Adding some colour to your kitchen

Nowadays Pinterest and TV shows are full of white or grey kitchen that look ultra sleek and modern but have virtually no personality in them. I admit that growing up, I dreamed of owning one of the kitchen’s in the TV adverts with all the hidden compartments and gadgets, but now I own a whole house; it’s not always achievable.

We are very lucky that our house isn’t dated and required virtually no work when we moved in. Our kitchen is neutral with cream cupboards and wood effect surfaces. Our hob, cooker and extractor fan are built-in so we had very few appliances to buy ourselves. What this did mean was trying to put our stamp on a home that was already in effect ok and this meant many a trip to the home stores to find the right kitchen accessories.

You can definitely go overboard with kitchen stuff though so before you start your “bottom drawer” as the parents referred to it, have a think about what you might actually need. Things like cutlery and tea towels should be top of the list before you stock pile on champagne toppers in different colours.

If you do find your dream home and think “this kitchen isn’t very me” then there are a number of ways to tackle the situation.

1. Rip it out and start again – can be expensive unless you know people who can help with this sort of thing.

2.Upgrade the cupboard doors or work surfaces – not as expensive but still a cost if you’ve just moved into your home.

3.Give it some wow factor with other upgrades such as appliances or coloured splashbacks.

I have always loved the shiny coloured acrylic splashbacks that you see in new build homes or even the likes that large furniture stores/DIY stores have on display in their show models. This is a great way of adding some wow factor or an injection of colour if you want to brighten a white kitchen.

As you can see from the photo above, this is a great way to brighten a grey/black/white kitchen, and even if red wasn’t your colour of choice, there’s so many more to choose from. Think yellow, violet, blue, green and black if you want a sleek splashback in your already sleek kitchen.

These are some simple tips to add some pizzazz to a kitchen based on my own findings. As mentioned before, our kitchen is in a pretty good condition but maybe it’s one for the future DIY list.

Laura x

*this has been a collaborative post, all content is my own*

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How to make any garden look Pinterest worthy

Yes it may still be January but I can’t lie, I’m already planning how my garden may look this summer. Once it starts getting a bit brighter and drier, we plan to get out into the garden and make it look beautiful again.

We bought our home just under 7 months ago and were lucky to have some beautiful weather not long after moving in. Our family gave us a table and chairs to sit outside on and several evenings were spent in the company of friends enjoying a good drink. The plan is to make the garden look Pinterest worthy again and make it come alive after all this horrid cold weather we’ve been having. I’m always browsing sites to find quirky furniture or lighting and came across Cox & Cox Outdoor Living range.

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It’s Black Friday at JYSK

Having spent the last few months getting our home in order, it’s safe to say we’ve visited plenty of homeware shops and websites. JYSK is one of those very shops but in the past I’ll admit, I never really bothered with.

The store near me opened a fair few years back and having never needed to go in much, I just never bothered. My mum did mention it and every so often I wandered in and imagined buying bits for my future home and planning it all in my head.

If you don’t know much about the store it opened its first store in Denmark in 1979 and now consists of over 2400 stores in 45 countries. It sells a massive range of products for all rooms in the house as well as Garden furniture and seasonal items like Christmas.

So it’s no surprise they are doing something for Black Friday and are offering savings of up to 70% with over 800 items featuring in the sale.

In other words, check them out and more than likely you will be grabbing a bargain!

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Laura x

*This has been a collaborative post with JYSK, no payment has been received for the post*



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