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13 Design Ideas to Make Your Kitchen Look Expensive

Get the kitchen of your dreams, even on a budget.

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Clear off the fridge

Photographs can add a sweet touch of nostalgia to your space, but a fridge that’s plastered with magnets and mementos looks chaotic. If you’re not ready to part with all your refrigerator art, pick just a few favorite photos to hang in a line with simple magnets for a more streamlined look. Check out these 18 ways to make your home feel like a luxe hotel.

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Swap out your hardware

For a quick update, replace your old cabinet and drawer pulls with all new hardware. Add interest by using different designs for drawer pulls and cabinet knobs, but make sure to stick with the same finish for a streamlined look.

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Pick a new faucet

With all the great designs on the market, there’s no excuse to settle on a boring faucet. Pick a sleek one in the same finish as your cabinet hardware to immediately add an expensive-looking touch to your sink. Here are 20 other home renovations that instantly add value to your home.

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Invest in great lighting

One of the first things people do when they step into a kitchen is take a look at the lights on the ceiling. If yours is outdated or just plain boring, get your hands on a gorgeous light fixture. Pick one that reflects your personality, whether it’s a classic chandelier or a line of modern spherical lamps. Learn 15 things your home decor reveals about your personality.

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Go for stainless steel

Even if you can’t afford all-new appliances, you can get the look of stainless steel with the ones you already have. Coat your fridge or dishwasher with a stainless steel finish for a high-end look that doesn’t cost much.

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Hang beautiful art

Kitchens might feel utilitarian, but that doesn’t mean you should shy away from adding fun touches like a stunning work of art. No need to stick with same-old-same-old still life paintings of fruits—feel free to hang up any tapestries, landscapes, or abstract works that speak to you.

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Stick with light colors

Light colors reflect more light, making the whole room appear bigger and brighter. Go for white cabinets and walls to trick the eye into thinking your kitchen is larger—and more expensive—than it is. Find out 12 ways your house can make you look older than you are.

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Get rid of clutter

When you think “expensive,” you never think “messy,” but the kitchen can easily become a hoarding ground for mail, files, and bags. Find a permanent spot for as much as you can (and make sure it gets back to that home every day), and corral come-and-go items like mail and your kids’ schoolwork in a decorative basket to keep them contained. Try borrowing these 10 daily habits of clutter-free people.

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Tuck away appliances

Leave out the items you use every day, like the toaster and coffee maker, but find another home for the ones you use less often. No matter how annoying you think it will be to lug out your stand mixer once a month, it will pay off with your clear, clutter-free counter.

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Get your hands on potted plants

Scattering a couple plants in your kitchen will add a pop of natural color to your space and make it look like you put effort into the décor. As a bonus, you can use those herbs on your windowsill to add the fresh flavor to your recipes. But get rid of these 30 things no one older than 30 should have in their home.

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Originally Published in Reader's Digest