We all dream of a lush and expensive looking home complete with sleek and stylish kitchen. Unfortunately, few of us have the budgets to achieve this look in its entirety. However, just because your kitchen looks expensive doesn’t mean it has to be expensive.

In fact, there are plenty of cost-cutting ways you can get premium looks without breaking the bank. Here’s how.

Floors

One of the easiest ways to lift the appearance of your kitchen and save the pennies is with a new luxury floor. Instead of blowing all your cash on real wood or authentic stone why not try luxury vinyl tiles or sleek laminate?

You’ll be amazed at how much they look like the real thing and they’re much easier to look after too; boasting quick cleaning and easy maintenance. As they’re affordably priced, you’ll have plenty of cash left to spend afterwards, and there are plenty of designs for both wood-effect and tile-effect so you won’t be short of choice.

Classic 999 Babylon Black Stone Effect Vinyl

Worktops

Good looking floors are one way to make your kitchen look expensive, but what about other dominant features such as the worktops? These are likely to cover a large surface area so you need something that looks the part without costing too much.

Laminate worktops are a great alternative to real slate, marble or granite and cost considerably less. They can chip or damage if you’re not careful though, so Earthstone worktops which are a single solid material that is more impervious to damage may be a better choice. They are also cheaper and easier to fit that raw stone materials

Again, you’ll find a range of patterns and designs that mimic real stone, slate and wood so you can still get the look you want.

Tiles

If you choose to tile your walls rather than paint them, then you’re going to have to pay a little more money. There are still ways to keep in budget though and opting for basic plain white tiles but accenting with patterned tiles, mosaics or sleek border tiles is one option.

Alternatively, opt for affordable coloured acrylic splashbacks instead of expensive glass ones to add colour to your kitchen without spending a fortune. With this feature in place, you can keep walls – whether painted or tiled – plain and simple for minimal expenditure.

If this doesn’t sound like your cup of tea then why not paint one wall a bright accent colour, like red, and let it stand out for itself.

Rhino Hoggar Cream Stone Tile Effect Vinyl flooring

Storage

Storage is a kitchen essential, but how can you make sure you have enough room for everything without spending a fortune? With cupboards, the trick is to invest in basic units with a simple design and add an air of elegance and expense through accessories such as the handles.

For other types of storage, opt for hanging hooks above an island or central area for a modern solution that doesn’t have to cost a fortune and remember to keep counters clear and clean.

You may also want to hide appliances behind cupboard fronts for a seamless look and you will find plenty of affordable ways to achieve this without replacing your white goods.

Finish off with some colour co-ordinated accessories and small home appliances and you can have an expensive looking kitchen on a shoestring.

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