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    How To Make Your Money Go Further

    Give your kitchen a high-end look without the high-end price.

    Kitchen remodels aren’t cheap. They can end up costing tens of thousands of pounds, which is a problem if you’re on a strict budget. That’s why we’re going to lend a helping hand by giving you some tips on how to save some money.

    Keep your carcasses

    If you like the basic layout of your kitchen but want to change up your cabinets, it’s worth keeping the carcasses. By repainting them and swapping out the handles, they can look brand new. Even if you’re changing your layout, you can still get cheap carcasses and only pay out for high-end doors to keep the premium look.

    Cupboard door colour contrasts

    Love the doors but not the finish? You can freshen up your cupboard doors by having a two-toned look. Keep the upper cabinets light and airy, while painting the lower ones a darker hue. The light cabinets will make the room seem taller, with the darker ones grounding the space.

    Mix open and closed shelving

    Getting all of your kitchen filled with closed shelving can be expensive, so why not try taking one wall and having open shelving there? You can find inexpensive shelving that still looks good and show off some of your favourite plates, mugs and glasses. You can even add some bold wallpaper behind them to bring the shelving to life.

    Reconsider laminate worktops

    There was a time when laminate worktops would have cost an arm and a leg, but times have changed. You can now get stylish designs that are a dead ringer for granite and marble but at a fraction of the cost. It’s a great way to add a high-end look to your worktops.

    Go with butcher's block worktops

    Not feeling the laminate? No worries. There’s still plenty of worktop materials you can go with that look good and won’t cost a pretty penny. Butcher’s block worktops can give your kitchen a warm and natural look with their use of wood. It’s something different that really works.

    Change your hardware

    You can save tons of money by keeping hold of your current built-in appliances and simply changing their tired, old and dated handles. You’re so used to seeing the doors with their current handles, it’s easy to think you need to replace the whole thing. You’ll be surprised just how different your kitchen will look once the handles are upgraded.

    Consider metro tiles

    Metro tiles (or subway tiles) are quickly becoming staples of both high end and affordable kitchens around the world. They’re quite cheap to get hold of, so even if you have a lot of wall space, it won’t eat into your budget. They’ll easily give you kitchen a modern edge.

    Give vinyl flooring a chance

    The boom in vinyl isn’t just happening in record stores, it’s making a comeback in kitchens too. When it comes to flooring, everyone has got their eyes on tiles or stone, but there is some standout vinyl that can bring your kitchen to life. Vinyl flooring isn’t expensive and there are plenty of designs that look like real tile.

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