Wondering how to make the kitchen look good, or better yet, expensive? Don’t worry: we came up with 10 sneaky ideas (that won’t break the bank) to make your kitchen overflow with elegance and impress everybody who takes a peek.
Check them out below!
If you go anywhere, even paradise, you will miss your home. -Malala Yousafzai
Declutter and Clean
Let’s start with the basics: the first thing you need to do to make your kitchen look 10 times better is to take the time to clean and de-clutter it. But don’t just clean your kitchen, like you always do. Take the time to really clean it, like if your mother-in-law is coming over.
- Put away all the visual noise, the notes on the fridge, the cluttered countertop, hide the appliance’s cords.
- Use a junk drawer to keep everyday items and notes to leave the kitchen as clutter-free as possible.
- Don’t forget to clean the appliances, too! If you have some free space on the cabinets, put away the blender and other items that you use less often, to make the counter more spacious and make any small kitchen look bigger.
Sophisticated Color Palette
Instead of using trendy colors that may become dated in no time, you should go for a more luxurious color palette. There are many ideas for the best colors for a kitchen, but you can often see these ones in expensive designers’ collections:
No, these are not only delicious things to drink (minus the charcoal...you probably shouldn’t eat that), they make an amazingly chic kitchen. Give preference to a slightly muted palette, instead of harsh colors such as white, black, and silver, to show off that luxe vibe we all love.
Want to make your kitchen look expensive, but you can’t spend much? Don’t worry: everything can be solved with paint. Make your cabinets look brand new by giving them a fresh new coat of paint. It doesn’t matter if you’re a total beginner with paint, you can still do it yourself!
You can even choose to change their look altogether by picking a new color, maybe one of those that we mentioned above!
This cheap kitchen renovation solution is simple and super affordable, making it a must for everyone who wants a kitchen makeover.
Replace The Hardware
Replacing the hardware on the cabinets can make a big difference in any kitchen, and it’s a sneaky way to make your cabinets look brand new again, especially for those on a budget (well, aren’t we all?).
Go for the sleek look, such as brass knobs and pulls, and they will instantly make your kitchen much more interesting.
Updated Light Fixtures
If you can’t invest much in your kitchen right now, at least invest in some good new lighting. The update can instantly refresh the space and make a big change. Switch those dark and dated light fixtures that came with the house to newer options, and consider adding dimmers to make the room more interesting, especially at night or when entertaining.
Proven fact: dimmers can raise the romance level for a special dinner with a loved one!
Oh, and don’t forget:
Choose more energy-efficient light bulbs to complete the update and save money on your electric bill.
The backsplash is one of the most important things in a kitchen. It can be a focal point of the room, where you express your personal style and taste. Investing in a timeless backsplash is a great way of adding elegance to the area and making the room look more expensive.
- Herringbone pattern
- Subway tile
Play With Textures
If you’re playing with a more neutral or toned down color palette, adding different textures is an easy way to bring that complex, layered, and high-end feel to the room. Create visual interest by mixing and matching high-gloss, matte, and distressed finishes in your kitchen, making it go from boring to flawless.
This sneaky solution is a simple and super affordable way to make your counters look brand new without spending much. You can easily recreate the marble or granite look, or even go simple and choose a solid color to refinish it. Click here to check out some easy DIY solutions!
Instead of using flowers to decorate the kitchen, you can use a bowl of fresh fruits to make the space look more sophisticated. Fruits last longer than flowers - up to two weeks - and every expensive house has a fresh bowl on the counter just waiting for a guest.
Forget those filled-with-chemicals scented candles that you can buy at the dollar store. The overwhelming scents they have are well too known. Instead, go for diffusers, flameless candles, or make your own DIY homemade scent to fill your house with a refreshing fragrance.
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