Let’s face it, a kitchen is the most expensive room to renovate. However, if installing new cabinets and renovating will cost a lot, here are a few tips on how to create that beautiful and expensive looking kitchen on a budget.
#1. Replace Hardware
Changing the hardware can completely change the look of the cabinets. Replace drawer and cabinet handles with a nice and unique one that will instant revamp the kitchen. Use both pulls and knobs, but keep the finishes the same to prevent the look from becoming chaotic.
#2. Paint a light colour
Paint the walls and cabinets in a light colour, this will brighten the kitchen and make it look larger, spacious and expensive. Light colours will reflect light and hide scratches and dents in old cabinets.
#3. Replace Cabinet Doors
Replace old cabinet doors with new ones or repurpose the old doors, so as to give the kitchen a sleek and new look. Use glass or high gloss doors to add glam to the kitchen and use open shelving to show off nice crockery and pieces.
#4. Statement Lighting
Use a statement chandelier or pendant lights to start conversation and create that WOW factor. It can also change the mood of the kitchen.
#5. Use Artwork
Artwork is a great way to upgrade the kitchen. Go big and bold on the artwork, it will give the illusion of a bigger space.
#6. Paint Appliances Stainless Steel
Don’t have stainless steel appliances? No problem. Use a paint-on stainless steel finish to update your appliances that still work well but gives your kitchen an updated feel.
#7. Window treatment
Dress up your bare windows to instantly dress up your kitchen.
#8. Style your breakfast nook
Add throw pillows, a centre piece and fresh flowers to give your breakfast corner style.
#9. Add decorative accessories
Add decorative accessories for a subtle change that makes a big difference. Layer in unexpected and unusual elements like wall ferns, decorative accessories on shelves, personal mementos, and interesting textiles to create a unique design.
Keep your counter top clear of small appliances like toasters, blenders and coffee pots, ensure you store them away. They can be brought out when needed.
#11. Add an Area rug
By adding a runner or area rug to your kitchen, you’ll add warmth to your space while also keeping your feet comfortable as you cook. This will make the space feel just as decorated as the other areas of your home.
#12. Add some greenery to your space to give it a lived-in, luxurious feel
Windowsill herbs are a safe bet and are not only beautiful, but also functional. Place small pots scattered throughout the space or opt for a single large planter, placed prominently on a counter or island.
Jennifer Chukwujekwe is a wife and mother of two lovely boys. She is the Creative Director of Jenniez Design Concept, an Interior design and furniture manufacturing company. A graduate of Geology with a Masters in Applied Computing and IT from the University of Bedfordshire, UK. Her passion for Interior design led to her training at The Interior Design Institute, UK. She is a member of the Interior Designers Association of Nigeria. She is an Interior design blogger and Creator of Interiors Addict which is a face book community of Interior design lovers. Her design philosophy is to transform a client’s space to reflect their personality.