Kitchen makeover mood board

It wouldn’t be the start of a new season if I wasn’t embarking on yet another room makeover in my home. I did a kitchen re-style in the spring, which made me happier with how my kitchen feels, but I have always known that it was only a matter of time before I had to make more drastic changes as the current workshop and units are just not to my taste, although perfectly inoffensive and only five years old. I just want my kitchen to feel more ‘me’ and less generic.

The main obstacle with this makeover is going to be the fact that I won’t be able to do everything myself (namely fitting a new worktop), unlike the other rooms I have transformed, and it is going to cost a lot more. Therefore, it may take longer as I won’t have complete control and be able to blitz it over a weekend.

I want to give you a taste of what I am hoping for from the makeover…

Kitchen makeover mood board | Neutral kitchen | White kitchen | Apartment Apothecary

Products: 1. Mr & Mrs Teapot by Sue Pyrke from Such & Such 2. House of Rym hand towel from The Future Kept 3. Le Creuset cast iron collection in ‘Cotton’ from Houseology 4. Dipped terracotta cups from Decorator’s Notebook 5. Kitchen design by Kitchens Plus. Images: Top right – @may_be_may on Instagram Top left – Black Creet M&T Co. Middle right – Le Dansla blog

I want to keep the room very neutral: white, greys, wood, marble, ceramics. I want it to be a modern kitchen but soften the hard edges with lots of wooden chopping boards, handmade ceramics, linens, a few vintage pieces and different textures. I’m going to remove our current door handles and try my hand at making some DIY leather handles (top right image) and we are going to replace our laminate worktop with a real wooden one. I want more space to display my ceramics collection and new additions to the kitchen like the gorgeous Le Creuset collection in ‘Cotton’, so I am going to remove some overhead cupboards and add open shelving (more on that in another post).

Lots to do and lots of persuading Jules to give up a weekend or two, which is why it may take some time. What do you think about a neutral colour scheme? Do you prefer loads of colour in your kitchen?

Katy x

P.S. Don’t forget you can buy some of my favourite products from my favourite shops directly from my blog (see the full collection here). Here’s a selection that you might well see in my new kitchen…

*Written in collaboration with Kitchens Plus.



  1. 4th September 2015 / 9:46 am

    Gorgeous, Katy! I think you’ve styled up a moodboard for my dream kitchen 😉 Love how tactile it all looks with the different materials, but also how calming it is with the neutral colours. I can’t wait to see how it all turns out! x

  2. Hannah
    4th September 2015 / 11:27 am

    Oh yes, white everything for me. Love the way you’ve mixed in so many natural elements. Also, I need that Le Creuset in white!! x

  3. 4th September 2015 / 1:40 pm

    Lovely! but, I am fully expecting a shout out for inspiration on the handles please!

  4. 4th September 2015 / 2:36 pm

    I know what you mean about needing an autumn project, I want to give my lounge a makeover too! Love this kitchen mood board, would like to do something similar eventually! X

  5. 4th September 2015 / 5:20 pm

    Looking forward to your make over! My kitchen makes me want to cry 🙂

  6. 7th September 2015 / 6:05 am

    We have wooden worktops and cream in our current kitchen and it makes for a very relaxing environment. I love the ceramic choices in your mood board.

  7. 7th September 2015 / 5:13 pm

    The top image is dreamy, I’ll take that one please. Looking forward to seeing the results. Good luck!

  8. 7th September 2015 / 5:45 pm

    As ever, completely and utterly gorgeous Katie. I absolutely LOATHE our kitchen. Not made easier by the fact the last two magazine features I wrote were about totally stunning kitchens! I dream of ripping ours out one day and turning it into a space I actually like being in. Lots of great inspiration here.

  9. 8th September 2015 / 9:34 am

    we have a victorian gallway kitchen and it’s so difficult to make how I want because it’s such a tiny space! I’m always envious of people with big bright spaces! x

  10. 10th September 2015 / 9:42 pm

    Some really gorgeous choices. I love my kitchen but it is far far too cluttered and this is inspiring to really put the work in and give it a good blitz soon.

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