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How to approach a kitchen makeover

Kitchen transformed using Lick Greige 02 and Green 06

WordsAthena Bluff


When it comes to kitchen re-designs, everyone knows that they can be costly, a lengthy-process and often quite stressful. I remember when I had my kitchen renovated and there were times where we were crawling over tools and supplies in order to move from one room of our flat to another and I'm pretty sure I ate breakfast off a spare splash back tile for about a week.

So being a designer, we know that keeping costs down and giving kitchens more of a "refresh" rather than a full on renovation can be a more convenient, affordable and stress free alternative. That's exactly what we decided to do in a recent kitchen refresh project in North London.

The kitchen was previously bright blue and looked really garish. The client who has a super cool, laid back and sophisticated needed something much more in line with his own vibe so we decided that using Lick's Green 06 paint and Greige 02 taupe paint was a better idea. 

We decided to use a green tone as the main accent colour because the splash-back tiles were white and unobtrusive and we were keeping the walls white also, so the space could take a dark and punchy colour. However the contrasting colour in greige was chosen because we didn't want the kitchen to feel too dark or oppressive by going full force on the dark vibes.

Lick peel and stick sample in Green 06 paint shade
Lick peel and stick sample in Greige 02 paint shade

The result offers the perfect combination between light and dark and allows your eye to move around the room catching different colours, which is the idea scenario in interior design. Looking back on the project, the only thing we regret doing is not painting those gorgeous loft style apartment windows & balcony door in a punchy black to make them look like Crittal style windows!