Choose flush fit fixtures
Many designer kitchens embrace the sleek, minimalist look, with smooth lines and all units and fittings blending together seamlessly. It’s easy and cheap to recreate this look yourself – simply choose sinks and hobs that are flush fit into the work surface. They don’t cost any more than other fixtures, except for a little extra time spent by your worktop fitting professional. The finished look is very impressive, and very expensive looking.
Keep the units, change the doors and handles
The carcases of cupboards, cabinets and floor units can be bought very cheaply, and many will last as long as other more expensive units. These parts are hidden away, so you don’t need to spend a lot on them. Prioritise your cash and spend it on beautiful doors and lovely handles – these will give you the designer look you dream of.
To achieve minimalist European designer kitchen look, you’ll need to de-clutter your work surfaces. Divide your kitchen into zones – cleaning, preparation and cooking – and only keep there what you need for each task. Make use of hanging solutions (including those inside cupboards) and in-drawer organisers to store all your essentials, for a sleek, uncluttered look.
Splash out on high quality laminate work surfaces
Laminate has come a long way in recent years, with some of the best quality worktops looking so much like granite, solid wood and other expensive worktop types that you can hardly tell the difference. If you are going to spend a little money in your kitchen, the worktop is the place to do it. You’ll find that even the more expensive laminates are far cheaper than the real deal, giving you a designer look for your worktops at a fraction of the price.
Be clever with lighting
You don’t need to spend a lot of money on your kitchen lighting, but you do need to plan it properly to ensure that the space is properly lit from both aesthetic and practical perspectives. Get some expert advice, or seek inspiration from designer kitchens you find online for top lighting tips.
Get it fitted properly
If you want to get the very best finish for your new kitchen, you will need to make sure it is fitted by an expert. This is the key to the designer look – a millimetre perfect fit and an exceptional quality finish. You don’t need to spend a fortune to get your kitchen fitted – but you do need to choose your fitter carefully.
A&J Kitchens have years of experience fitting kitchens of all kinds, small and large, free-standing and fitted, designer and budget. When it comes to quality, the end result is always the same – perfectly fitting, professionally finished, beautiful and functional kitchen spaces.