Published on April 1st, 2009 | by Jules Yap


Colour my kitchen!

Dawn redecorated her kitchen a couple months ago, with a clever idea for her kitchen walls.

She says, “Living in an apartment, I’m limited in what adjustments I can make, but I was bored with my kitchen’s honey colored cabinets, dark green counter tops, and ivory walls. I wanted a color on the walls and to take advantage of some under cabinet storage space.

My solution?

Add color by sandwiching a piece of bright orange and red Fredrika fabric into a basic Clips frame, which fits neatly into the area between my cabinets and stove. (The areas to the side of the stove have long rectangular frames of the same style from a craft store.)

For an accessory rack I used a tension curtain rod (non-Ikea) wedged between the cabinets. A couple Bygel baskets and a Kalmar container hang perfectly from it to provide storage space. Voila! A similar plan on the opposite wall above the sink pulls the look together.”

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Jules Yap

"I am Jules, the engine behind IKEAHackers and the one who keeps this site up and running. My mission is to capture all the wonderful, inspiring, clever hacks and ideas for our much loved IKEA items".

9 Responses to Colour my kitchen!

  1. Liz says:

    I like the idea of using fabric in a clear frame! I am always trying to think of ways to decorate with fabric (besides as curtains).

  2. Anonymous says:

    Not sure I like the alien insectiod over zombie princess motif. Otherwise, it’s not a bad idea.

  3. Informixx TV Guide says:

    nice idea! it looks so perfect!

  4. Fabrics above the stove? I could imagine it is getting very greasy very fast …

  5. indigoid says:

    I like the look, but it does appear to be the kitchen of a person who wants to look like they cook, but actually doesn’t.

    As someone else said — not a smart place to keep things.

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  7. Robj98168 says:

    That is ingenious – Using a tension rod. And a great addition of color. I appluad!

  8. Anonymous says:

    Clever idea to use a tension rod!

    I might keep the spices away from the stove though, I think the heat is bad for them. Although, I may be remembering wrong…


  9. Anonymous says:

    This is so clever — what a great idea to add lovely colour to a bland rental, you could even change the fabric out later too

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