Luxe for Less: Kitchen Design On a Dime
Looking to take your kitchen from drab to fab? If budget is a factor, fret not. You can still make major changes without breaking the bank. Here are the main elements we recommend to get a luxe look for not a lot of money.
Stainless Steel Appliances
Stainless steel is the go-to finish to update any kitchen. Whether you’re working with traditional or modern accessories and finishes, the clean, contemporary look of it grounds any kitchen in fashion and functionality. French door refrigerators provide commercial-grade luxury and accessibility, and we love that today’s dishwashers are available without visible controls. When it comes to cooktops, you don’t need a six-burner, commercial gas range to get the look, either—four burners work just fine for most of us, and still offer the same design benefit. If your budget is really tight, don’t hesitate to look for a great deal on floor models.
GET THE LOOK: Café Smart Stainless Steel Interior Dishwasher with Sanitize and Ultra Wash & Dual Convection Ultra Dry, $1,619.96 at A-1 Appliance, 4381 Granite Drive, Rocklin, 916-259-1210, shopa1appliance.com
White Semi-Gloss Paint
Stainless steel and white make for a killer combo in a kitchen, especially when you’re seeking a high-end look on a low-end budget. Semi-gloss paint brings durability, and pairing fresh, white cabinets with stainless-steel appliances brings a timeless, sparkling finish to the space.
Functionality and durability are crucial in a high-traffic area like the kitchen. Enter quartz. A manufactured stone, it results in an especially rich, sleek finish in the right setting. It’s also completely stain resistant, which means the gorgeous look stays as long as the counters do.
Stone Basketweave Backsplash
A simple yet design-driven backsplash has the ability to set a whole space off. The stone finish pictured above is super durable in a kitchen setting, while the basketweave pattern brings texture that works beautifully with the higher-sheen finishes and tones of stainless-steel appliances, white cabinetry, and quartz countertops.
The clean lines and large basin of a farmhouse sink make a bold statement that’s both traditional and contemporary; plus, it’s one of the most functional products you can pick for a kitchen.
As you’ve likely noticed by now, the biggest components of a luxe-for-less look are timeless materials, contemporary finishes, and quality products; so, naturally, classic hardwood floors complete the look. Make sure you get at least a 25-year finish on the floors, which guarantees their quality and durability, and really contribute to a home’s value.
Indulgent AccessoriesTo tie the look together, update cabinets with stainless steel hardware and add in other accessories like family photos in polished silver or simple black frames, glass or ceramic accents, and fresh flowers. Doing so makes the space feel luxurious and is the ultimate affordable yet chic finishing touch.
by Kerrie L. Kelly, FASID
Kerrie L. Kelly, FASID, is an award-winning interior designer, author, product developer, and multimedia consultant helping brands reach the interior design community. kerriekelly.com / 916-919-3023