10 Luxury Kitchen Ideas For Fraction of the Price

10 Luxury Kitchen Ideas For Fraction of the Price

Wouldn’t you love for your kitchen to feel like a luxury home kitchen? The reality – you can achieve it for a fraction of the price. A luxurious home environment can be yours with these helpful tips.

1. Substitute granite countertops for granite top overlays. Several companies make a polymer/granite “shell” that fits directly over your current countertop. The result? A countertop that looks like you spent thousands, for half of the granite price.

2. Instead of marble tile flooring, use ceramic tile. Several man made varieties of tile mimic the look of marble and can save you money.

3. Substitute hard wood flooring with high-end laminate wood varieties. Hardwood is expensive and has high maintenance. High-end laminate flooring looks just like real hardwood, and comes in hundreds of choices. It also can get wet, and doesn’t scratch like hardwood flooring.

4. Substitute granite sinks for deep bowl- under mounted stainless steel sinks. Sinks can be expensive, especially when using granite, or other solid surface material.  Use a deeper bowl, two or three compartment stainless steel sink.  This will keep the sleekness you desire, without the high price tag.

5. Instead of custom faucets and fixtures, use ‘off the shelf’ varieties. Many luxury kitchens have high-end custom fixtures. These days, home improvement stores offer the same great looks, but by common manufacturers.  Delta, Moen, American Standard are just a few that will save you money, without anyone knowing.

6. When renovating a kitchen, re-face wood cabinets instead of starting new. This process involves keeping the original cabinet, but having a laminate finish over the old. Cabinet and drawer fronts are brand new. With new door pull hardware added, the final look is of high-end cabinets that don’t hurt your wallet.

7. Instead of expensive, sleek metal cabinetry, use self-assembly cabinet manufacturers. Instead of spending thousands on sleek, modern cabinets visit a store like IKEA. They have dozens of choices for cabinetry that you can assemble yourself.  If you need help, they have assistance that you can purchase separately.

8. Substitute stainless steel appliances for stainless steel finish appliances. Appliance manufacturers now offer stainless steel finish appliances. These appliances don’t give the fingerprints that stainless steel gives, and the appearance is still modern and luxurious.

9. Instead of crystal and expensive lighting fixtures, choose “off the shelf” fixtures. Pendant, recessed, and under counter lighting fixtures can be expensive. Use varieties that are readily available at your favorite lighting or home improvement store.

10. Instead of granite and mosaic tile backsplashes, consider using glass and ceramic tile. Mosaic tile and granite can be expensive and laborious to install. With the wide variety of tiles the options are limitless.  You can achieve a high end backsplash, to compliment your luxurious kitchen without the cost!


  • Deidre Gary June 14, 2010 at 17:34 PMLogin to Reply →

    Very great ideas.. I can’t wait to incorporate some of these at home..

  • Janel June 14, 2010 at 18:00 PMLogin to Reply →

    Awesome article. Great ideas.

  • Joseph June 14, 2010 at 18:13 PMLogin to Reply →

    This is some wonderful advice. And I especially liked the pictures you included. I don’t really know what I would do with a kitchen, were I blessed with all the room in the world in which to put said kitchen. And, yes, I do know that no one really has “all the room in the world,” but lots and lots of people have considerably more room than I have! All I can do, I guess, is just keep surfing the Internet, hoping that I will find designs that I can put to use in my own kitchen. A little here, a little there, that sort of thing. That said, I will say, and I DO say, that you have given me much to think about with your concepts, and I thank you for sharing your ideas. And who knows? Maybe one fine day I will be sharing an absolutely smashing, albeit small, kitchen design!

  • Alesha E. Churba June 14, 2010 at 18:22 PMLogin to Reply →

    This article was great! Kitchens can be given a fresh new look for a fraction of the price that high-end kitchens cost. I would like to add that the new postformed countertops on the market are a cost-saving measure as well and they don’t require any maintenance like the granite does. Re-facing the cabinets is a great idea and green at the same time. Another option to refacing is painting and installing new, off the shelf handles for a great new look. If you choose to paint, just remember to use a primer specifically made to adhere to old finish and then apply a good paint that will adhere to the primer and old finish. Great article Ronique!

  • Florence Haridan June 14, 2010 at 20:35 PMLogin to Reply →

    Great article, great to hear ways to get the LOOK for less. I always love those articles that show the basically the same style but have two different price tags…there is look, there is price, there is quality, there is longevity. working to figure out what is important at the time, for me is the key to deciding where to put my money…

  • Donna Crowther June 14, 2010 at 21:37 PMLogin to Reply →

    I love the idea about using the granite over the top of your existing countertops. I will have to check this product out.

  • Ronique Gibson June 14, 2010 at 23:21 PMLogin to Reply →

    Thank you all for your comments. These days every little penny matters, but why should we sacrifice the look and feel of luxury? I enjoyed writing this article, and look forward to sharing more great ideas for your home in the future!

  • elle June 15, 2010 at 03:58 AMLogin to Reply →

    My Tips:

    – Don’t knock laminate for resurfacing. They have some great finishes now; including a faux quartz with little sparkly bits (it looks better than it sounds!) at great prices!

    – Ditto for Linoleum. Great patterns,including faux wood or tiles for usually very little (here it’s €7 per meter that is 2 meters wide) and easy to install yourself with an x-ecto knife and glue.

    – Consider unusual materials for the backsplashes. Bring up your laminate counter top to meet the top cabinets. Or, buy textured wall covering like bead board or faux rocks and paint it a shiny enamel.

    – Ceramic is often cast aside as a kitchen sink choice, but they have great models and the price is usually less than stainless steel – also you won’t spend any time wiping fingerprints off.

    – Make your own custom kitchen drawer inserts for knives, silverware and cooking utensils. These drawers usually cost about $100 each if you get them from anyone besides IKEA (and dimensions are usually a problem to fit them in other kitchens). Here are mine…

    showing off my drawers..

  • Yvonne June 17, 2010 at 21:08 PMLogin to Reply →

    Thanks for sharing some great ideas really like the first kitchen pic

  • Norma Jomes June 17, 2010 at 22:33 PMLogin to Reply →

    I love the look of these kitchens; makes one want to do a whole makeover.
    I wish someone had told me about Corian before I inveted in it.
    Ths material shows water spots and is easily scratched; when I win the lotterg I am going to get the granite overlay.

  • Alesha E. Churba June 18, 2010 at 02:23 AMLogin to Reply →

    This is for Norma- use a Scotch-Bright pad (green pads) on your Corian counter and it will buff the scratches right out! Also, a mild abrasive (like Easy Scrub) is actually good for Corian- helps revive it. That is the only maintenance you have with Corian vs. having to seal granite. Granite is porous and requires maintenance (sealing with a chemical), unless it is a special, sealed granite.

  • Lightory June 18, 2010 at 12:09 PMLogin to Reply →

    Thanks soooo much! The pictures look so inspiring)

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  • Ollie September 28, 2010 at 15:14 PMLogin to Reply →

    Some great tips, thanks for sharing.

  • Mike June 21, 2011 at 19:52 PMLogin to Reply →

    Great tips here I think it gives people the option to save on a particular aspect when the kitchen they want is outside of a set budget, I think they do not need to swap everything to get that luxury effect though this article shows what can be done.

  • Kristen Dockery March 9, 2015 at 13:26 PMLogin to Reply →

    What great ideas on how to make your home luxurious for less than what it usually costs. I really liked the alternatives in this article to save. I think it’s awesome because you can’t even tell the difference between these tips on how to save and the real things. I have been wanting to redo my kitchen for a while now, but have been saving up. Now that I know about these cheaper alternatives I can’t wait to start on the remodel.