Julie Binks made the most of the pieces in her existing kitchen by adapting them to update the room and create a much more user-friendly space
A bit about me
Hello. I’m Julie Binks and I live with my husband Chris and our sons Alfie, Johnny, and Billy in a five-bed Edwardian detached house in Hampton.
My problem kitchen
When we moved in six years ago, we liked the freestanding Ikea kitchen but struggled with the layout in the long narrow space. I also love colour and wanted to bring the bland kitchen back to life. We made a moodboard of all the bright colours we liked and have stuck to these shades throughout the whole house.
How I made it work
Initially we painted the entire space lime green, which really gave it the colour punch I was looking for. I then looked at adapting the kitchen layout to work better in the space. We kept the units, mainly because we couldn’t find anything else freestanding that we liked, but moved them around and brought in a few new pieces, like the industrial plate rack, to personalise the space.
My favourite part
It’s difficult to pick my favourite part of the kitchen. I think that previously it was the wall cupboard I bought on Gumtree, but now I love the turquoise tiles with the drying rack above.
Photos by Claire Lloyd-Davies