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Interior Design is hard

I need your help peoples!

It’s taken me a while to get around to posting these pictures, but I have been in the process of replacing my kitchen for the last 8 months or so. The new units, etc are in but I still need to decorate. It’s already so much better than what I had before, but I need to finish it now.

But I am having so much trouble choosing the décor! I have gone through ideas for a) aqua blue paint with blue glass titles, b). a mural of a nebula on the biggest wall with black/dark blue titles (a bit to expensive and you won’t see much of the picture anyway), and c) brick effect textured wallpaper with god knows what tiles. All I know is that white/off-white and yellow are my absolute no-nos. Blue is always preferable.Or a dark purple???? I want dramatic and a place for my clock.

Anyway…



Before

So here it is before the transformation started:

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This old kitchen was horrible. It was the original from when my flat was built in the 1960s, with Formica worktops held up by a (bent) metal pole, no cupboards worth noting and peeling trim. The only nice bits, the wall cupboards, were IKEA ones I put in when I moved in. It only took 13 years to get the money for a new one.

Excuse the corner of shame there.

New Kitchen

Getting someone to fit the thing for a reasonable price was a bit of a saga, it took ages to find somebody, then they had an accident where a wall unit fell on them and broke his ribs. Eventually he found us a replacement and finally the new kitchen was in.

I am very pleased though:

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At least the corner of shame now has the oven in it and can never be again!

(The wandering bin has since found new home, so doesn't sit in the middle of the floor anymore)


So, any suggestions (within my budget budget)?

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It looks like you don't have much wall and I would suggest raiding the bargain bins at various tiling shops and getting a collection of blue tiles or various shapes (as long as they are the same thickness). Then make a random pattern of them on the wall between cupboards and paint any other bits of wall a toning blue. Cheap, but fun to do.

I'm not that keen on high-contrast random, but that could work. Currently my dad and I are trying to work how I can possibly try to afford these tiles that are £35 each by just doing a small area then doing cheapo for the rest.

It might help if I see a picture of the clock.

I don't have a picture handy, but it's white with a silver rim.

Oh, that's neutral enough that a crazy quilt of bargain bin tiles like Kazzy_cee suggests would be perfect

Ooh, shiny kitchen!!!! Good to finally see pics!

I think if you were doing blue, an aqua blue would be the right one to balance with all that wood. But a deep plummy purple would be slightly more unexpected and tone really nicely (and clash in a great way with your blinds!!). You could do a subtle Indian-esque purple, gold and turquoise as a minor accent thing. Which would go very well with those tiles if they're the ones I'm thinking of!

ETA: And of course, the mirror ball expects high glam.


Edited at 2015-03-08 02:18 pm (UTC)

We are off to see the nice tiles now...

They have a peacock-colours version as well - say hello to it!!

Well, we thought the peacock was a little bright although it's more flexible in terms of wall colour choice(that Shanghai one was more tasteful in real life as well). The Flamed Gold is still the favourite, I'm thinking that I could buy four or five of them for the hob area then have cheap black matt titles everywhere else. No one will see them behind the junk anyway and it could still be under £200 for the lot.

I still don't know about the walls though.

Fair enough! The Flamed Gold is definitely nice. And that sounds like an excellent idea; you could do like they seem to have in pictures of showers (eg. the first pic here), with matt black all the way across that wall under the cupboards, then in a strip around the rest of the kitchen, with a feature stripe behind the hob. Then it would look very intentional, with no hint that you didn't have the cash.

Yeah, a bit like that.

Put your posh tiles where the light is best for them, I reckon.

I have kitchen envy now!

There is no light, my flat is a bit of a cave after 11am!

These are the posh tiles here.


Edited at 2015-03-08 08:10 pm (UTC)

Those are gorgeous. I was thinking where you artificial light will hit them best - so if you have under cabinet lights or spotlights make sure the tiles are where they catch them.

Our lighting is pretty poor - D-d moans if she tries to decorate cakes in my kitchen that she can't see because she is always in her own shadow, and I can see her point. So the only bit of wall that isn't in shadow most of the time I'm in there is behind the hob, but it might be different in yours.

I have spotlights and a lava lamp! I don't do anything that requires that much attention to detail (I cook rice mostly and one big stir fry a week), but there is also a light on the extractor so it's there if I need it. The posh tiles will be going behind the hob. If I put plain black, cheap tiles along the walls it won't matter because they'll barely be seen behind toasters, etc.




Damn, if I were in England I could paint you a nebula dead cheap.

Oh, the nebula idea is wonderful! Is there perhaps a wallcovering that'd do it for you?

We redid our kitchen last year; the Spouse fell in love with a hunk of granite because it reminded him of a golden nebula, so we went with it. The nebula is wonderful. I feel like I'm cooking in the stars. Consequently, I'm hoping you can create a nebula, too. ::hug::

Yes! I was looking at this one here. It's not entirely off the table, but it'll probably work out a bit expensive for something that you won't be able to see much of. I still love the idea though.

I'm glad there is someone else out that that doesn't think this idea is totally mad! Your nebula sounds lovely, I was also thinking early on of having some sort of nice rock (slate though).

That's gorgeous!!

and I love the idea of pairing it with a rough rock, like slate.

But I am having so much trouble choosing the décor! I have gone through ideas for a) aqua blue paint with blue glass titles, b). a mural of a nebula on the biggest wall with black/dark blue titles (a bit to expensive and you won’t see much of the picture anyway), and c) brick effect textured wallpaper with god knows what tiles. All I know is that white/off-white and yellow are my absolute no-nos. Blue is always preferable.Or a dark purple???? I want dramatic and a place for my clock. I did my kitchen two years ago and I posted pictures. I wanted a classic look that wouldn't go out of style for at least a few years. I went with a blueish/grey for the paint. My tiles were the classic black and white. I chose for my counter top a granite that has a little black/brown/tan/grey. (This way I could change the paint color anytime to just about any color palette and I wouldn't be locked in to one shade/color family.)

If you want (like I did) to go with a decor that will stay in style for a longer time, I would go with a) aqua blue paint with blue glass titles. Because the paint can be changed but the tiles aren't so easy to change and blue is a color that is always popular.

I adore the blue titles, but they were originally dismissed due to price. I suspect whatever I do, it'll hardly be in fashion - I'm just doing what I want! I also have to do the bathroom tiles at some point, so maybe they will get another chance. Things have moved on a bit this afternoon after the third trip to the tile shops and it's likely I'm going to have cheap matt black tiles and these.

Your kitchen is lovely! Though I quite like your old one as well.




Your kitchen is lovely! Though I quite like your old one as well. The pictures don't quite show the total grossness of my old kitchen. The cabinets were formica and quite grease laden, the "bricks" were faux plastic and quite a few of them had fallen off.

Things have moved on a bit this afternoon after the third trip to the tile shops and it's likely I'm going to have cheap matt black tiles and these. I must have gotten the wrong link because the tiles I saw were neither cheap looking, matte or black. If you have decided on the black ones because of the price, you could always off set them with a few rows of glass tiles. (It might be hard to tell from the picture but the black tiles in my new kitchen are black glass.) I used just a little bit of glass tiles because I didn't like how a full wall of glass tiles looked and glass tiles can be quite expensive.


The aqua blue thing. I don't like the sound of either of the others, and you don't want it to look too dark.

Er...do you?

Of course I do!

I'm fairly sure at this point it won't be aqua blue; those things I listed aren't the choices but the rejects. Except c, that's still an outside possibility - Next have some orangey brick effect wallpaper that might do the job. I dunno. The problem with just paint is that I have very lumpy walls.

Hey, kiddo!

Those colors remind me of coffee or tea. I'm a coffee drinker more than anything, so latte's and coffee cups and foaming milk and such came to mind. So there's a color/theme idea for you, not that you won't get many more. At least I'm trying.

I've missed you. Glad to know life is going great, hurdles and all.

Deanna (Shoebrera)

Wow! That's a lovely new kitchen -- the wine rack! The units! The colour! I'm so jealous (my kitchen has been quietly falling to bits over the last year or so), yet really pleased for you, too.

Thanks, just wait until I have pictures of the black walls!

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