9 Ways to Make Your Kitchen Look More Expensive
Kitchens are the most expensive rooms to renovate—period. But if paying for new counters, updating your backsplash, or switching out appliances falls outside of your budget, there are other ways to give your space a sense of luxury without costing a fortune. If you’d like to take your kitchen’s design up a notch, scroll through our slideshow for nine ideas that will turn your space from standard to special and ho-hum to high-end in no time.
If your kitchen has both large drawers and cabinets, consider using different hardware for each to bring additional details into your décor. Use both pulls and knobs, but keep the finishes the same to prevent the look from becoming chaotic.
Add some greenery to your space to give it a lived-in, luxurious feel. Windowsill herbs are a safe bet and are not only beautiful, but also functional. Place small pots scattered throughout the space or opt for a single large planter, placed prominently on a counter or island.
We’ve often said lighting is like jewelry in a design because it adds the perfect finishing touch to a room. With this in mind, switch out light fixtures in expected shapes and designs for items with a little more personality to give your space a custom, designer look.
To create a rich, special space, consider how you can make your kitchen stand out. Layer in unexpected and unusual elements like wall ferns, decorative accessories on shelves, personal mementos, and interesting textiles to create a unique design.
By adding a runner or area rug to your kitchen, you’ll add warmth to your space while also keeping your feet comfortable as you cook. This will make the space feel just as decorated as the other areas of your home. An outdoor rug is a safe bet to withstand the beating it will likely take and ensure easy clean-up in case of spills.
Many kitchens lack the space to have additional furniture items, so counter stools are often the only way to add personality to the room with furnishings. Opt for stools in interesting shapes and materials to add an unexpected element to your décor. If your space doesn’t allow for an island or bar area, tuck a single small stool into a corner to not only create a spot to rest while cooking, but also add another layer to your design.
Kitchen faucets have come a long way and many large manufacturers are now offering them in a variety of shapes, finishes, and configurations. Swap your standard faucet for something a little more interesting and decorative, in a finish to match your cabinet hardware, to give your space a high-end look.
If you feel like your walls are lacking personality, hang framed, interesting artwork in the kitchen to introduce color and texture into the space. Break free of traditionally accepted subject matter, like fruit and vegetable still-life paintings, and hang vintage oil works or portraits to create a sophisticated vibe.
Piles of mail, dirty toasters, and wet sponges definitely make a kitchen feel less than special. Keep your counters organized by corralling necessities that you can’t hide in cabinets in decorative trays and baskets. Make room in cupboards or high cabinets for small appliances you don’t use every day, and hide cleaning supplies in a caddy beneath the sink.