House Extension North LondonContemporary Kitchen, London
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Carve out a corner of an island or peninsula unitForgoing a couple of units can work well on an island, too, and make for a neat seating area. This peninsula hasn’t lost much storage, but the little seating spot makes the small kitchen much more sociable.
Work a designer lookYou can upgrade your kitchen by making some bold design choices. This stunning space looks chic and high end, but the units are in fact affordable Ikea models. The designer chose matching cabinets in white and dark finishes to create a striking contrast.
Check for qualityBefore you splash any cash, check the quality of your chosen kitchen cabinets. “Touch and feel the surfaces and edges of doors to check they’re straight and level,” advises Lawrence. “Edge quality makes a real difference for both the appearance and life of your kitchen.”You can also check the quality of doors by simply looking for chips around the corners and edges and any visible scratches. “Some panels tend to bend if they haven’t been stored or transported properly,” explains Georgiev.Have you got tips to share? Let us know how you got the most for your money in the kitchen in the Comments section below.
Make it minimalThe small kitchen in this London home rocks a simple, minimal look. Rather than all white, this room has units in two different finishes to add a little pace. The units themselves were inexpensive, but the owner then added quality worktops, including a stainless steel surface on the hob side of the kitchen and a white Hi-Macs one on the peninsula. A tiny seating area has also been created on the peninsula to squeeze more functionality from this small space.