Sometimes spaces just need a little thought and a tickle up to make them much nicer places. This kitchen was fitted six or seven years ago with Ikea’s Ulriksdal door fronts and stainless steel drawers. It’s always looked a bit utilitarian and needed some softening, plus water damage from the kettle had occurred to the oak panel on the side of the oven unit (just in view on the left of the bottom image above), because the fitters sat the oak veneer panel on top of the work surface instead of running it straight down the unit. There was a stainless steel splashback looking a bit tatty and a rather useless timber upstand, so last week I made the decision to give the area a facelift. Even rental flats need a bit of regular tlc!
We removed the splashback, chose cream metro tiles and cream grout for the tiling and took down the metal venetian window blind for cleaning. The difference once the blind came down was quite striking, the whole kitchen was lighter and brighter. As it’s such a low window meaning privacy is an issue, I decided on some window film to partially cover the lower pane of glass and to leave the upper pane clear as it’s not overlooked. Stripes were the perfect choice as they complimented the glass in the horizontal wall unit and the tenant can still have a nosey out of the window without people being able to see in.
I’ve used Brume window film on several occasions and have a feeling once our neighbouring tenants see it from the garden, I’ll be getting a ‘please could we…’ text. Good job I ordered just enough 😉
Here are some more great window film ideas, do you need some delightfully designed privacy?