When buying a new kitchen, it makes perfect sense to ensure you’re getting the absolute best out of your available budget. Although the UK economy is showing encouraging signs of improvement, there has been a significant shift in consumer behaviour since the economic woes began back in 2007 and customers are much more attuned to getting the most bang for their buck: especially when it comes to big money, high risk investments such as home renovations.

The good news is that no matter how much you have to spend, the luxury look we all crave is easily attainable and you can get it for a lot less than you think!

Where kitchen doors are concerned, you can easily replicate costly finish options with clever usage of vinyl wrapped doors. Painted wood finishes create that contemporary country feel which is currently all the rage, but they are also fairly labour intensive and this is reflected in the corresponding price tag. However, you could opt for a vinyl fascia such as those in ECF’s popular Goscote range to imitate the look for less.

Legno paint effect woodgrain finishes in(clockwise from top left) Legno White, Legno Ivory, Legno Magnolia, Legno Mussel, Legno Dakar and Legno Stone Grey

Legno paint-effect woodgrain finishes in (clockwise from top left) Legno White, Legno Ivory, Legno Magnolia, Legno Mussel, Legno Dakar and Legno Stone Grey

Our selection of textured Legno paint-effect woodgrain fascias (pictured above) are available in 6 stylish, neutral tones and feature an open pore grain structure which is deeper than the standard; thus creating a much more realistic and tactile effect.

If a sleek and glossy kitchen is more your cup of tea, glass effect doors are also available at a highly competitive price point and come in a wide variety of striking finishes.

ECF's Phoenix range of glass effect doors is effortlessly opulent. Shown here in High Gloss Cream and High Gloss Mira Cosa finishes

ECF’s Phoenix range of glass effect doors is effortlessly opulent. Shown here in High Gloss Cream and High Gloss Mira Cosa finishes

Sometimes, even the smallest touches can make a big difference when you’re trying to achieve a high end look. Why not use handles in a brass finish to revamp your existing kitchen doors or enhance new ones? Brass fixtures and fittings are a major trend for 2014, where we are seeing a shift in popularity to warmer, more neutral tones in contrast to the minimalist white kitchen and chrome accents which have proved so popular over the last few years.

The Bow handle (FF53898BR) from ECF's Contemporary selection combines merges modern lines with a warm brass finish

The Bow handle (FF53898BR) from ECF’s Contemporary selection merges modern lines with a warm brass finish

A more unexpected way to instantly create a luxurious effect is through intelligently planned and positioned lighting. It can enhance your chosen door finish wonderfully as well as transforming the room into a more useable and effective space. Warm white light works best with wood surfaces and muted, traditional tones whilst cool white gives a more modern aesthetic and looks amazing with gloss, granite and slate finishes.

Mood lighting can give depth and ambience to even the most characterless space, as demonstrated here with plinth lighting.

These Sensio Round Plinth Lights (available from ECF) provide instant ambience!

These Sensio Round Plinth Lights -available from ECF- provide instant ambience!

Lighting can also add to the practicality of your kitchen, with task lighting such as the under cabinet lighting shown here providing a more efficient work space for food preparation.

Under cabinet lighting can make everyday tasks easier by effectively illuminating your worktop.

Under cabinet lighting can make everyday tasks easier by effectively illuminating your worktop

For more information on any of the products mentioned in this post, please contact ECF on 01664 424288 or visit our website at www.ecf.co