Kitchen Makeover

Kitchen Makeover

Kitchen Renovation Tips

The kitchen has been the core of the home since the time of hearths and embers. How you choose to design your kitchen is an opportunity to reflect the comforts of your family and lifestyle in the space it matters most. Here are some tips for renovating your hearth into the hub that feels most like home.


1. Get professional design help- A kitchen designer will know tricks you won’t and will give expert advice.

2. Plan! Planning your kitchen remodel should take more time than the actual construction. About 6 months.

3. Make all your design choices upfront- simple details can make a huge difference so it is important to choose these early on. Choosing your appliances, ironmongery, sink, worktops, tiles and figuring out where your plug sockets will go early is recommended as these have big implications on layout.

4. Make one show-stopping design choice- Give your kitchen personality but be careful not to overdo it.

5. Include something natural- Adding a natural element [adds warmth and contrast] if you’re using colder materials like marble or if you do an all-white kitchen.

6. Don’t underestimate the power of lighting- Lighting can make a world of difference in a kitchen, it can make it look larger and brighter.

7. Think about storage- storage will never go out of style! Install cabinets that reach the ceiling and add hooks to hang things up. Larders are the on-trend feature this year and are a great addition to any kitchen remodel, whether you've got large amounts of space or not. There are slimline models which mean you can add in a small version or larger designs for bigger kitchens.

8. Colour is a huge factor- If you want to showcase your cabinets' colour, pick a wall colour that will emphasize them. Choose paint with the same undertone as your cabinets but a couple of shades darker. Your cabinets will draw the eye, and the room will appear more spacious. The cabinets should complement the walls, as well as the floor colour, appliances, and countertops.

9. Think about flooring- It’s amazing how updating flooring can really transform a room. From the warmth of engineered wood to punchy patterned vinyl, researching flooring as part of a kitchen remodel is worth doing.

10. Upgrade your kitchen cabinets- You don’t always have to do a complete renovation to upgrade your kitchen, it can be as simple and inexpensive as painting your cabinets and changing the ironmongery.


This newly renovated kitchen boasts a rich Farrow and Ball studio green paint, elegantly embellished by polished bronze regency concealed pull handles. Polished bronze mushroom cabinet knobs complement this earthy depth of green, in luminous tandem with ochre timber and granite countertops. Classic silhouettes paired with classic bronze bring a timeless air into this modern setup. This airy kitchen features a clever balance of cosy matte tones, and reflective spotting of ironmongery and polished stone make the space an inviting nook of the home. A dapper composition of cabinetry makes for a guest-friendly experience, whether you find yourself at the table, or over the stove.

Pictured above our Polished Bronze Regency Concealed Drawer Pull and our Polished Bronze Mushroom Cabinet Knob 

We hope that this guide will provide you with the inspiration and the resources you need to reimagine your kitchen. If you would like your kitchen and your 'From The Anvil' Ironmongery to be featured please feel free to contact us through the email address below or simply tag us on social media.

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For more advice read our blog on 'Expert Kitchen Advice from Harrison & Pope'.