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Ten ways to spruce up your kitchen for less


Daniele Brutto, Hub Kitchens ( co-founder, says: ‘We recently discovered a lighting brand called Tala which has beautiful LED lighting. Normally, LED is not very attractive looking. The brand is also eco friendly and you can mix and match the LED designs as well as being able to upgrade the bulbs on existing pendants or fixtures for an instant new look, and a reasonable budget.’ Daniel suggests trying the Voronoi II Brass Pendant Trio, which is £432.

Start with the kitchen sink

Dmitri Kara is an expert in all things handy at ‘For a £500 budget, invest in the sink and near-sink area. Look out for double bowl sets, so you’ll have more freedom as a cook. And if you manage to find a unit on sale, I would suggest you also equip the wall with hangers. Prices for stainless sink units can vary, starting from £100 up to £600 and beyond.’

Statement fridge (or two)

Nick Fletcher, Hisense UK marketing manager, suggests the Hisense RR220 fridge in bright red for £293 ( ‘The kitchen is no longer just a functional setting, it’s the heart of many people’s homes and we know many of our customers see it as an opportunity to showcase their style. White goods are not exempt and stylish colours and clever designs are the order of the day.’

Antique mirror

Andy Stirling, creative and design director at The Shaker Kitchen Co ( says: ‘When used as a splashback, antique mirrors are a great way to generate a larger feeling of space in a kitchen. They can also be relatively cost-effective, too. The average price is usually anywhere between £250-£500, but this does also depend on the size required.’

Add some beauty

Kitchen designer Craig Matson, MD of Roundhouse, ( says: ‘Display your own carefully curated collections of beautiful things like bowls and jugs.’ Tom Dixon’s range includes the Tank jug (above, right) with hand-painted copper. £93.50,

Paint everything

Dominic McInerney, UK marketing manager of V33 ( says: ‘Want to freshen up your kitchen? You might be surprised to find out that it’s perfectly possible to paint wall tiles, floor tiles, outdated cupboards and even appliances such as fridge-freezers, washing machines and dishwashers. With a budget of just £200 you could easily upgrade any typical kitchen with the V33 Renovation range of paints.’

Marble tiles

Erin Adams, designer for Temple Tiles, says: ‘Marble is a huge trend as clients are looking for a seamless backsplash and flooring to correspond with their marble countertops. It is a great option for clean, white and grey kitchens that are of the moment. The patterns we have are timeless.’ Prices from £100m sq to £600m sq.


Kim Vanopstal, Hub Kitchens interior designer ( says: ‘For a quick update in the kitchen, bring the outside in with hanging planters for your herbs. Consider hanging the planters alongside pendant lighting for a modern look, or close to the cooking area for easy reach.’ Try this John Lewis Burgon & Ball indoor hanging planter, Ripple Grey, £7.99.

Tech it up

Kitchen designer Craig Matson (pictured), MD of Roundhouse, says let the tech do the talking: ‘A product you can buy now for around £200 is a fridge camera, which takes a photo of inside your fridge and sends it to your phone, so you know what you ned to buy when you go out shopping. Around the corner, being trialled now, is connectivity to all your kitchen appliances from wherever you are; so, you’ll be able use voice control on your phone to turn on the oven, switch on the extractor, turn up the temperature in the wine cooler etc. It’s likely that price will depend on the number of appliances you connect.’

And finally… budget

Hayley Simmons (pictured), head of merchandising for Magnet, says: ‘Whether you are on budget or are splashing out on a new kitchen, having a figure in mind helps you to plan accordingly, making sure each element is taken care of and that you are not overspending.

Make sure you are aware of the percentage you will spend on each part of the kitchen and use this as a guideline. Then, having 20 per cent set aside for unexpected costs is a great way to make sure any issues can be cleared up quickly and easily.’