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How to Get a Stunning Fitted Kitchen on a Budget

Chris Turnbull

How to Get a Stunning Fitted Kitchen on a Budget

Stretch Your Budget, Not Your Imagination: How to Get a Stunning Fitted Kitchen on a Budget

As you’ll be only too aware, your kitchen is the beating heart of your home. It’s where you make that first cup of coffee in the morning, cook up family dinners, and where people naturally congregate. But creating your high quality dream kitchen doesn’t have to be synonymous with breaking the bank. Here at Nicholas Hythe Kitchen Design Studio, we specialise in making high-end designs accessible.  And if you’re willing to exercise your imagination and make some compromises on some features, the price of your new kitchen can be significantly lowered without compromising the quality of the end product. In this guide, ‘How to Get a Stunning Fitted Kitchen on a Budget’ we’ll provide some ideas for you to consider:

  1. Understand Your Priorities

First things first, you need to understand what’s a must-have and what’s a nice-to-have. Maybe you’re an avid baker who can’t do without a double oven, but could make do with a smaller sink. Knowing your priorities will guide your spending, ensuring that you put your hard-earned cash into what truly matters to you.

  1. Door Types

When you think about a kitchen’s visual appeal and utility, doors are often the unsung heroes. Like cabinets and doors, they can be a significant expense but are crucial to both the look and feel of your kitchen. If you’re budget-conscious, here are some savvy choices to consider:

  • Stock Painted Doors Over Paint-to-Order: If you’re eyeing a ‘standard’ colour or finish, stock painted doors are your go-to. While paint-to-order gives you a wide array of custom options, it usually comes with a higher price tag. Stock painted doors offer a similar aesthetic but are more budget-friendly.
  • Laminate Over Wood: It’s hard to resist the classic allure of wooden doors, but don’t discount laminate just yet. Today’s laminate doors are stylish and highly durable, presenting a sleek, modern look at a fraction of the cost of wood.
  • Open Shelving as an Alternative: If you’re willing to think outside the box (or door, in this case), consider adding some open shelving to the mix. Not only does it offer a more open feel, but it can also ease the pressure on your wallet as you need fewer cabinets and doors.

By making informed decisions about your cabinet doors, you can create a space that aligns with both your aesthetic desires and your budget constraints.

  1. Get Smart About Countertops

Choose more budget-friendly materials like laminate or wood over natural stone like granite or marble. If you’re set on a pricier material, think about using it in smaller areas or as an accent, while using more budget-friendly options such as wood or laminate for larger surfaces.

  1. Don’t Underestimate the Impact of Paint

Never underestimate the transformative power of a coat of paint. Whether it’s your walls or your cabinet fronts, a new colour can provide a complete facelift. For a small investment, you get a significant change.

  1. Lighting: Your Budget-Friendly Game-Changer

As we’ve previously discussed, smart lighting choices can change the ambiance and even make your space look more upscale. Consider energy-efficient LEDs and strategically place them to highlight your kitchen’s best features.

  1. Second-Hand or DIY Accessories

Thrift stores, flea markets, and online marketplaces can be gold mines for kitchen furnishings. From vintage stools to antique light fixtures, you’d be surprised what gems you can find at a bargain. A bit of sanding and a coat of paint can breathe new life into an old piece.

  1. Leave Out the Island

Kitchen islands are popular but not strictly necessary. They can be expensive and time-consuming to install. If you’re short on space or funds, replace it with a peninsula unit or omit it altogether. You might even consider a rolling cart that can double as extra counter space.

  1. Go For Less Expensive Appliances

The appliance world is vast, and not every kitchen needs a top-of-the-line range or a smart fridge with a touchscreen. Think about your cooking habits and choose appliances that fit your actual needs. Remember, costly appliances not only dent your initial budget but can also be more expensive to repair or maintain.

  1. Professional Installation: Where to Cut and Where to Spend

You might be tempted to DIY your entire kitchen to save money. While you can certainly take on tasks like painting or installing a backsplash, some things are best left to professionals. For instance, gas lines or complex electrical work should be handled by certified professionals for safety reasons. At Nicholas Hythe, we provide a range of installation options tailored to different budget needs.

If cost is your biggest concern, let us show you how to get a stunning fitted kitchen on a budget. Creating a beautiful, functional fitted kitchen on a budget is entirely possible, especially when you have experts guiding you and we’re here to help you every step of the way. Why compromise on quality when you can have the best of both worlds?


At Nicholas Hythe, Cambridgeshire’s only Trading Standards approved kitchen designers and installerswe’re well used to helping clients make the decision that’s right for them while still making the refurbishment process as simple, efficient, safe and stress-free as possible. So, when you’re ready, why not book an appointment with us, free and with no-obligation?