Of course it's possible to create an amazing-looking kitchen if you have massive amounts of cash: what's really remarkable is doing the same thing on a limited budget. But the good news is that you don't have to spend a ton of money to get a countertop or cabinets or a backsplash or a floor that looks great. Here are eight examples of humble, inexpensive materials looking really great in the kitchen.
The cabinets above, in a kitchen from Dwell, only look expensive — they're IKEA Akurum cabinets, electro-painted with a smooth black finish. New cabinet pulls complete the streamlined look.
This Scandinavian kitchen from Entrance features IKEA cabinets with stainless steel cover panels.
These cabinets, believe it or not, are also from IKEA — no modifications required.
These countertops only look like marble: they're actually covered in Formica, which cost only $850 for the entire kitchen. (And laminate is a lot more low-maintenance than marble, to boot.) You can see the whole renovation at My Old Country House.
These boldly patterned tiles are just plain old square tiles with a little paint applied. DIY from One Kings Lane.
Subway tile is notoriously inexpensive, and also notoriously ubiquitous. But even if you're a little bored with the traditional brick-laid pattern, there are still plenty of things you can do with this super versatile tile. Try laying it in an unusual pattern, or using a dark grout, or maybe both. Image from Flourish Design + Style.
VCT, or vinyl composite tile, may be more prevalent in elementary school classrooms and government buildings than private homes, but that doesn't mean it can't look great in your kitchen. It's quite durable, comes in lots of colors, and can be laid in interesting patterns (like in this kitchen from Glitter Guide).
In this kitchen from Canadian Living, vinyl tile was used to create a traditional checkerboard pattern. Vinyl tile is much more budget friendly than ceramic tile, and, we can guess, a lot less cold underfoot.
(Image credits: Dwell; Entrance; IKEA; My Old Country House; One Kings Lane; Flourish Design + Style; Glitter Guide; Donna Griffith Photography for Canadian Living)