Bringing together a kitchen is a lot of work. There are so many decisions to be made, and after you’ve decided on appliances, lighting, counters and flooring, the costs can add up. The ideal kitchen may seem like an enormous financial undertaking, but you can still get your dream kitchen done on a budget and end up with something both you and your pocket book can handle.
Here are five tips for a budget friendly kitchen:
Keep things simple. Your dream kitchen does not need to be something off of a magazine cover for it to be amazing. Simplicity can look as good as it feels and costs. Simple themes, warm colours, some offsets here and there and you are on your way.
Open concept is in right now, which means you don’t have to invest an arm and a leg on overly complicated or sophisticated cabinetry, drawers and appliances to end up with something that looks phenomenal.
When it comes to appliances, invest in efficiency. Name brand stainless steel everything may sound appealing, but traditional white appliances with triple-A efficiency ratings will get the job done and can be concealed behind cabinetry to match the rest of your kitchen beautifully.
Concealment is key. You don’t need pricey modern items to create an elegant feel. A cheaper, but just as effective stainless steel sink undermounted into your worktop produces just as much class and sophistication as the most expensive piece in the showroom, if planned and installed correctly.
Spend less on the frame, more on the parts. Spend your kitchen money on the framework at places like Ikea and Howdens and splurge on the details like custom fitted doors and drawer-fronts.
Big box stores still carry a wide range of visually appealing and in-style pieces that you can customize and add your own personal flair to.
Know when to splurge. Your worktop area is going to be one of your most used and most visible spaces in the kitchen. Honed granite looks fantastic, will stand up to the elements, is chic, and will not need constant replacing. If you spend money on quality materials in places that really matter, you will save yourself money in the long run.
Everybody wants their dream kitchen, but the idea that making it a reality can be prohibitively expensive deters many people from getting what they really want, but if you are willing to mix and match, and are fine making use of some of the less expensive, but just as attractive lower end fixtures available at big box kitchen and home stores and customizing them yourself, you can come up with something that makes sense for you and your wallet.