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Jayne has redecorated several times since moving in – she’s done black and white, brights, shabby chic and country-style looks. About five years ago, she decided to get rid of the separate kitchen and dining room, demolishing the dividing walls so that the downstairs is completely open-plan now. For her new kitchen, she wanted something striking and had a look at black kitchens. ‘ I was confident it would work, as there’s plenty of light coming into that part of the house from the patio doors,’ she explains.
The breakfast bar was a new element and it separates the kitchen and dining zone, although it still feels like one space. Jayne already had the table and chairs, but there was room for more furniture once the wall had gone, so she bought the sideboard online. It was made of shiny orange pine, but she sanded and painted it, and changed the handles. Jayne says, ‘ It’s probably a bit big, but I love it and it was an amazing bargain.’
Teaming a black kitchen with black wall tiles takes it to the max. Jayne kept the old layout and just replaced the units with a high-gloss design. IDEA TO STEAL White walls and a splash of red lift the kitchen and soften the black gloss units The cupboard door under the stairs was always getting covered in finger marks, so Jayne turned it into a fun chalkboard.