Thanks to the modern influence of production networks like the Food Network, we’ve seen the kitchen become somewhat of a focal point in most modern homes. Buyers tend to pay close attention to the kitchens, whether it’s to imagine the hangouts on the counters with family or even fun little cooking session with kids where they try to collaborate to make the perfect meal.
Commonly attaining the ideal kitchen is looked upon as one of the most expensive projects to undertake but if you don’t have the budget for it, don’t be dismayed! We have come up with the following list of clever tricks to you need to get your kitchen looking expensive.
Choose a luxurious colour palette and play with the texture
Make sure to choose the right colour palette and consider the surface while planning on the palette you prefer. Take into consideration the branding colours of luxury designers which tend to be of primary colours, and slightly muted. Those are the sort of colours that work best and convey a luxurious feel. Colours to look into are cream, champagne, and charcoal over the harsher white, silver, gold or black.
The trick with the texture is to vary the complexity and make the design more layered and high-end. You can choose two or three very close colours and play with the texture to create visual interest by incorporating lots of texture in the room. You should also consider varying matte, high gloss and distressed finishes, as well as raised patterns.
Use new hardware to reinvent your cabinet
If your cabinets have started to look shabby and you don’t have the budget to buy new ones, take them from outdated to outstanding with new hardware. You can easily replace all door pulls, hinges and handles with fancy pieces. Ensure that you choose pieces that fit the holes in your cabinet in case of shrinkage. Why not mix up metals as well? There’s something special about unlacquered brass and polished nickel that gives a completely different vibe in your kitchen. Even if your lighting or sink is chrome, don’t be afraid to go for brass hardware.
Paint and add glass doors to your cabinets
A good coat of paint can give a new look to your tired, old cabinets. If your cabinets are old-fashioned such as the models from the 90s, you can also opt to cut out its existing front and replace it with glass for a more modern look.
If you have a slightly higher budget, why not look into kitchen cabinet systems where you can store your cookware more effectively?
Put Your Best Stems Forward
Stemware is always a good investment for your kitchen; if you’re slightly more flexible with your budget, you can buy an open shelf or glass-front cabinets to display textured or pretty coloured glass.
Update Your Lighting
Chandeliers and pendants can work as the perfect accessory to not only brighten your kitchen but also set a new mood for space. You can personalise the lights of your kitchen instead of using the standard lights being used throughout your home. Even updating your fixtures can a significant change. You can go for a simple but chic look by getting yourself a globe fixture with brass or polished nickel details.
Dimmable lighting is also the way to go, with a dimmer you can instantly upgrade the feel of your kitchen especially when you’re entertaining or at night. Task lighting can also add elegance to your kitchen especially under cabinet lights. You can position battery-powered LED lights under the cabinets where you usually spend the most time
Recasting the Backsplash
If there’s one place you’d recommend by interior designers to splurge on, it would be the backsplash. Right after the cabinets, it tends to make the most significant statement in many kitchens. Current backsplash trends include concrete or subway tiles. Pro tip: for a more localised feel, go for Peranakan tiles!
Paint the countertops
If buying new granite or slab for your countertop is out of your budget, there are innovative products from companies like Rust-Oleum that allow you to paint your old wood or laminate countertops. You can choose to keep things cohesive with a simple colour or go all the way with a more textured imitation stone look.
One way to bring more life into your kitchen is by filling a driftwood bowl with fruits or vegetables. The best kinds to try out for this are apples, lemons or artichokes because of how long they can sit out. You may also choose to use fake fruit, but using the real thing adds that authentic aesthetic.
You can go along the way with the perception of your kitchen with just the aroma that hits you the moment you step in. Burning cheap candles can be both toxic and give off a dirty smell to those familiar with it when they enter your house. Instead, look for reed diffusers or even purchase a candle warmer so you can safely activate the scents without an open flame.
An elegant kitchen doesn’t have to cost you a fortune. Just remember it is the small and subtle things that tend to stand out in your kitchen. The colours and the final presentation of your kitchen will also be based on the decisions you’ll make for your kitchen.