Kitchen Elegance on a Budget
Renovating your kitchen can cost the earth if you let it, but these days there are plenty of clever ways to create a beautiful kitchen without the enormous price tag.
Sartorial Interiors was delighted to be recently featured as one of the expert advisors in an article about kitchen renovations for loan comparison website RateCity. The post offers plenty of tips and advice from some of Australia’s top names in kitchen design and supplies, and it was a great project to collaborate on. I love nothing better than helping people create beautiful rooms they will continue to enjoy for many years to come.
Here are some of my top tips for the ultimate kitchen makeover.
A Beautiful Living Space
Your kitchen is the room where you probably spend a lot of time with family and friends. That’s why I like the long-term trend for making the kitchen look more like a living room. Mid- to dark-toned timber cabinetry helps to achieve this look. For an extra streamlined, more exclusive appearance, conceal appliances behind cabinet doors where possible and trade doorknobs and handles for finger pulls.
Stone benchtops have to be the single most desirable item in a modern kitchen. They will give your kitchen a luxurious feel and add value when it comes to resale. Natural stone can be very costly, however. Engineered stones such as Smart Stone or Caesar Stone are highly durable and are easier to maintain while still offering that high-end look. To get the look for even less, consider mitred apron. This is a type of false front that looks authentic, but is a fraction of the cost. To add an extra touch of class, extend the stone look to the splashback, too.
Simple and Effective Pendant Lighting
Pendant lighting looks really eye-catching and sophisticated above an island or dining table. I love a series of three pendants along an island and the larger, the better, as they look more expensive than small ones. You want your kitchen to last for many years, though, so choose timeless styles and colours rather than something that will date quickly. Some good options here are metal shades with a patina finish, simple drum shades in plain colours, or anything with mid-century styling.
Ask the Professionals
Designing and refurbishing a kitchen can be difficult and time-consuming if you aren’t sure what you’re doing. With eight years’ experience, I work closely with every client to create a dream kitchen that is as beautiful as it is functional. Get in touch to find out how to make your kitchen dreams come true or check out my feature in RateCity’s article: ‘Save on Your Mortgage and Update Your Kitchen’.