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10 design tips to make your kitchen look more expensive

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We understand that you wish the heart of your home (aka the kitchen) had a more regal, expensive look. We also understand that one’s design budget is not always as generous as one would like. 

But do you understand that there are various pocket-friendly design tricks that can give your kitchen an elegant, five-star, expensive look? And that 10 of them are right here? 


1. Zhoosh up the hardware

Not satisfied with your cabinetry’s outdated drawer pulls and door knobs? Since kitchen cabinets always demand attention, just replacing these small-yet-important pieces can ensure a completely new look for the entire space.  

Consider removing all knobs and pulls for a clean, high-end look.


2. Rethink your cabinet doors

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Raycross Interiors

Mr & Mrs T, Oxshott

Raycross Interiors

For a touch of glam, consider replacing/painting your ordinary cabinet doors with high-gloss designs for some extra shine. Or opt for glass doors that can lend a more open look to your kitchen storage. 


3. Choose lighter colours

Chelsea Basement Simply Italian Modern kitchen
Simply Italian

Chelsea Basement

Simply Italian

It’s not just that light/neutral colours are easy to work with since they match with all the other hues. The right light colour can also help hide imperfections, like scratches and dents that love showing up on old cabinets. 


4. Invest in lavish lighting

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Luxury Chandelier

Brass bar pendant light with glass shades, made of cut glass

Luxury Chandelier

Since people tend to look up when entering a room, that puts a lot of responsibility on your kitchen’s lighting to zhoosh up the entire space. Pick low-dangling pendants, especially above dining tables and kitchen islands, to make your ceilings look higher (and, thus, more expensive). Opt for globe fixtures to boost your décor and throw in a dimmer for another expensive-looking touch. 


5. Consider artwork

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Kitchen Co-Ordnation

White and Grey High Gloss with a Touch of Pink

Kitchen Co-Ordnation

The same way that artwork elevated your living room / bedroom / hallway / home study, the same way it can work in your kitchen. And don’t overlook the potential of big and bold wall pieces, which will give the illusion of a bigger space. 


6. Pick stainless steel paint

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Verdi Kitchens

Light Grey Hand Painted Kitchen

Verdi Kitchens

Tired of those old kitchen appliances (which, thankfully, still work fine) giving your cooking space a dated look? Instead of paying an arm and a leg for brand-new ones, simply update the look of your existing ones with stainless steel paint. 

This might be the part where you consider the services of a professional Painter


7. What about your window treatment?

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Davonport

Holkham | Rural Meets Urban

Davonport

We’re not suggesting you consider heavy drapes for your kitchen, but if your window treatment is nothing more than some flimsy blinds, maybe consider a proper update? Something like modern Roman shades, woven wood shades, or some light curtains that still allow a generous dose of sunshine to filter through. 


8. Give your breakfast spot some character

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Mowlem&Co

Two-Tone Harmony by Mowlem & Co

Mowlem&Co

Got a little breakfast nook in your kitchen? Fancy it up with some scatter cushions, a centrepiece, new tablecloth, a vase of fresh flowers…  


9. Replace the old style

Regardless of the state of your kitchen’s current décor, there are multiple ways to style it up. Like replacing wall-mounted plates with a chic mirror. Or swapping your colourful backsplash with something more toned-down and elegant. Or getting creative with wallpapering an accent wall. 


10. Store your small appliances

A chic and elegant room will have more bare space than clutter. Thus, rather stick your tiny toasters, blenders and coffee pots behind cabinetry doors (not the ones with glass doors) to up that clean-and-expensive look. 

If your kitchen shares its space with a dining- or living room, we recommend 9 golden rules of colouring your open plan layout


How do you plan on giving your kitchen a high-end look? 
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