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Our dated kitchen feels much more spacious

With a combination of dark grey and cream glossy units, Janice Chrouch has transformed her depressing kitchen into everyone’s favourite room in the house
Janice’s kitchen has been totally transformed using a combination of cream and dark grey units to smarten it up
Photos Lizzie Orme

Total Cost £8,185

Good idea!

Consider curved units around a breakfast bar to create a softer edge.

Before

Janice Chrouch, 40, had hated her kitchen ever since she moved into her threebedroom house in South Woodford, with her two children, Kaysha, 11, and Elijah, 10. Her own cleaning and housekeeping business kept her busy enough and there didn’t seem to be enough hours in the day to start thinking about her own home. A keen cook, Janice was often milling around in her kitchen, trying out new recipes, but the room felt cut off from the rest of the house. ‘It didn’t seem to link up with the other rooms. The units were dated but also I wanted a space where my friends could join me for a cuppa,’ she smiles. Janice started looking at kitchen designs online and was hooked. ‘I knew the flooring had to be changed – it didn’t match the rest of the house and I wanted the same floor to continue throughout the downstairs.’

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