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            A Paint to Order Kitchen Makeover With Kate

            With a mix of statement shades, this Paint to Order kitchen makeover with Kate shows how a simple shaker design can be transformed with a personalised tone. Her new build home provided a blank canvas to add her stamp with our new Elmbridge and Chilcomb colours, painted to order. It was in need of more character, which is where her classic Elmbridge kitchen could help, with 24 shades for her to choose from. After adding an island for entertaining and extra storage, Kate’s kitchen makeover was complete. Now, thanks to their Howdens designer and a trade professional, she will enjoy a colourful space - brilliant for hosting family and friends.

            About Kate

            Interior blogger Kate lives with her husband and two children in Lancashire, where she has been working on adding character to her new build home. A fan of colourful designs, Kate has used bold tones to add depth to the decor, which made our new paint to order kitchens her top choice.

            Design goals

            • An olive green shaker kitchen with a truffle brown kitchen island. There are white bespoke worktops and brass handles.

              Kate's vision

              Replacing her cream scheme with something more colourful, Kate needed a way to add character to her home. She loves to host, so the layout had to work for both cooking and entertaining, with plenty of storage to make the space more useable.
            • Interior influencer Kate, standing in her green and brown kitchen. It has a kitchen island as in an l-shaped layout.

              The final look

              Kate’s vivid, vintage look came from pairing a classic Elmbridge style with Olive and Truffle hues from our new Paint to Order collection. The island offers a spot for socialising, while a larder organises her cooking area so it is easy to use.


            “We knew we wanted bold colour choices in the new kitchen. Howdens has an amazing reputation for quality and variety. Our previous kitchen was from them, so we knew first-hand how great it was!”

            Being bold with colour

            • Keen on green

              Kate has used shades of green across her home, so, thanks to a custom paint to order colour, olive ticked the box for a bold tone that continues the verdant hue.
            • Balance with brown

              As well as extra storage and space to socialise, the island uses a paint to order shade, pairing truffle tones with a green backdrop for a rich, mix-and-match look.
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            The design details

            • Style up shaker

              Our Elmbridge collection has a timeless, framed design, with decorative detailing adding an ornate border. This adds heritage charm to Kate’s classic interior.
            • Pair together plinths

              Extending character throughout the space, Kate added decorative plinths to her design. They were also ready-painted in colours of her choice to match the units.
            • An olive green kitchen larder cabinet, which has matching door balconies for storage. Inside are oak-effect shelves.

              Built-in balconies

              As a big foodie, Kate loves her new pantry. Using door balconies keeps ingredients organised, while their matching finish continues the green scheme inside.
            • Better with bespoke

              Kate’s designer recommended an acrylic worktop to complement the custom decor. Made to measure, it has few visible joins for a seamless look. 
            • Cooking with company

              Fitting an inudction hob with a built-in extractor keeps the area streamlined and free of visual clutter, allowing Kate's custom colours to stay centre stage.
            • Look to Lamona

              To kit out her space with the latest tech, Kate chose Lamona appliances. Exclusive to us, they combine style with a durable, long-lasting design.
            • Fuss-free floorboards

              To recreate the classic look of wood for less, Kate chose our Oake & Gray vinyl. It is hardwearing and water-resistant, making it great for her family household. 
            • Antique accents

              For an authentic heritage touch, she opted for handles with an aged metallic finish. The brass hue also works well with the rich olive and truffle tones.


            “There are so many features that I love, but if I had to choose just one, it would be the larder cupboard. I’ve dreamed of having one for so long and having all of my ingredients organised in one place makes me very happy!”

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