Kitchen decorating ideas

Be inspired to revamp your kitchen with this selection of looks, from wall coverings to lighting

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Wall tiles

Oyster Schist Maci Splitface panels from Mandarin Stone

Sculpted surface

Adding a distinctive textural appearance to a surface, the Oyster Schist Maxi Splitface panels consist of random length strips fixed together to form 55x15cm staggered panels. These panels make for ease of fixing, but give an uneven, sculptural effect. Perfect for a feature wall, the Maxi Splitface panels are designed to interlock so do not generally require grouting. Maxi

Oyster Schist tiles, £40 per square metre, Splitface collection, Mandarin Stone.

Add definition

Fired Earth’s Domino wall tiles are available, of course, in both black and white gloss.

Ideal for making a statement or creating a contrasting splashback, the Black Gloss glazed ceramic tiles (pictured) cost £69.70 per square metre, or £0.79 each and measure 15×7.5×0.7cm.

Shibori tiles from Topps Tiles

All aglow

With a shimmering surface in iridescent, pearlised blues, greens and creams, Shibori tiles from Topps Tiles create a rustic yet on-trend look.

Featuring a satin finish, the ceramic tiles measure 15cm x 7.5cm and is priced at £0.95 per tile, or £84.44 per metre.

Vintage Appeal

Inspired by floral Victorian designs, Walls and Floors’ Lucy Floweret Decor tiles come in five different floral-esque designs, for a vintage patchwork effect. Pair with the Isabelline White Tile from the same range to create plain areas that offset these decorative tiles.

The tiles measure H15cm x W15cm x D0.7mm, and cost £61.95 per square metre.

Walls and Floors' Lucy Floweret Decor tiles

Wall coverings

Kitchen-proof paint

The Kitchen & Bathroom range from Crown paints offers a steam proof, super tough and stain resistant finish that’s ideal for kitchen walls and ceilings — grease marks can literally be wiped away. Features 28 colours plus one white, the Matt Emulsion paint also has a patented MouldGuard ingredient, which prevents the build up of mould so your walls stay fresher for longer.

Walls: Olive Press and Dragonfly from the Kitchen & Bathroom Range from Crown, £25.99 for 2.5L.

Window treatments

Classic appeal

Window shutters have a timeless appeal, whether your kitchen is traditional or contemporary in style.

Hillarys Richmond range (from £429 per sq m including measuring and fitting) is also hardwearing and strong, and available in custom colours for £250.

Richmond range of blinds from Hillarys
Rockpool design Roman blinds from Laura Ashley

Natural look

Inspired by coastal living, the new Rockpool design from Laura Ashley features a fresh botanical design illustrating seaweeds and rock pool plants in subtle natural tones. Roman blinds are from Laura Ashley’s made-to-measure service.

Rockpool fabric in a natural linen cotton mix costs £34 per metre.

Colourful details

Scion’s Wabi Sabi collection is inspired by traditional hand-crafted techniques, with a naïve and casual style.

The collection’s Passaro cotton fabric features a simplistic lino-cut design of stylised birds and branches, pictured here in the Jet and Paper colourway, £28 per metre.

Wabi Sabi in Jet and Paper colourway from Scion
Pure linen Scandi Stripe in Cool from Vanessa Arbuthnott's Nordic-inspired Scandinavian Woven Collection

Textured stripes

Vanessa Arbuthnott’s Nordic-inspired Scandinavian Woven Collection features textural designs with the feel of individual spun yarns. The bold colours in Scandi Stripe will complement a contemporary kitchen, and look great in a more classic scheme too.

Pure linen Scandi Stripe in Cool, £55 per metre. A made-to-measure service is available.


Bold statement

With an outlandish twist on traditional cushion vinyl flooring, the new bright and bold designs from the Bubblegum & Liquorice collection by Avenue are guaranteed to liven up a kitchen scheme.

Offering hardwearing comfort in distinctive designs with a vintage-feel, Almeria from the Bubblegum & Liquorice collection costs £16 per square metre.

Real wood

If you want the beauty of real wood in your kitchen, Kersaint Cobb’s Simply Oak range offers stylish and natural flooring at an affordable price.

Simply Oak SO22 Rustic Natural oak, UV oiled £39.99 per square metre, W 15cm x L30cm-120cm.

Simply Oak flooring range from Kersaint Cobb in SO22 Rustic Natural oak
Oceanus Flamed Brushed Granite from Mandarin Stone

Textured granite

This dark, dense and hardwearing granite looks fabulous in contemporary interiors. The surface is first exposed to intense heat to add texture and then brushed to smooth slightly, the result is a beautiful satin finish. The tiles are available in three sizes that can be mixed if desired.

Oceanus Flamed Brushed Granite from Mandarin Stone, pictured size L60 x W40 x D15, £10.80 each, or £45.00 per square metre.


Statement fitting

Ideal for kitchen islands units or dining tables, the beautiful Cadogan will add an extra design dimension to a room. The multiple lights will provide brighter task lighting and if fitted with a dimmer switch, a softer atmospheric light for dining. The Cadogan Trio Pendant Light has a glass shade and a sturdy steel rim, which has been powder-coated in Charcoal grey. The light comes complete with hanging chains and optional suspension wires as standard and, as a finishing touch, three on-trend ‘squirrel cage’ bulbs. Matching pendant and wall lights are also available.

Cadogan trio light pendant in Charcoal, £245, H25cm x W76.5cm x D26cm, Garden Trading

Cadogan trio pendant light from Garden TRading
Imperian nickel pendant from Neptune

Feature lighting

The Imperial nickel pendant from Neptune is a real wow-factor piece, especially when together across a kitchen table or island. The 115cm cable is long enough to hang at eye level, and when combined with a dimmer, can create ambient lighting.

Imperial nickel pendant light, £175, H 48cm x W 38cm xD 38cm, Neptune


Polished marble

This beautiful polished marble, Salome, from Mandarin Stone features a rich and distinctive mixture of greys, whites and deep pinks, to add character to any kitchen.

Salome polished marble, Mandarin Stone, L610 x W305 x D12 cm, £87.99 per square metre

Salome polished marble from Mandarin Stone