So you bought your first London flat - congrats! You’ve spent all your savings (and some of your parents’ if you’re lucky) on securing this sweet spot and you haven’t got much left for a flat refurbishment.
But your kitchen is screaming out for some help - what do you do? You could embrace a DIY home project and repaint the existing cupboard doors yourself but if your kitchen needs more than a lick of paint, an Ikea kitchen might be the answer.
IKEA has been paving the way in fast, affordable DIY kitchens for years. With their easy online design tool and free interior design service, it’s no wonder everyone has been jumping on this trend. The only downside is the limited number of fronts and colour options.
This is where a massive space for secondary brands has opened up in the last 7 years, designing doors and panel fronts specifically for IKEA cabinets and wardrobes. Read on for some decor design ideas for the kitchen and the list of the best decorating suppliers currently paving the way.
Custom Front launched in early 2017 by Essex-based husband-and-wife Rachel & Ian.Their company is founded on the principle that good design can be beautiful, sustainable and affordable too. With that in mind they offer handcrafted, sustainable, FSC-certified wooden doors that you can attach to low-cost Ikea kitchen cabinetry. Their USP is their beautifully curated coloured cabinetry with an array of muted colours inspired by nature. They also do custom colours if you’ve got something specific in mind. All their fronts are painted using a high performance, eco-friendly, water-based paint adding to its eco- credentials. Still need convincing? Check out these beautiful custom front kitchens - you won’t be disappointed.
Based in Hackney’s trendy Broadway Market, - Holte Studio offers some of the best laminate fronts and workshops for your Ikea kitchen, all made in the UK.Their offering is simple - 3 different ranges, 2 highly durable laminate finishes and 1 wood veneer finish available in 100s of colour options. All their fronts come with a 3 year warranty and they do sample packs for just £6.00 to help you decide what you’re after. Take a look at their full range of past projects here for some great ideas.
This brand’s catalogue is oozing with high-end designer collaborations. A little pricier than other brands in this list, Reform’s Ikea kitchen fronts and bespoke design services are unprecedented. My favourite is the Frame range created by Note Design Studio - dreamy and worth every penny.
Stockholm creatives Monica and Mick Born launched Super Front back in 2013 out of their own frustrations with the lack of options when they bought their Ikea kitchen. They hacked their fronts and fitted their own tops and handles and it wasn’t long before all their friends and family were asking for the same treatment. Seven years later and Super Front now offers handles, legs, wardrobes, sideboards and bathrooms too. I love their new geometric pattern relief fronts that bring an ultra modern look to your kitchen.
Norwegian-based Noremax has ventured into the UK market and we couldn’t be happier. All their MDF fronts are designed and made in Norway, available in an endless selection of colour options & finishes. They offer shaker style fronts with beautiful mesh cupboard doors that add a touch of industrial flair - a unique offering in a sea of more contemporary Ikea hack brands.
If Plywood is what you’re after, then Plykea are your guys. Started by two friends Tim & Adam, they set the business up after Tim bought an Ikea kitchen and approached his furniture designer friend Adam to make him some affordable plywood fronts. Since then they have expanded the range to include Formica fronts and worktops too. They can also colour match the fronts to your specification as each kitchen is made-to-order.
Carrying on with the love for Plywood, this Bristol based company pride themselves on only using this material. All their panels are FSC certified which guarantees a much more stable panel than cheaper MDF or chipboard options supplied by other companies. Each kitchen is made-to-order and is available in 21 different colour options and finishes. They supply worktops, handles, taps & sinks too so you can get the full kitchen set-up in one order. If you're looking for extra green credentials, they have partnered with Treesisters, a UK based charity on a mission to rapidly accelerate tropical reforestation. For every kitchen they sell, 50 trees will be planted.
This Norfolk based company is all about offering bespoke solid wood fronts in oak & walnut at the most competitive prices around. If solid wood isn't what you’re after, they’ve painted plywood too.They colour-match to your desired choice and cater to all styles with 74 different door options. I especially love the mix and match look here of the shaker & J-groove slab doors.
This helsinki based company offers up the most beautiful coloured kitchens around. All their fronts are made in the Finnish countryside from MDF and then painted four times to ensure the most durable fronts. They offer a range of colours or wood veneer options if a painted finish isn’t to your taste, along with door handles, taps and sinks. You can order their sample library for £10 so you can work out which of their 16 options is right for you.