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Kitchen Design Tips On A Budget

The kitchen is one of the most important rooms of your house, and with the right improvements you can make your kitchen look stylish (even on a budget) and get a return on investment when, or if, you decide to sell your house.

Plan

The key to designing your kitchen on a budget is to thoroughly plan in advance; using kitchen design software is an easy way to help you make economical choices when it comes to designing your kitchen. The software will allow you to plan your kitchen to its finest detail and amend any mistakes with a simple click of a button. You can enter your kitchen’s dimensions so you get a true and accurate idea of how much space you have to play with, and you can help maximise space by playing around with the software until you have everything in the right place. Use kitchen planning software to avoid any extra costs in the future.

Paint

The easiest and most inexpensive option to go for if you want to give your kitchen a bit of a new feel is to give it a lick of paint. Choose lighter colours if your kitchen is small; this will give it an airy, light feel, which will give the illusion your kitchen is bigger. You can also sand down your cabinets to their natural colour and refinish them with a different colour to give them a new lease of life without purchasing brand new cabinetry.

Lighting

The correct lighting can transform a room and also make a smaller kitchen look a lot bigger than it actually is. Speak to a lighting specialist who will be able to guide you to finding suitable and effective lighting to emphasise your kitchen at its best. There is a huge selection of lighting you can choose from to compliment your kitchen, for example, spotlights underneath cabinets can light them up and make them very sophisticated.

Flooring

People tend to splash out on expensive flooring when there are much cheaper alternatives that look just as good as the swish and expensive flooring you can buy. When choosing flooring for your kitchen you should consider the following factors:

How easy is it to clean?
How durable is it?
Is it easily installed?
Does it fit in with your budget?
Laminate flooring is a good choice if you’re on a budget, it’s cost-effective and easy to maintain and keep clean. Laminate flooring looks like wood but isn’t, it just has a wood finish applied over the top.

Maximise space

If you feel you don’t have enough room in your kitchen, and you can afford to splash out on some new cabinetry, there are ways you can be clever with storage space and still leave yourself lots of room to swing your arms about. There are budget furniture shops you can purchase your cabinets from and if you want to save space, here are a few types of storage you could opt for:

Deep drawers
Kitchen trolleys
Corner cabinets
Wall-hanging storage
Avoid

If possible, avoid any changes to the gas and plumbing fittings – this is expensive to change and if you are planning a kitchen on a budget, we’d recommend you work around the fittings you already have. Stick to keeping the sink and main gas fixtures where they are and you should save yourself significant costs

Michael Richards is writing on behalf of Nexus Design Software, specialists in kitchen design software and kitchen planning software.

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