How to renovate your kitchen… without breaking the bank

Tips and tricks for a kitchen refresh: You don’t have to spend a fortune to transform the most popular room in the house

  • Kitchen remodels can easily get very expensive – but they don’t have to be
  • Adding Custom Fronts to Budget Ikea Cabinets Creates a Bespoke Look
  • Opting for open storage is cost effective and showcases favorite items
  • Replacing faucets, handles and doorknobs can also refresh a kitchen for less

It’s hard to resist the temptation to spend a small fortune on a new or remodeled kitchen. But a setup that works hard and looks good doesn’t have to be out of reach.

The key is to plan your layout, customize it in some places, and save in others.

Opting for quality cabinet fronts can elevate a ready-made kitchen to something special, while high-end handles and faucets can transform a space from average to attractive.

In harmony with nature: kitchen cabinet doors in olive from which can work with Ikea cabinets

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Pairing standard kitchen carcasses and cabinets, like Ikea’s Metod range, with bespoke fronts is an economical approach.

HØLTE combines wood veneers or durable, colorful fronts with Ikea units (from £6,100).

“Bespoke cabinets can bring so much individuality to a project, whether it’s a wine rack at the back of an island or slim wall cabinets with fluted glass sliding doors,” says co-founder Fiona Ginnett.

“A good kitchen must be fluid, work with what you have. We always start by zoning the space to establish cleaning, cooking and prep areas.

Make a list of the appliances you want to install and find the perfect place to give them a solid skeleton around which to build the cabinets.

Discover its High Ford range, whose wooden or matte-coloured facades offer warmth and modernity.

Custom Fronts specialize in streamlined, sustainable designs inspired by nature and created to also work with Ikea wardrobes, from £1,486.

“Forget the trends,” says Rachel Carroll, founder of Custom Fronts. “Think about how you live and what your needs are.

“Consider colors in your local natural places that make you feel good and incorporate those tones.”

Rustic Look: Open shelves with glass jars add a farmhouse feel to your kitchen.

Rustic Look: Open shelves with glass jars add a farmhouse feel to your kitchen.

Clever updates

No matter the size of your space, storage planning is key to a beautiful kitchen. A balance that combines drawers, pull-outs and traditional cabinetry will make prep and cooking easier.

“If your budget only extends to an entry-level design, go for a neutral finish, add interest with eye-catching details, from sleek splashbacks to paint finishes or display shelves,” explains Ben Burbidge of Kitchen Makers.

“With open storage, such as shelves and glass cabinets, display your favorite plates or glasses.”

Display glass jars filled with pasta, fruit and oats on open shelves to add a farmhouse feel to your kitchen. Ikea has 1 liter Korken jars from £2.

Instead of demolishing an existing kitchen, try repainting cabinets and replacing faucets and work surfaces.

“Go for tops that have both visual impact and durability,” says Graeme Smith of Life Kitchens.

“Look at materials like quartz for a more cost effective alternative to marble, for example.”

All Changes

Replacing faucets, handles and door knobs can transform the joinery.

Check out the range at Beardmore or Superfront for bespoke alternatives, and Swarf for a modern take.

When it comes to flooring, vinyl is chic and affordable, yet tough.

Mediterranean 575 Nuria from Carpetright, £19.99 per m², adds edge to white cabinetry, while Neisha Crosland’s parquet flooring in charcoal, £55 per m², gives a graphic look.

Savings of the week! Planter


Black New Yorker planter from B&M, pictured.  It costs £10, down from £16

Black New Yorker planter from B&M, pictured. It costs £10, down from £16

A standing planter adds that certain something to any indoor greenery.

This three-legged planter is available in a variety of designs to match your decor.

Oliver Bonas’ medium-sized Iggy copper-coloured metal planter was £29.50; it is now £8.50, a reduction of 72%.

At B&M you will find the black New Yorker planter.

It costs £10, down from £16, a 37% discount.

And a planter from Ferm, available in black, paisley, gray and olive, is reduced from £209 to £177.70, a 15% reduction.

May yours flourish.

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