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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.

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