You don’t have to do an entire room renovation to add some luxury touches to your kitchen. A whole kitchen renovation can take weeks or even months, and on average costs at least $25,000. While this may be in the cards, many people in Essex County are not interested in living in dust and debris, and are looking for a faster way to make their kitchen a better fit for their lifestyle.
Fortunately, you don’t need to do an entire overhaul of your kitchen to make it more workable for your needs. Opt for some of these luxury finishes and features, and they’ll immediately add a touch of glamour and sophistication- no demolition required.
Here are some of our favourite ways that homeowners can personalize their kitchens and add some luxurious elements without breaking the bank.
1. A Touch-Sensitive Faucet
A touch-sensitive faucet, which can be turned on by tapping the top of the faucet’s neck, is a fantastic asset for any kitchen. It helps limit mess around your sink by allowing you to get a flow of water going without needing to touch any of your fixtures.
These faucets are available in a variety of styles and materials, and range in price from as little as $119 up to $300+.
2. Under-Cabinet Lighting
Under-cabinet lighting is something that might require a little bit of skill to install, but depending on the lights you choose, you may be able to do this yourself. Under-cabinet lighting is recessed under your cabinets and helps to illuminate critical, high use surfaces like your countertops and sink area. These lights might not be as impressive as other, more stylish fixtures, but they’re absolutely essential for everyday tasks like chopping veggies and washing dishes.
3. A Specialized Ceiling
Most people don’t think too much about their ceiling, and are content to leave it plain white with minimal accents. To create a bit more visual interest and add more of your personality into your space, consider a specialized ceiling. You can do anything from adding pressed tin or aluminum panels to crown moulding, beadboard, or painted details. These touches immediately add character to your space, giving it a vintage look while still retaining all the modern accessories that make a kitchen functional.
4. Customized Storage Spaces
By working with a contractor or designer, you can customize storage spaces like cabinets, cupboards, and pantries to fit the needs of your family. While there are always going to be plenty of options available, especially from manufacturers who specialize in modular cabinetry, you can’t beat a personalized approach.
When you start working with a professional, try and come with a list of problem that you’d like their help in solving. This could be anything from moving the spice rack closer to the stove to needing accessibility features for a family member with disabilities. As long as your needs are clear, the designers and contractors can work with you to create a personalized cabinet design that fits your needs. These spaces might be a bit more expensive to design than ready-to-install models, but they can take full advantage of the space in your kitchen. This is especially handy if you’re working with an older space, or one that has awkward angles and corners you’ve never been able to use effectively.
5. Pendant Lighting
Not all the lights in your kitchen have to be practical. Instead of opting for smaller fixtures like recessed pot lights or track lighting, make a statement by choosing dramatic pendant lights for your kitchen. These fixtures look amazing over a kitchen island, breakfast nook, or kitchen table.
Depending on your style, there are lots of options to choose from. You can go minimal with a single Edison bulb in a long, narrow pendant, or elaborate with a geometric cage, dome, or globe holding up several bulbs. Whatever style you choose, just make sure it’s centered in the area you want to highlight. Otherwise, it may look awkward and out of place.
6. A Wine Fridge
If you drink wine often, you’ll appreciate the convenience of a wine fridge. These little refrigerators can tuck away into cabinets or under kitchen islands, and offer the best environment for storage of your wine.
Depending on what model you choose, you can prioritize long-term ageing, or opt for a model that keeps your wines at exactly the right temperature for serving. Most companies manufacture wine fridges that hold anywhere from 6 to upwards of 100 bottles of both red and white wine.
7. A Pot Filler Faucet
Tired of lugging huge pots of water from your faucet to your stove for pasta, potatoes, or canning? A pot filler faucet is an unobtrusive faucet that sits right above your stovetop, and can fill large pots with ease. That means no more trips back and forth from the kitchen sink! Plus, it adds an irresistible Italian villa feel to your kitchen.
Want to hear more about what fixtures and features we think will make your kitchen even more luxurious? Get in touch with the team at Duby’s Home Centre, and let us help you with your next kitchen renovation.