The kitchen has become the central room in the modern home. It is a meeting point, a place to hang out with friends and family, to prepare meals, as well as being the go-to room at any self respecting party. We spend more time on average in the kitchen than in any other room in the house, and so it makes sense to have your kitchen look as classy, elegant, and expensive as possible. Whether this is to add a touch of luxury to your home, or to impress those gossiping neighbours is up to you. While you would be right to think that renovating or redecorating the kitchen is expensive, there are some simple – and cheap – changes you can make to give off the aura of luxury, without breaking the bank. Here are some ideas to get you on the road to your dream kitchen.
A classy colour palette is a must. The temptation may be to put bright, bold colours in the kitchen that perhaps you’d be hesitant to put elsewhere in your home. But for a real touch of elegance, muted, simple colours like black, grey, white and cream are much better. And remember to think about different tones – instead of black a charcoal colour adds drama and extravagance. Cream or champagne are a good alternative to white, less severe and more luxurious. Work with textures as well – choosing two or three similar shades and alternating between matt, gloss, smooth and distressed surfaces creates depth and sensuality – raised patterns can also be incorporated into the scheme. Consider a feature wall, this is a place where a bit more radical colour could be used, if that is your thing.
Cabinets looking a bit old and tired out? There are many things you can do to give them a new lease of life. Painting them is a good start – nothing is more drab than old wooden doors, so sand them down and revitalise with a splash of colour, again, muted tones work better than bold and bright. Replace door pulls, handles, even hinges. You can go decorative and ornate, but for a more expensive look, simple, clean lines and unlacquered metal work best. Replacing the fronts of cabinets with glass is another great way to inject some elegance into your kitchen. There are plenty of how-to guides available, but if you don’t fancy the DIY, hire a professional.
Every kitchen needs a blend of lighting for different occasions. Of course, you’ll need task lighting such as down lights over work surfaces and kitchen islands – these can double as atmospheric lights for entertaining. Spotlights are also multi purpose, good for focusing on food preparation or illuminating interesting features. There are ranges of interesting pendant lamps available to suit any interior design concept, from stylish and minimal to ornate. Dimmable lights are extremely popular, as they add versatility to your setup and allow you to change the mood dramatically depending on what’s happening in the kitchen. Also think about colour temperature – whiter light is good for practical kitchen tasks, whereas a softer, yellow light is better for entertaining.
Appliances and features
Smart looking coffee machines, toasters, kettles and microwaves are essential for your expensive looking kitchen. Luckily, there are options out there to suit a range of budgets, so great looking, well designed items don’t have to cost the earth. Chrome is the go to material, but items such as espresso machines could also be bright red or cream enamel for a classic look. Paintings, prints or posters allow you to express yourself, and ornaments, plants, or even a bowl of fruit are nice decorative touches.
Last but definitely not least – its time to throw out those old, generic plates, cups, glasses and bowls and invest in more elegant, sophisticated kitchenware. Long stemmed glasses look at home in those glass fronted cabinets you had made. And minimal, white and black bowls, plates and cups will fit in perfectly with your multi textured, pleasantly muted colour scheme. When you’ve got it, flaunt it – don’t hide the crockery away when it could be part of your design aesthetic.
An expensive looking kitchen doesn’t have to break the bank. Some simple, creative ideas are all you need to inject new life, class and sophistication into the busiest room in your home.