Luxury Kitchen Makeovers: Where to Splurge and Where to Save 

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You’ve probably spent more time than you’d like to admit pouring over those Insta-worthy kitchens that look like they belong on the cover of a magazine.

Your dream kitchen is not as far off as you think. However, it can be tricky to know what details are worth it and which are not.

This guide will walk you through where to splurge, where to save, for your next kitchen remodel.

1. Countertop Considerations 

Let’s start with the spot where you chop veggies and maybe accidentally spill a glass of wine or two, yes, your countertops. For this, it’s time to splurge.

Marble or quartz countertops are the top contenders of every kitchen.

They’re not just pretty but they can also handle the mess. The countertops are your chance to make a statement, but you should also consider functionality. For some quartz will be the better choice as they offer upkeep. If your kitchen is more for show and occasional use, marble could be the right choice for you. 

2. Smart Appliances 

Now, let’s talk about those futuristic appliances that promise to make your life easier than ordering takeout. Do you really need a fridge that can tell you when you’re out of milk?

Probably not. Save those dollars.

Opt for appliances that are smart but won’t leave your bank account looking sad. Opt for Sleek, energy-efficient fridge and a stove that offers simple functionality without making tasks more complicated. 

3. Lighting Drama for the Win 

Lighting is the jewelry of your kitchen makeover. Think of it as the spotlight that follows you around the kitchen, focus on the areas you need lighting the most. 

It sets the mood, steals the show, and makes you feel like the superstar you are.

Splurge on a statement pendant light or a chandelier that’s so extra, it’s perfect. Save on everyday fixtures, and let your lighting be the centerpiece.

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4. Hold Back on Backsplash

While it’s tempting to go all out with flashy tiles and bold patterns, trends can be as fickle as your last crush.

Save your money  by choosing a timeless, neutral backsplash. White subway tiles are like the little black dress of your kitchen – simple, classic, and always a good idea. Save on trends and let your cooking skills be the star of the show.

5. Custom Cabinets Set The Tone

Let’s talk about cabinets,  don’t hold back on this one. Custom cabinets are tailored to perfection and make your kitchen look like a million bucks.

Splurge on quality materials and craftsmanship that can handle the chaos of your culinary adventures. Plus, custom cabinets give you the power to design storage that matches your specific needs. It’s not just a kitchen makeover; it’s a kitchen takeover.

6. Hardware on a Budget 

You don’t need a Kardashian budget to add a little something extra to your cabinets.

Save on hardware – knobs, handles, and pulls – by going for beautiful yet budget-friendly options.

Matte black or brushed brass hardware can give your cabinets that upgrade without the hefty price tag. It’s the small details that count, and you can totally add some extra style without breaking your budget. 

7. The Centerpiece of the Kitchen

If your kitchen can accommodate an island space, don’t be shy to splurge a bit on this one. A spacious, functional island is a game-changer.

It’s not just a prep station; it’s the social hub of your kitchen. Splurge on a durable countertop, maybe even an extra sink for that extra touch. This is where you’ll chop, chat, and create memories, so make it a space that steals the show.

8. Everyday Kitchenware

Fancy gadgets and designer pots might look like they belong in a Michelin-starred restaurant, but let’s be real – you don’t need a gold-plated spatula to flip pancakes.

Save on everyday kitchenware and invest in quality basics. A good set of pots, pans, and utensils will serve you just fine.

Save those extra dollars for the pieces that truly make a statement, and let your culinary skills do the talking.

That sums up the ultimate guide to a luxury kitchen makeover without maxing out your credit cards. Splurge where it counts, save where it makes sense, and turn your kitchen into a sanctuary that reflects your style and serves your needs.

Because, in the end, it’s not just about the countertops or the appliances; it’s about creating a kitchen where you can whip up a masterpiece and entertain friends. 

Chenise Hinds
Chenise Elida Hinds is a talented designer and licensed realtor based in the Washington D.C.-Baltimore area. Her educational background includes a stint as a Graduate Assistant at the prestigious New York School of Interior Design, where she cultivated her keen eye for aesthetics and functional design. Blending her design expertise with her real estate acumen, Chenise excels in helping her clients find homes that not only meet their needs but also reflect their personal style. When she's not busy navigating the real estate market, Chenise indulges in her passion for antique hunting and staying abreast of the latest trends in décor.