In the Pink

A dull kitchen is trans­formed with a sim­ple one, two, three.

Good - - HOME - Words and styling Sarah Heeringa. Pho­tog­ra­phy Amanda Reel­ick

A kitchen trans­for­ma­tion with Re­sene paints

This ba­sic and bland u-shaped kitchen was sadly lack­ing in per­son­al­ity. Adding colour, tiles and open shelv­ing was a cost-ef­fec­tive way to in­ject some style as well as ex­tra func­tion­al­ity.

You need

Re­sene SpaceCote Low Sheen wa­ter­borne enamel in Re­sene Blanched Pink for the walls Re­sene SpaceCote Low Sheen wa­ter­borne enamel in Re­sene Cloudy for the stools and un­der bench

Re­sene Lus­tacryl in Re­sene Alabaster for the win­dows, door and shelves drop cloths, rollers, brushes tape mea­sure tiles tile cut­ter an­gle grinder tile trim tile ad­he­sive grout Re­sene Broad­wall Wa­ter­borne Wall­board Sealer (op­tional)


When choos­ing colours to use in any given room, it helps to start by con­sid­er­ing the pa­ram­e­ters you are work­ing with. This kitchen des­per­ately needed a splash of colour, but be­cause it is part of a rel­a­tively small open-plan lounge it’s best if the colours are not so dom­i­nant as to over­power the rest of the space. The cho­sen hues needed to be both sooth­ing and so­phis­ti­cated. The room as a whole is not hugely sunny, so warm colours were prefer­able. Fi­nally, the colours needed to work with the ex­ist­ing dark bench­tops.

Re­sene Blanched Pink from the Karen Walker range was a great choice as this dusky pink is soft, warm and el­e­gant all at the same time. We also used Re­sene Cloudy to paint the kitchen stools and un­der the bench. Re­sene Cloudy is a dusty-toned grey of sim­i­lar in­ten­sity to Re­sene Blanched Pink, which en­sures that the colours bal­ance each other. The mush­roomy grey shade works with the dark benches and soft­ens their ef­fect when view­ing the kitchen from the lounge.

Re­sene Alabaster is a mod­ern white with hints of grey, mak­ing it an ideal choice for the win­dow, door and new shelves.


Even just a few rows of tiles will add some tex­ture and sub­stance to a kitchen. They are also very func­tional – tiled splash­backs placed be­hind a stove and sink area are easy to clean and help pro­tect kitchen walls from mois­ture, heat and greasy cook­ing residues.

Tiled splash­backs can be eas­ier to in­stall than you might think. Visit your lo­cal hard­ware or tile spe­cial­ist, such as The Tile Ware­house, ( tile­ware­ for tiles, ad­vice and any other ma­te­ri­als you need.


Smart kitchen de­sign in­volves max­imis­ing your stor­age op­por­tu­ni­ties. You can’t put ev­ery­thing on open shelves, but they are per­fect for dis­play­ing your most at­trac­tive things. In this small kitchen, the open shelves help de­fine the space and add that much needed splash of per­son­al­ity. Sarah is a con­tribut­ing editor for Good and au­thor of Re­claim That: Up­cy­cling your Home with Style.

Be­fore Above: A func­tional but bor­ing kitchen, it lacked style, stor­age and a pro­tec­tive splash­back. Af­ter Right: Paint­ing the stools the same colour as un­der the bench re­duces vis­ual clut­ter and makes them look like they be­long to­gether with the bench.

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