Affordable Luxury: Cost Effective Ways to Transform Your Kitchen

From multiple images pinned to a Pinterest board to folded page corners in your favourite home magazine, everyone has a different version of how they imagine their dream kitchen to look. Remodelling a kitchen is one of the most effective ways to raise the overall value of a home as well as giving an outdated kitchen a much-needed facelift. The average kitchen renovation costs between a staggering £7,000 – 15,000 and a high-end remodel anywhere from £20,000. But you don’t have to shell out to make an impact on an outdated kitchen. Whether you are choosing to upgrade a few things or remodelling your entire kitchen, these handy tips will get you started without stress.

Cabinet Renovation

Cabinet doors are the most visible design elements in your kitchen, so your door style and colour is one of the most important decision you will make, as well as being the most cost effective way to transform an outdated kitchen.  

Depending on your wall colour, you can opt for almost any style option. If you are eager to kiss goodbye to the ornate dark cherry word cabinets then try replacing with something vibrant and bold as this will totally transform your kitchen into a modernistic space.

Dramatic black works best if your existing countertops are black and your kitchen follows a spacious and minimalistic interior design. If you opt for an all-white kitchen then ensure that your countertops are lightly coloured. Add some designer bar stools to create a focal point of interest as well as adding a pop of vibrancy to the white canvas.

If the basic structure of your kitchen is in good condition, replacing the cabinet handles is another simple and cost effective way of changing the look of your kitchen,

Lighting Refresh

Light fittings are a great way to make a statement in a room and upgrading your kitchen lighting can be a practical choice that also helps make your space feel bigger and brighter.

Industrial lighting is a huge trend in the world of interior design. Rustic finishes, neutral colours and emphasis on metal brings a feel of retro into a space and is commonly seen used in kitchens and bars. Unlike real industrial lighting, modern-retro lighting uses sleeker materials such a richer metals and more varied tones as well as alternative designs and a polished finish. If you have a kitchen island, hang modern retro lighting above to add a unique twist to an area.

Installing under-the-cupboard spotlights directly above the hob, sink and cooking area is a great way to incorporate focused task lighting into your kitchen in a modern and visually aesthetic way as opposed to having one main light in the centre of the kitchen.

Adding LED strip lights under the breakfast bar and cupboards give the illusion of a floating kitchen as well as being super affordable and easy to apply.

Worktop TLC

Your worktops are a large portion of real estate in your kitchen so replacing your existing worktops will dramatically change the overall look and feel of the kitchen, as well as restoring a sense of hygiene and cleanliness. In recent years, designers have become increasingly creative when it comes down to worktop materials and the use of heavy-duty, industrial materials in the home has become more and more prominent.

Nature

What better way to add life to your kitchen than by literally adding life? Bringing nature into the home is an effective way of creating a calming and uplifting environment. Not only do plants add a point of interest and colour to a mundane space, they also help to improve air quality by removing unwanted toxins. It’s important to note that indoor plants require very low maintenance, so they are a great addition to the home. Keep them near a natural source of light for maximum longevity.

Another way to current kitchen trend and way of connecting with the outdoors is to install a glass door. This is a great way of connecting the garden and kitchen as well as adding light and space.

Refrigerator Renewal

Refrigerators are getting a huge upgrade in 2019. This is one of the biggest all-around style and utility changes made in the kitchen. Matte black finishes are an uber modern way to update the kitchen and a matte black fridge is the best way to go about it.

Wall Art

Bring your kitchen to life with a display of colourful wall art. Not only will this add an eye-catching playful personality to your kitchen, but it is also a smart way of covering up an old-looking mundane wall without having to re-paint it.

If you are short of storage and want to create a work of art, invest in a spacious ceiling rack to hang your big and bulky pans and utensils. This is a great way of making a kitchen focal feature as well as utilising your space and creating a rustic vibe.