Planning Our New Monochrome Kitchen

About a year ago, I posted about our kitchen, and plans to revamp it, versus replace it. We had planned to replace the tiles, floor and worktops and keep the oak cupboards. Well after many (many) quotations for revamping it, it became very clear that to rip it out and start again would be a better use of our hard-earned money. So I started planning our new monochrome kitchen.

If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen glimpses of our plans, but now it’s finally time to reveal our plans! Considering our house is our ‘forever home’ and we plan on being here for many many years, we figure if we’re shelling out thousands of pounds, we may as well get exactly what we want.

OUR CURRENT KITCHEN

Whilst our old cupboards are sound, they have all been positioned way too high, at least an inch higher than normal. This explains the large gap above the dishwasher! The top cabinets are even higher, so I need a step stool to reach the top two shelves.

Orange oak kitchen with old electric oven

There is a large gap above the dishwasher – a tell tale sign that the worktop is too high. You can see how tall the kickboards are too.

So for the time it would take to move and rejig all the old cupboards, it would not be cost effective. So we will get a much better result (plus doors and the layout we actually want) for spending the extra on new cabinets.

The main driver of the kitchen replacement is the oven. It barely works and has taken all the joy out of cooking for me. (The amazing pressure cooker I have reviewed recently has helped with that though!) But I also hate the tatty orange faux-tile flooring (it has a hole in it, and is wearing out and peeling up all over the place.) I detest the orange and beige tiles, and I I’m not a fan of the dark laminate worktops. I don’t mind the oak doors but they wouldn’t have been my choice.

THE MONOCHROME KITCHEN OF OUR DREAMS

This is my Pinterest board for our dream kitchen, do follow me if you like this sort of look!Dream Grey and White Kitchen Pinterest Board

I found these lovely pictures on Instagram, and they became our inspiration when we were planning our new monochrome kitchen.

A photo posted by Soo Burnell (@sooukdotcom) on

PLANNING OUR NEW MONOCHROME KITCHEN

With all our inspiration gathered, I went to several kitchen suppliers to see what was on offer. We got a few quotes but decided to go with Wren Kitchens. They have a bewildering array of colours and styles to choose from, so I was glad we had already decided that we wanted sale grey or white. We have had three appointments with our designer To get exactly what we want. We made changes at each stage and last week we paid and the delivery is booked. We’re getting it fitted by the team who did our lovely bathroom, and they also fitted the kitchen at our old house, so we know they’ll do a great job.

WHAT WE HAVE CHOSEN FOR OUR KITCHEN

We went with matte chalk white doors, with no handles. I got gloss slab doors in the old house and they are kind of a nightmare to keep clean. I’m hoping matte will require less maintenance! I chose mid grey, slightly shimmery worktops. I would have loved white ones, but again, I need to be practical!

We are having an eye level Neff Slide and Hide oven (like the ones on Bake Off – words cannot describe my excitement!) and a black induction hob and sink. We’ve also splashed out on a new integral dishwasher and fridge/freezer, so we can create a really sleek look. The kitchen will look a bit like this, but paler and matte:How our new monochrome kitchen may look

And this is one of the CAD illustrations we had done, though we have actually made a few tweaks since this was done. We’re going to have open shelving below the wall cabinets on the left, and matching ones on the right, instead of the enclosed units pictured. We’ll also have a black sink.Our new monochrome kitchen plans

TILES AND FLOORING FOR OUR NEW MONOCHROME KITCHEN

I’m looking for the hexagonal white tiles we spotted on Instagram, but they are from Australia. We only need a few – they will just go behind the hob, rather than all the way around. My friend Google will be helping me out with this, unless you can leave me a comment if you’ve spotted any!

Next, we need to decide on flooring. We have oak-effect luxury vinyl tiles in the rest of our downstairs, so we need to have something different to provide a contrast. I was keen on white washed wood effect. Ryan wants slate. We have compromosed on a mid to dark grey colour. I would love herringbone style wood, and Ryan likes slate tiles. These samples arrived this week, what do you think?Engineered wood floor samples

I’d love to know if you have found any smallish hexagonal white tiles, or affordable grey herringbone flooring! Please leave me a comment if you have, or if you have any kitchen advice.

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63 Comments

  1. 1st March 2017 / 11:38 pm

    This looks fantastic and I love the design. Although I can’t help thinking how quickly the cupboards would get dirty with my little monkeys sticky fingers!! #KCACOLS

    • 2nd March 2017 / 11:01 am

      He he that is a bit of a risk isn’t it! xx

  2. 28th February 2017 / 7:47 pm

    I was sure I’d commented on this Becky to say that our kitchen is similar (odd considering our bathrooms!). Our kitchen would fit into yours 10 times though. What a great area. I also love the Hexagon tiles and have been keeping an eye out in case I see them. Apologies if I have already said this! Exciting stuff – all that entertaining #KCACOLS

    • 1st March 2017 / 9:48 pm

      Ah thanks Nicky, and thanks for keeping an eye out for hexagon tiles, I rally appreciate it xx

  3. 27th February 2017 / 9:24 pm

    We need to start planning our new kitchen too, I love the look you have picked out. x #KCACOLS

    • 28th February 2017 / 2:00 pm

      Thank you so much Yvonne, the old one is being ripped out this week so I won’t have that long to wait now! xx

  4. 27th February 2017 / 9:02 pm

    Kitchen looks like it’s going to be awesome – I really liked those hexagon tiles! #kcacols

    • 28th February 2017 / 1:58 pm

      Thanks Bread, they look cool don’t they, I hope they will look that good in our house too! xx

  5. 27th February 2017 / 8:57 pm

    How exciting. We put a lot of thought into our kitchen and it has really paid off. It is small, but suits us and our needs. You’ll be amazed at the difference it’ll make to your life having the kitchen look and work the way you want it to. I love the hexagonal tiles. Good luck with finind them! #HomeEtc

    • 28th February 2017 / 1:58 pm

      Thanks so much Fionnuala, I have spent so much time planning it, I hope it will all pay off! xx

  6. 26th February 2017 / 12:14 pm

    I can’t tell you how envious I am!!!! I cannot WAIT to be able to do this to our kitchen!!!! Your current kitchen looks a million dollars in comparison to what we have at the mo!!! It’s horrible. We’re not in the position to change it at the moment though — I shall live vicariously through you instead!! 🙂 Cx #HomeEtc
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    • 26th February 2017 / 9:58 pm

      It’s taken us ages to save up for it, so I will really relish every meal I cook. For a while anyway, until the novelty value wears off! xx

  7. 25th February 2017 / 8:33 pm

    This is so exciting, I’m very envious!! I love your choices and it’s going to look absolutely amazing. I can’t wait to revamp our kitchen one day, but we actually need to build it first. Looking forward to seeing your progress X #HomeEtc

    • 26th February 2017 / 10:01 pm

      OOoh building it sounds rather exciting Lins! I can’t imagine how stressful that must be! xx

  8. 25th February 2017 / 3:51 pm

    Ooo, it’s going to look so slick. I love a monochrome room because it gives you the potential to mix things up by changing the accent colour now and again. Good luck with all the dust over the next few weeks. It’ll be well worth it though!!

    • 25th February 2017 / 4:14 pm

      Thanks Rachel, my husband is worried it might look a bit clinical, but we’ll have things on the counter, and plants etc so I think it will be ok! xx

  9. 25th February 2017 / 1:24 pm

    New kitchen looks absolutely lush. Best of luck with it all. #KCACOLS

    • 25th February 2017 / 4:14 pm

      Thanks so much Cassie! I can’t wait! xx

  10. 22nd February 2017 / 11:01 pm

    Love the looks you’re going for! I have no idea where I would start with designing a kitchen though, I don’t know what style I would go for. I love this monochrome look, but then also really like rustic farmhouse style kitchens! x #KCACOLS
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  11. 22nd February 2017 / 10:39 pm

    Oooh! This is exciting! I’ll be keeping an eye on how your kitchen is going especially as we’ve now just had planning permission granted to extend ours! Like you, my oven is on its last legs and I can’t wait to get rid of it all! Your colours look great and I love the look of those hexagonal tiles – never seen those before! Look forward to seeing more. Good luck with it all! #KCACOLS
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  12. 22nd February 2017 / 11:23 am

    Oh your plans look gorgeous, I can imagine your excitement, I can’t wait to read more on it finsihed.
    #homeetc

    • 22nd February 2017 / 1:57 pm

      Thank you Kara, I can’t wait for my new oven to arrive! xx

  13. 21st February 2017 / 2:49 pm

    That’s going to look gorgeous when it’s all done! Love those hexagon tiles #KCACOLS

    • 21st February 2017 / 11:01 pm

      Thanks Blake, I can’t wait to get it in!xx

  14. 21st February 2017 / 6:42 am

    I love the honeycomb tiles!!! Monochromatic kitchens rock! We have white cupboards and a black countertop. Our walls are currently bright yellow but I want to paint them white put up white subway tiles for the backsplash. Can’t wait to see what you are do! #KCACOLS

    • 21st February 2017 / 11:00 pm

      That sounds lovely Nadine, we have white metro tiles in our bathroom and I love them, we used grey grout and it looks great. Thanks for popping by xx

  15. 20th February 2017 / 9:26 pm

    It looks fab, I’m sure it will be great when it’s finished. I like the flooring on the right by the way! We moved into our new build 18 months ago and spent a large percentage of our fixtures and fittings money on the kitchen. I was determined to have exactly what I wanted and wouldn’t settle for the crappy basic cupboards they were suggesting! We included a pull out larder cupboard and some other extras that I loved. We spend so much time in the kitchen it is really important to get it just how you want it!

    • 21st February 2017 / 10:59 pm

      OOoh a pull out larder, how lovely! I had one in my old house and it was great. I am getting a ‘magic corner’ which should be good too. xx

  16. 20th February 2017 / 8:43 pm

    It’s going to be stunning! Your plans look so fab. Can’t wait to see the finished pictures! X

    • 21st February 2017 / 10:59 pm

      Thanks Amy, I am getting a bit nervous now we are packing it all up! xx

  17. 20th February 2017 / 4:27 pm

    I love those tiles, especially cos everyone seems to be using the brick-type tiles now so these are a bit different. Hope you find some! #kcacols

    • 20th February 2017 / 8:04 pm

      Thanks Alex, I agree, I love the metro tiles but we want something a bit different. Thanks for popping by xx

  18. 19th February 2017 / 9:00 pm

    Some great ideas there, loving the hexagon tiles. We looked at wren kitchens I thought they were the best we had seen without spending an absolute fortune. X

    • 19th February 2017 / 9:51 pm

      Thanks Adele, I agree, there was a lot of choice and they seem good quality, so I think they offer a good all round service xx

  19. 19th February 2017 / 7:47 pm

    I love the hexagon tiles!!!! Pinterest is a dangerous place where I lose hours of my life!

    • 19th February 2017 / 7:59 pm

      Oh goodness, isn’t it though! But I love it all the same. I’m finding Insta
      gram is just as bad for it nowadays! xx

  20. 19th February 2017 / 7:39 pm

    I loved planning our kitchen. I think it’s great when you are stripping it back, you can really make it your own and what you want. I love the tiling ideas. Can’t wait to see the finished kitchen x
    #KCACOLS
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    • 19th February 2017 / 8:00 pm

      Thank you Helen, it’s is super exciting but a lot of pressure to get it right when there’s so much money involved! I think it will be OK though xx

  21. 19th February 2017 / 7:13 pm

    I’m not jealous at all that you are getting a beautiful new kitchen! Ours was already in our new build so there is no way we’ll be changing it anytime soon Enjoy it you lucky thing x

    • 19th February 2017 / 8:01 pm

      Ah thanks Steph, I will enjoy it a lit – having a properly working oven will be amazing! I can’t wait xx

  22. 19th February 2017 / 5:05 pm

    That looks great. We rent so we cannot change our kitchen, but when we get our own house I would love to be able to get the kitchen how I want it.
    #KCACOLS

    • 20th February 2017 / 8:07 pm

      Thanks Ali, it is a bit of a luxury to get the look we want, we are really lucky xx

  23. 19th February 2017 / 3:59 pm

    I really love the tiles in the photo above the hexagonal ones. We’ve just put in a simple wood backing into our utility but now wishing we had done this! Think everything is going to look really stylish in your kitchen when it’s done – good luck! #KCACOLS
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    • 19th February 2017 / 8:02 pm

      Thanks so much Laura – I love the hexagons and think these are the details that make a room special. It doesn’t have to be expensive, just a touch here and there. xx

  24. 19th February 2017 / 3:29 pm

    We went for an all white kitchen and I absolutely love it!!! Great choice, love your picks and pics! xx Jess x

    • 19th February 2017 / 8:03 pm

      Oooh exciting! I am not brave enough to go for all white as we are rather a messy family! But hopefully my compromise will work out! xx

  25. 19th February 2017 / 3:00 pm

    At the moment our kitchen is the last room we are looking at to re-do but in years to come I would love to extend our kitchen and re-do it all. A grey, white and black kitchen would be my dream kitchen. #KCACOLS

    • 19th February 2017 / 8:04 pm

      Oh that sounds like a good plan – we’ve lived with ours for three years and I think it’s good to take your time (and save up, obvs!) so you know exactly what you need and want xx

  26. 19th February 2017 / 10:06 am

    We are just planbing our new kitchen so had to have a read. We’re also going with wren and should be starting the work in early may when its a bit milder as we have building work to do too! I’m off to follow you now to see how it goes! #kcacols x

    • 19th February 2017 / 8:05 pm

      Waiting for warmer weather sounds like a great idea, especially if you have big holes in the wall with building work. How exciting, I hope yours turns out well and will look out for updates from you! xx

    • 19th February 2017 / 8:06 pm

      Oooh that sounds lovely Natasha. I looked at some black kitchens and they look so stylish, don’t they? I hope it all goes smoothly for you! xx

  27. 19th February 2017 / 8:59 am

    I am absolutely loving the tiles! they look fab! I really want a new kitchen but more country style. ive not heard of wren before so will be taking a nose! #KCACOLS

    • 19th February 2017 / 9:05 am

      Thanks for popping by Emma, Wren have been fab so far and so much choice – they have some lovely country style ones too. xx

    • 19th February 2017 / 9:06 am

      Oooh exciting times Amy, the planning is the best bit, isn’t it? Enjoy! xx

    • 19th February 2017 / 9:09 am

      Ah thanks lovely, I’m very excited but also scared in case we made the wrong colour choice! xx

  28. 18th February 2017 / 10:22 pm

    wow that is going to look amazing when it is done! I would love a big kitchen mine is so tiny! Cant wait to see the finished result. Thank you for linking up with #KCACOLS, hope to see you again next week 🙂 xx

    • 18th February 2017 / 10:40 pm

      Thank you! I am not looking forward to the couple of weeks where we have no kitchen, but I’m sure it will be worth it! xx

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