Hampshire:  Kitchen by Lewis Alderson

​Simple tips for luxury kitchens

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We all want our homes to flaunt a look of elegance, especially in those open spaces where we tend to socialise and entertain – like the kitchen, which is, after all, the heart of any home. But of course a gigantic design budget is only the stuff of dreams for most of us, which means we have to resort to creative ideas to achieve visual aesthetics.

On the other hand, there is always the possibility of making use of a seasoned interior designer and/or kitchen planner for your culinary space of excellence. But if a tiny budget is a problem, then this isn’t always a feasible option. 

Fortunately, we here at homify are always ready with a helpful hint or 10 to cut costs and help you achieve interior (and exterior) beauty in your house. And that’s why we are so excited about these ideas for luxury kitchens, regardless of your space, legroom, kitchen style, or budget!

1. Luxury kitchens ideas: Add a splash of colour

Modern Country-Style Kitchen:  Kitchen by Gracious Luxury Interiors
Gracious Luxury Interiors

Modern Country-Style Kitchen

Gracious Luxury Interiors

Neutral colour palettes are definitely the go-to option for modern kitchen cabinets, and that is why a stroke of green or blue can be such a striking idea. Consider how a mint green or cornflower blue can add some pizzazz to your cooking space’s cabinetry, especially when paired with a neutral backdrop like an off-white or soft grey – it can definitely be a risk that pays off in spades. 

homify hint: Few things ensure a touch of genius in a home like crown moulding does. It can bridge the gap between your wall cabinets and the ceiling, allowing for a seamless transition.

2. Luxury kitchens ideas: A floor that wows

There’s nothing like a beautiful hardwood floor, especially in a kitchen, yet we can’t deny that it can work out quite costly. High-end laminate is the ideal plan B: it looks just like real hardwood, and comes in hundreds of choices. It also doesn’t mind the occasional spill or splatter, and doesn’t scratch like hardwood flooring.

homify hint: Creative storage spaces tick both the beauty- and functional boxes of luxury kitchens. Think about elements that will give your cabinets a designer touch, like a custom wine rack, spice rack drawers, peg pullouts for utensils, and tray dividers for baking sheets.

3. Luxury kitchens ideas: Glass for your cabinet doors

Laura Ashley Range:  Kitchen by Hehku

Laura Ashley Range


Whether transparent, frosted or seeded, a glass door allows your kitchen to look more open and inviting, and also allows everyone a glimpse of those fine dishware and dazzling decor elements. 

homify hint: Instead of expensive, sleek metal cabinetry, use self-assembly cabinet manufacturers. Instead of forking out a fortune on sleek, modern cabinets, visit a store like IKEA. They provide an abundance of cabinetry choices you can assemble yourself (no carpentry degree required!).

4. Luxury kitchens ideas: Be great with granite

Fallowfield  |  Traditional English Country Kitchen :  Kitchen by Davonport

Fallowfield | Traditional English Country Kitchen


A lot of companies make a polymer/granite “shell” that fits directly over your current countertop. The result is a countertop that looks custom-made and high-end, yet for half of the granite price. 

homify hint: Instead of paying a bundle for stainless steel appliances, opt for stainless steel finish appliances, which a lot of manufacturers now offer. These appliances don’t leave the fingerprints that stainless steel gives, yet the appearance is still modern and super luxurious.

5. Luxury kitchens ideas: Tile flooring

Shaker kitchen by Harvey Jones:  Kitchen by Harvey Jones Kitchens
Harvey Jones Kitchens

Shaker kitchen by Harvey Jones

Harvey Jones Kitchens

Who doesn’t love beautiful marble tile flooring? Unfortunately, it also comes with a price that not everyone can afford. The homify recommendation? Go with ceramic tile. Several man-made varieties of tile are available to mimic the look of marble, plus you save quite a few pretty pennies. 

homify hint: Same with your backsplashes. Instead of granite and mosaic tile backsplashes (which can be expensive and laborious to install), consider using glass and ceramic tile. With the wide variety of options available, you can achieve a luxury kitchen backsplash to complement your stunning ceramic tile flooring in no time.

6. Luxury kitchens ideas: Look at your table legs

Peckham Victorian house wrap around extension:  Kitchen by Ar'Chic

Peckham Victorian house wrap around extension


From chunky to Mission style, table legs are great for adding extra character to a kitchen table. Place them at the ends of your island or work them into your cabinet layout for a true visual flow of kitchen furniture. 

homify hint: Table legs with detailing are better suited for traditional/rustic designs. For contemporary and modern styles, rather go for straightforward legs with subtle designs.

7. Luxury kitchens ideas: Mix up those doors

Can’t decide which of those two cabinet door styles to use in your kitchen? How about both? A lot of luxury kitchens feature complementary door styles which strengthen the kitchen’s overall look. And opposite designs can produce an attractive transitional design.

8. Luxury kitchens ideas: Fabulous faucets

Instead of custom faucets and fixtures, use ‘off the shelf’ varieties. Many luxury kitchens have high-end custom fixtures. And fortunately for us, a lot of home improvement stores offer the same stunning designs, just by common manufacturers for a fraction of the price. 

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9. Luxury kitchens ideas: Re-face your cabinets

High Peak.  Stunning views of the High Peak countryside from this family room extension:  Kitchen by John Gauld Photography
John Gauld Photography

High Peak. Stunning views of the High Peak countryside from this family room extension

John Gauld Photography

Instead of starting from scratch with your wooden cabinets during your kitchen renovation, just re-face them. This process means keeping the original cabinet, but having a laminate finish over the old. The cabinet and drawer fronts are fresh and new. 

With new hardware (like knobs and pullers) added, the end result is luxurious cabinets that don’t come close to hurting your wallet. 

homify hint: Don’t pay extra for crystal and expensive lighting fixtures. Choose “off the shelf” varieties that are readily available at your favourite lighting- or home improvement store – the ultimate tip for a luxury kitchen look. 

Not sure about which tones to flaunt in your cooking space? These 8 are the best kitchen colours to paint.

What other tips can you add for a luxury kitchen look?
Whitton Drive:  Terrace house by GK Architects Ltd

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