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5 Strategies to Design a Stylish Modular Kitchen Interior on a Budget

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February 5th, 2024

What does your dream kitchen look like? It must be a place with integrated kitchen appliances, a beautiful kitchen countertop, well-organised in-built modular kitchen cabinets, and maybe a little corner saved up as an adjoining dining area. While it’s not a lot to ask for the interior of a modular kitchen, we often take a step back due to budget-related issues. But what if we say you can get sleek kitchen design and space-saving kitchen solutions – all under your budget? That sounds like a great deal, right?

You should always select the modules for the interior of the modular kitchen based on the utilisation of components such as cabinets, accessories, countertops, and appliances, which add up to the overall cost. So, here, we will share the best practices to help you select the modules wisely and remodel your kitchens without burning a hole in your pocket. So, let’s get started!

How Do I Choose the Best Modular Kitchen Interior for My Home on a Budget?

1. Remember the Size and Layout of the Kitchen

Depending on the size and the layout, the cost of the modular kitchen varies largely. Undoubtedly, larger kitchens that require more modules come at a higher price range. 

If you are remodelling your kitchen entirely, ask your interior design company if you can opt for a contemporary kitchen layout. The most common custom kitchen layouts are as follows:  

  • L-Shaped Modular Kitchen Layout: If you are designing the interior of a modular kitchen for a small and cosy home with limited space, this is the perfect option for you.  
  • Straight Modular Kitchen Layout: Interior design companies use this bench-shaped single kitchen platform to create a functional kitchen interior because it can accommodate an entire storage area. Therefore, it is one of the best space-saving kitchen solutions for studios or apartments where your kitchen is connected to your living room.  
  • U-Shaped Modular Kitchen Layout: If you have enough space to plan the interior of a modular kitchen, you can select this custom kitchen design. It covers three walls of your kitchen to provide the best storage solutions and a comfortable working station that doubles as dining.  
  • Galley Kitchen Layout: This semi-modular kitchen interior comes with two kitchen benches on opposite sides. It effectively utilises space and leaves ample space to move around. It is the best contemporary kitchen layout for a house where multiple members use the same space for different purposes.  
  • Island Modular Kitchen Layout: This layout incorporates two different stations – the kitchen bench and a separate island space used as an extra counter area for chopping, dining, and various other purposes. You can also install added equipment or a stovetop or sink on the island.  

2. Consider Utility Management

Usage determines the types or numbers of kitchen cabinets and integrated kitchen appliances in your modular kitchen. For example, if you work from home or enjoy eating homemade food, you will require all the necessary modules. Whereas, if you are a frequent traveller, you should opt for bare minimum modules for the interior of your modular kitchen. So, understand your requirements and discuss them with your kitchen design service provider.

Besides, you may find it expensive to afford everything you like at once. So, plan ahead, make a list, and prioritise the appliances you cannot do without at that moment. Get the integrated kitchen appliances first and add more items later when your budget constraints loosen up. Also, choose energy-efficient appliances that can help you save on utility bills in the long run.

3. Check Finish and Materials

The materials and finishing of the modular kitchen cabinets are a considerable part of the budget, which can make or break it for you. For the finishing options, you get a wide array of options, including polymer, laminate, membrane, or acrylic finish. Cabinets made from acrylic are scratch-resistant, most durable, and glossy but quite expensive.

In that case, laminated modular kitchen cabinets are the best-tailored kitchen storage solutions for anyone on a tight budget. You can also opt for materials such as pre-laminated particle boards and MDF if you want a budget-friendly option.

4. Choose Accessories Wisely

While choosing accessories for the interior of modular kitchens, you should consider your requirements wisely to ensure proper use of space. First, finalise the custom kitchen design and then get the accessories that will go well with your kitchen design.

For example, if you love collecting and maintaining your crockery, you can include plate holders in the list. You can also incorporate a pantry unit if you have a large family living in a spacious house.

In addition, accessorising also includes proper placement of the modular kitchen cabinets, including drawers, pullouts, under-sink baskets, etc. The cost of the accessories varies widely by materials used and brand. So, you can easily find accessories to fit almost any budget.

5. Opt for a Good Countertop Material

While quartz and polished granite are the most preferred materials for kitchen countertops due to their natural high-end finishes, they come at a higher price. If your budget does not allow for expensive countertop materials for the interior of modular kitchens, you can opt for the following options:  

  • Laminate countertops are inexpensive, simple, and durable. You can also clean laminated countertops easily by wiping them as they are resistant to stains. However, these countertops are not scratch-resistant and may scorch if you keep hot items on them.   
  • Ceramic or porcelain tile countertops are great for budget-friendly custom modular kitchens because they are available in multiple styles, colours, and patterns. However, these counters may require regular deep cleaning as the grout lines can attract oil and grime easily.  
  • Terrazzo is a trendy, retro material made from glass chips and bits of marble and other stones mixed with a cement or epoxy matrix. It can also give you a premium-looking gloss finish. Since it is made by using waste materials, Terrazzo is the right fit for you if you are a sustainability champion,  
  • Poured concrete can surprise you with its chic, industrial-style finish. This countertop material is customisable, inherently durable, and easy to maintain.   

While choosing the countertop material, always balance the cost against durability over a longer time.  

Where Can I Get Help Designing a Kitchen?

Whether you want to remodel your existing kitchen or you are looking for a custom kitchen design for your new home, Lakkadworks has got you covered! We offer comprehensive solutions for the interior of modular kitchens under one roof. From designing contemporary kitchen layouts and planning space-saving kitchen solutions to installing integrated kitchen appliances – our residential interior design services will create a functional kitchen interior for you. Visit our website or contact us for tailored kitchen storage solutions.

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