Your kitchen is one of the most important rooms in your house, especially if you love cooking or entertaining. But when it comes to redecorating or giving your kitchen a refurb, it can end up being one of the most expensive rooms in the house because of the number of appliances and storage spaces.
But if you’ve fallen out of love with your kitchen or you feel it could use a little TLC, don’t panic! You don’t have to break the bank or settle for a mediocre kitchen. Below we’ve compiled a list of tips and tricks to help you create a cheap kitchen that looks expensive, despite being on a budget.
Create a purposefully planned lighting scheme in your kitchen that incorporates cooking, eating and entertaining. Beautiful lighting can completely transform the look of your kitchen. It can enhance the mood of a space, create a striking focal point and reflect your personality and style.
Standard lighting is OK, but why not mix it up and add sophistication and personality to your kitchen. By adding chandeliers, hanging light fixtures or interesting light shades you can dress up your kitchen and make it look more expensive. But the lighting itself doesn’t have to be, there are a number of great retailers out there selling beautiful lighting at reasonable prices.
The same goes for your general decor. In order to open up your kitchen and create a spacious feel, it’s best to choose light hues for your walls and decor. The same applies for your cabinets, if you’re having new ones fitted, choose lighter shades or alternatively, you can paint over your old darker doors with fresh, light paint. This will also help to hide any scratches or scrapes in the old woodwork.
An effortless way to update your kitchen is by adding some cool artwork. Don’t be afraid to make a statement. An A4 framed print just won’t cut it – go big, go bold. Fill a wall with a collage of your favourite photographs, art prints and quotes, create a talking point with a contemporary sculpture or make a statement with a piece of neon wall art – have fun with it!
Whether you choose a photograph or a painting by your favourite artist, these can add colour and detail to your otherwise minimalist room. But don’t go overboard as this could look cluttered and tacky. Keep it simple with one or two frames or paintings. This can add an expensive feel to the room without having to spend too much. Many homeware stores now sell beautiful framed picture and canvases at great prices.
Whether you’ve got a breakfast bar or dining table, no matter how big or small, you can create cheap kitchens that look expensive with some cool stools or stylish chairs. Keep these elegant and simple like metal barstools or . These sleek curves and clear lines can add a real touch of class to your kitchen and you can find the perfect style to keep within your budget and still look great.
If your cabinets are looking tired and outdated, it can make the whole kitchen look a bit drab. Replacing kitchen cabinets can be a costly job. Instead, if they are in good condition, you can sand them down and paint them – it will completely transform the look of your kitchen.
Painting them in a dark, matt shade such as black, grey or even a luxurious deep jewel-toned shade like emerald green, will transform your kitchen and create a feeling of sophistication. The key is to choose a good quality, highly pigmented chalk paint and ensure you properly sand and prep the cabinets before painting. If you are feeling a bit daunted about the prospect of painting them yourself, don’t stress. Head over to Youtube where you’ll find countless tutorials that will take you through it step by step.
Once you have painted your kitchen cabinets, it makes sense to add some gorgeous new handles. Whether or not you have given your cabinets a lick of paint, changing the handles will completely transform the look of your kitchen and instantly update your cupboards. Change the old tatty handles for rustic woods or sleek metals. These don’t cost a lot but can work wonders for boosting the look of your kitchen.
We tend to keep a lot of stuff in our kitchens and sometimes it’s easier just to leave things out on the worktops. Especially if we use these regularly. But the truth is nothing is more unsightly than clutter and it certainly cheapens the look of your kitchen. As such, it’s best to make the most of your storage and put away as many small appliances as you can. Whether that’s your blender, toaster, teapots, biscuit tin or coffee machine – if you can fit it in a cupboard it’s a good idea to have it out of sight.
There’s nothing expensive looking about a cluttered kitchen. Keep your worktops clean and free of small appliances, and it will instantly give your kitchen a more high-end feel.
Edward is the managing director of Sloane & Sons Stylish Chairs. He is an expert in quality, comfortable upholstered chairs.