Kitchen design and planning is a daunting task. We often know the look we want, but many times our budgets aren't as large as our wish lists are long. But that doesn't mean we can't have remarkable spaces— we just have to get smart. Each of these kitchens reached deep into their bag of tricks for savvy ways to get full-on style with a much smaller price tag.
Design Inspiration: When Emily Henderson designed this Spanish-style home last year (also lead image above), the black and white kitchen tile was a big splurge. It wraps around the room and is a big focal point for the room.
Budget Solution: On the flip side, Cathy of Grit & Polish saved money by strategically using a small amount of beautiful patterned tile just over the range. It still makes a nice statement, just on a smaller scale.
Design Inspiration: Hardwired sconces above the countertop, like the ones in this Scandinavian kitchen, are both functional and sculptural.
Budget Solution: The lights in this Scandinavian home clip onto a built-in wall shelf, and plug directly into the wall. If you already have the outlets, you'll save money on the electrician. Image is from Cereal Magazine, via My Domaine.
Design Inspiration: Large kitchen ranges are fantastic features for serious cooks, but a large 60" one can cost beaucoup de bucks. I'm guessing the Viking stove in this Cobble Hill kitchen by Blair Harris cost at least $10,000.
Budget Solution: When Chris Loves Julia renovated their kitchen, they got creative by placing two less expensive 30" ranges side by side. Both combined were $5398, which is still a chunk of change, but much less than the alternative.
Design Inspiration: The herringbone wood floor in this French apartment is such a showstopper, and carries throughout the home and into the kitchen.
Budget Solution: If you are installing new flooring throughout, save some money and pair pricier materials with budget options, like this Danish kitchen, which uses inexpensive linoleum starting at the kitchen threshold.
Design Inspiration: Tall black iron shelving gives this kitchen from Style at Home an open, airy and industrial feel.
Budget Solution: Kirsten of Simply Grove recently remodeled her kitchen. In lieu of built-in shelves above, she found an inexpensive freestanding shelving unit from World Market for $80 and placed it on the counters instead.