There is no question that today’s kitchens have become the focal point of modern homes. Even older homes want to boast an updated kitchen with all of the luxurious appearances of a costly renovation.

Who wouldn’t want endless bench space, marble counters and professional-grade appliances? Or, imagine gathering in this lavish environment among friends and family, sipping wine and nibbling on hors-d’oeuvres or preparing a family meal with surrounding elegance.

Achieving that dream kitchen is also one of the more expensive home remodeling projects you can undertake; however, while a high-end kitchen might be out of reach for the average homeowner, a luxurious kitchen doesn’t need to cost hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Just a few finishing touches can make a world of difference. Here are some smart tips to ensure your kitchen has the look and feel of something much more lavish.

Install A Hands-Free Faucet

This is one appliance that can easily be replaced. Having touch-sensitive faucets will be the best addition to your kitchen. With all the fantastic options and price ranges out there, there is no excuse for any kitchen to have a boring faucet. These touch-sensitive faucets are a luxury with a practical payoff because there are fewer germs and less mess to clean after dirty-handed meal preparation.

Make sure to pick a sleek one that coordinates with your cabinet hardware. This easy change will instantly add an expensive-looking touch to your sink.

Stylish Hardware

Cabinet handles and pulls can date your kitchen as quickly as avocado-coloured countertops, but the good news is that if your cabinets are age-neutral; upgrading the hardware will give them an instant update. Changing hardware is a quick and easy fix to replace those old cabinets, drawer pulls and handles with new ones. Maybe stainless steel?

Perhaps you could add some interest by using different designs for cabinets and drawers? Just make sure to stick with the same finish for a consistent look.

The only tricky part is to remember that if you had a handle before, with two screws, you’d need to replace it with the same thing, but other than this minor obstacle, you can make your kitchen come to life with modern hardware.

Backsplash Magic

Whether you’re adding one or changing an existing one, adding new tiles to create a backsplash can change the entire look of your kitchen. This change is one way to get some WOW factor in your kitchen.

You don’t even have to go all-over with your eye-catching tile: sometimes you get the biggest bang for your buck by choosing a flashy look and concentrating it in on one focal area, like over the stove. Look for stainless steel tiles, a funky mosaic or metallic tiles to catch the eye of kitchen visitors.

Light it Up – Under Counter Lighting

Adding lights under the cabinets can give your kitchen a fancy feeling. Not only beautiful and expensive looking, but this type of lighting also makes your culinary area more usable. They also help to showcase any decorative items you’ve got displayed on the counters.

For that instant eye-popping look, under cabinet lighting is a kitchen win-win for everybody. The bonus that comes with this type of lighting is that it adds diffused, mid-level ambient light to your overall room at the same time and brings elegance into the room that is pure luxury.

No Need to Break the Bank

You don’t need a big budget to make your kitchen look more expensive and luxurious. By considering all of the elements that go into a kitchen, switching up a few small details will provide the change you need without breaking the bank to renovate the room.