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The kitchen is the most used room in your house, so it is important that it looks immaculate and makes people want to spend time here. You don’t necessarily need to have a huge budget to make your kitchen look expensive. Elan Kitchens lists their top tips on how to get the high-end look without spending a fortune.

1. Lighting

The first thing we notice when walking into a kitchen is the lights and those that come with most homes are typically pretty mundane and uniform. Brighten up your kitchen by switching up the lighting and purchasing a big statement piece, like a chandelier, for example – you will be surprised at how quickly this will have the ability to change the atmosphere of the room.

2. De-clutter

Nothing has the ability to make a room look shoddier than too much mess. Rid your kitchen of all the things you no longer need and store away appliances and utensils that you only use occasionally. If you have a lot of junk on your kitchen fridge (old letters, postcards etc.), move these elsewhere or simply bin altogether. An expensive looking kitchen is one which looks tidy and has a lot of space to move around in.

3. Décor


Choosing your décor and accessories can either make or break a room. To make your kitchen look more sophisticated, you should stick by the ethos that ‘less is more’. Only invest in a few signature pieces, like a nice painting, a beautiful ornament or a glass fruit bowl and keep the rest to a minimum. Wine racks are also a great accessory for showing off your impeccable taste in expensive wine to dinner party guests.

4. Colour scheme

Lighter colours reflect the light more easily, helping make a room appear bigger and brighter, which people will naturally equate with a higher price tag. Stick to minimal colours like white for walls or stainless steel for appliances. You don’t need to purchase brand new appliances to achieve the stainless steel look; luckily there is paint out there that can achieve the equivalent finish.

5. DIY

If you haven’t decorated your kitchen for a while, spruce up outdated walls and appliances by giving them some much needed TLC. A quick lick of paint really does go a long way!

6. Cabinet doors

Replacing your old cabinet doors with shiny new ones will give your kitchen a modern, sophisticated upgrade. If you have the budget for it, consider swapping wooden doors with glass or a high-gloss material. If purchasing new ones is not an option, simply do-up the existing cabinets by re-painting or sanding down to freshen them up.

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