Everyone wants their kitchen to look like a picture out of a magazine, but most of us do not have the money to spend on those same expensive materials. Luckily, with all of the improvements done to less costly materials, you can get the look of those expensive materials for pennies on the dollar. Here are some cheap kitchen materials you can use to create a high end look for less.
High End Laminate
Laminate countertops have received a bad reputation over the years, but new improvements to this old material has caused a revival in laminate. The new high end laminate can give the look of granite, quartz or even metal. The only way to really tell the difference between this laminate and the real deal is to touch it. The best part is, this new beautiful laminate does not cost much more than the ugly laminate in your grandma’s kitchen.
Ceramic tile is definitely not what most people think when they want expensive looking flooring. However, the world of ceramic tile has come up with a way to give you the look of real stone, marble or even travertine. Though ceramic tile may not be as cheap as sheet vinyl flooring, it can still save you hundreds over real stone or travertine tile.
Stainless Steel Film
Another cheap material option is stainless steel film. This film can be used on backsplashes, appliances and even countertops to give the look of real stainless steel for as little as $.25 a square foot. With a real stainless steel countertop running as much as $200 a square foot, that is a huge savings. Of course, be aware that this option is not going to be as durable as the real thing. So, be gentle.
Hardwood flooring in the kitchen is a huge trend right now, but it can also be quite expensive. With hardwood flooring running anywhere from $2 to $10 a square foot, the cost of this elegant look can add up quickly. However, you can get this same look for much less by choosing a laminate flooring instead. If you look in the right places, you can find inexpensive laminate flooring for only $.50 a square foot, with more quality laminate for $2-$3 a square foot. If you choose the right product, your guests will probably never know the difference.
So if you are wanting to give your kitchen that expensive magazine look but do not have a lot of cash, try using these materials to get the same look for less. Not only will you get the look you want but you will potentially save thousands of dollars over using those pricey materials. Now start shopping to get the best deal possible on these items for your kitchen to save even more.