7 Details That Instantly Make Your Kitchen Look More Expensive

Hire a Pro

Rideau says, “Investing in professional kitchen design will not only translate your vision into reality, but ensure functionality, efficiency, and long-term satisfaction with your investment.”

While you may think it will be easier or less expensive to design the space yourself, Rideau says, “a professional will provide a realistic budget and mitigate the risk of costly mistakes and ensure that every aspect of your project is well-planned and executed.”

Upgrade Your Cabinet Hardware

From knobs to hinges, cabinets are one of the most used pieces in the kitchen. Upgrading your hardware can change the entire look and feel of your kitchen. Rideau says, “Elevate your space with unique and classy cabinet hardware; [it strikes] the perfect balance between function and aesthetic. I love the look of brass, nickel or even burnished brass, it becomes the jewelry of the kitchen.”

Think About Functional Lighting

Brittany Lyons, founder and designer of Brittany Lyons Interiors, says, “When it comes to lighting, in any room, I’m a huge fan of options. Task lighting is different from ambient lighting, and ambient lighting is different from decorative lighting, but they all aid in the symphony of great design.”

Add Statement Light Fixtures

Merge the functionality of good lighting with a beautiful variety of statement fixtures. Rideau says, “Transform your kitchen into a stunning culinary haven with an exquisite ceiling light fixture. Not only do they provide ample illumination for your cooking and clean-up areas, but they also serve as statement pieces that set the tone for captivating and unique kitchen ambience.”

Consider Natural Stone Backsplashes

Give your counter depth with a sleek backsplash. Essentially an extension of the countertop, backsplashes can match another bold color in your kitchen, or set a luxe contrast with more neutral tones.

Display Special Collections

While too much clutter can make your kitchen look cheap, showcasing your favorite collections in a curated way actually has the opposite effect. Whether you collect blue and white porcelain, vintage cookbooks, French tableware, or antique glass, these personal displays can add character and charm to an otherwise utilitarian space.

Upgrade Your Appliances and Gadgets

“Another way kitchens look expensive is when they’re tricked out with the latest and greatest appliances and gadgets. Consider the galley sinks with dual gooseneck faucets or the built-in Miele coffee makers churning out unbeatable espressos, or the La Cornue ranges that serve as trophy pieces in the kitchen. One or a combination of these features undoubtedly elevates this part of the house,” says Liu.

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