KraftMaid Cabinetry is once again featured in this year’s highly anticipated House Beautiful Kitchen of the Year. Designed around the latest trends, this showplace exemplifies high-end style and what’s hot in kitchen design. But let’s face it. Most of us don’t have the luxury of a 1,000-square-foot kitchen designed by a celebrated designer. Nor do we have the budget.

Don’t give up on your kitchen design dreams just yet. There are several ways to bring a high-end look to your home without the high price. With a little inspiration, research and proper planning, you can have a picture-perfect kitchen that will look as though it’s been lifted from the pages of the top home design magazines. Get started creating your dream kitchen with these tips.

 

1. Be inspired

Browse magazines, home design blogs and websites like Pinterest or Houzz to find inspiration. Make notes, pin photos and create ideabooks of the kitchens that catch your eye and what specific products you like most in the designs. You may be surprised to learn that many of the things you’re drawn to are well within your planned investment.

 

2. Assess your spacekitchen layout

Take stock of the layout and work triangle in your current kitchen. A smart layout and built-in storage solutions can make your kitchen more efficient and easier to work in, possibly eliminating the need for costly remodeling to increase your square footage.

 

3. Design for your style

Whether your style is traditional, contemporary or somewhere in between, there are cabinets, appliances and fixtures to fit your personal tastes. No matter how much you plan to invest in your kitchen, you’ll take pride in having a space that’s specifically designed for the way you live. Begin to explore your style with these useful tools.

 

4. Let cabinetry set the stage

The cabinetry you choose can set the stage for the entire kitchen. While many high-end kitchens will have custom cabinets, you can achieve a similar look with semi-custom cabinetry at a fraction of the cost and without the extended lead times. For example, KraftMaid Cabinetry offers design flexibility with a vast selection of door styles, finishes and decorative enhancements. Not only do they span the spectrum of design tastes and price points, but KraftMaid products also come in a wide variety of colors, textures and materials that create visual interest and give your kitchen a custom look.

 

5. Get help

All of the extras available during the kitchen design process can quickly add up. Work with a professional designer to set and manage your planned investment, and help determine areas of value and where to cut back. If you’re drawn to elements of luxury kitchens, share that with your designer for ways to achieve a similar look for less.

 

 

 

 

Remodeling a kitchen doesn’t have to be stressful on you or your wallet. Let KraftMaid Cabinetry inspire your dream kitchen and help you find ways to achieve it. Click here for more information about the KraftMaid cabinetry featured in the House Beautiful 2014 Kitchen of the Year. Plus, comment below to tell us what products and features would make your kitchen feel like a million bucks.