Open Plan Kitchen Makeover

Before: The original kitchen in this cottage was originally two rooms – one part of which was an ancient extension. The rooms were knocked together and the old extension removed to create space for a large, open plan kitchen, dining room and study.

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After: From two dowdy spaces to one contemporary kitchen diner. How was it achieved?

The Mostly-White Scheme

The clever mix of tones and styles brings this kitchen to light. The all-white scheme makes it seem bright and spacious and contrasts with the black of the table and high-gloss wood-effect of the kitchen units. Splashes of green make the colour scheme softer. Equally, mid-century modern style chairs and dining table clash and combine with the modern lines of the units and squashy old leather armchair. We love it. Browse more white kitchens in our inspirational gallery.

Creating A Homework Area

Beyond the vast kitchen island is a small study area which means the kids can do their homework or adults can sort out shopping orders and emails without ever leaving the kitchen. For more ideas about creating kids' homework nooks, see our feature.

Merging Indoors & Out

Doors that pull right back make the most of the stunning view and help merge the outside with the inside. For more ideas on how to bring the outside in, see our gallery.

Relaxed Storage

The chunky white shelves contrast well with the other dining furniture and provide a handy storage space for cookery books. For kitchen storage ideas and for ideas on storing and displaying books, check out our galleries.

To see more kitchens like this, go to our contemporary kitchens gallery.

Pictures: Colin Poole

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