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A kitchen refresh that won’t break the bank

It’s a familiar refrain from homeowners — the kitchen is tired and dated, but the budget for a full-scale renovation just isn’t there. Fortunately, it’s possible to make affordable changes to an existing kitchen to give it a fresh new look.

One of the fastest, easiest ways to update the kitchen is to replace worn-out appliances with new black stainless steel suites that are emerging in the market.

Warm greys and subtle metallics compliment black stainless steel appliances by KitchenAid in this ktichen design by Jamie Alexander and Glen Peloso www.pelosoalexander.com

KitchenAid, for example, has introduced a silky, matte black stainless steel finish that’s available in a full suite of major appliances, including its first-ever five-door refrigerator. The line was launched last year, at the same time KitchenAid unveiled a major appliance redesign that was cooked up with the home chef in mind. That’s reflected in such details as cross-hatch patterned handles to enhance grip and chrome trim on windows.

Trinsic faucet from Delta - kitchen refresh

Incorporating black into a kitchen needn’t require a full-on reno. You can also add simple touches, such as a black faucet. Delta’s Trinsic collection includes a matte black faucet that adds a sculptural touch, and a sense of cohesion, to any kitchen that includes black appliances. Conversely, the champagne bronze faucet looks stunning against a backsplash of glossy black subway tiles. For a super luxurious look, consider using metallic grout.

A champagne bronze Trinsic faucet delta - kitchen refresh

When it comes to faucets, performance is key, which makes the Delta Trinsic a good choice: Touch20 technology means you can stop and start the water flow with just a touch, which makes it easy to avoid use water without spreading germs. The high-arc pull-down swivels 360 degrees, making it perfect for cleaning the sink, and well-suited to accommodating large pots and pans.

Black door handles, light fixtures and accessories can complete the look.

Pendant lighting - kitchen refresh

Another affordable way to refresh the kitchen is to refinish or replace cupboard doors. Smokey grey lowers and sleek white uppers, mixed with black stainless steel appliances and black and gold accessories is a great look, especially when the palette is warmed with rich organic wood. DIY-friendly cupboard painting kits are now available. If that jobs sounds overwhelming, having them sprayed by professionals won’t break the bank.

grass hardware - kitchen refresh

Replacing tired hardware with slow-close options that eliminate the annoyance of banging cupboard doors, sticky drawers and pull-out that sag is another way to quickly upgrade the kitchen. Look for brands like Grass Canada which offer high-end German engineered movement systems that solve the kitchen hardware challenges that homeowners and designers so often overlook. Adding a Grass hardware system to your kitchen can cost as little as $200, but will make a noticeable difference to performance and function.

Photos: pelosoalexander.com

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