Planning your perfect kitchen can be difficult enough, but when you factor in budget restraints, then achieving everything you want can seem like an impossible task. However, with some careful planning and some creative thinking you can achieve your dream kitchen without breaking the bank. Simplicity is Key You don’t need to fill your kitchen with countless appliances or gadgets to make the most out of it – carefully select which ones you really need and restrict yourself to buying those. When it comes to cabinetry and drawers, the minimal designs can often be the most effective – browse magazines and blogs to find examples of perfect simplicity. Choose Appliances Carefully You don’t have to opt for the big-name brands when it comes to buying appliances – there are plenty of lesser-known brands that produce excellent equipment that do the same job as the big names for a fraction of the price. Also look for appliances with A+++ energy efficiency ratings – this will save you money in the long run as well as on the initial purchase. Worktops and Surfaces This is where you may want to consider spending a sizeable amount of your budget. Worktops have a huge impact on the overall appearance of a kitchen, so by picking the perfect one you will be creating not only a great aesthetic for your kitchen, but you will be adding to the atmosphere, too. Quartz worktops are a fantastic choice for your surface – they are durable, easy to clean and available in a variety of styles that suit any kitchen, and their toughness means you won’t have to worry about constant maintenance. Consider Upgrading your Existing Kitchen If you are looking for an entirely new kitchen, one thing that you may not have considered is buying a standard kitchen and upgrading from there, rather than opting for a top-of-the-range model outright. By choosing a cheaper kitchen and upgrading the areas that you want to focus most on, you can enjoy some serious savings. Utilise Lighting Making the most of natural light in your kitchen can have a huge effect on the way it looks and the atmosphere in the room. By taking advantage of any natural lighting in your kitchen, you can make spaces seem larger and you can use it to change the mood of the room. Couple this with some well-placed light fixtures and you will see excellent results. Touchstone Worktops are experts in the supply and installation of beautiful quartz, granite, marble and natural stone worktops. Our wealth of experience in the industry has led to us stocking only the finest materials from leading brands, such as Silestone, Caesarstone and Cosentino. For more information, please get in touch with us today and we will more than happy to help.