Makeover Monday: Open Plan Living Kitchen

I’ve wanted to introduce a more regular series to the blog for a while now and last week I came up with a great way of sharing a taste of my affordable interior e-design service, and hopefully inspir you in the process.

Enter Moodboard Monday. The idea is, I will take a house or apartment I’ve found on Rightmove which I love and create a moodboard design around a room where I can see the most potential.

To kick-start the series, I chose a gorgeous two-bedroom flat which is available around the corner from where I live now. As you can see from the full description, there is so much potential – especially with this open plan kitchen and living room.

There’s an insane amount of natural light into the room, with large windows on a corner plot. The kitchen is small but functional, and the space doesn’t need a huge amount of work doing other than cosmetic changes.

So let’s start with the initial moodboards I’ve pulled together. With the high ceilings and large windows, I was inspired by the feeling of a traditional Parisian apartment, with luxe finishes, subtle use of colour (read – get rid of this aubergine kitchen) and creating different zones in the multi-purpose space.

moodboard from affordable interior e-design service
moodboard from affordable interior e-design service

The hypothetical budget I have for this project is £5000 including a new kitchen and flooring. Now I have a rough idea of the kind of interior style I’d like, I can start to create the floorplan to work out where best to place the furniture.

By using an L-shaped sofa, I can create a definitive zone between the living room and dining, and with the addition of a faux fireplace, there is suddenly a focal point to this large space.

In terms of colour palette, I would paint the walls a light warm grey, with hints of dusky pink, gold hardware throughout and splashes of peacock blue.

The floors, meanwhile, would be swapped to a walnut chevron laminate, as opposed to hardwood to keep costs down. As you can see from the mock-up, this works well with the marble island I’d install to replace to ugly island that is there currently.

moodboard from affordable interior e-design service

Now to my favourite bit, the styling of the room. Points to make are:

  • Use corner sofa to create zones between kitchen/dining and living room
  • Bar stools are perfect for dining in a multi-functional space
  • Add a large mirror in between two windows
  • Large rug defines the living room area
  • Pink gloss chevron tiles used as a splashback on the far wall to add interest
  • 2 x clear pendant lights to be hung over the kitchen island
  • TV mounted over the fireplace
  • Large pieces of artwork hung as opposed to a smaller gallery wall

moodboard from affordable interior e-design service

Tiles 0.91p per tile – Topps Tiles | Velvet Bar Stool £129 Cult Furniture | Clear Glass Pendant Light £120 Pooky | Grey Mid Century Modern Sofa £1699 Swoon | Peacock Blue Velvet Cushions £19.93 Maisons Du Monde | Coffee Table £329 Swoon | Frost Glitches Poster £16.46 Desenio | Faces No2 Poster £16.46 Desenio | Large Round Mirror £349 Dwell | Brass Globe Lamp £165 Rose & Grey

The final look is the perfect marriage of Parisian style and mid-century modern. The clean lines of the kitchen cabinets create a streamlined single wall kitchen, while the pops of peacock blue throughout add a must-needed injection of colour.

What do you think to this makeover? I’d love to know your thoughts below and if you’re looking forward to seeing more of this series?

P.S If you’d like to work together on something similar for your home, don’t forget to check out my affordable interior e-design service.

In case you missed it: Living Room Makeover Plans | Home Office Makeover Reveal | Kitchen Renovation Plans For My Future House

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  1. 12.17.18

    I love the idea of this series. I spend a ridiculous amount of time examining properties on Rightmove so this will be a fab series for me to follow. Love your suggestions and doesn’t look like it would take much to transform this place.

    • 12.17.18

      I do the same! So I thought it would be the perfect new addition to the blog 🙂 I wish I had the deposit for this place because I’d snap it up instantly! xxx