Affordable Ways to make your kitchen look expensive

Affordable Ways to make your kitchen look expensive

It’s hard not to get jealous of Pinterest-perfect kitchens, and wish the same thing was true for your own kitchen. But think about it: A fancy-looking kitchen doesn’t have to break the bank…you just need the right hacks, and we’re here to share them with you! 

 

Add in greenery in the nooks and crannies

 

Nothing says rich and luxurious than adding some of nature’s priceless resources, right? A common option is having hanging plants and herbs along window sills, as it’s not only aesthetically pleasing but also beneficial for the plants, with the sunlight coming in. You can also scatter some small pots throughout the counters, and even an attention-grabbing planter prominently placed. 

 

Use peel-and-stick tiles 

 

The look and feel of luxury tile for a fraction of the actual cost? Yes, please! There are so many affordable yet quality sticker tiles out there you can choose from. They’re easy to apply and easy to replace too! That way, you can regularly change the look of your kitchen. Truly a boost on the value of your cooking space! 

 

Install your own new faucet 

 

Does your sink need an upgrade? You can splurge a bit with the faucet and tap, then free yourself from the guilt by installing it yourself instead of hiring someone else to do it. There are many resources you can easily find on your own! Not only will you save money with a fancy new sink, you can also gain a new skill from this experience! 

 

Paint your tired, old cabinets a fresh new color then add some accessories 

 

Your kitchen cabinets take up so much attention in the kitchen, that it causes a drastic lift when you change their look. A simple repaint with a fresh new color is enough to lighten the mood, making for an expensive-looking ambiance. Go for plain, solid colors or if you’re feeling more adventurous, pick bolder shades like orange or red. Don’t forget to accessorize the cabinets and drawers with brand new hardware such as beautiful kitchen handles. You can also update your kitchen by simple installing a new kitchen taps. These aren’t expensive at all, but would create a nice finishing touch.  

 

What inexpensive but fancy-looking touches are you thinking of adding to your kitchen? 

 

Bathroom Ideas to Feel Like Royalty

Bathroom Ideas to Feel Like Royalty

The bathroom is a space where you can just be completely yourself. It’s your refuge after a long day’s work–a nice, hot bath can instantly take all the stress away. It’s only right to transform your bathroom into a luxury space that makes you feel like royalty; it’s what you deserve. But before you get intimidated by the idea of it, read these tips and you’ll realize how easy you can actually transform your bathroom into a relaxing sanctuary that’s fit for a king or queen.

Light it up 

Notice how everyone looks good in hotel bathroom mirrors (hence, the million mirror selfies on Instagram). It all boils down to the lighting, and you can easily recreate that at home too. Glaring bare bulbs just won’t do–use recessed LED lights hidden in alcoves or opaque panels to achieve a glowy, low-lit look. For brighter lights, even out the lighting in the bathroom with wall lamps or hanging bulbs on either corner to limit the shadows. Some luxury bathrooms even have soft floor spotlights that could be dimmed for the best mood lighting. 

Invest in big mirrors 

Speaking of mirrors, it’s practically the focal point of a bathroom so it’s a must to go all out. A big one not only steps up the elegant appeal of a bathroom, it also makes the space look much bigger. On the practical side, you’re going to be using it every day–helping you remind yourself how much of a royal you are, both on the inside and out. 

Bring mother nature inside 

Welcome nature’s richness inside your bathroom. Tropical plants like luscious ferns and philodendrons beautifully thrive in bathroom conditions. Let such plants trail down from window sills, or you can hang a bundle of branches from the ceiling and let the heat and steam from the shower release the plant’s therapeutic natural oils. Potted plants like succulents and flowers like orchids are also a great idea to include in the bathroom because these react well to the humid environment and low light. 

Accessorize like a king or queen 

In fashion, accessories complete an outfit. When it comes to bathroom interiors, accessories (otherwise known as hardware) do the same thing. Gold and brass hardware installed in cabinets and drawers instantly create a luxurious feel into a bathroom space, and you don’t have to spend much or do major renovations for it. 

Which modifications are you going to follow to transform your bathroom into a royal space? 

Ways to Create A Vintage Style Kitchen

Ways to Create A Vintage Style Kitchen
Modern, minimalist, sleek kitchen styles are all the rage for many who do renovations for their kitchen but how about going the opposite route for a change? How about going the old, tried and tested route? Take a step back in time and make your kitchen your pathway towards the good old memories of yesteryears.
We’ve got some easy, on-the-budget tips to recreate a vintage vibe for your kitchen.
Use reclaimed materials for design accents 
Do you have access to materials from old buildings? You can use those intricate pieces of wood and metal that are literally from the old world and incorporate them into your new kitchen. For instance, attaching wooden accents you often see on the exterior of mid century buildings right into your new island counter can instantly add a vintage feel to it. This is upcycling at best!
Go for open shelves to display antiques
Do you have an antique collection of crockery handed down to you? Keep the memories of your predecessors alive by having a part of them on full display in the modern times. Maybe in this case, your grandparents had an extensive collection of tableware they gifted to you on your wedding day. Don’t let those treasures go to waste; have them on display in an open shelf in the kitchen. Vintage kitchens are all about maximizing things and having those details on display will easily mimic kitchens of the oldened times.
Pops of color and personality 
Old school kitchens are special in that they have a free spirited charm. There are no rules when it comes to the details you want to welcome to the overall aesthetic. Adorn shelves with interesting items like limited edition collectibles and paint counters, walls, cabinets and even the floor with quirky colors and patterns.
Perfect hardware for instant vintage cabinets  
Cabinets are so dominant in the kitchen that when you achieve the theme you want for it, you can also succeed in having the right vibe for the rest of your kitchen. Now, if you’re aiming for a vintage style kitchen, there are two things you want to do with the cabinets. First, repaint your cabinets in a nice antique stain color. Second, pick the right hardware. Sleek, matt black hardware doesn’t make sense here. Instead, pick handles with brass, copper, or gold materials or even bejeweled accents!
What made you decide to go for a vintage theme for your new kitchen? 

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This is so stunning The pulls look like a sophisticated balance in your warm, homey kitchen, plus the black color certainly looks good against the fresh color scheme!

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How to Add Modern Touches to a Traditional Kitchen

You like to modernize your kitchen but you can’t fully commit to saying goodbye to your traditional kitchen just yet. So how do you make this happen? How can you converge both worlds and make it work and not look too forced in your kitchen design? This is actually very possible (and highly encouraged especially when you’re on a budget!)–when you artistically blend contemporary elements into a traditional setting, you’re embracing a juxtaposition that makes for a relaxed yet eclectic space. 

Let the parts of your traditional kitchen remain and have contemporary accessories and hardware add new life into it without dissolving all the culinary memories and all the in-betweens you’ve made throughout the years. 

 

Tie the look of your old furniture with new elements  

Your old cabinets could serve many purposes for your revamped kitchen. You can tie the look to the contemporary vibe by having some similar elements for both sides. If it has space on top, you can add some decorative crockery and other items that are a mix of traditional and contemporary. 

 

Have a cohesive color scheme 

Not everything in the kitchen has to be matchy-matchy and perfect. In fact, there’s a certain charm to having mismatched colors, as long as they belong to the same color scheme and that you’re consistent in following these colors. What’s great about colors like black, brown or white is that they are timeless. They are as loved today as they were back in the days. You can decide on choosing neutral colors that transcend time so you can successfully match both traditional and contemporary elements together. 

 

Don’t be afraid of displaying your vintage collections

 A carefully curated display of eclectic pieces brings a homely feeling to a modern, minimalist area. So take out the china sets and other vintage treasures that have been handed down to you. You can make it work by organizing them in an open shelf with a white backdrop. As you add in the antiques, collectibles and other sentimental hand-me-downs, you will slowly see a vintage, rustic display right in your newly-made contemporary space. 

 

Accessorize your old furniture with contemporary kitchen hardware

Smooth-to-the-touch frosted black handles for a sophisticated finish for your old cupboards, cabinets, drawers and doors? How about brass mushroom knobs? Or artsy rectangle knobs? Yes please! You can add the perfect contemporary touch to your old cabinet fixtures by simply paying more attention to the hardware. This is such an effective yet cost-efficient trick all designers swear by! 

How would you add a more contemporary vibe to your traditional kitchen? 

 

Buying Guide: How to Choose the Right Kitchen Tap

Buying Guide: How to Choose the Right Kitchen Tap

Considering labor and costs, a kitchen makeover is one of the most ambitious makeovers you can do at home. But that doesn’t mean you need to get intimidated by it. At the end of the day, it’s one of the most overused areas of the house so it does need much attention. There are many ways you can follow to make sure that you do not go over the bank when you

 
Reuse parts of your old kitchen 
 
Anything that’s still working and in fairly good condition can still make its way back to your remodeled kitchen. Why replace when you can reuse? Skipping your purchase of certain appliances or areas of your kitchen can help cut back your costs. By this, we don’t just mean the obvious. This could also imply, say, an old wooden worktop–instead of getting rid of it for good, why not turn it into a new shelf and save on buying new wood?
Refresh your cabinets rather than replacing them 

Cabinets can be so costly, especially when you need them custom-fit. So why replace them when you can simply refresh their look? From repainting, refacing, or changing the hardware, there are various ways you can easily do to change the look of your kitchen cabinets. Because these cabinets take so much part of your kitchen space, giving them a new look can already make a drastic change for the overall appearance of your kitchen.

Consider track lighting 
 
Lighting can drastically change the look of your kitchen–it’s easy to get excited about cool pendants, downlighters, even chandeliers to be incorporated in the interior but these can obviously be pretty costly too. An alternative with the same dramatic lighting effect is track lighting. These are cheaper, easy to install, adjustable, and create the right kind of sophisticated lighting mood that you want. You may want to install it in a spot (say, right above the island counter) that can easily direct multiple spots of your kitchen.
Don’t feel the need that everything has to match 

Who made the rules that the color and pattern of your cabinets need to match with the color of your floors and counters? While a seamless, matchy-match kitchen is satisfying to the eyes, that doesn’t mean that a mix-and-match kitchen isn’t good. When they work visually, like the colors are at the same spectrum, various elements can work together and can give your kitchen its own lively personality. For instance, you’ve done coloring your cabinets a nice shade of peach. Then you’ve run out of the same paint color for your counters. Do you really need to buy more paint? Why not make do with the spare brown pain you already have? Peaches and browns work well. Feel free to add more textures and patterns–the end result is a whimsical kitchen that’s also chic!

What thrifty ways are you excited to try for your kitchen makeover?