If you love the look of a modern, contemporary kitchen but don't have the money for a full renovation or kitchen remodel, consider some low budget ideas that will give you the look you want for a fraction of the cost.
1. Use aluminum sheeting over your dishwasher face
Stainless steel appliances are a must-have in a contemporary kitchen, but if your dishwasher works you don't necessarily need to replace it. A good low-budget alternative is to put aluminum sheeting over the front. This is a type of paper you peel and stick onto appliances to give them the look of stainless steel. You can spend the money on a new refrigerator and stove, and then create a coordinating look for your dishwasher with this inexpensive paper found at most hardware and home improvement stores.
2. Choose poured concrete for your countertops
One advantage to concrete is that it can be shaped and molded into any form, and also painted or stained any color. If you want a fresh new look for your countertops but can't afford glass or granite, choose poured concrete. A contractor can easily shape it around your cabinets and then buff it to a high shine or paint it any color you wish. It can also be stained to look like granite, or given an affordable resin coating so that it resembles glass.
3. Install open glass shelving
Open shelving is a popular choice in contemporary kitchen today, and glass has a very modern look and feel. You can buy glass or laminate shelving and brackets for a fraction of the cost of new cabinets and install these along one wall for a quick, affordable facelift in your kitchen.
4. Install track lighting
Track lighting has a clean and modern feel to it and can be an affordable way to brighten your kitchen and update its look. Choose oil-rubbed bronze or stainless steel for the track itself rather than simple painted aluminum, for a stylish touch. Remember that track lighting also doesn't need to be a simple square or rectangle; find a lighting fixture with an oval design or one that curves for something unique.
5. Repaint in a bold color
Sometimes a new paint job is all you need to make your kitchen look fresh and new. Paint your cupboards and cabinets white and opt for black handles and drawer pulls, and a black floor. You might also paint the entire kitchen white and then paint an accent wall a bold red. Add some red accessories such as bar stools and utensils, and you have a modern kitchen without breaking your budget.
For more information about newcastle kitchens feel free to find a contractor near you.