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10 ways to kit out your kitchen for a quickie makeover

From tableware to cookware and appliances, these handy helpers will make mealtimes that much more fruitful, says Sam Wylie-Harris.


Lucie Bar Stool, Velvet, Magenta, Dunelm
Revamp your kitchen with these colourful, stylish ideas (Dunelm/PA)

The kitchen is always a conversational piece, especially if you’re considering a spring refresh with a few key items to breathe new life into the busiest room in the house.


Moreover, stylish and easy on the eye, tip-top tableware, fab, functional furnishings and A-list appliances (depending on your budget) can also be a win-win without having to pull out all the stops and commit to a kitchen remodel.


Here’s what’s inspiring us to entertain and cook up a storm…


1. ProCook Oslo Stoneware Jug, £29 (2.9L), Stoneware Mug, Set of 4 – Teal, £27, Round Glass Storage Jar, Set of 3 Large, £29, rest of items from a selection, ProCook


ProCook Oslo Stoneware Jug, (2.9L), Stoneware Mug, Set of 4 – Teal, Round Glass Storage Jar, Set of 3 Large, rest of items from a selection, ProCook
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Getting organised is paramount with seasonal fare coming into play, and finding a new home for rice, grains and pasta – not to mention stoneware mugs to keep your cuppa hot and resist chipping.


2. Set of 4 Green Patterned Tapas Plates, £16, Next


Set of 4 Green Patterned Tapas Plates, Next
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With thoughts turning to tapas parties and easy, fun, recipes, these patterned plates have Spanish sunshine written all over them.


3. Joseph Joseph Elevate Steel Knives Bamboo 5-Piece Set, £140, Joseph Joseph


Elevate Steel Knives Bamboo 5-Piece Set, Joseph Joseph
(Joseph Joseph/PA)

Tools of the trade make a world of difference when it comes to slicing, dicing and prepping. Not to mention a non-slip knife block to help keep your blades razor sharp.


4. Ceramic Lobster Plates, £3 each, Dunelm


Ceramic Lobster Plates, Dunelm
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Fishing around for the right tableware for a beach themed or coastal tablescape? These vibrant lobster plates will make seafood spaghetti and fresh, juicy prawns a standout serve.


5. Joseph Joseph Chop2Pot Plus Green Folding Chopping Board, Green, £13, Joseph Joseph

Joseph Joseph Chop2Pot Plus Green Folding Chopping Board, Green, Joseph Joseph
(Joseph Joseph/PA)

Make light of cutting crudités and fresh veggies with this trendy green board – which folds up when you fancy cooked over raw, meaning everything slides effortlessly into the pot.


6. ProCook Soho Cookware Set, 5 Piece Coral, £149, ProCook


Soho Cookware Set, 5 Piece Coral, ProCook
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Spring casseroles will taste that much more delicious when you reach for these gorgeous coral pink pans. Suitable for most hobs including induction, oven safe (to 260C) with 10-year guarantee.


7. Ceramic Fish Vase, Blue, £15, Marks & Spencer


Ceramic Fish Vase, Blue, Marks & Spencer
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Fish-shaped vases are all the rage and this one’s ideal for rainbow tulips to brighten a worktop or window sill.


8. Smeg KLF03 Kettle, Emerald Green, £189.95, Smeg TSF01 2-Slice Toaster, Emerald Green, £189.95, John Lewis


Smeg KLF03 Kettle, Emerald Green, Smeg TSF01 2-Slice Toaster, Emerald Green, John Lewis
(Smeg/PA)

It’s not everyday you splash out on a Smeg kettle and toaster, so may as well go for this new eye-catching hue… and your friends will be green with envy. Top of the line and supercar of appliances, these models blend retro chic with up-to-the-minute features.


9. Brabantia Newicon Pedal Bin, Mellow Yellow, £95 (30 Litre), Brabantia


Brabantia Newicon Pedal Bin, Mellow Yellow, Brabantia
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The right waste bin can be a game changer, especially if you’re short on space, or looking for the most hygienic, odour-proof way to manage your refuse. This new design in Mellow Yellow looks as fresh as a daisy with a non-slip base for busy households.


10. Lucie Bar Stools, Velvet, Magenta, £69 each, Dunelm


Lucie Bar Stool, Velvet, Magenta, Dunelm
(Dunelm/PA)

With summer spritzes and cocktails on the cards, not to mention bistro lunches, this statement bar stool in magnificent magenta with velvet padding and gilt detailing channels boutique hotel vibes.

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