A coat of cabinet paint in an elegant shade can completely transform even the cheapest or tattiest kitchen cabinets. Look online for advice on how to do it and what to choose, or speak to a kitchen specialist.
Add unique light fittings and artwork
The way to turn an off-the-shelf kitchen into a bespoke looking space is to add personal, colourful touches in the form of striking artwork and unique light fittings.
Look for great quality ‘faux’ finishes with replacement worktops
If you love the look of solid wood or real granite but these expensive materials are way out of your price range, there’s good news. There are now lots of worktops on the market which are not quite the real thing, but they look incredibly authentic and realistic. For example, worktops with a real wood veneer and chipboard centre, and laminate worktops which imitate expensive granite and marble. If you choose a good quality imitation, no one but an expert will ever know.
Aim for perfect fitting
A perfectly installed kitchen with an outstanding finish simply sings of quality no matter how cheap the actual kitchen, so make sure you always choose a reputable, skilled kitchen fitter.
Add space to your kitchen with light colours, glass and good lighting. By adding glass cabinets and splashbacks, lighting it properly and bringing in light, bright colours, you can make your kitchen feel twice the size.
Scale down expensive items
If you absolutely adore some tiles but they cost the earth, try having them as a splashback rather than covering the whole kitchen. You’ll save money and will create a standout luxury feature.
Look for ex-display kitchens
If you’re flexible on what you want, look for ex-display designer kitchens that will fit your space as they can often be a fraction of the original price.
Keep cabinets, replace doors and handles
Unless they’re handmade by a specialist joiner, all kitchen cabinet carcasses tend to be the same. If yours are in good condition, keep them and simply replace doors and handles to create a high-end finish without spending much at all.
Remember – less is more
An expensive-looking kitchen is one where the exceptional quality materials speak for themselves, so take this same minimalist approach in your own kitchen. Avoid clutter and aim for sleek, clean lines to emulate the luxury feel.
A&J Kitchens have fitted hundreds if not thousands of kitchens so have pretty much seen every style there is – get in touch for advice on creating and fitting a luxury looking kitchen on a budget.