I've often said that the kitchen is the hub of our home; it's not just a place to eat for us – it's where we socialise, chat, hang out with friends, listen to music, have chats with the kids…
But for some reason I’ve never really felt that my kitchen really matched. It's unique, yes. And I love the décor; but there was nothing that really tied all the different elements together.
So, taking inspiration from my World War II female empowerment print* (a present from VIP when I spotted it on an interiors programme ten years ago!), I decided to emulate the ‘mellow yellow' tones in the poster throughout the kitchen.
And guess what? It worked wonders. I didn’t go OTT; I simply made a few small purchases to give the kitchen a more consistent vibe. Luckily, yellow hues are all the rage at the moment, so it wasn't too difficult to find interior accessories to bring the whole look together. And here's how I did it…
For a long time I’ve had a couple of country-style cushions adorning my sofa – one featured a bird and the other a bicycle. They were cute, they were very shabby chic, but they were also kind of …boring. What I really needed was an injection of vibrant colour, particularly given that the sofa was a pale blue.
A nice yellow hue came in the form of these honeycomb style cushions from TK Maxx. They were in the sale when I found them and managed to pick the par up for just £20 – a bargain! They have removable covers and a nice velvety texture. Here’s a similar looking honeycomb cushion* I found if you like this style.
I didn’t need a new fruit bowl, but I had my eye on a huge retro-looking yellow bowl I’d spotted in Sainsbury’s for a few weeks. I knew they were about to get in new stick (spring/summer 2020), so I kept my eye on the yellow bowls every time I went in – and low and behold, one day it had been reduced – from £12 to £4!
And there was just one bowl left. It was almost like a sign there was one left and it was just a few pounds, so it now has pride of place in our kitchen.
I also have a set of old-fashioned coasters (bought off Amazon), and the Roundtrees Fruit Gums was the perfect yellow shade, so this now sits on top of the others.
I was on the look out for a more unusual item (I tend to lean towards items that spark conversation and feature a unique design), and I came across this brick style vase online. Given that I’m allergic to flowers (don’t ask!), I wondered what I’d put in it, but there’s no reason why I can’t go faux – or use it to display something unusual in itself (all suggestions welcome!).
Little details like oven gloves – which had seen better days – also got an upgrade. And even the small yellow colander was snapped up to help tie everything in together. It’s a little small for things like potatoes, but perfect for washing berries and smaller food items. And naturally, I leave it hanging from my S hooks on the kitchen rail which is on show.
And that’s about as far as I’ve got with the kitchen. I’m really pleased with the overall look; just buying a few key items has really helped give it the mini lift it needed.
There’s a few things like need doing like a new paint job on the walls and possibly some more artwork on the wall, but there’s no rush to buy anything quickly – I’d rather take my time and get the look just right than rush in and end up regretting it.
What’s your favourite room in your home?
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