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Lighting -   The key to effective kitchen lighting comes down to properly placed pot lights and the addition of valance lighting under cabinetry to illuminate work areas. Lighting in a kitchen isn’t the star of the show and is doing its job if you don’t really notice it at all.
 
Flooring -  While flooring often takes centre stage in other rooms of the house, it’s ok for opt for function over fashion in the kitchen.  If you got a good deal on flooring in the connecting rooms, you can continue it into the kitchen to create a unified look.  Otherwise, opt for a simple and stylish tile that complements the space instead of stealing all the attention.
 
Cabinets -  The notion that kitchen cabinets have to be expensive is a myth. Everyone wants the custom kitchen look, but that doesn’t mean you have to splurge on custom cabinets. All the big name retailers offer an endless selection of standard cabinetry that you can customize to fit your kitchen, saving you thousands on your reno.
 

Splurge

Backsplash -  Eye-catching backsplashes are statement pieces for a kitchen and set the tone for the rest of the space, so it’s worth investing a little more cash into making it spectacular. The good news? Backsplashes usually have a small square footage, so even though it’s a splurge, the amount of tile you have to buy keeps it affordable.
 
Cabinet Hardware/ Sinks/Faucets -   As the saying goes, “the devil’s in the details” and seemingly small details like your choices for hardware, faucets and sink can have a big impact.  And like the backsplash, these are smaller scale items that won’t drain your bank account even when you do trade up for premium finishes. Spending $10/piece on kitchen hardware instead of $5, doesn’t sound like a huge splurge, but the quality improves dramatically and can make the whole room feel high-end even if youremodeled on a budget.
 

Wildcards

*These items could go either way
 
Countertops & Appliances – These items could go either way, but the most important factor to consider is the style and value of your home. If your home is valued at a lower price point, lower end appliance models and counter  materials are an acceptable and affordable option, since you won’t get a great return on investment by putting lavish items in an otherwise modest home. On the other hand, if you have an expensive house in an in-demand neighbourhood, high-end stainless steel appliances and granite (or another high-end counter material) is expected when it comes to re-sale.



Luxe Appliance Studio
334 King Street East 
Toronto, ON M5A 1L3
(888) 966-5893
 
Showroom Hours
Tuesday – Friday: 10 AM – 6 PM

Saturday : 10 AM – 3 PM

Closed Sunday and Monday

By appointment only
 
LUXE Appliance Studio is Toronto’s premier appliance showroom and cooking destination, featuring Thermador, Bosch and Gaggenau appliances in a 6000-square-foot space in Toronto’s King St E design district. With full audio/visual capabilities in its live kitchen, as well as separate prep area, and fully equipped boardroom, the Studio is also available as a venue for private and corporate events. To arrange for a tour, or for information on cooking classes or event rentals, please contact: Joeanne Demetriou at 1-888-966-5893 or luxestudio@bshg.com.

Monday, January 28, 2013