19, 2012 at 10:29 #

    Sounds great Patricia. Please can you tell me who you can get to spray paint things with F&B paint? Are there specialist companies or do you take it to a car sprayer or something?

  4. Patricia Gill April 19, 2012 at 10:26 #

    Yes it’s gorgeous. I did the same, Howdens carcasses and the builders made drawer fronts a la Balthaup and we had them spray painted matt F&B. I used this kitchen for inspiration it’s my all time favourite. Couldn’t do the wall lights though as my kitchen ceiling is too low. http://www.thehouseat.com/hautefage.html

  5. Michelle Y April 19, 2012 at 09:45 #

    ooh that is a beauty. Close enough to white to be classic but love the wood elements and that beautiful colour on the doors. Great tip for when I one day have a kitchen of my own.

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